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  1. Currently trying to sign Muller in my save as his contract expires in 6 months in 2021. Will most likely employ him Raumdeuter, in a complete tactical reconfiguration. I've had success using Lacazette in this role in previous versions of the game. If he signs, I will update
  2. As promised. Having a ball playing defender with plays long balls as a PPM Was a 92nd minute winner as well!
  3. Wouldn't mind seeing a screenshot? How much game time did you give him first and second season? What happened to Eddie N'ketiah?
  4. Played a few more games since the match engine update and predictably my tactical set-up has lost efficacy. Previously, I was dominating possession, keeping clean sheets and winning games by virtue of strikers putting away a few of the many one-on-ones that version of the engine generated. Now we struggle to out-shoot opposition and are vulnerable on the counter attack. Also chance creation has seemed to become more organic and less predictable with less chances for clean through attackers. I think one of my issues with my tactic is that Guendouzi is well suited to the deep roaming playmaker role, but this comes at the detriment of Ozil who does not see as much of the ball if these two are played together as RPM and Trequartista. I have also noticed that both Torreira and Guendouzi prefer to be on the right side of a two-man central midfield pairing. This could open up a space for a left sided Segunda Volante, with Chambers, Maitland Niles or Willock being internal candidates for this. Having Ake and Akanji as ball-playing defenders has been instrumental, with Ake laying on a beautiful long pass assist for Aubameyang to win my latest game. Will try produce a GIF of this when I’m back on the game. So far managed to give some minutes to Medley, Azeez and Cirjan the latest to get some minutes for the club in the Europa League. We’ve negotiated a new affiliation with AS Nancy in Ligue 2. Who will be the next to profit from our academy as we look to give minutes to players of that level some professional minutes. Arranged my first regen signing of a player called Mohammed Zidane from Ligue 1. I’m really tempted to also sign Kluivert from Roma and both the Thuram brothers to build myself a neo-90s side full of namesakes and sons.
  5. I like to do this with any affiliated clubs I have. Will keep an eye on this !
  6. Having reached the 10 games played in the Premier League, I thought I would do a small review to evaluate how the season has gone so far. We have recorded 8 wins, two of which were impressive away wins against Manchester United and Tottenham. We have also lost twice, 3-2 at home to Liverpool where we were sensational in the first half but crumbled to superior firepower in the second half. And away to Chelsea, where we probably edged the game but were undone on the counter 3 times. Viewing the team statistics tells us the story of our season so far: We have the 2nd meanest defence, conceding 9 to Chelsea’s 8. We are completely 24% of our crosses, the highest in the division. We have made 5th most fouls in the league and are 17th for tackle completion rate. 2nd highest goals from corners, behind Liverpool who have 6 (we have 4) Players: Who says Ozil doesn't run? Ozil is in the top 10 players in the division for distance covered (125.40km in 10 games). He is also 5th in terms of chances created. Aubameyang has won the 3rd most key headers in the division. Torreria is somewhat of set-piece specialist, with a 46% cross completion rate (3rd in the division) with 2 assists both from dead-ball situations. Looking at the squad away from the league statistics screen, We have a seemingly reliance on Ozil to create with 21 key passes and second most being Torriera with second with 18. Our left side is creating more chances with Saka and Tierney performing well in this metric. There has been a relative profligacy from Pepe as an average rating of 6.92 is suggestive of a modest impact on games. Guendouzi has been rather average in the Segundo Volante role on attack duty, with no notable statistics in terms of progressive play. Only 6 key passes, no goals or assists With having a set starting eleven for the next ten games planned we can hope to have a number of younger players accumilating the most minutes in Europe's top 5 leagues. So far Saka has made the most but had failed to appear for more than 1000 minutes. However, Saka has only been 40 odd minutes from being an ever present in the side. Moving into the next ten games, we will look to adapt the below set up. The tactic below has served us well defensively and will look to make this more potent in an attacking fashion with a few minor tweaks. Martinelli, Smith-Rowe and Nelsen will likely find themselves starting in the league more often.
  7. I managed to get these renegotiated. Have a youth player link with the Egyptian club and a financial/commercial link with the Colorado club now. Also have Bristol City for domestic loans. Want to add a European work permit club, I think Belgium still has the law requiring only two seasons before citizenship. Also like to get a big south american or outside Europe club to be a feeder club. I think I've managed to get River Plate as a feeder club in past versions.
  8. Has anyone managed to see what happens when you renegotiate the existing affiliated clubs? Tempted to cancel them as the Vietnamese one nor Egyptian one never seem to bring much to the table apart from the occasional dual nationality youth player?
