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1 hour ago, Sonic Youth said:

 

Whoops, meant to include in other countries with higher rep/club set-up (ie France/Germany?).

Ahh, I see! If I hadn't titled this Swiss Army Knife, I'd be tempted to move countries but I do have a plan that may keep this save going for a considerable amount of time longer than just with Luzern. It'd require a new manager, obviously linked to the then-retired retired Joao Fernando, within the same game universe. There's a lot to think of and I don't want to give out too much, but it's a plan I'm considering...

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December 2030

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We have put ourselves in a really strong position here.

To beat both Basel and Zurich in the manner that we did shows just how strong we are as a side, in the face of adversity - specifically fitness (or lack of) adversity. We very nearly ruined it all, going down 1-0 at half time to Aarau, only saving our blushes as our ten-man attack won a corner that was converted by Grahovic deep into injury time. I, expectedly, came down hard on Diego Careca as his needless and rash tackle saw us in a little bit of peril but we survived to top the table, albeit on goal difference after Servette shocked St. Gallen, as they lost only their second game in the season and a half that I have managed in the top flight.

What is more, the win over Rangers sees us progress, topping our group. It is some decent success for Switzerland as Basel could only muster third in their group (containing Feyenoord, Lazio and Aris ) and St Gallen finished, unsurprisingly, bottom of a Champions League group containing Atletico Madrid, Milan and Benfica. Not even Young Boys could spare the countries blushes as they bowed out of a Europa Conference League group containing Freibourg, Bordeaux and CSKA Sofia and poor old Lausanne didn't even qualify, losing to AZ in the 4th Qualifying Round Path, or similar. Whilst I am not at the point to be worrying about nation co-efficient at this stage, it's something that I really want to improve as time goes on!

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Once again, I am happy with this intake preview - even if I've learnt to take it with a pinch of salt. We continue to pour time into academy development and I'll look at all of these players with an eye to the near, and further, future - allowing them time in any one of my four squads: the first team, u21 team or Luzern/Kriens u18 and u18B squads. 

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As mentioned in the last update, I'm really looking at strengthening the depth at the club in order to take us to the next level. I have identified the positions, below, that I feel need improving:

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Interestingly, I have all four players that I have tried to use as the Inverted Wing Back - definitely indicating that I need a really specialised player to perform the role. I may look at a more traditional wingback going forward, although Reynoso has really disappointed this season and has spent a huge amount of time injured. We also have €1.1m signing (before me) Karel Pilik, who, despite performing well, could certainly be upgraded. Getting these signings right and complimenting them with academy players could really take us to the next level.

In terms of replacements - I've identified two players - a Nedeljkovic replacement and a Pilik replacement. Wang Tao has been approached to sign at the end of his deal, despite some doubts over all of his game, particularly those hidden attributes that come with game watching. I will need to be careful of how he's introduced as #WelcomeWang could be misinterpreted but he's clearly a quality player. I don't know his player traits, at this point, and that would really shape the kind of midfielder he is but I do see a bit of an all-action midfielder here and, to make use of his Long Shots, may actually want him to hang back a bit. The Mezzala role could be ideal here. The fact that I'm currently negotiating a deal worth only €1.2k p/w is a massive sign that this is a really unexplored area of the game-world, despite the Chinese league being reasonably attractive - what is certain though is that this is probably a stepping stone to a bigger European league, but even a sale of €1 is a profit!

Next up is Stefan Lolic from Vojvodina. I've just had recent success in the Serbian market and this lad looks an ideal signing too as his contract expires in the summer, however, there is a lot of interest from bigger European clubs. Earlier, I mentioned that Magola brings pace but no technique - well this lad has both. Like Wang before him, there are some issues - ability to settle (but I do have a fellow compatriot) and consistency but, as I've mentioned, at this level - I'm not getting completed rounded players and have to accept some roughness to said diamonds. His wage demands are closer to €6k p/w and I may purposely put in clauses that 'allows' him to leave for a significant fee in the earlier stages of his deal - particularly if this sweetens the initial desire to join us.

I will continue to look for talent in these under valued areas, accepting that not all of my transfers will be a success - see Reynoso and Careca, above but in the hope that one might just lead to me the jackpot - either financially or through silverware.

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1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

Are you using a download able skin or something customized? 

It's just the normal skin that I've been customising over the course of this year. Everything that you see different is something that I've added. It's nowhere near complete, nor bug free (such as the broken player info page) but it's a labour of love and one that shows how I'm learning how to skin!

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January 2031

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No official fixtures, just three friendlies: one against a team local to our tour of Ankara, Turkey, one in Germany and one, clearly, against a blind kids team - as Anderson Costa netted eight times on a return to fitness mission for the team. However, January wasn't entirely wasted as I secured some good deals and continued with the groundwork that is being put in place behind the scenes.

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Wang Tao becomes my first Asian purchase and many thanks must go to Ilija Dzepina, who has, so far, returned just one scout report from his near sixteen months in Asia - however it was a good one. Everything looks great on the field - his attributes really strong as I saw in the scouting reports and a complimentary trait that will enhance his play in a midfield runner-style role, which I play. I do have a concern at the Driven/Volatile nature of him, suggesting that his Determination is great and his Ambition is at least good, with no idea of his Professionalism. His volatility signifies low Temperament and, due to my historical obsession with this kind of thing, I have stayed away in the past and really don't know how he'll react. Given he's on such a low wage and has such quality - I envisage that this is definitely a stepping stone for him so the plan is really to keep him happy for a year or so and see how that goes. I will do my best, however, to try and develop his personality and immediately used Stefano Herzog to welcome him, trying to integrate him within the team personality. I hope that it has some impact.

I see very few holes in his game but if I can get his Anticipation and Off the Ball to reach elite (15+) levels, then I think he'll be even better than he already is - and I'll use the Mezzala(s) schedule as that is the role he'll be playing within my team.

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If one well researched and thought out signing wasn't enough, I also had the success of a second. Lolic is a huge step up on Karel Pilik but I made the call to not pay the €375k to sign him now, allowing the Belgian winger to see out his contract with us and make registration (with a max of 25 allowed per season) a little easier for us. I really see this signing as a huge deal for us as he's almost the complete inverted winger with my only gripe is him not being just a little more comfortable on his left foot, in case he's pushed wide.

Once again - great credit goes to my recruitment team who notified me of him almost 14 months ago. I will, off the back of these two successes, ensure that I continue to both scout and monitor players that I am interested in over the long term plan that I have set out here.

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I made another deal, although somewhat less exciting of a player that I, too, have been tracking for a long time. Leon Accola, Portuguese born but representing Switzerland, joins on loan, initially, from Benfica but is likely to join on a free at the expiration of his contract in the summer. Somehow, this lad has yet to make his senior debut and has also not once played for the B side, instead making his name solely in the famed youth setup at the club since entering their youth team way back in the spring of 2023. I have literally no idea why he's yet to play any football but I can see how he's been moulded and would suggest that, initially, he wasn't a defender but decent Tackling, Heading and Jumping (for someone of his size) saw them make the move. He'll be moving to fill a slot whereby I've seen a lot of failure, right back: Andre Diaz is just about holding his own whilst Schmeid, Reynoso and Careca have all really struggled.

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I enter the second part of the season with a league high twelve players who have been trained at the club for three years between 15 and 21, which is a great success for me. I want to continue the development of these players, building a team around them but also keeping a core of rotational players, probably no better than what I could import in but there to fit the club ethos and the moves we are making.

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Excellent signings, should provide a real step up in quality. Serbia produces some absolute gems this year. I just signed no less than 4 Serbs in my save :brock:

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February 2031

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Not the best!

The month started in poor fashion with a loss against Young Boys, marred with a penalty in the 90+5th minute that led to media outrage and another warning. Things, at the club anyway, got better as we thrashed Lausanne but I feel I may now be blacklisted by the Chinese government following my comments on Wang Tao returning from international duty so tired that I had to sent him on holiday for a week, before he'd even made an appearance for us. It was yet more disappointment as we lost to St. Gallen, extending our terrible run of form against them since I took over. I think that learning to match them will be the key to winning this league, whenever that may be. It's not necessarily tactical as they're under a new manager, Torsten Fink, but a combination of that as well as superior, overall, players. We were very dull against Sion and the 1-0 win was not really a reflection on an even, and pretty terrible game and that continued as we played appallingly against Servette - edging the xG only on the fact we scored a penalty. The fans took to Twitter to agree with our level of performance. We did finish the month with progression to the cup semi final thanks to a straightforward win in the snow against Wintherthur.

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I am very much in the process of preparing for next season, and, regardless of our end position, need to act on the fact that we have massively struggled with injuries over the extended schedule that we have faced. My plan is to ensure that I have two players available for each position in addition to a 'covering' defender, midfielder and attacker, plus any promising youth players, too. I have briefly put together a little depth chart, as seen below.

