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  1. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    Thank you very much. I’m glad you like it. Multumesc! They have pretty good players this year. What happen at Brescia right now? Is a shame that they are 17th in the league at the moment. They have far better players, they should not fight for relegation . Hopefully things will change. I’m searching for him. Till then:
  2. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    Friendly + September schedule: We had a pretty good pre-season with a surprise win against Chievo. I don’t know how to describe my first month in charge, maybe just decent. Not bad, but not good neither, 2 wins, 2 draws, 2 loses. I put the results on the very poor match cohesion. I have a lot of new players even if I didn’t bought them and I guess they need time. Match of the month: I’m very disappointed about this game. A Serie C, Vicenza knocked us out of the TIM Cup at penalties. Board expectation was to reach the third round, oops. League table: A big surprise so far with a media prediction 6th Perugia looking unstoppable. By the way our media prediction is 11th. October schedule:
  3. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    Multumesc. A tactical interpretation would be amazing, but I don’t have too much information about his Brescia tactics. I know that he played with 3 at the back, but I don’t know if he played constantly or in some situations. For example at Inter he alter between 352, 442 and 3412. What we know for sure is that Pirlo was more of a Trequartista under his command. Maybe I will try something like this. Thanks!
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  5. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    Season Expectations Club DNA Work Rate Determination First Touch Team Work Acceleration Decisions Technique Squad Tactics As you can see my squad is built to play with 3 at the back and because we are at the home of the best regista in the world I decided to try and always have one in my tactics. Both tactics are almost the same, with one of them a little bit more aggressive. Top key players Dimitri Bisoli: My best player and he is only 23 years old. Some amazing mental stats, his main role is a mezzala but with 14 long shots and his “shot from distance” trait, he will be my nr 1 box to box. Alessandro Martinelli: another mezzala but he will be my regista. Is far from being Pirlo but I think he is technical enough to play the role. Danielle Gastaldello: a 34 yers old defender with a lot of Serie A games, I mean, really a lot of Serie A games. I don’t like his “mark opponent tightly” trait but I think he will save us in many games. Top young prospects Sandro Tonali: I’m really excited about this one. A 17 years old MC/DM, he’s main role is a carrilero but with his first touch, passing, vision, decisions, composure, off the ball and positioning I think he will be a regista. I don’t like his determination but he is only 17 years old and who knows maybe he will be my next Pirlo. I will give him a lot of games and he will be my nr 1 carrilero when Martinelli is fit and a regista when he is not. With 4 Serie A teams interested on him I immediately promoted him and gave him a 3 years contract with 2 years optional extension. Mattia Viviani: This time a 16 years MC; with his anticipation, bravery, concentration, positioning I will play him as a carrilero. His determination is a bit low but he will be Tonali’s backup. Again with 1 Serie A team interested on him I promoted and gave him a 3 years contract with 2 years optional extension. Emanuele Ndoj: a 20 years old MC; he may look pretty good as regista, but with his “run with ball often” I can’t play him there. I want my regista to constantly look to pass not run with the ball like crazy. He is not good as carillero so the only option for him is to be Bisoli’s backup as box to box. If I can unlearn that trait then he will be a regista. Mike Ebui: a 18 years old striker; he may not look too good but because of his physical stats and determination I will give him a chance. Because of his flair, physical stats and his 190 cm height he will be a DLF backup. Transfers Stefan Popescu: a real life old friend of mine, I decided to give him a try, being a free agent. I like his speed and work rate, bun unfortunately only that. He will be Longhi’s backup (sorry Stefanel). Milan Milanovic: playing with 3 at the back I always need quality defenders. A little bit slow but I signed him for the first team. Just 2 free transfers cuz I think I have a balanced and pretty good squad. I wanted to get ride of some players but I couldn't cuz they are new arrival...that will affect a little bit our finances. Unfortunately I couldn’t attract more Romanians players, so this season, if nothing happen in winter, we will have just 1 as backup. Coming up next
