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  1. Season 1 Review - Home United Okay so I blitzed through the season. Not for a lack of games, there was plenty. I was just enjoying myself too much! The competitions I were in just kept on going and changing direction, and we kept doing extremely well (though the season didn't end quite as I might have hoped!). I think I'll do a quick review of each competition, show a couple of our best players and some awards, then talk about what's next.. Singaporean Premier League - Winners So originally when I signed for Home United, I saw that it was the 34th ranked competition, which I thought wasn't so bad for a smaller Asian League! I probably should have looked a bit more carefully though, it's the 34th ranked Asian league. Yep. It's not quite as prestigious as I first thought. We did end up winning it, and after our start to the season it would have been a major ****-up if we hadn't done... We played teams of 16 year olds towards the end of the season as we had much more important games in other comps, so the table probably looks closer than the challenge ever felt. Singapore League Cup - Winners We actually got pretty lucky in this competition, with Adam Swandi coming in to the team to score winners in extra time in both the semi final and the final. He was behind Isaka, Song and Ollie getting into the first XI for most of the season, but whenever he snuck into the team he played very well. Singapore Cup - Runners Up This was by far the most disappointing aspect of the end of the season that I mentioned earlier. Young Lions, who beat us in the final, were bottom for most of the season... We were slightly unlucky - as you can see: Still though, we played poorly, and should've done better in this game.... Asian Confederations Cup - Runners Up I still have no idea how we should expect to go in a competition like this, if anyone does know please let tell me! This cup was great fun, with knockout rounds, multiple finals leading to the actualy grand final that we lost to a very good North-Korean side (?). To be updated....
  2. Mid-Season update: I feel like saves that are just really successful are often really boring to share, and I really wasn't expecting this one to be so. But it kind of has been to be honest. After drawing two of the first three games against the 1st and 3rd favourites (Tampines and Niigata)_, I basically won the rest of my games and already have established a fairly decent lead in the league. I managed to buy in one of the few Singaporean LWB's prior to the season starting, and he's been absolutely brilliant, having the second most assists in the league after Ollie. But really, it's all about Isaka... I've played him as an Inverted winger on the left flank, or a winger on the left flank, leaving him free with plenty of space and support from the wing backs. I expected him to provide the creativity and work rate in the side, given his finishing stat of only four. But he just keeps scoring. And if his finishing was better he could've scored even more. So many one-on-ones.... The other teams all seem to be fairly evenly matched and keep taking points off one another which means there hasn't really been a single team challenging me at the top either. I guess the board were right to expect us to win! Isaka, Ollie and Song seem to be just on another level to the rest of the league. A lucky first team to fall into. The board have also allowed me to study for my first license, so things are going well all round really.... The Confederations cup also seems to have put us into a fairly easy group, we've almost qualified from the group stage (only top team goes through), then we'll see what happens after that!
  3. Haha, thanks very much, it only got weirder... Asian Champions League Qualifier 3 vs. Suwon Samsung Bluewings (South Korea) I really hope I get to manage the team I was playing one day, what a name! The Bluewings.... I wasn't expecting much against the Bluewings, given their three-star reputation compared to my one star. And especially as Song had got himself injured mid-week alongside Ollie, leaving me with only my third choice-striker. I slightly tweaked my asymmetric 2-3-2-3 for this game as a result, giving me this: Now 3-1-3-3 DM Wide, obviously. How'd it go? Pretty much as expected.. They had Aussie striker Taggart up front and we couldn't cope with him. We did hold them to only 1-0 until extra time then they snuck away with it. I can't really complain, I wasn't expecting much out of it. I had no idea what happened next, and what I'm loving about this save is that it is full of surprises, I genuinely never know what's going to happen next. All of a sudden I was drawn into the Asian Confederations Cup, alongside teams from Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Cool, okay!
