For the second season running, we made it to the Carabao Cup final, our opponents this season were Arsenal, who at the time were topping the Premier league table, it would be a very tough match and one that we were keen to avenge and the trophy to the cabinet.
Here are extended highlights of the final:
So it eludes us once again, a 2-0 defeat to a very good Arsenal side, the difficulty level definitely gets a boost for cup final matches, as I have played this Arsenal side in the league and beat them, but for the majority of this cup final I just couldn’t get anywhere near them.
They didn’t lose their shape, there was no space between the lines in order to probe, they covered the wings, they were fast, strong and skilful, it was one of my toughest matches yet, maybe next year.
Since mid-Jan our league form has been sporadic, flying along in the cup comps but league form, the bread and butter, really took a hit, not helped of course by having 5 first team players out with lengthy injuries.
The squad just wasn’t strong enough to cope, youth players did their bit but ultimately games we were leading in, ended up as draws, and enough points were dropped to see us slip a few places to just outside the Champions League qualification places.
The teams around us are consistently winning so the race to grab that 4th UCL spot is very tight with just 2 games left to play.
Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool battle it out for the title, whilst us, Spurs and Man City all fight for 4th place, of course, there could be an alternative route into next seasons Champions league, the Europa Cup.
Win it, and you automatically qualify for the UCL, and after beating the same resurgent Arsenal side 1-0 on agg in the Europa League quarter final, we then despatched Lille 4-1 on agg to make it to the Europa League final:
Benfica won their qualifying group, and comfortably eased through their semi final beating Guimares 5-1 on agg, so this will be another tough match, 2 cup final defeats in one season would be too much to bare, we need to make this happen.
Next weeks post will fully wrap up the season, I had planned to finish season 6 by todfay, but with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having I spent most of my free time outside, in the garden, or fishing, no video gaming time, so its taken a little longer to get it done, but season 6 will climax within the next few days, so next week I will post full unedited match coverage of the Europa League final, hopefully with some self-commentary, and detail the race for 4th.
I leave you with a short video with 4 goals included, the first is a nice driven curling FK from Brewster, note the new far-out FK view that’s part of the latest GFXMod, same style of view for penalties too, I’m not keen, you can’t see too well and much preferred the default closer in view.
Second goal in the clip was a tasty little goal scored by the AI against me, and finally the last 2 goals are a brace from CF Ferreira against Lille in the Europa League semi final.