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  1. He's currently in favoured personnel for me. Still in pre-season 2014/15, but he was awarded fans player of the year too. Cisse and Remy dont even get a sniff!
  2. Bit of a latecomer to this thread, and FM14 for that matter. Couldn't stay away Just finished my first season and seemed to follow the usual pattern of transfers - Marveaux(£6.5m)/Jonas(£5.2m)/Obertan(£4.5m) leaving for inflated fees, as well as some fringe players that just aren't good enough to provide competent, reliable cover. Notable transfers in were Fraser Forster to provide cover for Krul, Tom Ince as a much better backup/squad player than Obertan, and Leandro Damiao for a mere £4.2m! I've seen people say elsewhere that Damiao is not as good as he has been in previous versions. This is the first time I've signed him, so if this is true then I'm kicking myself for never signing him sooner! He finished with 24 goals in 29 league games and won the Footballer of the Year The season started brightly, the first match being a 3-0 win at the Stadium of Plight. That victory seemed to propel us forward into what proved to be a fantastic season in which we were only beaten twice, both times at Old Trafford (League and League Cup). Highlights included a 7-0 victory at Brighton in the FA cup (revenge for the past two seasons irl) and a 6-0 drubbing of Arsenal. Tactics wise, I've been following the advice in this thread, the thought of a high pressure attacking tactic did excite me a little, and I was not disappointed. It seemed that, with the addition of Ince, we had the perfect squad to give this style a go.
  3. Only recently purchased this FM13 - a mixture of a heavy work schedule and an addiction to COD took up what little spare time I had. Seeing our January signings though has persuaded me to find time to play it. So, I downloaded an update and am absolutely loving this game. Near the end of my first season now, sitting just inside the Champions League places 1 point clear of 5th placed Liverpool, with 2 games in hand. Signed: Ruben Yttegard Jenssen (valuable cover for Cabaye) Yann Sommer (competition for Krul) Wilfried Bony (replacement for Ba) Stefan Strandberg (CB cover) Adam Lallana (Ideal left winger for my tactic at the time) Nathan Dyer (Impact sub) Ademilson (cover up front) David Beckham (cost £70k in January and is being paid £100 per week, just to tutor Bigi) Jay Rodriguez (Ameobi got injured for the season in January, and with the loss of Cisse to the CON and Ademilson to some tournament I re-signed my FM12 legend) Sold: Jonas, Obertan, Simpson, Perchinho & Harper with a few more going out on loan. Season started off poorly, losing our first 3 league games. I initially started with a 4-5-1/4-3-3, until I realised Cisse wasn't cut out to play up front alone. So, I switched to 4-4-2, and immediately regretted my decision to sell Jonas. Marveaux and Lallana have filled in superbly though, and even Shane Ferguson has put in a couple of good shifts when required. I'm planning ahead for the new season already, and am looking to bring Carroll back, and maybe a new winger. I'm looking to move Colo on too, mainly because of his large wage but only if I get a good offer.
  4. Ok. Finally finished that season, and by god was it a brilliant season. Unbeaten in all competitions (League cup, FA cup, CL and league). My results between those screenshot and the end of the season were all wins bar one, a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal. Finished the league 24 points clear of Man Utd (who are now managed by Chris Hughton) and we only conceded 17 goals in the league, scoring 130! I wont be posting screenshots of the table etc, simply because there wasn't really any excitement in it for me so I doubt there would be any for people who see the results. Sunderland did get relegated though, and they also got hammered 7-0 at St James'. Liverpool also narrowly avoided relegation, by 2 points!!! Gutted. In preparation for next season, I've arranged a £25m transfer for Tim Krul to Barca, which has actually pushed my budget now up to £120m, give or take a few million. Also on the way our are Steven Fletcher (Liverpool) and Lucas Digne (Blackburn), who really didn't cut it for us. Ryan Bertrand is the only transfer incoming so far, though I'm tempted by Phil Jones if I can find a taker for Gary Cahill, and Joe Lewis will hopefully be coming in to replace Krul. If I'm honest, winning all the time is beginning to get a bit boring
  5. Been a while since I've updated on my progress in here. Been really busy with life etc. Anyway, just about half way through my fourth season now and I'm proud to say my unbeaten run has been extended to 57 league matches - less in all competitions after losing in the first leg of the previous seasons Champions League Semi vs. Real Madrid. Rather proud of my current position and form. It's beginning to feel like all we have to do is turn up and three points are ours each week. domestic results: Rather proud of the 4-1 at the Stadium of Plight above all other results really. The two formations I prefer are both lone striker formations, and in the 32nd minute Jay Rodriguez was forced off injured with the score at 1-1. His replacement Steven Louis (regen) then got sent off in the 44th minute with the score at 2-1, and without a recognised striker and only having 10 men left on the field, I thought we'd be lucky to get a draw. I stuck Hazard up front, we scored again making the score 3-1 at half time. Hazard then had to go off in the second half, but we still managed to net a fourth while Aaron Ramsey was leading the line. I laughed. Euro results: I originally thought our group was pretty tough, particularly with tough away matches due at Leverkusen and Lyon. I was wrong. There was also the club world Championships too, which I won by beating Kotoko (6-0) and Corinthians (2-1), but I couldn't find a filter for them on the results page. Nvm.
