The above league table shows the final finishing position at the end of season 8.
I needed to beat Huddersfield in the last match and hope Liverpool lost to clinch the final UCL place, I lost 2-0, and Liverpool drew, so ended up in 6th place.
Disappointing, but Huddersfield were another of those fuckery matches where they played beyond their means and nothing went my way, still we finished the season as FA Cup winners, League cup finalists, Europa league quarter finalists, and qualified for the Europa league again via the FA Cup win, so not all bad.
A mini squad rebuild was deemed necessary, the four players that I had signed pre-contract deals for back in January, all joined up with the squad, Neres (RM) from Chelsea, Oblak (GK) from Athletico Madrid, Skriniar (CB) from Inter and Racic (CDM) from Barcelona, I also signed another player pre-season in Diop (CAM) from Monaco, as a different choice from Foden who became injury prone last season.
Here is my current starting 11.
We also had a few lucrative offers come in for several first choice players, the pick being a £66 million offer for Dennis, all offers were politely declined
I declined to participate in the pre-season tournaments, which could backfire as it’s a good place to test new signings and build team cohesion, but I just wanted to get on with things, so the first proper game of the season was the Community shield final vs League winners, Man Utd:
So another trophy in the bag, we have done the FA Cup & Community shield double 2 years running, we are firmly becoming a cup team, but good to start the season with a morale boosting win, a trophy and keeping a clean sheet against last seasons top scorers and league winners.
Elsewhere in the game world, Athletico Madrid seem to be the team to beat currently, winning the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup
Our first Premier league game was away to Everton, was happy to run out 1-0 winners after Kluivert converted a soft penalty, second game was home to Southampton, who went 1-0 up, before we levelled, then we went 2-1 up, before they equalised in the 80th min, cue Dennis, he seems to have started the season in usual goalscoring form, to muscle his way on to a through ball in the 90th min, shrug the defender off and manage to slide the winner underneath the advancing keeper, felt good to grab the late winner and keep the winning start to the season going.