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Incredible stuff, as always! Well done, man.

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6 hours ago, deltablue said:

Nice one.

 

3 hours ago, ManUtd1 said:

Incredible stuff, as always! Well done, man.

Cheers fellas!

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Didn't look on here for a couple of days and what awaits my return? Nothing amazing.

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18 minutes ago, Keano16 said:

Didn't look on here for a couple of days and what awaits my return? Nothing amazing.

Things moved quickly.

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Well, full season review time. We underachieved in the cup, but snuck a win in the CL against a United side that battered us until that ludicrous two minutes of madness that saw their entire engine room sent off. In the league we finally looked a dominant force, and destroyed many teams, especially early season.

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Almamy Toure is amazing! Consistently excellent attacking and defending.

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The problem is I'm just not all that enthusiastic about next season and going forward, as it's a case of much of a muchness at club level whilst hoping enough decent Sammarinese lads come through to kick on the national team.

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Napoli and Milan fail FFP, madness, but Napoli were a ticking timebomb.

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We're back with a new season, and in an effort to keep things interesting, I decided to shake up my tactics. Sold a lot of players, and reshuffled the side, expecting a quiet "mostly sales" window.
That was all well and good, until the system I'm trying to build turned out to be mostly ineffective. Dominant, but completely rubbish in front of goal, like a recent Man Utd side. A couple of days before the deadline, I decided it must be that I need wingers so spent 70m on some..... :rolleyes: So, hopefully that's what's wrong, but it likely isn't!

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Lot of players out, lot of money in, the only one I second guessed was Melegoni, but that's a lot of money for a rotation option.

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Bani looks an absolute beast, Hernandez replaces Melegoni. Kohler, I didn't realise I had negotiated the deal up that high until the confirm deal message popped up, but I did really want the player and reckon he'll be an absolute monster winger/inside forward.

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Lima was a bit of a crime of opportunity, but you can't leave a player of that quality sitting cheap. Playing him as a wingback. Jesus Maria, and Cruz are the new right wingers, luckily, should the winger plan fail, they're versatile enough to play other positions and roles.

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Again good work man like always in your saves. :thup:

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10 minutes ago, Sheriff7 said:

Again good work man like always in your saves. :thup:

Cheers!

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Bani looks promising player, hope you can build your team around him :thup: 

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54 minutes ago, john1 said:

Bani looks promising player, hope you can build your team around him :thup: 

I'd be happy enough if he turned out half as special as he looks to be.

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How much are you concentrating on youth development at the moment? Just curious.

Great achievements, bro!

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1 hour ago, Slipky said:

How much are you concentrating on youth development at the moment? Just curious.

Great achievements, bro!

It might not seem it, with the amount of money I've spent, but I'm always working on youth development. Currently have four players from San Marino intakes in the senior squad, and both u-20's and u-18's are packed with talent.

Cheers!

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Your "recent Manchester United" crack has aged like a bottle of wine sitting on the radiator. I love it, and credit you fully with sparking today's win.

We'll show him, lads... That snide ****. Yeah.

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16 minutes ago, ManUtd1 said:

Your "recent Manchester United" crack has aged like a bottle of wine sitting on the radiator. I love it, and credit you fully with sparking today's win.

We'll show him, lads... That snide ****. Yeah.

I only do it because I love..... It's my whole managerial philosophy distilled into a single comment too, for example, this season the only game we've not won is the Italian Supercup, yet there have only been two games I haven't given the team both barrels at full time.

Funnily enough, I missed the first 10 minutes of the game today, as I had to visit a stone supplier to look at a headstone. One that was the Liverpool crest carved in granite. From what I can tell from my phone updates, Swansea had a fairly decent start until I got the tv on. :lol:

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:lol:

That 4:30 am kickoff couldn't happen this morning.  Had to DVR it after the last few weeks of insanity.  

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5 hours ago, ManUtd1 said:

:lol:

That 4:30 am kickoff couldn't happen this morning.  Had to DVR it after the last few weeks of insanity.  

Aye, I can imagine that'd be lunacy to try with your brutal schedule.

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On topic, I'm not sure what's going on, I'm struggling tactically. I mean, I could get away with what I've been doing all along or a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, etc.... but I've been wanting to try some stuff and build something different to keep my attention, as more and more, I'm thinking of the next save(which may not even be until FM 18)...

What I wanted, was a 3-4-3, with a libero, wingbacks, wide forwards to stretch the play, yada, yada, yada....

We're winning, which is good, but mostly via penos and free kicks, which is not. Completely blunt up front, so I change something, one step forward, one step back....

The striker and inside forward weren't getting good service, so I bought wingers for AMR...
The winger couldn't beat the first man, so I moved the striker deeper to AMC...
The winger now had nothing to cross to, so ended up in dead ends... Striker goes back up top...
Perhaps it's a lack of service and through balls, inside forward is switched to AP(a)...
Now he's isolated, AP(a) is moved to AMC, to link up better....

On and on and on...... Now I have myself convinced half the problem is the right side having a winger and a wingback who want the same space, so I'm off to try an inside wingback on the right, which should let me loose the shackles on one of my CM's too.

Still, I'm loosing patience with it.

 

On the upside, with zero players through the centre slot at CB, DM, MC or AMC, I've never had more success with the libero. He's doing everything I could want. Berisha of course, taking to it like a duck to water.

