My reign as England manager is over. I stuck around to the Nations League finals at the end of 2035. Beat Spain on pens in the semi’s then faced Belgium in the final and lost on pens, and immediately resigned. Too much faff for me doing club and country at the same time.
My Villa season went well, finished the season undefeated, won the league, FA Cup and League Cup and the Super Cup and Community Shield. Thought I was on for the clean sweep, had to play 5th placed Liverpool in the CL final. 2-0 up at HT cruising. Never ever throw away this position with my team.
Had a goal chalked off just after HT for offside which would have made it 3-0, (a would-be Schaffrath hat trick), they immediately go up the other end and stick a free kick top bins. No worries. We’re still dominating... then they peg us back to 2-2, another set piece. No worries. Just the match engine making it interesting, plenty of time left. Yes! 3-2 Villa, here we go. Schaffrath hat trick, my hero. Cruising and dominating the game. Liverpool only had a few efforts on goal, no danger. Last few minutes out of nowhere they equalise. Buggar.
They take us to extra time, I continue to attack looking for the winning goal. Penalty Villa. Schaffrath slots it home. His 4th goal of the game in a CL final, including a ET time penalty. His second penalty of the game. Dispatched both. Nerves of steel this man! We lead 4-3. Surely won’t throw it away again!
My other striker then pops up with a goal, wait... VAR check, no goal, again! Once again, straight up the other end and the same player sticks another free kick top bins!! F**k sake!!! Game is definitely transpiring against me at this point! 4-4 final score and we go to penalties.
Here comes my hero, Schaffrath, first up. Saved... oh sh*t. My centre back smashes his penalty wide and Liverpool win 4-3 on pens. Devastated. First time we’ve lost a CL final, and of course the board are unhappy.
Going to try and blood some of my out on loan stars into my squad and sell some of the fringe players to freshen it up this summer.