Turnips on Tour returns for season two. Last time out we managed to overcome the fact we didn’t have a first 11 to string together and get out the Champions League groups, overcoming Manchester Utd to go on to claim the trophy. It took us down to the final day, but we also manage to scrape home in the League too. It didn’t all start so rosy as we lost the Super Copa Espanola to our deadly rivals Real Madrid and we were knocked out of the Copa Del Ray by mid-table Sporting Mustard.
We’ve still been unable to make all the signings we wanted but we’ve formed a capable squad. Our enemies have also bolstered their ranks with Atletico, Real and Betis home to three of the deadliest strikers the game has to offer. This season will either make or break us. But we are in the hunt for 6 trophies. Technically we could say 8 as Barcelona B will be competing in this season’s Cup Winners Cup and the Segunda Liga.
Three of the competitors we will face on our journey for six trophies have now been confirmed including an intra-Barcelona derby. It could be a shameful experience if we lose to our own reserves.
The season opener arrives as we face up to our reserves in the first leg of the Super Copa at the Miniestadia. They have a solid line-up with Anderson and Rivaldo both starting. We take an instant lead with a trademark blitz from Prytz and then cruise on to a comfortable 3-0 victory. What a relief.
The second leg just gets better. The reserves batter our goal but Asper snuffs out everything they throw at us and we stroll out 4-0 winners taking to Super Copa 7-0 on aggregate. 1 out of 6
We open our La Liga account with two unconvincing 2 goal victories against previous seasons mid to bottom sides Santander and Mallorca, not so Swede. Next up we’re off to 10 goal Deportivo at the Riazor a genuine test. An own goal adds some gloss, Karlsson stepping out of the shadow of Mansson and Svensson to be the first name on the team sheet.
Here’s to hoping we don’t have a clash with the internationals or U21’s.
Meanwhile our Champions League group has been favourable, but Benfica will be a potential turnip in the road we’ll do our best to avoid.
Rayo Vallecano are dispatched three goals to the good. We round up our first 5 La Liga games with a visit to Atletico and a well-timed one as Vieri has left for AC Milan. We rotate and bring in an additional centre back. Its nerve wracking as Atletico lay siege to our goal but we find enough to win.
But that victory comes at a price as one of our best players is out for 6 weeks and will miss the first half of our Champions League campaign.
Our Champions League campaign gets off to an efficient start as we put 4 past the almost butter spread Tallinn. Meanwhile we out clear water between ourselves and the pack by beating Betis 2-0 and with 10 men for the last few minutes as Lantz goes off injured. Asper gets MoM snuffing out new Betis signing Florian Maurice.
We follow up with a really poor 2-2 draw away to Real Sociedad in which we struggle to get over the line. To bring things into context, this guy is deemed a star player.
On the plus side, we remain on good terms with the Champions League. It was a bit of a struggle and I worry we are about to hit a patch of bad form with Betis hot on our tails. Not swede.
Albacete are dispatched 3-0, but our happy mood is ruined by drawing Real Madrid in the Copa del Ray 3rd round. Meanwhile, there is no chance of the B-Boys repeating last season’s achievement.
The thrills just keep on coming as we scrape a poor 0-0 with 10th placed Tenerife. We remain top with a 2-point advantage on Real Betis. Back to the Champions League and we have to make our Ljungs work to battle to three points. We’re undefeated, but it feels like we’ve lost our meatballs and we’re due a tonking.
Returning to league action, 7th placed Valladolid come to town and it is a much better result, other than taking our foot off the gas in the second half.
Next up, El Classico in the Copa del Ray. It’s make-or-break time for the first occasion in one of our eight trophy fronts. Alfonso is on an unbelievable run of form putting away 4 in Real’s last league game away from home. I am terrified. My worries are justified as after making a positive start we get Alfonsoed in a brutal 15-minute period. Not unrealistic to turn it over if we can keep Alfonso quiet in the second leg.
We wrap up October in unspectacular fashion. We struggle our way to a 0-0 with 7th placed Valencia and I worry that we are running out of steam.
Thankfully our slump in attaining two 0-0 results recently hasn’t impact our position and we still come out top turnips. The margins much closer this time out.
It’s been a swede and sour affair, although we have a 2-goal deficit to overturn in the Copa del Ray, we are still in all our competitions and the B-Boys still sit top of Segunda Liga and are through to the next round of the Cup Winners Cup. Much to play for in the mid-season pile up and we now have £111m in the bank to add reinforcements when the window opens. See you next time!