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  1. Oh, and I want a big flashing sign on the screen when the opposition makes a substitution. I can never seem to notice until the player coming on scores or assists...
  2. My impressions so far are mixed. I love a lot about the match engine, especially the fix for the cross to far post goal every time feature. It is smoother, some cool new player moves, etc. Very realistic that Ed Woodward can't get any deals over the line too. BUT... Players still make stupid decisions all the time. Especially the famous "Messi under zero pressure decides to head the ball aimlessly towards the opposition, instead of taking the ball down and starting a counter attack" It looks tremendously silly still. Players have no situational awareness in terms of weather it is early in the game or late, behind or ahead, etc. Blindly following instructions, or not following instructions at all depending on personality I guess. My rant about the most difficult part of the whole thing I guess, so ok... The finishing of star players have been nerfed to oblivion. Messi, Neymar, Suarez, Ronaldo, all score half as many goals after the game starts as they do in real life. Zlatan only scores belters from 20 meters, cant make easy headers under no pressure to save his life. This brings me to the next issue. It seems to me that something has been done with the game balance. So it is very hard to consistently win in the Premier League. This is a good thing. I love going to Watford and struggling. But, when Barcelona are lucky to win 2-0 at home, and even luckier to go home with only 5 goals conceded from Old Trafford in the second season is just silly. Barcelona outgun us on basically all positions except goalkeeper, left back and one midfield position. Lingard, Martial and Icardi against MSN? Yeah... Struggling against Watford after crushing Barcelona like that makes no sense to me. So please stop nerfing Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Bayern, Juventus and PSG. Make it a supreme achievement to win the Champions League again, not something you feel entitled to do 5 seasons in... I loved the social media stuff at the start, but there are just too few different posts to keep it even remotely interesting. Journalists asking me why I have chosen Pogba to replace Fosu-Mensah from the starting lineup just because we had two easy fixtures before this game, and Pogba has 20 games this season and Mensah has 2 is, well, pretty silly again. Probably more to come.
  3. I don't really consider this a bug. As has been said here, it is not really the way the game is meant to be played either. But it does turn out that even without an assistant, the coach in charge starts making decisions contrary to my instructions as well. Seems like I fired a perfectly good assistant for no reason...
  4. Some saves I like to take more of a sporting director role. So I handle transfers, set up tactics and select the team, but holiday through all the matches. For a long time that worked fine. But then I managed to sign two wonderkid regens who are not only hugely talented, but also the two best players in the team. Now, I can't give them a rest, because even if I leave them out of the match squad, my Assistant manager puts them in the starting lineup, despite having the options ticked to use the selected team when possible. Had a match against one of the worst teams in the division followed by a game against the best team in the division. One of the wonderkids had a condition of 74% and the other 83%. So I left them out to get them fit for the big game. My assistant started the player with 83% and brought the player with 74% on at halftime. Result was both of them at 80% fitness for the big game. I tried hiring a absolutely useless assistant in the hopes that he would not have the confidence to make his own decisions, but that did not work. I tried using the editor and moving a world class Assistant to my squad in the hopes that he would understand the thinking behind my decisions, that did not work. I tried dropping the two guys to the U-21 before a game as an experiment, he still selects them. The only thing that works is going without an assistant, Whoever is in charge then still puts these two guys on the bench, but makes no substitutions. Not a big issue compared to my assistant anyway, because when the two wonderkids were starting, he always made 3 subs in the 90th minute, every single game. Sometimes he subbed the GK on 90 minutes for no apparent reason. My question is this: Is there a stat or ability in Assistant managers that make them more or less inclined to do as you say? Is it possible to design an assistant that follows your directions on team selection? Or does it have to do with squad status? As in, if key players are possible to put in the team, they will always do that? For now I will rock on without an assistant, as it is the only way to rest these to lads, apart from managing every game of course...
