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  1. john1 - I reckon Zanetti would make a great coach, shame to see such a legend retiring. Some great results there, hopefully you can win Zenit in the second leg. Did well not to let Juventus not have any shots at all Well done on being 15 points clear at the top, I reckon it's yours to lose now
  2. Certainly, things are looking a bit better though. Just done the double over Juventus and beat Bologna and Udinese keeping a clean sheet in both. ----------------------------------------------- Never had this happen in any of my saves before, I think he is just a little bit bitter about the loss and the fact that he is in line to lose his job. But to accuse him of my not wanting to shake hand with him is something else, I offered my open hand and he just shrugged it away
  3. Unfortunately Liverpool were in for him as well and he decided to join them over me -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- December 2013 - January 2014 Could have certainly been a better couple of months from my point of view. Higuain was injured for around three weeks so I had to put some trust into Rescaldani, although I didn't want to force him into the team this early but I feel he is the only player we have who can play upfront by himself. Insigne I see as more of a wide player who can take players on like Mertens, who is also now out injured. The result against Livorno was disappointing to say the least, we found ourselves 1-0 down before Santon grabbed his first goal for the club in what I thought would clinch a draw, however lack of concentration cost us as we conceded an 89th minute equaliser. 11 shots and only 1 of these on target proved we weren't effecient enough up top. Next up we played Fiorentina at home in another game in which I was dissapointed in. Controlled most of the game, Higuain grabbed his 10th goal of the season in the league with 12 minutes to go before Fiorentina left-back Pasqual fired in a thunderbolt of a volley from 25 yards from a cleared corner, think Perisic against Arsenal in the Champions League for those of you who watched it, this goal won goal of the month unsurprisingly. Two good wins away from home against Parma and Sampdoria were exactly what we needed. Went into half time against Sampdoria 1-1 which I wasn't pleased with but after some changes we came out the better side to grab the three points. Davide Santon got his second goal for the club against Hellas Verona who are having a great season, he put them 1-0 up through an own goal but made his ammends when he grabbed the all important equaliser. We've now done the double over Roma, scoring five goals and not conceding against them which is great considering the team that they have. Valon Behrami is probably my bets player this season, overall average rating of 7.41 and is tireless in winning the ball back. A 1-0 loss to Inter Milan following another late goal, this time by Ishak Belfodil, long ball of the top, Raul Albiol misjudged the flight of the ball and Belfodil was there one on one with the keeper. Next up we face Juventus at home, already winning away again them this season I was looking to do the double. We then play Bologna away from home who are pushing for a European spot at the top of the table. After we finished third in our CL group we face FK Ausria Wien in the knockout of the Europa League.
  4. Thanks john1 youngrookie, I take it Fernando was a good signing? He is on the transfer list for €900k which is a steal right? I just don't want to wait till his contract runs in case I miss out on him and for that price surely it's a no brainer for me?
  5. Just played my first game with the changes, we kept a clean sheet against Parma. I switched the starting mentality to defensive, this doesn't generally mean defend, just that they keep possession of the ball better. I changed Santon to WB-Support, Santon has a rating of 7.04, and Maggio to WB-Attack, seemed to work a bit better. Higuain is out for three weeks to having to play Rescaldani up top by himself, he grabbed the goal against Parma. Depending on who we are playing and how well, I'll sometimes give Hamsik the attacking playmaker role. Reina has been one of my better performers, made some crucial saves. Thank you Definitely take a look at him, also if you are in need of a DM, Lucas Romero from Velez too.
