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  1. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    A lot of work to do on his technical attributes, but the potential is massive so I should be able to use his high potential to round him out. Worst case scenario is he's a beast of a defensive full back down the line who can play left or right back (he's completely two footed).
  2. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    18/19 Season Review: As you can see, we ended up a very solid second place in the league. We beat our points total from last year when we were champions, but this time Real and Barca played more to their potential. Real in particular were just a different class and we couldn't get near them. I still like we're outperforming the sum of our parts though, so I'd be very happy with another top 3 this next season given our squad isn't getting stronger. In the Champions League, as expected we went out to Man Utd in the first knockout round, but we gave it a good go. We took the lead in both legs but their quality going forwards was too much and we couldn't keep up, ended up losing 6-4 on aggregate. The killer blow was probably at San Mames in the first leg, we were 2-0 up at 79 minutes and then conceded twice to draw 2-2. We were beaten by Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey while rotating the squad, so aside from the Super Copa it was a quiet year on the trophy front, albeit overall a good season. 19/20 Preview: Unfortunately even with a strong 40million transfer budget we've not been able to strengthen the squad. Odriozola was our main target from Barca, but he came into their first team on a regular basis at the end of the season and they clearly weren't keen to sell. I couldn't unsettle him and he ended up signing a new contract there. I think my chances of getting him in the future are very slim. I then decided to just suck it up and pay the 26million release clause for Eneko Pena from Sevilla, a Basque regen full back. He has super high potential and would be a rotation option for the next season or two. Definitely a high price but he looks like he's going to be world class. I negotiated the contract and I thought it would be all done, however Sevilla offered him a new contract and he elected to stay with them on less money His release clause however remained the same, so I'm going to wait until he's willing to negotiate again, and then I'll just smash a big wage offer in there to get him to join...hopefully January that one. I'm also keeping tabs on Ander Herrera...he's entering the last year of his contract but Man Utd won't negotiate below 50 million. He's about to turn 30 and I'm certainly not willing to pay what they're asking. We have some depth in central midfield, and while he'd be a great addition I'd prefer to get Pena, and with my budget I couldn't do both. Hoping he might be available on the cheap in Jan or on a free. While he would definitely be our best central midfielder, I don't want to limit the opportunities of a couple of good youngsters I have coming through who I think will be as good/better than Herrera. Pena will also be a key addition for the future, as I don't currently have any quality young full backs coming through, so I need to play the long game and pick up Pena while the opportunity is there. Young gods: How about this goalkeeper from my youth intake? He only just turned 16 and he's already 2.5 stars....wow. My B team won the Segunda B so will be playing in the Segunda this season, I have a lot of my prospects there for the season to see how they go, including this guy. I imagine next season I'll let Herrerin go and start rotating this lad with Kepa at a mere 17 years old. Jon Martinez is still improving very well indeed. He's going to be involved with the first team a lot this year. Benat is now 32 and declining, Iturraspe is 30 as is San Jose. Benat looks set to decline physically a fair bit this season, so this will be the transition year for my midfield. I plan to have a starting midfield of Mikel Merino and Jon Martinez as soon as possible, with another youngster I have coming in to rotate with them in the future. Aside from those guys, I'm down to Vesga and people like Unai Lopez/Aketxe. I'm currently switching between a 4-4-2, 4-1-2-3 and 4-2-3-1 depending on the opposition, so I need options. EDIT - I signed Eneko Pena on deadline day for his release clause! Sweet!
