Winter Break 2018-2019
We have reached the winter break in a good position 9 points clear of Juventus our closest rivals. Our only defeat in the league was inflicted on us by Juventus in the last game before the winter break in the Juventus stadium by 3 goals to 1. We have kept 11 clean sheets in our opening 17 games with only Juve scoring more than 1 goal against us. It gives us a solid platform to build our second half of the season on. Alvaro Morata has hit the ground running with 13 league goals. Luciano Vietto has scored 8 goals despite picking up a couple of injuries that as sidelined him. I don’t have any plans of bringing anybody in to the club during the transfer window. Forgive me for the short update but I have got another post waiting to go in the next 24 hours.
Serie A Results
We started our European adventure with a 2-1 win at home against Marcelo Bielsa’s Chelsea. We trailed 1-0 at the break despite dominating the half and it took until the 74th minute to get back on level terms with an outstanding volley from Morata who I was just about to replace. Just as the game looked like ending in a draw Granit Xhaka hit a last minute winner to sink Chelsea and give us a well deserved 3 points. Next up a tricky game away to Shahktar Donetsk produced another Granit Xhaka winner after just 7 minutes that gave us a hard fought 1-0 win. A double header next against Steaua with the first leg in Bucherest ending in a 5-0 win for us. The game was one way traffic with Alvaro Morata leading the way with a first half hat-trick. Our other 2 goals also came in the first period via Pjaca and Thiago. The 2nd leg was much like the first leg with us winning the game 4-0 and another Morata hat-trick against the Romanians, Gnoukouri got our other goal. Bielsa got his revenge against us in the return game in London, Chelsea won 2-0 and looked like they could have defended all night long without us troubling them. On to our last game in the group were we entertained our supporters with a convincing 5-1 victory over Shahktar with our goals coming from Laporte, Vietto 2, Berardi and Xhaka. So a very good group stage for us puts us in to the knockout rounds. We have drawn Glasgow Celtic in the first knockout round.
Group C Table
A short lived Coppa for us has we lost 1-3 at Empoli, Zivkovic got our goal in a game we need to forget after a below par performance.
I will be posting our end of season review in the next 24 hours so until then Arriverderchi