Obviously, this shape can be flipped but the players we have suit this style and, despite not being a manager who wants to fit players into his tactic - I'm yet to find enough evidence, in the form of players, to suggest that I'd be better playing it the other way round. However, I've been really enjoying positional training and, should a player have the right attributes, I'm happy to overlook their natural position, especially at a young age.

  • Goalkeeper: Comfortable with feet. Makes good decisions to come out and sweep up through balls playing, normally as a SK(a).

Stefano Herzog

An ideal appointment here would be a young goalkeeper of this mould who can hone his skills in the u21 set up, as both of my goalkeepers there are below the standard required. This is not a huge concern for me but Herzog has been remarkably injury free.

  • Full Back: Pacey, can attack and provide just as well as can defend. 

Darko Mosjovski, Marcio Veiga

Marcio Veiga will move back to a full back (and will have to relinquish his #9 shirt!) and this is an area that I'm reasonably happy with. He's not the most accomplished defender but I feel that, as we progress domestically, the four 'defensive' players (two CBs, RB and DM) will provide enough cover that the converted winger-cum-shadow striker can 'Reverse Bale' himself into this part of the team.

  • Full Back: Good ball playing ability – a real tie between defence and offence and, going forward, another creative option to opening tight defences.

Leon Accola, Andre Diaz

Accola should be an upgrade here and Diaz will remain, in the short term at least, as he's a team leader. I'm really not sure about this role at the moment what I exactly want from it. I have tried a converted centre back - Diaz, a converted playmaking midfielder, Careca and a converted winger, Reynoso and not had much success with any. Diaz gets the nod, at the moment, as he's the best defensively but I feel that Accola isn't too far from that and should be able to develop, too.

  • Centre Back: Ball player, ideally someone who can bring the ball out of defence

Yannick Bayiha, Fikret Grahovac

Yannick is the better of the two, but neither fill me with massive confidence. Fikret is right footed which doesn't really help as his natural body shape will see him move to the right and not the left, where I focus my build up play. I can see myself entering the market for a midfielder who is convertible to a ball playing defender as they come at a premium price.

  • Centre Back: More conventional defender but must be pacey enough to sweep up.

Predrag Kostadinovic, David Mistrafovic

Mistrafovic has the traits that I like - stays back, plays short simple passes etc, but not the pace that Kostadinovic has - so I will attempt to get the latter to learn those as he looks to become the more complete of my two actual defenders. We are very short on quality in the youth team for this kind of defender and this will have to be an area to consider strengthening, either at the first team level or at youth level as David turns 30 soon.

  • DM: Defensively sound but can play football, too.

Levin Zehnder, Nixon Mazinot

Mazinot is still making his move to the HB(d) role due to his lack of speed (Pace: 13, Acceleration: 9) but his passing (Passing: 13, Vision: 11, First Touch: 11) is much better. I really like both players here and both are academy graduates, too. The quality of Zehnder is clear to see as Man Utd and Chelsea have been sniffing around and I feel that Mazinot, who will be entering his third season in the first team picture, is deserving of a spot despite his tender age.

  • Winger: Pace and technique but also the ability to finish.

Stefan Lolic, Ales Ribic

Lolic will need time to settle but looks absolutely top class and Ribic is a decent backup option. There'll be less rotation here, given the strength of the former. This is an ideal role cherry pick academy players and give them small amounts of minutes in what is quite a physically demanding role with a player who will want to play 80%+ of the football but currently I have nobody promising that could make this role their own.

  • Winger: Pace and technique to get to the by-line with the ability to 'do something' when they get there - e.g. NOT Adama Traore!

Joachim Magola, Matias Fabiani

This is a strange one. I like Magola but his Decisions rating of just 7 is really anomalous when compared to the rest of the club (visible attributes, anyway) and that is so evident on the pitch. However, his pace is direct running is key and he's performing above what his attributes would suggest this year. On the same note, Fabiani was brought in, with a little less pace but a little more technical ability and hasn't really delivered what I want from this winger role. I know that the sale of Magola could bankroll several seasons worth of signings but the fact that he's recently signed a new deal means interest in him will be reduced and, given his form, may cause some concern from the players, fans and board.

  • Central Midfielder: Slightly deeper #10.

Taulant Kabashi, Tomaso Gavioli

Gavioli has just signed a new five year deal and has earnt the right to stay within the first team. He and Kabashi are both equally as creative and provide two slightly different playmaking options, which I really like. I do have the promising Toni Gonzalez waiting in the wings who could be a really good option, too - although he differs in being right footed. However, that may be to my advantage as his natural body shape and favouring foot means he can bring the runners from the right into play. All in all, this is an area that I'm happy with at the moment.

  • Central Midfielder: Midfielder runner with the ability to be a good passer but not someone who I want to use as a ball magnet/playmaker.

Wang Tao, Raphael Kunert

Tao is the new superhero and will be a key player here, albeit probably not for a long time. Kunert is a decent backup and has proven his quality at the club since before I joined. I, in a pattern that is forming, don't seem to have the quality in the youth team for this kind of role so may turn my attention to the future to look for an upgrade developed within the walls of the club.

  • Forward: Ability to make use of the space off the ball and to finish.

Anderson Costa, Ikechuckwu Adebayo

Costa is really strong but I'm noticing more and more difficulty when he's out of form or injured. Adebayo is very promising and I like his attribute balance but I do question whether 21 goals in the Nigerian top flight is enough experience to be battling in a European side. However, true to my philosophy, he'll get a chance and I need to make sure that I have ample support for him. I do have Sascha Arlinghaus in the u21 squad who looks like, with some attribute development, he could fit this kind of role in the future.

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Where does that leave me for this summer? Again - evolution not revolution. We are two or three players short of a strong first team squad and, as that improves in quality, the younger, rougher players from these undervalued scouting areas will be able to come in, hone their skills in the u21 team before being promoted. This will not only take that team up the leagues but also improve the cohesion of the team as a whole.

Outgoing, this has casted doubt over the futures of Pilik, Careca, Schmeid, Reynoso and Nedeljkovic - all of whom can be sold but won't really be useful to bankroll anything major. If we can hold on to this second place, I think that any money next season from Europe will be of huge benefit to us.

We're really starting to put the foundations down for what could be a long term success here.

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10 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Excellent signings, should provide a real step up in quality. Serbia produces some absolute gems this year. I just signed no less than 4 Serbs in my save :brock:

Thanks. Certainly a part of the world whereby I can attempt to build a good network of scouting and recruiting. Tempted to activate the league too, given the fact that Switzerland has a lot of ex-Yugoslav influence in dual nationals. 

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March 2031: Offensive shapes

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Just another example of how I've been able to manipulate opponents really nicely with my extra focus on tactical shapes and styles. Firstly, before there is any concern (!!) the three forwards that Zurich named are marked and Diaz, who just made the pass is in the process of moving over to mark the widest of their forwards, pushing Mistrafovic over. It does leave a 3-v-3 but this is the type of situation that I either need to not commit to or back my players to deal with any counter attacking threat, and I do.

Without Anderson Costa, I opted for Gavioli and played him as an AM(a) rather than an SS(a) to pull him away from the defenders between Zurich's lines of their flat 4-3-3. This also meant he was more of a link-up player than an out and out striker and we have managed to completely overload their defence with six players, almost lined up to take any chance from Mojsoski, who has the perfect traits for this situation: knocking the ball forward to make the most of his pace and getting into those advanced areas.

In the end, the ball goes into the box and it is Kabashi, with his 'arrives late in the box' trait who is able to put the ball away from a little more than ten yards.

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I love this shape. It gives me the freedom to create an offensive game that I had never felt possible before.

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23 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

March 2031: Offensive shapes

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Just another example of how I've been able to manipulate opponents really nicely with my extra focus on tactical shapes and styles. Firstly, before there is any concern (!!) the three forwards that Zurich named are marked and Diaz, who just made the pass is in the process of moving over to mark the widest of their forwards, pushing Mistrafovic over. It does leave a 3-v-3 but this is the type of situation that I either need to not commit to or back my players to deal with any counter attacking threat, and I do.

Without Anderson Costa, I opted for Gavioli and played him as an AM(a) rather than an SS(a) to pull him away from the defenders between Zurich's lines of their flat 4-3-3. This also meant he was more of a link-up player than an out and out striker and we have managed to completely overload their defence with six players, almost lined up to take any chance from Mojsoski, who has the perfect traits for this situation: knocking the ball forward to make the most of his pace and getting into those advanced areas.

In the end, the ball goes into the box and it is Kabashi, with his 'arrives late in the box' trait who is able to put the ball away from a little more than ten yards.

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I love this shape. It gives me the freedom to create an offensive game that I had never felt possible before.

Your work on tactical shape is really making me think about my own, effective, but slightly boring tactics. I think I may continue for now, and experiment more in my next save. Excellent work here though and fascinating to see the effects of your tactics through screenshots and clips you've been posting!

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39 minutes ago, Fudal said:

I like that it is just a flat horizontal line of 6 attackers :lol:

I think the footballing hipster phrase that you’re looking for is ‘transitional overloads!’