  6. Unlucky with the injuries Dandy. Hopefully you've got some reliable cover to fill in for Alberto. I've finally finished pre-season before the fourth season gets under way now, just played Chelsea in the Charity shield. We won 3-0. I really dont know why it's taken me so long though - I've only made 9 signings which is a record low for me, and only three of those have been senior players. Rather proud to say this is my squad now: I had almost finished pre season, and with £60m or so sitting in the transfer budget doing nothing as well as £300k per week left over in the wage budget, I was struggling when thinking who to sign. Then I saw a headline of "Newcastle fans excited by prospect of Bale". Right. If that's who the fans want, that's who they'll get. Immediately bid £24m expecting to get stuck into some tough negotiations, and Spurs accepted immediately. I was shocked. Even more shocked that Bale took a pay cut to join us! So he joined Jonjo Shelvey (£3.6m) and Steven Fletcher (free - was almost always in top scorers on FM11) as my only senior signings of the summer. Aside from that, these two players have been developing well and are beginning to excite me: The kid who secured the title for us at the Etihad. Hoping for big things from him over the next few seasons. Assistant only says 3 stars, but he only rates Tom Cairney as 2 and he is one of our best performers. Already bagged a few goals for us when called upon last season. I plan on using him more this season as I try and develop a tactic that uses 2 up front - him and Fletcher would be ideal rotation options for the Deep Lying Forward role.
  7. I've been tempted by Jack Robinson at left back myself for a while now, particularly as he's not happy at Liverpool (they nearly got relegated in my game). How does he perform for you? I'm a bit put off by his shortness & low jumping stat myself.
  8. I'm not the best person for tactical advice, sorry. Most games I have far less possession, but I play attacking football and my forwards are proving to be pretty prolific.What seems to be helping me, though, is having a couple of different formations prepared. I then look at the opposition scouting reports and see which of my three formations the opposition struggle against, and choose that formation if that makes sense?
  9. Took a while, but finally got round to finishing my third season. Unbeaten. Best attack. Some nervy moments in trying to preserve that unbeaten run though, especially when we went down to 10 men at Old Trafford - Hazard picking up a knock after we'd used all of our subs. But, we did it. Three of my star players this season were plucked from the Championship or lower. Rodriguez finished as top scorer for the second season running (I would strongly advise anyone to look into signing him). Alex Smithies has become my first choice keeper after impressing when Krul got himself injured, and Tom Cairney is actually keeping Cabaye out of the side! I'm also pleased to have a strong British backbone to the side too. The Champions League final was a chance for revenge too. After we lost the first leg of the semi at Real Madrid I thought we'd be going out. But we managed to knock 3 past them without reply in the second leg while Barca absolutely slaughtered Chelsea 6-0 on aggregate. Barca were the only other team to beat us this season, when we lost the Euro Super Cup final 2-0. Revenge taken. I didn't feel confident when we went a goal behind, but we turned things around and had our hands on the trophy just after half time. The only downside to having a successful season is that now I'm quite reluctant to make any major signings, despite being given a £48m budget. There's a couple of players I'd like to sign, but I have no idea where they will fit in and I dont want to spend for the sake of it!
  10. Might be too late to help you now, but I had the same problem. I think there's a limiter that stops you going over your wage budget if you offer too many contracts at once. I haven't had it since my first season, but my workaround was to click budget adjustment, increase the wage budget by 2 clicks, offer the contract (which you should be able to do now) and then change it back once the offer is finalised.