  5. It seems pretty clear to me that this "issue" has nothing to do with reloading the game. I have experienced devastating slumps of form after a big unexpected loss, but my interpretation is that it is related to the big drop in morale that follows such a loss. This morale drop seems to me to be a balancing tool, if you will, to make the game slightly harder. The game is designed to be "easy" and to emphasize attacking football because this is what most people want, and what generates the most sales. FM has always been this way, and always will. Because SI are not in it to make the perfect realistic simulation of football management, they are in it to make money. So no, they do not do anything that would "sabotage" the human player, and no, they wont do anything to alienate the average (casual) player, etc, etc, etc and so on. The bottom line is the bottom line and as in any business, it dictates most decisions. Everything else is myth, or wishful thinking...
  6. Anyone else noticing the "invisible walls"? I just conceded an own goal, where clearly the ball was nowhere near my defender, but appeared to hit an invisible object and go into the net. Have seen my attackers shoot and it looks like it is going straight into the open net, but then again hits this invisible object. Another interesting factor of this invisible object is that the ball accelerates upon hitting it, reaching supersonic speeds not normally seen in the game...
  7. Goalkeepers are an absolute mess of contradictions. On the one hand they have zero reaction time, and can not only save, but hold "perfect shots" that would be unstoppable in real life, and have some kind of ball magnet in their gloves, allowing them to pick balls out of the air that has just been smashed against the crossbar. Ridiculous. They also know where shots are going even when they are blocked 3 feet away from the point of origin, as witnessed by GKs throwing themselves after these blocked shots that they have no earthly way of knowing the trajectory of. On the other hand, they will get up with the speed and agility of a 90 year old after making a save but dropping the ball right next to them. Completely disinterested in the ball resting 2 feet away. Or they stay down for a full 5 seconds (I timed it, but of course I don't know how long their nap would actually be, because after 5 seconds the opposing striker scored.) without moving for said ball easily within their reach. How about fixing the ridiculous amounts of shots hitting the woodwork, and then fixing the ridiculous catches that the GKs make after the ball hitting the woodwork? Should cancel each other out, and make for an infinitely more realistic ME.
  8. First post goals from corner. Low crosses to the first post. The player tasked with marking the near post moves out, no one marks the attacker, easy goal. A: Low crosses to the first post are "always" cleared in real life. Why? Because it is easy. B: The player marking the post does not move out in real life. His job is to make sure nothing pops in there, yet in FM, he does not seem to understand this. C: In real life, as a manager, you can tall a player exactly where you want him, but in FM you can't. Conceding a couple of first post goals from corners, put a big brute in front of the first post, making sure a cross has to be at least 8 feet high to pass him. Problem solved. In FM, you are powerless. Apparently not possible to combine "retain possession" with a "defensive" mentality. Sure you can select it, but the defensive players, and most importantly the GK, will hoof it long 100% of the time, regardless of his personal instructions. Why is it the GK can't find defenders to pass to when we play a deep line, but easily picks them out with a high line? Players still losing the ball and then promptly turning around to run back to their defensive position instead of closing down, allowing the player who just won the ball a good half hour to pick out the through pass. And if he is a defender it will be a damn good one. If he is a passing midfielder, eh, not so dangerous. Makes sense, yeah? Sweeper keeper does not sweep. Plain and simple. ..
  9. I have decided to drop Dusan Tadic, in spite of his two extremely prolific seasons. He seems to be soft mentally, and never plays well when we are struggling. So Martin Odegaard and Patrick Roberts will be first choices with Dusan as backup. We will see how that goes. There are also 3-4 very young players I want to groom this season. 2 DMCs that I want to replace Wanayama and Cork in the long run, Nick Hider who came in and bagged 9 goal points in 11 games at the end of last season, as well as a very talented MC I bought from Bolton. They will play a lot more than their abilities justify, and I am sure we will drop points as a result. But I want to take the long view, and the board is not very ambitious, and still only demands a respectable position, so I think we can do it. The Champions League might have to wait. But Ward-Prowse is making noises about leaving for a CL club. I told him I would let him go if a club met our valuation. I value him at 60 mill...
