Ludogorets’ 11th consecutive title did not come easily. Still, the hardships seemed to be fewer than in previous years.
The usual rough start of the season did not happen. The Eagles won the first five rounds under Valdas Dambrauskas’ guidance.
The Lithuanian coach and the club decided to part ways after the first loss in the Europa League group phase. Ludogorets lost the match to Crvena Zvezda. Things become tough after that.
The team did not manage to secure a single win in the Europa League group phase and allowed a few mistakes in the Bulgarian championship.
The champions lost four matches between the 8th and the 19th round of the championship. Three of the mistakes happened during guest matches in Sofia.
Ludogorets lost to Slavia (0:1), CSKA 1948 (0:2), and CSKA (0:1). The fourth loss happened during a home match. Ludogorets lost 3:5 to Pirin, which was a big hit on the club’s ambitions. As a result, the team remained ahead of CSKA with only two points in advance.
Meanwhile, Ante Simundza became Ludogorets’ new head coach. In just eight championship rounds, the advantage of Ludogorets became seven times bigger, eventually securing the 11th title as early as April 17th.
This is the earliest championship title Ludogorets has ever won.