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About craigcwwe

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    My GF gave me an ultimatum, 'Me or Manchester United'?
    I miss her.

    2018 WWE Prediction League Winner
    2018/19 Bundesliga Prediction Winner

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  1. Got this in my steam library from a while back, not got round to watching it yet but this has reminded me. Will give it a watch before FM20 comes out.
  2. Was hoping for 8th November for the full release at the latest with the beta on the 25th October to fit in with my week off. Oh well, it'll be ready when it's ready I guess.
  3. Always enjoy reading your threads and this is another solid thread. I always tend to jump to positive mentality when building a tactic, or in previous versions, control. Might try playing my current tactic on balanced for a few games and see what happens. Interesting that you don't use many TIs either, as well as seeing the thread that @herne79 put up yesterday, it's definitely food for thought. You see a lot of users lump on 10 different TIs and then wonder why things aren't working and whilst I don't use that many, typically no more than 7, perhaps less is more as the saying goes? Anyway, good stuff once again @westy8chimp
  4. I once sent a player on a leadership course and after he completed it his rating went down.
  5. Really enjoy reading these. Top stuff.
  6. Season 2021/22 Transfers In: Spent: £23m Signed for £5m from Hertha Berlin to play backup to Dennis Man on the RW. Cheaper than some alternatives for this position. A replacement for an outgoing. £10.75m from Bayer Leverkusen. This chap shall be my new first choice at RB. He's playing at close to his full potential and very versatile. Again much cheaper than other targets that I was tracking and considering what other positions needing filling I couldn't get my first choice target. £3.5m from Lyon. Really pleased we managed to get this one over the line as he was being chased by a number of clubs across Europe. An absolute bargain at that price for his age and talent. A key player in my squad this coming season. A loan signing from Bayern similar to the Palacios loan from PSG last summer. Adds in some real quality in CM and can play a number of positions. Again, priced out of my other targets for a permanent transfer so we had to head into the loan market and reassess our options again next summer in this position. With the schedule being busier this coming season due to our participation in the Europa League we needed to add a signing at CB. As always I had a few targets in mind to join us before deciding on this guy. Once again raiding the German market we paid Gladbach £3.7m to secure the services this Senegalese centre half. Needing cover due to an unexpected player sale I had to delve into the loan market as it was transfer deadline day. Having first checked my youth sides for a prospect and coming up short we didn't have the time nor the funds to make a permanent signing here. In the end I had to make do with this chap from PSG just to give us a backup option. Transfers Out: Received: £23.5m My backup GK, Sirigu was the first player out of the door this summer. He didn't want to play second fiddle to Onana so I agreed to his request to leave. Spurs came in and offered a good deal for a player who had just one year left on his contract. Belkheir was a youth player that never developed and he left on a free after his contract ran out. Lyanco to Atalanta for £2m. He was a backup that wanted to be a regular and I wasn't interested in that so sold him to the highest bidder. Next two were youths that didn't have a future at the club, bonus to get a fee for them as it's quite hard to sell these sorts of players. Laurenzi is one of my best youth prospects so he goes out on loan one again, hopefully he can get 20+ games at Empoli in Serie A over the course of the season. Lastly, a sale that I didn't want to make but much like in the Andrea Belotti saga my hands were tied. He had just one year deal remaining on his contract and despite my best efforts over the last 18 months to get him to agree a new deal he wasn't interested surprisingly. Napoli came in with a pretty poor offer on the last day of the window and after a bit of back and forth we came to an agreement and off he went. Basically recouped what I paid for him in the first place. Disappointing to see him go really as I was hoping he was going to be my first choice RB for the next 8/10 years. Pre Season: Well damn, first defeat in a pre season game in this save. I set up a tougher pre season this time around as I wanted to test my team against some teams on the continent ahead of our venture into Europe. Overall, a pretty good pre season, first game blip aside.
