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  1. Yep, once the winter transfer patch is available I'm off to Sampdoria.
  2. Season 6: Transfers In/Out Season 6 Summary Limited transfer activity in terms of numbers (just moving on the deadwood & bringing in some youngsters) but 2 major signings: finally got Trent Alexander-Arnold for a club record £72m and Scottish wonderkid GK Paul Flynn joined from Aberdeen. The League and FA Cup double was secured, the 1st in Newcastle's history! The league was a lot tighter this year but we eventually finished 7 points clear of Man Utd, with another impressive goals haul of 94. Pinamonti broke his own goalscoring record with 44 goals in 50 games, ably assisted by Chiesa, Sancho & Alli who all delivered fine campaigns. Youngster Armoudon was rock solid in defence. Disaster struck in the Champions League however. Leading PSG 2-0 from the quater-final 1st leg, we conceded 3 goals in the last 10 mins to lose 3-2 on agg. Not the best. Next season will our year in Europe...
  3. Season 5: Transfers In/Out Season 5 Summary Back to back league titles secured with a PL record points total & no. of wins (33) in a 38 game season, blowing away the 2 Manchester clubs, our closest challengers. On the transfer front we made our biggest signing yet with Dele Alli joining for £65m and contributing an excellent return with 14 goals and 8 assists in 34 games with an average rating of 7.85. Although we won the league last season I wasn't happy with central defence, so out went Pickford, Maguire and Sakho & in comes Laporte from Man City and potential wonderkid Ronaël Armoudon. Promising goalkeeper Jasper Schendelaar was given a chance in goal, with Kasper Schmeichel providing experienced back-up. Stefano Sensi was surprisingly moved on, with the up & coming Pascal Birzer as his replacement. The changes worked wonders defensively as we only conceded 27 goals in the league. Chiesa though was the undoubted star of the season, with an amazing 28 goals & 25 assists in 45 games. Pinamonti again weighed in with 30+ goals and the final member of the 3 pronged attack, Jadon Sancho, delivering another impressive haul of 19 goals/13 assists in 43 games. The Champions League however continues to evade us, our run ending in the quarter-finals with a 6-4 agg defeat to Real Madrid. As ever that's the target for next season along with a hatrick of league titles.
  4. Season 4: The Tactics Transfers In/Out Season 4 Summary As promised a new tactic based on Sarri's excellent Napoli team of last season. The central defence was revamped with Sakho & Harry Maguire joining - both defenders comfortable with the ball, a key aspect of the new tactic. Mbemba & more controversially Jamal Lascelles made way, the latter joining Spurs for £30m. Frederico Chiesa was the other main signing, looking to replace Murphy in the AMR position as he's more suited to the out & out winger role. The new tactic worked wonders, as we won the league with 2 games to spare from Mourinho's relentless Man Utd. Our 1st league title in 94 years! The key foundation being an unbeaten home record, with 15 wins & 4 draws. In addition, we had a fantastic run in the Champions League, reaching the final where we lost narrowly 1-0 to Diego Simeone's Man City. Some fantastic results en route, beating PSG 5-0 at home (after losing the 1st leg 5-1) in the Quarters and a similar result in the Semi's, humbling Man Utd 5-1 after a 3-1 reverse in the 1st (away) leg. Pinamonti continued to bang them in in his new False 9 role, netting 39 goals in 50 games. Sancho had his best season yet with 16 goals/15 assists in 42 games & newcomer Chiesa assisted 20 in 45 games, scoring 15 goals into the bargain. I may have found my Salah/Firmino/Mane attack. Wonderkid Dominik Szoboszlai excelled in the 'Hamsik' role, with 13 goals/8 assists in 33 games & Marko Grujic was impressive in the box 2 box midfield position. In season 5 we'll be looking to retain the league & win the Champions League.
  5. Season 3: Transfers In/Out Season 3 Summary Squad strengthening the name of the game in the transfer window. Jordan Pickford the main signing with a smattering of youngsters for the future. Mainly financed by Zielinski leaving the club after only 1 season after having his head turned by Monaco but ends up going to Spurs for £40m. Go figure. An improvement in terms of final league position (3rd) but a lingering sense of underachievement. The expected title challenge didn't materialise, finishing a whopping 17 pts behind winners Man Utd despite being the division's top scorers with 90 goals. However, we conceded 50 goals and were subsequently involved in a 6 team battle for the top 4 which we secured with 5 wins in the last 6 games. Another decent run in the Champions League, qualifying from a tough group which included Bayern & Inter. In the last 16 we met PSG & despite securing a narrow 1-0 home win in the 1st leg, we were destroyed by Cavani in the return, losing 4-0. On the playing side, Pinamonti was a revelation in his Advanced Forward role, scoring 37 goals in 48 games & assisting a further 21, winning both Player & Footballer of the Year. Sancho continued his impressive development with 12 goals & 16 assists in 37 games & Murphy was superb netting 19 goals in 46 games, with 19 assists. Serious consideration to be given with a view to altering the tactics/formation for next season, aiming to shore up that defence but keep the goalscoring threat.
