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  1. Season 2020/21 Review Transfers: Competitions: Challenge Progress - 1,400 Points: Domestic Titles: 0/13 Premier League Titles 2/5 The Emirates FA Cup Titles - 2019 - 400 points 1/4 Carabao Cup (League Cup) Titles - 2020 - 100 points 0/10 English Community Shield European Titles: 0/2 UEFA Champions League 1/1 UEFA Europa League - 2020 - 400 points 0/1 UEFA Super Cup 0/2 FIFA Club World Championship Milestones: Win the FA Cup within 4 Seasons - Done - 500 points Win the Premier League within 7 Seasons - Pending Win a Premier League/FA Cup Double within 8 Seasons - Pending Win Three Premier League/FA Cup Doubles within 13 Seasons - Pending Win the Premier League/FA Cup/Champions League Treble within 13 Seasons
  2. Season 2019/20 Review Transfers: *NOTE: Simmonds and Nmecha didn't make a single appearance all season so only 7 permanent signings played in the first team* Competitions: Challenge Progress - 1,200 Points: Domestic Titles: 0/13 Premier League Titles 1/5 The Emirates FA Cup Titles - 2019 - 200 points 1/4 Carabao Cup (League Cup) Titles - 2020 - 100 points 0/10 English Community Shield European Titles: 0/2 UEFA Champions League 1/1 UEFA Europa League - 2020 - 400 points 0/1 UEFA Super Cup 0/2 FIFA Club World Championship Milestones: Win the FA Cup within 4 Seasons - Done - 500 points Win the Premier League within 7 Seasons - Pending Win a Premier League/FA Cup Double within 8 Seasons - Pending Win Three Premier League/FA Cup Doubles within 13 Seasons - Pending Win the Premier League/FA Cup/Champions League Treble within 13 Seasons
  3. Season 2018/19 Review Transfers: Competitions: Challenge Progress - 700 Points: Domestic Titles: 0/13 Premier League Titles 1/5 The Emirates FA Cup Titles - 200 points 0/4 Carabao Cup (League Cup) Titles 0/10 English Community Shield European Titles: 0/2 UEFA Champions League 0/1 UEFA Europa League 0/1 UEFA Super Cup 0/2 FIFA Club World Championship Milestones: Win the FA Cup within 4 Seasons - Done - 500 points Win the Premier League within 7 Seasons - Pending Win a Premier League/FA Cup Double within 8 Seasons - Pending Win Three Premier League/FA Cup Doubles within 13 Seasons - Pending Win the Premier League/FA Cup/Champions League Treble within 13 Seasons
  4. Cheers Shaun, as you probably watch your side quite a bit more than I get the chance to, is there anything stand-out that you would change about this replication?
  5. Not a full update but was so happy with how this challenge has started after just one game that I had to post something. I was given the rather unenviable job of traveling to league leaders Manchester City for my first game in charge: To not only have more possession than them, my chances were also of higher quality (giving away just a single half chance in the whole match), I'm almost disappointed to only come away with a point: Let's hope this is a sign of good things to come.
  6. Formation: 3-1-4-2 DM A quick update as I've just played my first competitive games. So the rest of pre-season went well, the only game we didn't win we still dominated (71% possession and 18 shots with my second string side). The first two competitive games have so far yielded wins in both games. An average of 60% possession and 3 clear cut chances to 0 have shown me that my team are playing how I want them to. Bigger tests to come, of course, but this is a positive start. My left back who I am converting to a midfielder is also adapting well so far, let's hope that continues for the rest of the season!
