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  1. João Pedro's Management Career - February & March 2017 - Real Sociedad La Liga February A very good month, with a sound point against Barcelona followed by three wins. Barcelona came to The Anoeta and we totally dominated possession but both sides struggled to create chances. In the end the draw was more than fair. Celta Vigo then came to town, and we took them apart. Jonathas headed us infront early on, and then in just the 22nd minute we doubled our lead through Asier Illarramendi. Joël Veltman then put us 3-0 up on the stroke of halftime. Just after the hour mark Sandro slotted home to make it four-nil, and although rightback Carlos Martinez was sent off in the 74th minute, we added a fifth with three minutes remaining, again through Sandro. We then travelled to Madrid to face Atletico, and we won at one of the "Big Three" for the first time. After a cagey opening thirty minutes we took the lead in the 35th minute when Sandro intercepeted a pass from Atletico's goalkeeper and fired home with ease. Just before halftime Ruben Pardo smashed home from the edge of the area to put us two goals infront. Atletico grabbed a goal back with a little over twenty minutes to go, but we kept them at arms length and on the game 2-1. We weren't at our best when Cordoba came to town at the end of the month, but Jonathas sure as he grabbed a hattrick to see us to a 3-1 win. March Three wins and then two draws at the end of the month. The title is getting closer. We travelled to Eibar at the start of the month, and we really didn't put in a good display but got away with all three points thanks to Eibar gifting Malcom two goals. Malaga then came to The Anoeta and we sa them off with ease. Goals in the opening fifteen minutes from Asier Illarramendi and Malcom put us 2-0 up, and although Malage pulled a goal back, we restored our two goal advantage before the break. Early in the second half Sandro got his second and the final goal of the game to round off a 4-1 win. We then faced Sevilla, again at the Anoeta. Malcom put us ahead in the eleventh minute, tapping home fullback Joseba Zaldua's cross. Sevilla soon equalised, and then Riyad Mahrez missed a great chance to put us back infront, putting a penalty straight at the Sevilla goalkeeper. A winner did come though, and it arrived just eleven minutes into the second half when Mahrez delivered a precise cross for Sandro to head home. A trip to face Sevilla's rivals Real Betis followed, and we played out a dull 0-0 draw. Teh Basque Derby followed, and we rescued a draw late on. We fell behind after just twenty minutes, and in truth Athletic were much than us throughout. In the second minute of stoppage time though we rescued a point when Joël Veltman headed home Ruben Pardo's freekick. April starts with a home game against Levante, before Real Madrid come to town. Copa del Rey - Semi Final February A 3-0 aggregate defeat, which was disappointing. We totally dominated the first leg, with 65%-35% in terms of possession, and having 19 attempts to Real's 9. However Real took one of those chances, with Isco rocketing home Ronaldo's knockdown from just inside the area. 1-0 the final score, and an unphill battle in the second leg. In that second leg the game was very open from the off, but Real took the lead six minutes before halftime. Just four miniutes into the second half Ronaldo got his second of the game to seal a 3-0 aggregate win. Champions League - 1st Knockout Round February & March Well this went the way of the Copa del Rey semi - 1-0 home defeat, then 2-0 away defeat. The first leg was a fairly cagey affair, with us dominating possession but failing to make the most of it. Late in the day we were punished for that, as Erik Lamela hit a screamer from distance to give Spurs the 1-0 win. The second leg started with Spurs bossing the ball, and in the 21st minute they turned that into a goal when Christian Eriksen tapped in from close range to put them in total control of the tie. Spurs got a second early in the second half to kill the tie off. 3-0 on aggregate to Tottenham, a disappointing exit.
  2. Haha thanks very much! Cheers. Just hope I could play a bit quicker....last time was doing around a season every two to three weeks, a bit slower right now. Still a long time to go even if we beat Barcelona as we still have to face Real Madrid at home and Atletico Madrid away.
  3. Thanks. Got to be honest, it's been easier than I thought it would be to get in and around, (and above), the big three. Typical FM really! You most certainly can.
