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  1. I like the look of those training schedules. Will be interested to follow how they do for you. The early results are certinly promising! If I may have one other suggestion, consider to include transition sessions from time to time. Like the Tifo video states, tactical periodisation does look at transitions as basically half of the game. Those two sessions not only work on some absolutely vital attributes, they are very efficient in the way that they pay equal attention to both units. I personally never go without them.
  2. Yes I do, but it's not a wholesale change or anything like that. It's things like replacing attacking shadow play with defensive shadow play, having defending disengaged and/or defending wide on Thursdays, or occasionally doubling down on a select defensive section. Not even recovery or match review for me either. I believe its impact is minimal and doesn't involve anything other than cohesion and familiarity, so I find it useless when your players have thos already on an acceptable level. I think it totally depends on the session itself. The general sessions tend work on more attributes and so usually are more intense. But not at an equal rate. Physical and Outfield are obviously the most intense of these, while Tactical (all mental attributes) not so much. I also think that Defending Engaged is more intense for the defensive unit than, say, the Tactical general training. The attention the given unit gets, combined with the number of attributes worked on, AND these attributes themselves determine the intensity (Aggression and Work rate are probably not equal to vision and flair). Note: these points are not officially confirmed, they're just my general experience. Other then sheer bad luck, which you can't do anything about, longer-term injuries have mostly ocurred for me when I didn't adjust the workload for later parts of the season. No physical training and fewer three-a-days are my go-to rules here. The other one to monitor is injury risk, if it's still high by the middle of the week, I put the player on half intensity or give him a rest. There has been some confusion on this one because of the UI, but I think SI have confirmed that match prep sessions are 'active' for the upcoming match and the upcoming match only. Once it's played, they're 'gone'. The entire pre-season is for cohesion and familiarity for me, that is after a week of "boot camp". General sessions and a bunch of friendlies, team bonding most weeks, match reviews etc. I go all in. If cohesion is at least good, I'm happy, it's not realistic to aim higher if you're new to a club. As for tactical familiarity, I want everything fluid, except for P/R/D which takes more time to max out. That being said, if you don't really have a firm playing style and a club DNA, having a bunch of these sessions that train individual roles and then having the players on role training with widespread attributes (say BBM, RPM, CF) can be mighty effective for overall youth development. I do create them. It's actually a lot easier, because with the U18s, I really don't bother with match prep. It's all about attribute training, so I don't really change the schedule very often.
  3. Here's a sample schedule I've created for the second part of the season (thus there's no downright physical training) and for week when we play a team we want to attack. Notes: * after our previous game last Saturday, the players got Sunday off. I don't want them near the facility. * Monday is for active recovery. There are some light sessions, nothing too heavy, in order to ease the fatigue still stemming from the previous match. * Tuesday is a day for units training and for some sub-principles I want to practice for the upcoming match. The main physical focus here is strength and by that I don't mean weight training in the gym, more like drills where players have to turn, shoot or tackle. * Wednesday's sessions are mostly performed as a team and this is the day for our main principles (in this case a solid but active defensive style). The overall workload is by far the heaviest, with the dominant physical focus being endurance (and most importantly, work rate). * Thursday is similar to Tuesday, as we practice some sub-principles, but, nearing the game, it's considerably lighter. Speed is the focus here, not so much as in running speed, but more so as in thinking fast. For this day, I try to choose sessions that concentrate on the most important mental attributes (like anticipation, concentration and decisions), as well as some that require the players to do some sprinting. I change these on a weekly basis, according to what's best for the upcoming game. * Friday is for full-on match preparation. I don't use match preview, match tactics, or match practice outside of the pre-season, since, ideally, we've already achieved a good level of team cohesion and tactical familiarity. * You are right that it's impossible to get a proper training week in when we have two games. What I do is have three match prep sessions for the two games combined and distribute them how I see fit for the actual game, and then have some set-piece training (which still do work some really key attributes) along with the occasional Ball retention, Chance conversion, aerial or ground defence. All of these last four deal with key attributes for the given unit and do individual role training for the other. It creates a nice balance, because I tend to select sessions that specifically focus on key attributes for all units on a full training week. * Pre-season training is all-about getting ready physically and tactically. * Youth training tends to be heavier, with more physical sessions used.
