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  2. Europe 2032-2033 Dudelange The trip to Iceland produced an away goal, and a good performance in the lowlands sees Dudelange rewarded with a trip to Prague and the added boost to the coefficients for next year Victoria Rosport Hopefully the draw gives us a boost for the coefficient as we were destroyed in Belgium, and with the tie being done and dusted we didn't even get a full house Fairly even in regards to shots, but we just didn't have the quality to finish them, and it is interesting to note that the midfield triangle has been pushed back in this game compared to league games. The difference in the quality of opposition is clear with this image Slightly less even on the shots at home, but we did manage to have more possession in attach especially along the right wing. Some slightly more unusual squad numbers on display as I rotated players with the tie being lost, aiming to avoid any injuries, which happened. The only negative is that (26a) Payal and (29d) Albuquerque will miss the next European game when we start up in 2033-2034. In positive news our coefficient will have a nice boost for next year, and sorting the list by next year's figures shows us mixing it with some teams who were way above us previously We have an odd couple of years approaching as the figures read 0.425, 1.125, 0.425, 1.650, 1.125, 0.950. So we will lose a low score next time round, but the loss of 1.125 could hurt us in two years time. That jump was the first time we won the reach Europe, and then having missed out the next year we drop off a bit again. Entering the Europa League has affected us, as we went out in the same round over the past two years, but there is a difference between the two coefficients earned.
  3. I’m guessing that he means something like the Forbes richest clubs list.
  4. In this particular scenario I was trying to create a rather boring but tough to break system with a 3rd league club that's actually predicted to win the league. Going into comparison it did indeed show that defensively we were either the league leaders or near the top (Marking, Tackling, Anticipation and such). In fact overall we had players that the game deemed more than adequate to make us favourites in that league (about half the team was in the "dream-team" in the season preview). In the latest attempt I tried a flat 4-4-2 using a very slightly tweaked Direct Counter-Attack preset. For example the right winger - which IRL is indeed one of the team's main threats I set to Attacking mentality instead of Support; CM(R) on Defend, CM(L) on Support, Wide Midfielder on Support on the left, Full Backs on Support, Central Defenders on Defend and up front a TM (Support) coupled with a Poacher (Attack). The two up-front were both deemed very good for these particular roles aswell. Well, needless to say, it didn't quite work out. I understand that going Cautious with a Slightly Deeper Defensive Line and Lower Line of Engagement meant giving up some space to the opponents, but that was one of the ideas I was going for. Since we were dubbed the main promotion contenders, opponents would probably set-up deep and wait for the counter, which ironically still worked out pretty well for them since we managed to concede a fair deal of goals with the amazing ball over the top; at some point I started wondering if the Deeper Defensive Line was even working properly as it seemed way to easy for forwards to get in behind. And when it wasn't this, the long-shots bonanza would definitely do us over as almost every game one of these would go in on our end. So the "tough to break" system was nowhere to be found since I think we only managed to keep a single clean sheet in the first 10 or so matches. Which is my main frustration, since we did end-up winning some of these games and generally we also ended-up scoring (even if it meant going Attacking, switching to Counter-Press / More Urgent Pressing and pushing the lines, which basically meant I had to throw away any ideas of a measured and calculated approach and just hope for the best). So there you have it, 3-2's, 2-2's and 3-3's with some losses in between aswell. I wasn't that concerned with the overall results as much as with the overall scores. You know there's even a Press Conference question asking about what's going on defensively... Well I wish I knew. :)
  5. Firstly thanks for your advice, i have taken it on board and made some tweaks, my reasoning for not using counter in transition is I want my players not to counter all the time and instead assess the situation of whether they should counter or keep the shape.
  6. I made a similar point earlier in the thread regarding King. This might line-up a bit with AFC's interpretation as he may well be better suited to being a SS. My motivation for starting this discussion wasn't purely to replicate Bournemouth. I also wanted to create a framework for fast paced counterattacking style that wasn't purely reliant on direct passing. Thanks to you and AFC I think that we've gotten almost all of the way there for both. -OS
  7. 2024/25 Pre-Season Perfect Pre-Season. Still predicted 3rd. We sent two players to France! We also lost our best defender.
