64: Champions League Begins

11 March 2021
Newcastle, Australia

It’s that wonderful time of year, where we get to play Champions League football. As a bonus we have already won the league, so we only have one thing to worry about, and are able to rest our first team players.

We have had a bad run with injuries however I am hoping that the worst is behind us on that front. We also lost our unbeaten record, losing to the Melbourne Victory. Be that as it may we are still in a good position overall.

Blow by Blow

Record Appearances

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“The Count” has overtaken “The Major” in appearances, and is in a position to push the horizon even further.

AFC Champions League – Match 1/6

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Fairly even odds although I feel that this game will be more of a test. “Dobbie” and “Trickles will be big misses.

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Close to a full strength team as I can field. “Gopher” is in for “Dobbie, and “The Count” in for “Trickles”

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We turned in a good performance where we took our chances while they didn’t. I think the final score flattered us , but I’ll take it.

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Yellow cards could be an issue for us. We need to tone down the challenges.

Hyundai A-League – Match 21/27

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Once more against the Roar! They have us installed as favourites again, and I am happy to try to oblige them with a win.

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“Scruffy” is back from injury and will be getting a minimum of 60 minutes today. We also have a rare start for “Cone Head” and “Thurts”. “The Major” gets a game as well.

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This game wasn’t one of our best efforts. We didn’t really dominate and in the end were somewhat lucky to escape with a draw. The wors part was the loss of three players through injury.

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Injury Update

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Bruised Ribs for “The Count” will see him in doubt for the next Champions League game.

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Same applies for “Gopher”, which is a real concern.

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The worst injury was to “Vugee” who is effectively out for the season. This is a blow as he was starting to develop nicely.

Hyundai A-League – Match 22/27

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What a difference a year makes! This time last year the Victory were propping up the league. Now they languish at the bottom.

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Another fairly heavily rotated line-up. Only three who will be starting in the next match though.

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Simply put “The Axe” had a shocker. Two mistakes which lead to goal, and a 4.6 rating. This is not the first time that he has performed poorly and he is on the chopping block for sure.

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AFC Champions League – Match 2/6

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Match two of the champions league against “Mr Li”‘s old team Shandong Lenung. The media expects us to struggle. Certainly it will be a battle but I have confidence in our ability.

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I have both “Dobbie” and “Trickles” back from injury. They are not match fit, but I hope to be able to get 60 minutes from the pair, and that that should be enough. I field the strongest team I can, as the win is important to us.
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In the end it turned out to be every bit of a struggle as I expected. To be fair, on another day we would have won by three or four goals. Today it took a moment of brilliance from “Mr Li” to find “Dobbie” with a fine ball for the games only goal.

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Results Summary

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Our first loss of the season came against our nemesis Melbourne Victory. They have consistently been the hardest team to beat.

Champions League

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Neck and neck with Chunnam in group E. THe next match will decide who stays top.

League Table

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Not much interest here. Still 20 points clear of Adelaide with five games to play. These five games represents a chance for my backup players to get some game time in the first team.

Next Episode

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We have a tough four days with second placed Adelaide followed by Chunnam. While I would like to win the Adelaide match, I am not sure that will be possible.

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