Not that great a youth intake preview as I have since abandoned my formation with the attacking midfielder (seems to do nothing to impact the game). Maybe a wing back to replace Viveros? (who now wants to leave the club and is unhappy because I told him no).
My first national team call-up! My central defender who hasn't been a regular in the second phase since Gutierrez came in got his first cap
Managed to beat Atletico Nacional 3-2 in the Colombian Cup semi-final to set up a match against Medellin. The winner qualifies for the Copa Libertadores.
Cup Final 2nd Leg
We managed to level the tie by scoring a penalty, and then the match got really interesting with the new penalty update in the match engine.
Unfortunately one of my best players Duque and my young central defender Rosero missed in the shootout which is very disappointing as our goalkeeper was the first one to make a save and I was sure we had won
We waltzed through our semi-final group and cross-town rivals Santa Fe somehow managed to beat Atletico Nacional setting up a Bogota derby in the final (we both play in the same stadium too!).
Second Phase Final 1st Leg
Santa Fe got a bit unlucky as one of their players picked up two yellows but we did well anyway winning 2-0 to take a big advantage going into the second game
Second Phase Final 2nd Leg
I'm not sure if it was because they were missing their midfielder from the first leg but Santa Fe were awful, only registering three shots all game. A resounding 5-0 aggregate win means we win the league twice in two years!
I've now realised that each phase is counted as it's own league title - so the season isn't actually that long, 20 league games, 6 semi-final group games, 2 final games. This means that it will be Millonarios, Atletico Nacional & Medellin in the Copa Libertadores next year.
We also finally finished top of the "combined league" for the first time, mainly due to Atletico Nacional not playing in the final as I expect we would have lost against them
Not that it matters much as you don't actually win any title for doing so but hey ho.
Running out of things to say about Cristian but he is just a great player for this tier of football. Still only 18 years old but his accomplishments this season speak for themselves:
So that's 12 PoM, 20 assists, league young player and player of the year awards and a new league average rating of 7.41. He better go for a big fee and to a team that will actually play him because the lads a magician as far as I'm concerned. My plan is to try to hold out until he (hopefully) becomes a regular in the Colombian national team because I think his value will spike after that.
Marlon was the young striker that I spent a considerable amount on, but he produced the goods scoring 21 goals this season. He started off pretty slowly but his attributes have been on a good upward trend and playing him as a DLP (a) instead of PF (a) has seen him score considerably more goals too. As long as he doesn't get too big for his boots then he could be a real Millonarios legend
Jaminton had a good first season scoring 18 goals from the left wing. I modfied my tactic a bit to try to get Zambrano scoring more so his goals have gone down a bit but he still does okay. A decent replacement for Quinones anyway.
Kevin got considerable game time this season as I figured his good base attributes deserved some trust and he did pretty well, especially since he's only 17. The only attribute he's lacking is strength but hopefully that will improve a bit over the years. Could go for a considerable amount in the future (I expect like Viveros that it will be very difficult to keep him at the club for his whole career).
Santiago is the old general in the side and consistently plays well. One of the only players in the team over the age of 25 so it's been important to have him playing regularly to help the youngsters.
I tried to give Yulian as much game time as I could but in the end I went back to Brian Heras as we are simply much better with him in goal than Yulian. It could be tough for Yulian to establish himself in the first team as Brian is still only 26 himself and plays for the Ecuador national team.
Harold's attributes aren't great but my assistant manager (who himself isn't the greatest) still rates him as 4 star PA so there must be something about him). He did manage to score 3 goals in 8 first team matches so I will try to give him more gametime next season.
A bit of self promotion as I finally managed to win the First Division Manager of the Year
And finally me and Cristian Viveros have become favoured personnel. I also realised that the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano of Real Madrid fame used to play for Millonarios!