Hello! We’re back for the all important middle part of Season 5, where we are in the ridiculous position of competing for three trophies during these harsh winter months. Although one of those will be decided in Japan, where it is somewhat warmer. When I left you last time, we’d just lost top spot after throwing away points left, right and centre. We are off to table toppers Celtic to take out our anger…
My boys come out of the traps like lions who have had raw meat waved in front of their cage for weeks on end. This hastily taken screenshot after just 4 minutes really sums up just how ravenous these chaps are
It actually takes a while to really get our teeth into Celtic but we end up with 5. We had 25 shots mind, plus two own goals. Dominant. Don’t ever do that again, Celtic.
Dundee are brushed aside too after an International break. We’ve got our mojo back
We can have as much mojo as we want, but our future in the Champions League is not really in our hands. Two wins is the minimum requirement from our final two fixtures, but we’re reliant on PSV slipping up if we are to be guaranteed a passage to the knockout stages or we’ll be clinging on for a best runner up spot.
A win over Hajduk Split is harder than it needed to be
Whilst Sparta Prague give us a nervous final 12 minutes. We’ve done our bit…
PSV win both of their final games 1-0 and top the group. Boo.
We’re through! By a goal. Being +5 on goal difference just sneaks us through. What a time to be alive.
It’s Ronaldo in the quarter finals. Plus 10 others of course. But mainly Ronaldo.
Because the Scottish FA really don’t help me out, our schedule after the Hajduk game sees us fly to Japan for a Monday showdown with Portuguesa of Brazil. Erik Nevland feasts on Portuguesa of Brazil
So that’s one trophy in the bag, but due to our wonderful bosses it’s straight on a flight and back to Hampden for a Coca-Cola Cup final. The last thing we need is to be 2-0 down at half time with heavy jet lagged legs, but we really don’t have much time for Celtic and eventually we draw level, force extra time and win!
Time for a lie down. Three days later we see off Raith Rovers 3-0 and that leads us into the Prague game. So now we’re all caught up.
We win 5 league games on the spin over Christmas without conceding a goal. This bodes well as we make the January trip to Turin for the Super Cup. It’s two legs, and it’s important we are still in the game by the time they rock up at Pittodrie
We should have won. But Peruzzi is good – he’s always good. But 1-0 is not awful, we can turn that around.
A ridiculous 3 weeks later we get the chance to go again. Owen equalises on half time and we have the momentum, but it stays 1-0. More extra time, more minutes. It ends up going to penalties, and I have 5 men for the occasion. Del Piero is denied by Dida with the first kick of the shootout and we have done it! Super Cup champions!
A treble secured. Three down, three to go.
Scotland are enjoying a bit of a revolution. I’m taking the credit for it, despite a largely imported lineup. I taught them to believe!
No England in the World Cup then, but Hoddle holds on to his job.
The old firm continue to be swatted away like flies. Michael Owen is past 20 goals for the season.
Progress continues through the Scottish FA Cup, we’ll face Hibs in the quarter final but more on that next time.
For now though, it’s all eyes on Milan. The Inter side is full of goals (screenshot taken after 1 minute, they aren’t all just performing really average!)
It’s a ridiculous night. We lead on half time, but just two minutes into the 2nd half Dida fells his International colleague and is red carded. Steve Simonsen is on but concedes the penalty before Bakayoko puts us back in front. Ronaldo gets to work on Simonsen and he gets a quickfire hat-trick, only for Owen to drag the 10 men level again. Di Vaio ensures Inter leave with a lead but given the circumstances, I’ll take three away goals and just a one goal deficit.
The problem is that Dida is banned for two games which means Simonsen will be in goal for the second leg and any semi final first leg we manage to wrangle. That’s going to be a mighty tussle at Pittodrie.
As usual the league looks basically won. 13 points ahead but both Rangers and Celtic have 30 points to play for. I think we’ll be ok.
Over in England and it looks like a very boring league. Yet Wimbledon are second. Man Utd are quite hard to break down, is my assessment.
That’s it from me this week. A lot has happened. A lot more will happen next week. I’m still keen to move jobs but I’ve come this far with Aberdeen we may as well win all 6 if we can then look for a new job. We’ve got the rest of our lives to manage in Belgium for goodness sake. See you next week.