39 minutes ago, Jtomsett11 said:

Your work on tactical shape is really making me think about my own, effective, but slightly boring tactics. I think I may continue for now, and experiment more in my next save. Excellent work here though and fascinating to see the effects of your tactics through screenshots and clips you've been posting!

Thanks. It’s never been something I’ve cared about really. It’s always been a case of ‘get my best prospects on the pitch’ and, historically, just Instant Result and hope to not be sacked over 20 years as I build a career. 

This is such a refreshing approach for me  and I’m glad to see that people are enjoying the read!

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Your Flat 6 "Transitional Overload" almost looks like an ME breaking Downloadable Tactic...LOL!

Wish my own tactics worked as well....

KUTGW!

This thread and  @SixPointer have taught me a lot about the game (FM) and what to look for when watching on TV as well. It helps me appreciate the "Beautiful Game".

 

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March 2031

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Turgid. To say the least.

We started in great form, tearing Zurich apart with a bit of a tactical overhaul but were absolutely found out by Celtic, containing half of the promising British players from the start of FM21: Rekeem Harper, Oliver Burke, Shola Shoretire, Daniel James and Tyrese Campbell. They were just better than us in every single area of the pitch and their resounding win was no less than they deserved. Our next domestic fixture, as so often happens, was a poor draw against bottom of the table Thun, ending any dream hopes we had of challenging St. Gallen. We rallied to win the home leg against Celtic but it just wasn't enough and that form carried into a bore draw at Basel, which, in turn, probably ended any chances they had of retaining their second placed finish. We did finish the month with a win, but it was full of mistakes and a better team would have punished us more than a poor Aarau did.

A lot to put right over the last couple of months.

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I also had my annual youth intake, which is dominated by the young North Macedonian striker, Pece Taseski, who was identified on the original intake preview. I like him and he's really well rounded for someone of his age, yet remarkably similar, in terms of attribute balance, to Anderson Costa - with a slightly limited technical outlook and plenty of pace. The only let down is that perhaps he doesn't work as hard as Anderson but there is definitely some scope for progress here and I'll look to utilise him as a Shadow Striker, in exactly the same manner as I did with the young Swiss/Brazilian before him. 

Despite not, at this point anyway, having the potential to excel, I really like the balance of Alban Shpendi and the young Albanian has a very well rounded set of attributes for a youngster. He very much looks the runner type of midfielder, giving his work rate and decent physical frame. I would also class Andre AlmeidaThassis Nikolaidis and Guido Arnold in the group that are potentially going to be very decent, if I can get to work on their attribute balance.

It is, once again, a group I'm happy with and now I need to work to ensure that they are in the best place to develop, which is something, from the last two intakes that I'm not entirely happy with:

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Above is the group of players currently in my youth setups sorted by the progress that they've made over the last 12 months.  It is slightly concerning that my higher rated players, and those who are generally much younger, have made less progress - namely Arlinghaus, Trabelsi and Nicolet. However, my concern here is that, respectively, they've featured 9(4). 18(0) and 18(0) times for the u21 squad in a tough, adult, league. I feel that the intensity of this league and the number of games means they they have spent more time playing and recovering and less time developing. Even looking at the likes of Nixon Mazinet's, a player who has made first team appearances whilst beign eligible for the u18 team, progress - you can see that he's developed quite well but not really to the level I'd want. As such, I want to look at moving these players to the U18 team that play in the Elite U18 league. With that, I do lose the rights to their development, as they are, essentially a feeder club, but they will benefit from age appropriate football.

The caveat - the u21 team will struggle and, being as it's essentially my reserve team and therefore any manager is employed through Luzern FC, they won't sign anyone unless I do it for them. I think that this off-season could see a search for promising players who are 20+, in line with the likes of Ziereis, Atanasovski and Berisha, who can perform in my u21 team until it is appropriate for my younger players to reach this level. Not the most realistic, but a necessary cause to improve the long term success of this club and one that I have already proven will not work simply by asking my DoF, HoYD or otherwise to 'sign players for the youth team.'

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28 minutes ago, Hootieleece said:

Your Flat 6 "Transitional Overload" almost looks like an ME breaking Downloadable Tactic...LOL!

Wish my own tactics worked as well....

KUTGW!

This thread and  @SixPointer have taught me a lot about the game (FM) and what to look for when watching on TV as well. It helps me appreciate the "Beautiful Game".

 

Thanks!

I’ve actually been catching up his Odd thread and the concept of overloads is something he’s done a better job of explaining than I have. However, my plan is to overload the left, or, in the case from that screenshot, the whole defence!

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Adapting the principles and methods of tactical periodisation to FM is certainly worth exploring, something I've been experimenting with on my save as well. I'm not sure if you can link outside pages here, but there is an in-depth analysis on the topic at the popular tactics website with the very long German name. Besides optimizing the training workload to enhance efficient match preparation, tactical periodisation also puts great emphasis on 1) which physical attributes (speed, strength, endurance) get the focus on the given training day, 2) whether the focus of the day is training the entire squad (11 on 11) or units and 3) if the team's main principles and playing styles are being practiced or there's more specific attention to various sub-principles which can be important for the upcoming match. All of these can be translated to FM's training modul fairly well. I've been having some success using these methods: I'm usually getting high training ratings and my young players are developing nicely. Obviously, as the season progresses it is advisible the adjust the workload accordingly, but this indeed is a great method for avoiding injuries, developing key attributes and always being prepared for games.

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The 2 Liechtensteiners looks quite promising,their national team manager should be very happy.;)

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Well For one I can believe I’ve missed this. Considering I fancied A save in Switzerland when the game first came out. 
 

secondly unbelievable stuff. In complete awe of your writing style. You don’t just go threw screenshots of months. It’s all detailed and well written and contains everything from player development, Tactics, training, general updates, progress and statistical analysis in one word PERFECTION

It’s a real eye opener. The balance off to much and to little ON THE MONEY here. And really gives me a lot of food for thought. As I often think I ramble on often about stuff that doesn’t matter to much (made up interview which does add depth and immersion) when I could be using that writing day to do a player development post with more depth or more insight into how I play the game rather than the story which I have went for. Your style coupled with some of the story I like to provide could genuinely be something I have to look at.

Cause am totally blown away by the depth but also the ease of reading and how it’s not overdone. 
 

immense work sir! :applause:

p.s am a sucker for some innovative tactics like strikerless and love how your using it in a direct style following now and forever 

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15 hours ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Adapting the principles and methods of tactical periodisation to FM is certainly worth exploring, something I've been experimenting with on my save as well. I'm not sure if you can link outside pages here, but there is an in-depth analysis on the topic at the popular tactics website with the very long German name. Besides optimizing the training workload to enhance efficient match preparation, tactical periodisation also puts great emphasis on 1) which physical attributes (speed, strength, endurance) get the focus on the given training day, 2) whether the focus of the day is training the entire squad (11 on 11) or units and 3) if the team's main principles and playing styles are being practiced or there's more specific attention to various sub-principles which can be important for the upcoming match. All of these can be translated to FM's training modul fairly well. I've been having some success using these methods: I'm usually getting high training ratings and my young players are developing nicely. Obviously, as the season progresses it is advisible the adjust the workload accordingly, but this indeed is a great method for avoiding injuries, developing key attributes and always being prepared for games.

Thanks.

I enjoyed the Tifo video and took a lot from it but I've struggled implementing it into a week with more than once match without them just becoming Match Prep weeks. I'd love to see your take on this and share some ideas - feel free to send me a DM if you'd rather it was outside the confines of this thread.

9 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

The 2 Liechtensteiners looks quite promising,their national team manager should be very happy.;)

Yep. Sadly, Ziereis isn't going to make my first team but he'll be a national team regular but I do think Arlinghaus has potential to make my team, pretty much ensuring he'll be a national legend! He's got full caps at just 16 years old.

7 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Well For one I can believe I’ve missed this. Considering I fancied A save in Switzerland when the game first came out. 
 

secondly unbelievable stuff. In complete awe of your writing style. You don’t just go threw screenshots of months. It’s all detailed and well written and contains everything from player development, Tactics, training, general updates, progress and statistical analysis in one word PERFECTION

It’s a real eye opener. The balance off to much and to little ON THE MONEY here. And really gives me a lot of food for thought. As I often think I ramble on often about stuff that doesn’t matter to much (made up interview which does add depth and immersion) when I could be using that writing day to do a player development post with more depth or more insight into how I play the game rather than the story which I have went for. Your style coupled with some of the story I like to provide could genuinely be something I have to look at.

Cause am totally blown away by the depth but also the ease of reading and how it’s not overdone. 
 

immense work sir! :applause:

p.s am a sucker for some innovative tactics like strikerless and love how your using it in a direct style following now and forever 

Wow. High praise indeed.

Many, many thanks for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy playing. I have come from a style of FM that was initially just holiday play, then moved to a hands off approach whereby I just tracked everything using Excel and was only really into a 30 year save to where I am now. It's the first game I've truly delved into the in-game training, development and tactics and I love it. I also have the tendency to just get lost in what I'm trying to explain so imagine that, this season alone, I've written upwards of 10,000 words in the updates - but never mind!

