Well, well, well. Hello again. It’s been a while hasn’t it. Just over a month to be exact. A month is a long time in the FM Community, and you’ve probably all forgotten that I left Morton to join Spurs for the 2024/25 season. If you had, read this to catch up on my intro post and then come back here and find out how we got on over the course of the season.
League and Cups
It’s been a loooong season and it started at the earliest possible point as we entered the Europa League qualifying 1st round. The club had finished way back in 9th place the season previous, but qualified for the Europa League as they had the best disciplinary record as England were drawn out of the European fair play hat. We breezed through the early qualifying rounds as expected. That drab home 0-0 draw against Pogon not worrying me too much.
We started the Premier League season in the best possible manner with a thumping win over Southampton. This was followed up by comprehensively beating Dundalk to make the Europa League group stage. Wins over Swindon and Burnley preceded a great win at the New Lane over one of our probable rivals at the top of the table, Man City. 2 of our 3 goals, however, did come from clangers by their newgen French keeper. I’ll take it.
The group stage of the Europa League began with another big win, over Grasshoppers this time. And then we came crashing back down to earth after a flawless start to life at the New Lane. Chelsea had won 7 of the last 9 Premier League titles, and are still their typical strong selves still in 2024/25. Our reaction was key, and it was some reaction. An 8 game winning streak followed that defeat, but it in turn was followed by a defeat and a disappointing one at that. They’ll be more on Norwich later, but they smashed and grabbed the victory there with 2 goals in the space of a minute. We couldn’t break them down despite some harsh words at half time from me. More green than red (we’d already won the EL group by the time Dinamo came to the New Lane) and I’m happy with the first half of the season. We sat in 2nd place going into 2025.
A lot of games to take in on that screenshot. The win over West Ham in our first game of the year took us to the summit of the Premier League for the first time. The particular highlight of this screenshot has to be the 8-0 demolition of Birmingham. Think that’s my biggest ever win in a league match on any FM. Our League Cup run had been much harder than I would have liked, Newcastle, Villa, Liverpool and then Chelsea in the semi final. A brilliant 3-0 home win put us in command, but it got a bit nervy in the second leg, with Chelsea scoring 3, but our solitary goal being enough to send me into my first final as Spurs manager. After Goteborg were dispatched in the Europa League 1st knockout round, it was time for the League Cup final against Watford.
Who were comfortably defeated in the end, 3-0. We were on top for the entire 90 and they didn’t look like threatening us at all. Solid, and spectacular on occasions, the first piece of silverware of the season was secured.
At times, it felt like the Premier League took a back seat as we chased glory on four fronts. Points dropped against West Brom, Swansea, Leicester and then a decent 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in which we came flying out of the blocks but couldn’t hold on for a win. Fiorentina and Napoli were both dealt with at the New Lane in the Europa League, with professional jobs being done in Italy. We met Watford again in cup competition, this time in the FA Cup semi final. The outcome was the same, but the game was much closer this time round. Chelsea awaited in the final.
And so to the business end of the season. We were flying high, and maintaining our form in the league. We’ve got Bordeaux to face in the Europa League semi final, and the FA Cup final to play. Could we deliver the quadruple?
First things first, the Premier League title was secured after a 2-0 win v Wolves which followed our last big test of the season, a vital 1-0 home win against Arsenal. North London was ours this season with 2 sneaky 1-0 wins. Next up, Bordeaux were absolutely demolished in the semi of the Europa League. Swept away. Wolfsburg awaited in the final.
My first European trophy on FM16! The scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story, it looks close, but we controlled the game throughout. Delighted with the win. We saw out the Premier League season with a 13 game undefeated run, and that meant we ended the season on 97 points, the highest ever points tally to win the league.
It just wasn’t to be though, and as you can see, we lost the FA Cup final on penalties against Chelsea. We had the better of the chances over the 120 minutes, but just couldn’t break through Thibaut Courtois in the end. The quadruple wasn’t to be, but I can’t complain at all about a treble in my first season. We’ve delved into the results over the course of the season, but what about the players that made it happen?
I’ve been raving about him to anyone that’ll listen. Goncalo Guedes is a monster. The perfect player to play in my left winger inside forward role, and he was undroppable, unrestable and unstoppable this season. 43 goals in 57 games. 24 of those came in the Premier League where he claimed top scorer, and also the football writers player of the season. Sign him immediately if you can!
From the left side, to the right. Guevin Tormin should be in your game too from the start. He’s hit 24 goals in all competitions from the inside forward role on the right, but it was the Europa League he enjoyed most, as he scored 13 goals en route to being champions, top scoring in the competition.
A special mention goes out to my wing backs, both on the right and left. Mirel Giurgiu and Hector Bellerin rotated on the right and laid on 34 assists between them. Youssouf Kone and Lucas Digne set up 21 goals between them on the left hand side. Incredible numbers and most of these assists were put away by the guys I’ve just showed you above. The tactic working beautifully on it’s transition from the Scottish Premiership to the Premier League.
Defending Premier League champions and aiming to make waves in the Champions League? It’s been great making the move down south to the Premier League, but I don’t think it’s suiting me on this version of the game. The amount of money that clubs want for their players is ridiculous, sums that I could spend, but I’m just not comfortable splashing £30m+ on one player. It’s not how I want to operate. It may sound like I’m throwing my toys out the pram slightly, and you might ask, what did I expect? But I just feel like some players I’m looking at really aren’t worth the amounts I’m being quoted. For now, I think I’ll pursue another save, but this one won’t be deleted and I may come back for another crack at it at some point before FM17.