Hello and welcome to another episode of Monday Night Football where we will continue to ruin some perfectly good fixtures through the lens of CM9798. Last week we looked across the Football League for an upset, but for this week’s episode, we are going continental! We’ll take a look at some fixtures from the up and coming weekend that would have been:
La Liga: Villareal vs. Barcelona
Ligue 1: Monaco vs. Metz
Bundesliga: Frankfurt vs. Schalke
Serie A: Sampdoria vs. Genoa
Eredivisie: Twente vs. Feyenoord
Premeira Divisao: Porto vs. Sporting Lisbon
Villareal vs. Barcelona
First off, we head to Spain at the El Madrigal. Back in 1997 Villareal were about to embark on a promotion winning season in the Segunda finishing fourth and attaining promotion to La Liga for the first time in their history. Barcelona would go on to win La Liga despite conceding more goals than 10th placed Espanyol. Bra-skillian.
This one is clearly one for the neutrals. Not sure what happened here, Villareal had 10 shots to Barcelona’s 20 but managed diddly squat. Anderson hit 8, how do you deal with that? Even a red card could not spoil Barcelona’s day.
Monaco vs. Metz
In the French Division One in 1997, Monaco, the reigning champions were set to battle it out for the title with Metz one of their competitors. Monaco went on to finish 3rd, and Metz finished 2nd missing out on the title by goal difference to Lens.
Despite being stacked with unreal players throughout, Metz just could not find their way beyond an outstanding Fabien Barthez and his massive baldy bonce. All this with Monaco having no CB’s to play due to injuries.
Frankfurt vs. Schalke
In 1997, Frankfurt were residents of 2. Bundesliga but would go on to win the league losing just 4 games but not troubling the top scorers’ charts with their highest scorer, Pole Thomas Sobotzik, getting 10 from midfield.
Schalke would go on to finish 5th with too many draws costing them a shot at Champions League football, perhaps a sign of having the tightest defence in the league that season. It’s no wonder with this man in the sticks:
Frankfurt, despite real life, have some stunning strikers for an under-scouted German side.
The legend of CM9798 scouting abroad…a linke to the past. The German leagues are a total anomaly in the CM9798 world. Full of yellow and red cards, pointless penalties and rockets out of nowhere. This game did not disappoint. Frankfurt’s attacking players making up for their lower divisional ranking. Where was Lehmann?
Sampdoria vs. Genoa
Sampdoria were to have a glorious season, finishing 9th on a negative goal difference and qualifying (somehow) for the Inter Toto Cup while some blinding players couldn’t get work at Deliveroo as they never turn up…
Meanwhile Genoa (recently taking part in the CM9798 Anglo-Italian Cup), fairly recently relegated to Serie B, would mirror Sampdoria’s finishing position and goal difference exactly, just with 3 more points and in Serie B. The best of a bad bunch…
A close game for two mediocre members of Italian football. Piece of Pisano? Not quite…a fast start and pressured finish from Genoa just not enough as Sampdoria and their wonderkid Hugo Viera waltz home.
Twente vs. Feyenoord
We would appear to love a 9th placed finisher. Twente, yet to clap eyes on Schteve McLaughin, finished mid-table and, as Sampdoria, qualified for the Inter-Toto Cup. They have some decent youth in their ranks but are not blessed defensively.
Feyenoord would go on to finish 4th with neither side having had a hope in hell of catching an unstoppable Ajax. They would do it with the help of the world’s best exporters, the Irish David Connolly and this guy…
The defensive frailties of Twente fully exposed by a lethal Feyenoord attack. Vennegoor of Hesselink showing finishing beyond his stats to keep them in it. Becker nets for the love and it almost resembles a Tennis score.
Porto vs. Sporting Lisbon
What a tie to get to look back on, so many CM9798 talents in each squad. Porto would cruise to the title with Jardel dominating the scoring charts and their nearest challengers Benfica changing manager twice with Souness arriving in November.
Sporting would finish 4th having changed manager three times despite numerous prodigies sat in amongst their squad.
In the end, despite Jardel being out injured Artur was too much for Sporting, even though Eriksson tried to level things out a bit. Total under-performance from Sporting. Aurelio couldn’t call on a warrior to avenge him this time…
And that is a wrap on another edition of Monday Night Football. I hope you have enjoyed our spin on this week. Maybe you could take up a #cm9798challenge and see if you can get take Twente to a Dutch title like our Schteve?
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