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Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers Story.
Season 2, Episode 15
We’re finally underway with our season 2 Wolves adventure. I’m so excited to get into the first match. We’ve had a productive pre-season, especially in the transfer market. I imagine it will take time for our players to gel, but we’ve definitely strengthened this summer.
I’m hoping I haven’t created too much of an overflow in the centre of the park. The acquisition of Bruno Fernandes was not planned, but I could not pass up the opportunity once it presented itself.
No doubt Connor Ronan and Mogan Gibbs-White will see less game-time this year which is a shame, but they must be in the squad due to home-grown issues.
West Ham vs Wolves
Premier League, 8/8/2020
We started the West Ham game in high spirits. Fernandes and Maffeo (in for the injured Doherty) were making their full dubet’s.
A 1-1 draw in the end which I feel was pretty fair. West Ham are not a bad side. We both had chances to win the game but it wasn’t meant to be.
Jota hit his 50th for the club, a milestone completed in just over 3 seasons. A fantastic return and if we manage to keep him around, no doubt he will hit 100.
PSG vs Wolves
UEFA Super Cup, 12/8/2020
Our first chance at silverware this year came into our second game of the season. Winning the Europa League enabled us to compete for the UEFA Super Cup.
We were up against PSG and the odds were firmly stacked against us. With an attacking trio of Mbappe, Neymar and new boy Mane, it was a scary sight as we walked into the pitch.
We didn’t embarrass ourselves though. We did manage to create chances, but overall I was pleased with the performance. We knew we wern’t expected to compete in this game, but I’m sure we fared much better than people thought.
Wolves (14th) vs Bournemouth (17th)
Premier League, 15/8/2020
A home tie versus Bournmouth next. A game I wanted to take by the scruff of the neck and show the league that we mean business.
In all three games, not much rotation has been made. I change or two here and there, but I want to allow the players to gel as quickly as possible.
We didn’t play well today. It’s a game we should be winning, but we haven’t quite found our stride yet. It’s definitely a slow start to the campaign, so I hope we can pick it up a little bit in the next couple of matches. Jota is 2 for 2 in the league now. Jimenez needs to kick on.
New Tactic Training
With the influx of new central midfielders over the summer, I’ve decided to train a new tactic to accomodate this.
Whether or not it will be used is based on results, but I wanted to train it as a backup. I’ve pushed a ball-playing centre back into a DM role which will give us a lot of control in the middle of the park.
We might be a little suspect on the flanks as we play with only wing-backs, so they may be pushed back to full-backs if it’s not working out. Then the formation will be a tradition diamond.
Newcastle (19th) vs Wolves (13th)
Premier League, 15/8/2020
Newcastle haven’t had a great start to the season, so we needed a win here to kick start our own.
A good performance from the boys. We were cruising to a routine win but Maffeo had other ideas. Bizarrely, he pushed Yassin Fortune off the ball and awarded them a penalty. Newcastle barely had a sniff before this and he allowed them back into the game.
Thankfully we held on and Jimenez wrapped up the game late on. New wonder boy Bruno Fernandes capped his man of the match performance with his first for the club. A great day all round.
A record I did not know about prior to the match, but Newcastle are now on a 13 game losing streak in the league. Steve Bruce will no doubt be on the chopping block not before long if he continues this horrible record.
We go straight into the EFL Cup third round and get possibly the hardest draw of them all – Liverpool.
The board expect us to reach the Quarter Finals as a minimum, so drawing Liverpool is a bit of a spanner in the works.
Liverpool arguably have the best centre back pairing in world football. A duo of van Dijk and Raphael Varane. That’s close to being unfair at this point.
The next draw to be made was the illustrious Champions League. Bizarrely we were seeded 1st, despite having one of the lowest coefficient’s in the tournament.
I’m happy with the group. Dortmund, Ajax and Celtic will provide us with a tough test but we are capable of finishing at least 2nd.
There is no real group of death in my eyes. Group A is possibly the hardest, but the Champions League always brings surprises. I’m sure it will be a great tournament this year.
Wolves (8th) vs Everton (13th)
Premier League, 15/8/2020
Everton is the type of game we certainly should be picking up all three points at. They are around our level and we should be beating teams like this in order to challenge for a top 6 place.
We played a good game. Everton hardly had a snuff really but Jordan Pickford had other ideas. He was phenominal. With a total of 13 saves and an average rating of 8.3 he single handedly stopped us winning.
An incredible performance from the England goalkeeper and our slow start to the campaign continues.
Our 3rd draw in four matches leaves us in 9th. Not the best but it’s a long campaign. New boy Bruno Fernandes has started well enough, while Jota has been the stand out player with 3 goals in 4 matches.
September proves to be a tougher test so I imagine we will be playing many of our matches on the counter.
Our adventure into the Champions League starts with an away trip to Ajax. Donny van de Beek will be no doubt excited to play against his old club.
We need to start showing how clinical we can be in front of goal if we are to pick up points in September. A lot of tough games, but we must get used to it if we have aspirations to compete in the Champions League each year.
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