SV Werder Bremen
First season already finished as I embark into the second season. I can say I am pretty satisfied with how things went. Finished thirds behinf Bayern and Dortmund, only two points from the top spot. Though this flatters us a little as we never been title contenders, Bayern dropped points at the end of the season - including a sounding defeat against us! The board is delighted as I achieved Champions League qualification four years ahead their plan. Pizarro became the oldest goal-scorer in the Bundesliga in his last appearance for the club, what a player! I have signed him as a U19 coach even if his attributes are subpar.
By the end of the season I had changed my tactical approach and transitioned into a counter-attacking 442 that is working well also during the first match of the new season - managed to beat Bayern again 3-1! With that in mind, I did my transfers dealing accordingly, in order to have players fitting our system. But with only EUR 12.5M to spend, I had to make my dealings smartly - hence all of the transfers were made with various installments not to burden the entire budget on a couple of players.
To boost my defence I activated the option-fee we had for Toprak and I bought Kaan Ayhan from relegated Fortuna Duesseldorf. From Dresden came our third Swedish fullbacks along with Bejimo and Augustinsson, Linus Wahlqvist. I like his defensive attributes and in my tactic the right FB is asked to stay behind and help the CDs.
On the left wing, we secure the signing of Batista Meier (incredible Bayern let him go) and Robin Hack, both young talented and German! As a final bargain, transfer-listed from Dortmund came Dzenis Burnic, who will rotate along another former BVB player, Sahin, in the DLP role.
So my First XI and tactic now look like this. I am pretty excited by the number of young promising player we have. Besides the new ones, we can also count with Sargent, Schmid (both on loan last year), and Daramy (bought back in January) rotating during the season. Only few game in, but things are working well.