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23 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

Thanks.

I enjoyed the Tifo video and took a lot from it but I've struggled implementing it into a week with more than once match without them just becoming Match Prep weeks. I'd love to see your take on this and share some ideas - feel free to send me a DM if you'd rather it was outside the confines of this thread.

Here's a sample schedule I've created for the second part of the season (thus there's no downright physical training) and for week when we play a team we want to attack.

 

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Notes:

* after our previous game last Saturday, the players got Sunday off. I don't want them near the facility.

* Monday is for active recovery. There are some light sessions, nothing too heavy, in order to ease the fatigue still stemming from the previous match.

* Tuesday is a day for units training and for some sub-principles I want to practice for the upcoming match. The main physical focus here is strength and by that I don't mean weight training in the gym, more like drills where players have to turn, shoot or tackle.

* Wednesday's sessions are mostly performed as a team and this is the day for our main principles (in this case a solid but active defensive style). The overall workload is by far the heaviest, with the dominant physical focus being endurance (and most importantly, work rate).

* Thursday is similar to Tuesday, as we practice some sub-principles, but, nearing the game, it's considerably lighter. Speed is the focus here, not so much as in running speed, but more so as in thinking fast. For this day, I try to choose sessions that concentrate on the most important mental attributes (like anticipation, concentration and decisions), as well as some that require the players to do some sprinting. I change these on a weekly basis, according to what's best for the upcoming game.

* Friday is for full-on match preparation. I don't use match preview, match tactics, or match practice outside of the pre-season, since, ideally, we've already achieved a good level of team cohesion and tactical familiarity.

* You are right that it's impossible to get a proper training week in when we have two games. What I do is have three match prep sessions for the two games combined and distribute them how I see fit for the actual game, and then have some set-piece training (which still do work some really key attributes) along with the occasional Ball retention, Chance conversion, aerial or ground defence. All of these last four deal with key attributes for the given unit and do individual role training for the other. It creates a nice balance, because I tend to select sessions that specifically focus on key attributes for all units on a full training week.

* Pre-season training is all-about getting ready physically and tactically.

* Youth training tends to be heavier, with more physical sessions used.

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Thank you so much for this post. I have some points, questions, if you don't mind...

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11 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Here's a sample schedule I've created for the second part of the season (thus there's no downright physical training) and for week when we play a team we want to attack.

On this, do you then have schedules for weeks where you think you'll need to defend more?

11 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

after our previous game last Saturday, the players got Sunday off. I don't want them near the facility.

I like to do this, too. A full day of rest on either the Sunday (Sat game) or Monday (Sun game).

12 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Monday is for active recovery. There are some light sessions, nothing too heavy, in order to ease the fatigue still stemming from the previous match.

Have you ever used the match review? I think it can only be used on the day following the game so your first point may answer that one. I don't actually know how much impact it has but kind of saw it as a sit down kind of session, watching and analysing the game and each player's role within it.

13 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

* Tuesday is a day for units training and for some sub-principles I want to practice for the upcoming match. The main physical focus here is strength and by that I don't mean weight training in the gym, more like drills where players have to turn, shoot or tackle.

* Wednesday's sessions are mostly performed as a team and this is the day for our main principles (in this case a solid but active defensive style). The overall workload is by far the heaviest, with the dominant physical focus being endurance (and most importantly, work rate).

I really like the crossover in thinking that physical =/= the actual physical block. Do you find that team sessions are generally more intense than units? Any feedback on injuries because you can, literally, track the injury occurrences to the day.

14 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Friday is for full-on match preparation. I don't use match preview, match tactics, or match practice outside of the pre-season, since, ideally, we've already achieved a good level of team cohesion and tactical familiarity

Interesting and I really hadn't thought of this really. I tend to use all five blocks for each match, kind of in the 'worry' that it'll lose effectiveness. Do you know the length of time that a match prep block is 'active' for - because the idea of sharing them out over the week(s) is way more realistic.

Do you look for a 'target' in the cohesion and familiarity or just wait for it to fill? How do you evolve the schedules at the start of the season to make room for the extra blocks required? 

17 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

along with the occasional Ball retention, Chance conversion, aerial or ground defence. All of these last four deal with key attributes for the given unit and do individual role training for the other. It creates a nice balance, because I tend to select sessions that specifically focus on key attributes for all units on a full training week.

I love this idea and it's one that I really follow - using the non-match prep schedules because improving the attributes key to your style will improve the performances on the pitch, even if these don't necessarily correlate to the next match.

18 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Youth training tends to be heavier, with more physical sessions used.

Do you create these or delegate?

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49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

On this, do you then have schedules for weeks where you think you'll need to defend more?

Yes I do, but it's not a wholesale change or anything like that. It's things like replacing attacking shadow play with defensive shadow play, having defending disengaged and/or defending wide on Thursdays, or occasionally doubling down on a select defensive section.

 

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

I like to do this, too. A full day of rest on either the Sunday (Sat game) or Monday (Sun game).

Not even recovery or match review for me either.

 

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

Have you ever used the match review? I think it can only be used on the day following the game so your first point may answer that one. I don't actually know how much impact it has but kind of saw it as a sit down kind of session, watching and analysing the game and each player's role within it.

I believe its impact is minimal and doesn't involve anything other than cohesion and familiarity, so I find it useless when your players have thos already on an acceptable level.

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

I really like the crossover in thinking that physical =/= the actual physical block. Do you find that team sessions are generally more intense than units? Any feedback on injuries because you can, literally, track the injury occurrences to the day.

I think it totally depends on the session itself. The general sessions tend work on more attributes and so usually are more intense. But not at an equal rate. Physical and Outfield are obviously the most intense of these, while Tactical (all mental attributes) not so much. I also think that Defending Engaged is more intense for the defensive unit than, say, the Tactical general training. The attention the given unit gets, combined with the number of attributes worked on, AND these attributes themselves determine the intensity (Aggression and Work rate are probably not equal to vision and flair). Note: these points are not officially confirmed, they're just my general experience. Other then sheer bad luck, which you can't do anything about, longer-term injuries have mostly ocurred for me when I didn't adjust the workload for later parts of the season. No physical training and fewer three-a-days are my go-to rules here. The other one to monitor is injury risk, if it's still high by the middle of the week, I put the player on half intensity or give him a rest.

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

Interesting and I really hadn't thought of this really. I tend to use all five blocks for each match, kind of in the 'worry' that it'll lose effectiveness. Do you know the length of time that a match prep block is 'active' for - because the idea of sharing them out over the week(s) is way more realistic.

Do you look for a 'target' in the cohesion and familiarity or just wait for it to fill? How do you evolve the schedules at the start of the season to make room for the extra blocks required? 

There has been some confusion on this one because of the UI, but I think SI have confirmed that match prep sessions are 'active' for the upcoming match and the upcoming match only. Once it's played, they're 'gone'.

The entire pre-season is for cohesion and familiarity for me, that is after a week of "boot camp". General sessions and a bunch of friendlies, team bonding most weeks, match reviews etc. I go all in. If cohesion is at least good, I'm happy, it's not realistic to aim higher if you're new to a club. As for tactical familiarity, I want everything fluid, except for P/R/D which takes more time to max out.

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

I love this idea and it's one that I really follow - using the non-match prep schedules because improving the attributes key to your style will improve the performances on the pitch, even if these don't necessarily correlate to the next match.

That being said, if you don't really have a firm playing style and a club DNA, having a bunch of these sessions that train individual roles and then having the players on role training with widespread attributes (say BBM, RPM, CF) can be mighty effective for overall youth development.

49 minutes ago, _Ben_ said:

Do you create these or delegate?

I do create them. It's actually a lot easier, because with the U18s, I really don't bother with match prep. It's all about attribute training, so I don't really change the schedule very often.

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April 2031

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We're probably just a little bit too far off for a shot at the title despite our first win over St. Gallen in what seems like forever.

The month started with a great, counter attacking performance against Young Boys in which we really showed why me moving to them would be a huge step down. Two pretty average performances against Lausanne and Servette, in the cup, sandwiched a smash and grab win over St. Gallen and a stubborn Sion side held us to a draw.

As we develop into one of the larger teams in this league and as I learn the tactical side of the game more and more, I am becoming more aware of the need for game management. When you compare the timings of when we score our goals with when we concede them, you'll see a gradual tail-off as the game goes on in our scoring, normally when I'm making wholesale changes and, more worrying, the time that we concede nearly peaks at the end of the game - tiredness? too many changes leading to disjointed play? Probably a mix of both. It's also worth noting that I'm struggling more against tightly packed defences, creating less clear cut chances against the more defensive formations. Take the average positions against two very different teams: the St. Gallen heatmap, a team where we've sat deeper and been able to use our speed to counter and the Sion heatmap, a team who've sat back and made us play in front of their lines.

Definite some food for thought along with squad building, tactical periodisation through training, player development, media management and pretty much every other thing that I've taken a deep dive into during this save!