  4. Adapting the principles and methods of tactical periodisation to FM is certainly worth exploring, something I've been experimenting with on my save as well. I'm not sure if you can link outside pages here, but there is an in-depth analysis on the topic at the popular tactics website with the very long German name. Besides optimizing the training workload to enhance efficient match preparation, tactical periodisation also puts great emphasis on 1) which physical attributes (speed, strength, endurance) get the focus on the given training day, 2) whether the focus of the day is training the entire squad (11 on 11) or units and 3) if the team's main principles and playing styles are being practiced or there's more specific attention to various sub-principles which can be important for the upcoming match. All of these can be translated to FM's training modul fairly well. I've been having some success using these methods: I'm usually getting high training ratings and my young players are developing nicely. Obviously, as the season progresses it is advisible the adjust the workload accordingly, but this indeed is a great method for avoiding injuries, developing key attributes and always being prepared for games.
  5. 2022-23 PRE-SEASON Transfers: Pre-arranged transfers in: And the rest: I'm only signing youngsters now, because every Russian player who's an upgrade on what we have, is out of reach. And there aren't too many of them anyway. We got decent money for some fringe players from other Russian clubs. As for the foreigners, Ponce is gone and Larsson has a transfer arranged for January. No one seems to want Orunov and Guus Til (myself included), but I'll surely get rid of them somehow. That leaves Ayrton Lucas, Alex Kral and Jorrit Hendrix. All of them have two years left on their contracts which expire in June 2024. There are all core players for us, too. I either let their contracts run out and win the league two more times (boosting our reputation and getting CL money) or I sell them this January for a good fee. If I wait till next summer, it's dubious I can keep my asking price high enough, since then they'll only have 1 year left on their contract. I've already seen that with Larsson and Til. We don't need the money right now. Facilities are almost maxed out and we currently have 70m available for buying 16-year-olds. Besides Chalov, the two Miranchuk's, Oblyakov and maaaybe Utkin, I'm not interested in any of the established Russian players, because they won't make us considerably better. Utkin is the only of these who's at least remotely interested in joining us and he's not worth his asking price. Tough decision. I've started giving minutes to our most promising youngsters, but they are definitely not good enough yet, not even for the RPL. Some of them might be ready in 2024. In the meantime: Once again, not one team that's not distinctly ahead us when it comes to overall quality, but it's at least slightly better than last year's horror-show. (Speaking of which, Red Star Belgrade drew the exact same teams like we did last year, I mean what's up with that?) I will have to go all tactical against these teams, analysing, preparing, adjusting tactics, otherwise we stand no chance. We'll see how far that takes us. I want us to have at least 4 or 5 points this year.
  6. 2021-22 END-OF-SEASON PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS The emergence of Glushenkov (who had been loaned out) is the main story here. He's no world beater by any means, but has good attributes at all the right places, has consistency and, most importantly, has a Russian passport. I gave him a chance and he took it. His offensive numbers are better than anyone we've had at the striker position. Elsewhere, Yevgenjev has been as good as expected, and he even scored 11 goals off set pieces. He's a man among boys. We sold Kutepov during the winter break. He's a good CB, but was no more than a squad player for us, and so I wasn't going reject a 7.5m bid from Krasnodar. We used that money to pick up Glebov from Rostov and he has actually outperformed Umyarov. He looks like a good signing. Karavaev has been worth his transfer fee as well. We have a strong team right now, and it's time to integrate our most promising youngsters. Sadly, our B-team got relegated from the FNL, so our player development plans took a big time hit. Also, the inevitable departure of Ayrton Lucas looms large, as there is no Russian LWB currently who can come close to his abilities.
  7. Needs better vision, though, if he ever wants to be a playmaker. Right now, we're focusing on his physicals, and he's developing nicely so far.
  8. FEB-MAY 2022 Results: We kept focused and went onto a long winning streak. The key game was against Dynamo who were our main challengers this year. We played our new 451 tactic and we bossed the game while having 37% possession. League table: We won it with a higher point total than last year. We also won the cup this time around, and although it took two penalty shootouts to get there, it was well deserved. Youth intake 2022: Popov has every chance to become a star. It's players like him coming through that will get us where we want to go.
  9. NOV-DEC 2021 Results: We are very far from the European elite, that's for sure. F-ck off. Despite our preformances not being up to par, we're still leading the league at the winter break. It says golden generation, but it doesn't look very good.
