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Wolfsburg Clinch Premier League Title

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German side VfL Wolfsburg have claimed the season 8 PEN PS4 Premier League trophy. While there are still 3 rounds of fixtures to be played in this season it has already become mathematically impossible for any other side to catch them.
An extremely strong recent run of games with 9 wins in their last 10 games has seen Die Wölfe pull ahead by a large margin. In their last 3 fixtures manager Big Boss team defeated their main 3 rivals for the title. Birmingham City, Villarreal and Flamengo all knew they had to beat Wolfsburg to keep their title hopes alive, but all three teams went home empty-handed from their clash with the champions. When Villarreal lost their catch up games against Flamengo and Saint Etienne they were the final team to lose the possibility of catching up with the German outfit.
The title is the first for Dutch manager Big Boss in his 7th season in the PEN Premier League. Having only the trophy for winning the Blue League in the inaugural PEN season to his name till now. After failed campaigns with Espanyol, Chievo Verona, Ajax and Schalke 04, his first season at Wolfsburg has brought immediate succes. “Seven has always been my lucky number, to finally win the biggest prize on PEN is a dream come true for me” the Dutchman added during todays pressconference.
Recipe for Succes
Looking at the season, it sticks out that Wolfsburg have not been reliant on just one or two players for their succes. It is often said that having a topclass goalkeeper is an important ingredient for a title winning squad. Costel Pantilimon was that keeper for Wolfsburg, with 8 clean sheets to his name he is highly likely to win this seasons golden glove. The 6 foot 7 Romanian used his octupus like qualities to win many points. The defense as a whole was a very solid unit throughout this campaign, with Pantilimon, Zapata, Jesus Gamez and Amavi playing nearly every match. The last spot was taken by Toby Alderweireld in the first half and Jan Vertonghen in the second half of the season. Apart from one complete day off against Ajaccio in an 8-2 loss, they conceded only 36 goals in 26 games.
Goals came from many different places for Wolfsburg. Centre forward Alvaro Morata naturally scored the most, with 22 goals in 27 appearances he can look back on an excellent season. Despite alot of interest and very big offers, manager Big Boss never considered letting him leave. Kevin de Bruyne chipped in with a very impressive 13 goals from centre midfield. From the wings Eduardo Vargas scored 5 times and Nacer Chadli scored 9 after replacing Alexander Kokorin halfway through the season. The tall Belgian showed a real knack for getting on end of the crosses, scoring around half his goals with his head. The subtitutes were also extremely important. Davy Klaassen (6 goals) Anwar El-Ghazi (5 goals) and Vitolo (2 goals) all scored goals that won games from the bench.
There was little debate about the player of the season, the fans and the press were unanimous in their choice for Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian midfielder scored 13 goals, more than any other midfielder in the league and received 5 MOTM awards. Playing in the heart of the team as the CM in a midfield trio with a defensive and and an attacking midfielder next to him, he was the engine room of the side. Next to his goalscoring prowess, he was also a main creative force and never slacked on his defensive duties. During the winterbreak a big money move to Spain fell through at the last moment, in hindsight a real stroke of luck for Wolfsburg, or as some might call it destiny. Whatever the future may hold for the best midfielder on PEN, this will be a season he will never forget.
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