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With thoughts pressing on to the youth development for next season - I've added three pre-contract signings of youth players with three very different scouting reasons: scouting of the local area, recruitment of younger players from undervalued hotspots and scouting youngsters who have failed to make the grade at larger teams but have good attribute balance. The three players below fit into each category, respectively.

There are pretty strict rules in the fourth tier, as seen below, which I found out the hard way with Meyrin but providing that I can field eleven youth graduates in the 18-man squad, I can afford up to seven of these 'luxury' youth additions, who will not only improve the on-field performance but also ease the match-load and allow more training, and, as such more development time, for my youngsters.

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The plan will be to look to sell these players within two to three years for a profit, rinse and repeat. Unless, of course, they are good enough for the first team, which, by then, will also mean they are likely to be classed as being 'trained at the club.' A win-win for us.

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For the record, I've now written 7691 words on updates for this season alone. Yeah. I'm engaged!

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3 minutes ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

Yes I do, but it's not a wholesale change or anything like that. It's things like replacing attacking shadow play with defensive shadow play, having defending disengaged and/or defending wide on Thursdays, or occasionally doubling down on a select defensive section.

Not even recovery or match review for me either.

I believe its impact is minimal and doesn't involve anything other than cohesion and familiarity, so I find it useless when your players have thos already on an acceptable level.

I think it totally depends on the session itself. The general sessions tend work on more attributes and so usually are more intense. But not at an equal rate. Physical and Outfield are obviously the most intense of these, while Tactical (all mental attributes) not so much. I also think that Defending Engaged is more intense for the defensive unit than, say, the Tactical general training. The attention the given unit gets, combined with the number of attributes worked on, AND these attributes themselves determine the intensity (Aggression and Work rate are probably not equal to vision and flair). Note: these points are not officially confirmed, they're just my general experience. Other then sheer bad luck, which you can't do anything about, longer-term injuries have mostly ocurred for me when I didn't adjust the workload for later parts of the season. No physical training and fewer three-a-days are my go-to rules here. The other one to monitor is injury risk, if it's still high by the middle of the week, I put the player on half intensity or give him a rest.

There has been some confusion on this one because of the UI, but I think SI have confirmed that match prep sessions are 'active' for the upcoming match and the upcoming match only. Once it's played, they're 'gone'.

The entire pre-season is for cohesion and familiarity for me, that is after a week of "boot camp". General sessions and a bunch of friendlies, team bonding most weeks, match reviews etc. I go all in. If cohesion is at least good, I'm happy, it's not realistic to aim higher if you're new to a club. As for tactical familiarity, I want everything fluid, except for P/R/D which takes more time to max out.

That being said, if you don't really have a firm playing style and a club DNA, having a bunch of these sessions that train individual roles and then having the players on role training with widespread attributes (say BBM, RPM, CF) can be mighty effective for overall youth development.

I do create them. It's actually a lot easier, because with the U18s, I really don't bother with match prep. It's all about attribute training, so I don't really change the schedule very often.

Thanks for the clarification in what is, another, really well explained post leaving me much to ponder.

I'm really going to have another deeper look at the training as it's kind of being moving along itself since I turned pro. I was able to really look into the semi-pro schedules but found that the extra space led to some ideological confusion. We're nearly at the end of the season and the player progression, overall, isn't what I'd like - definitely linked to the excess match prep so the off-season seems like a wonderful time to review.

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2030/31 Season Roundup

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We finished the last month in decent form to end the season in a commanding second place, twenty points ahead of Basel and a further five ahead of Young Boys, really cementing ourselves as one of the big clubs on the pitch, matching our off the pitch standings. An unfortunate loss in the Schwiezer Cup final against an unbelievably strong St. Gallen side hasn't really dampened the spirits of what continues to be really strong evolution for me at the club.

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I can also take great pride in the performances of individuals:

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Anderson Costa, even with a slight dip in performance, still ended with 20 goals this season but, once again, it is the all around creativity that I am really happy with. Here are my players sorted by goal contributions (goals + assists):

  • Anderson Costa - 26 in 38(3) matches
  • Joachim Magola - 19 in 19(17) matches
  • Ikechukwu Adebayo - 12 in 13(18) matches
  • Ales Ribis - 13 in 20(10) matches
  • Raphael Kunert - 13 in 23(10) matches
  • Taulant Kabashi - 12 in 32(6) matches
  • Marcio Veiga - 12 in 29(4) matches
  • Tomaso Gavioli - 8 in 17(17) matches
  • Wang Tao - 7 in 16(4) matches

That is my entire midfield and attack contributing to both goals and assists. You then add in the eight goal contributions of full-back-cum-winger Pilik, eight for actual full back Mojsovski and seven goals shared between my centre backs and you can see how I am happy with the way this style plays out for the whole team. I'd argue that Average Ratings are more than a little harsh, giving just six of the team 'green' averages but, looking deeper, things are great. Gavioli comes closest to the magical 5.04 key passes/90 that an aging Bryan Rabello notched in our promotion season and it's going to take a really special playmaker to beat that.

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There's going to be few changes over the summer as Pilik moves on at the end of his deal and Careca is going to Thun for just €85k - however, all of that is profit. I have Stefan Lolic arriving and I think I'm going to push on with plans to sign a top quality centre back, as that is where I feel we are sometimes short.

All in all - a great season!

 

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June 2031

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Obviously no fixtures here but the monthly updates continue as I'm taking in all of the behind the scenes details, inlcuding the above. What it doesn't state, though, is the €22m loan that was taken out in order for this to happen. This may actually compromise our transfer activity in the short term as we are paying out quite a hefty €200k pcm for the next ten years. Never the less, we will be compensated with some sort of Champions League money, whether that be from the group stages, should we reach them, or just the money from the qualifying rounds combined with increased gate receipts. We've also clearly made some moves in China, as identified by the shirt sales and have just signed a lucrative soft drink sponsorship with a Chinese company, although probably not Pepsi-Co, which can only be a coincidence to not be linked with the Wang Tao arrival.

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My on field plans are starting to take shape too. I envisage that I'll need to continue being careful with money in order to preserve our stocks, at least until we've had a few Champions League appearances or have sold a player on for a large fee so I will predominantly be looking to utilise free transfers and looking back at those undervalued areas to find a bargain or two.

My main focus is around upgrade the following areas:

  • Tomaso Gavioli. He's been ok on the pitch but his development has really stalled and I no longer feel I can really count on him.
  • Yannick Bayiha and/or David Mistrafovic. Whilst they are decent at this level, they hardly strike fear in opposing strikers in our bigger games and the majority of our goals are coming from balls over, around or even through them.
  • Matias Fabiani. Not to sell him on but to allow me to utilise him as the right winger I intended to. He's had to fill in, certainly before the Wang Tao arrival, as a centre mid and that's not what I intended, therefore some extra cover would be nice.

I already know that Leon Accola and Stefan Lolic will be joining - so a total of five players being registered for the new season will be a definite success for me.

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You (almost) reach perfect in your data analysis.:applause:

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more data than my small brain can comprehend! LOL! 

You are working miracles and you don't have a "Goal Machine" carrying you.....

KUTGW!

 

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Early July 2031

Obviously, the first course of action is strengthening the side and then getting them ready for the season, so I'll break it down to that order. I feel like I've done well with the signings that I've made:

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Tiago DantasGeorges HenryStefan LolicLeon AccolaLiam Chipperfield.

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Once again, I'm delighted that there have been no rushed signings and, by the 5th July, I actually had already sorted my team for the next season.

My scouting team had found Tiago Dantas a few months previous and, although it does feel a bit gamey, he hasn't developed. When I loaded the game, he didn't appear and only was 'added' in 2026, thus missing out a good chunk of his development time. He's knocked around in the Benfica B squad for the majority of his career, only playing three times in senior football. Whilst that doesn't sit amazingly well with me as a true to life signing, I couldn't ignore his quality and such low wage demands. His fantastic personality means that I've already set him up as a lead of a large mentoring group, hoping that he can pass it on. Minutes will not be as freely available as would be the case if he'd played out the whole of his development but he'll certainly get a lot of football, probably paired with Liam Chipperfield. I actually watched his Dad, Scott, play live for Basel when I was younger and he was a player I always remembered throughout my childhood. Scott has spent the past five years at Parma, playing regularly in Serie A after starting his career at Basel. He was willing to take a €5k p/w pay cut as he was listed in Italy but, I think, has an attribute balance that is decent for our level. He can play in either of the midfield roles or, at a push, even as an Inverted Wingback. That role will be taken by Leon Accola, who joins after a successful(ish) spell on loan last year. He played 12(4) times with an average of 6.68 but I feel that it didn't quite reflect the ability he brought to the team so was happy to make the move permanent. He'll be partnered in defence by an old face, Georges Henry. Coming in on loan from Bayern, Henry was, if you can remember, a product of the Fribourg academy whilst I was there and I gave him his Challenge League debut at just 15 years old. He's now, probably, one of the top defenders in Europe and I imagine this first team football will be enough to get him into the national team proper. I really doubt he'll be here for more than a season, but stranger things have happened! Lastly, the much talked about Stefan Lolic signs to add some real quality down the left hand side. 