  6. Season 2: Transfers In/Out Season 2 Summary Major spending on transfers this season, with Kieran Tiernay, Jadon Sancho & Piotr Zielinski the highlights. Managed to raise over £50m clearing out the deadwood like Colback & Saviet and players who didn't fit the tactic like Gayle, Mitrovic & Ciaran Clark. Another top 4 finish achieved a lot more comfortably than last season, especially with competing in Europe (we reached the last 16, narrowly losing 3-2 on agg to Bayern). Finally ended the long wait for silverware with a winning run in the FA Cup, the standout match being a 4-3 thriller vs Chelsea in the semi's. Jacob Murphy continued his good form from last season with 13 goals & 13 assists in 38 games, ably abetted by Sancho (16 goals, 12 assists in 41 games from AML) and the new star, Andrea Pinamonti (27 goals in 49 games). Not forgetting some stellar performances from Sensi & Zielinski in midfield. Next season the goal is for a sustained title challenge.
  7. I'd like to see a revamp of the goalkeeping stats. The current metrics (no. saves held, parried etc) lack any real insight as its dependent on how good your whole team is at defending, retaining possession, and doesn't give any context as to what type of goal attempts your keeper is saving. A better measurement of goalkeeping performance should include the following: - % shots saved in the penalty area - % shots saved from outside the box - Save type i.e. diving, with feet - no. penalty saves vs faced - no. crosses claimed successful/failed (%) These metrics can give better insight into how your goalkeeper is performing & very useful for scouting. cheers
  8. Started a save with Newcastle Utd a couple of months ago. Summary of 1st season as follows: The Tactics Transfers In/Out Season 1 Summary Excellent performance in the league, securing a Champions League spot on the last day of the season, with a 2-0 home victory over Mourinho's Man Utd who ended up finishing 5th. Nothing spectacular to report in the cup competitions. Tactics based on Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund team from a couple of years ago. Brought in Stefano Sensi from Sassuolo & 2 potential stars in Pinamonti & Maresic but the surprise player of the season was Jacob Murphy with 22 goals in 35 appearances from the AMR position.
  9. No worries. Just on your point regarding the type of scorelines you'd expect on the tactic you posted, attacking formations and roles can sometimes lead to excruciatingly tedious football. To illustrate I had the misfortune to watch Malta vs England last Friday - now in FM terms England went out with an attacking (or control maybe) mentality being overwhelming favourites to win. However, England lack players who can effectively play in the half space (support duty roles) and create the pass or space for the goal scorers in the team. The result being 80 minutes of utter tedium watching attack v defence - the 3 late goals were more down to fatigue from a set of part time players than any tactical change from Southgate. England were well set up in that game to avoid conceding with essentially 2 aggressive holding midfielders which may seem ironic with an attacking mentality. But this can facilitate a quick regain of possession vs a lesser technical team. Basically with a team mentality of control or attacking, I always go for more support roles. It's particularly effective with wide roles, as if the winger receives the ball deeper he can turn and face the fullback, making it easier to dribble past him. It's usually more difficult if they're on attack duty in the AM strata as they'll likely receive the ball with their back to goal. Although slightly off topic you might want to check the below thread on attacking football by Cleon - explains it far better than me! Keep the faith.
  10. Sorry - should have read I'd never seen 3 Trequartista's in the same line-up before. Shame - how great would it have been to see Baggio, Totti and Del Piero in the same team behind a striker. Unfeasible but fun.
  11. On the thread started by Muja in the tactical forum, the last post made a good point in that all 4 players in the attacking strata all have an attack duty, which means they could lack support from midfield to supply the right pass from back to front, especially in transitions. Even if one if the attacking midfielders receives the ball, they're going to be right up against the opposition defence with little room to manoeuvre. Also unless it's the Italian translation the AM's all have the Trequartista role which I'm not sure any Italian team I've watched has ever employed. If I was playing this team IRL the obvious tactic would be to defend deep with 2 DM's and play on the break. One pass and you could take out the 4 players in attack. To make this tactic work you'd probably need a beast of a centre forward a la Drogba to terrorise the centre halves in the hope of creating space for the 3 Trequartista's, if they're not all encroaching in each other's space.
  12. This brings back memories if a similar tactic I used in FM2010, based on the below thread: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/196342-Liverpool-4-4-1-1-quot-Pass-and-Move-quot-Paisley-Era Formation and tactics very similar to the above post. On an unrelated note tho, I don't miss the sliders.
  13. FA Cup and a new update from Cleon. The perfect football weekend.
  14. I'm going with a diamond formation with Liverpool, inspired by Gegenpressing, as follows: GK - Sweeper keeper attack RB - Wing back attack LB - Wing back attack CD - Stopper CD - Cover DM - Regista support MC - BWM defend MC - B2B support AMC - Tre attack ST - Complete forward support ST - Adv fwd attack Mentality - attacking, Fluidity - Very structured Team instructions - hassle, stay on feet, play out of defence, much higher def line, work into box, whip crosses Balance looks but not sure about the front 3? Any advice welcome...
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