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    1 up v Dussel as well and lost it late - GUTTED!

    SMASHED Chelsea

    Barca be tough over 2 legs

    Dussel need to go some to lose it but GD could be key which you have the advantage of

    Looks like Bayern dropped in this update as well?

    The "old man" Haidara is modern day James Milner and showing the kids how's its done!

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    Unfortunate run in the Bundesliga but all steam ahead in the Champions League! Good luck vs Barcelona.

    With a bit of luck Dusseldorf stumble. Conceding that 87th minute goal to Dusseldorf could prove costly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    1 up v Dussel as well and lost it late - GUTTED!

    SMASHED Chelsea

    Barca be tough over 2 legs

    Dussel need to go some to lose it but GD could be key which you have the advantage of

    Looks like Bayern dropped in this update as well?

    The "old man" Haidara is modern day James Milner and showing the kids how's its done!
    I'm well pleased with Haidara.

    I think the standards of each of the top three have been really high this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renitor View Post
    Unfortunate run in the Bundesliga but all steam ahead in the Champions League! Good luck vs Barcelona.

    With a bit of luck Dusseldorf stumble. Conceding that 87th minute goal to Dusseldorf could prove costly.
    When that happened, my first thought was that their name is on this title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Have to give the Dusseldorf defence huge praise. They have been phenomenal. As you say, theirs to lose now.
    2 cups would not be a bad season and you know you can do it.
    I'll be well pleased with 2 cups. Düsseldorf have been knocking on the door for a while. A couple of seasons ago they were runners up in the Bundesliga, and were beaten in the Champions League Final.

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    May 2032

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    Bundesliga

    Viktoria Köln 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2

    (532 Defensive, customised) (352 Attacking)

    Goals (BM in bold, assisters in brackets)

    Stankovic 14 (Tache)
    Rossi 38 (Haidara)
    Vieira 45

    Man of the Match: Alex Saputo

    Attendance 10486


    Bernhard Stankovic came in for the injured Benedikt Langer, and justified his selection by heading us into a 14th minute lead. Facundo Rossi doubled our lead from an Amadou Haidara corner in the 38th minute, but Vitor Hugo Vieira pulled one back for Viktoria Köln on the stroke of half time.

    We had dominated the first half, and the hosts had Soren Schulz to thank for keeping the score down.

    The second half was much more even, and my old club seemed to have a lot of possession late on, but we defended well, with my back three winning 19 tackles and 8 headers between them.

    Alex Saputo underlined his growing stature with another Man of the Match performance on the left of the back three, that saw him win 9 tackles, and 4 headers.

    Düsseldorf won to remain 6 points clear with 3 games to go.


    Champions League Semi Final 1st Leg

    Barcelona 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach 0

    (442)======(352 Attacking)

    Goals

    Moukoko 48

    Man of the Match: Kevin Mokoena

    Attendance 93757


    This was a game of two halves. We started the game well, hit the woodwork twice in the opening 8 minutes, and on the balance of play, were the better side in the first half, and was unlucky not to have a lead at half time.

    Barcelona started the second half well, and took the lead. In truth, we never looked like equalising after that, and struggled to keep Barcelona from extending their lead.

    There's plenty to play for in the second leg, and I feel like we have a chance of beating them.

    Kevin Mokoena came in for the knackered Alex Saputo, and put in a majestic performance on the left hand side of the back three, winning 12 tackles, 7 of which were key.


    Bundesliga

    Borussia Mönchengladbach 5 RB Leipzig 0

    (4132)===================(451 customised)

    Goals

    Saputo 5
    Stankovic 18
    San Roman 21 (Mukenga)
    Carmona 74 (Lathouwers)
    Bosnjak 85 (Mukenga)

    Man of the Match: Unai San Roman

    Attendance 61973


    I had four changes forced upon me for this game. Colin Medved, Facundo Rossi, and Brian Miranda were suspended, and Amadou Haidara had low condition. I also made an unforced change, and left out Thierry Tache.

    I felt that 4132 was the best formation with the players available, and it worked a treat, securing an emphatic win over mid table RB Leipzig, which closes the gap on Düsseldorf to 3 points, whose game in hand is tomorrow against FC Bayern.


    Champions League Semi Final 2nd Leg




    As you can see, we reached the Champions League Final in dramatic fashion! I've never seen a penalty shoot out like it. We went first, and my emotions flip flopped between frustration and relief after each of the first 8 penalties.




