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  1. I'll go into a little greater detail about it. You can have up 3 foreign players registered for the Champion's League, but only two non-Asian players. So you can have one superstar from Asia or the Middle East that's not from your country, which is considered foreign, and then two non-Asian players. With the Chinese Super league, you have one spot for a Taiwan/Macau/Hong Kong player, so they'll usually take that spot. So you could use one of your 4 foreign spots for a superstar that's Asian. If you did that, then you'd only have to leave out one superstar out (and you'd have to leave your Hong Kong/Taiwan guy out....some of them are really good comparitively). So in that case only one star player would get mad, along with one guy who's probably a regular starter. There are some pretty good guys from Iran and Japan that are worth considering in the save I'm in. I thought about that - getting a Middle Eastern or Asian foreigner, just because of this. However, it's a balance. The best Asian and Middle-Eastern players aren't as good as the best European and South American players, at least in the save I'm in. Also, those guys are highly coveted for that reason, you get in a bidding war or they'll blow your transfer budget out just for one guy. You'd sacrifice your regular league competitiveness in order to be more competitive in the Champion's League.....that's an expensive gamble. There is always some guys riding the bench at one of the top teams in Europe, who are way way way better for a small transfer fee. There's always an aging star, unhappy borderline star, or an up-and-comer that's willing to make a few million in the Chinese league for a few years. If you're patient you can get them for $5 million or less, so you can spend your transfer money on the Chinese U23's which are the key to winning - you always have to have one on the field in the Super League, so if they get hurt and you don't have a U23 sub, you're playing with 10 men. Thank you for doing that. Also, thanks everybody for the positive comments
  2. Background: I'm trying the Pentagon challenge, and I'm currently coaching Shenzhen FC in the Chinese Super League. In the Chinese Super League the squad rules are: 1. Goalkeeper has to be Chinese - all of them. 2. One player in the playing 11 on the field has to be an under 23 Chinese. 3. In your squad, you can have 5 foreign players. One of the five has to Macanese, from Hong-Kong, or from Taiwan. The other 4 can be from any where. You can only have 3 out of the 4 non-Asian players on the field at any time, but the other can be on the bench. So because of these rules, all of the teams get star players for the 4 non-Asian players. They throw big money into transfer fees to get them, they pay them the highest, and their playing time is always "star player" or "important player." That's how all of the teams do it. That's how the league is set-up - even the pay structure has a maximum of salary of $1.68 million p/a for Chinese players and $6.1 million for foreign players. That's the actual league rules. So this isn't a case of "you set your squad up wrong by bringing in those foreign players." The league specifically designed for you to do that, and every single team does it. To emphasize this even more, my Chinese MC dlp won league MVP, led the league in assists, and tied for top scorer. At the end of the season when they show you jersey sales, he was 5th in jersey sales, behind the 4 foreign players, even though he had a way better season. The 4 foreign players are your showcase players. So the problem is with the Asian Champions League. You can only have 2 non-Asian players registered on the squad (not playing - registered). That means you have to leave two star players out of registration. When you leave the 2 players out, their morale immediately goes to "abysmal" and they're upset. Additionally in the social feed, you see, "I can't believe they left him out," and [the coach] "has a lot of explaining to do." With some players, about 1/4 of the ones I've had, you can explain to them it's the registration rules, and then apologize and promise to make it up to them, and they go back to being "fair" morale. However, a good 3/4 of the players are really mad at you no matter what you do. They also complain to the team, which lowers the whole squad happiness and squad support for you one or two levels - even if the left out players were in the "others" social group and not influential players. A day later or so, the squad will demand you have a team meeting about treating the player unfairly, and you have to apologize or they all get the sads. They'll do separate meeting for each player! Not only that, it drops your "loyalty to players" stat as a coach, which means some players might not sign with you later on...even though you had no choice. The second season, I save scummed this interaction to test all of the available dialog options, and none of them worked. There's no choice to have a team meeting beforehand to explain why; there's no way to interact with the player beforehand to explain why. There really should be a way to do this without 2 of your star players ruining the squad morale and lowering your coaching stats. Again, the league is specifically designed for this to happen. The players IRL would know and understand the system. Yes, it would be okay, if you talked to them ahead of time, and they still get sad, but it shouldn't have the whole team thinking you treated two players unfairly, and force you to hold multiple team meetings about it to apologize. I would ask that in FM2021, the way this works is better. You could have a meeting with the 4 players involved, or the whole team, saying, "I'm going to have to leave two of you out." Then you could explain why....maybe because this guy has a better back-up, or this guy was with us last year when we won it, so let the new guy experience it. I'm sure that's what happens IRL in some form. There could be a back and forth about it, where a guy says he'll be pissed if he's left off, or another guy being somewhat okay with it. It shouldn't make your squad and the whole world think you're some backstabbing a-hole, who betrays your players. It should be understood that this has to happen, and it's a tough decision. Sure a player could get a little upset, but the way it's set up now is really bad. I think all of the Asian leagues are set up like this, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm humbly requesting that you look at this, and if possible, fix it. Thank you.
