Another trophy in the cabinet, our third in succession, winning the Community shield in a convincing 2-0 win over last season’s league champions, Man City.
Always nice to start the season off with a trophy.
The good form carried over into the league, after a demoralising 2-0 defeat in our first match to Spurs, we then won 4 and drew 1 of our next 5 games to sit top of the Premier league at this very early stage of season 8.
We also won our first Europa League group game vs Admira Wacker (?!) some lowly team from the arse end of nowhere, in a tiny stadium, even with the old style triangular nets, which was a nice authentic touch, and good to get another tilt at the Europa League as its often a tournament you only really find yourself playing in once, in that transition period between developing your team from mid-table fodders to league challengers.
I qualified even after finishing 10th, due to winning the FA Cup, which now earns a place in the EL and was faithfully replicated within the game.
After Dennis’s poor run of form last season, he’s started this season with aplomb, bagging 4 goals in the pre-season tournament, and then 2 in the Community shield match, and 4 goals already in his first 6 league games.
Meanwhile, backup striker, Altilavescua, signed from Inter for £62mil has failed to score once, and has missed several sitters, we will put it down to an adjustment period, at least his arrival has got Dennis fired up again.
Next up are Grimsby in our defence of the Carabao Cup, I have pretty much picked a youth team to face them, with fixtures coming thick and fast in 3 cups and the league, player fatigue is a huge thing, it really does accumulate in FIFA and a hectic run of fixtures takes its toll, even incurring injuries, so squad rotation is a must.
This season must be a focus on the Premier league and Europa League, with the domestic cups taking a back seat.
The video below shows in order, Dennis scoring in the Europa League away to Admira Wacker in their old style triangular nets, LB Saracchi scoring a nice side footed volley from 24 yards, and lastly, Dennis showing his return to form and confidence, bagging a nice winner against Southampton.