The 2016-17 season gave has many overarchievers but also flops where once big clubs have found themselves struggling and achieving table places way below their glory days.So here are the top flops of the 2016-17 season
Besides the blue part of West London is celebrating Chelsea’s title win,there is very little joy in North London,especially in the red part.For the first time in almost two decades Arsenal will not play in the UEFA Champions League next season and there was no St.Tottingham’s Day like in the previous years for Gunners fans.The Gunners finished 5th in the Premier League which is their first finish outside the Top 4 in two decades and besides the victory in the FA Cup final on Saturday against Chelsea it overshadows the embarassing losses against Watford and Crystal Palace during the Premier League campaign.The is a lot of uncertanity surrounding the Emirates as we are heading into the summer,especially around Wenger since there are talks of his departure and of a hiring of a new name to take over the bench of the Gunners and the current squad where there are rumors that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil might leave the Gunners,but once thing is for sure at the Emirates a new approach is needed.
It was seven years ago that Inter won the UEFA Champions League and six years ago that Inter won its last trophy the Coppa Italia,this season was a failure for the black and blue part of Milan.After the firing of Roberto Mancini by the new owners in the preseason,Frank de Boer which was hired only lasted three months before he was fired and Stefano Pioli was hired on the bench which led to a period of stability during the winter,but in the spring the nightmare began again for the nerazzurri where for two long months they couldn’t win a single match and the morale of the team went down again like in the autumn part of the season,it ended two matchdays ago against Lazio when the nerazzurri won 3-1 and ended an ugly unwinning streak where out of 24 points they managed to grab only 2 besides with a squad which can easily compete for European places,there will be no Europe for the nerazzurri next season as they approach a summer break full of questions and few answers.
It was eight years ago that VFL Wolfsburg with Felix Magath on the bench and with Edin Džeko and Grafite in the attack that they cruised to the maiden Bundesliga title and two seasons ago the Wolves won the DFB Pokal and finished 2nd in the Bundesliga,however financial problems at VW had caught up the Wolves and they were forced to sell the likes of Kevin de Bruyne to bigger clubs,this season has been one of the worst for the Wolves and they are contesting a relegation playoff match against their local rivals Eintracht Braunschweig where in the first match Volkswagen Arean they barely won by a single goal,the destiny of the Wolves will be decided tonight in the return leg at the Eintracht-Stadion in Braunschweig,but one thing is for sure changes will be needed this summer at the Volkswagen Arena.
In the 2000s Valencia was on the top of Spanish football and they won the La Liga and the UEFA Cup in 2004 and made 2 UEFA Champions League final appearances in 2000 and 2001,however those days are gone and seems like a forgotten past,the last two seasons have been particulary cruel for the Bats since they finished only 12th which was the same as last season,the Bats collected a mere 46 points compared to last season’s 44.Owner Peter Lim sees the club as a money making machine and for personal profit,he has no vision for the club now nor for the future and there is a reason why the club is struggling the last two seasons.The coming of Marcelino Garcia Toral on the bench for next season together with a couple of aquisitions might pull the club back to higher places next season.