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  1. ZENIT COMPETITIONS OVERVIEW Season 2024-25 Russian Premier League Super Cup Russian Cup Champions League EURO Cup N/A Manager comments The team did fantastically well to only drop 2 points in the league and are currently unbeaten for over 40 games. We did better in the Champions League getting through to the quarter finals and putting up a good fight against a strong Real Madrid side. I am beginning to believe due to the lack of Russian talent and the squad restriction rules we may never be strong enough to compete in this competition or be able to build a squad capable of beating the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona. MANAGER OVERVIEW History [b]Season Club League League Pos Indo Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Conf Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Arema Indonesian Super 1st N/A N/A N/A N/A Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o incomplete Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o Won Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year [b]Season Club League League Pos Russ Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Euro Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/19 Fakel Russian First 9th 6th N/A N/A N/A The Great Escape 2019/20 Fakel Russian First 1st 4th N/A N/A N/A Man Year Runner up 2020/21 Fakel Russian Premier 10th Semi N/A N/A N/A 2021/22 Fakel Russian Premier 7th* Qtr* N/A N/A N/A Quit the club to join Zenit (* indicates league position and round of cup qualified for when quit club) 2021/22 Zenit Russian Premier 2nd N/A N/A N/A 2n rnd 2022/23 Zenit Russian Premier 1st Final N/A Group Stage 1st knockout 2023/24 Zenit Russian Premier 1st 6th rnd Winners Group Stage Qtr Final 2024/25 Zenit Russian Premier 1st Winners Winners Qtr Final N/a Man of Year Season Profile Manager of the Year - winner End of Season Review TRANSFERS Players Staff Manager comments Better players were brought in but not alot of players were let go a total of 36 players was used thoughout the season including youth players I have started to bleed into the team. This will serve the team well for the future. CLUB STATS AND AWARDS NEXT SEASON I have now won everything in Russian Football and have a squad capable of walking the league each season. I will not invest much money as the past two seasons on transfers but will look at bringing in younger players for the future and developing them - if I need to pay a fee for some of the better youngsters in Russia then I will. I am negotiating with the board to improve the training and youth facilities to help me achieve this. My issue is with the European Football as Russia does not seem to produce many quality players to compete in the Champions League / Europa League and I have to rely upon foreign players. The Rules and Regulations of the league in Russia where I am only allowed 6 foreign players in the first team is really starting to hinder the European campaigns as the Russian players are not good enough. I have one year left on my contract and will see what it brings.
  2. ZENIT COMPETITIONS OVERVIEW Season 2023-24 Russian Premier League Super Cup Winners - Fakel 0-0 (p) Russian Cup 6th Round - Sibir Lst 2-1 (e) Champions League Failed to qualify from Group Stage League Table - Group B EURO Cup Manager comments The squad is strong enough in the domestic competitions, however it was disapointing to get knocked out of the Russian cup early on in the competition. The squad needs strengthening to do better in the Champions League. Halfway through the season this started to occur as players with a 'worldwide' reputation where brought to the club. To make a big impact though this must continue, it will though be difficult due to squad restriction rules and Russian players not been as good MANAGER OVERVIEW History [b]Season Club League League Pos Indo Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Conf Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Arema Indonesian Super 1st N/A N/A N/A N/A Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o incomplete Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o Won Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year [b]Season Club League League Pos Russ Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Euro Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/19 Fakel Russian First 9th 6th N/A N/A N/A The Great Escape 2019/20 Fakel Russian First 1st 4th N/A N/A N/A Man Year Runner up 2020/21 Fakel Russian Premier 10th Semi N/A N/A N/A 2021/22 Fakel Russian Premier 7th* Qtr* N/A N/A N/A Quit the club to join Zenit (* indicates league position and round of cup qualified for when quit club) 2021/22 Zenit Russian Premier 2nd N/A N/A N/A 2n rnd 2022/23 Zenit Russian Premier 1st Final N/A Group Stage 1st knockout 2023/24 Zenit Russian Premier 1st 6th rnd Winners Group Stage Qtr Final Season Profile Manager of the Year - winner n/a End of Season Review TRANSFERS Players Staff Manager comments As stated above I have started to bring in players with a worldwide reputation to improve the team and make us more competative in the Champions League. The pool of Russian players is not good enough. I will need to increase my scouting knowledge and fetch back to Russia any national players that can improve the team, this will help with the competition squad restrictions. In the future young players are going to be needed to be developed better. This is something I will need to speak to the board about next season CLUB STATS AND AWARDS NEXT SEASON The club has announced the following: Hopefully the purchase of the stadium will help the club finances long term as they wont have to pay out for any rent payments. Next season I will look to fetch in more 'worldwide' reputation players to strengthen the team and will probably look at bringing into the squad a few younger players particularly ones I have had out on loan as I believe that they can cut it in the league. The 'worlwide' players I intend to mainly use for the champions league so when there is a fixture congestion I will look at my other players first and depending upon fitness, form etc. I will also look at asking the board to improve the training and youth set up at the club as we have alot of good coaches and I believe that we need to take advantage of them better. This though will probably depend upon the financial state of the club as the stadium was purchased this season and I spent quite a bit of money in the transfer market. I am looking at making a return on this as the board has backed me to the hilt.
