So season one with Spurs flew by, and the new season was upon as very quickly, armed with a change in kits, and having reverted back to vanilla Konami game play, after using a Holland fusion GP mod for all of season one, we were ready to get down to business.
I changed back to vanilla game play as with Data pack 6, Konami fixed a lot of really bad design choices they implemented in DP5, players were slow, clunky, unresponsive, and as a result i needed to use a GP mod to balance things out, which was superb in some ways but these mods always introduce a few unsavoury elements, and I was suffering a few abnomalies, such as player collisions, own goals, lack of awareness of lose balls etc, so I decided to eradicate those and go with the now very good, improved, DP6 core game play for season 2, the only downside being the absolute shithousery of scripting that is so evident in places its unreal.
Season 2 started with a few shrewd signings, bring in some depth after selling on a few squad players, Hugo Lloris & Lo Celso were also sold to bring in additional funds.
Denayer is a solid centre back and easily recognisable in game with his low slung socks and thick long dreads, it’s like having a prime Ruud Gullit marauding around the back line, Meret is a direct replacement for the departed Lloris and Main Signing Lorenzo Insigne, signed from Napoli can play across the centre of Midfield or on either wing, giving us skill and craft in various positions.
Our first port of call was a UEFA Champions League qualifier, a tricky tie against turkish side Fenerbache, the first leg at home, which we lost 2-1, so a 2-0 or clear 2 goal victory was needed in Turkey.
We played superbly, with Son netting this peach to give us a 3-0 win and a 4-2 aggregate victory to take us into the Champions league proper.
We eagerly awaited the draw, and was promptly placed into a very difficult group:
We did superbly to qualify, in second place, having beat Barca 2-1 at the Nou Camp and twice beating last seasons UCL winners and recent World Club Cup Champions, Bayern, who drop into the Europa League.
The Italian Old Lady wait for us in the KO round.
Home leg first, imperative to get a good result and not give Juve any away goals.
Back on the domestic front, new teams came up and a few familiar ones went down:
Glad to see Bournemouth back up, always enjoy playing at their very tight, compact and intimate small stadium.
We are through to the last 16 of the FA Cup, with Brighton awaiting us in the next round, and after the last play session we are in late December in the calendar, with an eye on January transfer signings.
Andres Iniesta will leave us at the end of the season after fulfilling a one year deal, at his ripe old age of 37, he has been superb so far, dictating midfield in the games he has played, so i was conscious of filling the void he will leave, so we have splashed out £72mil to bring in Milinkovic-Savic, an 86 OVR rated accomplished and technical CMF from Lazio.
Disappointingly, it seems we are playing for top 4 place at best already, last seasons winners Man City, are already runaway leaders this season, after drawing their first game, they have won the other 16 games they have played, to surge into a strong lead at the top of the table, unbeaten in 17 games, until yesterday, where they suffered there first defeat, 2-1 to us, which gives the rest of the chasing pack a small glimmer of hope.
Will finish off as usual with a selection of goals from this season so far:
NB: The Denayer (CB) finish towards the end, and Insigne’s skill with FK’s
(Excuse lack of sound on first few clips – Geforce Shadow recording didnt pick it up for some reason)