  3. I've been using 1371. I don't know if that's the best, though. I'm not the authority.
  4. Okay I have a great story with this one. First of all thank you for all of the tactics. I started off a save with Inter Miami in the MLS; got headhunted by Burnley and took the job. I have used mostly Beowulf, but sometimes Tea 4-1, Pilgrimage, and Mississippi Oxford. In the 2nd season I started using this for big away games, and it got me a win or draw every time (although one time had to switch back to Beowulf in the 2nd half). In our 2nd season, we won the Premier Division, Eurocup 2, but lost in the Carabao cup semi-finals to Liverpool on penalties - that's okay, we got them back in the semifinals of the FA Cup. So now we're in the very last game of the season before the long break, and it's for the FA Cup Championship. We're going against Southampton, whom we beat twice easily before. I start off with Beowulf 442 attacking. It's not going well, 36% possession and 1 shot after 17 minutes. It's still 0-0, though. Switch to cautious, get one or two more shots in and the possession is a little better, but they're still getting possession and shots. Usually switching to Tea 4-1 turns this around. I switch at about 35 minutes, and same thing. We're going to lose if this keeps up. The Southhampton fellows are playing the defensive game of their lives. I can't get through no matter what. Halftime - get everybody motivated and happy. I subbed out a 6.4 player. Switch to Mississippi Oxford, because the personnel I have on the field can play that without being out of position. That starts to work. Possession and shots start to even up, but it's still a low volume of shots for both, and it's stil 0-0. 77th minute, my up and coming newgen striker (went from two-star to 4.5 stars current ability in one season) gets a red card!!! So I paused. Okay, I can pack it in, SUS, and hope I get to penalties. If I do that, however that's a good 45 minutes of a motivated opponent just teeing off on me. So should I go for it, or just be target practice for 45 minutes? Okay, we're going out fighting boys. I switch to this underdog tactic, and leave it at attacking. The little green thing pops up saying, hey you should go very defensive. Click the ignore button - let's go! The clock ticks down..... 80th minute....possession and shots still the same; no highlights 86th minute.....highlight for the other team. It's okay; just a goal kick. 89th minute.....nothing changed....four minutes of penalty time. That will feel like an eternity being tied and down a man. 91st minute.....highlight .... They have the ball and they're right outside my box. Oh man, I'm gonna lose this. Suddenly Bruma (a transfer from this season) steals the ball on the left side. He dribbles in between two of their players! He's up to midfield and dodges the one guy they had back! Now he's in their box on the left side; two of their guys have closed on him, and he's blocked off from rounding the keeper. He's trapped. He does it anyway! He tiptoes the back-line, dodging two guys, rounds the keeper by going to the middle a little, and scores!!!! Immediately change to very defensive, hold shape, regroup, direct play, play disciplined, stay on feet, cancel the overlaps. The clock runs down with no highlights and we win! The last game of the season in extra time, using a hail mary tactic while down a man, the guy for whom the board was "very concerned" about the financials of his transfer, wins us the FA Cup, and we ride off into the sunset - or rather .... a Tequila Sunrise.
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