Wandering to Titles – Growing in Confidence (November) Episode 18

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Welcome back to my Football Manager 2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers Story.

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Season 2, Episode 18

A short month in terms of fixture for November before the very busy festive period.

I class these fixtures as all winnable, and if we can pull that off, we should be able to generate some great momentum to help propel us up the table.

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Celtic (4th) vs Wolves (1st)
4/11/2020 Champions League Group G

A win here and we could qualify for the knockout rounds in our first ever season in the Champions League.

Mustafi bruised a couple ribs prior to the match, but with Mepham struggling for a bit of fitness, the German still plays. He can solider through it.

A fairly comfortable victory for us. Celtic just weren’t up to the task. We hit them each time on the counter while not allowing them many glaringly obvious chances. Cutrone showed his talent as he filled in for Jota – a perfect start to our star strikers injury layoff.

I think it shows just how far we’ve come in such a short time when I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to get a clean sheet.

And with that win, we qualify for the First Knockout round. My goal here is to definitely finish first. In doing so would give us the best chance to avoid any of the huge teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Fulham (20th) vs Wolves (10th)
21/11/2020 Premier League

A huge gap between Celtic and Fulham as we allow our players to go off on international duty.

Van den Brom continues to leave van de Beek out of the Dutch national side – the third time in a row. I hope this spurs him on to give his all for Wolves to earn back his place.

Fulham sit at the bottom of the barrel with 1 win in 11 matches so far. Let’s take this game to them.

This was a really tough game to watch from the sidelines. I thought it was going to be one of those days.

It didn’t play particularly well, but well enough for us to score more. Fulham really had some chances to atleast come out with a point.

We had a total of 36 shots, with only 9 of them being long shots. An incredible 6 times we hit the woodwork. I’m very thankful we came away with all 3 points as we were very unlucky at times this match.

Bruno Fernandes is starting to show why we spent so much on him. He has 5 assists in his last 5 matches. He’s doing exactly what is expected. If he can add a few more goals to his game, he will be unstoppable.

Wolves (1st) vs Ajax (3rd)
24/11/2020 Champions League, Group G

We haven’t dropped a single point in the Champions League yet. While there aren’t many days of rest between this match and Fulham, I intend to not rotate too much.

We’re on a great run of form and I hope to keep it that way.

The match was a lot easier than the scoreline suggests. We even out did ourselves from the previous game by having an incredible 37 shots on target. Ajax just didn’t turn up today.

Jimenez scored with just 17 seconds on the clock and that set the tone for the rest of the match.

Celtic beat Borussia Dortmund in the last outing with a 92nd minute winner giving them slight hope they can progress.

But given the fact that we have already qualified in top spot, I will not be playing a full strength side – there is just no need.

We are also the only team yet to drop points – a fantastic showing for our first campaign in the competition.

Wolves (8th) vs Aston Villa (14th)
27/11/2020 Premier League

We finish off this short month with a home tie to Aston Villa. With three victories on the bounce, we head into this fixture full of confidence.

Doherty and Jota take their place on the bench as they slowly ease back into things after slight injuries.

This becomes our third 2-1 victory in as many games while we also concede a very late goal yet again.

I can’t complain too much as we are coming away with the win, but it’s a little concerning that we may be getting a little too complacent towards the latter stages of the game.

FA Cup Draw

With a plethora of teams to be matched up against, I’m glad we avoided a Premier League team for the third round.

We come up against newly promoted Championship side Oxford United. They sit just above the drop zone in 18th at the current time of the draw so I fancy our chances with a rotated side.

League Standings

We’ve climbed to our highest position in the league with our recent results. After a shaky start, we’ve strung together some solid performances and now we’re not too far behind the big-six pack.

Chelsea is the biggest surprise of the season so far, and for all the wrong reasons. While they are not too fair behind us, with their squad, they should certainly be doing better.

They’re problem right now is their inability to win against the big teams. 4 of their 5 losses have been against the ‘big-six’ teams. Frank Lampard’s job could be in jeopardy if they carry on.

Top of the Class

While there were only 2 games played this month in the league I found myself being awarded manager of the month for the 2nd time in my career.

Not the biggest month to shout about since other managers did also have a 100% record in the league, but I will take it nonetheless.

On top of that, the board are happy with my performance so far this season. I feel we are progressing well as a unit and I am looking forward to my future with Wolves.

Busy Holiday Season

December becomes a much tougher month in terms of quality and quantity of fixtures.

The month starts off with a very tough set of 3 matches. Although the Borussia Dortmund game has been made a little obsolete due to us confirming our 1st position in the group already. However, I do intend to try and win that game to keep up momentum.

A home tie versus Manchester United in the EFL Cup will be an interesting one. It’s one a piece between me and Manchester United so far in my career. They’re a great side and current champions of the competition.

Oddly, we play Leeds United back-to-back in the league at the end of the month. This fixtures may change, but right now that’s very strange.

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