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  1. International management is so shallow and repetitive and its disappointing immensely. - You still can't play any friendlies before announcing your squad for international tournaments, despite this being the case in real life (Fabio Capello named his 2010 World Cup squad on 1st June, having played two friendlies the week before. - Constantly being asked about dual nationality battles for players who will never be good enough for your team (e.g. As manager of England I'm asked about players with PAs below 120, all in the context of trying to convince them to represent England). - Zero training options. International teams do still train together and the lack of even a match focus option is an issue. - B Teams are entirely pointless to have in the game. I've never seen them used, either allow us to organise friendlies and stuff with them or get rid of them.
  2. Man United win it all!!

    I mean this is just your save. In my save Liverpool and Arsenal are much more successful than Jose's Man Utd - and he left to join PSG after three seasons.
  3. Laporte at Bilbao is a superb choice for Libero as well, just needs retraining.
  4. Theo Walcott. Across multiple FMs he always seems to score against me no matter what I do.
  5. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    Unbeaten in all competitions but I'm only like 4 or 5 games in. Dominated Real Madrid for large portions of a 1-1 draw. Aduriz and Herrera have been the main highlights, but Laporte generally does very well defensively (double figures in tackles and interceptions especially) and contributes a bit to the attacking phase. I'm trying to train 'Get forward at all times' for him to increase the amount of time he'll spend up field, so we'll see how that goes.
  6. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    Herrera is available for as little as £14 million or even less. You'll have to play fast and loose with the wage budget a bit to accommodate him (he asked for 135k from me) but he's the vital cog in my 3-3-1-2-3. Inaki Williams and Sabin Merino are both more than capable of being used in place of Susaeta and Muniain and when he's not injured Benat is great backup for Herrera. Special mention to Mikel Rico who is the definition of a big moment player, equalising after coming on as a sub against Real Madrid, and contributing whenever I've brought him on. Aduriz is averaging a goal a game currently as well.
  7. Favourite players so far in FM18

    Susaeta and Aduriz at Bilbao. Assists and goals.
  8. Libero in FM18

    It seems to work in the former sense, although my experience may be skewed by Laporte having the "Runs With Ball Through Center" and "Tries to Play Way Out of Trouble" PPMs as well. 3 dribbles made and 10 mistakes in 7 games in all competitions thus far but he's been really useful at breaking up potential counter attacks by being so far forward. GK Kepa Arrizabalaga Libero/A Aymeric Laporte CD/C CD/C Mikel San Jose Xabi Etxeita/Yeray WB/S DM/D IWB/S Mikel Balenziaga Ander Iturraspe Inigo Lekue B2B/S Ander Herrera/Benat IF/S W/S Iker Muniain/Sabin Merino Markel Susaeta/Inaki Williams CF/S Artur Aduriz/Raul Garcia
  9. Who are you all managing and why?

    Haven't gotten to grips with the game as of yet, but trying out Bilbao with the intention to turn Laporte into a Libero. Now that the Brings the Ball Out of Defence PPM exists, he's got all the required attributes to be a great one.
  10. Libero in FM18

    Any plans to write on the role and possible set ups this year?
  11. [Portugal] (Official) Data Issues

    Jair Tavares, a winger playing for Benfica's Under 19s, has Bayern Munich's on loan Swansea midfielder Renato Sanches listed as his father in his favoured personnel section. As Renato Sanches is 19 years old, I think this is doubtful to be accurate.
  12. FM18 player value shock

    Not particularly. This happened in 17 as well.
  13. I totally missed out the word 'Italy' in my post. My bad.
  14. Football Manager TV: Dynamics

    People wanting to see dramatic year on year improvements really don't understand how yearly releases work, do they? Sometimes getting stuff in the game as a foundation for expanding and tweaking for the game after is going to happen - case in point, data analysts and sports scientists. This seems like a good improvement to what was already on the back-end.