FC København 2.0
The Summer Months
After a successful first season, I was keen to shape the squad in a way that I wanted and to suit the 4-4-2 diamond I wanted to play this year.
My first task was to get rid of some of the deadwood, which brought in £10million. A lot of youngsters who would never make the step up to the first team were allowed to leave on a free whilst the likes of Federico Stantander (Anderlecht, £1.7mil), Youssef Toutoh (Cardiff, £1.6mil) and Danny Amankwaa (Esbjerg fB, £800k) all left for decent sums.
The big money departure, however, was Bashkim Kadrii, who joined RB Leipzig for £5million. He was one of our better players last year and whilst I probably would've liked to have kept him I just couldn't turn away £5million up front.
The board gave me £15million to spend, plus anything I brought in. I spent £23million on reinforcing the squad.
I'm really happy with the business I've done. In Christensen I've got a top quality young Danish talent and in Khune and Borges I've got a bit of extra quality for the next few years.
Divock Origi was our major signing, someone I just couldn't turn away when he was transfer listed at that price. He should tear up the league and we should get a tidy profit on him.
I was happy with the squad after the signing of Flamini, who joined on a free for the season to add a bit of experience, but when Marlon and Thiago Maia were offered to me at that cut price, I couldn't resist.
I only played 3 friendlies during pre-season, as the Danish league starts early and our season started even earlier due to our Champions League Qualifying matches.
FC København 3-0 OB (Borges x2, Okore)
Skive IK 1-2 FC København (Okore, Borges)
FC Fredericia 0-2 FC København (Verbic, Cornelius)
Champions League Qualifiers
In the second round, we drew Lithuanian side Zalgiris. I was confident we could overcome them and we didn't disappoint.
Zalgiris 0 - 4 FC København (Okore, Borges, Origi x2)
FC København 5-0 Zalgiris (Verbic x2), Borges x2, Origi)
Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade were our next opposition, which was certainly tougher than our previous round opposition.
Partizan 0-3 FC København (Origi x2, Falk)
FC København 0-2 Partizan
I'm not quite sure what happened in the second leg, complacency perhaps? We held out though and progressed to draw Celtic in the next round.
The Scottish Champions are still managed by Brendan Rodgers and would prove a difficult side to face. They travelled to the Telia Parken for the first round.
FC København 3-0 Celtic (Verbic, Pavlovic, Origi)
We're due to play the second leg (away from home) next.
Everything is going to plan in the Danish Superliga and we current sit in 3rd place, with two games in hand on the two above us.
Overall, I'm really pleased. Origi and Borges have hit the ground running and we've had a great couple of summer months despite missing a few key players due to the Olympics.
Thiago Maia, Marlon, Andres Cubas, Andreas Cornelius, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Ludwig Augustinsson were all missing due to the tournament.
With them coming back, we can only get better.