Happy Monday! Happy Rob day! The CM World Leagues reach part 14 and things are going so well, 300,000 people want to watch them…
Welcome back to the penultimate episode of this little Brazilian adventure, we are still in contention for all four domestic trophies, despite my best attempts to get knocked out of the League Cup.
First up, our Champions League campaign continues in Minsk. Thanks to Fowler and Pirlo’s early goals we get another three points.
From Minsk to Lisbon and the new deadly duo get the goals.
After turning down the Spain job in the last episode Ajax manager Morten Olsen is appointed which starts a full blown manager merry go round that ends up with former Corinthian manager Bryan Robson leaving Sparta Prague to take over at Fiorentina.
While all that was going on we beat Torino in the league and Servette in the Champions League. The Champions League victory means we have qualified for the quarter finals with a game to spare.
We then head over to the Bombonera for Kevin Keegan’s first game in charge of Boca. It’s not a good start for him, he wasn’t helped by Allan Ravn’s first minute red card.
We made it to the League Cup 4th round thanks to a crazy game against Fiorentina so the second eleven get another run out, this time in Bilbao, and what do you know they only go and win again.
George Graham’s Ajax are our next opponents and the well rested first eleven to the business with a comprehensive victory. We managed to make it to December before our attendance went crazy again.
Another game, another new manager, this time Bryan Robson’s Fiorentina. Robson clearly remembers some tricks from his time with Corinthians when he bested us on a few occasions and with the help of star man, Congolese keeper Eddy Bembuanakeve (great name) they win a close game, it’s our first defeat of the season.
We get back to winning ways on Boxing Day against Stuttgart despite our second sending off in two matches, very uncharacteristic of Doni.
A couple of days before New Year and with the first half of the season done we face Man Utd. Andy Cole has a horrible game, he’ll still get selected ahead of Fowler by Lippi, go figure. The 300,066 people who watched the match set the record for our lowest attendance.
A New Year and that means the FA Cup 3rd round. We have been given a tough tie against Monaco, fortunately we are at home and Monaco have clearly partied a little hard over the festive period.
From one cup to another, this time away to Man Utd, it’s a step too far for the reserve squad and of course Andy gets the goals. I almost believed for a second that the reserves might make it all the way to Wembley.
Our first league match of the New Year is in Bilbao and it’s a dominant victory that hopefully sets the tone for the rest of the campaign.
From one dominant display to another, ten unanswered goals in two games. Big Dunc and co. don’t know what’s hit them.
The end of January and we head back to Lisbon for the FA Cup 4th round. Fowler gets another two goals and we are into the 5th round.
There have been a few mad games this season and this is another one. There are five goals scored in the first six minutes, including a hat trick from T.H and there are eight goals before half time. Fowler gets the only second half goal nine minutes from the end, in what I guess you would have to describe as a dull second half.
After two weeks off for the International break we host Coventry in the FA Cup 5th round. Henry gets a second hat trick in as many games and Fowler adds the other for a straight forward victory.
A week later in Brittany Richie Wright has an absolute howler. He gets a rating of 4, Guingamp don’t even have a shot on target so Richie helps them with that too, it’s a 1-1 draw.
Two games left of the update, first up we have Dortmund away and thanks to Fowler’s two goals we sneak a win.
Two weeks after the FA Cup match Coventry are back at the Morumbi and T.H scores another hat trick against them.
So that is two thirds of the season done and we are 14 points clear at the top. Next week we start with the Champions League Quarter final, we are still in with a chance of the treble which would be a nice way to round this all off.