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  1. How quickly do slots two and three take to get a tactic to become fluid? Especially if they are vastly different to the tactic in slot one?
  2. First Season Completed: Competitions: 3rd in the league. 5th Round in the FA Cup vs Watford Winner League Cup Finalist of Europa League January Transfer Window: Sold David Luiz as he wasn't being played and unhappy for 16.25 Million to China. That was the only sale I was trying to allow. Other than I got an offer of Sokratis on 27th Feb for 37 Million which I wasn't going to turn down at 31 years old. Left myself short at CB as only had Chambers and Holding and had loaned K Mavropanos out. Overall: Clubs youth has been really impressive just a little inconsistent. Biggest disappointment was my inability to get a tune out of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored 14 goals in 32 games even though he had 91 shots on target. Real Madrid are apparently interested so may cash in. Second Season Targets and To Do List Challenge for and hopefully win the League. Sell Elneny (Free), Mkhitaryan (Loan Fee), Ozil (No rush as he performed really well but will lose on free), Aubameyang. Sign another CM, Looking at Florentino Luís from SLB. Find a more balanced formation for a back up. Been using 4-4-2 which worked nicely but occasionally would like to have parked the bus more effectively!
  3. Wrapped up the transfer window with the signing of Gouiri for £17 Million on the scouts reports (76) over Openda (59). Bit more than I was hoping to pay but at 19 years old lots of years left and hopefully will push on. First 3 matches completed 2 wins and 1 loss. 5-1 win against Leicester. They scored first even though we were dominating possession. 3 goals in quick succession followed by a Chilwell being sent off really helped. Most surprising was Ozil playing really well as my left midfield. Followed this up with a 5-2 win away at Newcastle holding a good possession amount of 58% with 24 shots. Disappointed with the amount of chances we conceded so need to work on that. And then at home to Spurs. Changed the formation to try and stop the chances playing 5 at the back. didn't work as we lost 1-0 even with Alli being sent off in the 32 minute. Moura took advantage of the space behind the full back to score. We dominated in the shots department just weren't clinical. So work to do in the tactics!! We have had the draw for the League Cup where we are away at Blackpool. And in the Europa League we have Young Boys, AS Saint-Etienne & Ferencvárosi.
  4. Not an Arsenal fan but decided with the Youth talent in the squad and current management struggles they would make an interesting save. Firstly very surprised with the transfer budget being so small in the first season. 15 Million was not what I was expecting, though didn't realise that they had bought so much in the summer! I had a deep look at the squad and have decided on the following: Selling: Xhaka (Just don't like him as a player) - 32.5Mill to United Mustafi - 12.75 Mill to Wolves with an 18K Wage Contribution. Felt he would distract me from using the two Holding and Chambers Macey - 425K (Not Good Enough) Current Buys: Bruno Fernandes - 37 Million - Better quality in the midfield Nicolo Armini - 800K rising to 1.9Mill with add ons (Young CB - lot of Promise) Aaron Hickey - 180K - Hearts (Versatile Fullback with a lot of promise) Current outstanding issues that I am looking to resolve: Would like some extra cover up top as hoping to play a flat 442 for the majority. Will revert to a 41221 away and big teams. Currently looking at Amine Gouiri or Ikoma Lois Openda. Anybody used either? Also I have returned Cabellos back to Madrid as he doesn't fit the tactic and would like to get rid of Ozil due to his wages and not fitting in my system. Any Suggestions or findings from those who have got through the first season?
  5. I look at it from a different point of view: How many players do you play in his position in your tactic and how many players do you have in the squad to play that position? Have you any youth players you are trying to develop into that position? Can you sell anyone who is on higher wages or who you don't like/wont use? To make room for him? He is a great player but you know your squad!
  6. Without you providing details of tactics and match stats - quite hard to diagnose. Are you creating a lot of chances in comparison to your opponents? Are you controlling possession but not doing anything with it? I find that in a losing streak - its about managing morale and ensuring that you try and get the confidence back in the squad! Stick to a tactic and similar starting line up to allow them to start to gel!
  7. If I allow my U18/reserve squads to be managed I currently set there tactics to copy the first team. One of my biggest frustrations is that I also allow training to be managed by that teams manager. Now if they are playing a specific tactic they should train to those roles for the majority of the time. I'm not saying that should be there only focus but the majority. I'm finding playing a simple 4-4-2 that my wide midfields are being trained as inside forwards, mid fielders are being trained as DM or AM which have no role in my current tactics. I know I can change this and I do but I shouldn't have to as its obvious those roles don't have a future at the club. I normally have two tactics that I use and these should be the priority and trained throughout the club.
  8. Also a comparison with the players at the club as well as all potential targets for that position. Key example I have a great 16 year old prospect LM. My current LM is 31 and struggling so I have been scouting for the position. I keep getting a lot of prospects aged 18-25. Not a problem. I would like to compare all against the 16 year old and want to sign someone who will give me good resale value and will be professional enough to understand I'm looking to progress the 16 year old as he is my long term replacement. At the moment I have to do all of that digging by looking at wages/value/ professionalism etc. Must be a better way of the recommendation stating more information!
  9. Has anyone tried the Huawei Matebook Pro X? Am looking for something light and portable with good battery! Heard the surface pros drain battery giving a play time of around 2 hours which won’t work well enough for me!
  10. I feel the scouting in general needs more control. I have currently about 500 scout reports out and want to prioritise certain players when I open their player screen. The options are limited from the player screen. I also want to disregard/stop scouting automatically any report that comes in say less than 50/60 rather them continuing for a week.
  11. I'm being thick and I know I am. Just had the usual question of a goal wrongly disallowed in a press conference and went to look at who the referee was but cant seem to find it! I'm sure it use to be at the top along with the match attendance! Any help please!
  12. Ok have you got a formation with two up top you have tested? Thanks
  13. @knap sorry to bother you. Ive tried this tactic on full release and not being as successful as expected. Is it being as successful for you in your testing? Thanks in advance!
  14. I'm in the same league with Boston Untd. Training is basically non existent due to two games every week and being a part-time club. There should be at least one training session on a another night.
  15. Found Dan Matsuzaka and his stats are decent after being released by Southend.
  16. Looking for a couple of CB’s. I’m currently playing as Boston and no money and very limited wages! Anybody found anybody useful?
  17. Cleon - I have read a few of your posts/blogs on twitter. First of all brilliant work. I have come up with my own way of training in phases throughout the year; so preseason a lot of physical work. Early season when fixtures aren't to heavy - heavier training on the physical aspects; getting lighter towards game day and changing the focus towards tactics and technical attributes day before. Are you going to be writing any pieces for different time periods of the season? I.e. Xmas period or pre-season? I know this is very variable; dependant upon fixtures etc, but would be intrigued to see the differences in how people set up and explanations of the thought process behind the team training! I'm finding that generally training is going well but occasionally getting feedback that's suggest they want more of a type which I may need to tweak. Do you generally use the same training schedule each year (After adaptations)? Any advice is always appreciated!
  18. Brilliant - I presume though the strength of a squad is therefore in the midfields ability to win back the ball/control possession?
  19. Just been looking through your 2019 tactics for ideas and how best to set my team up. One of my questions is that other than you Man Utd 07/08 tactic all of them use a standard, lower tempo style. Is there any reason that this is a more successful tactic? Or is that a personal preference or do are tactics not as successful with that style of set up? Thanks
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