The 4th Uprising - To My Narod Slaski
By Hook Or By Crook!
Nice four game month to take us into the winter break, well nice is maybe a stretch. This will be no easy task, all four are in the hunt for promotion playoffs. Olimpia have only lost one in their last 5, Pruszkow have won their last 3, Wisla looks like the easiest fixture but away games always are tricky, Stal Rzeszow are the form team in the league and only sit 6 points adrift of us. It might be winter, but this month could really see the league heat up....
Boys again responding well to the training program before a tough away trip, Average rating of 8.01 which am really over the moon about. This being my first real attempt at setting team training since the overhaul. I was happy leaving my assistant to it and just focusing on individual training, but I always felt it was an area I had to learn to match my reasonable knowledge of the tactical creator if I was to become a better player. At first, I found it all very overwhelming so many options hence why I had left it to the ass man, but with researching the tactical periodisation it gave me something to base on and structure it around, give me an oath so to speak, it’s really the same way I got better with the tactical creator by using real life ideas and translating them into FM. I must say I think the long-term objectives at Ruch will not be met In FM21 due to FM22 being around the corner, however the one thing ill definitely take from this save is the team training which I now really enjoy and fully see its worth when creating a club DNA.
Olimpia Grudziadz (A) 1-1
Wasn’t to be, just couldn’t find that all important second goal. Really took the game to Olimpia after they equalised and made some really good chances, in the second half the game fizzled out and we slumped to the draw. Some notable performances, the new look front three gave a good account of themselves all but hitting the net they did encounter a keeper on the top of his game. Pawlowski has been the signing of the season a real rock at the back hopefully Poland youth coaches have taken notice. Young Luczak at just 15 really is pushing to make that RWB slot his own still very all or nothing at the minute lacking consistency but what can you expect from a 15-year-old.
Znicz Pruszkow (H) 3-2
I expected a tough game even though they were coming off a loss to Slask II which seen them jump us I still knew it would be a battle and the visitors proved me right, Maciej Firlej proving to be a right handful easily the best striker ive came up against in this league, the poacher just punished Banach on the shoulder of our high defensive line and in the end the big centre back was subbed off. Idzik had a bad day in front of goal however the wide men either side got goals, although they both got them from the different positions as Kuczera moved central and Bak to the right after Jano came on for Idzik which worked wonders and flipped the result on its head particularly the third goal where all three combined. Kuczera goal I don’t think their goalie will want to see again he closed him down well, but he kicked it straight of the forward which the landed in his net... I suppose his work rate, endeavour, and the opposition instruction to close down the keeper earned us the goal. The winner is what we are all about at Ruch Chorzow and was worthy of winning any game.
Another wonderful team goal built on the left and finished on the right, The front three all involved but the real star of the move is Jakub Nowak the Mezzala his movement is superb and with it he cuts open the defence. First dropping into a nice space to take the ball of the LWB then dropping it into Jano form a one-two to open the space up before hitting Kucera who turns it around the corner for the on rushing Bak who yet again proves that winger on attack duty to be deadly. This is clearly one of the biggest weapons in the Salida systems armoury which has spurned the third system to be a slight opposite. Which is now ready after being long overdue.
Wisla Pulawy (A) 0-4
The Hook - named after the Enganche, sees the third system was finally unleashed and boy did it work. I had stated for a while the need for the central striker to be attacking space in behind that coupled with the need for a system with a number ten. The idea is the AF will work the space as well as help in build-up, the Enganche is the Enganche is just pulling strings from the middle, while the winger is switched to the opposite side and the IW MEZ WB combo now comes down the right, The RWB is given an attack duty and it’s just a standard full back on the opposite side rather than an invert. This is all to add variety, the team instructions are largely the same its mainly formational and roles n duties that mix it up. Three systems ill now cycle with opponent or game dependent, each built heavily around the key principles and same ideals with slight adjustments to give us enough variety to keep the opponent’s on their toes and counter specific threats.
Hattrick for the AF, 2 assists for the Enganche and RWB(A) and 5 key pass from the Mezzala. Real good numbers for its first full outing in competitive games, wide men lacked a little, but everyone is allowed a bad day. The DLP was vital in keeping the game ticking over becoming a link man doing all the easy stuff while the Mezzala offered a lot more than I expected as the second pivot done some real dirty work and the played a little more direct, both complemented the Enganche perfectly who also wasn’t shy in doing some dirty work.
