Chieti Story: Mid-season 2017 – 2018 Report
It seems that I was too confident after a pretty nice run in the Serie A and Europa League an what followed was a pretty black series of games who fortunately didn’t have a very negative impact (except for my poor mouse who had a lot to suffer). Read on to find out how we did until the end of the season and how was the squad strengthened.
Here is how the fixtures looked like in the Italian competition for Chieti:
It was definitely frustrating, especially since we lost in the Italian Cup in the Quarter final and I was seriously hoping we could win it this year. But what I didn’t expect was a great performance in the UEFA League, where we finished first in the group, an amazing feature!
I was also extremely proud of Viorel Achim, the young Romanian striker managing to beat Hercules alone and get us to the 2nd Knockout round:
We have drawn Spartak Moscow, which is a really strong team but now I am confident we can achieve great things:
And all in all, we’re not doing very bad in the Serie A either, where we sit at a very honoring 4th position:
These results were apparently enough to make me one of the best managers in the league, finishing second after Juventus’ Antonio Conte. Great manager!
The players also performed extremely well: Yildirim is having an amazing season, Luis Francisco proves that it was worth it to have faith in him and I am very pleased with all the lads:
New Chieti Players
I also had to bring in a few new players: first, I decided to bring in a new right defender as Ionut Peteleu was no longer up for the challenge:
I also found myself in a serious lack of central defenders after injuries struck us hard, so I brought in Renato Nunziata – a lad with great skill, but unfortunately short and unable to jump:
But I had to bring in Italian players for the Europa League… plus one for the future, defensive midfielder Donato Bruno:
I had to pay a lot of money for the new lads, especially the senior players, but hopefully it will be all worth it:
And even though there are no chances for us to be crowned Serie A champions this season, there’s no hurry and we should look to establish ourselves up there at the top few positions!