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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    December 2020 A reserve team probably deserved to win against Independiente, but most importantly nobody got injured. Toronto we're almost too easily dispatched, but they injured Frank Fabra which would come back to bite us. I made some tweaks at the start, slightly too defensive, which had Real all over us but unable to do anything about it until a soft penalty. To my surprise, when switching my wing-backs back to Attack duties we equalised, but when Bale scored I assumed it was all over, cue actually shouting "YES!!!!!" at LMQ's equaliser. That Fabra injury came back to bite us in extra time, Olivera was knackered leading me to field Ignacio Fernandez ("competent" WBL) at left-back. Cue him doing the classic "dawdle near the byline then get tackled" move, a quick counter and James had them in front. They then shredded us on the counter twice more, their superior athleticism showing through. Should I manage to finally win the Superleague Cup and Copa Argentina, and retain Libertadores, I could see 2021's Club World Cup Final potentially being the last game of the save - if I can't win it then, I doubt I'll have it in me to keep going for another whole year.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    October & November 2020 Put 9 past Boca over two games and won my 3rd consecutive Copa Libertadores! The first leg against Boca was a demolition, but the two that followed were absolute classics. In the league game José Mauri had a straight red after 4 minutes, they were 1-0 up after 8 and by the 28th minute it was 3-2, with young Lucas Beltrán, "the next Gabriel Batistuta", having scored 2 and assisted the other of our 3 goals. In the 2nd leg of the semi-final it was Boca's turn to have an early straight red (9th minute) but after 37 minutes it was 3-1 to them, with Ramón Ábila getting a hat-trick, and the fun didn't stop until the 94th minute when former Boca player Frank Fabra scored our 3rd for a 6-4 aggregate win. The Libertadores final was also a made one - Elías López scored an own goal in the 3rd minute to put Fluminense ahead, Lucas Pratto scored a penalty in the 64th to equalise (his 15th penalty under me out of 60 goals total over 28 months) and Lucas Beltrán scored the winner in the 84th minute, a rocket of a half-volley. "Beltrágol" as he may soon be known, if I can't think of something better, really looks to have something about him - no wasted attributes in any area that won't help him score goals - and I'm experimenting with him by not adding any traits to see if it helps or hinders him in comparison with Benjamin Rollheiser who will have 5 traits when he's finished learning the current one. Hopefully mentoring from Perfectionist Lucas Pratto rubs off on him too.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    September 2020 What could have been a perfect month, ruined at the end by a farcical loss to lower division opposition in the Copa Argentina. My left back had his hand injured being tackled, and their equaliser came from a mistake from his replacement. Their 2nd was an "own goal" off a corner where a looping header towards the near post, instead of being cleared by the man positioned there appeared to slip through his legs as the goalkeeper dived on top of him, which the game credits as an own goal. Their third was a poorly defended set piece. We should have scored more than one, but that OG was so weird it really irritates me. The next two months look interesting: we play 15th, 19th and 17th in the league followed by three SuperClasico in 7 days: H in the Copa Libertadores semi-final, away in the Superliga, and away in the Libertadores semi-final again.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    August 2020 Heading into August I had three real problems: - A bloated squad (more than the Copa Libertadores 30 maximum) - An unhappy star player (record signing Lucas Robertone) - 5 nailed-on starters heading to the Olympics (the perils of a young team) By the end of August the only one of these problems "solved" is that none of my players got injured at the Olympics, although they were there for the maximum stay as Argentina u23s got the Bronze medal. Nobody would come remotely close to my asking price for Robertone of £18m (installments accepted) + 50% next sale + arrange friendly, and by remotely close I mean within getting within £5m of that was impossible. So, he stays and hopefully even if he doesn't drop his concerns his form picks up. Meanwhile, players I had been hoping would attract bids such as Frank Fabra and Ignacio Fernandez didn't, despite "major interest" of up to 8 clubs at a time on the former. Fabra didn't draw interest until deadline day and so he got a couple of games as I was trying to boost his value, which backfired somewhat as Nahuel Gallardo then complained about his lack of playing time. He'd just signed a new contract until 2024 so there's no way I was selling, but I thought I'd offer him out for a rip-off loan fee, not expecting anyone to actually come through... Sporting Lisbon came through and agreed to pay my asking price, which means they're giving me £4m plus wages for a player valued at £4.5m. They're not in an active league, but neither were Pumas, with whom he was NACL runner-up, so hopefully they make a deep run into the Europa League. This brought my squad down to 30, although I expect to shrink it more before the season's out as I have 8 players for 3 midfield positions and only 21 league games to play them in. After a few backfiring experiments towards the back end of last season (a recurring theme) I came up with a newer hopefully more attacking tactic: And, well, it is working pretty great so far! We play Independiente in the Copa Libertadores QFs, a rematch of the same stage in the first season, are behind them only on goals scored in the league with Rosario Central the third unbeaten team (Boca have only picked up 2 points from 4 games despite a positive net spend), and have an easy game against Atletico Tucuman in the Copa Argentina to come. -
  5. zlatanera

    [FM19] Manchester United

    I was about to say "realism" but in reality the Glazer parasites would just take it for themselves.
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    [FM19] Manchester United