  6. Città di Brescia Brescia, nicknamed Leonessa d’Italia (“The Lioness of Italy”), is a city and comune in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy. It is situated at the foot of the Alps, a few kilometres from the lakes Garda and Iseo. With a population of 196,480, it is the second largest city in the region and the fourth of northwest Italy. The urban area of Brescia extends beyond the administrative city limits and has a population of 672,822, while over 1.5 million people live in its metropolitan area. The city is the administrative capital of the Province of Brescia, one of the largest in Italy, with over 1,200,000 inhabitants. Founded over 3,200 years ago, Brescia (in antiquity Brixia) has been an important regional centre since pre-Roman times. Its old town contains the best-preserved Roman public buildings in northern Italy and numerous monuments, among these the medieval castle, the Old and New cathedral, the Renaissance Piazza della Loggia and the rationalist Piazza della Vittoria. Brescia Calcio Full name: Brescia Calcio S.p.A. Nickname(s) : Rondinelle (Little Swallows) Biancoazzurri (White and Blues) Leonessa (Lioness) Founded: 1911 Ground: Stadio Mario Rigamonti, Brescia, Italy Capacity: 16,743 The team was founded in 1911 as Brescia Football Club, joining the Terza Categoria division the same year. In 1913, Brescia was promoted to First Division for its first time ever, and from 1929 it played in Serie A for six of the seven following seasons. Successively, the club played among the two top divisions until 1982, when Brescia was relegated to Serie C1. The club then returned to Serie B in 1985. Brescia played outside the two national tournaments of Lega Calcio (A and B) only four years: under this aspect, only 11 clubs in all Italy marked a better performance. Brescia won the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1994, the biggest notable achievement in their entire history to date. Brescia actually came to the footballing forefront only in 2000, when the previously-unfancied club signed former FIFA World Player of the Year Roberto Baggio, who led Brescia to a seventh-place finish in the 2000–01 season, thus qualifying for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Successively, Brescia reached the Intertoto Cup finals, then lost to Paris Saint-Germain according to the away goals rule after achieving a 0–0 away draw in the first leg and a 1–1 home draw in the second leg. Baggio spent four years at Brescia before retiring in 2004 and during those historic four years, Brescia became widely known as "Baggio's Brescia". During Baggio's four-year spell with Brescia, the club recorded its best-ever run of staying in Serie A. In the very next season that followed Baggio's retirement (2004–05), however, Brescia were relegated from Serie A on the last day, finishing a lowly 19th. Brescia struggled for returning to top flight after the relegation and finally returned to Serie A after beating Torino with a 2–1 aggregate in the 2009–10 season. In the 2010–11 season, however, they were relegated back to Serie B. In the 2014–15 season, they were relegated to Lega Pro after finishing second from last. However, after Parma's declaration of bankruptcy and demotion to Serie D, Brescia was among one of the teams selected to replace them in Serie B. Two-time treble-winning manager Pep Guardiola, the Romanian Gheorghe Hagi, striker Luca Toni and playmaker Andrea Pirlo – born in Brescia – have also spent time playing for the club. Brescia di Lucescu After a short spell at Pisa, Lucescu took a Serie B Brescia in 1991 and made an immediate impact, winning the league with 49 points. But, the move from Pisa to Brescia was not a move without funny facts, as Lucescu said in one of his interviews for uefa. Back then three teams were fighting for his signature: Standard Liege, Porto and Brescia with those from Porto desperately to have him, that even hide him for a few days in an apartment so than he could not be approached by other teams. In the end the move at Brescia was just a matter of fate. He decided to draw the lucky team, but after he wrote down them, he couldn’t find the note with the Brescia name on it. The note was stuck to his shoe and so he realized that it must be fait and he immediately signed with Brescia. Lucescu stayed at Brescia 5 years from 1991 to 1996 having his ups and downs: promoted twice, relegated twice. Unfortunately he couldn’t keep them longer in the Serie A. After the 1991-1992 promotion, Lucescu signed no more than 4 Romanian players, some of the most technical players, like: Florin Răducioiu (my favorite), Ioan Sabău, Dorin Mateuț and of course the biggest of all of them Gheorghe Hagi. After a 2 years spell at Real Madrid, with 64 apps and 16 goals, it was a surprise that Hagi decided to make a step