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  1. The revolution is done! After a hectic summer, our first team squad is now 100% italian. The only deal I thought twice about was Adil Rami. I couldn't find anyone as good to replace him (Juventus wouldn't let Bonucci go despite desperate offers of €65m) but when he started moaning about the sale of the moderately talented Benedicic, it just felt right to let him go. Instead of a proven replacement for Rami I've signed two talented 20-somethings, hopefully one of them can grow into a proper partner to Angelo Ogbonna. The only worry is that Ogbonna wants us to strengthen the squad after the sale of Diego Lopez. Apparently, he doesn't see what everyone else sees in Mattia Perin.


    Maybe the best "signing" of them all. I have no idea what's gotten into this old grafter - but I sure like it!


    Do any of you guys find that the competition from Juventus quickly fades, as they are very harsh on their managers and are not afraid of sacking them?

    Don't know about Juve in particular, but I'm at the christmas break in season two and the competition at the top is freaking relentless. At this rate, one sorry club will take 85 points but don't even make the CL places.


  2. I've been doing similar to you kubo. I started with the intention of using only Milan home grown youth team players but I had to abandon that as the players I got in the youth team were such bobbins for the first 3 seasons or so. I played the first season with some massively average players and were relegated in 19th place I think, got sacked a couple of times I think before just taking over again with a new manager. Second season we got promoted in 2nd in Serie B still with only Milan home grown players. That meant we had some decent players like De Sciglio (although he was awful at this point), Abate, Albertazzi, Darmian, Antonelli, Paloschi (goal machine) and young guys like Mastour, Petagna etc. Bryan Cristante was also resigned.

    Haha, that's insane! Or dedicated, I guess.

    Going exclusively home-grown can be a fun concept, but I'm not sure a club of AC Milan's history and stature is the best choice.

  3. Hey guys,

    just finished my first season with Milan and thought I should do a write up. Usually I prefer to manage mid sized clubs (Tottenham, Hamburg, Sevilla, etc) and take on the elite, but there's a certain lure in trying to bring a stumbling giant back on their feet. I like to add some kind of restriction/challenge too, just to keep it interesting, so for this save the rule is simple: cento per cento italiano. I'm only allowed to sign italian players, and I have to sell our foreigners as soon as I find suitable replacements. Can we end Juve's Serie A dominance and conquer Europe with an all italian squad? No idea, let's find out.


    Manolo Gabbiadini, 22, ST© [€6m from Sampdoria + €4.25m from Juventus]

    Danielle Baselli, 22, M© [€8m from Atalanta]


    Nigel de Jong [€10m to PSG]

    Philippe Mexes [€500k to Marseille]

    Fernando Torres & Marco van Ginkel [loans terminated]


    Angelo Ogbonna, 26, D© [€4.5m from Juventus] replaced Alex [€1m to Monaco]


    We were hard to beat in the league, but not clinical enough in front of goal. Despite an almost shocking lack of creativity in the squad (how can a club go from Pirlo and Kaka to Muntari and Essien?) we did just enough to keep up with the chasing pack - without ever really threatening to win the scudetto. We lost just once in our first 22 games, including a run of nine clean sheets in ten, but then we suddenly started shipping goals left, right and centre. In the end we needed an injury time winner against Fiorentina on the last day of the season to secure forth place and european qualification. It's funny, we could have given away all three points to Viola just to deny Inter the league title, but this club should be above such shenanigans.

    1 Inter 80p +39

    2 Juventus 80p +49

    3 Fiorentina 78p +39

    4 Milan 74p +34

    5 Lazio 73p +21

    6 Roma 73p +29


    One word: Horrible. Despite the arrangers for some reason favouring the big sides (why do we automatically play at home against smaller clubs? Makes no sense) we messed up badly. After defeating Pro Vercelli witout problems we lost at home to eventual serie B-relegatees Carpi, 1-4! A truely disgraceful effort from our team, no matter if it included a couple of reserves. The only saving grace is that the board doesn't care about the coppa so at least it didn't get me fired.