    I wouldn't normally change a winning team for Bundesliga or Champions League games unless there was injury, suspension, or low condition. I make exceptions though, and 'must win' Champions League Semi Finals are one of them. With the form that Amadou Haidara and Brian Miranda have shown this season, it would have been crackers to have not started with them, so despite providing 2 assists against RB Leipzig, Mukoko Mukenga had to make way for Haidara, and Leonel Benítez had to make way for Miranda.

    We dominated the first half, and when Unai San Roman was brought down in the box by the Barcelona keeper, a penalty was awarded, and a red card shown. Miranda made no mistake from the spot, to give us a lead, and level the aggregate score.

    We threw everything at them in the second half, but just couldn't find that second goal. It went to extra time, and substitute Thierry Tache had a great chance to score, but missed his opportunity.

    The penalty shoot out prevailed, and once again, Brian Miranda was the man who made the difference.

    Liverpool beat Düsseldorf 3-0 in the 2nd Leg of the other Semi Final, to go through 3-0 on aggregate, and set up a repeat of the 1977 European Cup Final.


    Bundesliga

    St. Pauli 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach 2

    (451 customised) (532 Attacking)

    Goals (BM in bold, assisters in brackets)

    Benítez 8 (Tache)
    Tache 45 (Mukenga)
    Glatzel 75

    Man of the Match: Thierry Tache

    Attendance 32092


    With this game coming just three days after playing 120 minutes against Barcelona, I was forced to make 6 changes due to injury and low condition.

    It's a testament to the depth of this squad, that returning players were able to come in, do a job, and get us the three points.

    Leonel Benítez got on the end of a ball from Thierry Tache - playing behind the front two - to give us an early lead. Tache then got on the end of a ball into the box from Mukoko Mukenga, to head us into a 2-0 lead just before half time.

    We lost a bit of intensity in the second half, and I had a nervous last 15 minutes or so when the hosts pulled one back, but we managed to see out a win with every outfield player aged 21 or under.

    Meanwhile, Düsseldorf drew their previous game with Bayern, to move 4 points clear of us, meaning they can wrap up the title if they beat Schalke tomorrow.

    Bundesliga

    Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 Freiburg 0

    (451)====================(343)

    Goals (Assisters in brackets)

    Jedynak 39 (Lathouwers)

    Man of the Match: Niels Lathouwers

    Attendance 63140


    Düsseldorf beat Schalke to clinch the Bundesliga title with a game to spare, so I put out a team of fringe players for this game, that had an average age of 19.

    We were the better side in the first half, and had a deserved lead at half time, when Jan Jedynak scored his first goal of the season.

    The second half was a bit scrappy, and we had to rely on Elia Saporetti to make a fine double save early in the second half, but we finished up as worthy winners.


    Final League Table






    Congratulations to Düsseldorf who are extremely worthy winners of the 2032 Bundesliga. They will be delighted after finishing as runners up in 2029 and 2030. Beating us at home and away proved to be crucial to their success.

    I'll do a more detailed analysis of our season after the DFB Pokal Final, but take a look at the image below.




    Compared to our title winning season last year, this season we've won more games, scored more goals, conceded less goals, and won more points. I think that this shows how great Düsseldorf's achievement is. Even Bayern in 3rd place picked up more points this season than they have in some of their title winning seasons.

    Congratulations also to my former club Viktoria Köln for achieving their highest ever 4th place finish. My successor Alessandro Florenzi has added experience to the young squad that I left him with, and appears to be slowly turning them into title contenders.


    Forthcoming Fixtures





    Two huge games coming up. I'll do a special update after each game, like I did when Viktoria Köln reached two finals.

    I said in a previous update that I think that ourselves and Liverpool will meet again in the near future. I didn't expect it to be so soon. Borussia Mönchengladbach have only reached one other European Cup Final in their history, and that was also against Liverpool 55 years ago (43 years in real life at the time of writing). Mönchengladbach lost that game. The two clubs also met in the 1973 UEFA Cup Final, which Liverpool also won, so we'll be looking to avenge those defeats.

    We beat Liverpool in December, when we met in the 2nd phase, then drew 1-1 at Anfield with an under strength XI, so I believe we have a great chance of success. However, we won't be underestimating a team that beat Düsseldorf 3-0 in the semi final, and have comfortably retained the Premier League title.

    I think that we are clear favourites to beat FC Köln in the DFB Pokal, though we lost 0-1 at their place at the start of the season. We beat them 3-0 at home.

    Whatever the outcome is of these games, I think we've proved that we can compete on all fronts, though I'll be gutted if we don't have at least one piece of silverware to take back to the Stadion im Borussia-Park.

