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  1. So I'm starting this challenge as the following (got the age wrong by a year):- The saints are my team:- Looking forward to this, though I'm not expecting the instant success some people have had.
  2. I tick all international players, players from top division clubs and national reputation.
  3. He's still knocking around my squad 5 years in. Very versatile but I've only played him 6 times since I started my save, valued at £7.5m so will try and sell him soon.
  4. Same always injured for me, need to have another left back of similar quality to cover him at all times.
  5. I was referring to the personal reasons being treated by the physios, should of been clearer initially
  6. Hi, great update but I've had one error and I don't know if its down to your patch or Si:-
  7. Apologies as I dont' know if this has been reported or Saliba's weight is random but its way off in my current game:-
  8. Season 2019/20. Tactics Generally stuck with the tactics in my previous post but changed the roles and instructions a bit here and there depending on the opponent. I was counter pressing most of the season but regroup seems to be the only way to stop the balls over the top being as prominent, the tactic is defensively solid exciting going forward and good in possesion. Transfers I ended up selling Mustafi £25m and loaning Nketiah to Bournemouth in January with Jack Grealish £50m (up to 65m depending on appearances) and Kalvin Phillips for £23m, the boost to the coffers in November made the board give me an extra £60m towards transfers. Kalvin was great playing as a half back defensive midfielder but Grealish is taking longer to settle in although Ozil is still my go to advanced playmaker. Future Transfers Camavinga has been making some noise in real life and I wanted to sign an U18 to appease the board who were devastated at me not doing so in January, hes going to help out in defensive midfield and allows me to be open to offers for Xhaka in the future. Nathan Young Coombes is a player who my scouts picked out as having some real potential so he will go into the U18s for a year, hes an AMC but can operate in the front 4 positions. Sergio Reguilon is a left back from Real Mardid but has been on loan at Sevilla, he will be providing competition with Tierney and Kolasinac, I don't usually have 3 strong players competing for a single place on the team-sheet but Tierney has been a real sick note. I wont be trying to get Dani Ceballos as he didn't play much, appearing in 16 games all season. League Performance I feel it was a season of what could of been, lost the least since 2008/we got the most points we've gathered since 2013/14, conceded the least since 1998/99, so from stats it was a great improvement however we finished runners up, despite being in the race up to the last game. Our away form and inconsistency over Nov-Feb cost us, we was hampered with injuries (I've downloaded a realistic injury update which hasn't worked out) so really needed to use my squad and it cost us in a few games we was expected to win. Anyway we finished runners up to Liverpool, losing out by 3 points in the end, the top 4 was very tight. Europa Cup We did well in this competition, rotating the squad a lot in the group stages and enjoying a run to the final before Man United robbed us with a 85th minute winner. Highlights was the Nketiah 5 goal haul, he only scored a further 1 goal for us in 21 games before I loaned him out. The 5-0 win over Gladbach was a good performance and we dominated the Semi-Final against Ajax. Domestic Cups I heavily rotated for these and got to the QF's in both but although it would of been nice to win, I was relieved to not have to make the players have to take part in even more games. Squad Stats/Awards Aubameyang got the player of the season award and was the top scorer (just) with Laca a goal behind, despite Laca behind our sole forward and Auba cutting in from the left. Ozil was the main creator but the assists came from all over the pitch. Best 11 Kolasinac & Nelson will feel hard done by after covering the injured Tierney and Pepe all season but this is the best eleven. Next Season I'll be hoping to get that title but I'm not planning on going mad in the transfer market as I'm pretty happy with the squad, I may try and find a natural inverted wing back and will need a new back up keep as Martinez want £50k per week to stay so will look for a younger replacement. We also have Saliba coming in so will start giving him games as he will be the long term replacement for David Luiz.
  9. Just started a new save with Arsenal and will be looking to try and set up similar to Arteta. I've updated the club staff so I have his staff and Nketiah is back from his loan. I've bought one player, Ajer from Celtic for £21.5m (£8m up front) and sold no one as I want to give the squad at least half the season to see what they can do. My tactic looks like the following, theres numerous PIs set up as well:- Due to injuries thats not my strongest first 11, I will likely have Tierney, Bellerin & Torreira in their rightful positions. I tried Ozil as an AM to get him tracking back and pressing more but he was then left out alot of attacks so switched him to an AP. One thing I've noticed is that the players need to be retrained into there positions (the back up players), so I have AMN, Guendouzi, Cebbalos, Willock, Saka, Auba all training for there new roles. I've played numerous friendlies with the highlight a 6-1 win against PSG but they was without Mbappe and Neymar. In the league we've won 2 out of 2, 2-00 away at Newcastle and 3-0 home against Burnley. Our next 2 games will be more of an indication of how the season goes as were at Anfield first agains Liverpool and then have the North London derby before the first international break.
  10. Does Sinclair bag a lot for you as an inside forward? Scored a lot for me. Do you have any PI's on the forward 3? Edouard scores as a pressing froward on attack for me in a similar formation to yours.
