My first season in France finished with a 1-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the French Cup Final,on my birthday it was my 3rd cup final defeat in my managerial career so far.
We had a very good season in Ligue 1 finishing 3rd 6 points behind PSG in 2nd and 10 points behind Champions AS Monaco. Lucas Pratto and Moussa Dembele hit the goals that gave us the 3rd place finish but it was left back Benjamin Mendy who was the player of the season with a season average of 7.71 in 50 odd games. We topped the possession table with an average of 64% which I am pleased because it shows we managed to instil the Juego de Posicion philosophy. An injury to Anthony Martial kept him out for 4 months of the season so I had to rethink my 4-3-3 formation and went with a 2-4-1-2-1 with both Kondogbia and Sydorchuk performing well in a double pivot. In the Europa League we reached the 2nd knockout round going out to Mainz on goal difference.
The board have offered me a 3 year contract extension which I have signed and look forward to the coming season has we have a lot of players leaving the club which gives me a chance to further mould my squad to match my long term goal of being contenders at home in France and in Europe. I have an idea about how I am going to tweak our formation.
Ligue 1 Final Table 2018-2019
French Cup Final
My Manager Profile To Date
New Contract Extension