  4. João Pedro's Management Career - January 2017 - Real Sociedad La Liga Five wins from five, fifteen goals, and now a massive fourteen point lead! The month kicked off with a comfortable win at home to Tenerife. We got off to a good start, scoring from the penalty spot in the twenty-third minute through Jonathas after Malcom had been felled in the penalty box. Ante Ćorić cracked in another before halftime, and a little over twenty minutes into the second period Ignacio Camacho sealed the win when he nodded home from a corner. Sandro missed a penalty late on, but it mattered not. Another 3-0 win follwoed, this time away at Deportivo. Atfter a goalless first half, that man Ante Ćorić put us infront after just four minutes of th second period, arriving late in the six yard box to tap home Malcom's superb low cross. Joël Veltman doubled our lead with a header from close range in the 66th minute, and Sandro wrapped things eight minutes later with a cool finish from Malcom's thoughball. Almeria then visited The Anoeta, and we again laboured in the first half, and were 0-1 behind at halftime. After a halftime bollocking though we turned things around in the second half, with defender Diego Reyes equalising then Ante Ćorićscoring his third goal in three games to put us infront. Two minutes from time Sandro nodded home Joseba Zaldua's cross to wrap up the win. An away win followed at Villarreal, but it was a mixed display. We took the lead in the 35th minute, but immediately Villarreal equalised. We were back ahead before halftime though when Sandro grabbed his second of the game, and then we were 3-1 up after sixty-six minutes when Malcom thundered home from the edge of the box. Annoyingly though we conceded a second late on meaning we had a nervy ending to the game, but held out for a 3-2 win. Our final game of the month was away at Valenica, and all the action came in the second half. After a cagey first half Valencia went ahead just before the hour, but we levelled just six minutes later thanks to a superb solo goal from Cristian Tello. After that the game was end-to-end and with eight minutes remaining Sandro won and converted a penalty, and then two minutes later Sandro showed quick feet to evade the Valencia defence before calmly slotting home to round off a 3-1 win. Up next Barcelona come to The Anoeta. We may be miles clear, but it's still a massive game. Copa del Rey - 5th Round & Quarter Finals Through to the semi finals once again - very happy indeed! Espanyol were despatched with ease in the 5th round, as we thumped them 5-1 on aggregate. The home leg saw us comfortably see them off 2-0 thanks to goal from Sandro and Ignacio Camacho. The second leg saw Jonathas, recently back from a broken ankle, hit a super hattrick was Espanyol were left all at sea trying to handle the big targetman. In the quarter finals we met Villarreal, and we played out two very close games, both us which we won by a goal to nil. Captain Xabi Prieto grabbed the goal in the first leg after just fifteen minutes, and in the second leg a goal eight minutes from time from Jonathas was enough to seal a 2-0 aggregate win. In the semi-finals we face Real Madrid, with the first leg at The Anoeta.
  5. Jut is enough!! Barca have been inconsistent since the appointment of Joachim Löw in the summer, playing some nonsense 4-4-1-1 system. They'll come good again soon no doubt. Tottenham have a very good side and getting past them will be tricky. As for the Copa del Rey, yeah, get on with the next round! I doubt I'll be bringing in any new players unless we pick up some injuries. I'm really happy with the squad right now. Has always been a bit baffling to me too. I think it's now or never, that kind of once in a lifetime thing! Probably because you've seen my tweets!
  6. João Pedro's Management Career - November & December 2016 - Real Sociedad La Liga November A sound little month, with an away win and a victory in The Derby. At the start of the month we saw off Levante with considerable ease, racing into an unassailable two goal lead as early as the eleventh minute thanks to goals from Malcom and Cristian Tello. Game over. After the internatioal break Athletic came to The Anoeta for the Basque Derby. It was a massively drab game that was eventually settled nine minutes from time when a cross from Malcom was diverted into to Athletic goal by one of their own players. 1-0, a good result but a poor game. The month ended with a 3-1 win at home to Espanyol. We struggled in the first period, but early in the second half we made the breakthrough thanks to a Cristian Tello strike. Four minutes later Sandro put us to up, and with ten minutes to go Malcom made it 3-0. Espanyol grabbed a goal back within a minute, but they never threatened to make that anything more than a consolation. December Two away draws and a slender home win. Not sparkling form, but we're six points clear after seventeen games. Our first game of the month made me genuinely believe we could actually challenge for the title. Twice Real Madrid went infront, and twice came from behind, showing great spirit. More displays like this could definitely see us well in with a chance at the title. The game against Granada was just a horrible slog. So few good chances created, and just three efforts on target throughout the match. A draw was certainly fair. We finished the month, and year, with another poor display at home to Rayo Vallecano, but we took all three points thanks to a Cristian Tello strike nine minutes before halftime. Not a good performance, but three more points in the bag! After first game of the new year see's Tenerife come to The Anoeta. Champions League - Group Stage November Well we did it, we got through to the next round - just! The return game in Lisbon against Sporting saw us put on a decent defensive display, and come away with a point. Sandro fired us ahead soon before the half-hour, but moments into the second half it was one apiece. Sporting put alot of prssure on us, but we stood firm. We then went to the Ukraine to face Dynamo Kyiv, and we came away with a win, eventually. We fell behind six minutes before halftime in an end-to-end affair. We controlled things much more in the second half, and then two goals in just a couple of minutes totally turned things in our favour. Cristian Tello smashed one into the bottom