Wandering to Titles – Champions League Dream Start (September) Episode 16

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Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers Story.

Season 2, Episode 16

September 2020 is the time we as a club take our first step into the Champions League. The city is buzzing and the players are raring to go.

After a slow start to our campaign, I hope to find some sort of consistancy within our play. I have made quite a few additions to the squad, but I hope they will start to gel quickly.

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Chelsea (6th) vs Wolves (9th)
12/9/2020 Premier League

Chelsea had just come from a 4-0 loss at Liverpool. There’s only two ways this could play out. Either their heads are down and we take advantage of that, or the loss has fired them up.

I guess it was the latter. Chelsea had the vast majority of the ball. We surprisingly went ahead first but Chelsea launched into a new gear and tore us apart. Stamford Bridge is always a tough place to go, but I expect better from the boys.

Ajax vs Wolves
16/9/2020 Champions League Group G

Our first taste of Champions League football was an away trip to Ajax. The 4 time winners are a great side, but with Dortmund also in the group, they are a team that ideally we need to take points off.

Donny van de Beek starts against his old team. I hope his experience of knowing his old team mates will serve him well.

It was an fairly even affair in regards to chances created. But we managed to come out on top with another Jota goal.

New boy Fernandes took one for the team as Tadic ran through on goal with only Patricio to beat. Fernandes took him down and he was already walking off before the referee brandished his red card.

He knew what had to be done, but it left us in the lurch. In the end it paid off as we came home with all three points. Satisfied.

Wolves (15th) vs Brighton (10th)
19/9/2020 Premier League

I consider this game a must win. With only 1 win from 5 in the league so far, we need to kick on. Despite the red card last outing, Fernandes still plays.

An emphatic win for us. We went down 1-0 early on but I’m very pleased with how we responded. I believe this is my biggest win as manager of Wolves to date.

Augustinsson was a threat all game down the left while Jota continued his fine form in front of goal. He sits at the top of the goal scorers list in the Premier League now with 6 to his name.

Wolves vs Liverpool
22/9/2020 League Cup 3rd Round

A hugely rotated side will be played against Liverpool. The Brighton game was only 3 days ago and we needed the points there.

The League Cup is the lowest on my priorities so the fringe players will play – I expect a rotated side from Liverpool also.

A crazy 3 minutes allowed us to progress onto the next round. A bizarre Andre Horta own goal. He had the chance to head the ball off the line, but it looked like he positioned his feet all wrong and he ended up heading into our net.

But this was the 2nd game on the bounce winning from a losing position. All three goals were scored 1 minute after another. A quick turn around and Tonali scored his first for the club. A huge confidence boost, I’m sure.

We draw recently relegated Crystal Palace in the next round.

Man City (5th) vs Wolves (8th)
26/9/2020 Premier League

Pep is yet to win against me. We managed to beat them twice within 4 days last year, and the other result was a draw. I’m sure he’s dying to get one over on me.

Aguero is out with a twisted ankle. I’m not one for hoping an opponent is injured, but I can’t hide that I’m pleased not to see him playing. They still have Harry Kane, mind you.

Pablo Maffeo is an ex Man City youth player. Originally he signed for 85k back in the 2013/14 season, however he did not make an appearance for them. I’m sure he will like to get one up on them also.

It was a day to forget for us, and especially for Pablo Maffeo.

A quick double from City just before half time really set us back. Not even 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Maffeo saw himself get a 2nd yellow card and we had no way back. A shame.

We can’t dwell on this result. Onto the next.

Wolves (2nd) vs Borussia Dortmund (1st)
29/9/2020 Champions League Group G

Dortmund are flying high at the moment. They are unbeaten all season and only have 1 draw to their name. This is be the toughest of tests. We will certainly need our home crowd to be the loudest the can possibly be tonight.

Bruno Fernandes is of course suspended for this one, so Andre Horta will take centre stage. He’s yet to register an assist or goal to his name, but I’m sure they will come.

What a match. Somehow we’ve inflicted Dortmund’s first defeat of the season. We were unbelievable at times. We went 3-0 up within 15 minutes and from then on we just tried to control the game.

Andre Horta was sensational. It really makes it hard to drop him for the next match. How can I after that performance?

We’re 2 for 2 in the Champions League. Very unexpected but I’m proud of my players. We show no fear when it comes to playing the big boys.

September Overview

We had a better month this time round. While only one win in the Premier League, I think it can be forgiven that we failed to pick up any points at Chelsea or City. On another day, maybe we can get something, but we are certainly not expected to, especially away from home.

Jota was in sensational form. 6 goals this month, putting him up to 9 in total.

We’ve won 4 in 5 games since Mustafi has entered the first XI. Conincidence? Not sure yet, but he has been playing fairly well. Possibly his experience is helping the other lads on the pitch.

So where does that leave us?

10th is the answer. Not a blistering start by any means, but that can all change very quickly, as we know. Newcastle have started horribly with no points on the board after 7 games.

Liverpool are continuing their dominance with a surprise Watford level on points with them. We host The Hornets, next.

Portuguese Dominance

We have a lot of Portuguese players, thanks to the boards insistance on signing them.

Six of our seven highest rated players this season are Portuguese. Incredible, really. I’m happy the two new boys, Horta and Fernandes, are settling in well.

There is a little unrest in the squad as I had to leave Dendoncker out of the Champions League squad due to registration requirements. It’s unfortunate he didn’t make the cut and I may have to find a new home for him and get in some home-grown talent.

October’s Next

On paper it’s an easier month in October. But football is a funny old game and can throw surprises at you.

As mentioned before, Watford are high flying at the moment and it will be a tough game.

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2 thoughts on “Wandering to Titles – Champions League Dream Start (September) Episode 16

  1. Steady start to the prem with some tough fixtures but superb start in the Champions League!

    Whats your aim for this season, top 7 and knockout stages of CL?

    Got to have a good chance to progress after that start.

    • A top 7 finish and knockout stages for sure, especially after the start we’ve had.

      The Prem is so competitive it’s crazy. Breaking that top 6 consistently will be hard. Spurs have no European football this season so their sole focus will be the league.

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