  4. Asian Champions League Qualifier 1 vs. Persija So a few days before I'd taken over, Home United had scraped past Persija, an Indonesian club. Our supposedly best player Isaka Cernak got an extremely worrying match rating of 6.0, while Ollie, the other Australian got injured and will be out for the next 6 weeks. Meet Ollie, the most out and out poacher you'll see. In less alarming news, it was fortunately our other quality striker, Song, who scored both goals and won it in extra time. He is South Korean but has Singaporean nationality, so he's allowed to be stay. He's probably our best player tbh, if that composure stat of 5 doesn't stop him too much. Anyway, winning this game set up the next clash in the qualifiers, where I took over. Asian Champions League Qualifier 2 vs. Hai Phong (Vietnam) So we were favourites for this game, which was a relief to see as I genuinely do not have a clue how the Singaporean clubs stack up against the Vietnamese clubs, or many others for that matter... I also found out on this screen that the next match would be against Suwon, a team I'd heard of and no doubt would be strong favourites should we get through it. After only a couple of days in the job, I hadn't spent enough time probably looking at what we actually had in the squad... It wasn't pretty. With Ollie out, we only had one good striker, so Song would be leading the line alone. We also don't have a LB, and our 2 best CB's are 2-stars... So you could say the back line was a bit of a weakness. We did have a defensive left winger, and a couple of decent DM's, so in they went to cover our gaps. Providing our extremely weird first ever 11 of: Ah yes, the old Positive 2-3-2-3 DM Wide Asymmetric ST (CR) - Custom. Fortunately, it worked, and we ran out 3-0 winners thanks to two early Isaka goals, also providing the assist for the other goal by Song.. Isaka ended up with a rating of 9.1!! I was stoked with this, I genuinely have no idea whether this is a good result or not. The odds is the only indicator I really have. But you'd think such a huge country as Indonesia would have reasonably strong football teams as compared to those from Singapore. I really don't know. Nonetheless, an incredible start, which took us through to the next game against Suwon..
  5. This career is an attempt to recreate a somewhat realistic version of myself venturing out from Australia as an amateur, unlicensed manager: The available leagues loaded would all in Asia, obviously given the geographical proximity and all... There were a couple I didn't add, Indonesia and India off the top of my head, for no particular reason other than I didn't fancy them. I started the game in January 2020, hoping there'd be a few jobs knocking about. My goals are: 1. To win stuff as quickly as possible to build my reputation. 2. Getting my coaching licenses as quickly as possible. 3. Eventually get to a club big enough to win the Asian Champions League. 4. I would also love to be able to go back to my home team - Sydney FC - and win the A-League with them if that opportunity ever becomes available. Getting my First Job I applied for all jobs available, and immediately got two interviews from teams in the Singapore Premier League. Both offered me jobs weirdly almost straight away, and Home United were the clear favourite. A small transfer budget, but a transfer budget nonetheless! I also assumed that this would mean they might be willing to fund my licenses. I liked the ambitious target of winning the league every year forever, and hoped that implied that they had a decent enough squad capable of winning something. They finished second last year, but haven't won the league since 2003!!! Suddenly the targets of immediately winning the league forever was a little more sobering. The squad looked like this when I took over: You can only have two foreigners in the Singaporean league, and Home already had two Australians! Isaka Cernak is the best player at the club, while Puflett is the second or third best. He scored a great goal in real life on debut which you can see at the end of the video here: Cernak looks like this in the game: I was hoping for a little more, tbh.... That finishing stat of 4 is just woeful. But hopefully he is as good as his 5-star rating suggests and I can build the team around him and Ollie. Maybe the most convincing factor for Home United though was that they were already in the Asian Champions League! Yes, only the qualifiers. But I don't know how these things work! Maybe I'll be able to get straight in? With only three (or so?) days to prepare for the first qualifier, I was ready to get stuck in...
  6. To select multiple players on a list (eg. to scout multiple players with one click) I used to hold shift, then press the first player, and the last player, and all the ones in between would be selected. On FM20 this doesn't work, so I have to click on each player individually to select multiple. Has this changed for FM20? I'm playing on a Mac btw. Thanks!
