Parma Monday has been a thing for…well this is the 9th episode so you get the idea. Ross has won Serie A but can he add the Champions League trophy to the cabinet? What will season 3 have in store? Let’s find out, or catch up with episode 8 here
Hello, and welcome to part nine of this Parma adventure. And what an adventure it’s been. If you remember, last week we had just won the league for the first time in the clubs history, I did let the players go out and celebrate. Just nothing too big I said, we have a champions league final soon.
The following morning, I get a call from a swiss police station saying they have a T Helveg in their cells. The idiot got on the wrong train, sadly dressed as a Viking which didn’t go down well in Switzerland. No sense of humour those cheese eating clock makers.
Anyway, we have a final to get ready for. Luckily, it’s in Italy and I can keep a tight rein on the players. We seem confident in training even Thuram shares a joke, was a bit close to the edge and he made Hernan cry, might be a reason he keeps himself to himself.
We start the game so well. But Juventus want revenge for losing the league.
Even them going to ten men doesn’t deter them. Everything we threw at them didn’t work.
Our captain Thuram gave the players a rousing speech in the dressing room. Only problem was he was naked and no one knew where to look. Not on the small side is our captain.
So, a summer awaits us. No World Cup or Euros. And to be honest I didn’t really dip into the transfer market. Which is odd for me. But this squad is a solid one.
Training resumes in late July and with no new signings to chant about its business as usual. I say that but Kieron walks to every member of the squad and introduces himself at the first session. I shake my head in quiet disbelief.
For the Supercoppa, charity shield for you and me, I decide to rotate to team a bit. Richard Wright has looked sharp in training. And Buffon seems happy to sit this one out.
The fact it hit him in the face as he just looked at it makes this lose worse to take.
But still, I want the big one this season and even the league can suffer as long as we get at least second.
With the league not started yet, we have the draw for Champions League, and it throws up a tasty group.
Why so many teams from the same country are being drawn with each other?
The smile gets slightly wiped off my face.
Man Utd again? Seriously!! FFS. I immediately regret shouting this out at UEFA Headquarters.
I rush back to Italy, we have Coppa Italia stuff to deal. My mood is improved knowing my dancing Brazilian is back. I put Den straight back in.
Sambas all round.
The fixture gods seem to be taking the piss. Juventus away is our first one. I’m having to throw an inexperienced striker Bordin in as Hernan is away injured.
Masterstroke from me I say. And sweet revenge for the final. But I want European success.
We make it two wins from two with an easy stroll against Bari.
I need another striker of quality. And after 2 years of chasing this lad he is finally mine.
A snip at £2mill. Welcome Erik, please don’t talk to Kieron Dyer.
Obviously, he can’t play against United in Europe, well not till the QFs to be accurate.
We welcome United to the Ennio to start our quest for the ultimate trophy in European football.
Why they bought Chris Armstrong I’ll never know. More so when he came on for Giggs.
A good start for that competition. Now we turn back to League, and Fiorentina are dealt with easily by C & C (doubt that will catch on).
Super Erik comes off the bench to snatch a winner in our next league game.
Seriously fixture guy?
I’ve never gone that far in this cup and its looks like I’ll struggle again.
As I’m allergic to cats I can’t kick one. So, I tell the lads to attack Milan. This nearly backfires spectacularly after 10 mins.
Buffon lamping out a Milan Midfielder wasn’t the aggression I was looking for. But a superb game for the neutrals.
Let’s leave this update here. I need to calm Gigi down with a cold shower. Not like him to be all hot headed but he is young and will learn.
Ciao for now.
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