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About essien_5

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    Engaged and living with the missus

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  1. Glad it's not just me then. I'm assuming it's a problem everyone might be having and will be fixed in the patch. A couple have moaned about too heavy a schedule which I would expect as normal but that tactical thing is a massive pain. It got to the point where Courtois was moaning about it every week! I also had Cahill become unhappy on transfer deadline due to interest from Man City. I can understand the unsettling process and don't have a problem with that. My issue was that he wanted to leave because he felt he would have a bigger role at Man City...he had played every game for me so far with an 'important first team player' status. Going on to things more positive though, the team looks good and the obvious additions of Courtois, Costa and Fabregas (and Remy) make the team look much stronger and more well rounded compared with last year's game. £50m in the kitty should also help to snap up some of the best young talents early in the game!
  2. Just dabbling with the Beta for now and won't start properly until the official release patch. Agree about the slowness on my laptop though. My laptop should comfortably cope but it is dreadfully slow, even clicking on new pages, etc outside of games. Hopefully this is just the Beta because if not I can see it being a big problem in me getting into the game. The one issue I seem to have, and maybe it's just me being thick with some of the new features, is the number of players complaining about a lack of tactical training. I take tactical coaching at 4 1/2 stars and have also changed the focus to tactical in training but still some players moan. Am I missing a trick or something?
  3. Right just finished my first season with new update, and seem to have finally got myself into a Chelsea save I'm happy with this year. Ended winning the League, FA Cup and Super Cup. We stormed the league for much of the season, but ran out of steam at the end of the season (mostly because I flogged to death quite a small pool of players who just lost form and fitness at the business end). This allowed United to take us to the last game of the season but we beat Norwich and ended up winning the title by 5 points. The FA Cup final we beat Stoke 3-0. We got to the champions league semi final (which included a 1-0 aggregate win over Real Madrid in the quarters!) but it came at a time when we were struggling and lost 6-2 on aggregate to Juventus. I don't like to make too many changes in the first season and therefore sold nobody, and only brought in: Zivkovic (Groningen) - £750k Werner (Stuttgart) - £5m Verratti (PSG) - loan Ocampos (Monaco) - loan Balanta (River) - £8m (loaned back to them for the season) I particularly struggled up front. Eto'o scored 16 goals in 33 starts for me which wasn't bad but with about 10 league games to go I realised if he played again he'd trigger an extra year in his contract which I was reluctant to do. I therefore took the risk not to play him again in the league, just playing him in the Champions League and FA Cup. Luckily the rest of the team ground out results because Torres and Ba were awful! Stand out player was definitely Hazard, scoring 14 goals and making 26 assists in all comps. Salah and Schurrle both surprised also, as Willian broke his leg and was out for a long stretch of the season and therefore I needed to use these two more. I played a 4-2-3-1 with two central midfielders (not defensive) with a control mentality and fluid style and it seemed to work well. I don't think we ever had less possession than the opposition and much of the time we had 60% or over, therefore the board seemed very pleased. Lots of decisions to make now this off-season. I'll probably let Eto'o leave, but still undecided over Lampard and Cole, particularly as both have performed well this season. Terry has signed a new 2 year contract at £100k per week.
  4. Really struggling to get into a Chelsea save. In the first season I like to do as little as possible in terms of changes, although Mikel always seems to become unsettled when PSG come calling and therefore he will probably need to be sold. With he being my only solid DM at the start if I wanted to play a 4-5-1, I will either need to buy a replacement or employ a different formation. Can people give me some ideas of how they've got success with the formations, player roles and team instructions they've been using that would be greatly appreciated
  5. Hmmm, Steam is saying that I am up to date but looking at the editor he is still set to join Bayern. Anyone have any idea why this might be?
  6. How are people buying Lewandowski? He's set to join Bayern on my game...
  7. Started up my Chelsea save, I've made one signing being Balanta for £7.5m (from the sound of things a necessity!). I like to try and keep the squad intact the first season so I've sold no one. Pre season went well, and the start of the season has been very rewarding. I beat Man City at home 1-0 with a goal from Ramires, and then beat Liverpool 3 days later 2-1 thanks to a brace from...John Obi Mikel! I have West Ham away next before the Super Cup and international break. I am playing a 4-2-3-1 deep formation with 'control' and 'fluid'. I'm also playing a high defensive line and high tempo, pressing high. I am also using Mikel as a 'Half Back' which seems to be working well - he drops deep and recycles possession well and acts as an extra centre back when defending. Like tcoleman, I'm trying to unsettle Shaw as I see him as Cole's long term replacement. I'm already his one and only favoured personnel but similarly Southampton don't seem like they are going to let him go cheap. He will be a top target for me next summer though.
  8. Thanks Bracken for starting up this thread! I feel like I can properly get started with the game once I've heard how a few people start out with transfers, formations, etc!
  9. Are we just going to use this thread then again for 2014?? How are people incorporating and getting the best out of the glut of attacking midfielders we have?
  10. Is there a 2014 thread created yet?
  11. Thanks, works now with my activation key from Gamefly
  12. Is there a detailed explanation where I can find how to first download the editor and second find it on my computer. From reading above it should apparently be found in 'tools' on my steam library but it isn't showing up. I can only find FM13 editor in there. Can anybody help?
  13. Anyone planning to create a FM14 thread for Chelsea? I would love to but simply don't have the time, and know I wouldn't be able to create anything near as good as most of the new threads I've seen created!
  14. FM13: Should I buy or sell thread

    Buying/Selling: Buying Player Name: Alexis Sanchez Your Team: Chelsea Buyer/Seller: Barcelona Player's Value: £18m Offer: £20m Buying/Selling: Buying Player Name: Christian Erikson Your Team: Chelsea Buyer/Seller: Ajax Player's Value: £13m Offer: £25m Buying/Selling: Buying Player Name: James Rodriguez Your Team: Chelsea Buyer/Seller: Porto Player's Value: £9.5m Offer: £25m Transfer/Wage Budget: £60m Patch: latest Season: Beginning of Second At start of second season, I play a 4-2-3-1 with wingers (like Chelsea in real life). I've just sold Marin for £13m, leaving me with Hazard, Mata, Oscar and Moses as the only senior players for those three roles. I also have De Bruyne but not sure how he will develop as he had a poor season out on loan at Bremen. Therefore I need a quality player to beef up numbers in there. I know they are all different but that is mainly because my other four are so versatile I'm not particularly looking for a specific type of player. Erikson looks intriguing but Sanchez feels a bargain at £20m. Please advise on who to pick, especially if people have used these players before as I haven't.