Parma it is! What a satisfyng save!
Just finnished the first season and we managed a 5th place in the Serie A, just above Udinese and Lazio. Roma took the title, Napoli, juventus and Inter followed.
The begining was dificult but and was looking like a relegation battle but a series of nice results and very few losses took us to the top half and a good season brought us to the 5th.
I've used an assymetric 4231: Sepe (Frattali)
Iacaponi (Gazzola) - B. Alves (Sierralta) - Bissek (Bastoni) - Dimarco (Gagliolo)
----------- Stulac (Krichhoff)
Gnoukouri (Deiola) --------------------
Ciciretti (Gervinho) - Xadas (Cuenca / Gaudino) - Di Gaudio (Da Cruz)
Inglese (Kean) This system started as a 4231DM but ended up this way as the team evolved to a more ambicous football. For the big teams I would drop Gnoukouri to the defensive midfield, going back to the initial plan.
I also used a 41221 (mostly pre-season), but then I got Xadas...
So as an underdog, I set up a thight block between the defensive and pressing lines. I moved up and down the block according to the opposition and the mentality was set on positive/attacking. I started with the tiki-taka preset and changed the passing style to normal, speed to normal and the tackle mode to assassin.
In some games where I would drop the defensive line, the passing style would be more direct to allow the counter and make up for the distance of the block to the goal.
Market: Out with: Biabiany, Baraye, Rigoni, Siligardi, Scozzarella, Munari, Dezi (He would stay, but didn't convince me) In: Gnoukouri, Xadas, Krichhoff, Pelayo Morilla, Bissek, Cuenca.
I am just entering the shopping season with alot to do, these loans seem impossible to keep so the plan is to fill these positions with young prospects and hope for the best, I haven't seen how much the board will give me this window, but without a cash injection and with Europa League to play, this 5th, seems hard to repeat.
P.S: This is my first post, please forgive any rules broken or bad english.
And the manager could only be GOD, Armando!!!!!
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