back and join a new promoted Brescia. Some says that he was attracted by Lucescu who promised that he will take him at Inter. In my opinion Hagi struggled to adapt in Spain and with the 1994 World Cup around corner he needed a team where he would have played constantly. Lucescu promised him a key role in his team, actually he made the team around Hagi so that he could be at the World Cup. With Lucescu’s help Hagi made the most memorable performances in the history of Romania at the World Cup, attracting a contract from Barcelona. But also let’s not forget Florin Răducioiu performances, a Milan player in that year. With 4 Romanian key players and with a Romanian manager, Brescia was immediately nicknamed “Brescia romena” (Romanian Brescia). -1992-1993 Brescia finished 15 with Răducioiu scoring 13 goals but even so they relegated to Serie B. -1993-1994 With Răducioiu gone at Milan, Hagi decided to stay and prove that he is not a coward. Brescia finished 3rd and promoted again but also won their biggest trophy: the Anglo-Italian cup. - in 1994-1995 Andre Pirlo finally could make his debut but they finished 18 and were again relegated to Serie B. -in 1995-1996 was the worst season, finishing 16, they barely managed to survive in Sere B and the era of Lucescu at Brescia comes to an end. Lucescu managed 8 years in Italy at different clubs, the biggest of them being Inter. In those 8 years he attracted his nickname: IL LUCE. In matter of players, Lucescu always liked technical one’s. He always liked to promote young talented players, always liked to try and develop them into high-level players. Modern Lucescu I think Lucescu adapted amazing at the modern era. He did not anchored himself in the past, he evolved, adapted, learned but even so, the most important, he maintained his ideas about players selection: young, hard working, technical, aggression, fast and creative players. The DNA as we call it in the game. What he has done at the Shakhtar with his Brazilian niche is something amazing. You can say anything about Lucescu, but you can’t say that he don’t know how to find and develop high-level players. Finding and developing players like: Fernandinho, Fred, Douglas Costa, Willian, Taison, Alex Teixeira, Bernard etc. has put Shakhtar on the map winning trophies but also producing money by selling big. When he left in 2016, Shakhtar squad had no more than 13 brazilians players. My Aims I want to recreate “Brescia romena”. Basically I want to have at least 3 Romanian players in my first eleven (maybe not in the first season, but we will see who will want to join us); In matter of transfers and squad I will follow Lucescu’s Path: trying to find young technical players that no one see, constantly promote young players from my under team, develop them as further as I can; Any player is for sale, but only at the right time and price. I will try not to sale young players till they are not developed enough. Lucescu offered to his Brazilians players the chance of growth in exchange for finance and that’s what I’m gonna try too. Most impressive of all has been Lucescu's ability to build new team after new team. In matter of selection, my first areas of selections will be: Italy (I want to find the next Pirlo, Baggio, Toni), Romania (of course for finding the next Hagi, Răducioiu, Sabău, Mateuț, Lupu) and Spain (here we are looking for the next Guardiola). Of course these are my first areas of selections but I will not refuse any good player; let’s not forget that Marek Hamsik has spend 3 years at Brescia before he moved at Napoli. Unfortunately, cuz of the Italy foreign rules( non-EU from abroad in Serie B and just 3 in Serie A) I can’t create a samba school ( maybe in another save).
  7. Well, I don't think Mertens is a CF but definitely is a F9. Higuain, yes, he was a CF; Mertens...well is 1,69m tall and that says it all. The tricky one is Hamsik role in my opinion. He is definitely a passer and he definitely can dribbler, he is always around helping his teammates with a passing option but he is also pretty aggressive in and around the box when the moment is right. I've tried different things and: -CM(A): is to aggressive for my taste. He is to early into the box, don't offer that support, that roam around before entering the box; -AP: is a ball magnet, he move around nicely providing option for a pass, but even with attack duty not seems too aggressive and he attract the ball too much for my taste; -RPM: almost the same as AP And my personal choice is...pam pam pam...the Box to box. The BTB have by default "roam from position". Is a hard working role and with the "get further forward" a pretty aggresive one. He always roam around looking to provide a passing option but when the moment occurs he is in the box trying to score. My personal choice indeed. How I set him: get further forward, more risky passes, close down more, dribble less (I'm not playing with Napoli and I have a bad dribbler). As I said I'm not playing with Napoli, I'm enjoying a Eastern Europe journeyman save right now :D. But let see how BTB is moving at Banik Ostrava: 1. Here the BTB role is played by nr 15, Rogoveanu the MCR. My tactic is inverted, base on my players and the Hamsik role is played by the MCR. Just look how nice the BTB is positioning himself always to get the ball, providing always a passing option like a playmaker but when the moment is right he "get further forward" and BOOM! lethal finish. 