  10. Unlucky and just not good enough I think. We played Everton in the 37th round at home, and lost it in the 88th minute. A draw would have sealed 4th for us. But my youngsters lost their heads and let one in, even though we completely controlled the game, and were defending deep and not taking any chances to try to make sure we got the draw. Oh well... Who knows, maybe we can get lucky and win the Euro League instead? That would be nice.
  11. Third season is under way. Here is the starting lineup I want to field most of the time.
  12. I also picked the team for the Euro League. Out of 25 players, 9 were homegrown at the club, and 19 were homegrown in the country. Pretty amazing stats there, and shows that I am moving towards an all homegrown club. I have picked up so many promising youngsters around 16-17 years old, and 5-6 years from now, we should be fielding all homegrown teams pretty much week in-week out. The only position that causes me worry is the GK. I don't know how I am going to find someone who can push Forster for a starting spot. International scouting is not very good, and there are virtually no UK/Irish GK talent to be found. Hope to get lucky and get one in the youth intake. A few words about the youth intake. It has been amazing both times for us. There are probably 7 players from the two intakes that my coaches feel will be excellent first team players down the road. So that part is going swimmingly. Now all that remains is finding ways to win when the stakes get high.
  13. Preparation to the third season. I have a sneaky feeling that this season will be harder than the previous seasons. Maybe it is that feeling that we have been significantly overachieving for the majority of the last two seasons. Maybe it is the fact that I have decided to give another couple of youngsters key roles this season to further help their development. And maybe I am just a pessimist. Anyways, here is the transfer activity. As expected, a bunch of youngsters in, but at least there was not a lot of important outs. Stephen Davies was no longer needed, so I let him go. James Wilson is the only big signing, and I hope he can push Berahino to better performances, and chip in some goals of his own.
  14. Here you can clearly see our abysmal end to the season...
  15. As you can see, the team is getting ever younger. So how did they fare in the PL season 2015/2016? Actually the season played out almost exactly like the last one. Except we were better! Well not in the CL. We went head first out of the group, finishing last with 4 points. But small margins could have made it so very different. We lost 2-1 at the Bernabeu, with Real scoring 2 in stoppage time. We got 4 draws against Olympiakos and PSG, but we clearly deserved to win 3 of those games. First time jitters from the youngsters I suppose. And that is fine. Only one way to learn. And we were leading the league for about 15 weeks. We were much better than last year. Until we were not. The "rot" set in earlier, and harder. Sending us reeling from 1st to 5th in 10 rounds. 22 points behind Liverpool. And even though we got 2 points more than last year, it was not enough to secure CL football. To make matters worse, we had our CL faith in our own hands at home to Everton in the 37th round. A draw would seal a CL place for us. But we threw it way in the 88th minute, losing 1-2. We could still qualify, but away to Chelsea in this form, not much hope. And we lost 2-0 at The bridge. Did not deserve to lose, but we lost. The theme of the last quarter of the season. Did not deserve to lose, but we lost... Again after letting go of the emotions, it was another great season for this young Southampton team. We are establishing us as one of the very top teams, and one day soon we will not crumble at the end. And when that day comes, we will be champions! Also, I blame it all on Saido Berahino. He could not score to save his life for the second part of the season, and missed more sitters in the last 20 games than Andy Cole did in his entire career! For the final stretch I replaced him with a 16 year old regen who scored 6 goals and made 3 assists in the 11 games he played, and he almost single handedly restored our belief. But I still think he will be a star (both of them actually). I would post screenshots, but it won't let me (if anyone knows why I get the red exclamation mark when I try to add screenshots, I would be grateful for a tip)...
