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  1. Nice update Jogo. That start was always going to be impossible to continue, but still picked up some great results. Fingers crossed you can hold out and get some European football. And a lovely bonus on the guerreiro front. Very useful. Sarr looks like he could become a handy player.
  2. What a great turnaround Jogo. That Lille result is . Nice to see Wissa doing well! Future does look bright.
  3. @Jogo Bonito Haha. Nice puns. I am enjoying them. The two Lorient boys have been great. Both now have a lot of interest in them and Wissa is kicking up a fuss about a contract. About to catch up on your updates. Looking forward to seeing the progress. @Hootieleece Thanks! You're doing a great job with Clermont and Jabi especially.
  4. Lille - Season review 2019/20 Results The second half of the season was strong, but not quite as strong as the first half of the season. A strong result against Lyon got us off to a strong start to February. Unfortunately we dropped points against Brest and Marseille. Draws were non-existent in the second half of the season and despite winning a strong amount of games, there were defeats against Montpellier and PSG that caused us some harm. We made some very good progress in the French cup and managed to reach the Final with a Yoane Wissa inspired semi final victory against PSG. Wissa was sensational in 2020 for us. Him and Dolberg forged a great partnership and they really carried us in some games. The cup final was a tough, tough game. Amiens put up a seriously strong effort in a game we were favourites in. They took us into extra time and once again it was Wissa who secured our first trophy, with Claude-Maurice scoring the other for us. League table Unfortunately we missed out on the title. We pushed PSG to the end but they were too strong for us in the end. Their goal difference was huge as well, so even if results went in our favour on the final day, it would not have been enough. Champions League football though is an achievement I am very pleased with and I look forward to going for it next season. Squad Benitez had a solid season for us. No errors at all, but not really and match winning performances either. At the back Wague, Herelle, Sarr and Tsimikas formed the regular back 4. They were very good and an area I am pleased with. Cyprien and Lees Melou were incredible in the central midfield partnership. I'll be surprised if I can keep them, but it is an area I need to improve depth in as we only have very inexperienced cover, but a lot of potential there. Atal and Claude-Maurice delivered on the wings. Claude-Maurice hit double figures for goals and they both racked up a large number of assists. Bundu really started to look like an asset, even scoring a couple of GOTS contenders. As mentioned above, Dolber and Wissa were superb. 44 goals between them. Dolberg was so unlucky but to miss out on the golden boot. Dembele pipped him by one with 26 goals.
  5. OGC Nice - Season 2019/20, Season 1 First half Transfers Out There were a couple of departures in the pre-season and 1 more followed in January. Patrick Burner left to join Newcastle first of all. I was originally planning on loaning him out as he looked quite good, but with the superb right back options already at the club he was never going to get a look in this season. However Newcastle came in with a bid and then matched my asking price. I reluctantly accepted after Burner himself pushed for the move. But quite happy with the amount we received. Arnaud Lusamba left to join Watford in the summer. I did not really see a place for him in the side and his stats were not really very appealing. Not sure he will be missed and will be surprised if he lasts long at Watford. Danilo was one I was expecting to be a big player for me. Someone I have rated highly in previous versions of FM. He was struggling to get into the side though and started to become a real bad egg behind the scenes and was seemingly taking his frustrations out on the pitch when he got game time. picking up frequent red and yellow cards. In the end I decided to just get rid and take the only bid I could get for him. Feel had it gone differently I may have been getting closer to £20m for him eventually but he was never looking like breaking into the side ahead of Cyprien and Pierre Lees-Melou. In Yoane Wissa - Lorient, £2.6m First through the door was Yoan Wissa, With a fairly small squad and not a too hefty budget I was looking for a bit of value in the market and think I definitely found this with Wissa. He gives me good cover on the left hand side and also up top and fits in to my side well. Quite well rounded without standing out in any particular area he's made the step up to Ligue 1 well. I originally planned to use him more on the wing, but he is currently part of my first choice strike partnership having performed well up there. Kostas Tsimikas - Olympiakos, £8.5m Our big money signing was Tsimikas. Left back was the area I highlighted when I joined as the area I wanted to strengthen the most. Durmisi is there on loan and Nsoki can play there, but I wasn't convince by either to be regular starters this season and I don't see Durmisi being a long term player for me. Tsimikas was the standout option for me and despite the fee being quite large for the budget I had, I think he will hold down that position for a long time and is solid in defence as well as being very good going forward. Mustapha Bundu - AGF £2.1m After looking for a cheap option to offer some depth on the right hand side, we brought in Bundu from the Danish league. I was looking for a direct, pacy player for the right hand side to bring on against tiring defences and I think Bundu offers that. Lacking on the mental side of the game, but I hope he can improve on this and he has had some very good cameos, changing a few games for us. I was very shocked to see that before his move to Denmark he was a Hereford superstar, scoring 17 in 17 games. Crazy. Torgeir Borven - Odd 800k I bought Borven in as a striking option with my plan to play an attacking 4-4-2. I have a number of players that can play up top, but they're all more suited to being wingers. Aside from Dolberg and some promising youngsters, Borven is the only true striker we have, I don't think he'll be sticking around too long as I don't want to stunt said youngsters development, but he will do for this year. Fixtures We made a superb