Well guys I’ve been asked to give my take on the dramas on the final day in Division 3, well when I say drama everything seems to be sorted at the bottom end of the table and there’s only a few dramas to be had at the top end but I’ll keep it as exciting as I can. Having only been in the league the last 11 games after taking over Dinamo I’ve looked more at the stats side of it and the run in with 15 games to go and for me it made some interesting reading last night…..well it was either that or watch love island ( the wife had it on…honest )……let’s start with the bottom end of the table, CSKA are rooted to the bottom and with only 3 league wins all season it’s been a tough watch for the fans with the team conceding the most while scoring the least but I’m sure next season they will be looking to bounce back. Celtic couldn’t buy a win towards the end of the season with no wins in the last 18 matches sealed their fate, manager Hugo will be hoping for a win on the final day to give the fans hope for next season. Cologne with 3 wins 8 loses and 3 draws wasn’t enough to save them and the 3 managers of the 3 clubs will be waiting to see what happens and where they will be next season. Club Brugge had a steadier run in with 5 wins 5 loses and 4 draws which sees Davy keep his job but still find themselves going down.
Flamengo stayed up before the final game of the season, the were tipped for 3rd place in Mister TRX predictions but the cup competition took over and they can look back on the amazing cup win against the mighty Real Madrid which had the fans dancing in the streets for days celebrating. Basel went 6 defeats and a draw before going on a 6 game unbeaten run to avoid the relegation dogfight. Same can be said for Glenn Mullans Napoli who after 6 loses in a row must have been worried but 1 lose in the next 7 games pulled the to safety. Udinese had star man Bamba to thank for keeping them above the relegation zone with 13 goals and 16 assists will have many a manager looking at his impressive season. Sporting went 7 games without a win and I think there was a few thinking Joao position could be in trouble but he’s done a fantastic job and was no surprise to see him climb the league with 3 wins on the bounce and pull Sporting to safety, for me they will be one to watch next season. Verona just missed out on a chance of the drama of a play off spot on the final day….a win last week against Man Utd would have put them in the mix but it was not to be.
I’m going to jump to the top of the league now just to mix it up a bit lol. Villa have had a great season, predicted 2nd they did one better and finished 1st….the run of 8 wins 1 draw and 1 defeat in 10 games helped them to the title with Thauvin the leagues top assist king with 22. Galatasaray are guaranteed promotion but 2nd place is still up for grabs. They were looking good for the title with 15 games left, a run of 7 wins 1 draw and 1 defeat had the fans dreaming of the title but 1 win 1 draw and 3 defeats in the last 5 games which included a defeat against champs Villa seen the trophy slip away…..Gala are the leagues best defence only conceding 31 goals which is impressive over the season. River Plate look guaranteed automatic promotion barring a big swing ( 3 points and 7 goals ahead). With 15 games to go and only 2 defeats 7 wins but 5 draws must have manager Jay Jones wishing he could change some of those draws to wins as they chased the title…..Star man and Talisman Falcao rolling back the years with a superb season. Dnipro have been the seasons surprise package, being predicted to finish 20th they are on the brink of promotion as Mark Steadman has worked wonders, another manager who must be frustrated with the amount of draws with 15 games left…..3 wins 4 defeats and 7 draws has seen them slip out the top 3, his team need to hope River get beat and they win against the tight defence of Galatasaray to go up automatically. Manchester Utd 8 wins in the last 15 games see them secure a play off place……joint top scorers with Villa and star man Belotti having a superb season for Ken’s rejuvenated Utd. Outside chance of sneaking 4th spot but with one eye on the play offs it might be time to rest some 1st team players ahead of the crunch games. Dinamo…I couldn’t wait to start at Dinamo and admired the work that the Godfather had done especially with the squad and precious back to back promotions….big shoes to fill and when I took over they were on a 9 game unbeaten run, I then lost my first 2 games in charge and thought the auto promotion was in danger but we steadied the ship in the run in with 5 wins 3 draws and one defeat to champs Villa has seen us grab a play off place with a game to go. Star man and captain Jimenez is joint top scorer in the league.
B.Mönchengladbach…..the Youth shield finalists occupy the last auto spot and is one with a lot of ifs and buts to it…but if Gladbach win or draw they go into the play offs it’s as simple as that (but we know it’s never that simple) they play Hoffenheim who have won 7 lost 5 and drawn 2 in the run, they need a 3 goal deficit to draw level on goal difference so makes for a interesting game…..the same can be said for Zenit who need goals goals goals against Udinese to make the dream come true but run in form has been mixed with 4 wins only 2 defeats but amazingly 8 draws have again have manager Mark Stewart wondering what could have been. West Brom sit on the same points as Hoffenheim and Zenit but they have a better goal difference so if they beat Flamengo and Gladbach get beat they would snatch the last play off place although recent form hasn’t been great as with 15 games to go the Baggies have only managed 2 wins 4 draws and 8 defeats so Nuno will be drawing all his experience to get his team ready for one last push to make the play offs.
Hope you enjoy the read guys and hopefully makes sense and I haven’t gone on and on but it did keep me away from watching love island so maybe took a bit longer 😉 . Good luck to everyone in their final game