  16. So preparation for the second season. First some of the players fronted by Schneiderlin, felt "just" qualifying for the CL again was not ambitious enough. I told them to get right in the head. Fortunately, the board did not share their sentiment and demanded a respectable league position. I cheerfully accepted. Then some transfers. Out: Gaston Ramierz to Tottenham for 12 mill Graziano Pelle to QPR for 4.3 mill Emmanuel Mayuka to Bournemouth for 500K Pablo Dani Osvaldo to Bordeaux for 13.25 mill Sadio Mane to Barcelona for 15.5 mill (with clauses that will eventually make it 20 mill. Also worth noting that I did not have to sell, and I did not "want" to sell. But I want a certain level of realism, and when the game does not provide it, I provide it myself. So when Barca comes for one of your guys and offer 50% more than they are worth, you have to take it. Plain and simple. Did negotiate in some good clauses, so pleased with the fee overall.) In: (I am afraid that because of the limitations, there will mostly be regens in this column at least from next season, so not really worth listing. I will list transfers for the first team, and show screenshots of particularly interesting regens later.) John Soutar from Dundee Utd for 2.6 mill Lewis Cook from Leeds for 5.5 mill (loaned back) Ali Coote from Dundee Utd for 2 mill (loaned back) Craig Wighton from Dundee for 1.2 mill (loaned back) Scott Wright from Aberdeen for free And two extremely exciting regens from Forest and Bolton respectively for a combined outlay of 10 mill. I hope they can do the PL...
  17. Some stats from my youngsters for the season. Matthew Target (18) - 26 (22) games - 2 assists Lloyd Isgrove (21) - 14 (7) games - 1 assist Josh Sims (18) - 4 (4) Patrick Roberts (17) - 7 (4) - 3 goals - 1 assist Martin Odegaard (16) - 20 (14) - 3 goals - 3 assist James Ward-Prowse (19) - 33 (28) - 8 goals - 4 assists Harrison Reed (19) - 41 (30) - 5 goals - 11 assists (By far the biggest positive surprise!) Saido Berahino (21) - 16 (15) - 9 goals - 2 assist Ryan Seager (18) - 23 (15) - 6 goals - 1 assist Sam Gallagher (19) - 25 (21) - 9 goals - 6 assists Chris Regis (17) - 3 (1) - 0 goals - 1 assist Jake Hesketh (18) - 12 (9) - 1 goal - 2 assist Jason McCarthy (18) - 10 (4) - 1 goal - 1 assist
  18. But first I will go through the transfers. First season transfers were as follows. The only important activity in the first window was selling Artur Boruc for 675K. I was going with Forster, and wanted to save his salary. I did make deals for Joe Gomez (3.4 mil) and Dele Alli (2,5 mil) but both were loaned back to their clubs. And of course the deal for Martin Odegaard (2.5 mill), but he his too young and will join us in January. In January it all kicked off in a frenzy! Out: Shane Long to Newcastle for 7 mill Jay Rodriguez to Sociedad for 10.75 mill Paulo Gazzaniga to City! for 475K In: Patrick Roberts from Fulham for 9.75 mill. I saw Fulham was runaway leaders in the Championship, and I knew I could never get him if they were promoted. So I threw in a panic bid, and what do you know, they accepted. What a talented lad he is! Saido Berahino from West Brom for 9 mill. We obviously needed some firepower after selling Long and Rodriguez. I thought Bera would be just the man to provide it. So, Martin Odegaard was my foreign signing, which means I can't buy another foreigner (outside UK and Ireland) until january 2017. Saido Berahino was 21, which means I can't buy another player over the age of 19 until january 2017. Let us hope I made the right calls...