corner from a devastating counter attack, and straight after the same put one on a plate for Sandro to tap in. Super turnaround. We went into the last game knowing that we needed a point to guarantee our place in the next round, but it wasn't defeinitely needed. We dominated the game against Manchester United, but their superior finishing saw them defeat is by two goals to nil. Sporting Lisbon defeating Dynamo Kyiv though meant we advanced to the next round based on our head-to-head record against Sporting. In the first knockout round we face Totteham, with the first leg at home with us finishing second in the group. Copa del Rey - 4th Round December Utterly dreadful that it took until extra time in the second leg to see off such lowly opponents, but we got the job done I suppose. If the first leg 1-0 was poor enough, the second leg was horrible. We fell behind after just sixteen minutes, and couldn't find a goal at all. Eventually in the first period of extra time an own goal came that saw us go through 2-1 on aggregate. Terrible. In the next round we face Espanyol, with the first leg at home.
  7. The defence is the key! I'm not sure "swashbuckling" is quite how I'd describe how we play - fifteen goals in eleven La Liga games isnt exactly great! Certainly right about Sandro, his form has been a real bonus with Jonathas breaking an ankle recently.
  8. João Pedro's Management Career - August, September & October 2016 - Real Sociedad La Liga August A great start to the season with two 2-0 wins. We started the season with a sound win against Villarreal at the Anoeta. New signing Riyad Mahrez curled in a stunning opener, and late in the day Jonathas sealed the win with a typically thumping header. A trip tp Almeria followed, and we brushed them aside with little fuss. Jonathas thundered rose like a salmon to head us infront just after half an hour, and eighteen minutes into the second period loan signing Sandro tapped home at the far post to double our lead and seal the points. September A bit of an inconsistent month, but the win against Atletico is a bit of a watershed moment - our first victory over one of the "Big Three". Our first game after the international break saw Valencia come to town, and evne though we were far from our best, we saw them off by a goal to nil. The goal came relatively early, as Sergio Canales bent home a lovely freekick from the edge of the box. We should've added more, but one was enough. A trip the Camp Nou followed, and we suffered our first defeat of the season. Jonathas fired us ahead after just sixteen minutes, but Barcelona soon hit back. Both sides had chances, Barca the better of them, and they got what proved to be the winner in the 68th minute. Ignacio Camacho was then sent off with minutes to go after recieving a second yellow card. Another away game followed, this time away at Celta Vigo, and we played out a dour 0-0 draw. At the end of the month Atletico Madrid came to town, and we finally managed a win against one of the traditional "Big Three". After a cagey first half we took the lead twenty minutes into the second period when the Atletico keeper fumbled in a tame effort from Daniel Didavi. With nine minutes to go however Jackson Martinez nipped in after a defensive mix-up to equalise for Atletico. Five minutes later though we grabbed a winner when Cristian Tello got free down the left hand side and pulled the ball back to allow Asier Illarramendi to slot home the winner. A big result for us. October Four wins and a draw in a terrific month, and after eleven games we're level points with Real Madrid at the top! The month began with a comfortable 2-0 win away at newly promoted Cordoba. We struggled to break them down in the first period, but nineteen minutes into the second half we had the breakthrough. Cristian Tello got in space down the left, found Sandro who layed it on a plate for Riyad Mahrez. Eleven minutes later Sandro doubled our lead, spinning well in the area to finish cooly from Asier Illarramendi's pass. We followed the Cordoba game up with a poor performance at home to Eibar, but we took the win thanks to another goal from Sandro, who headed home just before the half-hur mark from a Cristian Tello cross. Another 1-0 followed at the Anoeta, this time against Real Betis, and again it was Sandro who grabbed the only goal. Riyad Mahrez danced his way past three men, found Ante Ćorić who fed Sandro and he slotted in. Not a good display again, but three more points. Next we faced Malaga away from home, and we again kept a cleansheet and took all three points thanks to Sandro grabbing our goals. It was one of our btter performances so far this season, as we controlled possession and created good chances. The first goal arrived when Malcom squared the ball across the six yard box for Sandro to tap home, and the second was the same combination; this time a cross from Malcom getting headed home by Sandro. Comfortable win. Our final game of the month saw our winning run come to an end, but we still got a credible draw away at Sevilla. They took the lead after five minutes, but Sandro netted his sixth league goal of the month two minutes later to draw level. e domiated the game thereafter, taking 62% of the possession and creating the better chances. However we couldn't find another goal, and it finished one apiece. Can't complain with how we have started. Up next is a trip to Levante. Champions League - Group Stage September Well this was to be expected. We got off to a good start, comfortably defeating Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 at the Anoeta. Riyad Mahrez showed his class scoring a lovely goal four minutes before halftime, taking on three players before smashing home. After a bit of pressure in the second period from Dynamo, Ante Ćorić got a second to seal the win eighteen minutes from time. Defeat at Man United followed, and if truth be told it was expected. We held out until the stroke of halftime, and when they added a second just after the hour it was game over. October This is the result that could damage us. We played poorly, they played poorly. 0-0 was the best that this game deserved as neither side created a decent goalscoring opportunity. Lets hope next time around in Lisbon we can come away with atleast a point again, but even that might not be enough come the final standings.