  8. This is also true In that respect, you could well need a lot of team bonding training sessions.
  9. If you finished a season in 4th with Leicester - which is a good team but certainly not expected/predicted to finish in a top four position - it means that you clearly overachieved. So opponents now generally play against you with more respect and caution than before. Which means they have adapted their tactics to your improved reputation, but you have failed to adapt yours to these new circumstances. There are a lot of people who have been facing this kind of problem. You can play any tactical style, but only on condition that you have the right players for that particular style. Btw, what exactly do you mean by "pressing style like Spurs"? This setup is extremely risky defensively (even for a top team). Because you play with extremely urgent pressing coupled with higher DL and much higher LOE, plus counter-press to further exacerbate things. And on top of that, you are doing all this in a top-heavy system such as 4231 and high-risk mentality (positive). So your defensive settings are a clear example of a tactical overkill. And your right flanks is potentially also vulnerable with a WB on attack in a system with none in a DM position to protect the back-line in a more direct manner. Milivojevic as a BBM could struggle a lot to cover defensively for a WB bombing forward all the time. In terms of pressing, rather than using high pressing for the entire team - and thus risk too many players being caught out of position - I would recommend what Rashidi calls "split block". This means, team pressing is left on default, but your front 4 players are asked to close down more via their player instructions (the PF is already set to max press by default). Considering that you use a system without a DM, I would also tweak your DL and LOE, to give you more vertical compactness and thus better protect the channels. This means that DL should be (at least) a notch higher than LOE. For example: higher DL/standard LOE. Or much higher DL/higher LOE (though the latter could make you overly exposed to balls over the top). Your in-possession TIs - short pass, POD & WBIB - as well as the deployment of 2 playmakers - suggest you want to play possession-based football. For that to work better, you need a bit more support duties. For example: PFsu IFat APsu IFsu DLPde BBM WBsu CDde CDde FBsu SKsu/de Of course, it does not have to be set up in this exact way. I just wanted to give you one possible example. Now, I have one question: why don't you use the Counter TI in transition? Not saying you should use it, just curious to learn about your reasoning on this.
  10. Second of my adventures in Spain taken from my side https://djsmileysawordp.wordpress.com/ Welcome back everybody, last time we played all our preseason games and won all of them and didn't concede a goal which for a club of our size was excellent achievement, even though it was preseason but I felt proud and thought we ready for the real deal. The day we all been waiting for finally arrived, our first major test with our 4-1-4-1DM tactic. Our first league game at the Estadio de Vallecas, Madrid vs Espanyol in their 4-1-4-1 wide formation. First minute Espanyol works the ball on their left wing with Piatti on the ball Piatti plays a lovely through ball forward and suddenly Iglesias is one on one with only the goalie to beat and he shoots...lucky for us he's denied by the woodwork. Minute 15:58 Kakuta is about to take a corner from the left side, Kakuta tries the out-swinging corner and as Amat is about to head the ball near the edge of the box, he's obstructed and the referree blows for a foul and a free kick at the edge of the area...chance Kakuta stands on the dead ball He takes the free kick with his lovely left foot and yes first blood to the home team and the stadium erupts, And look and point to the skies and said thank you God. Minute 17 on the middle of the park Imbula with the ball, plays the ball to Comesana(BWM) and he quickly returns it to Imbula and Imbula plays it across to right back Tito R.R and Tito drives forward with the ball since no one is coming to close him up and our centre forward Di Santo smells blood and start making a run in between the 2 centre back (Moves into channel) Tito keeps running with the ball and one of the centre backs decides to close him down Now Di Santo wishes Tito to play a through ball to the space which the centre back left by going to close down Tito. Rightly so Tito feeds the ball through to Do Santo but unfortunately the ball evades Di Santo and the opposition clears. So today I want us to discuss how and why did Tito decided to run with the ball while at first he was never told to do so. Now let's take a look at his profile below He's is not getting any younger is he, now if we check his attributes he's got some nice Mental attributes and with his age it makes sense as to why. And if we check again he's got the traits, Avoid using weaker food and Hugs line. So why did he decide to run with the ball? Only certain attributes will make him do what he did above. 1. Anticipation - This attribute reflects the player's ability to predict and react to events going on around them. 2. Composer - This attribute is the player's steadiness of mind and ability to make intelligent decisions with and without the ball. 3. Decisions - This attribute reflects the player's ability to make the correct choice both with and without the ball. Now Tito's has 14 for Anticipation, while his Composer is 14 and his Decisions is 15. The ball was passed to him and he started running with the ball and as he was running with the ball towards the midfield no one was actually pressuring him so on he continues running with the ball at his feet the suddenly our centre forward Di Santo start making a run in between the two centre defenders. Because of the above attributes I mentioned above he reacted to what our centre forward was doing and when one of the defenders stepped out of the line to close him up his composure and decisions attributes helped to play a through ball for a striker to run onto and hopefully finish the move with a goal. But since his Vision ( This attribute reflects the player's ability to see a potential opening and spot an opportunity another player may not have seen ) is 10 and his Technique attribute ( This attribute reflects the aesthetic quality of a player's technical game; how refined they are with the ball at feet. Technique is important in being able to pull off a tricky pass or a cross-field ball ) is 12 the pass was over hit and that chance ended up with the opposition being able to intercept and clearing their lines. Am sure you heard many of the community citing the importance of attributes when playing the game, there's no write or wrong in playing football manager game but crucially important is the player's attributes that we need to understand. We played 7 games and won 6 of them and drawing 3-3 against Atletico Madrid CF in September and am so proud of the watching my team play more especially in the final third. Thanks for joining me on chapter 2 of my project in Spain and please share so we can reach so many of the community and take care of yourself till next time...Adios *Reserved* *Reserved*
  11. Actually no you don't - you know what individual journalists writing an article think, but even amongst such articles you can find huge variances of opinions as debt and resources are spread between numerous corporations and thus it isn't wholly clear how things stand especially amongst the larger clubs where they might have seperate structures for such things as Youth Development, Investments, Stadium Management, Concessions, Sponsorship, Sports Activities, Charity Activities etc. .... all of which may or may not have the same ownership and be directly visible under the same corporate umbrella. As far as making something visible for 'bragging rights' - I don't mind that as a concept and understand the appeal, but in all honesty its not high on my agenda of things to do at present because I've already a very full plate planned for next year ..