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On 8/10/2017 at 17:30, BoxToBox said:

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Look at him! He's literally the Italian/American Pogba! Albeit with less dribbling, but still....

Look at what this lad has turned into...

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7 minutes ago, oneronaldo said:

Migliaccio must be the greatest American footballer in history. Absolute monster the lad is.

Indeed!

Half Italian too, so Italy really missed out, and are now seeing him every week in the Serie A must be a bit annoying.

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13 minutes ago, BoxToBox said:

Indeed!

Half Italian too, so Italy really missed out, and are now seeing him every week in the Serie A must be a bit annoying.

Until they see he puts pineapples on his pizza or eats pasta with ketchup, the Italians be like "meh, you can keep him" :lol:

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7 hours ago, BoxToBox said:

Look at what this lad has turned into...

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We're at the half, and tipping away nicely, though tactically, still not perfect(strikers are still all off game), it's much more settled and usually successful. We do struggle against flat back 5's and defensive sides.

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The wingers, had finally started finding their place in the squad, it was especially slow going for Cruz.

So once he settled, of course he broke his foot, why wouldn't he?

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Decent start :thup: Shame Cruz broke his foot :( Who the hell is Juve Stabia?! :eek: 

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15 minutes ago, john1 said:

Decent start :thup: Shame Cruz broke his foot :( Who the hell is Juve Stabia?! :eek: 

They're from a region of Naples called Castellammare di Stabia, and are one of those classic Italian lower league clubs, the ones that go bankrupt every few decades.

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On 16/08/2017 at 02:03, BoxToBox said:

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Never seen a bigger meltdown! Pogba dived in with a two foooted tackle, gets red, Keita argues with the ref over it, gets yellow. The free kick from Pogbas foul is chipped at the box and.... Keita fouls a man, second yellow, off. :lol:
Before that, we had a single shot, and it looked like they were going to shut us out until another foul near the box, and Lourencon curls it into the top corner.

Bribed the ref, then?

About the most recent posts, I love how your "struggling tactically" is winning the CL group with 16 points and having a 6 points lead in the league with 2 games in hand. :D

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29 minutes ago, noikeee said:

Bribed the ref, then?

About the most recent posts, I love how your "struggling tactically" is winning the CL group with 16 points and having a 6 points lead in the league with 2 games in hand. :D

The results were there, true. The defence was, and is, solid, the Libero rampant.

The attack was blunt though, you'll see early on, a string of 1-0's, all either a peno or direct free kick. A 3-1 win, a peno, free kick, and one of our DM's pegged one in from 30 yards. That 5-0 with the FCK'ers, was a peno, two direct frees, a long shot, and a header off a corner. That's the kind of thing you can't build on.

That said, through Nov. and Dec, it's starting to fall in place. That Chelsea battering though, I actually switched to a diamond for, as I wanted a player in the DM slot to stand on their AMC, but figuratively and literally(classic Mourinho, I actually played A CB there). Plus, Berisha was out with a knock, and I don't have any proper alternate liberos anyway...

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56m is the number we'd accept, indeed..... for a signed pair of match worn boots.

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6 minutes ago, kidthekid said:

How isn't the great Berisha's reputation  world class yet.

I'm guessing to be counted world class there's a specific CA number a player has to reach, and perhaps he's peaked shy of it?

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£56m will get them a torn, sweaty, match-worn shirt of his, if they want his boots that will be another £100m.

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32 minutes ago, oneronaldo said:

£56m will get them a torn, sweaty, match-worn shirt of his, if they want his boots that will be another £100m.

Better again, absolutely this!

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This lad gets promoted to the senior side...

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To be fair, I am excited to see how he does, lot of potential and already quite the physical beast.

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Youth Intake Day!

Bit strange, the HOYD's hyped about a 3 star keeper ahead of a pair of very decent looking strikers, one of which is 5 star.

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For a 15 year old, that GK is quality. Just needs to work on his positioning and determination. 

Eccentricity attribute of 1 as well :hammer:

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Just a few moments.

First, Berisha in action...

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No goal in the end but this is the kind of run that was impossible for a Libero in FM 15 and 16, as they'd be practically tethered to the centre circle when the team is attacking.

They say Migliaccio's one weakness is his lack of taste for the big games, well, that and the fact he has Antonio Valencia's left leg...

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Seems alright in the big games to me, though!

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Season review time! Dominant in the league, despite it taking quite a while to get the team playing the way I want. Scraped by in Europe a bit more than I'm completely comfortable with, and handled the cup well enough.
Strikers still remain a slight issue, only Ricciardi, with 18, came anywhere close to the standard I expected of them. Young star Tim Ermert is especially annoying, clearly a top, top forward, all season he couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a shotgun from two yards out.

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336 minutes per goal....

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Mamani is making a habit of these isn't he at yearly awards, shows up, goal of the season, thankyouverymuch kthxbye.:lol:

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4 hours ago, oneronaldo said:

Mamani is making a habit of these isn't he at yearly awards, shows up, goal of the season, thankyouverymuch kthxbye.:lol:

They're the only kind of goal he bothers with. Supposed to be our holding mid, but gets a bit board of tackling, I guess, and drifts forward enough to launch a screamer in.

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1 hour ago, BoxToBox said:

They're the only kind of goal he bothers with. Supposed to be our holding mid, but gets a bit board of tackling, I guess, and drifts forward enough to launch a screamer in.

Is this what they call "doing a Tioteeeeeeee" in the industry

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