FK Partizan / Netherlands – 2033/34 Season Review
I’m not one to change horses midstream, but…I don’t know how to finish that sentence.
In November we decided to shake things up after watching Jaws, and it took us to another level.
The 2nd XI went from treading water in the Super Liga and Kup Srbije to a dominant force, all of their own. The 1st XI mimicked their domestic exploits, while pushing us further in Europe than we’ve been for a long, long time.
I won’t win the approval and blessing of Stana’s father with a token European semifinal appearance, though.
No, for that, we will need to accomplish much, much more.
This was always going to be an “odd” year. Between a vacation and extensive tactical tweaking, the narrative got lost in the mix.
That will change.
The tactical tweaking is almost done. Which means we need to do a modest revamp of the squad, to build on what we’ve accomplished thus far and create a long-standing dynastic force. We’re close, but this squad is so young…we need to ensure that we have the strength and depth to take on the Champions League, and for our dominance to not dissipate when we eventually move on.
More on the tactics and Partizan squad later, though.
We’ve got bigger fish to fry.
A World Cup is on the immediate horizon. And the Dutch should be considered strong contenders, by any measure. Anything less than a meaningful run in the knockout rounds will be grounds for sacking.
Goals for 2034/35: Compete for the World Cup title at Japan 2034. Defend our Super Liga title. Make a run in Europe.
In the Champions League, Marcelo Gallardo’s Wolves beat Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus 2-1 (aet).
In the Europa League, Unai Emery’s Stuttgart beat Ricardo Sa Pinto’s Everton, 1-nil (aet).
In the Europa Conference League, Niels Frederiksen’s Lille beat Timothy Derijck’s Anderlecht 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
In the active leagues, we had a brilliant result in Spain, with France also showing signs that PS-***ing-G’s reign of terror might be coming to an end. The question being, are these one-off results, a false dawn…or signs of a broader trend, with new forces rising to disrupt the established order? I love it when we get to this point in a save…
Edson Seidou’s Manchester United hung on to win the Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus won their 13th straight Serie A title, their 22nd in 23 years…someone really needs to put a stop to that nonsense. Stanislav Genchev’s Athletic secured the La Liga title on the 50th anniversary of their 1984 triumph, in a photo finish where the top 4 were only separated by 3 points. Julian Nagelsmann’s Gladbach defended their Bundesliga title (their 4th in 5 years). Pep Guardiola’s Monaco claimed their first Ligue 1 title since 2017. Leonid Slutskiy’s Club Brugge won their 6th Belgian title in 8 years. Thomas Tuchel’s Panathinaikos won their 10th straight title. Finally, Pontus Jansson’s Hammarby won the 2033 Allsvenskan, their 3rd title in 4 years.
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