Greetings to you and welcome to season five. Four successful seasons for Aberdeen have culminated in us winning every trophy on offer last season, and this season we’ll have the chance to win two more in the World Club Cup and the European Super Cup. You know, the important ones. But how do you improve on perfection? That is the question.
I want Luis Enrique, who is available on a free. He chooses Atletico Madrid, so I turn my attention to his Swedish equivalent. He plays every outfield position, which makes him a hero in my eyes. £7m is steep but we have £45m in the bank doing nothing.
I am greedy for forwards, and Alan Shearer is fed up at Arsenal. Yes please. He agrees to talk but picks Man Utd over us. That hurts, Al. So I turn to his younger, quicker alternative even though he turned us down years ago
Keep your enemies close and all that.
The season gets underway and it’s business as usual. Hibs are lucky to get nil.
However it’s a cruel twist of fate that we draw Rangers early on in the Coca-Cola cup. I want to win everything and I’m going to have to go through Ibrox to do it.
There’s an early clash with the other side of the Old Firm, and young Michael gets his first goal for us. Nalis incidentally has been called up to the France squad. There’s a tear in my eye. So proud.
The big news though is that our Champions League group isn’t filled with Europe’s biggest clubs. That looks quite reasonable compared to previous years.
Before that though, our first dropped points of the season come at a frustrating day at Dens Park.
Poor, really. Still, off we go to Ibrox where Marco Negri is having a goal a game sort of season but we come through in extra time. Mulryne always scores against Rangers, it’s wonderful.
With Rangers taken care of early on, we don’t face Premiership opposition again until the semi-finals where we face Hibs at Celtic Park. Pick the bones out of this!
Owen and Mukhamadiev fought over who would take the match ball home whilst the two teams shared 11 goals.
To the Champions League then and PSV will be our toughest opponent, so it’s good we can land the first punch on them
We go to Split hoping to avoid a banana skin and really I just hope we can keep it together. The puns sidetrack the team from the matter at hand and we crawl to a 0-0 draw.
That could be a problem in future weeks. Luckily Sparta Prague are terrible and Keith Gillespie helps himself to a treble.
That takes us to the reverse fixture against PSV, but this doesn’t go to plan at all. Shades of our humbling in Amsterdam last season as Ortega runs wild and confines us to a heavy loss. That is an onion in the ointment.
The group doesn’t look good and it’s not in our hands. 13 points might not even be enough for a best runner up spot to advance. Terrible.
My mood is not helped by some shoddy domestic results. A pair of draws with Rangers aren’t awful results but to be denied so late on by Paul Ince of all people is pretty annoying.
That actually knocks us off the top of the table. You don’t want to make us angry, Scotland.
I blame Michael Owen. He’s come in here with his horse racing and gambling and unsettled everybody. I hate him and won’t shoulder any of the blame myself.
Meanwhile it’s a North East fest down in England. That won’t last.
It’s all going a bit flat. Once the World Club Cup and European Super Cup are out of the way just after Christmas I am officially on the look out for a new job. Where? Preferrably Belgium. But it could be anywhere. Liverpool, or Rome. But not Rome because I didn’t load the Italian league.
Anyway, Beautiful South nonsense aside, that’s it for this week. Our next game is Celtic away and we have to win. I can’t go back to the bad old days of not even winning the Scottish League, that would render all my work pointless. We’ll sort it. Until next time…
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