Stuttgarter Kickers: Road to Tokyo – Part 12 | @Winkveron

Happy hump day. Here’s Dan with the latest from Stuttgart, where the Kickers are looking to retain the Bundesliga…

Our main focus this season is the Champions League.

We strengthen with a great summer of business. The regens of Mons-Ivar Mjelde, Paolo Maldini and Luis Enrique come in for less than £2m combined.

A rotated XI makes light work of Mannheim in the first round of the cup.

That’s a tough draw.

A good team always evolves. The decision to move Tommy Svindal Larsen into the “MC” slot and side line the influential Viard looks to be a good one.

We’ve had six great years together but he is 32 and out of contract at the end of the season. This represents great business.

The Champions League campaign gets off to an absolute flier.

Three points in the derby.

And finally we pin Brown to a new contract. He was a tough nut to crack.

We suffer a setback at home to Barcelona.

But then thump Arsenal at home.

We lose in Glasgow but Arsenal do us a favour by beating Barcelona.

With one game to go it couldn’t be tighter. It’s in our hands, at least.

On the home front we’re very much in control.

My reputation is now superb. I’m offered the Dortmund job over the winter break but say no.

We qualify from the group after a resounding victory in the Camp Nou.

Our prize is a tough draw against the other Spanish powerhouse.

We lose the first leg, 2-0, before a respectable draw in Madrid where we lacked cutting edge.

Despite the exit from Europe, our domestic form remains excellent. The one-sided rivalry continues to provide 3 points.

We retain the Bundesliga title.

We go again for the Champions League in 2004/05.

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