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  1. MERTHYR TOWN FC - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - 2020/2021 Ranking | Squad | Transfers | Finances First year and first time giving a go at the youth challenge. I picked up Merthyr Town because I found it really cool to play a Welsh club in an English setup, even if that means I will probably have weaker regens. That should not be a problem at lower levels, that could be one after, as the Welsh regen ratings is quite low. I was really surprised by the starting squad, as it seems the AI signed a lot of young players the previous season, so my squad is complete and made mostly of U21 players, with only 3 players above that limit. I finished 14th for my first season, 17 points off the relegation zone, so the initial objective of avoiding relegation is accomplished without troubles. We had a really good start of the season, culminating with a 11th position in the rankings, but after January we had an heavy drop in form, with a 7-6-11 record on the second half of the season. That left me really preoccupied for the next season, as we were totally helpless for most of the last 24 games. Globally the team had a really irregular form over the season, with a real struggle to carry on good results. In cup, we were kicked in the 4th qualifying round of FA Cup by Chester and in FA Trophy in the third qualifying round by Torquay, so nothing to report apart from the fact that it brought us a nice amount of money. We had a really decent youth intake, with the best players being Sean Glassey 21a, Ashley Savage 21b and Matt Knapper 21c. I can totally expect Ashley Savage to step up in the team next season, as central midfield is really our weak point. Facilities have not been improved, so they are as follows: Training facilities - poor Youth facilities - poor Junior coaching - average Youth recruitment - basic All in all I really liked this first season of youth challenge, I enjoy a lot playing this way, it is much more relaxing as I dont have to focus myself on transfer market and can speed up through the game and the season easily.
  2. 4 points for a win, 2 for a draw, 1 for a loss. Those are the rules in French 4th division.
  3. Yes I played two seasons with my world top 1 team in 442. Its an incredibly good tactic attacking but more opened defending. I used it mainly for games where I would be dominating. It was an high intensive pressing, very vertical tactic, which aimed to exploit at maximum the creativity of my players.
  4. This. I failed to brought some of my youth to max potential by not playing them enough. I started a new save and I plan to drop the usual two squad rotating each game. It seems to me that this is blocking my youth development because they dont play enough. I will now limit myself to a 19 man squad, and will pick players from U19 in case of injury crisis.
  5. Ok so in 10 years at the head of my team, I had two players complain about playtime. I play all competitions (League, two domestic cups, Champions league, Club world cup, supercups). I play in a 433. I have 25 players usually: 11 first teams / key players. This is the main 11. It is always fixed at the start of the season and rarely move during the season (though it can, nothing is set in stone). They start all important games, and other games when they are fit. They are simply the best players. 11 first team / rotation players, and 3 players (one by line). This is the second eleven. They start all other games and act as replacement for injured main 11 players. They are weaker then first 11 but still are very good players. 3 wonderkid / youth players. One by line, usually polyvalent players (CD, DM/CM, LW/RW/ST) with great potential. They enter a lot as subs, and start in case of injuries of the two players above them in the hierarchy. Keep in mind this is a squad build to win every competition. There is not so much space for youth. In fact only 3 players in my squad are U23, others are usually between 23-30. This means I usually have to make critical choices concerning wonderkids, because there is not so much space for them. What happens eventually is that I keep them in reserves until 18, than send them in loan for few seasons, and finally integrate them in the rotation squad. To keep the players happy you need to ensure that you give correct status in their contract, and that they starts sufficiently. With a good rotation it is largely possible to keep everyone happy.
  6. Few people around recommend to relieve pressure against lesser side in order to open space. I think its quite a risky tactic. It only gives the ball more to a side that does not want to use it, so they will only have more occasions to waste time. And if they decide to use the ball, relieving pressure will only gave them more occasion to bring the ball forward, and will force you to defend lower, which could be a real problem depending on how you built your team. My defense for exemple is made mostly of fast players that are not that great in the air, so it could be a risk. I do much better using high pressure because it tends to cause loads of mistakes from lower leveled players. I guess relieving pressure can be a useful tactic if you have the team well made for it, but not a general case. As an additional general principle, I tends to restric myself on the instructions when in possession of the ball. I think its more important to define a global frame (Be more expressive, play from defense, ...) and define the correct roles to ensure that you can attack the space in diverse area of the pitch and that a sufficient number of players will participate to the building of this attack. This way your side will feel way less predictible and it will make it harder for the opposing team to defend well if the attacks are coming from everywhere.
  7. You think the Dell Inspiron 13 700 for example is not enough to satisfy my requirements? (i5-8250U, 8Go Ram, SSD, Integrated graphics) Do you think I should either pay more to get a good 13" or that I should push to 15" laptop?
  8. Hi, Any recommendations for a 13.3" laptop to run FM18? I would like a good battery and decent performance (I dont run big databases). My budget is 900€. Thanks
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