First goal instantly highlights why I went for an AF, he has the CBS pinned thus giving the Enganche the space to operate if need be but also gives us a more direct ball in behind. The RWB takes up his offer and lifts a lovely ball into the channel much like the balls the winger latches onto in Salida, great off the ball great pass great finish.
The second goal shows off a whole new weapon, CB snaps into the challenge then ENG, MEZ play a one-two before the Enganche hits a raking through ball for the advance forward to latch onto he runs through and as Kuczera likes to chip the goalkeeper. More direct approach but very useful for some of the stubborn defences I had come up against.
Third goal sees him finish of a great cross from the RWB, safe to say he certainly enjoyed his day on the shoulder and is probably why he enjoyed the winger role so much, he is however great at the false 9 role as well when he is more creative, that word variety pops up again he has now become a more complete striker and player which is my aim, in an ideal world I would want ever player capable in at least three roles.
The real-life table as its stands, still unbeaten so maybe Ruch were already onto something they did smash the Liga 3 as well so maybe am not doing anything to special just yet. Another comparison is that Stal Rzeszow had become our closest challengers as well by far the best team in the league on form, so it was going to be a good battle for sure.
Stal Rzeszow (H) 1-0
Knowing that they had a very solid defence, in fact the best record in the league I knew I would have to be creative to break them down. What struck me was when reading through the reports they used two inverted roles on their left-hand side. This coupled with their playmaker made it very clear they wanted to overload this area, however I also viewed it as a potential weak spot for us to exploit with the winger on attack duty being a danger to the space the IWB would leave.
I didn’t however go with the Salida which already operates with the winger there. I put a spin on the new systems. I flipped the wingback to a fullback to help defend against the overload and switched the IW to the W(A). The reason I never flipped to the Salida was purely for protection, there AMC was highly dangerous with the two CMS it would help nullify him, also the Mezz drifting into the half space would help on their overload side give the fullback and hand in turnovers to get a press into their area quick. Another key point was I wanted the left back and winger on the left to stop their exploit side having any joy as they could just go man for man making. The man marking on the left would also stop them being dragged into the overload.
This is a good example of tweaks I use before games to gain advantages especially in bigger games where I know it will be tight. I make three systems to counter specific threats and usually that covers all angles but there are occasions when I use a small tweak as it simply makes more sense. Salida would probably got the job done but our left side would certainly have been vulnerable. Throw into the fact they had two very slow CB’s but strong It made more sense to have the AF than the F9.
In the build up to the goal you can see why I used this altered system in the attacking sense. Already Bak isolated 1v1, with the RB behind supporting freely. Their IW on the left has decided to pick up the mezzala due to the fact there two CMS are doubling up on the Enganche. As the move unfolds the Enganche drops deep on the ball the AF peels off, but most importantly the MEZZ runs of the IW and becomes the perfect third man he slips to the winger with some nice foot work and a great finish we are 1 up. There really is no better feeling for me in FM when this sort of thing comes off, finding gems or developing players is great but to me when a tactical idea plays out and comes off exactly how you intent it’s a different level of satisfaction.
The win sees manager of the month swing my way as well, always nice to get the recognition. Also shows you how inform two of our opponents in the month were, cause the managers come 2nd and third with the same win ratios. So this month really was massive especially heading into the winter break. The media have now delivered the statement, Its now regarded as Buchala-Ball. Nesselquist first now Buchala. FM21 has been great for my tactical growth this year especially attacking in two different ways gives more depth to the learning.
The finances are still on the slide, like I stated a few months back losing 100k a month will do that. Loan repayments take up the revenue made in a month instantly, so you’re onto a loss right away just on the running off the club. Staff wages and youth setup play their part, but they are essential as from the golden generation last intake that’s the best chance of us making money. This was always a task hopefully we can get that promotion to ease our worries.
The table makes for better reading this month, now the seven points that separates us from second place. Slask II had a poor month which allows us some breathing space, Rzeszow now join the hunt for real. Our goals for are incredible and our goals against isn't to bad either to think we were promoted I really have to be happy. With 10 regular season games left the focus must remain now with the third system firing I'm hoping that provides us with the last piece of the jigsaw to see us seal promotion.