  7. 19/20 Pre-Season Was handed a whopping 60m transfer budget and 300k wage budget increase, honestly was not expecting that much! I felt that while the back four and the CM department is surprisingly strong, I basically had to strengthen EVERY other position to finish in the top half. My absolute priorities were the goalkeeper, a forward (or two), and wingers. It was a busy window, but I came out of it feeling pretty good, with one transfer still available should it be needed in January GK - David Raya, hoping he will hold the GK position for the next decade. Wingers - Erik Lamela, Ivan Cavaleiro, and Leonardo Spinazzola. VERY happy with these options, shocked that I could attract all of them tbh. Midfielders - Pelaylo Morilla. Came up in my scout reports, was only willing to come on a 'First Team' based contract, so I'm hoping I can keep him happy in terms of game time. Forwards - Florin Andone and Aleksandar Mitrovic. Andone had a shocking season for Brighton, only getting 3 goals in 20+ starts (of course getting one against us ). But his stats are incredible and scouts were keen. Mitro gives the opposite option, being a big target man. I utilised Depoitre as a target man often last season, he slots in as a better option basically. Obviously neither are world-class strikers, but I'm hoping one of them, or both, will hit decent numbers until we can attract a real quality option up front. Woodburn and Pereira stay on loan for another season as rotation options, while I added Passlack too, as competition for Tommy Smith's RB position. Season Aims. Consolidation. I want to finish 8-10th in the league. I will be playing my strongest teams in the cups and hope I can have a decent run. First XI Of course this will likely change over the season, but I picture it something like this:
  8. Huddersfield - Season 18/19 Review Young Alex Ferguson takes over on the 6th of November, with Huddersfield in 19th place (sorry forgot to take a screenshot on the exact date, league table is after our first game, a 1-0 win over Southampton from memory). Transfers Didn't get a response to my question re: permanent transfers. so I decided to risk it in the end - only signed 2 players on loan (Andreas Pereira and Ben Woodburn). Final League Table Survived by the skin of our teeth! And I'm happy we did, got a decent skeleton of a squad here. Feeling confident I can build on this for next season...
  9. Just wanted to check something - I've started with Huddersfield and noticed they already have 11 transfers done in the first season. Does this mean I can't have any more incoming, or is it only from when I take over? Cheers!
  10. Quite the opposite - I was very happy to hear the feedback, that's why I started the thread! Turns out we think quite alike as it is - a number of the changes you listed I'd begun experimenting with already (Poacher, B2B and AMa), but I decided to go all out and follow your instructions and we're creating twice as many chances!
  11. Sheffield United v Middlesborough Perfect game for us. Only real change was to let the AP roam from position, as I noticed he was often occupying the exact same spaces as the DLP in our first game. Even got one goal in this with one WB assisting the other, after a tackle from Bridcutt in midfield. Great to see. QPR v Sheffield United We didn't create much in this game to be fair, but we were desperately unlucky. For their first goal, a long ball from a defender found Hemed over the top and he put it away. That's gonna happen sometimes with this set up. Second was a penalty from a foul from a corner. Where we're at. Results-wise, it's been okay. We've been a little unlucky overall so I'm not too concerned, but we also haven't been creating enough. I'm tempted to set the WB's to attack, but it might make us too vulnerable to the counter. I'll give it a couple more games and if we're really struggling to create chances I'll have to change something up. What exactly, I'm not sure yet... Questions 1. I currently have the 3 CBs set up as Cover-Stopper-Cover for the singular reason that I wanted one to come out to close the DM-shaped-hole, and the others to be concerned with the ball over the top. Does anyone know what problems this might create, or a better way to set this up? 2. I'm struggling to create clear cut chances. I have two defined playmakers in the team, plenty of good crosses coming into the box, and men forward. Any ideas on how to improve this?
