2001: An Ace Squad-yssey – Part 27: Super Cup showdown | @NTR9798

Hello once again, it’s Friday, which means it’s Nick day! The CM01/02 Aces are going well at the minute, and sit top of Serie A, but how will they fair in the European Super Cup final against a familiar foe?

A rampant first half an hour sees us three to the good, even the defenders get in on the act! Milan pull one back through old crater face, and I’m annoyed we don’t score again, but it’s a good lead to take into the second leg.

Juve played their league game in hand against Parma on the same night as that Milan game, and of course they won, and are now top of the table by a point.

Some would say that this is a defeat for Victory here…

Time to face the old lady. The first half is another Peruzzi show, but he does give us a penalty, which Madeira duly tucks away before Nikiforenko doubles our lead. They nick one back, but I’ll take 3-1 all day long!

It’s a familiar story at Lazio, as Marchegiani is on fire as always, and we can’t score any of our TWENTY shots at goal, it’s getting boring now. Juve also slip up and draw with Milan just to shovel yet more shit in our faces.

Not wishing to sound like Frank Lampard after Everton’s recent loss to Crystal Palace, but Sampdoria leave with an undeserved point, as yet again, our performance isn’t reflected in our goals tally. Juve win, and we’re now only top of the table on goal difference.

The European super cup second leg rolls around, and it’s a nervous last half an hour after Bonazzoli’s opener, but Lundén makes sure with the last kick of the game, and it’s another trophy in the Aces’ cabinet, yay.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a terrible attendance for the European Super Cup final, maybe it’s just not that big a deal. I’m still counting the trophy though.

Bologna are an underrated side. They go ahead, and then things go from bad to worse for us as Hofland concedes a penalty and is sent off. In fairness, we’re outplayed for most of the game, but a late comeback steals us the points and leaves me lost for words but happy.

We’re behind again at Atalanta from an early corner, but level at half time. We battle away in the second half, but concede late from another corner. We were lucky to win the last match, so maybe this evens things out…

This is no doubt a blow, but thanks to the meteoric rise of Super Sergey, it’s not quite as devastating as it might have been last season…

An emphatic win at Venezia is just what the doctor ordered. They might have some nice kits in real life, but those colours are doing nothing for my colour blindness…

Fiorentina have fallen from grace somewhat, and are now seventeenth! I’d forgotten what a bastard Zandona is, and he tries his best to thwart us, but Tsigalko finally puts us ahead and I’m happy to come away with three points.

Atalanta beat Juve, which puts us top again with ten games to go!

It’s goalless at half time against Inter, and it’s the turn of former spurs keeper Matthew Reed to frustrate us. He’s lucked out with his stats in this save, but he cost £9m! We draw another blank, and our time at the top lasted a week.

Time for a break from the intensity of the title race, for our champions league quarter final with Benfica. We make light work of them, but considering we had twenty one shots at goal, I’m disappointed to only score three, and even more annoyed to concede an away goal.

Back to the league, and it’s more dropped points at home to against Torino. I honestly don’t think there’s another league where the quality of keepers is so high throughout. Curse you, Sports Interactive Italian researchers!

We lead at Roma, but Tetradze does the most useful thing I’ve ever seen him do, and scores the equaliser. However, Maxim is in the mood for goals (when is he not?!), and he smashes in a hat trick to make it 4-1.

We end up making a night of it in the second leg with Benfica, as super Sergey gives us an early lead, only for the hosts to hit back with three goals to take it to extra time, where Madeira smashes in a free kick to send us through to face Real Madrid in the semis.

Verona have lasted the pace to be fair to them, and they beat us last time, so I’m cautious going into this match. Tsigalko gives us an early lead, and we’ve a goal disallowed on 73, but we hold on. Juve drew with Torino to keep our slimmest of slim title hopes alive.

So that’s another week out the way, and we’re now second, two points behind Juve with six games to go. Juve still have to play Roma, Verona, Parma, Piacenza, Napoli, and Bari, and we have Parma, Piacenza, Napoli, Bari, Empoli and Milan, so we still need them to slip up at least once more, but even then we’d have to win all our games, which is unlikely.

Join us next week for that champions league semi with Real Madrid, and the climax of our closest title race so far, Ciao for now!

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