I've finally decided to start a Lyon save on FM 2010, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I started it on the 10.0.2 DB with All French leagues, top two English leagues, top German league, top Italian league, top Belgian league, top Holland league, all Spanish leagues and top Switzerland league.
This will mean I have a lot of players to choose from when I'm shopping, and it will come through newgens from many different countries.
I told the board I was going to challenge for the title, and got around 8 million pounds to buy for.. I then went to the board room and asked for a feeder club, to upgrade the youth facilities and to give me more funds for wages. They accepted all of them..
Loic Remy - OGC Nice - £5.5 million upfront + 5.5 million after 48 months + Mathieu Gorgelin. (I'm happy with this deal because I needed striker/right midfielder, and he was young and french. Worth the price too.=
Adil Rami - LOSC Lille - £6 million upfront + 25% sell-no clause. (Good centerback with even better potential, and I think he'll be a first choice in many years to come.)
Morike Kalle - Aj Auxerre - £1.6 million + 10% sell-on xlause. (Centreback with great potential, and is decent already. Will be used in a back-up role, nd will be available for reserves.)
Zacharie Boucher - Havre AC - £400K compensation. (Since Areola didn't want to join me, I went for the second best youth keeper in France that I know of.)
Yoric Ravet - Grenoble Foot 38 - £4.2 million + Loic Abenzoar. (Has good potential, but I may have inflated his price though. I needed an attacking winger/striker fast, because of some injuries and because I play 4-3-3. Abenzoar wouldn't make the first team IMO.)
And two regens named Orlando Henry and Esteban Campano. Both are french midfielders and according to my scouts they have very good potential . They joined for a combined fee of £800 K. I've also secured the future transfer of jeremy Helan of Manchester City to join me in the January window for £300 K.
This made the total of ca: £24 million
The main players out were Ederson to Manchester City for £6.75 million and Anderson to FC Porto for £3.7 million. NIcolas Seguin left on loan to Clermont Foot 63 to gain some first-team experience.
Ederson didn't fit into my formation, and Anderson just wasn't good enough. Both of those prices were paid upfront.
Tactics and squad:
I currently play an attacking 4-3-3, and it it working very well. I'm playing fluid and with short passing and high closing down. Also no playmakers or target men.
Best line-up is this:
I'm retraining most wingers to be able to play as strikers, because the left and right strikers are playing like wingers. Pjanic, Loic Remy, Makoun, Cesar Delgado and Sidney Govou also gets alot of games, while the rest of the squad is mostly used as back-ups.
Johan Hartock [Rsv.]
Morike Kalle [Rsv.]
Sebatien Faure [Rsv.]
Maxime Gonalons [Rsv.]
Jean II Makoun
Clement Grenier [Rsv.]
Sidney Govou [C]
Yoric Ravet [Rsv.]
Alexandre Lacazette [Rsv.]
Yannis Tafer [Rsv.]
In te league I'm top of the table after 7 games and 7 victories. I've scored 14 goals and conceded 3.
I currently have a gap of 8 points down to 2nd placed Bordeaux, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Auxerre, who all have 13 points. Lille have a game in hand, though.
Lisandro Lopez have been my best player so far scoring 12 goals in 9 appearences in all competions this season. This include scoring 5 goals against Standard in my 8-0 victory .
In the CL qualifications I knocked out Celtic after first drawing 1-1 at home, and then drawing 3-3 away.. This made me go though on away goals.
I didn't get drawn in one of the worst Cl groups, but will face some difficulty I guess.. Got drawn with Liverpool, Standard Liege and Olympiacos.. I beat Standard 8-0 in the 1st game of the group stages.
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I'm sorry for the long read, but I hope that some of you took the time to read it..
Comments and suggestions are welcome .