  11. Competition round up A quick round up of the competition winners in the cups I could one day win. Champions League Euro Cup Euro Cup 2 (First Ever) FA Cup League Cup Other Competitions Promotion to the Premier League – Burnley, Southampton & Huddersfield. Club World Championship – No competition Spanish First Division - Real Madrid (3 years in a row) Italian Serie A - Roma Bundesliga – Schalke 04 Portuguese Premier League - Porto (3 in a row) Eredivisie - Ajax (6 in a row) Ligue 1 - PSG (3 in a row) Belgian Pro League - Club Brugge (2 in a row) Scottish Premiership - Celtic (3 in a row) Turkish Super League - Fenerbahce Argentinian Premier Division - River Brazillian National First Division - Corinthians Chinese Super League - Guanghzou (4 in a row) Major League Soccer - Minnesota Selected Player Awards Best Player in Europe - Harry Kane European Golden Boy – Sebastiano Esposito Golden Shoe – Harry Kane 34 years Most Expensive Transfer – Luka Jovic R Madrid to Man City £149m
  12. End of Season Update 2022/23 Youth Intake Another lame intake although Edin Cheajic looks like he may be one to watch in the future. League Results February was about as inconsistent as you can get as we went LWLWLW in a busy month, the highlight being Alex Walker getting his first hattrick for the club, this being timely as it seemed Haaland and Esposito had forgotten how to score. March was more of the same as we got 4 points from 3, meaning we dropped down to 9th in the table but we’d stopped conceding as may which was a bonus. In April and May we managed to turn the form back around as we won 17 points from 9 to confirm a 6th place finish meaning we hit our objective to be deemed as ‘the best of the rest’. However we had to wait to see if Chelsea could beat PSG in the Euro Cup final or if Newcastle could beat Liverpool in the FA Cup, if either won we would cruelly miss out on Europe. Chelsea lost there final and Mancini was sacked as there coach and Liverpool beat Newcastle to secure our return to Europe, for the first time in 21 years. FA Cup We performed miserably against Man City and was duly dumped out after a 0-4 loss. Squad Details It was a solid season for Esposito but his 4 months without a goal nearly cost us a European place, McNeil fitted in nicely but missed a third of the campaign through injury although Rodrygo stepped in when needed and performed. Dembele really established himself this year as a consistent player, nailing down his place on the right of midfield winning the fans player of the year. Best 11 This seasons best 11 again reflected our best team although I didn’t get them all in at the same time much due to injuries. Esposito, Dembele, Tymon and Lafont was inducted into the overall side. Other News I got a new 3 year deal and a 33% payrise and also got the board to agree to further improving the youth facilities. They have given me a £61m transfer budget with a £1.4m wage budget so I will be looking to bolster the squad.
  13. Mid Season Update 2022/23 League After suffering a poor 4-1 defeat on the opening game I was fearing the worst but then we won 7 out of our next 8 games to propel us up to 2nd, Esposito take the sole strikers spot after scoring 13 in the first 9 games including 5 goals in a 7-3 win against West Ham. We then only got 1 win in the next 5 games as we moved to a more expected position in the table, however a good January helped us recoever our early form as Dembele got amongst the goals. That meant after 20 games we was in the hunt for Europe and even looking to make a surprise push for the Champions League. Cups Once again we went out of the Caraboa Cup at the 2nd round despite dominating the game against Championship Luton. In the FA Cup were moving along nicely but have a tough 5th round game against Man City to play in March. Transfer Window I wasn't going to do any business but a couple of injuries and a lack of defensive depth made me dip into the transfer market for a new starting centre back Dan-Axel Zagadou for another new transfer record of £34.5m and a back up right back Raoul Bellanova for £2.7m. I also brought back our season one youth intake striker Alex Walker , who was doing well at Sheff Weds scoring 10 goals in 23 games but I needed him for us as Haaland and Espositio has been injured meaning we had to play Rodrygo or McNeil up front, Walker has got 2 in 4 goals and is looking well. . Players Out Not a lot of outgoings , I got 3.5m for Mateuz Bogusz who I liked but couldn't get a look in due to our strong midfield 3. World Cup This is the season where we have a mid season break because of the world cup over in Qatar, we only had 2 players representing us Bellingham and Shackleton. Europe dominated the world cup making up 9 of the 16 nations who qualified out the cup. Bellingham did well scoring 2 goals in 7 games for England meaning he finished the year with 19 caps and 4 goals but for England it was much like the previous World Cup as they finished 4th. The winners was once again Frace as Moussa Dembele pushed them to a 2nd world cup in a row. The young player of the tournament and top scorer is a player I'm working on bringing in at the end of the season, 22 year old Yari Verschaeren who I'm hoping to get for £20-30m if I can.
  14. Pre-Season 2022/23 Exciting News The board have decided to expan the stadium meaning we will be getting a further 8500 seats which will increase our capacity to 45,299. Transfers Out A couple of big outgoings, Helder Costa is off to China for £27.5m, not a guy I'm to upset to leave as I was looking to bring in a left midfielder anyway so will need 2 now. Majecki our number 1 was poached by West Ham after they made an offer I couldn't reject. Transfers In A quiet window this year as I wasn't look to add to the squad so it was just to replace the outgoing Costa and Majecki. Alban Lafont was a young keeper I knew about from Fiorentina as he'd broke into there team last season, he should hopefully be an adequate replacement as my new number 1. Next up was a loan signing that should get the eyes of Europe looking at Leeds United as Rodrygo comes in from Real Madrid, who hadn't really made the progress that was expected at Real Madrid, so hopefully we can help him out with his progression. The final signing of Dwight McNeil was one I had my eye on for a while but the price was to high, I enquired at the beginning of the summer and was quoted £51m but after playing hard ball we managed to get him in for £31.5m and he becomes our record signing. I'm hoping he can follow Phillips and Bellingham into the England squad while with us. Friendlies As usual we played plenty of friendlies, as many as the short pre season allowed against mainly weaker sides and we went unbeaten and without conceding a goal which I'm very happy about. This Seasons Targets Top 8 is what I'm aiming for, the clubs vision states we need to qualify for Euro Cup 2 and/or become the best of the rest and this would be a good season in my eyes. I'd like to chase a cup again but once more the Carabao cup is treated as a reserves cup by me.
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