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  1. I'm in my second season with Villa, won the Championship and, somehow, the FA Cup last year. Beat Burnley and Spurs on the way, then 2 late goals gave us a 2-1 win over City. Memorable to say the least! Main signings for season 2 were Sessengon, Mitrovic and Loftus Cheek. Sitting pretty in the league around 5th for a while, but three consecutive away games, City, Liverpool and Southampton have seen us lose 3 times and we've slid to 9th. Also the Europa League has been a burden, we qualified 2nd in the group but the squad is too light to deal with that competition whilst trying to remain competitive for the European slots in the league. Just in Jan now but with little funds can't see me improving what I have now until the summer. Having said all that, Celta Vigo are sniffing and I may move on haha
  2. Always followed and used your tactics Rosler - it's a shame to know you won't be getting into it this year! I am excited to see where this goes however - and applying it to my own game, when and where possible! It's good to be back ha
  3. Yep thats what I want, for Mitro to be the main goal threat. Which side would you tihnk the SS should be, my Mez (A) is right and the BBM is left
  4. I'm using something very similar in my first PL season with Villa - main difference formation wise is I play a lone striker (Mitrovic) with a Shadow Striker (RLC) behind. I'm winning games and keeping clean sheets, but I cant really get the two I mentioned to perform - any ideas?
  5. Polish side Gornik, looks decent mate. B2B. Yeah I did get Xadas, again I hope the Championship can bring out the best in him ready for next year. Grealish has been decent for me as behind the striker. Abraham btw, immense so far, hit 4 last game
  6. I noticed, I'm trying to improve his positioning at the minute, signed Marin and Zurkowski also - two decent prospects should get enough game time in the Championship to improve ready for the PL
  7. Yep already had issues - Chester has left for Palace, could't really get no one of quality in. Managed to sign a Dutch fella Douglas on a free at CB, but hes just been injured for 7 weeks! Max Broughton from Bolton but hes 16 - looks a real prospect though and only cost me 500k
  8. Great OP! I'll be in here a lot this year - really fancy taking Villa back to the PL, big club and have made some decent summer signings!
  9. Surprised us all - I thought 20 in all comps would have been a very good year for him. Glad I was wrong in this case, all about repeating that this season now. I must say he feels a lot more involved in this last Liverpool save, compared to my customary opening save.
  10. Tempted to give the 442 a run on my network save - currently at Liverpool, love to see how many Mo would score up top
  11. Do you ever deviate from the positions in the formation, to suit the player - or is it always a case of the player has to fit the formation? I only ask this with centre forwards and wide men in mind - having said that i've hit a ridiculous amount of goals without touching it. I'll get some screenshots up when I'm home, absolutely obliterating the league
  12. That's the plan - normally I play at the top level so most of this is new to me, feels a lot more hands on in terms of building the club and shaping the squad to your liking. All good fun and i'm definitely looking at back to back promotions without having to change much squad wise!
  13. He's gone, I know Tom personally and obviously he's a Vale lad - so I think it made the decision harder aha Moving forwards, I do intend to take a leaf out of your book and try to promote from within (the odd loan and freebie, too), really enjoying the save and how the tactic plays - so again thank you!
  14. 17 points clear after 28 games, i've just managed to get Niall Ennis on loan from Wolves as a replacement so I'll let him go I think. It's a credit to you I think if he gets a move to the Championship haha
  15. So i've got to Jan first season, Tom Pope has hit 24 goals in 28 games and i'm now fending off £400k offers for him from big championship clubs like Villa & Fulham - two minds as to what to do as he's been integral but at 32, i'm not sure he will hit the same heights next season - but I'm weary of losing my captain at the midway stage. £400k is massive money at this level, too!
  16. Hi Mr Rosler, I've followed this thread closely - as I do every thread of yours! Having taken a break from my long term Liverpool save, I've decided to start a fresh with Port Vale in League 2. Having made one signing and tried to bring through the better youngsters at the club, I've implemented the 442 and so far its thrown up some impressive results! We sit top of the league after 15 games, unbeaten in that time, as well as making to the Carabao Cup 3rd rd where we lost narrowly to Stoke City 2-1. Love how involved the wide men get and my strikers are getting a hatful of goals! I'll keep you updated with how the tactic fares throughout the season, as we've just slowed the pace down slightly and started to draw one too many, but 15 games in unbeaten is nothing to grumble at! Thanks for your good work - again
  17. Yeah I usually take a real life interest in sides that I manage on FM - I've been surprised at how well he's doing considering how he was at Castle! Amavi was very good for me - but the big money came in and I replaced him with Coentrao for about £3m and Danny Rose on loan. I've since sold Coentrao and signed Marcelo on loan as a back up. TBH I dont play the save now mate it was good fun, ill get some screenshots later if you want
  18. Lautaro Martinez, although its the IF's that really set the tactic off, Thauvin on the right mate, absolutely outrageous - Payet on the left first season before I moved him on to Man City, Correa from Sevilla came in and did well as a replacement. Moises Kean rotated with him. Serge Aurier came in for £10m, sold to Barca for £40m, 6 months later got him back for £15m - Clyne replaced him for about £12m and I sold him to Chelsea for £48m, Amavi went to Atleti £60m - I made some good profits. Mangala bought for £15m I sold him to Madrid for £57m
  19. Thanks mate, got the Champions League final second year as well, lost to United, managed to sign Lemar as well played him as the Advanced Playmaker, outrageous mate. Robin Zobnin was a steal £8m now described as World Class
  20. Hi mate - if I recall the only CB i signed was Malang Sarr. I conceded 35 fist year, 24 second. Mangala and Niklas Stark were my pairing for the second year mate, Mangala is an absolute beast £15m.
  21. Yes mate, one thing I have noticed is the morale remains sky high all season! Goals are spread out and the False 9 does a great job of bringing others in to play. You're right - the football is enjoyable to watch and for such an attacking tactic its solid at the back. Anyway, I've started a new save with Leeds, so we will see how it goes - so far so good I'm top of the league!
  22. This tactic is unreal, plugged it first season with my Marseille side, we were sitting about 7th and Champions League looked a distant dream with over half the season gone, however we ended up finishing 2nd and winning the French Cup thanks to this tactic. Roll on second season we went unbeaten in the league until March, won the title with 107 goals, 24 conceded, a record 31 wins and a record 97 points, a great achievement because PSG only finished 2 points behind me for some perspective. Not only did we wrap the title up, we won the French Cup again and lost in the Champions League final to United 1-0, memorable for beating Madrid and Barca en route. The third year started well, beating PSG 5-1 in the French community shield but all in all it has been a little difficult keeping up with PSG, but I sit 2 points behind with around 15 to play! So I can only thank you Fenech, best tactic i've used this year
  23. Hi Nico I've just started a OM save myself, I was watching Footballs Greatest, Desailly, I was fully inspired to take on the challenge of returning them to the pinnacle of both French and European football! Never managed in France but I'm expecting it be a challenge because as you say the squad is light in terms of quality in depth and the budget only allows for minimal changes!
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