  11. It just went at the Bernabeau, 1-0 down after the first leg. Not that we deserved to lose mind - had a penalty shout turned down, hit the inside of the post twice, had the majority of possession (56%) and had three times as many shots as them! Still, at least they didn't walk all over us League wise, I've survived White Hart Lane so far. Still need something at Old Trafford and the Stadium of Plight as well as two home games against Bolton and Swansea. Quietly confident of keeping it intact in the league lol
  12. Get in. Nearing the end of season 3 now. Just had to play my game in hand, which was a daunting trip to the Etihad. Thankfully I wasn't too worried, cause we'd seen Man City off three times this season already - at home in the League, FA cup 4th round and an emphatic 6-2 win against them in the League cup final. We went into the game knowing a win would secure the title, and I was unsure whether to carry on my tradition of all out attack, or just to sit back, grind out a result secure that title in the next game. Looking through the scout reports I was reminded of a huge weakness in the City formation - they play a 3-4-3, so there is plenty of space for my wide players to run havoc down the flanks. The game itself started brightly. In the first 10 minutes, Shaqiri seemed determined to get his name on the scoresheet, but all three of his efforts were either wide or straight at Hart. It wasn't until the 15th minute that City threatened our goal, when Dave Thompson - one of my rejects - beat Smithies from the edge of the area but thankfully didn't beat the woodwork. Almost came back to haunt me. The 18th minute came, and Hazard finally had the ball at his feet. Instead of heading for the touchline, he decided to head for the right wing, beating three City players on the way before releasing Shaqiri with a perfectly weighted through ball. Shaqiri then managed to beat Kompany, who had attempted to close the gap on him before making it to the byline and attempting to find Rodriguez with a cross. Nicolas Otamendi who was frantically trying to get back to offer support, tried to hoof the ball clear. Unfortunately for him there was too much swerve on the cross, and he ended up deflecting it into his own net past the stranded Joe Hart. 1-0. Then came the inevitable City fightback. The 3-4-3 formation may lack width, but it is still highly dangerous when you can play Tevez, Aguero and any other striker in the same side. Thankfully Shawcross and Cahill put in a fantastic shift and, backed up by Rodwell too, the three strikers were reduced to taking 25 yard potshots and we managed to hold on until half time. the second half seemed to produce something of a City fightback. Dzeko replaced the aforementioned Dave Thompson up front, and I got a little bit nervous. Even more so when, in the 48th minute, Aguero and Dzeko finally decided to stop shooting from outside the box and try and play through our defence. They played a one two which left Aguero one on one with Smithies, but thankfully Smithies showed the form that is keeping Krul out of the side by parrying the shot out wide. But we weren't safe. Srna was out wide to offer support, and he beat Lucas Digne to the ball to slot it into the net. 1-1. Game on. Not wanting to roll over, we had the better goal attempts and a larger share of possession for the next 10 minutes or so. Then Ben Arfa was once again stretchered off at the Etihad, this time after colliding with Arturo Vidal. I was unsure whether to replace him with the hard working Tom Cleverley, or my Turkish youngster Cen Kamdemir. I opted for the latter. Around ten more minutes had passed, and things had been uneventful. half chance after half chance was squandered by both sides. We had the ball and were working our way forward towards the city Box. Rodwell attempted to pass it to Shaqiri on the right, but his pass was hoofed clear by Boyata. But the ball landed at the feet of Aaron Ramsey, who decided to bring it forward, inviting Vidal onto him. Just as Vidal was getting close he released the ball to the feel of the anonymous Kandemir, who decided his first real contribution to the match was to turn and shoot from 30 yards out. . 2-1.From then on, I told the boys to hold onto the ball and pass it around a bit. The game was ours and so was the league. We slowed the tempo right down, passing to feet but still pressuring the City players when they managed to gain possession. And it worked. We held on to a well deserved win at the Etihad. And what a way for Kandemir to introduce himself - a spectacular 30 yarder in his second appearance that was not only his first goal for the club, but also secured the title for his team! Table: I cant believe I've come this far undefeated. Still have two tricky games at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane to come though, so glad I've wrapped the title up now - Especially as my next two games are the FA cup semi vs West Ham and the CL semi vs Real Madrid. Not looking forward to the CL at all.
  13. I think I'm quite lucky that I only signed Paloschi as cover. With the form Rodriguez has been in (30 goals from 39), I had absolutely no intentions of dropping him.Oddly enough, just as I was typing that sentence, Rodriguez picks up a knock against CSKA Moscow. Hope your 18 year old slots in nicely for you though!
  14. 2013-2014 January to March Still having a fantastic season so far. I'd expected to have tasted defeat at least once by now, but no. Although, Man city aside, I didn't really come up against any real dangerous teams in these three months. Our trip to Villa Park was the closest we've come to defeat so far. Of my initial January signings (there were 5), only Paloschi was intended for the first team. Within a few days of joining, he sprained his ankle. Once he'd recovered form that, I was finally able to bring him on for his debut against Blackburn. Four days later, he tore his groin muscle. It's a good job I had the idea of taking advantage of Maigas contract running out and made a cheeky loan bid - £500k till the end of the season, and I can sign him for free if he makes a good impression.
  15. Hazard does have a ridiculously high asking price, especially when/if he doesn't want to leave Lille. I'd say he's worth every penny though.With regards to the training, I'd recommend lowering the match preparation workload to low/very low once your tactics have been "learnt". I read somewhere that the workload has no bearing on how much time gets spent focussing on attacking movement etc once all tactics have been learnt - I've done it and it's producing some pretty good results for me, and some very good improvements in training. Bale is a player I would love to sign too, but I've never been able to afford him. Can only imagine the havoc him and Hazard would cause down the left flank
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