    Pretty happy with our individual perfomances. A bit more creativity from central midfield might have turned a couple of draws into wins, but defence was good and attack too. Some key players:

    Diego Lopez, 31 games, 14 clean sheets, 6.99

    Adil Rami, 30 games, 4 goals, 7.13

    Stephan El Shaarawy, 17(10), 9 goals, 5 assists, 7.16

    Jerémy Menez, 21(1), 9 goals, 4 assists, 7.22

    Giacomo 'MVP' Bonaventura, 36(1), 14 goals, 9 assists, 8 PoM, 7.36

    Manolo Gabbiadini, 33(4), 19 goals, 13 assists, 7.06


    I'm planning on giving youth ample opportunities, so it was nice to see our kids dominate Italy. We won the U20 league, the U18 league and the prestigous Torneo di Viareggio. Invidually we have to mention young Zakaria Hamadi who scored three goals for the senior side - all game-winning - thus earning us a cool six points on his own. Boy looks more exciting than Hachim Mastour in my eyes.


    There's a small chance the squad could be 100% italian as early as next season. We should have enough squad depth with exciting youth coming through and some home-growns returning (Nocerino, I'm looking at you). I'm planning to use the kids to a large extent in the Europa League, so that should be exciting.

    But we need some quality additions to challenge for the scudetto, not least if we have to replace the french. At right wing Cercio or Candreva (if we can afford him) should be just as good if not better than Menez, but I have no frikking idea how to replace Rami - the true leader of our defense. At least we shouldn't have to worry about the goalkeeping spot for the next decade: once Genoa got relegated we swooped in for Mattia Perin, so I'm glad that's sorted.

  4. Here's a question. Would you say in Pochettino's real life tactics his holding midfielders - and I'm thinking mainly of when Mason and Bentaleb play together - would operate in the central midfield or defensive midfield positions if recreating in FM? There's arguments for both and would be interested to know what you all think.

    Good Q.

    IMHO Poch doesn't really use "holding" midfielders per se (at least not since dropping Capoue), they both have the freedom to roam. He likes the midfield to be compact with players close to each other, so I wouldn't use them in the DM strata. Mason as B2B and Bentaleb as DLP, both on support duty, is how I would replicate Poch's system in FM15.

    To support my point, here is Mason's and Bentaleb's heat maps against Arsenal:



    They're both quite mobile, even if Bentaleb tends to hang back some more.

  5. Random Tumbleweed.....

    Haha, I know.

    Personally I had to take a break from my save after edging too close to burnout. Last season ended pretty badly despite Hurricane being top scorer in the league, let's see if I can find the enthusiasm again. It's the summer of 2019 and we're just about to sell the last of the superstars. Man Utd offered me a job interview but I'm not done with Spurs yet!

  6. Why? everything I have read on him he is very highly rated

    I'm sure he is, but talented enough to play the World Cup for England and joining the exclusive Golden Boy awards club?

    Can't remember the DoF that Spurs start out with but he's been excellent for me, found me a CB from Granada in Spain who looks immense and his finest work is so good I'll wait till the update to share as even I was taken aback!

    That would be Franco Baldini.

    Personally I never use the DoF, though I have toyed with the idea of doing a Football Head Coach save - where I would leave ALL transfer/contract decisions to the board. "Oh, you didn't need a forth right back but absolutely zero attacking reinforcements this window? Sorry, my bad."

  7. AMAZING! All this talk of him on here made me pretty excited to see he got his real life first team debut last night.

    Yeah, I'm pretty stoked myself. Think it's the first time ever one of my players wins that award, so it feels pretty special.

    Sadly, I'm afraid he won't become quite so special IRL.

    First season double(Capital One Cup, League) and it came down to the final day. Can't believe I was cheering on West Ham! Good lads...

    Very well done.

    Got a screenshot for your tactics/first XI?

