Welcome back to the latest episode of Turnips on Tour! Last time out we’d managed to bag trophies number two and three and remained on top of La Liga (yet to taste defeat) despite the relentless train that is Real Madrid chasing us down. We’ve got a Copa del Ray semi-final on the horizon and a quarter-final with Juventus to contend with. The Sonny and the B-Sharps are into the quarters of the Cup Winners Cup and can look forward to Lazio over two legs; they also remain top of the Segunda and if any of that comes off, I’m staking a claim for their trophies! Here’s a reminder of our position in La Liga.
We have 5 La Liga games coming up 4 of which are against top 10 opposition, a defining period in our chase for a second La Liga title. Rayo Vallecano and Deportivo are dispatched 4-1. We come up against a surprisingly lowly Atletico and our iron Ljung rescues us with two exquisite free kicks. Jens will be a miss having restored himself into the defensive midfield role.
Next up its 2nd vs 1st as we take a trip to Sevilla to face off with Real Betis…again! The result is an absolute classic. It’s end-to-end stuff, eye for an eye. We almost have it in the bag, but Betis lay siege to our goal with 10 shots in the last 10 minutes and we finally crack.
5th placed Real Sociedad push us all the way, but we edge them out 5-3. Whilst its great to keep the Swedelona win machine on the road, the number of goals we’ve been conceding of late is a real worry. Back to European action next as we take on Juventus in our 1st leg. If we get through, it will just get harder.
We make a perfect start with top scorer and last seasons final hero Karlsson getting off the mark. Montero powers in a header less than 10 minutes later to balance things up. The son of man gets us in-front, only for that miserable Conte to equalise. But mmm-bop it’s so swede and we take a 1 goal lead into the second leg. Jansson will miss the away game thanks to a stubbed toe.
Bottom placed Albacete cause us some problems, but we eventually put 5 past them and get away with the points. Another injury to a defender is a cause for concern with our hunt for maximum trophies.
We struggle past Tenerife and our entire first 11 gets called up to the Sweden squad.
The return leg in Turin arrives and it is a nervy affair. We get ourselves up 5-3 on aggregate until Juventus snatch one back and keep us pinned back for the remainder of the game. We see it out and make it to the semi-finals!
Our joy is short lived as we are drawn to play Real Madrid for the 5th and 6th times of the season. If we make it there, we can make it anywhere…hopefully Alfonso is injured again.
The B-Sharps make it past Lazio and are into the Cup Winners Cup semi-finals. They draw Celtic which leaves Real Betis vs. Aston Villa the other tie. An all-Spanish final?
A dreary draw with Valladolid follows. The new the B-Sharps will be without De La Pena for 10 months thanks to a broken pelvis; not good for the Cup Winners Cup chances. Our first of 3 games against Real Madrid in the next two weeks come up. We dominate and really should have more than a 3-0 lead. Madrid come back which will make the 2nd leg a nervy affair, but we’ll take it!
Next up it’s the first leg of our Copa del Ray semi-final and it is a sweeeeeede affair as we cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory, geeet up sson!
The Champions League 2nd leg el classico arrives and my nerves are shredded. Karlsson settles them inside 60 seconds by extending our lead! Son of man gets us another one as Asper defies Alfonso so many times we gets subbed off. Seedorf makes it a tense finish but mmmbop its great!
We avoid a Man Utd final, but I’m not sure that’s so good as they’re in terrible form after falling out the FA Cup to Notts Forest.
Meanwhile the B-Sharps progress where they’ll play Real Betis in the Cup Winners Cup final.
Not quite boom, but BOOOOOOOOOM! As ever, the players struggle to pick themselves up for weaker opposition, we flow through the motions for a 0-0 and we’re into the Copa del Ray final. Ernstsson finally gets a Sweden call up!
Back to La Liga for a good while and the derby throws up a simple 2-0 victory, quickly followed up by a big lesson from the son of man for Sevilla. We just need to be careful we don’t burn out.
Our form is such that, despite Johansson being a complete turnip, we win over 90 minutes with just 10 men. Superb. A 12-point lead with 15 points left available, one more win should secure the La Liga title.
We are an absolute roasted turnip, on fire sson! Celta are brushed aside, and deja vu, Prytz completes the blitz. Real Madrid win so we need another win to secure the title.
We eke out a poor draw with Zaragoza, but Real also draw and that is it! Trophy number 4 in the bag!
We lose our invincible status in a poor poor 2-0 home defeat to Valencia. The performance was woeful and it worries me ahead of Milan. I quickly forget about it as the B-Sharps demolish Real Betis 5-0 to lift the Cup Winners Cup…
This must be a CM9798 first, surely. Next up is our Champions League final vs. Milan for which we are now off the boil and poorly prepared. Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss! Oh my Karlsson is the Champions League hero again! Trophy number 5 in the bag!
Next up Hercules before the Copa del Ray final vs. Real Betis. Kihlberg will miss out after getting a foot injury leaving him side-lined for 2 weeks. We sign off the La Liga campaign with an easy victory.
All that’s left is the Copa del Sunshine, a massive game for our turnips against Real Betis. If the B-Sharps can do it then hopefully so can we! The big day arrives, and we are at home for the final. It’s an insufferably tense game of few chances. The game goes to extra time but it all ends in turnip tears. We miss out on the perfect season and trophy number 6.
And with that the curtain closes on an unbelievable season but leaves us with a gap in our trophy cabinet to fill next season. We’ll also tussle in the European Super Cup in an all Barcelona affair. There is one player who has transformed this season, Patrick Karlsson.
And now for the vital statistics. Some of the average ratings have been tremendous.
Meanwhile, as well as Karlsson, Manson has had another terrific season. St Niclas Svensson has had an injury interrupted season preventing him from progressing. And we’re finally making progress with Ljung’s best position.
Kihlberg has also made more inroads in the centre of our formation.
I hope you have enjoyed the thrill of the ride, I’m not sure how we will measure the success of next season but securing the Copa del Ray is my no.1 target. We’ll have the shot at 6 trophies all over again. See you next time!