  9. I personally wouldn't mind a slightly ore exciting brand of football!! Sick of the 1-0's last season. Oh I think we definitely make it through. Will be looking for three wins without a doubt.
  10. Champions League Group Stage Draw - 2016/17 Well we were amongt the bottom seeds, so I was expecting a very tough draw. Some massive sides are amongst the second seeds because of how the first seeds are picked now, including the English trio of Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs. But then even amongt the third seeds there are some terrific sides aswell; Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli and Tottenham. Scary stuff for lowly fourth seeds like ourselves! Not anything like as bad a draw as we could have had. The top seeds, Sporting Lisbon, are one of the two weakest sides from the first pot we culd have drawn. Obviously Manchester United is a dreadful side to draw, but Dynamo Kyiv offer us two very winnable fixtures.
  11. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and slap a load of money down! It kind of had to be with me losing a couple of massive players in Iñigo Martínez and Carlos Vela. Also players on loan, Bruma and Julian Brandt, returned to their parent clubs with us unable to sort deals for them, meaning we had a few gaps in the squad. We also had to expand the squad with us being in Europe this season. Ha with my tactics? Did you not noticd all the 1-0's last season?!
  12. João Pedro's Management Career - Preseason 2016/17 - Real Sociedad Transfers Out Total - £72.45million Ridiculously busy summer with many players leaving and alot of money raised. Ion Ansotegi was no longer really good enough to be part of my plans, and despite him being a club legend it was time he moved on. Defender Iñigo Martínez expressed an interest to leave despite us qualifying for the Champions League, and Real Madrid came in with the biggest offer, which was just short of his release clause. Alfreð Finnbogason was out on loan at Olympiakos last season, and although they didn't meet the agreed fee, £2.5million was more than enough. Striker Imanol Agirretxe didn't have many chances last season, starting just seven games all season and making nine sub appearances. He asked to leave, and we got as much as he could for him. The other really big sale was that of Carlos Vela who left for Juventus for just £2.5million short of his buyout clause. Like Martínez he wanted to go to a bigger club even after we qualified for Europes premier competition. Good luck to him. Both Alain Oyarzun (we get 50% of the profit on his next move) and Gonzalo Castro were no longer needed, with the former not showing nough development and the latter just not required anymore. Iker Hernandez did well out on loan last season, but was never going to be good enough for our first team. The low fee as all we could get. Letting Mauro Zárate leave was a tough decision, but he was on decent wages and wasn't guaranteed to be starting with the signings we have made. The three other players to leave for fee's were Jon Gaztañaga, David Concha and Pablo Hervías, who had all been out on loan last season but wre let go so I could raise funds for improvements. I guess I would have actually liked to have kept all three, but I couldn't justify keeping them over other players we were in for. The loan of note was that of Fede, who is a new signing. Transfers In Daniel Didavi - Free - VFB Stuttgart Signed on a pre-contract agreement back in Janauary, and although he's a good player I have no idea where I'm going to fit him in with some of the other signings I have made. Ooops. Diego Reyes - £5.5million - Porto Did well for us while on loan last season, but it at centreback or holding midfield. The fee was slightly more that I would have wanted to pay, (also a 15% of profit clause), but the wages are low and he's a young player who can still improve a bit, especially mentally. Malcom - £14million - Corinthians Thrilled with this signing, a real coup for the club. He's only 19 years old and has so much time to get even better. It may take him some time to adjust, but I'm sure he'll come good very soon. £14million- plenty of which is being paid over 36 months - will I'm sure prove to be an absolute snip! Joël Veltman - £7.25million - Ajax Replacement for Iñigo Martínez, and a very good one for the price. I'm not going to pretend he's as good as Martínez, but he's a more than capable replacement for the forseeable future. Fede - £1million - Racing Santander Found by my director of football, and he's a very sound young player. If he improves a