start to the season, going on a very long unbeaten run to begin with, picking up some promising wins against the likes of Lyon and Marseille and scoring a lot of goals in the process. Monaco put a stop to that with a 1-0 win at our place and since then the goals haven't been quite as free flowing. We still picked up a number of wins and a decent point against PSG (we annoyingly lost a 3 goal lead in that one though), but the January form has been pretty patchy and I think I need to take a look at the tactics as it seems teams may have sussed us out a bit. We went out of the Coupe de la Ligue early, fielding a very young side, but we have been better in the French cup and have a quarter final to look forward to. We enter February on the tails of PSG in second place, but do have a precious game in hand. Thankfully they haven't quite been the unstoppable force they usually are. I hope I can keep up the pace and give them a battle to the end of the season, but recent form will need to pick up if we are to do so. We had a 5 point lead at the middle of January. The Squad We have been operating an attacking 4-4-2 in most games. The team revolves around the midfield partnership of Cyprien and Lees Melou. They've both been tremendous and have allowed me to play without the extra midfielder. Lees Melou has been a very pleasant surprise. Admittedly of seen very little of him irl but I have been hugely impressed with him on this. Dolberg has been lethal in front of goal, leading the scoring charts with Moussa Dembele. The wings are the position that see most rotation, but the preferred duo at the moment is Atal and Claude-Maurice. Bundu, Ounas, Maolida and Wissa give us options there as well, but they can all play in multiple positions which is nice. Ideally I'd be playing Atal at right back but I can't justify leaving him or Wague on the bench, so they form a partnership instead. If I am unable to get Wague permanently, it is good to know I have such a good player to slot in there. Herelle and Sarr have been the main pairing at the back. Expecting bids for Sarr in the summer. Have high hopes for Guessand, Thuram, Trouillet and Boudaoui and they will all be getting opportunities at the business end of the season.
  6. Nice one window. Really like those signings. Wague has been great for me. Can’t get him to sign permanently at the moment sadly, but will definitely do all I can to make him do so. Good luck with the season. Be interesting to see how active Nantes are.
  7. Brilliant work with Metz @Ronaldo Beckham. Good luck in the champions league! Also good work @bendixkunert2 with Lille. Osimhen has been huge. Always wanted to manage him but haven’t done so yet. Hopefully you can get through the tough run in and knock PSG off at the first attempt. Really enjoying the start of my Nice save. Hoping to get an update up in the next few days once I’ve hit January. A few players that I’m really enjoying having in the squad.
  8. Nice update @Jogo Bonito. Very good read. Shame about the cup upsets. I’ve actually signed the first of the penalty villains in my Nice save. He did manage to tuck one away in the early coupe de la Ligue rounds though!
  9. Think I’m going to start up a save with Nice. Some exciting young players and like the idea of Jim Ratcliffe wanting to bring over an English manager and (hopefully) give a bit of money to spend. Looking forward to seeing if Atal is a good as he irl. Looks like some great saves on this thread. Look forward to reading!
  10. Thanks for your help both of you. Made some of those amendments last night for one game: - Changed the attackers roles (Olmo SS as suggested & Eduoard P) - Upped the tempo a little - Changed mentality Won the game 1-0. But there were much more chances and it was more Eduoard missing some big chances. Will continue to run it those evening and see how it goes and look back at my previous games to see the main differences. Will have a look at the line of engagement and width. Thinking of keeping it quite narrow, just not as extreme but adding PI’s to the wing backs to ask them to stay wider. And will look at the positions later the CAM’s take up to see about changing possibly the AM to support. On the wing backs, the description reads to me in the that it’s more an instruction for players to look for the overlap pass rather than to instruct the full backs to make the runs. Is that not how it works in game ? @callamity That hurt.
  11. Thanks for this @targetthyself. Appreciate your time to give your thoughts and to go into so much depth explaining. Really helpful and useful information. Will give these suggestions a go and let you know how it goes.
  12. Hi, I would appreciated any feedback/thoughts on the below tactic I am currently using on my Newcastle save. I've gone with a 3-4-2-1 with attacking wing backs, a sitting midfielder to keep it solid in front of the back 3. Allowing the BBM to get forward and help join attacks. The two behind the striker are where I was hoping my creativity would come from letting them focus on attacking and playing freely. The tactic has been really solid defensively, however after a couple of decent results to begin with, I am drawing the majority of games 0-0 with very few highlights. Winning the possession battle and having a small number more shots than the opposition per game, but really not looking threatening. I thought when putting together the tactic, I might have issues defensively with the amount of players set to attack duty, but it is the opposite. I'm not great with tactics, but feel this could have some promise with it being effective defensively and suiting the players I have (want to fit Olmo and Verschaaren into the same side and adding some depth to the CAM role) so I was just hoping anyone could see anything glaringly obvious wrong with it that might be affecting the amount of chances being created.
  13. Congrats on promotion. Great job. I’ve just signed Ashley Hunter on a free as he didn’t agree a new deal with Fleetwood. (Start of 3rd season in L1. He’s a key man for me and if I went up I wouldn’t be looking at replacing him unless anything I couldn’t refuse came up, if that helps at all. @Bergbatov good business, that’s a window Coventry fans could only dream of! @Jogo Bonito Decent start to life in the championship. Nice run of results there and very good start to the season @CityAndColour with Tonbridge.
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