  7. Cheers. Not bringing in a striker this season as I'm pleased with the development of Cosimo Marca Da Graca who I signed in my first season at the club for 150k. I also have a decent backup option in Fabian Reese so for now I won't be signing a striker. If I was to bring in one then I'd offload Reese.
  8. Season Club League Position Achievements/Other ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Torino Serie A 7th Coppa Italia - 3rd Qualifying Round Serie A Manager of the Year 2019/20 Torino Serie A 7th Coppa Italia - Quarter Final Serie A Manager of the Year ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 Torino Serie A 5th Coppa Italia - Quarter Final Serie A Manager of the Year
  9. Nice work @john1 Xadas is a beast yeah. What role are you using him in and what tactics are you using? Some great results there.
  10. 6th, 4th and 9th for them so far. PSG spending silly sums this save. £83m, £325m, £485m and £280m.
  11. Yeah poor seasons for those two, Inter won the league the season before so to drop so far back is shocking from them. Napoli sold most of their best players last summer. £221m they received for players. Inter sold both of their starting CBs and recouped £106m.
  12. Season 2020/21 January 2021: No winter friendlies this time around as the winter break wasn't as long so straight into action with the Coppa Italia kicking off for us and a 2-1 home success to advance to the QFs. Simone Edera off the bench to net the winner after two OGs. League actions resumes at Lazio. They are third in the table, we're 4th. Big game and also my 100th in the dugout. Evina coming off the bench for the out of sorts Trincao got the leveller. Good point. News item post match says that Da Graca has won the Italian player of the week award. Four times out of the last 6 matchdays now. His development this season has been fantastic so far and he's now my first choice striker. 15th place Perugia on a Thursday night next and a poor result as we couldn't find the quality to get a second. Dennis Man with our goal. Frank Evina had a penalty saved in the first half at 0-0. Nice and easy two nil win at relegation battling Brescia. A Xadas penalty just before the break and then Reese sealing the win not long after the restart. Coppa Italia quarter final at Serie B side Frosinone. They sit third in the table with just three defeats all season so I expected a tough game and that is exactly what we got. Two goals chalked off for offside in the space of 42s just after the HT break from us and then a late winner from them. Out of the cup, really disappointing to go out to a side from the division below but it wasn't really a surprise to me. February 2021: Parma at home in a busy month. Man with the goal for the one nil win. 14 league games unbeaten now. 8 wins and 7 draws. Dennis Man opening the scoring at home to Milan before a header from Riyad Mahrez earned AC an away point. A long trip down south next for the game against Palermo and a narrow 1 nil win. Trincao getting the only goal of the game. We had to rely on a 95th minute leveller from Reese to earn a point at home to Bologna. We dominated the game throughout but they were so hard to break down. Reese and an 89th minute penalty from Xadas won us all three points against Fiorentina. March 2021: A very fair 1-1 draw at Inter. Palacios scoring the equaliser for us in the second half to kick off March's three league games. Next up was an home game against the last team to beat us in Serie A. Benevento. I told my players that they should go out there and get revenge. My words worked as we raced into a two goal lead after just 4 minutes. 31 shots in total to their zero. A dominant performance. Da Graca, Xadas (Pen) and Palacios with the goals. After the final international break of the season we are back in Serie A action at underperforming Napoli, Jose Mourinho is the new manager there having replaced Marcelo Bielsa in January. They sit 10th in the table. I do anticipate a tough game nonetheless. And our 19 game unbeaten run has come to an end as Napoli run out deserved winners. April 2021: Four players suspended for the away game at Atalanta. Romero, Wan-Bissaka, Da Graca and De Silvestri. Not good. The game in Bergamo saw both sides nullify the other sides threats and it ended 0-0. Good point in my opinion considering the players we had missing. Another three players out for this game. Onana injured. Xadas and Dennis Man both suspended. After a pre match pep talk to several players, including Trincao to up their performances we came out fast again, Trincao himself scoring two in the opening five minutes. The first a penalty and then a FK. Baselli so nearly getting in on the action when the goalkeeper tipped his 25 yarder onto the underside of the bar. Not even 10 minutes on the clock yet and we were looking to put Spal to the sword early on. Francisco Trincao bagged his hat trick in the second half and then substitute Rincon got his first goal of the campaign. Baselli scoring for the second game running gave us all three points at 18th place Sassuolo. Am appaling result at home to mid table Pescara. 