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  1. I don't want to do the job he did at Cambridge a disservice but I found it a little strange that this fella went from Man City scout to Aston Villa manager. Thought I'd make you aware.
  2. Could someone post a few screenshots of how young talents like Luke Thomas, Max Bird, Jayden Bogle, Kyle McAllister, Louie Sibley, Max Lowe and Duane Holmes look beyond 2023/4?
  3. @quee - you could buy him now and then loan him out so he's getting experience in Serie B. Then register him in your squad later on.
  4. I'll certainly take that in my first season on FM19. Ultimatley, we could have finished in the top 4, in April and May we had some terrible results such as 0-0 with Chievo, Cagliari and Sampdoria as well as 1-1's with Sassuolo, Spal to the positives and know we can reach the Champions League places if we improve a small amount. My shot analysis against Chievo, not quite sure how we didn't score! In my off season I have plenty of work to do, I think keeping hold of Simeone and Chiesa will be where I start. Simeone's contract still has a €24m release clause for Champions League clubs, best try and get rid of that. Liverpool are sniffing around Chiesa. I also need to replace Muriel who heads back to Sevilla after his loan, there's also 3/4 other loan players returning to their parent clubs while I have 42 players returning back to Florence. There's alot of work sorting that lot out. One last thing to note, we welcome two signings in January. Erik Majetschak agreed a bosman deal but I was offered the chance to sign him in January for €150k which I thought was a nice touch. I snapped their hand off and got him to the club ASAP to train him how I want to. Anthony Anglieri also joined the club. He made the €800k switch from Palermo. Both of them had a big say in our U20s team winning the league and then beating Juventus and AC Milan in the semi and final. Our U18s also won the league and beat Inter in the semi finals but fell short of taking the trophy home when Juventus beat them on penalties in the final. The future looks bright for sure.
  5. I have just finished my first season on FM19, I managed Fiorentina to 5th spot, just outside of the Champions League spots. I'm really pleased with the way that we played and I'm looking to improve upon that next season. At various points in the season, I've been looking through different stats to see if my tactic is working the way that I'd like it too. We're having success scoring goals in the right areas, assisting goals in the areas that I'd like. The way we attack is varied and all three front men (Chiesa, Muriel and Simeone) have been contributing goals and assists. Overall, I'm fairly happy. I skipped FM18 so this may have been answered previously but I've been wondering what determines 'a chance'. As you can see in my screenshot, Valentin Eysseric who has been on loan at Nantes creates a lot of them. More than my front three put together in fact. The good news is he's coming back next season, the bad news is that I assume he won't create so many in my tactic. Am I reading too much into the stat? I think 'number of chances created' is a nice way to determine who successful your tactic is. Especially as we don't have xG in FM yet. I'd be interested to see how many chances your teams produce over a season? I wonder if there's a link between this and how effective the tactic could be.
  6. We just got battered by Inter in the Coppa Italia final.
  7. Cheers @rafaelbenitez - sorry to hear about your sacking, hopefully, you can get back on track with the new Touch save. Being new to FM19, I'm really wary of the new Dynamics feature, I've been trying to be nice to everyone! Sometimes I think FM is more morale manager, I've been conscious of this so far and have been praising players match and training performances on a regular basis. This has actually led me to be labelled as Federico Chiesa's favoured personnel, which in light of recent contract negotiations and interest from many European clubs has been favourable for me. That leads me on to your question, new contracts have been handed out to most of my important players, my DoF has handled some of the negotiations while I've also managed a few. I went €100k p/w over my wage budget and my board changed the % of transfer revenue retained down to 55%. When I got to January, I was able to change my expectations and now I have around €3m to spend with €100k p/w in wage budget to use. We've had a really good run in the past weeks, I switched my anchor man and used a defensive midfielder instead and we seem to be recycling possession a lot better than before, I also encouraged my wingers, Simeone and Chiesa to roam from position more. We've beaten Atalanta 3-0, Empoli 2-0, Genoa 3-1 but have lost to Milan, Torino, Sampdoria and Roma, a reminder how even the league can be. Chiesa is on 8 goals for the season while Muriel and Simeone follow that with 5 each. My Mezzala, Veretout is my other main goalscoring threat with 4 goals this season. During the January transfer window, I'm trying to tie down a deal for Victor Nelsson but I'm unsure if I can beat Arsenal and Manchester United to him. I'm also looking at Erik Majetschak from RB Leipzig on a bosman deal for the summer. I might sign a youngster from Palermo this window too but just seeing what my scouts make of him. Vitor Hugo may leave as he had interest from China while I'm hoping I can hang on to Simeone and Chiesa.
  8. Looks like a nice setup @rafaelbenitez - are you aiming for high possession? Looks like you're system is inspired by @herne79 's recent thread. I have something similar with the addition of a DLP, which I'll deploy against certain lower teams. Cracking season @Chelski Shogun - I bet you're glad you steered clear of the promotion playoffs. They seem difficult to get out of in Serie C. I like the look of Agnaldo, good luck with Serie B! - For me, things started well. My low defensive block worked wonders against Napoli and Juventus, I'm really satisfied with the counter-attacks we had during the game. Simeone is settling into his new inside-forward role well. Unlike Vitor Hugo who is huffing and puffing about learning his Anchor Man role, despite this he's putting in some great performances, his successful tackles and interceptions are just what I imagined they would be. If it wasn't for Lazio scoring a 94th-minute penalty (given by VAR) we'd have been top of the pile. Being the only unbeaten side left in the division will have to do.
  9. Sounds like you've had a great start to the season @rafaelbenitez - how have you set the team up?
  10. I too started a save with La Viola this week, it's my first FM19 save after spending some years playing FM17. I've disabled the first transfer window and tried to evaluate each player in the squad and see how I expect them to fit into the team. I'm retraining Giovanni Simeone as an inside forward and Vitor Hugo is being retrained as an anchor man. My idea is to play what the game calls a 4-1-4-1DM Wide which is a 4-1-2-3 in my eyes. The front 5 will have license to attack, roam and create whilst the defence, defend. At times, like my first match against Juventus, my idea is to have a solid defensive shape, using a low line of engagement enabling us to encourage the opposition forward ready for us to counter at speed. Here's how I see my first choice XI, Marco Benassi looks like the perfect box to box midfielder, with the added 'runs with ball rarely' PPM/trait I'm interested to see how he plays in the matches, so far in friendlies, he's been great. I've never used a Mezzala before but I'm hoping Veretout turns out well there. The front three looks exciting and I expect goals galore! We lack strength in depth so I'm looking forward to scouting a few gems to replace the likes of Dabo and Norgaard, and also the loanees (Gerson, Pjaca, Miralles) when they return. New contracts have been handed out to Federico Chiesa, Marco Benassi and Giovanni Simeone, all of which sign up until 2023. Along with a few others, they will be the core of the team moving forward. I've maxed out my staff across all three teams only sacking a few members of the group I tookover. My scouts are set to scour all three leagues in Italy whilst I have a couple of Argentine scouts in Argentina. I want to steer clear from obvious signings that everyone makes such as Tonali. There's a few youngsters from Palermo who interest me at the moment, I'm not sure what budget I'll have in January but look forward to making my mark on the team, I like to focus on certain attributes and personalities to mould the squad to my liking. That's it for now, I'll report back when I hit January, Forza I Viola!
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