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    Mahoosive update

    Couldn't do much more in the league - fai play to Dussel

    Wahahhhahahahahahahahahahah -what a hilarious pen shootout - I bet you were indeed FUMING!

    I was worried after the first leg but fair play for getting through

    Very successful season - well - would be a killer if no trophy so for sure need to bag one of them!

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    one down, 2 to go.
    Dusseldorf did brilliant to lose just 2 all season
    Amazing penalties
    The artist formally known as The Eejit

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    Champions League Final 2032 Update




    Just like in 1977, Liverpool took the lead, Borussia Mönchengladbach equalised, then Liverpool scored twice to win the game 3-1.




    Due to a glitch in the game, both sides had players missing, due to international call-ups for the forthcoming European Championships. As a result, we were without experienced goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

    We started the game well, and the Liverpool keeper did well to keep us at bay. As the first half wore on, our opponents got more into the game, and took the lead.

    We started the second half well, and Bernhard Stankovic headed in Brian Miranda's cross, to level the scoreline.

    We seemed to run out of steam, so I brought on Colin Medved for Jim Whelan, and switched to the 352 formation. I then brought on Josh Sargent for Bernhard Stankovic with just 6 minutes of normal time remaining.

    We put Liverpool under considerable pressure for the remainder of normal time, but once again, their keeper was outstanding.

    We went into extra time, and continued piling on the pressure, but just couldn't find a way past Rok Kavcic.

    Eventually Liverpool started to get on top, and made their chances count, with two goals in five minutes.

    There was no way back for us, and we have to suffer the bitter taste of a Champions League Final defeat.






    As you can see from the images above, this was a harsh defeat. We were wasteful in front of goal, with Brian Miranda and Marcos Vera particularly culpable, but how often do you come up against a 10 out of 10 Man of the Match performance from the opposition goalkeeper?

    As a unit, and individually, we didn't defend well, and ultimately this cost us. In the short term, we need to pick ourselves up for the DFB Pokal Final in four days time, and in the longer term, use this disappointment to drive us to win the Champions League one day.

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    Uppa Reds!

    Deffo need to win the cup final now - will be trophyless otherwise?

    Not an ideal game to get superkeepered

    How's the fitness looking for the team give you just had ET?!

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    When is the cup final?

    Might you lose more players to the Euros before its played? Very annoying that losing Lafont may have cost you the cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post


    Uppa Reds!

    Deffo need to win the cup final now - will be trophyless otherwise?

    Not an ideal game to get superkeepered

    How's the fitness looking for the team give you just had ET?!
    Quote Originally Posted by Renitor View Post
    When is the cup final?

    Might you lose more players to the Euros before its played? Very annoying that losing Lafont may have cost you the cup.
    The cup final is four days after the Champions League Final, fitness wise, most players are okay surprisingly, and thankfully no more players have been called up for international duty.

    Update to follow....

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    DFB Pokal Final 2032 Update




    A stunning first half display saw us smash 5 goals past FC Köln to set us on our way to rounding off the season with some silverware.

    I made three changes after the Liverpool defeat, and switched to the familiar 352 formation that I tend to favour.




    The lads put recent disappointments behind them, and responded in blistering fashion.

    5 minutes
    : Unai San Roman headed Amadou Haidara's corner into the path of Igor Bosnjak, who smashed us into a 1-0 lead.

    12 minutes
    : Facundo Rossi brought the ball out from defence, kept going, then sent a far post cross to San Roman, who headed us into a 2-0 lead.

    25 minutes: San Roman involved again, and found Haidara's run into the area. The Malian international showed some fancy footwork, and kept his composure to make it 3-0.

    29 minutes: Bernhard Stankovic received the ball from a throw in, turned nicely, took the ball into the area, then put in a cross for Brian Miranda to head us into a 4-0 lead.

    32 minutes: Haidara received the ball from Miranda's knockdown, swivelled, then sent a cross to the far post for Stijn Lokando to head us into an incredible 5-0 lead.

    At this point, it became an exercise in damage limitation for FC Köln, who contained us for the remainder of the game.






    After the season we've had, it would've been incredibly disappointing to have finished 2nd in every competition, so I'm delighted that we've been able to win the DFB Pokal, in such emphatic style. It's nice to finish the season on a high.

    This achievement means that I now have to win two more Bundesligas and a European trophy to allow myself to apply for the Barcelona job when it comes up.

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    Congratulations - great season, almost and unbelievable season. The Treble may come

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