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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 01:22

100 Not Out

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Today saw a landmark day in season 6 of PEN as Parma became the 1st team to reach 100 goals for. At the beginning of the season nothing much was expected from the Italian team, the fans were largely unimpressed when news broke that Evil-Cat-Lord was to be there new manager, a manger who in 2 previous seasons had managed to lead Swansea and Fiorentina to the bottom of the their respective leagues with less wins than teeth on a Jeremy Kyle guest.

So it comes as great shock not just to Parma fans but to everybody involved in PEN, that after 33 games we see Parma sat at the top of PS4 DIV1 (albeit on goal difference and having played 2 games more) and having achieved the milestone of scoring 100 goals.

What makes this record even stranger is that Parma haven't had a settled strike force throughout the course of the season. In the past week alone Parma have seen El Shaarawy leave after a handful of days, to be replaced by Adrian Ramos who was brought in for ℗ 30 million, only for him to play one game before he was promptly shipped out. This saw Parma heavily linked with Samou, only for Parma to pull out of the deal. Instead they set their sights on Lukaku who was brought in for ℗ 44 million and has so far seen a return of 4 goals in 3 games despite yet winning a game.

The constant striker round-a-bout has lead to laughter amongst fellow PEN managers.

"Parma have been through more strikers than Katie Price" remarked Toulouse Manager Maccadona.

"Don't worry about Lukaku, he'll be up for sale tomorrow"  said Bayern Munich Manager Gregmiester.

Whether Lukaku can upset the odds and have a permanent future at Parma still has to be seen, When asked about the above comments Parma Manager Evil-Cat-Lord just laughed and told us "Lukaku is not for sale"

With promotion to the PS4 Prem firmly in Parma's grasp and the race for the title certainly going down to the wire, it looks like the pressure may be getting to them as they have hit a bit of a rough patch of late, a run of 3 games without victory. Super Saturday saw two tough games against fellow title chasers Atletico Minerio (2nd) and Manchester United (3rd), both games finishing in draws. First up was an away trip to Kennethrchps Atletico Minerio that certainly lived up to Parma's free scoring reputation as both teams shared the spoils in a 10 goal feast. Followed by a tense encounter at Old Trafford against TheRealSlimSeamie's Manchester United, with all 3 points just moments away a lapse in the Parma defence saw Santana deflect a shot past his keeper and hand the home team a share of the spoils. Most damaging of all was the home defeat to JMG's Barcelona, a game dominated in large parts by Parma, Lukaku on his debut scored twice but managed to also miss a fair amount of chances, finding either the crowd or an in form keeper every time he let fly.

Speaking through local radio, Veteran Striker Goran Pandev has responded to comments in the media that Parma are starting to wilt under the pressure of being at the top of the table, by admitting that some of the younger players are beginning to feel the jitters, but it's his and the more experienced players job to help them through it.

So with only 5 games left to play for Parma, the final dash to the finish line is set to be one not for the faint of heart, there will be twists and turns after every game, but almost certainly, there will be goals.

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