  10. SEP-OCT 2021 Results: Truth to be told, we kind of suck right now. I've been experimenting with tactics quite a lot lately, but that's no excuse for dropping that many points in the league. The Dynamo game, in particular, was unacceptable, although the manager did perhaps choose the wrong time to try out a Wide Target Man system... As for the CL, we never really were in the Bayern game, but did well against Inter, a match we didn't deserve to lose. Then we actually flat out outplayed Barcelona and should have, for all intents and purposes, won that game. Based on that one sample, our 451 counter attack tactic is worth further exploring. League table: It's a three-horse race, and both Zenit and Dynamo look very strong this year. We gotta bring our A-game from now on.
  11. Thanks. I was constantly on the lookout for Yevgeneev, asking his agent every two weeks, like the crazy stalker that I am. I swooped in the right time, when we were 1st and Dynamo 7th, so he didn't care that much about the rivalry. Also, they had some financial problems, at one point in the summer, all of their first team players were transfer listed, something I haven't seen before. As for Karaveev, Zenit brought in Aurier to play right back for them, so I guess he became expendable.
  12. I don't know how it's even possible because of the seeding. Apparently, Barcelona was a 2nd seed, and Inter 3rd. Stiil, what are the odds? Predictably, we're not doing too well in the CL so far.
  13. JUL-AUG 2021 Results: We won the Super Cup in an incredibly tight match. We started okay in the league, but we are not playing especially well. I continue to attribute that to the lack of true goalscoring presence up front. That said, I started to develop a new tactic, which is a 42211 with two DM's. It looked good in a friendly against Monaco, but it's obviously way too defensive for the RPL. I intend to spend this autumn working on two striker systems, because quite simply none of our strikers is good enough to play alone up front. League table: CSKA are very strong once again and they made it to the CL Group Stage through the qualifiers. Them and Zenit (who just spent a sh*tload of money on new players) look like our primary challengers. Speaking of the CL: Yeah, well. This will be a great opportunity to work on a counter-attacking system. Can we get just 1 point? We'll see. Notable transfers: Decent fee for a player with no future with us. Russian international joins from Zenit for 8.25m. We needed a WB on the right, because I'm not ready to change the tactic just yet. He's surely an upgrade on Moses. We also loaned Cheryshev from Valencia. We're paying a 100k monthly fee and half of his wages. He can cover for Lucas at left WB (we didn't have any alternatives at that position) and can play at forward too. Our biggest concern, as mentioned, is still at the striker position. I was unable to recruit any Russian player who's an upgrade on what we currently have. Out of sheer desperation, I offered a transfer fee that could reach 27m for Fedor Chalov, but he wasn't interested in joining us. I even tried to loan Kokorin from Fiorentina and he too wasn't interested. For the lack of a better option, I probably have to come up with a tactical solution for this and come up with one soon. I also succesfully bid for Atalanta's Miranchuk, but he chose Leverkusen. He's not especially my type of player, but his technical ability would've dominated the RPL in a tactic built around his passing. Too bad,
  14. That's a good thought and something to consider. They have to play in Russia for 6 continuous years for that. Neither Rocha, nor Ponce (who have 2 and 4 years left, respectively) is good enough to be worth the trouble. As for Lucas, I've thought about it. He has three and a half years remaining though, which is beyond his current contract. I would have to make him a star player which he kind of is - for now, but he's not someone who can start for a Champions League winning team. Ultimately, I think it wouldn't feel quite right.
  15. FOREIGN PLAYERS UPDATE We have seven non-Russian players remaining at the club, and there is interest for almost all of them. I really like Kral. He has been playing BPD for us, but he's also adept at Libero or as a DM or CM(d). Some lowball offers already came in which were promptly rejected. I intend to keep him until January at least. Champions League football will drive up his value. Hendrix is our starting Libero on ridiculous wages. (For comparison's sake, we paid more than 4m for one year of Victor Moses, who is not very good.) Inevitably, he has recently come to me asking for a new contract. I wanted to tell him we're not giving new contracts for non-Russian players anymore, but I didn't have that option. So now he's unhappy. If a good offer comes in, I'll let him go, even though he's one of our best players. Larsson is not quite good enough for this team and hasn't been playing especially well. He has the speed and other attributes to play AF, though, and our lack of forward depth makes me really think twice about this one. And it's not just our club, mind. Russia has an abundance of great defenders and midfielders, but not many good strikers right now. With the exception of Fedor Chalov (who's not interested in joining us) and a bunch of target man types, there is no one I could sign right now and say I've just made our team considerably better. On a related note, Ponce played striker for us in the second half on last season, and I'm almost certain that had I not replaced Sobolev with him, we wouldn't have won the title. He's the only one with no interest from other clubs so far, so he stays. We need him too. I have been trying O'runov at right wing-back since Moses left. He's not very good, but has recently got injured, so I guess he stays for a little longer. I like Rocha's semi-decent defensive attributes and more than decent teamwork, but ultimately he's no more than a useful squad player for us. Once again, since we're paper-thin at forward, especially when it comes to Russian nationals, I'm a bit reluctant to sell him until we can get some depth up front. A good offer can change my mind. I simply can't replace Lucas right now. If he goes, we'll have to abandon the 523 system. We also have Guus Til on a 2-year loan at Freiburg which expires at the end of the season. He certainly won't need to rent an apartment in Moscow.
