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  1. Not even two seasons in with LFC and I'm already bored.
  2. Exactly. Can had only just signed a new contract that year on a 105k per week. Donnarumma hadn't even been at the club for a year before he wanted over 200k a week.
  3. Hey, Love the game so far - well done FM. I won the league and FA cup double with Liverpool in my first season. Emre Can is requesting a new contract with £225k per week with a £6.5M sign on fee. Roberto Firmino is requesting a new contract worth £325k per week with a £7.5m sign on fee. Donnarumma is requesting a new contract worth £225k per week with a £8m sign on fee AT THE AGE OF 18. I can't quite get my head around this?... Other than the fact we had a good season by all accounts, why are they asking for unrealistic and hefty contracts? What are the factors?
  4. Oh. So Donnarumma, at the age of 18 years young wants a new 5 year contract worth £62m (£225k a week) and a £7M signing on fee. Okay...
  5. First season: completed. And what a fascinating season it was. The league literally went to the death between myself and Spurs. I was 1 point clear with 1 game left. I had Leicester away which was never going to be easy. I eventually won 1-2, with Origi scoring two. Spurs drew their final game 1-1 which meant I ended up with 87 points having won 27, drawn 6 and losing 5. I scored 83 but conceded a worrying 36. Work to be done there. Sadio Mané was my stand out performer. Contributing with 14 assists and 13 goals in 35 appearances. Our mate Divock scored an impressive 34 goals in 39 appearances as well. Klavan played his way in to the team for next year as well, averaging an impressive 7.4 over 36 games. We also win the FA Cup, winning 5-2 v Swindon. They beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Semi Final at Wembley. Ballers! Sturridge, Mignolet, Karius, Milner, Ings & Sakho have all been deemed surplus to requirements - they will either leave the club permanently or on loan. Big wages, not enough playing time. A few potential targets to strengthen the team as I have the Champions League to concentrate on, however the spine of the team is looking strong. Focus is now on improving the scouting network & facilities.
  6. Evening gents. Been playing the game on and off since the beta came out. I've self employed so actually finding the time to play is quite difficult. I'm currently at the end of January, having made no new purchases. Transfers in so far: Jose Gaya (£25m) - I really didn't like the look of Moreno. Gianluci Donnarumma (£23m) - Again, wasn't overly keen on Migs or Karius. Transfers out so far: A whole host of U18's & 23's to lighten the load for my coaches, Moreno (on loan to Torino), Brannagan, Williams & Wilson for £3.6m combined. Currently sat 3rd in the Premier League, having played 24 games, won 15, drawn 5 and lost 4. I've scored 47 and conceded 24 (which isn't ideal). I'm two points behind Tottenham (1st) and Arsenal (2nd). Knocked out of the EFL Cup and through to the fourth round of the FA Cup. TAA, Pedro Chiri & Ojo are all hovering around the first team squad. Grabara, Owens, Kane & Ovie are also big prospects. Woodburn doesn't look that great IMO. Tactic wise, I'm currently set up in a 4-2-3-1, trying to control the game with some fluidity. I'm asking the team to close down more, to be more expressive, to play with a higher tempo and to prevent the team from playing the ball back to the keeper. GK (D) - The Don WB (A) Gaya, CD (D) Lovren, CD (D) Klavan, FB (S) Clyne DLP (D) Can, CM (S) Hendo IF (S) - Firmino, AM (S) Coutinho, W (A) Mane CF (A) Origi
  7. That's going really well for you.
  8. First 10 Competitive Games... So, bar the 3-0 loss to Chelsea, we've not done too badly. I'm very happy with the defensive display so far by the side but one concern for me is Gabriel's goals to game ratio in the league. He's yet to score in 6 games, but has scored 5 in 2 in Europe so not sure how to explain this one. I think his play is a little static at times, so I'm tempted / toying with the idea of asking him to run in to channels, which could, in turn find more space for Grujic / Odegaard too. I wasn't too happy with the midfield duo of Ajer & Lucas Silva (Brought in to cover a long term injury to Maia). Maia / Silva in particular were closing down too harshly, and with there being no playmaker in the midfielder I'm contemplating going with a DLP(D) / CM(S) partnership instead in the hope that this will lower the intensity of Silva / Maia's closing down but also another job of his is to find space to receive a pass at all times, meaning the partnership becomes less "static", which I currently find it is, despite it not being a problem. Handpicked a few screenshots seconds before scoring to show you how encouraging the play is based on how I initially wanted the team to perform. V Arsenal Gabriel has dropped deep to pick up the ball, as you can see, Grujic & Guedes are doing as instructed and bombing forward. Gabriel ends up drawing a few Arsenal players in, plays a fantastic ball across the goal to Guedes to hammer in. V Fenerbahce Ajer, plays a great ball to a very wide Guedes, who dribbles to the byline and then crosses the ball on a ten pence for Gabriel to side foot home. What makes me happy here is how Clyne is doing as instructed (supporting) and as thus offering Ajer another option to pass to. Now, I know some of this play is bog standard and could potentially be seen as very boring play to some of you, but the fact I've taken the time to watch the goals on extended and witnessed my team play how *I* want for a change means I'm enjoying this season more than I have in the past on FM. I'm now going to spend the next few weeks of play trying to perfect this team, so will report back with any issues I find etc over the next few matches.