  12. First Game of the Season Sheffield United v Swansea Line-up - couple of changes. BWM goes to (D) given that Bridcutt lacks any technical ability, I just want him to get the ball and pass it off as quickly as possible. McGoldrick starts up front as (maybe?) the best of a bad set of three (the others being Ched Evans and Gary Madine). How'd we go? Not great. To be honest, we were probably a little lucky to get away with a draw here, even though we were winning in the 93rd minute thanks to a late Ched Evans double. Hendo made a couple of amazing saves to keep us in it. Not 100% sure what to take from this tbh. Good possession, crossing, tackling and shots on target. Clearest stand-out is perhaps that we gave them so many chances. I'm gonna wait and see what happens with the next few games before worrying too much.
  13. Final Pre-Season Friendly Sheffield United 4 - Rangers 1 This was a really pleasing performance, with two wing-backs getting on the scoresheet. Not too much can be taken from it though, given Rangers had a player sent off in the first half. First real game coming up against Swansea shortly.
  14. After looking through quite a few targets for the BWM position, I ended up signing the one the scouts liked the least. Presenting probably my only signing of the window: He has all the right attributes, though unfortunately is not all that comfortable in the CM position. Here's hoping he becomes adept there quickly.
  15. I've racked up the hours on FM19 at this point, and still find myself reverting to a 4-2-3-1 with high pressing pretty much every save. After seeing Ravel Morrison sign for Sheffield United this morning I decided I wanted to start with them and eventually try and sign him myself, hopefully making him the focal point of my team. I looked through the squad, and it is absolutely made for a 3 at the back formation, with a number of good centre-backs, and great wing backs in Sam Baldock and Enda Stevens. 3 at the back, though, is something I have never made work and is counter-intuitive to my instincts when making tactics. So! The point of this thread is to document how: a) I can make a 3-at-the-back tactic work (and hopefully receive advice along the way from those a little more experienced with this kind of system) b) Make Ravel Morrison the focal point of a team (as soon as I can sign him). I'll begin by answering these questions from Rashidi's "Football Manager Tactics" thread, to help with determining the shape and instructions: 1. What style of football do you want to play? Seeing as I normally play fast counter-attacking football, I'm going to try and control the ball a bit better with this save. To me, that means either lower tempo + playing out from the back, or shorter passing + work ball into the box. Or both. I need time for the wing backs to get up the field, so I think this might be a necessity anyway. 2. How many players do you want to attack with? I only want 1 midfielder to sit in front of the back 3. So I can have up to 6 players attacking. 3. How is your side going to attack with the ball? I want to get crosses in from the full backs, and I want to have players in the box to get on the end of them, or the second ball. I want to have possession for most games and be camped in the opposition half. 4. How are they going to get the ball back? This is one of the areas I'm unsure about. Ideally, in opposition to previous saves, I would like to sat back but realistically I think I have to win the ball higher up the field if possible, to avoid being overloaded. I may concede on the break simply due to numbers and may just have to concede that as a weakness. 5. How are you going to set up your defense? 3 at the back obviously! But the question is which roles to choose for the CB's and the defensive-minded midfielder. I think having one step forward into a stopper role is a good idea, so I'm going to start with one Stopper and two on Cover. Don't know how this we'll work, we'll have to see... As for the CM. I love the DLP (D) role but I'm worried this might be too passive a role for the job required. Leaning towards a CM (D) or a BWM (D), maybe paired with a DLP (S). 6. Do you have the players to do what you want? The only question mark here is for the defensive midfielder. I have Fleck, Lundstram and Norwood, all of whom are much more suited to a DLP role than anything else. Lundstram can play the BWM a little better, but is a little slow, and stats like aggression, tackling, positioning and marking are all around 12, rather than 14-15 as I'd prefer. May look into the transfer market for this - if so, I'll have to offload one of them most likely. 7. How are the players going to move the ball around, where are my creative pivots? Again this is a little tricky, and will most likely change as I work out the tactic. I suppose I see the creativity coming from the AM and WB positions. One of the strikers could eventually become a creative point, but for now I see them more as runners. So after answering all that, how does the tactic look?
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