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Just finished 4th season with Napoli and what a season it was, went unbeaten in League and won Italian Cup and Super Cup, Changed my tactics for the 4th season and was amazed by the results after struggling and just making champions league qualification the 1st two seasons.

 

Even sold Belotti in the Jan transfer window and he was averaging just under a goal a game but 90m bid from Bayern too good to turn down, Cutrone and Martinez seen me thru the rest of the season with Baradi and Asensio also chipping in with goals to help out, Plenty goals from the midfield players with this tactic too

 

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I am doing a save with AC Milan now, you need to do a bit of rebuilding first season.

I sold Monolivo, Vergara, Abete, Antonelli, Zapata, Suso,  Bonaventura, Bigila and begrudgingly I sold Romagnoli all for a combined 120m.

I only spent 15m as AC Milan have rubbish financial situation and that was my most important issue I need to sort.

I signed Alex Song on a free, I signed Adam Masina for 5m, Fagner for 8m and got Harry Winks on loan for the season.

I am currently in the middle of March and I am 3rd in the league, 7 points behind Inter.

I am hoping to have a better season next season and my aim is to win the title in 5 seasons.

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46 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

I am doing a save with AC Milan now, you need to do a bit of rebuilding first season.

I sold Monolivo, Vergara, Abete, Antonelli, Zapata, Suso,  Bonaventura, Bigila and begrudgingly I sold Romagnoli all for a combined 120m.

I only spent 15m as AC Milan have rubbish financial situation and that was my most important issue I need to sort.

I signed Alex Song on a free, I signed Adam Masina for 5m, Fagner for 8m and got Harry Winks on loan for the season.

I am currently in the middle of March and I am 3rd in the league, 7 points behind Inter.

I am hoping to have a better season next season and my aim is to win the title in 5 seasons.

What are there debt repayments a month then? That's a bold move selling a fair few players, but understandable...minus suso, bona and romagnoli. 

I think they have a lot of potential for sure. 

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I finished season 1 as 4th in the league after a really rubbish end of season.

I had to spend money to improve the team.

AC Milan already had set transfers in place in the game for Borini for 5m, Kalnic (top scorer last season with 30 goals) for 17.75m.

I then signed my on loan player Sturaro for 6m, I also signed on loan young striker Jorgen Strand Larsen for 1.5m, I got Antonio Barreca for 5m as left back cover, I then went and raided the loan market and bought in Joe Gomez, Ryan Kent and Grujic from Liverpool, Kent and Grujic have barely played but are good cover just in case.

I managed to get Dani Cabellos from Real Madrid, Axel Tuanzebe and A.Perriera from Man Utd, Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich, Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea and Douglas Luiz from Man City all on loan, I went overboard and regret it now as it has been a strain on my finances.

My biggest signing cos I had to do it was bring Mario Balotelli back to AC Milan, he aint played much due to injuries. I paid 20m for him as well, grrr lol.

I also have just recently signed Justin Kluivert and Timothy Weah as I want to have them play for the team their dads did well for.

I am currently 5th in the league with 20 games gone so far, I feel more confident this year then last.

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Currently in my third season with A.C. Milan. The main reasons I decided to start with Milan is because my brother supports the club and we recently went on a holiday to Italy and we went to the San Siro to watch them play. Unfortunately, while the atmosphere was amazing, they played terribly and Atalanta won 0-2. My brother didn't say a word for the rest of the night. Since we live in Australia, we haven't had the chance to watch top clubs play live so it was still a great experience and I do feel like I really like the club (although I really like Napoli and Sarri at the moment).

SEASON 1

Juventus were unstoppable and finished the season unbeaten in the Serie A. We managed second position but were way behind the leaders. Cleared out a lot of dead weight in the market and just brought in Elneny as a holding mid as well as youngster Justin Kluivert who has plenty of potential.

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SEASON 2

We managed more points in the league then Juventus did in the last season. Lost just 3 games in the Serie A and also won the cup. In the Champions League, we went out to Chelsea in the round of 16 on away goals after drawing both legs. They went on to win the competition. Couldn't do much in terms of transfers because of the financial situation at the club...in the Summer just brought in young english left back Josh Tymon as a back up. I tried to sign Ozil on a free but the wages I offered him weren't very good. He ended up going to Leverkusen Kalinic left on loan in the winter window because he was costing too much in wages (£110k a week) and I was focusing on developing Silva and Cutrone. I brought in Batshuayi because he's happy on a backup contract on low wages and gives me a third striker option.