2. Here the BTB role is played by nr 12, Nenita. He come deep to provide the passing option, he pass and then move, find the space and score. A big merit have also the F9 (nr 24) who drag after him 4 players and made space for my BTB to score. 3. Here is again the nr 12, Nenita and he is doing exactly what I want and like: roam-pass-roam and then that beautiful "more risky pass", offering an assist for my F9. Here we recover the ball high in the opposite half and do our pass thing. The BTB is roaming around nicely, coming deep, looking for the ball and then move up. I think I made my point. Here is a quick counter attack that I love, with some nice and quick passes. Here is another one with the F9 and BTB in action. Actually we played 10vs11 in this game cuz our DC managed to get a red card. We won because of this counter. Well, I know that Hamsik is not a BTB but is the only role that I like how he moves and what he can produce. He can cover nicely, he move around nicely, he can pass, he can be a threat in the box. What do you think? The tactic I know that Napoli sufocate their opponents with a high pressing but I always start with standard-flexible-normal d-line, pause after 15min, analyse my opponents and adjust my mentality, d-line etc it depends. For a period I tried also low and whipped crosses. GK: distribute to center back CD: none DR(FBa): shoot less often DL(WBs): shoot less often MCR(BTB): drible less; close down more; get further forward; more risky passes MC(DLPd): drible less; more direct passes MCL(CMs): drible less; close down more; roam from position AMR(APs): sit narrower AML(IFa): sit narrower ST(F9): none The drible less and roam for the MC's are essential for that pass-and-move. I may drop drible less for BTB when I will get one good at it and maybe add roam from position to those 3 up front. Results Not so bad for my first year at a team that finished 13th in the second league of Czech Republic before I took them. I may thanks Rashidi for some inspiration and his OI's. Definitely the OI's make the difference.
  8. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Expectations Media - 24th Board - Fight bravely against relegation Season V - Sky Bet League 1 2021/2022 Squad - League - Cups - Fixtures1 - Fixtures2 - Fixtures3 - Transfers - Finances - Board Confidence Review Strange season, with a 22nd media prediction Luton grabbing the league and Sheff Untd finishing 7th, when they supposed to finish 2nd. We were so close to get a playoff spot but we couldn't beat Cardiff this season and that have cost us. All the players that I brought in were selected base on their statistics and I'm really proud by some of them. I don't pay attention on their attributes, I analyse very careful their statistics, past form, PPMs, scout reports and of course a good personality is a big big bonus. TOP 3 Players: 1.Brad Walker (past stats; past form) Stats: Position selected: MC/AMC| Apps: 47| Average rating: 7.31| Pass completed/90m: 80.87| Key passes: 34| Pass ratio: 88%| Interceptions: 327| Tackle ratio: 83%| Shots/90m: 3.98 |Shots on target/90m: 1.61| Shots on target ratio: 41% | Goals: 13| Assists: 8 -He played the entire career for Hartlepool in League 2. His past average ratings were, well, average but constant; not to great but not bad either. His last season big jumps in stats and average rating convinced me that he is ready for League 1 and I was right. So far he is the best player that I had in this entire save and that convinced me that if you pay attention at details, "Searching the Stats" is working amazing. 2.Fraser Preston Stats: Position selected: MR| Apps: 40(4)| Average rating: 7.14| Pass completed/90m: 31.70| Key passes: 22| Pass ratio: 78%| Dribbles Made Per Game: 2.69| Crosses completed: 19| Distance Covered/90m: 14.2km| Shots/90m: 1.66 |Shots on target/90m: 0.68| Goals: 8| Assists: 8 -A mini "Speedy Gonzalez" with 14.2km covered/90m. I would have expected more crosses completed from him but overall I'm pleased with his contribution and stats. 