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  1. Uh, I didn't know such a filter existed - that is just how I write normally. Sorry about that. Regarding your post - I just provided proof that your concerns are justified.
  2. Uh. I think those stats are rubbish. Look at this: 68-29 Converted CCCs in the past 30 league games. But the team only scored 52-18 in those games...
  3. I ran the benchmark with FM in the background: Plugging/unplugging or rebooting doesn't make a difference.
  4. Hi, thanks for the quick reply. I deleted the folders, but no change. MBP_eGPU.spx
  5. Hi, I just tried to play on a Macbook Pro from 2017 with a AMD Radeon Vega 56 attached as eGPU. Checking the preferences in FM2020 shows "This PC's 3D Graphics Capability" is only 1 star, and the GFX during a match are atrocious. The same setup with a HP laptop (same eGPU enclosure, same GPU) gives me 5 stars. Is there an issue with Macs and eGPUs with FM2020?
  6. The second season: Transfers: Spahic was getting old in the tooth, so I let him go and replaced him with a nice, cheap Norwegian talent. I also wanted a striker with more potential than Wood, and I kinda broke Waldschmidt by playing him in the reserves the previous season, so I signed a big name striker from Sweden (you all know his dad). The full backs I have are good enough for the Bundesliga, but I want to improve long term, so I got another two prospects for there as well. Additionally, Ostrzolek made some noises about not getting enough playing time (I pretty much gave 50/50 to him and Santos, so he had no reason to complain.) and I wanted to be prepared if I have to let him go. As the prospects were settling in well I let Sakai go when a decent offer came in. Gregoritsch was not going to improve and he blocked squad places, so I tried actively to sell him on. Shame about the low fee. The best and most important transfer is of course Pavon. What a player. Comes as a prospect, but got to 4.5 full yellow stars in his first season! My best player by a parsec or so. (Pic is from after the season) Results: Im the EL things were fine until the semis when a bad first leg at Anfield (3-1 to LFC) was too much to overcome. Won the German Cup, a nice 1-0 in the semi against Bayern was the highlight there. Wood was the main striker in the league (Larsson played in the cups), and scored a nice 20. Issues: 1) I am becoming unhappy with the tactic. It is great for grinding out results, but I think too low scoring to challenge Bayern in the medium term, as 80+ points will be needed for that, so there's no space for draws or losses where my team didn't convert the few chances it created. Not sure how to go about changing this. 2) Players are frequently becoming unhappy and want to play or move on to bigger and better things. This I think is related to my low stats as a manager (after 2 seasons it's still only 5 in man management). And it is a problem as it affects team morale. Prime example here is Ostrzolek who I tried to transfer after his incessant complaining, but nobody wanted him - so I gave him a nice cosy seat in the stands for the second half of the season. Twat. The negative: Pavon, the one season wonder. 31(11) games, 20 goals, 13 assists. As a right winger. When I signed him I accepted a 56M release clause thinking that surely nobody would pay that much for a prospect. Well, no. Nobody would. But he ceased to be a prospect in this season and PSG snapped him up. I tried to extend his contract but his agent would only accept something with a lower release clause... Bugger. The positive: 56M fixed the transfer budget issue.
  7. So you got rid of Cleber and Djourou within a year? What do you not like about them, i.e. which stats do you look for in a defender? I only ever play as HSV these days, so I only know transfers funds as lacking in the first 2-3 seasons. Fine by me, though - I like building my players up, so I ask my boards for the respective philosophies and then just sign them young. At the moment i am at the beginning of the third season, so I can post my second season bits in a moment.