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SEASON 3 (unfinished)

Currently mid December in the third season. Sold Rodriguez for £40 mil and manged to replace him with Mendy who was transfer listed for a lot cheaper. Then with the leftover cash, Asensio came in. The Arsenal supporter in me is shown in the free signings of Fabregas and Walcott. Kalinic had a clause in his loan deal that was triggered so his move became permanent.

Top of the league and through in the CL, Man United beat us twice in the group stage though. Barcelona is our opponent in the round of 16 and it will be a very tough ask to go through...Ancelotti plays a deep 4231 that looks hard to break down. Cup competition about to start.

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Tactics

Tactically, I've had a lot of fun with this save. I've played formations that Milan have used over the years. Currently these are the three I'm using:

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Milan currently play a 433 under Gattuso. My favourite formation for possession football.

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The 4312 was used by Milan to utilize both Shevchenko and Inzaghi. The funny thing about this formation is that whenever a Milan manager is on a bad run, former prime minister of Italy and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi criticizes them for not using this system. In my first two seasons, I didn't use this formation, I played the 4321/christmas tree which Milan used to great success. I only starting using Berlusconi's favourite formation because Silva and Cutrone have become so good that I like to play with both of them. Ancelotti used both of these systems

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Milan played a 442 under Sacchi. Mine is very different however, all about sitting back and hitting the opposition on the break. After Juventus dominated the first season, I knew I had to come up with a way to beat them. This was my solution and it has worked well. We have beaten them 3 times and lost once using this system. I like to use it away in Europe and against 4231 formations that play with wingbacks. 

Player Development

The save starts with a lot of quality young players at the club and due to the financial situation it makes sense to develop them.

Up top, Silva and Cutrone are both very dangerous and work well together with Silva as a support striker and Cutrone as a poacher. Cutrone looks like he will become world class. Both players have had a countless amount of offers - United/Arsenal/Chelsea/Tottenham for Silva and Man City/Juventus/Bayern for Cutrone. This is just off the top of my head, there have been others. I think Barca and maybe Madrid have even put bids in for Silva. I don't even entertain them, just click reject.

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Justin Kluivert has developed very well in a lot of areas and has been a complete bargain for me. A countless amount of big clubs have come in for him and again I just hit reject. Still plenty of room for growth.

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In midfield, Kessie is an absolute beast of a box to box/ball winner. In his first 2 seasons, you can't work on his traits as he is on loan but now that he is on a permanent contract, I have managed to get rid of the annoying shoots from distance trait. Working on arriving late in the opposition area, he has fantastic off the ball as well as decent finishing/composure.

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Locatelli has developed fairly well, fantasic as a deep lying creator but have used in a variety of roles. He is capable of playing in midfield in my 442 (I don't usually play him as a BWM though). Still some room for improvement.

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In defence, Romagnoli is a top CB and Calabria has developed into a very good fullback.

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Finally, the young keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is developing very steadily. I've been trying to train him up as a sweeper keeper and it's slowly but surely working. His quickness, first touch, passing and vision have all seen some improvement.

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Second Update:

SEASON 3 (second half)

In the second half of season 3, we needed to strengthen our cover at right back becuase Conti picked up a long term injury. I brought in Trent Alexander Arnold on loan in the January window. We managed to retain the Serie A title but unfortunately we got knocked out in the quarter finals of the Champions League by Arsenal. Kessie managed to get sent off in the first half of the first leg when we had just gone down 0-1. We somehow managed to get one back but we got hammered in the away leg.

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By the end of the season it was good to see that financial situation of the club was looking a lot better:

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I knew it was time to have a proper shot at the Champions League.

SEASON 4:

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I went out and dumped £70m on one player - Mohamed Salah. I felt the squad lacked someone with that explosiveness (part of the reason I brought in Walcott on a free last season). I didn't really want to sell Suso but I felt he had to make way as Kluivert has reached his ability and we also already have Asensio as well as Salah coming in. I sold Conti for a decent amount and brought in two young second choice full bucks - Traore and Centelles.

January was an interesting time for the club. The financial situation had gone bad again we are still paying off debt. I couldn't afford to keep Bonaventura - he wanted crazy wages (funny thing is he was actually out of contract in the summer, he wanted crazy wages and it seemed like no else wanted to pay those wages either. So he stayed with us on a month to month contract still on £63k a week. He was unhappy the whole first half of the season but was having his best season so far, he had a 7.51 rating in the league from 18 games and 7.97 rating in the CL from 5 games. Come January, obviously Man City took notice and offered him a contract for £145k a week plus bonuses. His agent hates me and was asking for a lot more than that). Then Elneny got an offer from China, we offered him a contract but he chose to join the Chinese club. His contract was still till the end of the season though so he hasn't left just yet. We sold Batshuayi in January becuase I wasn't really using him (was actually decent when I did) and wanted to help the debt situation.I bought Mahmoud Dahoud on deadline day of the Jan window just because we needed an extra midfielder. We had hardly any depth in the squad.

