Athletic Bilbao Career | The Plot Thickens in October

Athletic Bilbao Career

Well, we will start where we left off last time. It is October 2011. My schedule is local derby in Sociedad, Osasuna at home, Europa League away match at Sochaux, away at Mestalla, first real test to see where am I exactly with my team, going in Gijon. So 5 matches in October, as there will be international break 2 weeks after clash with Sociedad.

Nothing much happened except Toquero is still injured and he won’t play in October matches for sure. My formation and squad will remain the same, and for those who forgot it it looks like this:

Athletic Bilbao First Squad

If you do not remember… I’m currently first in La Liga
Liga BBVA table

So derby against Real Sociedad away, was a good chance for me to remain first, but Sociedad players did not agree with me… They managed to outplay my boys, and scored at 26th minute for 1:0 lead… I did not create much chances, Iraizoz saved us more than once, and than at 90+2 Iker Munian scored magical late equlizer for 1:1… When I look back after this match, it was actually a solid result, 1 point in Basq derby.

R.Sociedad Athletic 1 - 1

International break was in front of me, and some of my players went to join Spain squad… and others continued hard training in order to fulfill our main goal…

After the break we were expecting Osasuna… team which is struggling and currently lying on 17th position so I figured easy job. Home stadium great fans, great players… what can go wrong right? And I was right, easy match in which we dominated in every aspect of a football game, easy 3:0 victory, two goals from Llorente and 1 from Javi Martinez… to satisfy our needs, and fan’s also…

Athletic Osasuna 3 - 0

Now we needed to travel to Sochaux… If you remember when I found out my opponents in Europa League, I said it is tough but playable group. I won in Stoke, and draw against PSV, so now my calculation was that I can definitely win against Sochaux, cause I find them little less troubling team than two mentioned before…  I checked them and saw they are mid table in France Ligue 1 so I figured to make some small changes in order to keep players fresh for Valencia derby. Match started pretty good, Clear cut chance for Muniain and bad miss… terrible miss., but my God life goes on right… Than probably worst match I ever saw in FM, by the end of first half, not a single thing happened, except I scored for 1:0 lead. Munian scored from his second and matches second action worth mentioning. At half time, I was very unhappy but told my boys, ok I am pleased keep on… they reacted pretty well… and I kind’a expected that second one will be the same, but no… Sochaux obviously went through some kind of renesaince in half time, because they managed to shot at my goal for 15 times, and 7 times on target. Of course they scored from that much chances. They scored 3 times. 79th, 83rd, 90+3 minute goals were good enough for 3:1 victory for home team. I was shocked, you could never anticipate that kind of a comeback in that kind of a match, but than again life goes on, and I needed to focus on Valencia match… 

FC Sochaux - Athletic 3 - 1

Of course fans were not pleased with our result

Fans Devastated

Yeah meanwhile, I was drawn to play against Real Union in Spanish Copa Del Rey 4th round.

OK I like derbies the most in FM, I know much managers say you don’t win leagues in derbies but in smaller matches, but for me personally big matches are something I live for… I remember once, a long time ago, managing one Serbian club, I finished the season 5th, probably worst record for that team in short Serbian league history, but I was satisfied because in all matches that season I’ve won against my fierce rivals… Maybe it is stupid but it is me… So this is why I really want to get a good result against Valencia

And to redeem my fans for loosing against Sochaux… and OMG what match that was… absolutely fantastic football evening in Valencia… hat trick hero, was it Soldado or Llorenteyou probably wonder… I know I asked you at the beginning of this career what do you think can Llorente be top scorer in Primera. He will have to work hard, of course, because here are Messi, Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema, and bunch of other guys including that special Spanish strilker Roberto Soldado… he scored many hat trick in his career probably but not tonight…   Tonight it was Llorente who got man of the match award…

And as Marca said Los Leones supporter plays down victory

win over Valencia

and fans were happy also

Fans Moral going UP

We needed to stop celebrating first huge victory and focus to Real Union Cup fixture… I won’t be talking much about first match, and I will only post screenshot here…

Real Union - Athletic 1 - 0

What a devastating result to lose against club from 3rd league,which played 30 minutes with man down… You obviously understand my decision at that point, I remember it was 3AM, so I decided to save and to sleep over… they say morning is much smarter than night…

I woke up and while loading I was still very unhappy with Real Union match… but than I realized, there is second league, and I plan to destruct them in second match, that’s my small goal for next month

But before that happens I need to play against Sporting Gijon at El Molinon. They were 14th at the time, but they are definitely strange team… When they score, they score a lot… and when they receive goal, they receive a lot… Nothing in the middle. Losses 3:0 against Valencia and Barca, wins 4:0 against Osasuna and Racing… Definitely opponent not to be taking easily.. But fortunately I was, to be exact Llorent was first to score… and that led to great 4:0 victory.

Sporting - Athletic 0 - 4

So October is over, in general very pleasing month in Primera, but very bad in Europa League, and Copa Dely Rey

At the end of the October Llorente is second Primera scorer, and I am 2nd in the table

League Table standings

Player stats Liga BBVA

November will be interesting month, in 6 days 'I’ll get a chance for the revenge against Sochaux and Real Union, and between that two clashes I’ll play against Barca at Home, than Sevilla, Granada and Atletico Madrid and “crazy” Columbian Falcao…  What do you think can I stay unbeaten?

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Nemanja Spasenovski is a passionate FM player who enjoys writing articles about his careers. He is our Gold Star Contributor and co-author of FMBlog. Been playing CM/FM since 2000. Also a big supporter of Manchester United.

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