2001: An Ace Squad-yssey – Part 29: Double Dutch | @NTR9798

Hello again! Nick has just about calmed down after losing the Serie A title on the final day of the season last week, and he’s raring to go again. Will this year finally be the CM01/02 Aces’ year?…

We learn our fate for the world club cup, European super cup, and Italian super cup finals, and we’ll face Penarol, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus respectively.

Your time, and first of all we’re off to Denmark to face Miklos Molnar’s Lyngby, although they bizarrely play him at centre back. It’s a narrow win, and ironically Molnar is man of the match, who knew he could play at the back?…

Argentina next, and Independiente, which is Finidi George’s new home, they also own Luc Nilis. A hat trick for super Sergey, and one for Madeira see them off with relative ease…

Our third destination is Tenerife, who have managed to hold onto Bengt Andersson, who’s typically man of the match, but Aghahowa’s strike shortly before getting injured is enough to win us the game.

Last up it’s Scotland, who have managed to prize Lee Hughes away from Hødd, which is a rarity. Another super Sergey strike is the difference, and it’s four wins from four.

In the cup we’ll face Fiorentina, who are now surprisingly in Serie B.

To that super cup final with Juve then. They’ve signed Lucarelli, Baumgart and Nerlinger, and let Prats, Baggio and Pessotto go. Ronaldo has been transfer listed by request at being left out of side, but annoyingly he starts.

After some early pressure from us, they score with their first shot on target. We go close a few times but as usual Peruzzi is impenetrable and Del Piero wraps things up late on to ensure that our wait for the super cup goes on.

This year we get the old firm and Rosenborg in our champions league group, not too bad I guess.

First up are Fiorentina in the cup. I’ve not been kind enough to Aghahowa, so I’m giving him more game time this season in the hope that he’ll have a similar impact to that of super Sergey last season. Okoronkwo is the foreigner to make way, so I’ll have a double-Dutch centre back pairing of Klompe and Hofland this season.

Fiorentina still have a reasonable side, with Kanchelskis, and that bastard Zandona among those who remained loyal. We go 3-0 up, but Bakayoko pulls one back. Aghahowa comes on with seventeen minutes left and assists two more goals as we cruise through in Florence.

Reggiana are our next opponents…

This is music to my ears, anything to f*ck up their title hopes…

The approaches for Tó Madeira are getting serious now. They do know he’s not real, right?

First up in the league are newly boys, Lecce. Nikiforenko gets injured, but Aghahowa comes on and gets a quick fire brace. West is sent off, but Duff man makes it 3-0. We soak up lots of second half pressure, and Lecce get a deserved goal, but luckily we’re out of sight by then.

There’s further good news as Juve lose to Bari, but some bad, as Nikiforenko, Victory and Hofland are all injured…

Next are Atalanta, who are always there or thereabouts, and have nicked points off us in the past. It’s a solid performance though, with another Aghahowa goal, and a brace for man of the match Tsigalko.

A European break now, and it’s Rangers. I give Pinheiro, Risp, Lundén, Robben and Samba a run out, but it proves to be an awful decision, and we get spanked in our own back yard.

Back in the league, it’s another promoted side in Cremonese. Madeira hits a double hat trick, and Aghahowa adds a magic seventh. I’m annoyed at conceding four, but somehow the defence all have ratings of 7 or 8, go figure.

We look to have dropped our first points of the season at Piacenza, but we keep chipping away, and Aghahowa scrambles in from a late corner to keep our 100% record alive.

The first half against Bologna is your typical champ half. We have eleven shots at goal and their keeper is on fire, and they score with their first shot. But three goals in as many second half minutes give us a deserved win.

Rosenborg are next in Europe, and I decide not to tinker this time, but we still have to work for a narrow win. The enigma that is Cherno Samba comes on for the last half an hour, he gets great ratings and has loads of shots but his goal return has been poor, bless him.

Sampdoria’s Bosnian keeper, Fredrerick Enaholo is another one that I’ve cursed over the last few seasons, and he starts off on fine form, but we eventually beat him twice, and it’s actually our very own Seb Frey who is man of the match, but it’s a good win nonetheless.

Last up are seventeenth-placed Lazio. My mate Marchegiani is now 36 years old, and has only played three games, but has still had a man of the match award, and a 7.66 average rating, so let’s see what sort of mood he’s in today…

We’re 3-0 up at half time, but have had twelve shots, and Luca’s on 8/10. We have four more shots in the second half, but no more goals, and he ends with 9/10, but Hersi is man of the match today, so f*ck you, Luca!

So that’s it for this week. We’re top after seven games, all of which we’ve won, and we have a three-point lead over Juve, who we play next. Our defence has been good with the addition of Klompe, we’ve only conceded seven goals, four of which were in one match!

Do come back next week to see us play the remainder of our champions league group games, our cup match with Reggiana, the world club cup final, and some huge league games with Juve, Milan, Parma and Napoli. Ciao for now!

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