  6. Season One - September - December 2013 So, I probably started my Napoli save about a week before this thread was created, so in the future I will maybe do monthly updates rather than every six month. I was quite surprised at the transfer budget we were given considering how much they had just spent in the summer. I didn't really want to spend bit but the first area I thought I needed to strengthen was someone who can spearhead the attack as I didn't think we had sufficient back-up to Higuain. So the first transfer that I brought in was Ezequiel Rescaldani who came in for €2.2 Million. He is an Argentine but also has Italian as a second-nationality and so doesn't count as one of my non-EU signings. Only 21 years-old and has the potential to improve quite a lot. I had him for my Everton team on the Beta and he scored 15 goals in his debut season, but I'm not looking to rush him into the side. My second signing of the season was Davide Santon from Newcastle for €12 Million. Italian full-back who can play either side, Maggio is ageing and I will probably look to move him on in the next couple of seasons and I don't plan on keeping Armero from his co-ownership. I see Zuiniga as someone who can play higher up the pitch as he doesn't seem as strong defensively. Fixtures Good pre-season and start to the season saw us keep clean sheets against Verona, Roma and Inter Milan, however since them games we seem to have conceded a fair amount of goals. We have been strong going forward but we still need to improve. Frustrated with the 2-0 defeat to Catania but they were strong and in second place at the time we played them. The most pleasing result ahs to be against reigning Champions Juventus, we went 1-0 down but worked hard and came out of the game with three points. Serie A Nearly half way through the season and we find ourselves six points clear at the table, our lack of defensive abilities worry me though and it's going to be a long tough run to the end of the season. For those of you who are wondering Inter Milan are 13th. Champions League - Group D Couldn't have got a stronger, worse Champions League draw if I had asked. Our one win came against Atletico Madrid in the last game which saw us clinch a Europa League spot which I was more than happy with taking into account the opponents in our group. Tactics I keep switching between this tactic and a 3-4-1-2, both been pretty successful in going forward. I don't feel like I am getting the best out of Gonzalo Higuain or maybe I'm just expecting too much from him, however he has improved of late. Higuain has 11 goals in 21 appearances contributing 2 assists. My underrated player at the moment has to be Valon Behrami, I didn't realise he would be so important to me but with the injury to Inler who has only made three appearances all season and faces another two months out, Behrami has stepped up and is the first name on my team sheet.
  7. Brilliant MrSundlofer! Been waiting for someone to start a Napoli thread, started a save with them 3 days ago. Only played 5 games in the league but not off to a bad start. Will maybe get a review up tomorrow afternoon some time if I play some more tonight.
  8. Mitrovic Good draw in the CL. Nice to see you getting clean sheets in the league too.
  9. Great result against Bayern at the Allianz. Not the best of months in the league but you have the quality to pull away again, I hope
  10. I'm leaning towards Newcastle mainly because it's a team where I can build up whereas Arsenal already have pretty much everything at their disposal.
  11. Undecided whether I want to start an Arsenal save (favourite team) or a Newcastle save. I had a good Newcastle save back on FM08 but not played as them since.
  12. What season are you in? Have you looked at Veltman or Denswil, both from Ajax and both look to have a great future ahead of them.
  13. Just started my Arsenal save, hope you all had a good Christmas! Pre-season didn't go to plan, although I won the Friendly Cup beating Galatasaray and Espanyol; this was mainly down to injuries. My back 4 consisted of: RB: Bellerin, CB: Sagna, CB: Monreal, LB: Flamini. These are my results so far. Been drawn against Atletico Madrid, Olympiakos and Napoli in the group stages. Quite struck down with injuries, Giroud, Podolski and Walcott are all out so I brought in Vietto. Bendtner is returning from injury so also having to rely on Chuba Akpom. Obviously I brought in Vietto but I thought we were also short at the back during pre-season; Per Metersacker didn't get any games down to injuries to I brought in Ajax's young centre-back Joel Veltman.
  14. 6th isn't too bad, but to go on that sort of run when the team were performing well is disappointing. Good luck in the final!
  15. Brilliant couple of months there for you! Nice to see Alain Traore do well for you. I was always a fan of him when he played for Auxerre. Diaby will be a great signing but like you said as long as he stays fit. Good luck!
  16. Surely you can't leave Lorient just yet! Looking forward to the next update.
  17. Nice thread, brilliant season too! I'm tempted to make a League One save at some point, maybe early next year. This thread could swing me to Orient!
  18. I've been looking forward to this for some time. Not a bad start to the season either!
  19. Technically it's still sort of university because the placement is part of my course. Just have a two month placement which isn't too bad.
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