  16. 2021-22 PRE-SEASON More news from nowhere: I have a feeling it's a state-owned telecommunications company.. We'll take the money, though, it almost tripled our bank balance. We're getting there. We won the league, guys. Way to aim high. Although this might turn out to be a transitional season for our club, in which case it's more than realistic. I already wrote about Yevgnejev and Pletnev. I looked through the 2021 youth intakes of the bigger Russian clubs and Semka is one the very greatest of all youngsters coming through this year. With good fundamentals and already elite speed at the age of 15, he has every chance to become a perennial Russian international in the future. And that is the kind we will be collecting. I also appointed Vadim Romantsev, who I think is son of Oleg, as B Team Manager. If he's half the coach his father was, Spartak-2 is set for the foreseeable future.
  17. Thank you. Big summer decisions await when it comes to our remaining foreign players.
  18. With that off the ball, first touch and finishing, he can be absolutely lethal as a lone striker. He just needs to do sprints every day at training for the next 12 months or so...
  19. Grenoble certainly look promising this season. Mori is going places and he certainly has ample time to improve his quickness.
  20. 2020-21 END-OF-SEASON PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Team stats: Our tackle win rate continues to be a concern. Otherwise, we were great at the areas I want us to be. Player stats: I revised the formula for calculating defensive actions and it now considers fouls made, too. I went back and forth on this one, because it probably includes handballs and pushes at attacking set-pieces, but I've concluded that these two are few and far inbetween to really skew the numbers. Ideally, I would go with tackles attempted instead of tackles made, but, sadly, the game doesn't count that one, at least for me all the numbers are zero. Some takeaways: Ponce justified my decision of putting him in the starting 11, scoring goals and being efficient. I'm now tempted to keep him for another year, despite him being Argentinian, because we are really short of goalscorers. Bakaev is great, but he's no striker and his high xG/shot has a lot to do with him being our designated penalty-taker. Speaking of Bakaev, his consistently strong defensive numbers suggest he's viable at wide midfield too, should we decide to change the system. Suleimanov looks like a good signing, but a series of smaller injuries took away from his impact. He needs to stay on the field. Zobnin continues to be irreplaceable. Young Pavel Maslov played well as a Libero in limited minutes, but his lack of physicality and natural fitness puts his usability for other defensive roles in serious doubt.
  21. MAY 2021 Results: In the end, the title race proved to be largely anti-climatic. Thanks to some odd scheduling and CSKA kind of imploding, we went into the Tambov game already crowned as champions. Once I learned, however, that surging city rivals Dynamo were going to play a 4231 gegenpress against us (which seems to be the, ahem, go-to tactic this year), I got into this weird competitive streak . I played my first 11 and we put on a counter-attacking clinic. Lower LOE, attacking mentality, a few changes in duties, it was a joy to watch. Definitely the game of the season tactically. Then, as a reward, I kind of let the boys loose against Krasnodar. We went all-out of attack for this last game. I hope they enjoyed it (I didn't) because it won't happen too often. League table:
  22. APR 2021 It's been a busy month, so it gets a separate update. Results: We should've won the Rostov game. I hope I'm wrong, but it may well cost us the title. Somewhat inevitably, teams are playing more and more defensively against us. These five games in April saw 20 shots against us combined, 8 of them were on target. That's crazy. We're not that good defensively. League table: It's a two-horse race, but a very close one at that. Arsenal Tula gave CSKA their first defeat of the season and I can't thank them enough for that. Their second one was at the hands of Zenit who are crazy good with their new manager, 73-year-old Yury Semin. In the mid-season update, I predicted we had to win 9 of 12 of the remaining games. We're 6 out 8 so far, well on course. It's all in our hands now. However.. Remaining schedule: I'm really furious about that. Our title dreams will probably go down to those last two matches, away from home against very good opponents, and we have to play them two days apart. CSKA's schedule: Even though they're playing in the cup final, they don't have the kind of fixture congestion that we have. I say it's rigged. RIGGED. Hopefully, Rostov do to them what they did to us. Facilities: Gotta ask while you're winning. Future transfers incoming: He's already one the best players in Russia and still has some room to grow. 4.5M of the fee is up front, the rest is in installments over 3 years. I spent almost all the money from the Gigot deal on this one, but if we're serious about our goals and our Russian-only policy, moves like this have to be made. The scouts are not very fond of this guy, but I like his attribute spread. For a 15-year-old centre-back, he has no weaknesses, apart from strength, and we will see to that. If he manages 4-5 attribute point gains at key areas, we have a player. So we're getting him in at the earliest opportunity and start working. Mentoring: I mentioned a few updates ago, that I was hoping for a quick personality change for our big winter acquisition Suleimanov. After a warm welcome to the club and then some mentoring by Zobnin, he's now Resolute. Speaking of whom: A bunch of nobodies are after our captain, but he's going nowhere.