  19. First season done and dusted (actually I am in the third season now, but been having too much fun playing to make time for updating). And what a season! Let me tell you! I had expected a proper tussle to manage to get the mid table finish my board was demanding, not because the team is very bad, but mainly because I am determined to develop our youngsters, and perfectly willing to sacrifice short term results in order to give them the minutes they need to grow. Turned out not to be so. After 30 games played we were actually in the title fight against Chelsea and United. Alas, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, our form dissipated and did not return. Making us finish 3rd, 20 points adrift of the other two. It was heartbreaking result after heartbreaking result at the end there, and there seemed to be nothing I could do to arrest the slide. If the season had been 2 games longer, we probably would not have qualified for the CL, even though we were 13 points clear of 5th spot with 8 games to go. We ended up with 71 points, 4 points clear of City in 5th. The only explanation I have for the loss of form is that my young team simply does not have the mental fortitude and experience to handle the pressure that comes with fighting for the title, or even a CL spot. If that is the case, it would make me so happy. What an amazing journey it will be to take these youngsters, and molding them into winning machines. But it will take time. And a 3rd place finish, with dismal form to end the season is just what we need to avoid the board demanding we win the title next year. The most memorable games must be a 2-2 draw at home to Chelsea where we went down 2 goals in the first ten minutes, and battled back in the second half with goals from Sam Gallagher and Sadio Mane. Also a 3-1 win from City (2x Ward-Prowse, Reed) and a 3-0 trouncing of Chelsea in the Capitol One Cup. Payback is sweet. Goals by Davis, Long and Tadic sealed our place in the semi final. Hull was easily dispatched in the semi final, and in the final awaited Manchester United. In the league we lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, and won 2-0 at St Marys. We played probably our best game of the season, 62% possession, 23 shots, 8 on target, 4 CCC's, 6 half chances, 2 in the woodwork. United had 4 shots in total, 1 on target. It was the most delightfully frustrating thing ever to watch. But in the end, Rooneys 44th minute strike went unanswered, and we finished second. But I was so proud of my boys. So, like I said, the season ended in heartbreaking fashion, but after the emotion had settled, it was obvious to everyone involved that it had been a spectacular season. 2nd best league finish in club history for my young Saints. Can't wait to let rip in the second season.
  20. I have mostly minor gripes about the current match engine, except for strikers ability to head the ball, and goalkeepers having a reaction time of -1 second. I know the ME is a complicated beast, and that tweaking one thing will have consequences in other areas. So fixing these two issues without improving defenders in terms of marking, closing down, covering space and preventing crosses will cause unrealistic amounts of goals to be scored. But it is annoying to see non the less. Players who place their shots appear to have a significant disadvantage, because the keeper instantly knows where the shot is going, so even well placed shots from short range are easily saved. Berahino likes to place his shots, but he can't score to save his life. My big target man strikers (Pelle and Gallagher) can't score open headers. I mean they literally never score headers. To use big players like this is an absolute waste of space. And that makes me sad, because I like the big man/little man combo up top, because it adds nice variety to my attacking play. I am still using it, but only out of spite... Minor gripes are as follows. Defensively minded players like my CB or Anchor Man dally on the ball outside the box, with their back to goal and with at least one or two good options for a back pass. They are tackled and we lose possession. If it had been Messi, I would understand the desire to keep the ball, and try to turn on goal. But defensive players with instructions to pass short, not dribble and maintain possession would make the back pass without thinking twice 99% of the time with zero delay. Goalkeeper distribution. I have my keeper set to pass it shorter, fewer risky passes and slow pace down. So he passes the ball to a CB. The CB gets put under pressure and passes back to the GK. The GK has 3 other short passing options, but hoofs the ball into midfield. Every single time. The GK can clearly see the pressure, he has a panoramic view of what is going on in front of him. A single striker putting pressure on one CB and not a single other opposition player in the vicinity of the other CB or the two WB. With those GK instructions, and team instructions of retain possession, pass shorter, and slow tempo, why does my GK kick it long when he does not have to? Goalkeeper saving a shot that would have gone 1+ meter wide, and letting the rebound bounce into the box. I have never seen this even once in real life, but in FM, desperate saves well wide of goal are routine. Is this a 3D issue, or an issue with GK AI? Lack of variety in finishing. I see lots of variety in midfield (almost too much with midfielders on relegation battlers pulling off clever back heel passes routinely), but finishing is always the same. I have not seen a single attempts at lobbing the ball, or going round the GK from any player who has been clean through on goal. I have played 7-8 seasons, most of them with world class attacking players. The only time an attacker will go around the GK is when his first touch is bad and he does not reach the ball again until he is passed the GK (and in these instances it looks like it would be piece of cake for the GK to intercept, but he continues to close down the man instead of the ball...). This has happened a couple of times that I can recall. Also, players routinely finish with their weaker foot in situations where it would be highly unlikely in real life. There is no reason to believe that Arjen Robben has a terrible right foot compared to an average player, but how often does he shoot from 16+ meters with his right? That's what I mean. Also, when a cross comes in, most players will finish it towards the crosser, only the best finishers tuck it into the far corner. In FM, everyone seems to try to go for the far corner, and it ends up being an easy save, instead of just broadsiding it into the near corner. And the obsession with two touches to finish crosses? Absolutely ridiculous. Now if all these things were fixed, games would end 15-15 and that just would not do, so there is much work ahead...