  3. Easy tackling came from guidance on OIs from this website http://www.guidetofootballmanager.com/match-day/opposition-instructions It gives guidance on when to use OIs in certain situations but however sometimes they don't work as intended during the matches I play - which is why Im seeking guidance For easy tackling it states: Against a player with good mobility (acceleration, pace, agility) or dribbling ability (dribbling technique, flair)- To hold up his progress while on the ball and make it difficult for players to go past him. I use this guidance when setting up my OIs
  4. 'Never' in a game of FM for 20 odd years have I seen an assistant advice 'never' tight mark, 'never' close down or tackle easy Quite the opposite they tell me to close down or tight mark or go in hard. Whats the assistants name was it I'm intrigued.
  5. Been playing FM since the first incarnation of the game way back when!! lol Your never to old to learn new things on the game. I have had success after success on the game but also like to try new ways of playing ie your assistant never tells you not to never close down - but in tactical guides it does - what Im trying to learn is how to implement the guides successfully
  6. There are options in the OI's to use 'never' and easy tackling in what situations would you use this. Reading the tactical guides it seems to state that if a player has better mobility (acceleration, agility and pace) than an opposite number you should never tight mark or close down and you should only never close down a player who has good mobility but poor technical abilities and also easy tackling should be used to stop a quick player going past you. However when I try this in a match where the opposition is full of quick attackers and wingers they always get by my man and score. My theory is that I am giving the player too much space and time - so I should be closing down, which is not what the guides say. I cannot understand what I am doing wrong with this approach so would like some feedback / guidance. I generally set all of the quick players onto never tight mark and never close down with easy tackling - I know some will say Im setting too many to never and thats why its not working - if so how do you evaluate which players to do this against when they all have approximatly the same attributes
  7. How long does it generally take for match training to be fluid - I have set it to the maximum level in my training schedule and organised some friendlies. I have 3 tactics each with 2 starting team instructions one to control the game with high pressing and another team instructions set to be go counter and be more disciplined and keep shape. I intend to vary between the two depending upon the opposition and whether I'm home or away. So far I've played 6 matches (4 of which I have used control and the level is accomplished) and 2 matches I have been counter attacking. I have used all three different formations on during the matches to try and get my team fluid in what I am trying to achieve. So my question is how long does this take as I want to use different match training to - but at the moment cant due to the tactics not being fluid enough. Also for match training before a match do you have to set your tactics and team instructions before the training starts for it to train the tactics for that match or does it train in every tactic and team instructions you have at your disposal.
  8. I train in match tactics before a game and put the setting to maximum - I also bring in my players early so that they can get familiar along with arranging around 10 - 11 pre-season friendlies so that my squad becomes familiar with the way I want to play quickly. It is now January (8 months into the season) and all three of my tactics are now at fluid on the match training screen in each seperate breakdown of the tactic On the tactics screen I like to vary my team instructions to the different opponents I face I generally have the following settings which is used depending upon the oppenent I face and is used on all of the different formations - Defensive flexible, Attacking flexible, Counter - fluid - aggressive-close down, Counter - fluid - keep shape, Control Poseession - Highly Structured, Control Posession highly Structued - aggressive. Some of these settings have reached the fluid level but some are still accomplished after 8 months. On the tactics screen you can match train for defending set pieces, attacking, defending, match tactics etc. Obviously I am still using the match tactics setting to get the tactical instructions to fluid but it is taking alot of time with the settings set to maximum training and is also stopping me match training in different things. Am I doing something wrong and training in too many tactical instructions - How do others approach this aspect of the game when you need to tweak instructions to suit opponents
  9. Is there any other way to attempt to stop them. Against fast, quick, technical and good dribblers If you have set OIs against the player to mark never, easy tackling show onto left foot to show player outside with Player Instructions as Ease of tackles and close down less - could you not take off mark never to fetch the player that little bit closer to them or go the other way and fully close them down in an attempt to stop them if this not working and they are getting by your players. As it seems putting every OI on the player and player instructions is possibly giving them too much room to play and they have the skill to do it. Generally your assistant manager would advise to close down if they are getting too much room and not take into account the speed and skill of the opposition player. However he never tells you to go easy tackling, never close down or never tight mark in his advice
  10. As far as I understand - if you show a left sided player onto his left foot he should run down the flank and vice versa with a right sided player. Again if you want them to run at your defence you should show a left sided player onto their right foot and vice versa. During a match my players occasionally do not carry this out correctly. There are many times where I will instruct my full backs to show a left sided opposition player down the wing (on his left foot) only for him to cut inside. I have checked the opposition players PPM and it does not state liked to cut inside so that is not the issue. So why does my players not carry out my instructions correctly. I'm playing FM16. Generally if the opposition player is quicker, better at dribbling and more technical than my fullbacks I will set OIs to mark never and easy tackling so that I can stand upto him and not commit and direct him to the area of the pitch I want ie outside in this case. I will also look at the players instructions setting the fullback to close down much less and easy tackling. I find that the oppostion player cuts inside and my full back is not directing him outside as I want. This appears to be correct in theory from all of the advice I have taken and various blogs, articles etc on the subject - but yet I cannot get my players to carry it out as numerous times the player cuts inside Any advice on what I'm doing wrong. I've read alot of the tactical bibles on this site and others and still cannot seem to get it right.