2-3 times a season we lose these games and it's costing us European football. May 2021: Crushing defeat at Roma. Never got into the game. Heaviest defeat as Torino manager. As it stands we're two points clear of 5th place. Could be that we need to get a result in the derby on the final day at Juventus to get 4th. Huge three points away to in form Empoli, Dennis Man with both goals. Final home game of the campaign sees us host Sampdoria and a win here will give us CL football next season. Nowhere near good enough to put away the team in 15th to end the home campaign. Disappointing result and performance which means we could well need a result at Juventus on the last matchday as I predicted a few games back to get into the CL providing Lazio keep the pressure on. One game to go and we're two points clear of 5th place Lazio. We have the H2H on Lazio with a win at home and a draw at their place so a draw will be enough for us. A draw and a Roma loss means we finish 3rd. Lot of drama and tension then on the final day. Well, things didn't go our way on the last matchday as you can see. A comfortable 3 nil win for Juventus and Lazio winning 5-1 saw us finish 5th and miss out on CL football by a single point. Final League Table: An heartbreaking end to the season as we missed out on CL football next season by the smallest of margins. For the second straight season we ran out of legs at the business end of the season. A win at home to 11th place Pescara or 15th place Sampdoria at the time would have secured top four but it wasn't to be. Overall I'm very pleased with the season, I was targeting 7th as a minimum to maintain the previous two seasons efforts so to get into Europe at the third time of trying when we've been so close the last two times is very pleasing, looking forward to that European adventure next season. A fantastic 19 game league unbeaten run last five months was incredible. We're such a consistent side and that's very important. If we can just iron out 1-2 poor results that'd be nice. Another Coppa Italia quarter final exit but it was a close game and our opponents just edged it. So yeah, overall another very good season that finally sees us rewarded with a European place. New signings review: Signed for £8.25m to be my key CB and he delivered for us. Started all but 4 league games for us. Lot of interest in him from across Europe but no intention of selling this guy who I consider to be one of my key players already. This guy I bought with one eye on the future at CB, £525k, said in a previous post that I would be giving him 10/12 games this season and that's what he got, 6 starts and off the bench a further 6 times as well as playing for my u20s side with 15 outings. Very raw this guy but he has shown some improvement over the course of the season, possibly be loaned out next season depending on whether I can secure him at least first team regular status at a good level. Otherwise he'll continue as this season but playing more games. If he stays he'd be looking at 15 games as a minimum with the added EL competition to our schedule. Loan signing for the season from PSG 19(11) games, 4 goals and 2 assists. A little underwhelming quite honestly, expected more from this chap. A £2.6m signing from Monaco. 17(11) games, just one goal and no assists. Really struggled for form and consistency this campaign did the talented young Belgian. He did get himself a first cap for the Belgian NT towards the end of the season. Not going to write him off after one campaign but looking for him to show some improvements next time out. Lot of room to improve and we've a good record during my time at Torino of developing these young players. Signed from Bayern's reserve side for £2.7m. Backup LW 9(15) games, 2 goals and a single assist. Shown some good improvements in his development over the past 12 months but next season I'll be looking for him to kick on after a year of settling in at the club. The final signing of last summer to replace Belotti was Fabian Reese. He ended up alternating the striker's spot with Da Graca who returned to the club after a 6 month loan in Serie B last season. Eight goals in 19(6) games. Season stats: Top scorer - Dennis Man - 11 goalsMost assists - Francisco Trincao - 11 assistsHighest average rating - Wan-Bissaka - 7.076th best attack8th best defence 14 clean sheets I won the Serie A Manager of the Year award for the third season running. Francisco Trincao won the fans' payer of the season award.
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