  7. Formation: 3-1-4-2 DM Player Roles - The right and left sided midfielders are the only wide players in the formation so they are tasked with providing all the width. - The back three and Deep Lying Playmaker should enough defensive cover for me to allow my Wingers to focus on attacking. - Ball Playing Defender sweeps up any balls that are played in behind my other two centerbacks. - This also means I do not need to use a Sweeper Keeper and can instead stick with a normal Goalkeeper. - Right and left sided Central Defenders step out to close down the wings when the opposition attack in behind my Wingers. - Advanced Forward pushes back opposition defenders to create room for the False 9 and Roaming Playmaker. - False 9 drops deep to help link the midfield and attack since this is quite a big gap in the formation. - Box-To-Box Midfielder moves forwards into the space vacated by the False 9. - Roaming Playmaker knits everything together, always being an option for a pass. - Advanced Forward, Box-To-Box Midfielder and opposite Winger should be in the box for cross with the Roaming Playmaker waiting outside the area. Team Instructions - Mentality: I want my team to be on the front in games, taking the match to the opposition. - In Possession: Try to look after the ball when we've got it, the opposition can't hurt us if we're in possession (hopefully). - In Transition: Get the ball back when we loose it, and don't throw it away when we've got it. - Out Of Possession: Try to win the ball back as soon as possible. Current Squad - Do they fit the tactic? I used an Excel document and the HARMEAN function to see which players had attributes to fit the positions. I used this to assign players to each position who have the attributes play that particular position rather than just using their role familiarity. This has lead to me using the following left back as my Box-To-Box Midfielder: So, to show why, here's the Excel document for the Betis players. I have bolded the positions I am going to play them in: From this, I got the following first XI: I also used this to see which weaknesses I had in the squad, I realised that because I was using midfield players in defence (Javi Garcia) and in attack (Sergio Canales) I need to use the limited transfer budget to bring in depth for my three central midfield positions, more on that next. What this also shows me, is that Loren is worth keeping around the squad to provide cover for a lot of different positions in the team even though he isn't quite good enough to be a first or second choice. Transfers So with this challenge, we're allowed 2 permanent signings and 1 loan signing. With very little room to manouvre in the finances, I decided to use the free transfer market for my 2 permanent signings. I came Hallfredsson (12.6 using the HARMEAN calculation as a Box-To-Box Midfielder) and Gago (14.8 as a Deep Lying Playmaker). There was very little to choose from in terms of Box-To-Box players since poor physicals for the older free agents meant that they were not always very suited to playing that role. My loan was between Hyndman and Alena from Barcelona since both them were equally suited to being a Roaming Playmaker (13.2). I decided on Hyndman because his attributes meant that he was able to provide cover for more positions in the tactic than Alena. My second string now looks likes this: Early Pre-Season Form A solid start in the first four matches. I would have liked to have kept at least ONE clean sheet but hopefully as my team get more used to the tactic then this will improve. An average of 56% possession so far is pleasing since my team instructions are designed to have more possession than the opposition. 7 clear cut chances to 2 is also a good sign even with the lack of a clean sheet so far. Further updates soon!
  8. Well, that went well ... Won the next next game at home to Burnley 2-1 but still got the sack! Guess the experiment is now over. I may create a new career and give it another go but that's me done for now. If anyone else is trying to replicate this tactic, let me know how you've got on with your versions!
  9. Yeah, when I said countering the system this is what I meant Clearly the club's reputation has outgrown the tactic now haha - Hopefully form can pick back up for the remainder of the season and I'm not removed from my post before I can give a season overview ...
  10. Tactic Analysis So, before we get into this, I made a couple of changes to the tactic quite early on. I changed Bennett and Boly to normal CD's rather than BPD's as I felt the PI of Take More Risks meant that they were going more direct with their passing rather than using Coady for this. In order to get them to dribble more, I have got both of them to start learning the trait Brings Ball Out of Defense. This hasn't taken effect yet so will need to report back on how this impacts the way they play. I also changed Doherty to a CWB rather than just a WB. This has resulted in him being more involved in the game and has led to him being more of a goal threat too. Lastly, as you will have seen from the discussion above, I amended Coady's role to a Libero and removed the TI of Shorter Passing to improve his passing range. The following screen shots have all been taken from a recent 0-0 draw at home to West Ham. Wolves set the tempo of their forward play by building from the back against most sides. In terms of build-up, Wolves favour playing down that left hand side. Immediately after winning the ball, their midfielders spray a diagonal pass to look for the attack-minded wing-backs. They defend in a compact 5-3-2. Positionally, they are spaced out wide to occupy the full width of the pitch. Santo's side tend to attack using the wide positioning of their fullbacks to stretch the opposition defence. Directly switching through Conor Coady. In fact an astonishing 27% of Coady's passes are 30 yards or longer. And no player in the Premier League has completed more longer passes than Conor Coady. Once Doherty has the ball one-v-one, he drives at his opposition looking to beat his man before getting a cross in or a shot away. Key Stats: Doherty has 3 goals and 4 assists in 27 games giving him the third highest goal involvements after Jimenez (11/4 - 27 games) and Jonny (2/9 - 28 games), level with Jota (7/0 - 21 games). Moutinho in not only Wolves' top assister, but he's made more tackles than any other player in the Premier League. Key Stats: Moutinho has made 63 tackles this season, second only to Neves' 65 - He has however, played one less game (25 compared to 26). Moutinho has 3 assists this season. He is 4th behind Jonny (9 - 28 games), Jimenez (4 - 27 games) and Doherty (4 - 27 games). When they've advanced enough, Diogo Jota drops off the line to link the play. So, from what I can see, the tactic is playing out how I would expect it to. A lot of the key points from my opening post are happening which is pleasing. The results at the start of the season were much better than I ever expected by beating Tottenham, Liverpool AND Chelsea. Form has dipped recently though which may be because the AI has started to adapt their tactics to counter this system but I have stubbornly stuck with the same tactic every game for this tactical replication. We currently sit 10th at the end of January. Results: Table:
  11. @Dong21 @yellowforever @mernild thank you very much! @SixPointer He doesn't seem to be doing much sweeping, more so staying in line with Bennett and Boly. That may be impacted by the "Hold Position" PI I've had to give him to stop him from roaming forwards too much when we're in possession. I'm also not playing a high line so there's no real need for the cover in behind which may also be stopping him from dropping off.
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