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10|05 END OF SEASON REVIEW 2028/29

Welcome to my Football Manager 2020 blog. In this latest instalment of my journey with Stade Rennais I'll be reviewing our season as a whole compared with the objectives we set.

SeasonTen.EpisodeFive | End of season review

Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 blog with Stade Rennais. If you missed by previous post, you can catch up with everything that happened, here:

Read more » 10|04 DERNIÈRE LIGNE DROITE: The Promised Land

MANAGERS WORDS

Deflated.

This was the word I used to end my last managers word section. This time around I am feeling anything but deflated. I am, however, struggling to put into words just how fantastic that season was. Perhaps a picture might help.

All competitions won

How does little ol’ Stade Rennais go from a mid-table club to the Champions of Europe and potential world champions if I play on and complete the tournament? Spoiler alert, I probably will do.

The season we had was only really one win worse than last, and that was the final of the Champions League. We finally went on one better against arguably a harder side. In the league we smashed all records. Goals scored, points, wins, clean sheets etc. you name it, we probably beat the record for it.

So why are my board still not happy? Who knows. I’ve given up caring about their appraisal. I’ll include it here now, just to round up the ten years, but honestly, screw them.

THE BOARD APPRAISAL

Win the lot, meh.

Confidence summary B

Club vision

Yep, still a B-

Club culture

The board continue to be delighted with the club culture.

  • Desired: Develop players using the clubs’ youth system | Delighted

5-year plan

Expectations rise again. We’re now expected to reach the Champions League final again. Sure, sounds plausible. We have €40M for transfers and a €5M bank balance, but why the hell not, let’s go for it!

five year plan

TEAM STATS

I know I said last season that I wouldn’t do this again, but I thought I would one final time as I’m going to write up a ten year review of my time here and I think having these numbers from the start of the save will come in handy.

I’m probably not going to go into this level of detail for FM21 as I want to take a more relaxed approach to writing, so this’ll probably be the last time.

Rennais Stats2028/29 seasonPosition2027/28 season
Average possession59%1st58% (1st)
Goals1251st102 (1st)
 – from set-pieces3629
Pass completion ratio88%2nd89% (2nd)
Cross completion ratio32%1st29% (1st)
Chances created1281st140 (1st)
Shots on target ratio48%11th47% (15th)
Conversion rate12%1st10% (7th)
Conceded91st15 (1st)
 – from set-pieces55
Fouls committed36311th418 (5th)
Tackles won88%2nd84% (10th)
2028/29 season stats

Our average attendance in our fifth season at Parc de la Guérinais was 55,742 which is 100% of all tickets sold for every match. Perhaps we need to expand again to fulfil demand. We have also completed all final facilities upgrades to make us the most advanced club in the france, and quite possibly world football.

A brilliant fourth season at Parc de la Guérinais.

Parc de la Guérinais - the new home of Stade Rennais
Parc de la Guérinais – the new home of Stade Rennais

PLAYER STATS

Starting from back to front as always, Cristian Rivas has improved again over last season, breaking his own records again. In his 58 matches, he conceded just 16 goals and kept 45 clean sheets. Do other clubs not realise just how good he is? He is saving 87% of the shots he is facing, 2.56 per game. I hope I can keep him again for another season.

This season my Wing Backs improved their output, which was something I had hoped they would do after their 28 assists between them last season. This year it was 43 assists which is much better. They also chipped in with 7 goals. Abrigo the better of the bunch.

My central defenders have been absolute-machines this year. Nothing has got by them, or rather very little has. Chernyavskiy and Nikolaou playing the main partnership together and they’ve been a real force, not just defensively, but also at set-pieces with 15 goals between them.

I’m spoilt when it comes to central midfielders. Jacky Rault has had less of an impact following his 22 goals last season, but he is still Mr Reliable with a 7.35 rating. Marcel Baumgärtel had an excellent debut season with 11 goals and 7 assists.

The wingers have really stepped it up this season. New signings Almada and Nacev have settled in well, contributing 32 goals and 10 assists. The assists could be higher from them, considering a lot of how we play is out wide on the wings, but given the 125 goals scored this season, I shouldn’t really complain.

Another new graduate from the youth teams, Amro Hossam, has surpassed all expectations. You’ll remember I was having some difficulty getting him scoring, but when he did start firing he broke our record for goals in the league, surpassing Schmitt. Dare I say it, but if he continues on this trajectory, he could far surpass the 108 total league goals Schmitt got for us. 37 goals for Hossam with 32 being in the league. I cannot wait to see him next season.

2028/29 Stade Rennais player stats
2028/29 Stade Rennais player stats

As rated in-game, the following end of season awards were presented to the players.

Top Goalscorer

  • Amro Hossam | 37 goals

Highest average rating

  • Sabiá | 7.74 rating

Most Assists

  • Sabiá | 17 assists

Best pass completion

  • Jacky Rault | 95% pass completion

Most player of the match awards

  • Sabiá | 10 Player of the Match awards

Most yellow cards

  • Jacky Rault | 10 yellow cards

Most red cards

  • Nei | 1 red card

END OF SEASON AWARDS

Oliver Jensen’s golden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player of the season.

  • Sabiá

I don’t know if it was the signing of Thiago Almada which gave Sabiá the kick up the ass to go further than he did last season, but whatever it was I want more of the same. 20 goals and 17 assists in just 35 starts. Quite a remarkable return for him out on the left. He has been consistently brilliant, it is no surprise that he is wanted by Arsenal and Barcelona.

Sabiá 2028/29 season
Sabiá 2028/29 season

Oliver Jensen’s wooden spoon award
Awarded to my stand out player, for all the wrong reasons.

  • N/a

How can I give a wooden spoon award out after this season? To a man we have been brilliant. I’m cancelling this award for this season only.

Oliver Jensen’s silver spoon award
Awarded to the best youth player (under 23) to break into the squad, either new signing or from the youth teams.

  • Amro Hossam

Could it really be anyone else? He has been phenominal and I’m so excited to see if he can become better than Gilles Schmitt. That is, of course, assuming we can keep him at the club longer. With the boost to our reputation after the Champions League win, let’s hope players want to stick around for a bit longer.

Amro Hossam 2028/29 season
Amro Hossam 2028/29 season

Fans player of the season

  • Sabiá (74%)
  • Nei (10%)
  • Victor Chernyavskiy (9%)

Young player of the season

  • Nei, 22 years old

OFF THE FIELD

Financially I think we’re starting to feel the strain of the high wages and bonuses on offer this season. Winning all the cups and doing it while only conceding 16 goals along the way makes for an expensive bonus season. Adding to the 125 league goals alone, a lot of goal bonuses will have been paid out.

I think I might need to think about trimming the squad this summer to free up some wages. We’re not able to keep paying massive amounts, but fortunately, I shouldn’t need to make any player signings as we have a few players in the youth teams who could step up. I would like to see them out on loan at least if they cannot come through next season.

2028/29 commercial summary
2028/29 commercial summary

In terms of our reputation, well, back to back Champions League finals didn’t raise the profile of Ligue 1, we’re still fifth in the rankings but it did boost our ratings in European Football. We are ranked third in terms of reputation at 4.5 stars behind only AC Milan and Real Madrid. What an achievement!

So that’s season ten complete. I want to compete in the FIFA World Club Cup so will probably have another season at least.

So that just about wraps up the review of this season.

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Until next time, à tout à l’heure.

Oliver Jensen

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