  8. It's quite exciting having a handful of youngsters at the club that could actually become good first team players. Players like Kane, Mason, Bentaleb, Townsend etc have always tended to have their potential vastly underrated until they break in to the first team IRL. Shame it's not tended to be spotted by the researcher.


    Must say that Townsend is really good this year, if you find a suitable role. I discovered how awesome he can be when I signed him as a panic buy on deadline day for QPR in another save. After that, I give him all the playing time in the world for Spurs too.

  9. Jeez. What am I doing wrong on the financial front??

    What DosSantosFC said.

    In four years I've bought players for £40m in total, sold for £75m. We're contiously playing in the CL, an improved profile means more sponsorship monies and we've had an average attendance near 44k for the last couple of years.

    To be fair, I also edited away the big ass loan (is it £340m?) before starting, since I assumed it had to do with the new stadium.

  10. Five pages! Keep it up, guys.

    Wow if this was IRL I would hate supporting Tottenham!!! Ha! No offense I think what your doing is brilliant and the young players coming through is very very impressive but no signings!!!! I couldn't live without making that one signing you love!!!! How is the bank balance????

    Ha, I know! The crazy silly seasons are definitely an important part of following Spurs. However, if the club keeps buying duds like Soldado, they might as well go down my route. Or maybe it's me following Pochettino. Either way, I felt myself becoming Wenger last season: "I believe in ze kids" when everyone around us could see the obvious need for reinforcements. Thankfully, no Mourinho can brand me a specialist in failure after the league finish.

    My biggest problem with the transfer market is that I'm always anxious that I haven't scouted enough, that I will miss that great bargain. Now I don't have to worry about none of that.

    The bank balance is pretty healthy. We had around £225m at the end of the season.

    What happens in 2017? Does the club move somewhere else while the final year's work is done on "New White Hart Lane" or do they just stay at WHL?

    Some players have reported the club hiring or even buying Wembley!

    Me, I removed the stadium move in the pre-game editor, since everything seems up in the air IRL. Instead we're playing at an expanded 45k White Hart Lane, which seems to be the max capacity.

    £600k! £600k! My transfer budget for summer 2017 is £600k :(

    It's Daniel Levy - what did you expect?

    I'd let you have some of mine if it only was possible.



    Boy, oh boy, what a rollercoaster ride of a season this was. With the managers of the big clubs being newly appointed (Blanc at Man Utd) or in their second seasons (Klopp at Chelsea, de Boer at the arse) there was an uncertainty about where the title would end up, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted how insanely tight it would be.


    After buying just one player in three years (Yedlin excluded) we went somewhat bonkers and signed a whopping total of t-w-o players in the summer! With Dembele and Paulinho leaving on bosmans I felt it absolute necessary to add a well-rounded central midfielder; James Ward-Prowse seemed to fit the bill nicely. Up front we needed someone to complement Kane and Azzaoui. I didn’t want some big name match winner or gifted wonderkid, so instead plumped for Charlie Austin. Cheap, hard-working and hopefully not one to complain over limited game time at a bigger club.

    In: James Ward-Prowse (£16.5m, Southampton), Charlie Austin (£2.5m, QPR)

    Out: DeAndre Yedlin (£6.5m, Rubin), Moussa Dembele (free, Roma), Paulinho (free, Olympiacos), Roberto Soldado (free, Hull)


    Let’s talk about the Champions League first, because there ain’t much to say about it. After reaching the final last year we were ranked 7th in Europe, which meant a really soft group. Basel and Schalke as opponents, are we Chelsea in disguise?

    1 Spurs 14p

    2 Basel 8p


    3 Schalke 5p

    4 Steaua 4p

    Atlético in the next round felt like a decent enough challenge, and an Onomah-goal in Madrid saw us still in the tie. However, at halftime in the second leg, I completely misjudged the situation, gave my worst ever team talk and could only watch in horror as our players threw away the game completely. My bad, I guess.

