Back in January I wrote about my “Quadruple Dream and Impact of Recent Financial Changes” as season 21 in Gold Championship 7 (Game World ID 3065) was coming to a close. I said that I faced a dilemma as I had 7 games in 10 days and this busy schedule would take it’s toll on my small squad. Something had to give and I sacrificed the Spanish Cup Final in order to concentrate on both the league and SMFA Cup Final.
This article was followed up a few weeks later with “SMFA Cup Heartbreak & Sibling Rivalry” as I wrote about how I fared. I sealed my first league title since season 17 but lost the SMFA Cup Final to a very strong Morecambe.
Roll on a season and it’s a case of déjà vu.
I’m chasing a treble this time but face the same problems as last season – fixture congestion!
This time round I have 5 games in 8 days:
- Wednesday 15 June – League
- Friday 17 June – Spanish Cup Semi Final
- Saturday 18 June – League
- Sunday 19 June – SMFA Champions Cup Semi Final Leg 2
- Wednesday 22 June – League
I’d argue that i’m in a slightly better position though as I’ve already wrapped up the Spanish title for a second consecutive season. My league rivals Valencia lost their last fixture which meant that I went 15 points clear at the top of the table.
So you’d think that this time round I can sacrifice my league fixtures to try and reach both the Spanish Cup and SMFA Cup finals. There are caveats associated with this though because I’m currently unbeaten and close to having an “invincibles” season. In 21 seasons I’ve never gone an entire league season unbeaten and I said this was one of my aims when I wrote about “Recreating the “Invincibles on Soccer Manager Worlds“.
I’ve said on numerous occasions that I only have a small squad. This is because I want to keep a rein on my finances as well as ensure that I don’t hog players that I don’t actually need. So something will have to give but the question is what? Do I sacrifice the hopes of a treble so that I join the hall of fame and become one of the “invincibles” or do I hit that idea on the head and try and win the treble?
Whatever I decide it’ll certainly be an interesting end to the season!
About the author – Steven Gore
Steven is one of the co-founders of Soccer Manager and has been playing SM Worlds since August 2005. He can be found in Gold Championship 7 (Game World ID 3065) managing Castilla if you’d like to join him.