It's been a bit since I've posted an update here, since I've been a bit slow playing it with all the challenges I'm involved in elsewhere on this forum, and also that it's peak golf season at the moment which does tend to eat up a lot of time!
Dortmund - Season 1
Dortmund didn't have much of a budget when I came in, so I went with their current main striker for season 1, Stipe Perica. He looked pretty decent but I didn't have much confidence in him to make the required mark of 68 goals.
Dortmund were in the Europa League having finished 6th the previous season.
We pretty easily got through to the final of the Europa league, facing the mighty Liverpool we dominate the game but couldn't put away our chances.
A late freekick from bloody Alberto Moreno of all people beating my keeper on the near post ended my hopes of putting the Europa league in the trophy cabinet.
A semi-final loss to Wolfsburg after extra time, having made better chances this time but a bit leaky at the back, but paid to any chance of cup silverware this year.
Happier news here as we won the league fairly convincingly.
Stipe did pretty well, but didn't manage to get anywhere near the record.
Here are his stats, apparently I'd forgotten to screenshot him at the time. As you can see I'd replaced him for the next season.
Dortmund - Season 2
Again the transfer budget and wage restrictions limited my signings but a new striker did come in to lead the line. Sandro, another 1 named ex-Barcelona striker with tbh very similar stats to Munir.
We got a nice easy draw for the first knockout round, against KRC Genk. What followed was the most one-sided 2 legged tie I've ever seen end up in Penalties... 5 Clear Cut Chances, 26 Shots on Target and 61 total shots over the course of 210 minutes and we still only scored 3, one of which was from a penalty! Genk had 7 shots and 5 on target with 2 cccs and also scored 3. Thankfully we did edge the shootout.
And we went on well, to face Athletico Madrid in the final.
Which we won fairly comfortably, after they had a player sent off.
Again we dominated the game but ended up going to penalties, thankfully winning it. Note that Sami Louati scored the final penalty, winning the team glory. A young 21 year old left back I'd signed cheaply as backup...
So the day later obviously the board expressed their disappointment with him. Bloody Germans and their lack of romance...
A slightly tight result here! It went down the final game but thankfully we edged it. An awesome showing from Bayern though with a +52 gd from an AI controlled team.
So to the main man, he won WPOTY, which is nice.
But he fell well short of the target, banging in 58 goals in 54 games.
So onto attempt number 3. Thankfully winning the Bundesliga for a 2nd time and the Champions league meant that my transfer budget has moved from £30m to £170m. I can't quite attract the absolute best players in the world but I'm well up there, I can offer well over £100k pw wages whereas when I joined Dortmund it was about £30k pw. Definitely looking more positive for next year!