3. Anthony De Freitas Stats: Position selected: DM| Apps: 35(6)| Average rating: 7.12| Pass completed/90m: 70.22| Key passes: 15| Pass ratio: 84%| Interceptions: 348| Tackle ratio: 78%| Key Tackles: 4| Assists: 7 -An AS Monaco product, I signed him as cover but because of some injures he made his way to first 11 and became my first choise as DM. Good passer and defender with 348 interceptions and 78% tackle ratio. Tactically(tactic1, tactic2, tactic3), thanks to Rashidi's "The Art of Countering" videos, this season we played some deep, defensive and very fluid systems with great succes for a 24th media prediction team. If you look at our squad you will see that we have some big problems in defence, especially on the right flank, so for the next season I will need to strength my defence and also I may look to strength my attack cuz I'm not pleased with our striker contribution. More Facts -The board enlarged our stadium in order to comply with league requirements. -Finally, I managed to get National C Licence and I started the National B one. -Southampton offered me an job interview. Season League League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Vanarama National League South 3rd Promoted via Playoff 2018/19 Vanarama National League 2nd Lost Playoff Final 2019/20 Vanarama National League 1st Champions 2020/21 Sky Bet League 2 4th Promoted via Playoff 2021/22 Sky Bet League 1 8th -
  9. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Nice work with promotions, guys! Expectations Media - 24th Board - Fight bravely against relegation Season IV - Sky Bet League 2 2020/2021 Squad - League - Playoffs - Cups - Fixtures1 - Fixtures2 - Fixtures3 - Transfers - Finances - Board Confidence Review I must say that I hate Brexit. I could have signed some pretty good players but they didn't get a work permit. I must rely just on players with english nationality at this level. It will be a frustrated save. Knowing that there are better players and you can't sign them is frustrated, right? A crazy season that finished with some crazy playoffs. We started the season pretty well with just 3 defeats in 2 months and after that disaster strikes: we managed to win just 3 games in 2 months and also we managed to get some ugly defeats. Right then I start questioned my tactic and I started tweaking here and there. And so, the beautiful december come and we managed to win 5 games in a row. Unfortunately it was just for a short period cuz we couldn't replicate it but at least we haven't lost so many games after that and we managed to get a playoff spot. Playoffs were crazy, with two beautiful comebacks. Bury beat us 1-2 in the first leg and I though that the playoffs for us were over, but we managed to smash them 4-0 at home. The final was unbelievable: we were 3-0 down till minute 56 when we started to comeback. And what a comeback! We managed to push the game till penaltys, where, with some luck, we won it. I think the december and the beginning of january were crucial for us. That wins helped us to get a playoff spot. Financially, we finally got out from the red zone and the new stadium helped us to achieve that. Now finally I can ask the board to start a coaching course. TOP 3 Players: 1.Jordan Houghton Stats: Position selected: DM/MC| Apps: 54| Average rating: 7.09| Pass completed/90m: 64.78| Key passes: 30| Pass ratio: 85%| Interceptions: 532| Tackle ratio: 71% -He proved that he deserved the biggest salary in the squad. I played him mainly in the DM spot but till the end of the season I advanced him in the MC position as advanced playmaker. Solid and all round midfield, he can pass well, he can defend well; amazing 532 interceptions almost as one of my DC. I hope I can keep him but his big salary is what I don't like. 2.George Green Stats: Position selected: MC| Apps: 48| Average rating: 7.11| Pass completed/90m: 75.78| Key passes: 40| Pass ratio: 83%| Interceptions: 200| Shots/90m: 3.52 |Shots on target/90m: 1.08| Shots on target ratio: 31% | Goals: 9| Assists: 10 -I played him as CM(a) and he proved that he can pass the ball pretty well. He could have been more lethal up front but we have 2 strikers already and I'm satisfied with his 10 assists and 9 goals 3.Matthew Gillam Position selected: ST| Apps: 55(3)| Average rating: 7.09| Shots/90m: 3.32 |Shots on target/90m: 1.82| Shots on target ratio: 55%| Headers won/90m: 2.01| Pass completed/90m: 38.68| Key passes: 68| Pass ratio: 84%| Goals: 24| Assists: 14 -Departing Jack Storer I think it was a mistake this season cuz I'm not to impressed by our strikers, or maybe I expect to much from them. Anyway, I'm impress with Matthew pass capability: 68 key passes, 84% pass ratio, 14 assists; I'm also impress with his 3.32 shots/90m, 1.82 shots on target/90m and 55% shots on target ratio, but I don't like that he scored just 24 goals in 58 apps and of course his bad heading and jumping reflect that also in the stats with just 2.01 headers won/90m. Tactically (tactic1, tactic2) as usual with 3 at the back, a little bit changed from the last season but it seems, at least for me, that 3 at the