couple of areas, composure especially, but he has all the makings of a very good defensive midfielder. Sandro - Loan - Barcelona Very pleased with this signing as his offers an alternative to my other main striker Jonathas. No loan fee involved, but paying 90% of his wages at Barca. We haven't got an agreed transfer fee in place, but I'll probbaly explore the possibility of signing him permanently. Ignacio Camacho - £11.5million - Malaga A hugel significant signing, considering both Valencia and Benfica were also chasing him. Yes it's a sizeable fee and he's our highest paid player by some £20,000 p/w, but what a stellar player. A mark of how far we have come in just a year. Ante Ćorić - £13million - Dinamo Zagreb Like with Malcom, a very big fee for a teenager, but again there is huge potential there. He's certainly ready to come straight into the team, and I look forward to aiding and watching his development. Riyad Mahrez - £9million - Leicester City A really super player, though a slightly high fee given Leicester's relegation at the end of last season. Still, delighted to bring in a player of real skill into the side. Hopefully he can bring goals and assists from a similar position to Carlos Vela last term. Cristian Tello - Loan (£45k p/m fee - Barcelona Signed on transfer deadline day, (ok, so not tecnically "preseason"!), he's a bit of a wildcard really. His speed and off the ball movement were what persuaded me to bring him in, and the fact he can play both left and right is also a plus point. Total - £61.7million A big outlay, but we still made a profit over the course of the window. Preseason Friendlies Only five preseason games, as we played three games over in Asia and then two testimonial matches back on our home ground. The lack of matches was due to the fact that with so many players coming and going it was unlikely we'd have really benefited in terms of tactical familiarity with plenty of games. The games we did have were a bit of a shambles, and we head into our opening La Liga games a little bit under-cooked.
  13. Thanks alot buddy. Cheers. Don;t worry, they will start again soon enough. Well I had to stand my ground as long as possible! Can't just be backed into a corner! It's what I thought in the end - neither side of North London would be pleased with the appointment! Haha I really don't know! Started to get to me, that's for sure!
  14. Announcement Well I've got a good few updates to post now, but unfortunately they will have to wait a while as I'm going on holiday first thing on Friday morning and won't have any time to get things posted up tomorrow after work. I'm back on the 19th, (a week on Saturday to those of you who can't figure it out), so expect updates to start again come Sunday 20th/Monday 21st.
  15. Going to take a bit of a hit over the rest of the summer I imagine. Big investment needed and we've already offloaded our biggest two assets...
  16. Tottenham have had a sniff this summer already, but were only willing to offer around £20million. Lets be fair, £30million would be great for a goalkeeper.
  17. Did that around Christmas time. He's now contracted until 2020 and his buyout clause is set at £30million.
  18. João Pedro's Management Career - Season Preview - 2016/17 - Real Sociedad Board Expectations La Liga - Top half finish Copa del Rey - Reach Quarter Finals Champions League - Enjoy the experience Personal Expectations La Liga - European Qualification Copa del Rey - Agree with the board Champions League - Depends what group we get! Not sure how to react the boards expectations, or lack of. Is it good that they are fairly conservative thus putting little pressure on me, or bad that they are showing a bit of a lack of ambition? Can't honestly say it concerns me that much, as it won't effect how I do things and my own personal ambitions. Budgets Balance: £53,294,164 (+£35,355,669) Transfer: £20,892,955 Wages: £726,475 p/w (Currently spending £584,874) The transfer budget would have been far greater, but it is July and the transfer window has been open some nine days meaning a fair bit of business has been done already. More on that later on. The wage budget is terrific, but it's quite alarming to see how much our spend has exploded since I first took over!
  19. Well I guess I caved in the end, but who can blame me? Automatic Champions League place, some cash to stregthen with, and a bit of a wage rise. Couldn't really say "No" when push came to shove.
  20. Firstly, thanks alot!! And we'll see, there might be news on that soon....
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