True Fact. Nobody ever remembers who came second, and that’s exactly how season 3 has panned out, with a second placed league finish.
With 3 matches left to play, we faced Liverpool, and conceded in the 92nd minute to lose 2-1, Chelsea won, again, and clinched the title, as with 2 matches left, it’s mathematically impossible to catch them.
Every season there seems to be a runaway leader who just don’t lose very often, last few seasons it was Man City, this year its Chelsea, a couple of silly defeats came to be our downfall, with Chelsea only losing 3 all season.
You will recall NG saying many times over on the Chronicles, that ML scripting keeps the player involved by massaging AI results, and that was only mildly evident here, as any time i drew or lost, Chelsea seemed to keep on winning.
Our bid to retain the FA Cup came to a halt in the semi’s too, losing out once again to Chelsea in a very tight, tense 4-2 thriller, they now face Man City in the final, a possible double on for them.
In Europe, once again we got knocked out in the quarters, at the hands of Real Madrid, losing the first leg away 2-1, a valuable away goal, we only needed a 1-0 win at home to go through, and all looked well when in the 18th min we got a nice early goal through a class MBappé finish, but lacked game management, and ended up losing 3-1 to crash out.
The UCL final will be contested between Man City and Barcelona, City possibly on for 2 cups despite a poor league season.
So a trophy-less season for us, filled with such promise after the arrival of MBappé, but one man does not make a team, no matter how good they are, Son Heun Min had a quiet season by his own standards, but my little midfield maestro, Lorenzo Insigne was on fire, as can be seen in the goal scoring table below, his set ball skills are superb and his free kick conversion rate phenomenal, notching 17 goals, 12 of which were free kicks, with still 2 games left to play.
MBappé and Aguero scrap it out over the last 2 games for the golden boot.
So season 4 will start soon, I’m going to try a new game play mod for the new season so we will see how that pans out, and also move up to Superstar level for an added challenge.
New kits will be on the way, and will try to secure a couple of new faces pre-season, a right back as a replacement for Aurier, and a utility player to provide cover in several positions would be handy.
Next week’s post should tie up the last 2 matches of this season, show the new kits, and detail any new signings ahead of season four. Will leave you with a few goals from the back end of this season.