Hello! Welcome back to the Mulhouse project, where we’re about to enter the crucial middle section of season 6. Everything is actually quite close to come up Mulhouse. We’re top of the table and still in every cup we entered. There’s still 23 long games to go though, annoyingly.
First up though is Le Havre in the pointless cup. We’ll play them again in 2 days such is the level of care given by the French FA for anybody’s general well being. We win easily to sign ourselves up for more of this rubbish in a few weeks time.
Milazzo will be out for three months, which is a bitter blow. He might be the only full back I’ve ever had to average above 7 in every season so far. We fall behind very early on but Macauley Culkin scores his third and fourth goals of the week to set us on the way to a mighty win.
You might remember young Trez left for Marseille a few seasons ago. £3.8m was received and to be fair it probably hasn’t been spent yet. Anyway, he’s played once for Marseille in that time and is available for £1m. Done.
His stats are sensational. His return to the team is celebrated by thrashing Lyon.
He can’t play in the UEFA Cup and Guingamp do us over when Billy Mac concedes a penalty on the stroke of half time, getting his marching orders in the process. We’ll get a chance to overturn that deficit in a few weeks.
Trez gets an early reunion with his former team mates and our lead lasts only three minutes. A point at the Velodrome is acceptable though, our unbeaten league season continues.
Nimes park le bus. Natigol does eventually score but it concerns me that a poor side can keep us at arms length relatively easily.
Thankfully those fears are unfounded. Guingamp try to protect their one goal lead but frankly fail miserably. What a signing Rai has proven to be by the way.
It’ll be more French opposition in the last 8. Auxerre are also our next league opponents.
I do regret not managing to sign Louis Saha despite several attempts. He is brilliant here, him and Bakayoko running us ragged. The joke is on them though – Saha departs for PSG shortly after this game.
That leads us into the winter break, with nearly a month to think about that defeat. The front two return with a bang and despite a nervous 20 minutes, it’s a good win.
Ceballos has had his agent in his ear over Christmas dinner and he is the latest to demand a move. He’s my goalkeeper, if you’re keeping score. Strasbourg are naturally interested because it’s what they do. They went out of the Champions League in the group stages though, so who is really winning?
We’re poor in the cup again, being held 0-0 by Nancy. It goes to penalties and despite Natigol being denied again, we go on to win.
Trotta asks to move to a bigger club pretty much every week. He has a clause, so if they want you Del they’ll bid. No need to ask me. Yet another match with Auxerre is arranged in the mean time.
The front four all score against Lorient, a satisfying statistic and result.
Three of them repeat the trick at Bastia and our momentum shows no signs of slowing down, that defeat to Auxerre was unfortunate rather than critical
It just shows no signs of stopping. The front two are in a groove, a goal scoring groove, and the city of Mulhouse is happy to dance to it.
The rhythm continues at Lens in the French FA Cup. Our place in the next round is secured with minimal fuss.
Saint Etienne were in League 2 with us but haven’t really progressed as we have. Our lead at the top is sizeable.
A 3-0 lead at Martigues is frittered away but it remains slender enough to see us win again. One big game to come though…
PSG. A fading force but still an incredibly talented squad. Del gives us an early lead but Ceballos is red carded and Denilson sticks away then pen. I’ll take a draw. Natigol is wiped out by Contreras though in a rare counter attack and Rai stuns his former employers with a cool penalty. Wow.
15 points is the lead, 11 games to play. I like our chances. It’s barely even March yet but I’m happy to say we are light years ahead of the other teams in the league.
One more bit of business as we see off Amiens to secure a place in the last 8 of the French cup too. So that’s a semi-final in the League Cup and quarters in the French FA and UEFA Cups. Oh and this was Nathan Blake’s first goal of the season…
PSG and Strasbourg getting each other amuses me but we’ll see if we can get past Bastia before worrying about who else is left.
And so ends a very successful update. It’s taken 6 seasons but finally, we are able to dominate Ligue 1. This was quite a difficult puzzle to work out and in a bizarre way, losing some of the youngsters and being able to bring in Rai and Wicksy has made all the difference. Wicks and Maraval have been imperious but barely get a mention due to the goals scored column. Rai has replaced Nathan Blake which is an obvious improvement.
Join me next week to see if we can round off the season in glorious fashion – this is Mulhouse though, there’s still chance for it all to go wrong.