This week has been busy, what with work, gym and my ongoing office to Games/movie room renovation, so have had little time for gaming, but did manage to squeeze in a couple of matches to progress season 8, slow and steady wins the race.
You may recall my signing another top rated CF pre-season, Illavascueta for £62mil from Inter, 86 rated, due to Emmanuel Dennis’s sudden fall from form for the last 2 months of last season. Well Dennis is well and truly back, and proving a point, so much so that Illavascueta has been limited to late-sub appearances and cup matches, Dennis has been firing in the goals for fun, scoring 9 in 11 Premier league appearances, and 4 in 3 games in the Europa League, he’s also scored in his only appearance in the Carabao cup (I’ve been playing my B team for those matches), and also got the brace in the 2-0 Community shield win over Man City. so currently boasts a 16 goals from 16 games record, pretty impressive.
Our B team created chance after chance in the Carabao cup last 16 tie vs Birmingham City, 14 chances in the first half to be exact, all of them going begging due to the fringe and youth players lowly stats, shots just skewed wide, or ended up in the hotdog stand, so we needed a goal, cue the 72nd minute and I bring Dennis on for Illavascueta, 4 mins later, this happens:
He only needs a sniff of goal and bags us a 1-0 win with his first shot. On fire.
Those goals along with a few from Foden have helped us maintain pace at the top of the league.
Last up was league leaders Wolves, I checked their team formation before the match and found they played the same 4-2-3-1 formation that we do but with their RMF & LMF pushed forward playing more as RWF and LWF.
I wanted to counter their threat by bossing the midfield, so switched to an alternate team sheet pre-match, which I copied from Burnley’s default setup, adopting 5 across midfield and one up top with high pressure and aggressive tackling, it worked an absolute treat.
We was 3-0 up half time with who else but Dennis having scored 2, and opening the scoring in just the 2nd minute, it finished 4-0 and was a tactical triumph.
We also lead our group in the Europa League after 3 games, one more win would guarantee qualification.
Finally, a short compilation of some well taken Dennis goals from the opening matches.