    1st Knockout round: 1-2 vs Atlético Madrid (A), 0-2 (H) [1-4 aggregate]


    We continued to play really young teams in the league cup. After two successful trips to Birmingham, our kids got knocked out in the cruellest of fashion, losing on penalties to a very strong Utd side at Old Trafford. The second penalty loss against Utd if you include the less important Community Shield. We reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup but suffered a smash-and-grab loss against Liverpool, Sturridge scoring the injury time winner despite us dominating the game. It reminded very much of last year’s League Cup final loss against Stoke. A worrying pattern, no doubt.

    Capital One Cup

    3rd round: 5-3 vs Aston Villa (A)

    4th round: 3-0 vs West Brom (A)

    Qtr final: 2-2 vs Man Utd (A), 4-5 after pen

    FA Cup

    3rd round: 4-0 vs Reading (A)

    4th round: 3-2 vs Crystal Palace (H)

    5th round: 2-2 vs Sheff Utd (H)

    5th round rep: 1-0 vs Sheff Utd (A)

    Qtr final: 1-2 vs Liverpool (H)

    Community Shield

    1-1 vs Man Utd (N), 5-6 after pen


    A really strange campaign. For some reason I can’t understand we always start the seasons slowly. If anything, we should have an advantage against our rivals since our team chemistry is always top notch, but no. From our opening five games we’ve taken 6, 7, 8 and now 6 points. In other words: we’re always playing catch up. We started to find out feet in october but hit another poor spell in december, symbolized by an awful 0-1 loss against relegation-threatened West Ham the day before christmas, which left us 8th in the table. We were way off league leaders Arsenal, and at that point I feared we would miss the Champions League places, maybe even Europe all together.

    But something happened that day.

    It’s like the players told each other ”alright lads, we’ve had our fun, now let’s stop f**king around!” – or something along those lines. Three days layer an empathic win against QPR at Loftus Road marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history books titled Tottenham – the ruthless juggernaut. Suddenly, we were an unstoppable force, crushing opponents left right and centre, using every cup disappointment to fuel our league form, Lamela, Towsend, even Austin too hot to handle for opposition defences, Eriksen and Ward-Prowse pulling the strings at midfield and eventual Golden Glove-winner Lloris doing his very best Gandalf-impersonation.

    At the end of march we faced Arsenal in a six point game for first place; a brace from Townsend sent the gooners home with their tails between their legs.


    With four games to go we had a four point cushion, so could afford to lose one game and still have the destiny in our own hands. Next up, West Ham, the last team to beat us in the league.


    Ouch. Nerves, nerves, nerves. I tried everything to relieve the pressure, but to no avail, Danny Rose giving away a penalty summing up our performance. To add insult to injury, leading West Ham to the double against us was no one else then former Spurs favourite Chris Hughton. So that was our get-out-of-jail-for-free card used up. No worries, next match was only away to Chelsea. Despite them being tired after a midweek cup game, they battered us, our players losing their heads and hearts after a somewhat fortunate opening Chelsea goal.


    We needed to beat QPR at home in the penultimate game of the season to have even the smallest of chance for the title, and after a shaky start somehow found the strength to turn the game around. Special props to young Onomah, showing some great composure to coolly slot home from the penalty spot for the equaliser.


    Heading into the final day of the season, we needed to beat already relegated Leicester away from home while hoping that Man Utd would somehow slip up against mid-table Southampton.


    We held up our end of the deal, our players seemingly very relaxed now that everything was out of our hands.


    But Utd winning against a Southampton side with nothing to play for must have been a mere formality, surely? During our game against Leicester all we could hear from the south coast was an eerie silence. What was up, had someone shut down the radio waves? Did the ocean flood the south to postpone the game? Was Fergie time still going on, hours after everyone else was done with their season?


    No, nothing like that. Just Man Utd failing miserably at defending their title. Ronald Koeman, give me a kiss! Despite Smalling doing his utmost to help his former teammates, Utd just couldn’t unlock a determined Southampton defence. The next day, Blanc got the sack, despite winning the League Cup and having the FA Cup final to come (where they will face the equally managerless Liverpool).