I'm really trying to ensure quality and depth whilst not overlooking youth players and, as such, the breakdown for my squad is as follows, with academy players in blue and italics.

Sweeper Keeper: Stefano Herzog.

Attacking Full Back: Darko Mojsovski, Marcio Veiga.

Ball Playing Defender: Yannick Bayiha, Fikret Grahovac.

Sweeping Defender: Georges Henry, Predrag Kostandinovic, David Mistrafovic.

Inverted Wingback: Leon Accola, Andre Diaz.

Half Back: Levin Zehnder, Nixon Mazinot.

Inverted Winger: Stefan Lolic, Ales Ribic.

#10: Taulant Kabashi, Tiago Dantas, Toni Gonzalez.

#8: Wang Tao, Liam Chipperfield.

Winger: Joachim Magola, Matias Fabiani

Deep Forward: Anderson Costa, Ikechukwu Adebayo, Raphael Kunert.

That gives me two players for each position, bar goalkeeper, plus an extra defender, midfielder and forward who can offer some extra depth. I am quite happy with what I've got here but there are obvious areas for development: Marcio Veiga not being an actual full back, Magola's incredibly annoying lack of decision making and the fact that Ribic has only really proved himself to me in the fourth tier of football. However, I don't want to risk too much of an overhaul, especially as I want to reach tactical familiarity and team cohesion quickly so that I can press on with developing this young and hungry squad.

The squad overview can be found here.

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I started with the base week of 'Boot Camp' training before moving in to a rather generic 'tactical pre-season' schedule, where I'm looking at increasing morale, cohesion and tactical familiarity - playing a selection of friendlies either on a Saturday or Sunday.

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The schedules are 'full' but not particularly intense or heavy and, even looking back at this now, there are things in the 'standard' SI files that I disagree with - for example the use of the Overall block right before match day, knowing that it is the heaviest session of the week.

We do play two league matches in July, so I'll revisit this from 14th July, the run up to our first league match, and look at implementing some ideas that @Enzo_Francescoliwonderfully explained.

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12 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

You (almost) reach perfect in your data analysis.:applause:

 

11 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

more data than my small brain can comprehend! LOL! 

You are working miracles and you don't have a "Goal Machine" carrying you.....

KUTGW!

 

Thanks both!

I'd be interested in what makes perfect data analysis, definitely! 

My style is based around a real team effort where we can't afford any passengers, so it's making me think much harder about recruitment and development, which is wonderful.

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(Late July) 2031

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Just the two league games this month but a lot of background work has gone in around this time. Firstly, I've been able to move to a more fluid training approach since we have reached high levels of tactical familiarity, which I'd expect given that the only change is a slight tweak in Defensive Line and there are only a small number of players new to the team to learn it. I'll delve more into how I approach my training as I learn what I want to do myself.

We kicked off our campaign against Sion where Georges Henry lasted just 31 minutes before being sent off on his debut for a two-footed lunge. Memories of Jonathon Woodgate's Real Madrid debut came flying back to me! Anderson Costa, now a Wonderkid (my 2nd home grown at this club) as Sion couldn't match us, even with a one man advantage. Adebayo added a second with a wonderful dink over the keeper from another break before Dantas prodded home a debut goal late on. Sion got a consolation but, overall, it was a strong start to the season. 

Zurich came to town and we dispatched them with ease thanks to a double from both Costa and Magola, looking really at ease with the tactical style as well as match fitness.

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I'm also conducting a bit more player analysis into my playmaking role, in the centre of the midfield. I took this data, below, from Taulant Kabashi in the last six games of the Super League season last year:

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These are purposely kept separate from match ratings, team performances and scores as I want to look at his role by itself. What really concerns me is that lack of offensive contribution and, to be fair, just overall interaction with the game - especially from a 'key' role within our offensive style. The arrival of Tiago Dantas, albeit as, initially, a conservative squad player, might be the key to really unlocking this role as he and Taulant are both incredibly creative and technical players, who, in the right role, can unlock defences even more than we've already been able to do.

As a counter attacking team, we need to make decisions to move the ball quickly and vertically and I often find that a playmaker can do the opposite to that - holding on to the ball in order to pick a pass and being that magnet even when he is a sideways or even backwards option. Therefore, I'm going to look at the CM(a) role for this. I've chosen the (a) - Automatic because it gives me, literally, a clean slate for player instructions and will fit into our playing style, which is Positive. It's early days, but I've chosen the following instructions for this role:

  • Less urgent pressing: Nothing major here, just part of allowing us to keep our shape with the aggressiveness of two attacking wide players plus a naturally aggressive role, Mezzala, even on Support.
  • Dribble Less. With both Kabashi and Dantas, we have two players with a great eye and great passing range so I'd like them to be able to pick a ball over the top rather than run with it, as neither are particularly pacey in breaking out from the defence.
  • Take More Risks: As above. Both have great vision so I want them to try a ball that will only come off 50% of the time, knowing that they're going to get enough chances in a game to make it count.

What is more, Dantas naturally Dictates the Tempo so can act as a playmaker even when not 'officially' assigned to it.  I'm also toying with the idea of the Move Into Channels instruction that can really allow him to get the ball in spaces, but that will come over time and maybe against certain opposition.

I've started to collect some of the data that is in the game to fully analyse the position, and you can see some of it below. The first two games are pre-season friendlies so I'm not reading too much into the wonderful number of key passes from Dantas.

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I'm also going to be doing a bit of counting up of pass origin, length and direction to see what I'm getting from this role. Whilst this doing directly answer the question I raised about offensive offensive actions, it will give me a better indicator of how this role plays out behind the Comprehensive Highlights that I tend to watch. 

I am able to pick up some early things though, like this:

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Normally, Kostadinovic would look for Dantas, who, as an AP(s) would pick the ball up and play it over the top, maybe giving the three central players time to retreat. However, he's now able to bypass the playmaker and put Costa (furthest forward Luzern player) in who, naturally, scores. I think that this extra directness will be useful helping us break down more stubborn defences who are more privy to our play style.

I'll track him for a month or so, as it's a fairly time consuming analysis track (that is really badly used in game) and see what I can see.

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We've had a tough draw in the Champions League, facing an AZ team who have made the group stages four times in the last ten years. I don't have the Eredivisie loaded but they have some very good players, which I'll need to keep quiet if we want to progress.

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Love that thinking of making the dantas role a sly playmaker in order to avoid the ball magnet effect but still allow him to be the heartbeat through his player traits. I often think many people underestimate or or don’t acknowledge how much traits effect players 

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August 2031

Going to kick this off with a training view as that is underpinning our match plans and performances:

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I got ahead of myself and set up the whole month, although I was unsure of the need for any changes if we do/don't make progress in the Champions League. As it turned out, the schedule was hectic and it became all about staying healthy rather than developing attributes.

As mentioned, I've borrowed a lot of ideas from @Enzo_Francescoli as well as what I'd watched on Tifo and what I'd learnt about elsewhere. The principles are starting to become a little clearer to me and, although it's still a little 'drop in and hope - I feel I'm getting somewhere. I still insist on a complete day off after a match and then build some recovery into the following day, removing the necessity for Match Review now that we are comfortable with the style of play. I tend to do my 'team schedules' earlier in the week, with a focus on Tactics and Possession (due to the links between ball playing and technique) before splitting into more unit based work both identifying key areas for the playing style but also against the next opposition - note more defensive work pre-Basel than pre-Yverdon. I've also limited the match prep to just the Attacking, Defensive and Teamwork as I now don't believe I need to be doing previews and tactical work as we're understanding of that. Again, these are match dependent - with a defensive focus against AZ Alkmaar and an attacking against lower league Breitenrain in the cup, with an added Penalty block, just in case!

We are certainly getting a lot more training in as opposed to just match prep last year. Whether the balance between development and performance will swing the other way now, I do not know but I feel that this is a decent start in terms of finding a bit more out.

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What a month! Both in length and in quality of results.

We kicked off the month with a tight win over Servette, who, historically, have caused me many problems with a weird 5-2-2-1 formation, using two AMs and a F9 usually. The only goal was curtesy of an Anderson Costa penalty, leading him to become the record scorer, whilst still a teenager, too. We followed that up with an incredibly professional and comprehensive win in Holland against AZ, giving us a massive lead in the two legs. Back in league action, we ran riot over Young Boys with an assist apiece from each full back and Mojsovski making it a night to remember with a well placed goal, too. A heavily rotated squad was pressured much more than I'd like to admit by AZ and it wasn't until an 89th minute goal from Adebayo that I actually felt semi-comfortable as the Dutch side nearly doubled our xG and looked dangerous throughout. I told the boys that I wasn't happy with them but I don't know how much can be contributed to complacency and a team who I'd not expect to be necessarily fielding in European competition. Against Breitenrain, we dropped the defensive line and line of engagement, shooting on sight rather than working our way through their block of seven plus defenders and it worked: four first half goals all coming from outside the box as we registered a very low 0.91 xG, showing how clinical we can be. In fact, if it were not for late substitute Costa's penalty, we'd have recorded less than 1.5xG for the total of the game - playing in a slightly different manner to what we're used to in the league, but adapting really well.

