FSV Mainz 05 – 3.2

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Welcome back to the end of season update. Firstly I would like to apologise for the recent inactivity, this has been down to going away with the family for a week and generally not having the motivation to get back into the save, mainly due to the lull that FM17 is on the horizon. Most of the community seems to be in the same situation.

The last post, which well was over a month ago, we look at our progress during the first half of the season following our Bundesliga success. To catch up click HERE, but to quickly summarise, we were sitting in 4th place, 7 points behind 1st, eliminated out of the CL but finished 3rd entering the Europa League and still in the DFB-Pokal.

This season was always going to be hard, coming off of such an epic title win to come back and retain that title with the likes of Bayern and Dortmund splashing the cash, was going to be a real test. The lads never let me down and I was immensely proud of them even though we did not have enough to make up the deficit. The rest of the season went better than the first half, with only 2 defeats as apposed to  the 5 picked up prior to the break. The amount of draws is what let us down in the title race but I think that was probably down to a little too much rotation.

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The final league table looked pretty close, we finished in 3rd place, pipping Leverkusen to the CL spot. Bayern finished 7 points ahead of us in the end, which is the same amount at the half way stage, so Bayern dropped points the same amount as us during the 2nd half of the season, that means those draws leave a bitter taste in my mouth, especially against Leipzig, Dusseldorf and Hannover, 9 points there could have seen us retain, but it was just clearly not meant to be.

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Our Europa campaign went off to a flyer as after finishing a disappointing 3rd in our CL group, I wanted to win back to back Europa League titles. Unfortunately we were knocked out by Anderlecht in the semi finals, where we were just simply shocking in the 2nd leg. After being 2-1 up in the first leg we arrived in Belgium full of confidence. Knowing they are a decent side we will still need our wits about us but knew we had the ability to beat them and reach the final. Oh how I got the team talk all wrong, I want calm and told the lads go and do it for the fans. Well the Belgians clearly had their Weetabix for breakfast as they were 1-0 in the first minute, we were just shell shocked from that moment on and could not get it together. We lost the game 3-0 and crashed out 4-2 on aggregate. We returned home bitterly disappointed, by this point Bayern had already clinched the title too.

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Our saving grace this season was the DFB-Pokal making it all the way to the final, the first time in the clubs history. Without playing at home for the intirety of the competition, we manage to beat TSV Steinbach, Hannover, Schalke, Hertha and Nurnburg to reach the final, where we would meet Stuttgart at the Olympiastadion. Davie Selke put Stuttgart ahead on 16 minutes and held onto that lead until the 75th minute, up until that point we battered them trying to get back into the game. That’s when Leroy Sane popped up to level the tie, we were back in it with 15 minutes left. Just when both sides were starting to anticipate going to extra time and making my final change, my goal scoring gem Jakob Lukasik popped up and put us in front on 86 minutes. It was enough to seal the win and we were crowned champions on our first appearance in the final.

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During the January transfer window I wanted to bring someone in who could add a little something extra to our game and in continuation with some of the bargains we have made so far, I picked up another gem from the transfer list.

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Some of Gotze’s performances were a little so so and wanted to add some competition, little did I know that Pulisic was available and at such a great price, his performances made the price even better. Played 20, scored 3, 9 assists and 7.30 average rating.

Our main performers this season were Jakob Lukasik and Thomas Lemar. Lukasik finished our top goalscorer with 33 goals to his name, whilst Lemar finished with 17 assists and an average rating of 7.98. Not bad for your first season at the club Lemar, who’s valuation is now at 44.5mil, a massive 20mil higher than what we paid for him.

We round things off there with a nice finish to the save, I wont be returning to it as FM17 is closely upon us. This will be my last post of FM16 content, but will be returning  for FM17 which my chosen team will be announced before the release of the BETA.

I wish to thank you all for you support over the last 7 months, the blog has gone from strength to strength, I really and humbled by all of your kind words and support. There are far too many people to thank individually and the community is fantastic but I just want thank all the people who I don’t know who have supported the blog.

Now I will leave you with highlights from our DFB-Pokal win. Enjoy.

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