The Season is over and we are celebrating winning the treble after we added the Serie A title and Coppa Italia to the European Super Cup. We won the League with a record points total after losing just 1 game all season. We also added two fantastic players to the squad in Thiago Alcantara and Aymeric Laporte I feel these two players will fit in to our philosophy and system. We also let both Gary Medel (U.S Sassuolo) and Jelson Murillo (Bayern Munich) leave the club after both struggled for game time. I continued to use our tactical system which is now known as Verticalità (Verticality) which I will be posting about shortly.
U.S Sassuolo (Home) Won 1-0 A good win after the winter break, Steven Jovetic getting the winner after 51 minutes in a game which we dominated from start to finish.
Spezia (Home) Won 2-0 Granit Xhaka got a brace for us in the Meazza has we strengthened our lead at the top of the table.
Pescara (Away) Won 4-3 What a game Pescara ran us all the way but our quality saw us through with Vietto 2, Jovetic and Berardi getting the goals to deny Pescara after a gutsy performance.
Sampdoria (Home) Won 3-0 Three second half goals turned our superiority in to three points. Vietto, Odegaard and Neves with three clinical strikes.
Lazio (Away) Drawn 0-0 A rare blank from us has we failed to take our chances against a well organised 3-5-2 which frustrated us from start to finish. Definitely the best performance against us this season.
Fiorentina (Away) Won 2-1 Back to winning ways but we laboured to victory. I was not happy with our performance and let the boys know at both half time and full time. We won the game thanks to an own goal and a Berardi penalty.
Torino (Home) Won 2-1 I shook the team up and brought in 4 players Zivkovic, Perisic, Pjaca and Gnoukouri after our poor performance in Florence. Zivkovic and Jovetic got the goals but it was the superb performance of Kondogbia which stood out. He has been a rock for me in my time here, and there is no wonder Real Madrid are monitoring him.
Empoli (Away) Won 5-1 The Domenico Berardi show with a superb hat-trick accompanied by goals from Kondogbia and Vietto. Berardi has settled well in to the system playing in the role of right inside forward.
Bologna (Home) Won 2-0 We look to have got our game back on track Luciano Vietto with 2 clinical finishes which have opened up a 12 point lead at the top.
Udinese (Away) Won 4-1 Jovetic 2 Berardi and a first goal for us from Aymeric Laporte cemented our place at the top of the table. I am starting to think it’s our year for the title.
Palermo (Home) Won 1-0 A late Jovetic winner does not tell the story of a game in which we had 73% of the ball against a Palermo side suffering from tiredness and an injury crisis.
Napoli (Away) Won 3-1 A solid performance against 3rd place Napoli. We edged the first period and went in at the break 1 up thanks to a converted penalty from Berardi. We came out for the restart on the front foot but conceded a poor goal after a John Stones mistake. We regrouped and had in form Jovetic to thank with 2 goals that gave us a win that qualifies us for the Champions League next season.
Genoa (Home) Won 3-0 A first half performance that puts us on the brink of the title, goals from Berardi and Thiago 2 give us a 3-0 win and 3 points off lifting the title.
AS Roma (Away) Won 7-4 Wow what a game see screenshot above Berardi 5 goals and a Alex Telles brace secure the title in a game that had everything.
AC Milan (Home) Won 4-0 What a better way to celebrate winning the title with a 4-0 hammering of Milan in the derby. The highlight of the game for me though was Andrea Pinamonti scoring his first senior goal for the club, this kid looks the real deal and will be in our first team squad next season. Odegaard a brace and Jovetic completed the scoring.
Juventus (Away) Won 2-0 Two second half goals from Berardi against our big rival’s gave us the points in the derby of Italy. We won with ease against a subdued Juventus side. Are we seeing a Juve side who need rebuilding after dominating the league for so many years. I feel Juve will strengthen in the summer has they look to avenge us after this season.
Verona (Home) Won 5-2 Marco Pjaca netted 3 goals along with one each for Berardi and Odegaard has we extend our unbeaten run in the League to 17 games.
Cesena (Away) Won 3-1 A chance to change and tweak a few roles in the system against relegated Cesena. We got the win courtesy of Jovetic,Vietto and Odegaard.
Carpi (Home) Won 3-2 A chance to avenge our only defeat of the season which came at the end of last year. We got the win against a very spirited Carpi side who played well throughout. Neves,Vietto and Pjaca with our goals.
U.S Sassuolo (Away) Won 4-1 A chance to catch up with Gary Medel who joined Sassuolo in January. Jovetic got 2 early goals to settle us along with a Kondogbia goal which had us 3 up inside 10 minutes. We added one more late on in the 2nd half through Odegaard who is being tracked by Barcelona.
So near but yet so far, I was convinced our form would take us to European glory after we dispatched both Real Madrid and Chelsea to set up a Semi Final against Mourinho’s Manchester United however we got rumbled by Mourinho over the 2 legs which left us thinking what might have been. The Final itself was contested by both Manchester teams with Jurgen Klopps City winning 2-1 to make it a hat-trick of English wins in the competition after Arsenal had won it in the past 2 seasons.
We lifted the Coppa Italia by beating Napoli 4-2 in the final after extra time. Goals from Odegaard and Thiago got our goals in normal time before both Odegaard and Berardi won us the game in extra time which completed our treble this season.
Yuto Nagatomo led the way for a third season on the bounce with the top average rating 8.21 over the season.. Luciano Vietto netted 46 goals, Berardi 25 goals, Jovetic 16 goals and Neves 13 goals. Plenty of goals from our players resulted in us having our best season during my time here.
The Under 20’s retained the title and won it in style with an unbeatable season in which they also won the Under 20’s Cup.
Andrea Pinamonti (Above) scored over 40 goals for the Under 20’s and will make the tans it ion in to the first team squad next season.
Like the Under 20’s the Under 18’s retained the title.
So we have come to the end of the season a very good season that as seen us complete a treble and get to the Champions League Semi Final. I started the season with hope of the title in Italy because after 2 near misses in seasons 1 and 2 I felt the club needed to make their mark at home. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have now created a system which is known by the name Verticalità which is based on Marcelo Bielsa’s Verticality Philosophy. I now have the system playing how I want to it too by using 2 formations a 4-3-3 and a 2-3-2-2-1. I am writing a post about it and how I implement the system but I must stress this is not a plug and play tactic that will work with any side. I watch a lot of games in full and make changes in game just like Bielsa, switching roles and formations to get the right result. So far it’s worked for me but sometimes it can come a cropper like our Semi Final defeat to Manchester United In the Champions League. It also can produce Bielsa like performances like our 7-4 win to secure the title against Roma. Overall the system works very well in producing the football and results I desire. Thanks for following my blog and the interaction from the FM Community. I will be back soon with a new post so keep your eyes peeled.
The Story So Far
2017-2018 Serie A Champions – Coppa Italia Winners – European Super Cup Winners Supercoppa Runners Up
2016-2017 Serie A Runners Up – Europa Lge Winners – Supercoppa Winners – Coppa Italia Runners Up
2015-2016 Serie A Runners Up – Coppa Italia Winners