We kicked off the second half of the month with a performance that I have literally never seen before. Rangers were, as you'd expect, terrible, but we were the most incisive and powerful that I've ever seen us and, to be fair, it could have been 15. I've never won a competitive match by so many, let alone a Champions League game and the double hattrick from Anderson Costa is also a first for me, too. There is more though with the wonderful Tiago Dantas registering eleven key passes and Stefan Lolic weighing in with a brace of assists, too. It appears that those six goals have put him in the limelight and I had to remonstrate with the board to not sell him. The rejection of a transfer this size, for our club, is wholly unrealistic but I'm trying to hold out just long enough to ensure I have a proper succession plan in place for his departure. We then tore apart Yverdon with another absolute peach of an assist from Tiago Dantas:

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He is fast becoming my favourite non-newgen of this series and his vision and ability to do this kind of thing is way beyond whatever I've had before! A new contract was tabled by my backroom staff following the Leverkusen bid for Costa and a) it is surprisingly good and b) it was signed pretty quickly, meaning that we can sell Anderson Costa on our own terms, if I wish to do so. We wrapped up the month with a much less entertaining draw at Ibrox, securing our Group Stage Qualification and financial windfall before ending the mammoth month with a tight win over Basel to keep up our 100% league record.

Our group stage draw is absolutely terrible, as seen below and St. Gallen have it no easier with a group of Brugge, Inter and Man Utd. 

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Interestingly, St. Gallen have been hit massively in this window and it'll be interesting to see how Torsten Frings reacts;

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Coutinho was their complete wingback who terrorised me down their left hand side, Stana was the goalkeeper I just couldn't score past and Moreno was the wonderkid full back who moves on for a record fee from a Swiss club. There's plenty of money available but, if they can't replace these players adequately, I feel that there's a definite chance to make them pay!

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In terms of development, I received this at the start of August:

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This is great news for Toni, who has also just hit Natural as a central midfielder. With this, I can remove the Positional training and just focus on his Passing work, as seen here. Hopefully I can see some good gains in that area to improve attributes that will link in with this trait. He's still in a mentoring group with Dantas (where this trait came from) and I guess that it's not a bad player to try to emulate.

Toni is also just developing so nicely - training really well and performing well in the minutes he plays, certainly becoming a good team option now.

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My work on improving the #10 role has continued and is looking promising. Whilst this can't be a direct comparison due to the fact I've got a different player now, I can look back and compare the start that Dantas has made to both what was collected at the end of last season as well as historical performances. For comparison, here is the historical data from Kabashi and the now-Udinese player, Gavioli, both playing in the MC role as an AP(s).

Taulant Kabashi:

  • 2029/30:  4 assists at 0.12/90 and 1.16 key passes/90
  • 2030/31 - 8 assists at 0.28/90 and 1.69 key passes/90

Tomaso Gavioli:

  • 2029/30:  5 assists at 0.29/90 and 1.16 key passes/90
  • 2030/31 - 4 assists at 0.22/90 and 3.09 key passes/90

Therefore, when I compare the statistics from Kabashi and those from Dantas this year, below, I get the following like-for-like findings:

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Granted, I am including some pre-season minutes here but, overall, from a tiny sample size that is relatively similar and taking some really early findings - I seem to have only slightly limited his involvement, removing him as a playmaker, but then allowing him the freedom to be far more impactful with his play. What is more, I've looked at those passes in a bit more depth, without comparison, to see what else I could find:

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I'd still like to cut down on the number of sideways passes but I understand that, as a key pivot within a team who do play out from the back, these options to retain possession are likely easier. As I said - this isn't a comparison, as such, and more of a role development or player understanding bit but I'm liking with CM(au) and I'm liking Tiago Dantos at this point - even if it is merely coinciding with the strong start we've made to the season.

 

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September 2031

I feel that the last update was long enough, so I'd keep this one separate. With our Champions League draw, we are also lucky enough to enter the UEFA Youth League. However, we are in a strange position as our u21 team play in a semi- professional, open age, league and our u18 team is shared with Kriens, another local team. Therefore, we have been gifted another team:

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When looking at the development tab, I now have four other squads that I can move my players too, however, the U18-B team has, historically, just been made up of Kriens players, as they are significantly weaker than ours. Whether this u18 team will stick around permanently or not, I do not know however, if it does, it could be huge. Currently, I am left with two choices for my youth intake:

1) Leave them in the u21 squad where I can control their training but they play in an open age, semi-pro league which is considerably above the ability of some of them.

2) 'Loan' them to my U18 squad, which is essentially an affiliate as it is shared. They play in the Elite youth league, which means they'll be playing with players of a similar age and level but I lose all options of taking over any training for them.

Having 'my own' youth side would bring together the positives of both other options.

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I like the look of those training schedules. Will be interested to follow how they do for you. The early results are certinly promising! If I may have one other suggestion, consider to include transition sessions from time to time. Like the Tifo video states, tactical periodisation does look at transitions as basically half of the game. Those two sessions not only  work on some absolutely vital attributes, they are very efficient in the way that they pay equal attention to both units. I personally never go without them.

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10 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Love that thinking of making the dantas role a sly playmaker in order to avoid the ball magnet effect but still allow him to be the heartbeat through his player traits. I often think many people underestimate or or don’t acknowledge how much traits effect players 

I've got to say, I'm loving watching it unfold. Dantas has been incredible and has surpassed the totals achieved by Kabashi and Gavioli over the last two years, however, it's only taken him nine games:

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What is more, he's pulling the strings with 5.98 key passes/90, compared to the 1.54 that Kabashi was making at the end of last term and, probably most importantly, the role change has improved Kabashi too - so it's more than just bringing through a better player.

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1 hour ago, Enzo_Francescoli said:

I like the look of those training schedules. Will be interested to follow how they do for you. The early results are certinly promising! If I may have one other suggestion, consider to include transition sessions from time to time. Like the Tifo video states, tactical periodisation does look at transitions as basically half of the game. Those two sessions not only  work on some absolutely vital attributes, they are very efficient in the way that they pay equal attention to both units. I personally never go without them.

Thanks! I'm really enjoying it.

I was petrified at the start in case I got it wrong but the more I'm observing these changes, the more I think it's a sliding scale from sub-optimal to optimal rather than a simple right or wrong. I won't break my players with a bad week and I won't suddenly achieve ridiculous results with a good week; it's just part of the bigger picture of familiarity, cohesion and attribute development.

My idea from your example and the Tifo video, in it's simplest form, is that we recover on day one, units on two, physical work on three, units on four, match prep on five and game on six with complete rest on seven. As long as I'm roughly following that, I think I'll be able to get some of the results that I want, or, at least, be better than what comes as standard. I now need to look at how that changes as the season progress but looking at the below week that my Assistant has planned for me now makes me sick!

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Five physical blocks in a week, in April! Yes, it's kind of on a loop but imagine the injuries in that week and the sub-optimal (again, not wrong) condition that these players would be in for that Servette tie!

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I'd never really look at the Transition - Press/Restrict until now but they do look really good, particularly for the attributes that I want to improve.

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7 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

10-0 against Rangers?:eek:

I thought it was Sherieff Rangers (or something like that), not Rangers Rangers.

I like the new players a lot, and think they’re a double quality upgrade. And not just cause I’ve seen the results :D

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15 hours ago, Sheriff7 said:

10-0 against Rangers?:eek:

 

8 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

I thought it was Sherieff Rangers (or something like that), not Rangers Rangers.

I like the new players a lot, and think they’re a double quality upgrade. And not just cause I’ve seen the results :D

Yep, the Rangers, complete with the likes of the aging Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dominic Solanke, Ryan Kent and Ben Woodburn.

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I mean, we've beaten them twice before, in the Europa League, last season but those match stats, combined with the fact that Robby McRorie, their goalkeeper, still managed to end with a 7.7 Rating just shows how dominant we were. It's one of those absolute freak results and there is nothing I can say behind it!

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September 2031

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Our training continues to adapt and our performances are still really strong.

We have completed a full quarter of the league season and, given that our 100% record is still intact, I think it's going to be really hard to bet against us winning the title. Of course, I will never tell the team nor the media this but given the way we've started and the fact we've opened up a seven point league of St. Gallen, beating them 4-1 in the process, really fills me with confidence. Things are clicking - an issue I pointed out last season was the lack of late goals: 5 goals (plus an own goal) this month were scored within the last ten minutes as I've worked to continue using the five substitutes to my benefit, but now meaning that they don't massively disrupt the game. The full rest day after each match is working wonders too - with the Recovery session fitting in among some easier ball work, meaning that I'm suffering less injuries and the players are a lot fresher, too.

