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Dhody: I lost FPL title but won new friends

8 Aug 2018

Fantasy manager from Delhi exclusively recalls his rollercoaster season, dropping from No 1 on final day

After being the No 1 Fantasy Premier League manager out of more than six million for 17 weeks, imagine how Bharat Dhody felt when his best-laid plans fell apart on the final day and he finished third.

This is what happened to Dhody's "Boom Xhaka Laca" team as the manager from Delhi, India describes his rollercoaster 2017/18 in FPL.

“Until something like Gameweek 10, I was doing well, getting on top of my mini-league,” Dhody says in an exclusive interview. "But after Gameweek 10 it just started to go bonkers."

Dhody steadily climbed the ranks to become top of the world, where he stayed for 17 weeks.

"When there were three weeks to go and I was still on top I was like, ‘Wow, I can actually win this!’"

Going into the final Sunday, Dhody got his friends over to see how the day unfolded.

“The teamsheets came out. Half my team had been benched. And immediately I was like, ‘It's over, it's gone.’

“Seventy minutes in, the players my opponents had haven't scored and I've got a chance to win.

“You know, as an Arsenal fan, it's the hope that kills you.”

One of his rivals, Yusuf Sheikh, from Tanzania, had Triple-Captained Mohamed Salah and Dhody knew the game was up when the Egyptian scored against Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day.

But when the dust had settled, Dhody realised the positives of an emotional season.

“I didn't feel bad for very long because of the heartwarming support I got. Not just my friends but friends of friends, sometimes complete strangers.

“It's that amazing feeling that I'm going to be taking away from last season.”

And as for his hopes for the 2018/19 FPL, Dhody is realistic about whether he will do as well.

"Really I just want to win my mini-league because, at the end of the day, Fantasy Premier League is just about beating your friends, isn't it?"

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