    "Partnerships". Basically if you have a line between two players who tend to perform well together then it'll be green, if not it'll be a darker colour (similar to the colours in the role suitability circles). Some people find them useful but I very rarely take notice (on FM18 when Lukaku and Mata weren't performing and had a darker line, I realised their traits were getting them in the way of each other, but on the other hand when my CBs had a poor partnership with another club, its because we were just a bad team).
  7. Key all the way. The only time I've switched to Extended was when I was trying to turn Frenkie de Jong into a Libero on FM18 and wanted to see why it wasn't working. I rarely focus so much on a position though, so have no need. I tend to switch to 2D if I'm playing a 442 - I find watching the two banks of four defend more satisfying that way for some reason.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    Ah yeah, they're probably not doing that great on my save then either. In fairness, in the start River weren't actually doing that great - our sponsors expired in December and didn't get new ones until July - and Pratto was our top earner on £12k / week or something. Its only the last 6 months in-game that things have exploded as I've managed to get some money in. Getting an interview with Manchester United definitely helped though, strong-armed the board into giving me more money for wages as I figure if I don't win the Club World Cup in the next couple of seasons I'll get bored of the save anyway. Pezzella was still a rash decision though - he out-earns the next guy by over £10k and the next highest wage in the league is some old Chilean at Racing Club on £22k. Plus, now all my other guys want pay raises.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    Don't suppose you were reading fmgrasshopper's recommendations from FM18 by any chance? They're listed as "Okay" finances, and they've been in Copa Sudamericana due to winning the Copa Argentina, but given they've spent £475k over two seasons despite also selling Guidara to Porto, I guess that could be misleading.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    I know! I was expecting them to be demanding £15m like Velez with Almada, pretty sure he had more than a year left on his contract as well. Have you tried to make him a better set piece taker at all? That's the only thing I think he's lacking in.
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    [FM19] River Plate Take Two- The Hook

    June / July 2020 The Libertadores knock-outs are exactly a month earlier than last season for some bizarre reason, which means that our pre-season and, indeed, that first knock-out game, are technically in the 2019/20 season rather than the 2020/21 season. A narrow win was achieved with a pretty poorly thought out iteration on my tactic thanks to a screamer from Arzura, then I went back to the drawing board. What this post is really about though, is transfers: Transfers I lost a chunk of experience this summer - Dario Conca retired and joined the coaching staff, Javier Pinola moved to Espanyol on a free and a rapidly declining Rodrigo Mora was allowed to move to Gil Vicente in Portugal for £1m. On top of this the only other major outgoing so far has been our first choice RB, Jorge Moreira who, at 30 and with three young players pushing for his spot, was deemed expendable when LAFC came in, managed to get £7.75m out of them, which I used to finance yet another academy product coming back from Europe: Germán Pezzella, he of the DA13 captain's armbands, comes back to where it all began as the highest paid player in the league! He tore his knee ligaments twice after signing permanently for Fiorentina so only made 23 appearances over 2 seasons, but he's not listed as injury prone which is promising! He adds a bit more physicality to what was otherwise a well-stocked but slightly meek defensive line, and allows me to move LMQ up to the DM slot in my new tactic. Lucas Robertone wants a new contract only 6 months after signing for us, and may yet leave if I can get double my money and a 50% sell-on clause, but unless that happens my only other signing not previously mentioned is a young No. 10 from Belgrano: In what I would term an "overdog move" or "Juventus transfer" we've taken full advantage over our reputation and financial muscle to go for a philosophy of "if at first you don't succeed, buy the guy who keeps stopping you". Between their manager moving to Brazil and their best player to us, Belgrano should no longer trouble us. We get a talented No. 10 too. Finally... Albiceleste When signing Cristian Álvarez at the start of the save I said this: "In all seriousness though, he's an upgrade on my existing options and given the dire state of Argentina goalkeepers outside of Sergio Romero I reckon I have an outside shot of getting him an international call up before he hits 35." Lo and behold, he made his debut this summer, aged 34! Joining him were LB Luis Olivera, CB Martinez Quarta and CMs Robertone and Palacios. Olivera, Robertone, Palacios, Elias Lopez and Benjamin Rollheiser are also in the Olympics squad and thus will miss quite a few games at the start of the season, which isn't ideal, but hopefully we muddle through.
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    [FM19] Manchester United

    @axehan1 is that a Knap tactic? Or your own? Just looks somewhat reminiscent of a Knap one I saw.
  13. @TheJanitor I would second the interest in seeing how Donny van de Beek as a striker works out - its something I've considered trying on the last couple of FMs.
  14. I rotate my full-backs religiously - I have an A pair and a B pair. Ever since my FM18 Lyon save where they had the pre-arranged transfer of Leo Dubois I've taken to having 5 in the squad instead of 4 where possible. 2 Right Backs, 2 Left Backs, all of whom are one Rotation contracts and one who's either natural on both sides or natural on one, accomplished on the other and two-footed who is on a Backup contract. The Backup is always S2 on the bench, never starts games, whilst the others will never be in a two match squads in a row but always rotate.
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