Chieti Story: Season 2016-2017 Ends. Europe or Not?
The entire season 2016-2017 has been a constant struggle for us. Being for the second season in Serie A, our goal was to qualify for European competition at the end of the season, but it proved to be a really difficult task since other stronger teams had a similar objective. So… did we manage to get two spots higher and qualify for Europe? Read on to find out!
Our remaining fixtures were pretty difficult and we even went through a very annoying lack of form against top flying teams Inter, Sampdoria and Juventus, but managed to eventually end the season with 7 games without defeat:
Had we won our last game against Genoa (and we should’ve, the 0-0 score line makes no justice to Chieti), we would’ve gotten over then and secured the 5th spot in the league. But we didn’t and remained at 6, which is fortunately enough for us to go to Europa League qualifications next season!
The performance of the lads this season was outstanding. I was extremely pleased with Viorel Achim who I am sure would’ve scored even more goals had he been given the chance. But the competition for the starting striker is so high that he simply couldn’t play more. Also, Menendez proved in the few games he played that he’s a solid addition to the team despite his low pace, while on the other end remains Castellani, one of the biggest duds in Chieti’s history:
With 13 players with ratings above 7 this season, and three more over 6.90, I can declare myself extremely happy! And the fans were certainly happy too, but one caught their attention: Viorel Achim:
Even though I begged them the entire season, the board did not want to grant my requests to expand the stadium. However, when they realized that we’ll be playing in Europe next season, they decided to go for the expansion and pretty soon we’ll break the 10,000 seats mark by almost 1,000. I really hope that pretty soon we’ll get a brand new stadium though, we’re becoming one of the big boys now.
We’re also going to have better training facilities, but not improved youth system since the board doesn’t want to spend more money.
Which is rather strange, because I’ve been saving up like crazy recently and we even surprisingly made it in the top richest 100 clubs in the world:
In Serie A, we managed to become once again the overachievers of the season and I am extremely pleased to see that the bookies also considered Achim one of the best two signings in Italy this season:
And finally, the board appears to be extremely happy with my handling of the club. I don’t think I ever received such praise from the board:
Now let’s hope that next season when we try our luck in Europe, we’ll be able to put more smiles on the fans’ faces!