back in the lower leagues work pretty well. For the next season I will try something diferent. I'm thinking of changing the tactic drastically (I'm not sure yet) but for sure I will implement Chris Darwen and reids1 (from the higher tempo press) "Searching the Stats" method. It's not something new for me cuz I played like this in FM15 and I had a lot of fun, but let see how it works in FM17. So, from now on, Billericay Town FC will sign players just base on their statistics, average rating, form, past form etc. I don't have any expectation for the next season cuz I know that in this season I was pretty lucky and my team is not so great. If i can stay up will be a miracle, if not I just hope I will not get sacked. Sorry for any mistakes and have fun! Season League League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Vanarama National League South 3rd Promoted via Playoff 2018/19 Vanarama National League 2nd Lost Playoff Final 2019/20 Vanarama National League 1st Champions 2020/21 Sky Bet League 2 4th Promoted via Playoff
  10. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Expectations Media - 11th Board - Top half finish Season III - Vanarama National League 2019/2020 Squad - League - Cups - Fixtures1 - Fixtures2 - Fixtures3 - Transfers - Finances - Board Confidence Review - Brexit With just 4 draws, this season was all or nothing and fortunately we took it all. Playing against Liverpool was a big achievement this season, and also very profitable for our side. TOP 3 Players: 1.Antonio Diaz Stats: Position selected: MC| Apps: 44| Average rating: 7.43| Pass completed/90m: 81.90| Key passes: 60| Pass ratio: 83%| Interceptions: 199| Goals: 8| Assists: 14 -What can I say more about him? My star, my best player, my team heart and brain. Unfortunately he requested to leave and he will be leaving for a 125k fee to Championship side Sheffield United. Finding a replacement, will be a challenge. 2.Jack Storer Stats: Position selected: ST| Apps: 38(7)| Average rating: 7.22| Shots/90m: 3.35 |Shots on target/90m: 1.88| Shots on target ratio: 56%| Headers won/90m: 5.71| Pass completed/90m: 42.67| Key passes: 42| Pass ratio: 83%| Goals: 25| Assists: 7 -Well he couldn't beat Assombalonga record of 32 goals but I'm satisfied with his stats and contribution. Unfortunately his salary is a little bit to big and we have a financial fair play regulation to pass and I think he will be leaving us. 3.Lionel Stone Stats: Position selected: DC| Apps: 52| Average rating: 7.04| Interceptions: 650| Headers Won/90m: 8.76| Tackle ratio: 72%| Key Tackles: 4| Pass completed/90m: 28.05 -My trusted defender that grewed with us being his 4th season at Billericay. My number 1 choice this season. Tactically (tactic1, tactic2, tactic3) is the same as the last season, with some changes here and there. It's our identity and I love how we play. I will see how far it can take me but right now I think that will be stupid to change it. Also changing to counter-very fluid, after 3 defeats in a row at the beginning of the season, was the best decision this season that brought us the first place. More Facts that I'm proud of: 1.Manager of the Year 2.Iron Curtain Season League League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Vanarama National League South 3rd Promoted via Playoff 2018/19 Vanarama National League 2nd Lost Playoff Final 2019/20 Vanarama National League 1st Champions
  11. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Congrats @Quasar, @Barnet! Unfortunately for me, I will stay another season in VNL. Expectations Media - 22nd Board - Avoid relegation Season II - Vanarama National League 2018/2019 Squad - League - Cups - Playoff - Fixtures1 - Fixtures2 - Fixtures3 - Transfers - Finances - Board Confidence Review I'm disappointed. Base on our form and our final league position, I think we deserved and we should be promoted, unfortunately we ruined everything in our last game. TOP 3 Players: 1.Chris Assombalonga Stats: Position selected: ST| Apps: 44(8)| Average rating: 7.23| Shots/90m: 3.23 |Shots on target/90m: 1.84| Shots on target ratio: 57%| Headers won/90m: 3.34| Pass completed/90m: 37.65| Key passes: 47| Pass ratio: 86%| Goals: 32| Assists: 7 -Chris was my big surprise this season. I kept him as my 4th striker but with some ugly injures I was needed to bring him in my first 11 and I could't get him out. He exceeded all my expectations. 2.Corey Francis Stats: Position selected: MC| Apps: 48(3)| Average rating: 7.05| Pass completed/90m: 71.67| Key passes: 53| Pass ratio: 83%| Interceptions: 249| Goals: 9| Assists: 5 -Another solid season for Corey and as always a good passer. I wanted him to be more involved in the attack but in the end I'm satisfied with his stats. 