  3. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    January 2019: Going well so far this season, managed to get through a tough Champions League group in 2nd to set up a first round tie against United. Would love to get further but that'll be a tough fixture! In the league things are going well, certainly looking good for top 3 but Real look unstoppable at present. New Signing! The board increased my budget just before the transfer window so I had some cash to spend. I was looking at: Odriozola - Still at Barca with a super high release clause. Not playing much but has been injured a fair bit and the club don't want to sell Herrera - Man Utd want 100million Mikel Merino - At 22 years old with room to grow, Merino both offers a good first team option off the rip but also can provide a good option for a number of years. Newcastle didn't want to sell, but I got him after he became unhappy my bid was rejected. In the end I picked him up for 16million in initial payments/12 month instalments, plus a further 2.5 million after 50 games. Definitely not a super cheap signing, but he's the right kind of player for my system and will be good value over a number of years. Eneko Pena - Sevilla have an excellent basque regen right back, he looks like he's going to be class...but he has a 25million release clause and don't want to negotiate. Will keep trying there! Hot talent! From last years youth intake, this guy looks tidy...starting to get some first team games now
  4. I got the same as you OP except the foreign player limit per squad is only 12. I figure with that, once all those who are given exemptions are gone from the game, it will actually be quite restrictive.
  5. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    A little bit yeah, sorry I don't have the tactic anymore having changed things around for this season, but I had the following TI's: Get stuck in Higher tempo Prevent short GK distribution Close down more In terms of PI's, I think I just set a few players to shoot less and that was about it, maybe the full backs to stay wider. Roles: Right Back - FB A Centre Backs - BPD D and CD D Left Back - FB S DM Right - DM S DM Left - RPM S AMR - W S AML - IF S (would switch to attack in some scenarios) AMC - SS A Forward - TM S I have no idea if it would work with the new patch though
  6. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    It's due to the player age, you can make them available to play for the B team if they are young enough that they don't require to be registered for the first team.
  7. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    Lost to Lazio in the quarters (0-0, 1-1 away goals). We were the better side but didn’t take our chances. I was rotating a bit too due to the league being so tight
  8. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    It went down to the wire but we just about did it! Unbelievable effort for the first season and we held our nerve on the final day. We had a bit of a dip in late January/February and Real Madrid (after a fairly poor start to the season) barely dropped a point in the second half. They lost a game unexpectedly about 4 games from the end and it allowed us to sneak back in to 1st. Tactics wise, we played a combination of a 4-2-3-1 with two DMs, using a SS/TM combo up front. That worked really well but by the end of the season I found myself using more of the following: Ignore the player selection, in pre season! We're mid way through the summer now, we've signed Yuri (and of course Ander Capa) which has given us plenty of depth on the flanks. We got a really good offer for San Jose which I accepted (around 40mil with 30 of it up front), but he rejected Man City's contract. Not a problem as I like San Jose, the only downside is that I have no money to spend. I managed to pick up Yuri for about 6.5million GBP, but Herrera/Mikel Merino would cost 40/25 mil each respectively, and Odriozola is at Barca still and there's no hope there. I currently have 50 million in the bank and I was given a 7 million budget (just enough to sign Yuri). Ugh. Plan for season two is to hope I get a transfer budget increase before January, and either Herrera or Odriozola become available. I picked up a few quality CMs in my youth intake day, so I'm not stressing over Herrera although he would be ideal for the BBM role in my 4-4-2. Villalibre is a big focus this season, he will get plenty of minutes as he is still rated as having a heap of potential and I know how useful he can be from previous games. Oscar Gil has gone back out on loan, as will Unai Lopez hopefully, so it'll leave me with a very similar squad to last season. In's: Yuri, Capa plus a youngster from Osasuna Out's: Mikel Rico (free), Saborit (free), Boveda (free), Markel Exteberria (free), Etxeita (free), Sola (free)
  9. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    No not cheating, it’s how the game has chosen to interpret the policy.
  10. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    I just sent out a team of destroyers, injured Bale and Kroos, and won 3-1 at home (after losing 5-3 away first leg) to beat them on away goals... unbelievable scenes. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS TEAM!
  11. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    Fingers crossed! I'm currently playing Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey. Not really too fussed given our league situation, so I sent out my most aggressive 11 players, hard tackling all across the pitch with high tempo and max closing down...let's see how many of their players I can write off for a few games!
  12. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    He is happy to chat with me as well, but no way of affording the fee in the first season winter window. Game over
  13. FM18: Athletic Club (Bilbao) - Los Leones

    I play the same way, personally I think more realistic and also more challenging for sure.