  11. Thanks for your help I have tried this to some extent - however the opposition player more often than not gets buy the player but have not adjusted the player instructions before on it which may help. I have only used team instructions of close down less and OI instructions of closed down never, tight mark never and easy tackling. I will give it ago with the extra settings you recommend
  12. What is the best way to beat a team that is better than yours because all of there attacking players are quicker, good dribblers and technically superior in vision and flair. Is it best to keep the shape or go and close them down quickly not giving them any time on the ball. When coming up against these teams I have used both methods both with not much success so I wondered what do others do. I know that there is no given rule of thumb but after different ideas to try out to counteract them
  13. ZENIT COMPETITIONS OVERVIEW Season 2022-23 Russian Premier League Russian Cup Final - Fakel Lst 2-1 Champions League Failed to qualify from Group Stage League Table - Group A At least we did this: EURO Cup 1st Knock out Round - Southampton Lst 2-1 (aet) Manager comments After a strong start and we were languishing in 3rd place with 3 games to go - the top three positions where very tight and one slip up could have cost either team to lose. However we rose to the challenge and rose up to the top of the league in the last 3 games. I don't know what would have happened to my job if we didn't. We had a very difficult Champions League group and with the team getting beat each week this seriously affected morale - which affected the league form. Players will need to be brought in if we have a cat in hells chance of doing anything in this competition and the recruitment will start immediately. However this will be a slow process as alot of players may not wish to come to the club as there are alot of better teams out there playing in the same competition. It was also disapointing to lose to my former club in the Russian Cup competition. A rivalry is beginning to form between myself and the manager who replaced me there. MANAGER OVERVIEW History [b]Season Club League League Pos Indo Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Conf Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Arema Indonesian Super 1st N/A N/A N/A N/A Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o incomplete Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year 2016/17 Arema Indonesian Super 1st Won Won East p/o Won Man of Mth x 3 / Man Year [b]Season Club League League Pos Russ Cup Super Cup Champ Lge Euro Cup Achievements[/b] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2017/19 Fakel Russian First 9th 6th N/A N/A N/A The Great Escape 2019/20 Fakel Russian First 1st 4th N/A N/A N/A Man Year Runner up 2020/21 Fakel Russian Premier 10th Semi N/A N/A N/A 2021/22 Fakel Russian Premier 7th* Qtr* N/A N/A N/A Quit the club to join Zenit (* indicates league position and round of cup qualified for when quit club) 2021/22 Zenit Russian Premier 2nd N/A N/A N/A 2n rnd 2022/23 Zenit Russian Premier 1st Final N/A Group Stage 1st knockout Season Profile Manager of the Year - winner n/a End of Season Review TRANSFERS Players Staff N/A Manager comments A few of the older players are starting to retire. I intend to sign the players I brought in on loan as I feel these will help strengthen the squad and are young enough for me to develop. Further players will need to be signed to strengthen the squad if we are to compete better in the Champions League - this though will depend on two things - my remaining transfer budget and if the player is interested in joining us. A few bigger teams have started 'sniffing' around my better players and I hope that I can keep hold of them CLUB STATS AND AWARDS NEXT SEASON The club has announced the following: I'm not sure if this deal will help the club financially or not and provide extra transfer funds. I'm going the strengthen the team as much as I can to improve our chances in the Champions League - this may include a few loan signings as I don't feel the transfer budget will stretch far especially as I have signed the loan players I had last season. I am going to review the players at the club from the under 19, 21 and Zenit 2 teams and transfer list those who I don't feel will make it at Zenit. I will loan out and develop the youngesters and start to fetch the better ones through into the first team where I can
  14. I don't think it needs a complete overhaul - just tweaking especially for free kicks. Attacking FK should be designed for which area of the pitch you are taking it - ie more defensive possession orientated for the closer to the half way line the free kick is and more attacking for the closer to the penalty spot the players are - the free kicks should have more options ie run over ball, shoot on site and also be set to target an attacking player when they are taken.
  15. Thanks - nothing more I can do then apart from been patient. I guess if I want to train a it in set pieces I could set match prep to max and when 1.5 days have passed adjust it to set pieces from match tactics even though this will slow it down - at least its doing it for a bit.