SeasonFour.EpisodeFour | Dernière ligne droite
We’ve come to the home stretch; dernière ligne droite. The fourth season comes to a close. I didn’t really have a goal this season, just achieve Champions League football considering I expected to lose Camavinga and Palacios but given we were top of the league in January, expectations increased…
February 2023 – May 2023
Don’t ask me what has changed because honestly, I’m not too sure.
We’re playing the same system that we started the season with. I have made a couple of minor adjustments, but overall it’s the same 433. However, things are going fantastically and we just don’t look like losing.
The quarter-final of the Coupe de France was the pinnacle of the month, a 2-1 win over PSG in a match we fully deserved to win.
The Pereira’s have clicked and at the moment are running the show! Long may this continue.
Top spot lost.
Against PSG we were shattered after an extra time struggle against Valenciennes. We didn’t have enough about us to earn anything from PSG and despite our 20 shots to their 6 we just couldn’t find a way through.
Back luck, I suppose.
This bad luck carried into the next match where–surprise surprise–Hunou came back to haunt us to score the only goal of the game. Original.
That put us two points behind PSG and given the form they’re in, probably blows all chances of any league title win.
The month did have a high point, though, the 5-1 demolition of Monaco. We enjoyed that one, with Trequartista Schmitt getting four goals.
Earlier in the season, the board’s decision to build a stadium has put is in the shit. We have added another €625,000 to the monthly outgoings which quite frankly will shaft us for years to come. It does mean we will save on the €1.2M rent we’re paying, but that €100k per month is nothing compared with this debt.
It has also meant that the funds available from transfers is reduced to 30% which makes any rebuilding from the inevitable Palacios sale impossible.
Sure, we will be playing in a new stadium in 2024 but at the cost of having to trim down my squad, cutting wages and making us less competitive… I’m not so sure. But onto the football.
And still, the wheels keep on turning! Great wins over Lorient and Stade Reims before we dropped what could be decisive points against Nice and Nantes ahead of the cup final against Amiens.
We seem to do this, we lose ourselves a little for a week or two and then come back like we’re the best team in the league. But you will have noticed that we did finally manage to get our hands on a trophy!
If you want to follow along with the drama, check this twitter thread below.
It was a hard-fought battle but we fully deserved to win but our 18 shots to their 3 just weren’t enough to win even up into extra time. Still, I don’t care how we do it! We’ve won!
With April wrapped up and a cup win under our belts it was back to business in the league, where rather surprisingly we still had a shot at it.
If Nice and Nantes can do us a favour for taking 5 points from us which would have us top right now, and we can win all of our games…
In other news our under 19s won the UEFA Youth League, beating teams like Liverpool and Juventus rather convincingly. The future is very bright if we can keep hold of the likes of Malo Boyer and Julien Bey.
What a month.
And the season is signed off.
I cannot fault the players this month. What a way to end the season.
Andreas Pereira was an absolute bargain! He has been an excellent addition to the team chipping in with 9 goals and 6 assists in 30 matches. It took a while for him to find his rhythm but once he did…
I have no issues letting Palacios leave is Andreas continues to destroy Ligue 1 teams like this. Filthy.
With that being said the run to the end of the season was spectacular, but despite our highest ever points total it just wasn’t enough in the end with PSG pipping us by just a couple of points.
Immensely proud. Slightly gutted.
So that it. Another season down. This time Palacios will be leaving us, he has a year left on his deal, is valued at €81M and we need the money. Plus, if Andreas continues in the form he is in then we have nothing to worry about in that department.
Thanks for following along with my save this year!
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Until next time, à tout à l’heure.