When Two Elephants Fight, It Is The Grass That Suffers

FK Partizan / Ivory Coast – 2036/37 Season Review

So close, and yet so far.

I awake in my Istanbul hotel room. Gutted. By the loss last night to Juventus. By the continued absence of Stana, coupled with the knowledge that Selene had something to do with it.

With Partizan, the rallying cry is clear. The lads know we’ve been tinkering with a new setup for months, and I think it is time to start using it. To see if it can give us a little “something else” when needed.

How do you improve upon a season in which you only lost twice? By not losing at all, it seems. That gives us a goal for the coming season.

We go again, lads.

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Well, those are the breaks, I guess. We didn’t embarrass ourselves in the final, but I’m extremely disappointed. We could have done better.

We certainly showed that this side is capable of taking home the Champions League. The job now is to make sure that the players I want to keep are happy/tied down to contracts, and that we backfill as necessary.

I’ve had my eye on a few players, but…I’m not sold on the need to spend what it would take to bring them in. I’m relatively certain that 2-3 players from the squad will be sold (Terzic, Bobar and Radunovic are the ones I’m considering), assuming decent offers arrive.

The tactical adjustment won’t require a full-blown revamp of the squad — I likely only need to retrain 2 players. So, the future is bright. PM Haaienbek will continue to be our “default” tactical setup (with in-game tweaks, obviously), as we work the new setup in. More details on that, to follow.

Before we can hit the 2037/38 campaign in earnest, though, we’ve got 2 summer tournaments to get through — the Club World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. I would typically be inclined to have each of these be their own open thread, but they’re going to be happening at the same time and I’m itching to get into the next season, so I will probably just recap them in the 2037/38 open thread.

Goals for 2037/38:  There is only one task left, at this point. Win the Champions League.

Squad | League Overview | Transfers

Finances | Income | Expenditure

Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Fixtures 3

European Review

In the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus beat Partizan, 1-nil. It was Juventus’ third final in four years, so perhaps winning this time around (after losing the first two) is just karma. I’m still bitter.

Champions League Overview | CL Knockout Rounds

In the Europa League, Marco Rose’s Valencia beat Manchester City on penalties, after a 1-1 draw. (City fired Pep Guardiola in January 2037, and finished the season under Interim Manager, Luke Freeman. Thomas Tuchel just left Panathinaikos to take over.)

Europa League Overview | EL Knockout Rounds

In the Europa Conference League, Mikel Arteta’s Sampdoria beat Quim Ramon’s Frankfurt, 2-nil.

Europa Conf. League Overview | ECL Knockout Rounds

In the active leagues, Albert Celades’ Wolves claimed the Premier League title. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus won their 16th straight Serie A title, their 25th in 26 years. Sandro Schwarz’s Atletico won their first La Liga title since 2014. Murat Yakin’s Wolfsburg knocked Julian Nagelsmann’s Gladbach off their perch, while Bayern suffered the humiliation of relegation after several years of poor results. Cristian Zapata’s Lyon defended their Ligue 1 title. Philip Cocu’s Club Brugge reclaimed the title in Belgium. Thomas Tuchel’s Panathinaikos won their 13th straight SuperLeague title, but not without a stiff challenge from Thierry Henry’s PAOK — that one could be interesting next year, depending on who take over for Tuchel. Finally, David De Gea’s IFK Goteborg won the 2036 Allsvenskan title, at which point De Gea left for Olympiacos.

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