  12. I think choosing Dortmund would be very boring. My first save in FM 2019 was exactly Dortmund and I won everything in second season. You have too much money and players are very good. Better challenge would be Leverkusen but only buy German players. I once played with Sassuolo and I was only buying Italian players. That was my best save
  13. Try to get in Samaden or Bernhard Peters. Sometimes they have 17 or 18 tactical knowledge as well depending on the save.
  14. In the biggest game of our lives, after overcoming the odds to make it, we only went and did it - Spartak Moscow are European champions! The statistics suggest a game that Benfica were unlucky to lose, but in reality we were in control from the moment Shestakov met Fedorenko's corner with a thumping header after just two minutes. Our opponents had more of the ball, but we were able to stay compact, press them at opportune moments, and break with pace when we turned over possession. 20 minutes in Kostenko was brought down inside the area on one such break, but he saw his shot saved well and we stayed just the one goal to the good. That lasted less than 15 minutes, when our dead ball tsar Fedorenko bent a free-kick past Coelho from nearly 30 yards to double the lead, and it was all I could do to stop my men getting carried away. The stats will show that Benfica had more than double the number of shots we managed, but all bar one of ours hit the target. We managed the game well, stopped them getting too close, and in the closing stages shut things down expertly. Spartak Moscow are European champions - and what's more, they deserve to be. These are the men who conquered a continent, and each one of them deserves their place among the icons of the club. There are, of course, those who will say that defeating Sporting, Celtic and Benfica is hardly a run worthy of champions, but that conveniently forgets the quarter-final win over Chelsea, and the fact that we had to get past Juventus, Manchester City and Lyon just to make the last 16. We're on top of Europe, on top of Russia, and nothing can bring us down right now. I'm being mentioned as one of the best managers of all time, but really this one is down to the players. Fedorenko has come of age, putting in a man-of-the-match display in the Champions League final to cap off a superb season for the Ukrainian. Ahead of him, with Vorobjov struggling a little, both Kostenko and Kolosov stepped up their games, the latter in particular adding assists to his cool finishing. Finally, we were superb at the back, Shestakov overtaking Pipia for a first-team berth and securing a fantastic year with a goal on the biggest stage of all. We have a squad both strong and deep, and the level of interest in our players suggests that others know about it too. Our summer business will largely depend on how much of that interest we can fend off. The likes of Fedorenko, Shestakov, Vorobjov, Xoshimov and youngsters Gusev and Cherepanov are all being watched by big Western Europe sides, and while we can clearly compete on the field, our financial limitations are somewhat tighter. Losing one or even two would be manageable given the depth and youth we have in our ranks, but any more than that and we'll find ourselves scrabbling around somewhat. We wouldn't be short of cash however, so we'd be well-positioned to recruit as European champions. As for my own future, at present I can see absolutely no reason to do anything other than remain in Moscow. To have reached the very top of my profession after 20 years in the game, and with the club I have always dreamed of leading to this point, is a superb feeling. To have done it on my terms, with my players, is incredible. Now, as we go into the next season with a huge target painted on our backs, it is time to secure a legacy, to build a dynasty. Saparow and Spartak should be a combination to be feared the world over - until that is accomplished, there is little point in stopping. -- Despite a horrible group and being the underdogs at every stage, Saparow had somehow guided his Spartak to the top of the footballing world. The Champions League win - the first ever for a Russian club - turned him and his men into global stars, and it was hard to argue that they didn't deserve it. Our Turkmen hero was now being honoured as one of the all-time greats, and he wasn't done yet. With Europe conquered the first time, he had sights on doing so again, all the while fending off CSKA and other pretenders on the domestic front. He wanted to become an icon of the club, a man who would have stands named after him and of whom generations to come would speak fondly of. Bahtiyar had earned that right, and now he would cement it. Another right he has undoubtedly earned is the right to speak for himself. From now on, I plan to simply sit back and enjoy the show.
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