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    Idealist pragmatist football fan

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    Ha! You read it ! you read it , now you read it until the end The End


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  1. A very interesting thread! In real life I was a fan of Giampaolo's work until he managed my Milan side. Oh God what a shambolic performances from us earlier this season! I still like his basic idea tho, and actually tried to formulate it with my Brentford side (first season) but encountered many problems you stated. Anyway I would like to give this another try, especially with the informations this thread gives!
  2. Yup, luckily it didn't get through. Just got a message telling me that Benham dismissed the rumour of him selling the club. And at the club panel information, the owner says 'Loves the club' after before stated that they're looking to sell Brentford. Enjoying my second summer so far! Will post update if there's any further interest or if I have some time
  3. Thankyou @Ronaldo Beckham Yeah but it just doesn't feel really right without this Benham's moneyball etc
  4. So after picked up this game a month ago and read this thread several weeks ago, I decided to give it a go with Brentford because of the uniqueness approach this club has in real life. With the dominance of Denmark/Scandinavian feeling about this set-up, I even play as Daniel Agger, because why not right First season in Championship, it was really tough, had to change formations three time along the season, first 4-1-2-1-2 diamond, 4-1-4-1, then settled with 4-2-3-1; all with the same principle tho, just different combination. Because to make this save interesting, not only the recruitment that has philosophies, but I decided to install long term 'DNA' in our play style. Anyway, we managed to finish second, two points behind Fulham and a point ahead QPR (which were ahead of us before the final two games, they choke luckily!). I didn't expect a straight promotion in the first season, especially with our mid-season difficulties. Just to recap, this is what I did in the first season. Playing as Daniel Agger, I respect the staff without firing the key people like Philip Giles, Lee Sykes, and The assistant Brian Riemer. I even set the responsibilities for Phil Giles to initiate the transfer for our team and u23 team. Still I am the one who has final say about confirming the transfers though. This is what I did in first and second window. At the summer I signed : Benoit Badiashille for 3.1m. I thought he was a really great wonderkid. My scout recommended him and at that price I just thought about signing him eventhough I had four good centrebacks already (Pontus, Ennock, Janvier, Racic) Toni Herrero for loan, 1.2m option to buy. I was looking at the left back department and not really sure about the backup option, so I looked at the Brentford way and find a youngster who cost peanuts and could join us for a dry loan without spending initially. He developed well eventhough playing as our 3rd LB, majority because Rico Henry decided to take an injury that put him 5-6 months in the sideline. Christian Ganea for 850k. A really bargain buy, I'm really proud at my scout. He was really good at the Championship level as a left wing back, and he was playing for our first team since Henry wasn't available for the majority of the season. Halil - not interested, was signed before me Albert Lottin for 650k. 17 yo from Bordeaux and was really hyped by our scout. So I thought why not and decided to loan him back for the rest of the season. Josh Harrop for dry loan. Someone that brought in 'just-in-case'. He was transfer listed by Preston so I asked for a loan and they accepted it. Nothing major for our season. John Lundstram for 1.6m. With our midfield dominated by 'deep-lying-playmaker' like Mokotjo, Norgaard, Jenssen and the option for more dynamic mobile like Yearwood/Cole weren't really convinced me, I signed this FPL Lord by small fee and he played a key role for our midfield in 4231 alongside Norgaard. Lovro Majer for 400k loan fee. This is Phil Giles masterclass, signed him on loan for six months and played in vital role for our resurgence. I don't think I would sign him permanently for Premier League though. So yeah, I finished second and the board stated that 37m ready to be spend for our mercato in the second summer. I am still on pre-season, and after clinching another deal for my contract (only a further one year tho ), I started the revolutionizing process of our staff. Phil Giles remain and I give him a further 3 year since I can't find a better DoF for my liking, so why not giving him the proper chance to take us to the next level. Chief Scout tho, I replaced him with Franco Torchia, along with five new scout that replace the old ones. The same with Chief Data Analyst, Physio, Sport Nutritionist etc. Also the man Brian Riemer I decided to not give him extension and signed Wolfgang Rolff as my ass-man instead. I also sign HoYD Bryan Klugg eventho I don't know what the use for Brentford. I make him responsible for our u18 team building (let him sign players etc). So far so good, really enjoyed this save, and put a lot effort to make this save the real Brentford Way without spending any major fee for a player. THEN THIS HAPPEN I SWEAR I MADE THIS SAVE AS SIMILAR AS POSSIBLE WITH REAL LIFE IN DANIEL AGGER AND DANISH PLAYER AND MONEYBALL SIGNING ETC ONLY TO MAKE THE CLUB READY TO BE SOLD TO OTHER OWNER IN THE SPACE OF A YEAR Just hope it won't go through since if there is a new owner I just don't feel it 'right' to continue this save, I know it's a game but come on if u play FM you'll know what I mean..
