I walked in to the San Siro and the first thing I did was have a look at my
squad. It was fairly good, but it wasn't jam-packed with world-class
players. My financial status was secure as I had approx. $35 milllion.
Strangely, I didn't make a single transfer for the first 4 months of the
game. In December I sold Leonardo to Valencia for $24 mil. I soon picked up
young Lazio forward Berretoni for $12 mil. He was a promising player who had
the attributes of a champion.
My first season started off smoothly. My formation 4-3-2-1 was working well.
I easily advanced into the quarter finals of the Champions League and held
first for pretty much most of the season. I was doing well in the Italian
Cup too, winning each round comfortably. I came up against a dangerous
looking Arsenal in the quarters of the Champions League, but I demolished
them with a 7-1 aggregrate. I faced Feyenoord in the semi's and went through
3-2. I was now in the Champions League final against the mighty Barcelona.
While I easily won the Serie A by 10 points over Fiorentina and took care of
Lazio in the Italian Cup 4-1, my team looked a lot weaker than Barca's. They
had stars like Kluivert, Luis Enrique, Petit, Thuram and Rivaldo, while I
could only rely on my Ukraine champ, Shevchenko. The match was pretty
boring, but it was tense though. 90 minutes went by and the scores were 0-0.
The Golden Goal rule was now in place as extra time began.
In the 104th
minute, Gattuso's pass found Shevchenko and he slotted home the winner to
give Milan the Champions League for the 6th time ever. In my first season I
had won every single title I compteted in- Serie A, Champions League and
Italian Cup. I let go of Serginho to Valencia for $12 mil, and released Toma
on a free transfer. I was Manager of the Year and was ranked 1 in the world.
None of my players picked up a major award, although Shevchenko was Serie A
Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer. He kicked 50 goals from 50 matches
throughout the season.