On the face of it my third season at the helm of Vitória went very, very well. We finished 2nd in the Primeira Liga and won both the Taca da Liga and Taca de Portugal.
However, it could have been a domestic treble. Going into the final five matches of the league season we led the way to then lose our next two and hand Benfica the title. Some would say “bottle job”, I’d agree but I’m not disheartened. It was a good season all things considered and here’s the tale of it in stat form.
We go into the business end of the season with a trophy in the cabinet and on our best run of form since I took over at the club. In the last update we won the Taca de Liga (my first trophy at the club, and the club’s first ever time winning this cup) and went unbeaten in January.
We currently sit 3rd in the league, not far behind Os Dois Grandes, Porto and Benfica. A title race was mentioned last time round, we surely couldn’t win the league, could we?
After a shaky start to season three with Vitória we then went on a 10 match unbeaten run in all competitions which took us into the Europa League qualifying spots in the league and into the knockout round of that competition this season.
We’re in pole position to qualify for the Taca da Liga semi final for the third season running and have a Taca de Portugal 5th round tie to negotiate in the coming month. Read on to see what happened over the festive period of the season.
FM19 being released was accompanied by massive changes to training. It had been often suggested, hugely debated and highly anticipated. Gone was the handful of options available for us to pick that we’d have to have on for at least three months for them to make an impact on player development but that we’d do once and just leave for the entirety of our saves. In their place came a whole host of options to pick and the ability to slot them into three sessions per day, rather than for the entire week as before.
Last time out I went through our ins, outs and expectations ahead of season three kicking off. Give that a quick read if you missed it.
This post will take you through the first four months of the season. Let’s go.
It’s time to start another season in charge of Vitória on FM19. The first two have been relatively successful so far without any silverware being won. Consecutive 3rd place finishes in the league in addition to a few domestic cup semi finals and a jaunt into the knockout phase of the Europa League last season.
This season, it’s vital to finish 3rd in the league again, as it now means passage into the Champions League qualifying rounds. The potential income and increased reputation this would bring the club would be huge. How would we cope?
I wanted to equal or better my first season in charge at the club and we’ve done it. A second consecutive 3rd place finish gives us a passage straight into the Europa League group stage again next season. Delighted!
Here’s the tale of the season in stats and how the club has progressed. Continue reading
Our form across the last three months drastically picked up with the shift to the new tactical approach. Could we maintain that over the course of the rest of the season though? Have a read on to find out how we did in my second season in charge of Vitória on FM19. Continue reading
Season two didn’t start well, but things were starting to look up. A revamped tactical approach had seen form begin to pick up and a run of results put together towards the end of the last post. Could we continue that form throughout December and January? We’ve got a fair few matches to play… Continue reading
The start to competitive football in season two hasn’t been positive. We’ve struggled for consistency and really struggled to create meaningful goalscoring chances. At the time of starting to write this post, at the end of October 2019 in-game, we’re languishing in the bottom half of the league on nine points from eight matches. Continue reading