  9. Started my annual Arsenal save, following a seasons holiday and have begun competitive fixtures for the 2020/21 season, following a mixed pre-season of results. An excellent result against Valencia failed to mask disappointing capitulations against MLS opposition. With the Euro’s and the Olympics taking place during pre-season we were forced to fit a lot of square plugs in round holes with our 4-2-2-2- formation. The squad underwent a major overhaul as I wanted to clear out dead-wood and create gaps in the squad that players from the U-23s could fill when required. Shifting the following players to enable us to rebuild our defence. We focused upon rebuilding our back line and the notable new arrivals at the Emirates are: So for our first eleven we have been playing with the below formation in a sort of tika-taka, with focus on a slow buildup and possession play. We build from the back with a pair of ball playing defenders, with dribble more enabled as an instruction. Bellerin or Hakimi is the more offensive full back, and I adjust his instructions depending on oppostion. Tierney tucks in and feed the ball inside more often then opposed to pushing forward. Saka ahead of him provides direct running and width. Pepe on the other side cuts inside, and Ozil generally drifts and plays the key passes. Aubameyang plays as a pressing forward. So far we have been playing well, strong defensively but without being a threat. We have a 100% record in the league: I have set a few rules for this save, to make sure we don't lose track of the aims of the save. Each season we will: Sign at least 1 player from each affiliated club each season Sign only 1 newgen per window to avoid over cluttering the team with south american wonderkids Keep a small squad Have one ever present outfield player in the league. We also look to be making a pretty penny in the upcoming season in the loan market.
  10. I couldn't resist the temptation to start a save with all the turmoil going on at the club in real life. I simulated the first season , where Emery led the team to a 5th placed finish and the Europa League semi-finals. So another season in the 2nd tier of Europe's competition beckoned! Has anyone had any surprises from the academy? Both Spanish giants are circling around Lacazette and Aubameyang so we may need to sign stop-gaps while younger players develop or throw them into the deep end. What defenders do people sign to overhaul the backline?
  11. Pre-Season 2020 We began the off-season by identifying a number of key targets for positions we needed strengthening. We needed a first team option on the right wing as Neto and Traore are not without their deficiencies. We also needed high calibre rotation options for central midfield and defensive midfield. Potentially also a “defence first” full back to bolster our numbers. Our first move was to ensure our talisman was tied down in a long-term deal. There is a release clause included in the contract, but I hope we will be in a position to promote from within when and if Jota ever departs. We were set an initial budget of £78m for the upcoming season. The board generosity, will hopefully be repaid with shrewd recruitment. Our first signing was the recruitment of another Jota, a young winger who can play either flank and is either footed from Benfica. Hopefully, the double pronged attack of Jota x2 will cause havoc not just for commentators! We also brought in Herbie Kane for a small fee from Liverpool to bolster the home-grown contingent within the squad. He should only be used as a back-up player who will earn the chance to prove himself during periods where we will rotate. Our second major signing was Santiago Ascabiar from Stuggart. The hard tackling defensive midfielder was brought in for a £30m fee, who will provide stern competition for Dendonker, who may even move into our back line. A number of outgoings also threatened. We manage to retain both Coady and Boly who kicked up a fuss both for different reasons. Boly, due to me breaking the promise to improve our coaching and Coady as he wanted to play in the Champions League. I reminded him that he is one of our leaders in the dressing room and he backed down. Our training camp took us to the sunny shores of Scotland, where we will begin our pre-season training. This was followed by a brief tour of the squads home from home, Portugal. There we beat the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Vittoria comprehensively. The biggest surprise of the window was yet to come, James Rodriguez’s contract expired with Real Madrid and I set our Director of Football the task of bringing him to Molineux. By some miracle, he agreed to join and at a fraction of his Madrid wages. No outlandish promises were made, a real coup for the club. Ben Worman, the outstanding youth prospect from our affiliate Cambridge was signed in staggered £750k deal. Following this, a pair of Gomes’ signed, both Portuguese and one regen. The board blocked the transfer of Valverde as they were concerned with the lack of Portuguese signings, which was a disappointment. However, we had plenty of options in his position so I wasn't overly concerned. Overall, I was very satisfied with our transfer incoming and outgoings.
