Welcome to choke-ville as we fluff our chances of winning the Premier League title in my first season as Chelsea manager. With three games left we were sitting nicely on top of the league, flying high with a pie in the sky. Then we came crashing down like a giant turd thrown out of a university dorm window landing with a great big SPLAT on the grey, concrete blocks of despair.
By the time the humiliating defeat at the hands of Sunderland at Stamford Bridge came around, the title had already been secured by Manchester United. Willian and Morata performed well during the season but our lack of a clinical striker was our own undoing. A team in transition with a lack of quality in very area of the pitch leads me to believe that we overachieved. The board think otherwise.
Following the disappointment of failing this season came the board’s expectations for next season. Nothing less than winning the Premier League title appears to be acceptable and the pressure is on like Donkey Dong. Luckily I had PLENTY of money to spend…so I spent it quickly. I really needed too as I lost my best players.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I had taken over a team in transition with ageing players and others wanting to leave to go onto bigger and better things. Willian, Alaba, Hazard and Rugani were my biggest losses of the summer transfer window but I was confident of improving upon my second placed position with the young talent I had brought in.
Leon Goretzka signed from Schalke for £69m and is somebody I always buy in FM games. He is starting to really make a name for himself in real life and his versatility in midfield is vital to any team chasing success.
Niklas Sule was easier to prise away from his club than Goretzka and signed for just under £27m. His height and physicality at centre back were sorely needed with Rugani leaving and the club managed to make some profit in the process. Win win.
Julian Brandt is an absolute gem of a left winger. I’ve had my reservations about signing him in the past but with Hazard leaving a gaping whole out wide I needed to take the risk. £72m he cost me in the end and I hope it’s money well spent in the end.
Franck Kessie is an Ivorian juggernaut in midfield and worth every penny of the £42m I paid for him. He adds further strength and depth in the centre of my midfield.
After the defeat to Sunderland I bumped into Gabriel Jesus on holiday and saw him dancing on the beach. “Call me” he said, so I waited the usual three days before calling… and he signed for me for a princely sum of £49m. Worth every penny in my book as he can assist and score goals from anywhere on the pitch.