You win some you lose some
I know it's not a mantra that should be used in the top of professional sports, but it's the only fitting title I could find to this post. We've had an outstandig year overall scoring no less than 167 goals in just 58 games while conceding as little as 59. We more or less sercured our top spot in the leauge when beating second placed Tottenham in the 30th round of play as it saw us widening the gap between us to 12p. We managed to pull through an insane semifinal in the FA-cup against Man City despite finishing the game with 9(!) players and later moved on to win the final. We danced our way through the CL-group, got playback on mighty Real in the first knockoutround, finished off the supreme french force of Marseille in the second and then... and then... we played one bad game to f**k up this amazing season. We were denied by the post no less than three times and my heart ached as we saw Olympique Lyonnais snatch a 3-1 win in our on house!!! our own damn building! We went down to France for the second leg knowing that it wouldn't be the least bit easy to turn things around but we had to try. We managed to pull one back but as we were forced to push forward for another deuce towards the end an experinced french side had no problem to conter and kill the game.
Okay, that's just my thoughts about this season in an unundersatandable mashedup paragraph, here's something more comperhensive...
Our leaugeplay has been strong and stable through out the entire year, we even managed to meet my goal of keeping a goalavrage above three, a huage number for a strong leauge like PL. Here's the final table:
The biggest diffrence between this year and last however is not the insane offensive but the sturdy defence that was second best in the leauge statswise. It gave us the stability we needed to run away with the title.
As I said our CL-play came to an abrupt end when Olympique Lyonnais came to England and stole the first leg with a huage portion of luck on their side. We had a few attempts that came close, but the absence of our new topstriker Thongthanit was way more visible than I would have wished for. Also our crazy schedule had a big impact. In the 35 days leading up to the second leg against Lyon we had palyed both legs of the quaterfinals against Marseille, the decisive "leauge final" against Tottenham, three prestigeous leaugegames against United, Chelsea and Everton, the crazy FA-cup semifinal against City that went all the way to penalties, the first leg against Lyon and a basicley meaningless leaugegame against Birmingham... in hindsight I can't understand how this is even possible! Most remarkable about all of this is an example form my first few months at Liverpool when we had THREE GAMES IN THREE DAYS! Must be a bug...
Looking past our CLrun and focusing on the domestic cups we've got one tiny catastrofy and one giant showing of heart and dedication. In the Leauge Cup we were eliminated in our first game against Barnsley, I baiscly played my thirdstring team, so it's maby not as bad as i sounds, but we shouldn't be losing against Championshipsides regardless of what team we field. The FAcup was the contrary of this faliure with it's peak in the twice mentioned semifinal against City... this is how we finished the game:
There is a downside to this story as we let a 3-1 lead slip in one half of football but I choose to focus on the fact that we managed to fight our way to a shootout where we ultimatley stod victorious despite two red cards and and injury after we've already made our 3 subs.
Financially it proved to be a great year, atm we show a profit just above €61mil though I expect it to drop down around €40-50mil brefore the season is officialy over. With such a prosperous year behind us I've got the confidence to make big signings this summer to grant us that extra edge we need to win it all.
Overall the season was definetly a step in the right direction. I honestly think that no team in the world would beat us present day when both teams are fully rested over the course of a few games, but as we all know, that's not how you win that damn CLtrophy, so I'll have to find even greater depth for our team so we can move forward. I'll be looking to strengthen the defence, our to starting cb's are both worldclass acts but also also pushing 30 so new blood will be requierd. I'll also be looking to find some flexible wingers as I've often found myself in situations where we've got lots of central strikers but few choises at the flanks.
Well I'll let you know if something sick happens during the preseason, if not, I'll get back whenever I feel there's something to tell, until then I hope you've managed to get through the monstreous post