  12. April/May 2020 We began April with a disappointing loss to Watford, our 3rd straight defeat in the Premier League. Our form having suffered massively without Moutinho and Neves in midfield. As talented and promising Morgan Gibbs-White and Valverde are, they do not provide that dynamic partnership that the Portuguese duo perform. These players have been instrumental in everything we do. Securing quality understudies will be a challenge for next season. Our form in the next few games took an alarming nose dive with no wins in our any league games this month. Admitted, I was not expecting much from the Manchester City or Arsenal games. However, to lose to relegation threatened Watford and play out a scoreless dress at home to Norwich was immensely disappointing. The absence of Moutinho this month seriously hurt. Into the May fixtures and being safely marooned in mid-table, we secured our status as a premier league team. The lowest bar to be met, but still a requirement checked off. We proceeded to dispatch both Newcastle and Brighton without much fuss, who both employed back 3’s. Something to keep an eye out for. This was before the season closer away to Everton where a limp display saw us lose 2-0. To summarise my first few months at Wolves, we managed to rise from 19th to 9th, made it into the knockouts of the Europa League but lacked a domestic cup run. We were better on the road than at home, claiming the major scalp of a 3-0 win at Anfield. In contrast, at Molinuex we were vulnerable only winning 6 games, with only one of them against a team that finished above us. A number of interesting statistics present themselves which tell a story of the inner-make up of our Wolves side. Wily Boly, by quite a margin, won the most key headers out of all players in the league. Most likely a consequence of leaving space to wingers because our full backs being caught high up the pitch and Boly clearing the crosses. Conner Coady also scored high in this stat. Ruben Vinagre had the highest tackles per game in the league, with the attacking full-back showing a side to his game that went unnoticed. He also collected quite a number of mistakes. Our young player of the season showing his mettle alongside his craft and naivety in a breakthrough year for him. From our forward players, the accuracy of Jota’s shots were a particular highlight. PLaying from an inside forwrad position, he was a consistent goal threat and we struggled when he was absent from the team. Ruben Neves also caught the high in terms of chances created from a deeper position than the players who also scored high in this stat in the league. Moutinho was a surprise absentee from this list, which upon further research, suggests is due to only making 26 appearances this season in the league. With his main contributions coming in Europe in the form of 7 assists. Our fans player was Raul Jimenez who lead the line superbly for us this season pipping Neves and Boly to the award. As previously mentioned our young left back won our young player of the season awards, with our best eleven being the below: In a quick review of how the Premier League and other divisions and cups for season 2019/20. Manchester United won the league in suprising fashion, with Liverpool and City both struggling to meet their “in real life” standards. Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, with Chelsea and Tottenham missing out – costing Pochetino his job. Lampard perhaps saved by a Carabou Cup win earlier in the season. Watford and Bournmouth will play out the FA Cup final and the Champions League final will be contested between Manchester City and surprise package Lyon. Benefica and Inter Milan will play out the Europa League final before this. Around the World, Barcelona pipped Real Madrid to the title with 95 points to their 93. Juventus made it 9 in a row, with Lazio as their closest (yet still far) challengers. Likewise Bayern once again won Bundesliga with PSG wrapping up Ligue 1. No real surpises here. Moving forward, we will look to decide upcoming transfer targets, with an eye on strengthening key positions and sign a number of young understudies. As part of this season wrap-up, a quick reflextion of how this season measured up in terms of aims: Sign 3 players from affiliates in 12 months (over 3 windows) First affiliated club with the club was Cambridge in league 2. We will look to expand our network to a European club at the earliest opportunity. Sign players with Fibra (Players with high Team Work, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate and Leadership) With no permanent transfers made in January, we will look to recruit some players of this calibre in the summer 2020 window. Sign a maximum of 1 newgen per window No newgens signed so far. Keep squad size small As earlier, no permanent signings have been made while a few outgoings occurred in January. Focus on Set-Pieces We scored only 6 goals from Corners in the league and 2 from indirect free kicks. Have a goal-scoring central midfielder Neither Neves or Moutinho stood out in this regards with 5 and 4 goals in all competitions respectively. This will inform recruitment strategy. Next update will include our pre-season preparations, new contracts, coaches and training approached and hopefully a few incoming transfers.
  13. February began and we continued our great form with 2 straight forward victories in the league. Next up was our Europa league first leg fixture against AS Roma. Dzeko struck within 3 minutes to give Roma the initiative in the tie with an away goal. We battled back to 2-1 at half time, before a Jota picked the ball up deep in our half and on the counter proceeded to beat the last man and score past the Roma keeper to enable us to take charge of the tie. We ended the game with 38% passion in total with our counter attacking game paying dividends on the big stage. The game against Bournemouth was our first defeat of 2019 and ended our run at 13 games undefeated in all competitions, 11 in the league. We rested a few first teamers with one eye on the second leg in Italy. When that game came around, we never really had control and we were unlucky to go out on away goals with Zaniolo striking late, unmarked from a corner. Our European dream was over. Following our disappointed of being knocked out of Europe at the first knockout round. We duly dispatched Aston Villa. Before a double header with Leicester City. It looks as though both teams prioritized the opposing match that the other. We lined up a weaker in the FA Cup tie and full strength in the league, and won the league game while Leicester advanced in the cup. Two tough games followed at home to Manchester United and Tottenham. We were unlucky against United, which the score line flattered. We had a goal disallowed by VAR and then proceeded the concede right after. We were also flat against Tottenham, conceding and losing via a long range effort from their right back. We have seemed to drop our performance levels at the crunch point of the season. Injuries and suspensions to key personnel such as Moutinho, Boly and Neves having exacerbated this inconsistency. We also received our youth intake. With no standout candidates, we will look to utilise the market to correct this. We will focus on signing those fibra players who will help establish a grass-roots level culture at the club. By the end of competitive fixtures in March, we had surrendered our "best of the rest" position to Bournemouth. We have a mixed bag with our run it, with tough fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon. However, with no threat of relegation and being unlikely to be able to secure European football I will look to blitz the next few games and take a look into the second season with Wolves. --
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