  5. Draw Man Utd in Qtr Final of CL in 2021, Jose Mourinho is still their manager. I created a new tactic just to face Man Utd soon as we got the draw. Watch some of their team reports, highlights of goals, assists position, etc. Came with 4132 narrow. Trained it but never practice it in real match. First leg, at home, we beat them 2 - 0. We successfully shut them down, all of their attackers, no clear cut chance, no dangerous cross, and no other dangerous play. Happily, I felt my 'special tactic that made just to beat Mourinho' was a success, so I keep it for the second leg. But, perhaps the artificial Jose is smart as him in real life Beaten 3 - 0 at Old Trafford, eventho I feel only one of their goals that was created because of their good attacking setup. The second goal, it was screamer from Pogba, and the third goal, my DM, Santi Ascacibar made sloppy first touch and Mata quickly shot the loose ball, it was an individual error that proved costly. Attacking wise, no, they learnt our tactic and my two strikers completely disappeared. Although before the second leg began, I lost three key players, and I felt like, f*ck, they gonna overturn this tie In nutshell, yes, its hard to beat Man Utd, its hard to beat Jose, eventho it's only in the game , considering I faced him four times in Champions League
  6. I have a preference to keep my squad to contain 25 players with 3 goalie. Every window I make sure that my first team, B team, and u19 team has 25 players in each of them. All of the first team, B team, and u19 team has the same squad structure in terms of players in certains position, role, etc, so it makes transition from my youth squad to B squad then to first team smoother (I'm managing Sporting CP and I have long term project here). Excessive player will go on loan. Although sometimes it's hard to keep the squad number low, since too many exciting prospects need chance in first team and too many good players on the market makes me tempted to bring them here
  7. Never, ever, use weekly in my life. I don't know if certain amounts are high/low if sets to weekly
  8. That's what I'm doing at the moment, been frustated with the result so far ( at least for the last 2 days ). Same as me, I really enjoyed Pirlo show, especially in Italy NT for the last few years ( well you know the opinion of AC Milan fan for him ). Moreover, my favorite team always try to play with Regista in the last few years, unfortunately we don't have someone capable enough to do the job. Montolivo, Locatelli, Jose Sosa all technically capable in this role but was not good enough to lived up the expectations, that's why Lucas Biglia brought to the club. I tried 3331 formation, with 3 atb, 1 Regista, 2 Inverted Wingback to support midfield, 3 AM ready to launch direct run, and DLF to create space. The Regista played good, creating many long passes direct to the opponent final third, and he completed many of his passes that was key to our play. But the match results seems don't agree, as we lost more than we won. We also sloppy at the counter and that's not a big surprise. So, I decided to change shape with 433 DM, with 4atb, 1 Regista, 1 CM + 1 BBM, 2 IF, and 1 DLF. The results also no better. I'm trying to figure it out on my next save, as I did this experiment in my current save (Sporting CP) and maybe the players don't really suits this style of play, or I'm just looking for a better player for the regista role in the next window. William Carvalho did good, offers solidity, but he is not that creative. Ryan Gauld was really good and offer just as I want in the creative outlet, but defensive-wise, he is really weak physically and often got outstrenght. I'm really hoping there's discussion regarding this thread.