  23. YOUTH INTAKE 2021 My HOYD proudly states that has been shaping the mentality of Lyutnyanskyi - which is that of Low Determination.. I had a long, hard thought about firing him on the spot, but then brushed it off with that he's just probably drunk again. He's gone in the summer. Anyway, for a so-called golden generation, this is pretty weak. I signed 10 of these players, but most of them are super long-shots. Shabolin is the most promising of this crop and I can see him making it as a playmaker-type on the flanks or at AMC. A technical player with good decision-making already. The thing is, I'm very reluctant to use players with bravery that low anywhere on the field, and it's one attribute that never goes up by much. Volkov goes straight into the main squad for mentoring purposes. If I don't manage to change his personality soon enough, he's out of here. i like Aleshin. Everything about him screams BWM, but if he really develops, he can make it as a BBM. Even if he's "only" a good BWM for the future, I'm happy. Star ratings notwithstanding, Trubitsin is my favourite in this intake. He has great personality, some already solid mentals and positional versatility. He's started his training as a BWM to give him some good fundamentals and I'll re-evaluate in 6-8 months time. The other ones signed are Shamov. Kudinov, Bolonin, Khaziev, Fedorov and Melkonyan, most of them in order to see if their decent personalites can help them overcome the long odds they have right now.
  24. FEB-MAR 2021 Results: First, we crashed out of the Cup on a BS penalty. On a related note, I also learned that the Russian Cup doesn't have VAR.. We were the better team, but just couldn't score. I didn't like what I saw. It was the same story against Lokomotiv (our goal was a direct free-kick), which prompted me to tweak the tactic. We then beat Rotor who barely set foot on our half until the 80th minute. Finally, we overcame Zenit in a close game, although we went up 2-0 and had the better chances throughout: League table: CSKA keep on winning, so it's going to be tough. Things just didn't quite click after the winter break, so felt I had to alter our a tactic a little. Djikia just can't play BPD, he popped out of the screen in a wrong way, as he kept pissing the ball away into nowhereland. Our Libero is now on attack, because I need more attacking contribution from him and believe Hendrix can actually pull it off. I also benched Sobolev, since I can't trust him with any role right now, besides maybe TM to see out games. Ponce is starting now, even though he's not the solution either, not least because he's not Russian, but he's passable as an AF. The striker position has to be at the centre of our summer recruitment. I dropped more direct passing too, beacause our new set of roles and duties already makes our attacks quite vertical, without actually using that TI. 1 I made some other role changes to better suit the players and our revised attacking plan. Two games is a small sample size, so I'm going to watch the next few games on comprehensive highlights. There are still a few things to solve about our system, but I'm sure that, at the end of the day, this formation continues to give us the best chance to win, so I'm sticking with it for now.
  25. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS PART TWO After major concerns emerging as laid out int the last update, I went back and looked at the analytical data of all our league games so far. It turns out that very few of our headers lost actually occurred in our own box. Djikia and Kral combined for exactly zero headers lost in our box. The thing is, we're taking a bunch of corners and literally all the aerial challanges they're losing are in the opponent's box. SI should really introduce a stat that measures aerial challenges separately, or at least headers in own box or something like that. Please? The other thing is the game continues to have major problems with counting stats. CCC's are actually so broken I'm not even looking at them anymore. With that out of the way, let's take a look at some team stats quickly. Who cares? Good. Fine. Fine. Next. I think we're fine here. I'd like to take shots against down a little bit, but otherwise I see no major problems. Let's go win that title.
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