We have reached the winter break in season 3, it’s been a fantastic few months for us on the back of winning the Supercoppa at the start of the season, we are top of the table by 5 points. Our summer signings have settled in to the club and our tactical system better than I could have imagined. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a goal machine he has netted 30 goals in the first half of the season including 13 in 6 Champions League games which as enabled us to top the group and set up a First Knockout Round tie against Valencia. During the summer I made the decision to inject the squad with players who I thought could take us to the next level, which in our case is success in Europe. Aubameyang is the explosive forward that can win the tight games you get in Europe. The Champions League Draw in Zurich put us in group G alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Atlético Madrid and Sporting Club Portugal. An interesting group kicked off for us at home in Florence against Sporting were we ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a hat-trick for the Goal Machine Aubameyang. Matchday 2 took us to White Hart Lane against Tottenham. I told the boys “to go out and give our traveling supporters a performance they deserve. We came out the blocks on the front foot and raced in to a 3-0 half time lead with goals from Kagawa, Isco and Spurs old boy Toby Alderweireld. Two 2nd half goals from Aubameyang and a Spurs consolation goal gave us all 3 points. On Mathday 3 we welcomed Atlético Madrid to Florence and yet again we got all 3 points after a 4-2 victory with goals from Aubameyang 2, Carrasco and Elneny. Matchday 4 and the return game in the Vicente Calderón against Athletic Club . We lost the game 2-1, Aubameyang got our consolation goal. Aubameyang then recorded another hat trick in a 3-3 draw in Portugal against Sporting. We went in to Matchday 5 with the knowledge that we had qualified for the knockout rounds . The game itself turned out to be a very entertaining ending in a 2-2 draw with goals from…….yes you guessed it Aubameyang. We have been drawn against Valencia in the first knockout round .
Champions League Results
Formation And Most Picked XI
Below is a screenshot shot of the system we are using this season in an attempt to dominate the ball and produce a fluent passing game.
The Viola Story So Far
Serie A Runners Up – Coppa Italia Winners
Serie A Champions – Italian Super Cup Winners – Coppa Italia Runners Up
Italian Super Cup Winners