A Cock and Red Bull Story – Part 14: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet-kovic | @NTR9798

Hallo! and welcome to Germany, where Nick continues his journey to make RB Leipzig a force. They started the season with the aim of avoiding relegation, but have somehow found themselves in the title race, and with just five games remaining, how will it all unfold? Over to Nick…

I still can’t believe how things have gone this season, but by no means am I complaining. Winning the title is mathematically possible, but also unlikely. We’ll give it a go though.

Off we go then, and we start with a nice solid home win against Berlin, which moves us up to third place, four points behind Dortmund, who we play next at the Westfalenstadion.

Petkovic’s season ends prematurely on the training field, he’s not played a great deal this season due to the form of Bäumer, but it’s still a blow, and his experience will be missed.

I’ve not really been following the cup since we got knocked out early doors, but somehow these two have made it to the final, which is sure to be a box office affair…

The training ground can be a brutal place on this game. That’s both my central midfielders out for the remainder of the season now…

Right, here we go – Dortmund away. They twice take the lead in a busy first half, but we don’t give up, and we lead at half time. Penksa gets his second on the hour, and the Thai-phoon completes the rout with 8 minutes left to move us to within a point of top spot.

Wow, just wow! Perhaps it is a bit of a shock this time…

Just as I’m starting to think we might actually win the league, this happens at home to 1860. Gravesen sets the tone with an early own goal, and we go from being right in the title race to completely out of it in the space of two days, as our unbeaten run comes to an end after eleven games. For f*ck sake!!!

You would think that thumping Dortmund in their own back yard would do your players’ confidence the world of good, but it appears to have had the opposite effect, and we make it back to back defeats against Kaiserslautern, as Dortmund are officially crowned champions.

We sign off in style with an emphatic home win against Nürnberg, as the Thai-phoon smashes in a hat trick, and Santi gets his first RB goal, and we end up finishing third after Schalke and Kaiserslautern play out a draw.

Our efforts this season earn us £2.6m, which I’m more than happy with considering we started this save without a single penny to scratch our arses with…

So here’s confirmation of the final table. I’ll be honest, third place is absolutely unbelievable considering my aim was to try and avoid relegation this season. As always we’re by far and away the top scorers, and have conceded almost twice as many as each of the other top five sides, but at least it hasn’t been boring!

I’m still annoyed at losing to 1860 Munich and Kaiserslautern, but even if we’d won both of those games, we’d have still only finished second, which makes me feel slightly better. We now also have UEFA Cup football to look forward to next season, so the future is definitely looking bright in Leipzig.

The usual player stats for you. It was definitely the Thai-phoon’s year, as he got the biggest goals haul, provided the most, and also got the highest average rating, what a guy he is.

Straight to my favourite bit – transfers! After much deliberation, I decide to release Petkovic, who had lost his place to Bäumer, and with the arrival of Ezquerro, the midfield area was becoming crowded, and I need the space in my squad for more newbies.

I see former Ajax man Andrej Demtsjenko available on a free, but he wants £15k a week, which is almost double what our salary cap allows, so annoyingly this is the first deal I’ve had to pull out of, grr…

I let Waddle Jr leave, and he returns home to join Scarborough…

Nothing for us at the awards this year, but our time will come. It’s always nice when things that happened in real life happen on this game, like Richard Dunne joining Villa, but I think the European footballer of the year part might be a bit far-fetched…

After trying for quite some time, I finally manage to nab everyone’s favourite Icelandic regen for £150k, and I now have two Ice Men!

Big offers are starting to coming in for Bäumer, I can say no at the minute, but I just hope he doesn’t become a contract rebel…

Next in is this guy, who’s stats aren’t amazing, but he was recommended by all my league scouts, so he must have some potential…

I also manage to snap up the regens of three of Germany’s Euro ‘96 heroes, starting with Jurgen Klinsmann…

Steffen Kuntz is the second…

And finally Gareth Southgate’s best mate, Andreas Köpke…

After the sale of Kläsener, I was in need of a right-back, and this Swede looks like he’ll fit the bill…

With the arrival of Köpke Jr, I now have four keepers, so Kremer is released after making just one appearance in four seasons…

So that wraps up another season, and it’s our most successful one to date, so hopefully this is just the start of good things to come. Join me next week as we start season five, which we’ll be going into as genuine title contenders. See you then, Tschüss!

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