  8. I went with the 4-2-3-1 counter, and the results are reliably good, even when starting with a 1/20 manager as in the below example: The transfers: Incoming: Soler was a mistake - he was a 5 star recommendation by my scouts and looked a great buy at first, but his low determination cost him in the end. He didn't improve and was shipped out to the reserves at the end of the season. Lameira was a brilliant buy - a wonderkid that does fill those stars given time, and he did a job from the bench or as stand-in when more seasoned pros were out. Velkov is another talent which got a bit playing time here or there similar to Lameira. 5 star recommendation as well. Outgoing: Got rid of the dead weight Lasogga and also Hunt. Hunt is a decent enough player, but I felt I had enough cover in AM and wanted to cash in. Team: Goalkeepers: Adler did of course well. Mathenia had to play a few games but did OK as well. Fullbacks: All 4 full backs did well, but I had to bring in Goetz at some point due to injuries and bans. Hard tackling for fullbacks means a yellow pretty much every game... Central defenders: The three originals all did well, I rotated them regularly to keep them happy and added Velkov to the mix late in games or when I expected a win. Midfield: Albin Ekdal was the corner stone of my midfield as MC/DLP. Next to him Holtby as box-to-box midfielder, and on the bench relieving either of them Jung. I started Soler a few times, and gave Lameira playing time similar to Velkov. Jung turned out to be very solid and even chipped in with a few goals, which was unexpected - his 5 is 4 more than the rest of the bunch. AM: Halilovic most of the time did an OK job, Gregoritsch and Holtby stood in when he was unavailable. Wingers: Mueller and Kostic all the way. Bahoui and Koehlert got a bit playing time, but only when really necessary. Strikers: Started the season with Gregoritsch as main striker, as he has so many favourable skills - fast and great at headers, that is a rare combination. Another plus are his dead ball skills. However, I felt he didn't deliver as much as I hoped - his low mental attributes and lack of balance/acceleration are what keeps him from being a star in this team. Replaced him with Bobby Wood and yes, that guy delivers. He is a limited player, but he has all the right skills to bang em in. I think if I had started with him the season would have turned out even better. Another mention should probably go to Waldschmidt, who should be nourished into the first team - he has the potential to turn out even better than Wood. He scored fewer headers, but his mobility and team play more than make up for it. I didn't do it because of the Gregoritsch gamble, that was a bad decision.
  9. Perfect squad for a 4-2-3-1 with wingers, not inside forwards and a counter mentality (so much pace - use the space!). In FM that works really well, unlike in the real world, I guess. Well, the first few games IRL were close, and now moral is shattered, that explains part of our misery, and the lack of cover in DC/DM. In my save the team performed really well and EL qualification followed. Started a new save with a more realistic me as manager (all stats a 1 ), and again the team started really well. Gotta keep the confidence up and it will be smooth sailing. There are three areas with shortages: DC - but you can use Jung to stand in, then you have 4 which is sufficient. DM/MC - Ekdal and Holtby are very good, Jung performs very well, too - but 3 for 2 positions isn't enough, especially if one of them also gets to cover at DC. There are some nice, cheap transfers available - Soler from Valencia B, e.g. and Lameira from Porto B. Wings - Mueller (right) and Kostic (left) are excellent, and there are two players to cover, but they are nowhere near the same quality: Bahoui is OK, but while Koehlert is a talent (4 stars or more) he is too slow for the position. Still, Mueller and Kostic are not injury prone, so you can make do with this. You could also play Gregoritsch on the wings, but I prefer him in the middle. Oh, and I almost forgot Halilovic whose best position is supposedly on the right side - but he is too slow. The strong points: Fullbacks - you got 2 for each side (plus Goetz who is OK for a short period), and all 4 perform really well in FM (not so in real life, there only Sakai and Santos are good, Diekmeyer is fast, but can't cross or defend, and Ostrzolek is distinctly meh) AM: Halilovic, Hunt, Gregoritsch, Holtby and after one season Ferrati comes back. Too much to choose from for one position - I get rid of Hunt (slows the game down IRL and is the oldest, so it's the last chance to cash in), start Halilovic, play Holtby further back and Gregoritsch as striker. Gregoritsch and Holtby stand in when Halilovic is not fit. From the second season on have Halilovic and Ferrati share the job - both are young and 4+ star talents with fitting stats for the position. SC: One position and we have Lasogga (get rid of him, too slow, just as IRL), Wood (good), Gregoritsch (good, quicker than IRL), Waldschmidt (OK talent, but has got the right stats). Transfers needed: 1 DC+1DM/MC or 2 DM/MC Players to get rid of: Lasogga, possibly Hunt. Of course with all those strikers you could also try to play a 4-4-2, but it would be a shame to waste all those AMs.
  10. Especially as this may be the last chance, with the way things are going IRL. FM as therapy - that's the way it has been this decade, and there's no end in sight
  11. Shots are a meaningless stat, just like possession. What counts are chances. What were the CCC and half chances for the games?
  12. Regarding unambitious players: IIRC the strategy is to choose the second tutoring option (tutor him off the field), and let him be tutored by only slightly better characters (so the character difference isn't too much). You have to do this cycle a number of times only to get him out of unambitious, so it's long winded with limited success. Regarding WCs: So, it's 2052 until Africa finally wins one? Take that, Pele.
  13. Whoa! 10-1. That's the biggest win in the club's history! Thanks for that. Amazing that you spank Rangers like that.
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