    Admittedly, winning the league on 82 points means it’s been a pretty weak season, but so what? If you take more points than every other club (or in this case, taking the same amount of points but scoring more) you’re the champions. No two ways about it.


    Unlike the heavy rotation of previous seasons, I tried to keep a more dedicated first XI this year. I’m full of praise for nearly each and all of our players, but some deserves special mention. Lloris finally beat de Gea and Courtois to the Golden Glove award, after twice being runner up. I promoted CCV to first choice CD next to club captain Caulker, and he didn’t flinch. Onomah, Townsend, Austin and Kane all chipped in with important goals throughout the season, but our MVP, without any doubt, was FWA Player of the Season Erik Lamela: 32 points from 26 league starts is just too good. Or should I say God?


    Seven of our players made the PFA Team of the Year.


    It’s been a long, exhausting, nerve-wrecking season and I must admit that my primary feeling now is more of relief than anything else. The game won’t get easier from here on, so no matter how the future pans out no one can take this league title away from us. That’s very pleasing. The obvious short-term goal is to defend our title (will be tough) and go all the way in Europe (possibly even tougher). There are some interesting long-term goals too. How far can Onomah, Azzaoui and CCV go? Can Hurricane break Jimmy Greaves 220 goals record? (Probably not.) Will Glover be good enough to fill out Lloris’ jersey? And when will I become the longest serving manager in the Premiership? (Answer: when Hughes leaves Stoke. Unless Giggs gets promoted to manager at Utd, then I’m really in trouble.) How will my carefully constructed restrictions survive if Levy sells up?

    Anyhow, to crank up the difficulty, I’ve decided to put an imaginary – but permanent – transfer embargo over the club. From this day on, the only players joining Tottenham are from our own academy. No exceptions. Not sure about this next part, but I’m also considering going exclusively English/home-grown from the 19/20 season onwards, giving me a year to phase out Lloris, Eriksen, Lamela and the others. We have some exciting youth, but overcoming such a loss of quality while remaining competitive will be a major hurdle. Ah, sounds like the perfect challenge.

  12. To be fair though, Chelsea have only lost 3 times all season (though two of those were to me - the 5-0 battering I gave them after Christmas is one of my all time FM highlights) so expecting to make up 4 points on them in 6 games might be extremely hopeful... but you've got to hope, haven't you??

    It's the hope that kills you. Nah, just kidding, good luck man!

    I have to agree re: Bentaleb. In my last season Algeria played a double header WQ playoff against Togo, on the 13/10 and 17/11, and he didn't even bother coming home between those two games.

  13. Ah, I really don't like wingers y'see. I find wing backs more effective.

    Fair enough. By wingers I meant the position btw, not necessarily the 'winger' role. Either way, I don't know how I would set up this team without Lamela and Townsend cutting in from the flanks.

    Meanwhile I'm in a dilemma. should I bring Cristiano Ronaldo in January 2016? He is close to 33 years old and I really don't need him. I haveDepay, Sterling, Lamela (who I'll try to sell either war), Adama Traore. Plus, the world class Andrija Zivkovic is coming now for 35 M). At the striker position I have Munir and Luka Jovic who are a lot less rated by my scouts than Ronaldo but they are scoring good, He's contract is finishing at the end of the season. I could also bring Messi (30 years, 112 M to 152 M euros) or Neymar (25 years, 201 M euros release clause).

    Well, since your goal seems to be to turn the team into pure fantasy football, I say go for it.

  14. Advanced Playmaker - Attack, in either a narrow diamond or a 3-4-1-2 (which means he has 2 CMs behind him and 2 strikers ahead of him). He gets a lot of assists threading through balls in for the strikers and a good amount of goals when the strikers split wide and he arrives in the box for a tap in.

    Dang, guess I need to get more tactically creative! But I like wingers and would never abandon the back four, so there's not that much flexibility to work with.

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