  9. Like 90% fluid mate. Was 100, but the new style of passing knocked it down somewhat. Agree with above. I'll continue to rotate Grujic with Odegaard in the AMC(A) position for now. And update with the next 10 games coming up, including that away trip at Old Trafford.
  10. An idea I'm toying with definitely. Maia seems to just run off like a BWM to close down whoever. I don't want him not closing down completely, but I almost want him in a "zone" does that make sense? I don't think having the AMC helps, as I don't feel he's contributing to the pressing much. Which is why I'm toying with the idea of moving him down to an MC(A). Just a thought, still keen to keep an eye on this to see if it's a real issue. Also, I know... I do need to utilise him!
  11. Agree with the both of you, and as such I went in to the match with Spurs completely unchanged and it paid off. Eventually. As you can see, we dominated everything except headers won. I'll assume Spurs have a taller squad than us, lol. It wasn't all plain sailing though, Spurs actually went ahead and we didn't equalize until the 77th minute. I completely forget I was watching the game on extended highlights, something I've never done before and I kept getting this horrible feeling in my stomach every time we missed a chance. So, Spurs's goal. Again, due to high pressing, Ajer & Maia are pretty much on top of each other. Harry Kane has made a mockery of them both, held up the ball well and layed it off to Keita, during this little transition of play Spurs now have 4!!! runners who are scaring the life out of my CB pairing. Keita releases Kane to the left of him, who then squares a simple ball on to the advancing, wait for it..... ROBERTO FIRMINO to simply slot in past Rulli. At this point I was like "Uh Nu". But, I persevered. I noticed something quite quickly, which ties in with my initial thought we had no "focus" in the team. When we had the ball, we simply had no direction and I was growing quite frustrated with the misplaced passes by the team, so I simply opted for "shorter passing" instead of mix to see what that would do. It actually did a lot, suddenly my team because a lot more efficient with the ball and their play was actually joyful to watch at times. It was still 0-1 at half time. 3 days ago (When I last played), I would have gone aggressive and told them to get back out there and win, but I remembered I was playing logically, and told them calmly that I expected a better showing at half time. Here's a couple of screenshots of transitional play leading up to two of our goals. Here you can see Coutinho with the ball, who has dropped in to the space left by Maia who has stayed back in that "protective" role. Coutinho then found Odegaard, who found Barbosa, who played a nice one two back with Odegaard who slotted in to equalize. This is what I wanted, and this is what I can see. ROMAGNOLI WITH THE PASS OF THE SEASON. Maia, again in that fairly deep position plays the ball back to his center half. Coutinho has dropped in and Jorge is way, way, way up the pitch. Romagnoli finds him, Jorge squares a delightful cross and Henrique scores a simple tap in. It's nice to see here had my CB not found Jorge, and had Spurs tried to counter we wouldn't have been sold short on the left flank. Good stuff, I enjoyed watching that game. EDIT: I also missed a penalty, my 47th one in the last 2 seasons. Is there a known bug with this?
  12. Ah man, I meant control. This could work too, see my point above about having no "focal" point in the team.
  13. Oh dear. One goal from open play, two from set pieces. Nothing extraordinary out of place here IMO, except maybe the lack of CCC but I'm playing Chelsea, one of the strongest teams in the world so I'm not overly concerned about this. My play isn't based on possession either, so the fact I have less possession & passes completed again is not something I need to urgently worry about. This was moments before the goal I conceded from open play. You can see my midfield have pressed too hard, Maia & Ajer are almost on top of each other, Oscar has played a simple ball under pressure to Lukaku and TWO players are on their way through between my WB & CD. One being Pedro who simply slots past Rulli who comes out of goal as instructed via the SK role but can't do anything to prevent them going 1-0. So, clear issue here. The CM (D) is abandoning his role, leaving too much room for runners beyond them. I can see this being a regular occurrence,as it was present throughout the whole match. I'm thinking what I could do is: - Instruct him to close down less - Bring my AMC (A) down to a MC(A) to play between the MC (D) & MC (S) thus almost "forcing him" out wide. I think this would also encourage my high closing down game as well. You can see from the same screenshot, Grujic my AMC is so far away from play. Another cause for concern for me was the fact there was no "focal" point to my team. I.e. There didn't seem to be anyone there that my players look to. I'm toying with the idea of switching my MC(S) to a DLP(S). Lots of miss placed passes from Coutinho, all long. I think this is down to the fact I'm asking him to "Try More Risky Passes", but I assume that with "Very Fluid" as my team shape, he would be using his passing ability to the best of his ability anyway and as such this PI might be a bit too much? Lots to ponder. Tottenham home next, followed by United away. Time to get my set pieces in order. I shouldn't be conceding two in my first game.
  14. 1. No idea. I thought using WM with PI's was the in thing. Just kidding, I was hoping they'd offer more stability to the tactic, but of course I could be wrong. 3. No thoughts so far, but I certainly have the players capable. Great positioning, anticipation & marking. Something I could employ if I feel I'm getting done with too many over the top balls. I think it might just be a case of me not trusting the system enough. 4. Another great option but I think that would exploit Odegaard too much. The further down the pitch he is with the ball, the more he risks getting kicked off as he has ridiculously low strength. But then that's never a problem for Modric, so who knows...might be worth trying.