  9. Comprehensive mainly, it shows good detailed of each match. Extended when I need to catch up time or play some less important games, such as cup tie or meaningless league games ( usually after we already sealed the title )
  10. Yes, I think its the same type of role as Limited Defender back in the day. And yes, its sound contradictory with your type of play, as the DCB will play 'safety-first' approach rather than play risky passing. This role usually useful for center back that has low passing, composure, vision, decision attribute.
  11. Ginter is amazing player for me, Dortmund sold him to me cheaply and in 18 months many of the big teams such as Atleti, City, Monaco, etc interested in him. Never managed Stark but he looks decent in game. Did you check Sule also? The best German centre back alongside Hummels in 2020!
  12. Finally won the league for the first time in our 3rd season, finished 4th and 2nd respectively. Batshuayi finished as joint-top scorer with 18 goals, he also contributed with 9 assist in the league. The champions league campaign was really crazy, we finished as runner-up in group stage alongside Lyon, beating Man City ( was the champion last season ) and Shaktar. Lyon finished with 10 pts, RBL with 9, Shaktar 8 and CIty 7. We drawn with Juventus in the last 16 and managed win 2 - 0 in the aggregate. Quarter final drawn against Barca and I thought our CL campaign would be offer. Who thought Barca played their worst game in years against us? We beat them 4 - 1 in our home and lost 1 - 2 in Camp Nou, It was enough to help us through to semi, which we drawn to Spurs. Quiet lucky for us considering the other fixture in semi was Real Madrid v PSG. We won 1 - 0 in WHL but lost eventually from corner routine, which was really dissapointing for us. It was magical season for us though, so don't have any to complain. The DFB Pokal saw us lost against Munchen in semi final. But it was never our top priorities. The transfer window was really exciting for us, the board gave us big transfer budget, but I spent it wisely enough ( at least in my consideration ) The biggest transfer was Dahoud from Gladbach for 33m, I initially wanted to sign Weigl but Dortmund just didn't wanna let him go, so I got Dahoud as alternative ( both players not really similar but hey, both can play as DLP in my system ). The second was Pedro Pereira, the explosive full back from Sampdoria, with 28m for the first payment and also add-ons that cost us 37m in total. Jannes Horn from Schalke arrived for 19m, to replace Anthony Jung that was released and promote him straight away since Siqueira can't play every match due to his age. The goalie Marvin Schwabe arrived from TSG Hoffehnheim to replace Kraft for my deputy goalie. Schwabe was a key in TSG promotion from BL 2 , kept 13 clean sheet in 33 appearances. Edgar Hurtado, Jean Claude Kiaku, El Orfi, and Rasmussen are regens with potential. It will be exciting to see how they developed. Castro also arrived from Dortmund to be my 'utility player'. He can play in many position, CM, DM, FB, also CAM. Got a really nice signing for our depth. The outgoing transfer was Gaudino, Knoche, Duelund, Kagawa, Schmid, Gayle, and Kraft. The first name was a really exciting player, signed him for free last season and was a good back up, but he injured often in the last season and Wolfsburg came with a nice, nice amount. So I said goodbye to him which he returned it with a nice farewell, he has me as favored personnel. The others just wasn't good enough for me. Will be a really exciting 4th season for us, currently 2nd in December behind Leverkusen. Champions league drawn us with Chelsea in the last 16. Hope we can go to the final this time! Will update as soon the season finished!
  13. How you play the game is up to you, you buy the game, you enjoy it the way you want. I don't really agree with 'cheating' but downloading tactic perhaps makes the game worthless. You are a football manager, you are supposed to manage the team.
  14. He is a real class in real life, never have him in the game tho. I tempted to buy him also, I have a load of cash and could sign him to fill my DLP role. I use RB Leipzig so a German really a bonus ( at least for me! love local players whenever I play). The problem is I have Leandro Paredes who does extremely well for me at that role. Is 50m for Weigl worth it? Do they can play both together or I need to leave Paredes in order to afford place for Weigl?
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