3.Joe Hardy Stats: Position selected: ST| Apps: 45(4)| Average rating: 7.05| Shots/90m: 2.48 |Shots on target/90m: 1.19| Shots on target ratio: 48%| Headers won/90m: 3.23| Pass completed/90m: 41.35| Key passes: 51| Pass ratio: 86%| Goals: 16| Assists: 11 -As I said last season, If he will sign a new contract we will change our tactics and he will be our second striker and that's what I've done. Joe is definelty a passer and I think he is made to be a second striker, his 11 assists and his passing statistics definitely say that. Well, I'm disappointed but also I'm satisfied that we created a clear identity that we will keep seasons to come. We finished 2nd with this squad and I don't think that I will make many changes to it; hopefully next season will be ours. Season League League Finish Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/18 Vanarama National League South 3rd Promoted via Playoffs 2018/19 Vanarama National League 2nd Lost Playoffs Final
  12. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Nice work @profii. Congrats Small winter update I'm in february and with a media prediction 22 and the board expectation to avoid relegation you might think that we are struggling bottom down there. Well...not really: An unbelievable season so far and we are fighting up there for a playoff spot. Tactically, this season is all about 3(or 5) at the back and I must say that my "Julian Nagelsmann experiment" is a succes. As you could saw in my fail Enfield save and my last season with Billericay, I like to be flexible. I don't belive in just one tactic. I like to play a certain way in a certain situation. What I don't like is that we can't keep a clean sheet. Offensively we are doing grate, defensively...well, not so good. We don't have problems with crossing, we have problems with our stupid defence. A lot of stupid decisions, stupid mistakes, stupid penaltys, stupid own goals. Just look at this game: How on earth can you make 2 penaltys, both after corner kicks and an own goal after a long kick? And this is not an exception. I think I'm the team with the most own goals scored in the league . Anyway, if I can adjust my defence and if we can maintain this form I think it will be a successful season.
  13. dafuge's FM17 challenge

    Even with professional status is tough; financially speaking. I lose money every week and my board inject money into the club every month. The big question is: till when? We need a Vardy so that we can sell it to Leicester and save us from bankruptcy . Good luck m8.
  14. LLM tactics

    First of all don't get so attached to that star rating. More important than that stars are the attributes. Even Rashidi in one of his saves had one 2* player that he played from the lower league till UCL w/o any problem. Let's take one exemple, from my just new promoted Vanarama National League team: Here there are 2 of my players: one 2* player and one 3 and a half stars. Maybe it's not the best exemple, but let's analyse them. Stefan O'Connor is my 3 and a half stars player. He got pretty good speed, amazing jumping reach and heading, but can I trust him 100%? No! Why? Well, look at his concentration, decisions and especially determination. Despite his speed, heading, etc. I know that he can let me down any time during a game. Now let's look at John Hunt, my 2* player. He is actually slow as a turtle and some of his attributes are average. Can I trust him 100%? In my opinon, at this level, yes. Why? Well, again, let's look at his concentration, decisions, determination and especially bravery. I know that, in a bad situation, he is brave and determined enough to turn it in his favor and save me, even with his 2 rating stars. As I said, maybe it's not the best exemple, but I think you got the point. Look after attributes and not the stars. Second, I don't think there is "the one and only better tactic for small teams". Everybody say to "try it simple", "try 442" etc. NO! Try to build you tactic around your players and don't be scared to try some fancy things here and there cuz the other teams have bad players too. Identify 1, 2 or 3 players that you think are your best and build the tactic around them. For exemple: you have a player with good passing, vision, decision etc. why don't you play him with an advanced playmaker role? He is good also in the final third, why don't you play him with an attacking duty? Your players up front have speed and off the ball why don't you try that beautiful team instruction "pass into space", and so on. I was so scared of Control mentality and 4231 tactic. I though they are too aggressive for a small team. But I had 3 pretty good players: MC, AMC, ST and I managed to promote based on a pretty aggressive 4231 tactic. Look at Hoffenheim these days: small team, but they are not scared to press up the field and to be flexible. If you think that your team is the best in the league, act like you are Real Madrid.
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