  21. I really think form should play into it in terms of team selection, selection for national squads (although you frequently see managers being very conservative at that level, probably because it is better to lose with the high reputation team, rather than a team with lesser known players, even if they are in amazing form). But most of all it should impact transfers. IRL you see these transfers every year. Player X scored a bunch of goals (or in some cases, just one special goal for the national side) and voila, they are bought by a much bigger club. It is completely unrealistic that a player can score 20+ goals for 2 or more consecutive seasons in a top league, and not earn a big move. If he loves his club and wants to stay (Natale, Totti and similar), fine. But the interest will be there, bids will come in, and they might flop at the bigger club. I was managing the Italian side in the qualifier for the Euros, and one of my strikers burst into the scene with 10 goals in his first 6 matches. Not a single big club thought that was interesting. He had also scored 20+ goals for 3 consecutive seasons, 16 in the last season for Parma in the Serie A and was 23 years old. So I bought him to my club team just out of spite. In FM, all the teams watched him, the scouts probably concluded that he has a low ca/pa (how on earth they could tell with consistent amazing performances baffles me even more), and so they passed. Players who have not produced anything of note for many a season, but high ca/pa, and there is a line around the block. Go figure.
  22. First game of the season is done, and it proved to be a memorable affair for the virtual Spurs fans who had taken the trip to the coast, as Soldado ruthlessly demolished us with a first half hattrick, in an otherwise even game. We edged possession 52-48 % which is nice considering Spurs have a vastly superior squad, and we are a long way from comfortable with the new tactics, as well as fielding a lot of youngsters and new signings who have not had time to gel. Spurs did outshoot us 2-1, and even though both teams created 3 CCC's and 2 half chances, the much higher number of shots did the trick for Spurs. The most pleasing thing about the game was that when Harrison Reed came in for Tadic in the second half, he was easily the best player on the pitch, and created literally all our chances, and had an assist to Sam Gallagher. So our goal was a beautiful homegrown affair. Very cool finish by Gallagher too against Loris. Disappointing then that Mane missed the open net after taking the ball past Loris in the first half. Could have been a game at the end, but it was not to be. Ward-Prowse and Targett also performed well, and I think St Mary's will soon be a dreaded place to visit for big and small alike.
  23. Well, maybe I am going down the beaten path a little. The temptation to sign Martin Odegaard overtook me. On the bright side he is only 15 and will qualify as home grown in the future. In addition I have made deals for Dele Alli and Joe Gomez, but they are loaned back for the season. Squad numbers reflect my determination to build the team around the home grown talent. Matthew Targett - 3 James Ward-Prowse - 8 Harrison Reed - 7 Sam Gallagher - 9 Obviously Odegaard will get number 10 when he arrives so I left it free for him... Also I tried to get rid of Yoshida and Mayuka to free up some rotation space for other youngsters, but no luck. Oh well, they will be gone next season anyway...
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