The Champions League has been less of a success but to keep Haaland, Mbappe, Joao Felix, Marcus Rashford, Kai Havertz, Ashraf Hakimi plus a host of wonderful newgens out for an hour has to be seen as a positive. Hopefully, we can hold out in Paris too, at least keeping the score respectable. The €900k we earnt from the draw at Benfica was a small consolation for the 91st minute equaliser we gifted them, but, as I said, I have no expectations for this competition. A win at home to Benfica may see us finish 3rd but there is little chance of anything from Roma or PSG.

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The above players are the most promising players within my youth team and, following the success in development of:

None of the above players had played a single minute of first team football when I arrived and are all now well within the first team in just over three years. A track record of promoting, on average, two a season, is not really realistic but my attention is turning to micro-managing these youngsters, who are currently topping the table with the u21 team:

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Blitzing is the word that springs to mind when I see league tables of any team you put up, especially the first team (wow, what a start!).

Those youngsters look like the basis of your  team for the next decade. Looks you have more in the u21’s too.

Europe is pretty good so far, what with the lack of shellackings. Going to be interesting to see what happens next in the group.

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On 13/04/2021 at 10:20, Sonic Youth said:

Blitzing is the word that springs to mind when I see league tables of any team you put up, especially the first team (wow, what a start!).

Those youngsters look like the basis of your  team for the next decade. Looks you have more in the u21’s too.

Europe is pretty good so far, what with the lack of shellackings. Going to be interesting to see what happens next in the group.

Thanks - we've made some really good strides in the league and that, combined with the quality of the youth at the club and coming through means I intend to spend, probably, about another five years at Luzern. In that time, I'd like to achieve a few things:

  • At least two titles
  • Progress through the group stage of the Champions League
  • At least another two academy players making the full national teams of respected (sorry Kosovo, North Macedonia etc here - I mean Switzerland, France etc)
  • At least one sale of €10m+

From there, I have a few ideas of where to take this save but, given how the playing has slowed significantly - seven (playing time as it was 2024 when I took over Meyrin) seasons in the forty-five days since I started this game (1 season every 6 and a bit days coinciding with a period of household isolation and time off work) compared to twenty-six seasons in 110 days (1 season every 4 days or so in much busier schedules) means that I don't know how far I'll get with this save anyway.

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October 2031

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Sometimes an international break is, just, needed.

Only the five games this month and some more decent showings, even if YB pushed us too close in the cup and the Champions League is a step too far for us at the moment. We started with a nice showing at home to Sion, a team who, were at least, performing quite well before Zurich held us to our first draw of the season. The winning run lasted ten games but I'm certainly not panicking - just an off day going forward. Roma then really dominated us and we just looked terrible as our chances of Europa League progress really hinge on being able to beat Benfica, at home, and then hope for the best. I toyed with the formation against Servette - dropping the HB back to a Lib(a), making a flat 5 at the back to counter their narrow 5-2-2-1 (two AMCs and a F9). In the end, it mattered little as they didn't even get a shot off, although it did take two set piece goals for Bayiha (and two assists for Dantas) to make it comfortable. A very rotated squad was taken to extra time in the cup but we prevailed, even though I didn't want the players to have to put in the full 120 minutes.

In terms of training, I'm really hitting a sweet spot and, as such, probably won't feature it in my updates as I move to the next thing of concern in game!

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In terms of player development and contracts - I only have Henry who's deal expires this season. Bayern want €177m. So, yeah. The below players have two years left and are already essentially playing for their future as I look to make rapid, but well thought out, improvements. It is likely to be the end of the road for Grahovac and Diaz with Veiga potentially joining that list if Nicolas Veillard continues to impress whilst out on loan. Both Fabiani and Kostadinovic are young and the Serb will have next season to really prove his worth as he's hopefully going to be able to step in for Henry in the sweeping centre back role.

Importantly though, Stefano Herzog signed a new deal - tying him here for five years and making him joint highest earner, with Anderson Costa.

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November 2031

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A month marked by three goals, an international debut and a horrific injury for Joachim Magola but one that sees us continue our push for our first league title since 1989.

We started with a much stronger win over YB than we finished October with, really restricting them to just the odd long shot. Once again, we were left wanting in Europe against Roma - who have really shown the gulf in quality between the league sides and the Champions League sides. We then tore apart Basel, who are having a torrid season, and should have had seven or eight in what was up there with one of the best and most complete performances I've witnessed, before adding another win, this time over bottom side Yverdon. We really battled in Paris, but they were just too strong and a tired team faded to defeat against St. Gallen; it was our first defeat of the season but we still have a nine point cushion, which is fantastic.

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Just a quick note on Ales Ribic, who came through my first intake at Meyrin, became the youngest ever goal scorer and has since followed me to the top flight with Luzern for a measly €80k. He's actually gone on to make quite a decent career for himself, with 58 goal contributions in 115 games, with 27 of those coming as a substitute giving himself a career average rating of 7.03. He's never going to be a superstar and will never reach the level that any of my current homegrown crop will, nor that of my Fribourg youth candidate and now Luzern-loanee, Georges Henry but, as you can see from his attribute development, below, he's made a really good go at professional football.

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Yes, he's really one footed, inconsistent and his game his built around pace and pretty much only that - but he does a job to stretch the defence and has really epitomised the Joao-ball style of player that I've used across this career. He's played in each of the top four tiers of Swiss football, scoring in each and has represented both Slovenia and Switzerland at youth level, with his sights now on just playing for the country he lives in and plays in, whether or not he'll make that - I don't know.

He's a really nice little success story, along with the other ex-players who I keep on a shortlist and track as they progress through their career.

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I've decided to accept an offer for Wang Tao that, all along, I knew was coming. Brining him in on a free in January of last year and moving him on for €11m just one year later is a great bit of business for us, though. This sale will eclipse the €4m record (before I arrived) and the €3.5m deal that I signed to move Mark Marleku on to Grasshoppers during my first season at the club. It's obviously just a drop in the financial ocean for the big Premier League boys but neither was willing to add in the 50% of next sale clause without paying more than just €3m following some derisory initial bids - so I offered him out again, without it, knowing that he'd be upset at the interest and managed to push them to a value that is over 4x his market value and is around 44x the cost I will have to pay him between now and the end of his contract.

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However, there is a little more to it than that. When looking at the Mezzala role within the game, I'm actually a little concerned that he's not performing as well as a player of his quality should. Now, I know that he can only speak basic Swiss German and his personality was Driven (but has since turned to Perfectionist), which is uncommon in my own team as well as being a man of just 20 years old moving to a completely new country and culture but ,y plan is to do similar to what I did with the Kabashi/Dantas/AP(s) role and analyse where we are. I will then look to bring someone through once his Work Permit is accepted and re-evaluate as I try and get the most out of my squad and each role that I use on the pitch.

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Here are the recent games that Tao has played for us and a nicely colour coded table to give an idea of just what he has (not) been doing. A midfielder who isn't assisting, shooting let alone scoring, defending from the front or dribbling. It's taking him nearly five games to score a goal, three games to hit the target and roughly twenty-nine passes to make a key one (the pass before the assist), creating just one goal in that time. Despite not being a slouch (Acc - 13, Pace - 12, Dri - 13, remembering that this at, or above, average for this level), he's beaten his man just once in the course of these games and his average of 6.77 puts him right at the bottom of the form pile of late. In fact, five goals, two assists and one PoTM in his twenty-seven league games is hardly the return for the Star of the Far East that I thought he may be and certainly is on paper.

It gets worse when I look at him against the rest of my own squad:

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He's not the playmaker that Dantas is or the box to box wing back that Mojsovski is and but doesn't play like the central winger his role says - completing nowhere near the level of dribbles that the likes of Fabiani, Lolic and the super-impressive Magola have. Likewise, he's not that elusive #10 who pops up to create goals or that goal scorer himself and I am really questioning just what he actually brings to this side.

I've got a few options:

  • Change the player type: Do I want to bring through an actual winger to play him centrally, knowing the type of game he brings or do I want a converted striker who can score goals? I'm more than happy to spend time retraining and redistributing attributes as we're not a team who are going to be on the back foot too much.
  • Change the role type: Do I want this to be a CM(s) with get forward traits or a BBM(s) and just accept that the counter attack may bypass him but get him offering something in some other way? Again - I'm not precious over player roles or even the style of play, necessarily (not that this will change a lot) and just want the jigsaw to be complete.
  • Remove the variables: I mentioned that language was a barrier, as was his (in)consistency and his difference in personality. I could try to keep this exactly the same but with a player who is, more than likely, Swiss, consistent and fits in to the core social group and see how that changes things.

I'm running through scout reports (Victor Clavijo seems like an early front runner for an all-around midfielder) and having a little think about how to evolve this because there is pretty much just this role left to improve and then a few players who need upgrading before I think we're going to be pretty complete as a first eleven for the domestic level that we are at. Then comes the team element and then comes the continental element, so plenty to do in my time left here!

 

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