The Serie A was once again a breeze. My focus was all on the CL.

In the round of 16, we drew Lyon. I was pretty happy about that. We played defensive away in the first leg and got a 1-1 draw. Comfortable 2-0 win in the home leg.

In the quarter final, we drew Tottenham, who have been managed by Pep Guardiola for a couple of seasons. I was pretty happy with that though because the other teams were Man United, Bayern, Atletico, Barcelona, Arsenal and Madrid. We actually had Tottenham in our group stage, we finished first and while we beat them 4-3 at home, they actually beat us 1-3 away. The first leg away from home and we managed a 1-0 win thanks to a second half penalty. At home, we blew them away 3-0. Pep was playing with pretty attacking wingbacks and we were too clinical on the break.

The semi-final draw had us come up against Barcelona. We managed to beat Barca last season on aggregate winning 2-0 at home but losing 1-2 away. Ancelotti managed them back then but now it was Heiko Herrlich. He was playing the same 4231 with DM's though. We were too good in both legs this time despite the insane quality of their players. We had gone up 3-0 in the first leg at home but conceded a late goal which gave them some chance. Away from home, we managed to counter well and won 1-2.

That took us to the final. Our opponents were Madrid who had turned around a 4-2 first away leg loss against Bayern and won 3-0 in the home leg. 

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Zidane plays a 4231. I decided I would go for my counter attacking 442 which had done me so well in tough away matches in the Serie A and Champions League. I came up with this 442 after season 1, to counter Juventus who had been playing a 4231 and went the whole Serie A campaign unbeaten. 

A mix of players who started at the club with a few additions. The additions are left back Mendy, the wide midfielders, Asensio and Salah who have more defensive duties than usual and holding mid Elneny. Elneny doesn't usually start for me but he does in the 442. 

After 14 mins, Salah is injured and out for the game. He had been picking up injuries all season and had only manged 23 starts in the league. Not worth the money at all to be honest. I bring in the young man, Justin Kluivert. We barely managed a shot or two for the first half. Madrid have all the possession but we are defending fairly well. We look OK on the counter but just keep getting offside. I decide to stick to the plan at half time.

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And the plan worked! Goals from the two youngest outfield players not just in our team but on the pitch. Kluivert was also named man of the match, why did I spend £70m on Salah again?

Who cares? We won the CL!!! Forza Milan!!!

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P.S. My favourite save on FM (only started playing FM on 17 edition). Not sure if I should go another season. 

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My usual save for the last few years has been AC Milan, but I don't really like the direction the club is taking (foreign investment leading to suddenly buying a load of players) so I can't get in to one this year. I've thought about maybe trying La Liga, or even England, but Italy seems to be where I always end up for my long term saves!

 

I just can't decide who to start with. Pretty much any club in the league is a possibility, even Juve, I just always struggle to get settled on a tactic that I like and works. Anyone have any suggestions for me? A club or a rough tactic that often works in Italy? I've enjoyed saves with both Milan clubs in the past, and I'm going to Florence this summer (although I don't like 4231 which seems to fit them perfectly), or most of the other clubs seem to have something interesting about them. Youngsters coming through, ageing squad etc.

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9 minutes ago, Aizo4576 said:

My usual save for the last few years has been AC Milan, but I don't really like the direction the club is taking (foreign investment leading to suddenly buying a load of players) so I can't get in to one this year. I've thought about maybe trying La Liga, or even England, but Italy seems to be where I always end up for my long term saves!

 

I just can't decide who to start with. Pretty much any club in the league is a possibility, even Juve, I just always struggle to get settled on a tactic that I like and works. Anyone have any suggestions for me? A club or a rough tactic that often works in Italy? I've enjoyed saves with both Milan clubs in the past, and I'm going to Florence this summer (although I don't like 4231 which seems to fit them perfectly), or most of the other clubs seem to have something interesting about them. Youngsters coming through, ageing squad etc.

Just to clarify, are you saying you don't want a load of money to spend? Because Milan are actually a good save then. If you read my posts above, I have had a great save with Milan, only spending relatively big in the season where I went for the CL and won it. 

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4 minutes ago, NabsKebabs said:

Just to clarify, are you saying you don't want a load of money to spend? Because Milan are actually a good save then. If you read my posts above, I have had a great save with Milan, only spending relatively big in the season where I went for the CL and won it. 

I don't really like the real life signings they've made, that's why I can't get in to them this year.

 

I don't mind having a little or a lot to spend, as long as I have something. I am thinking either Sampdoria or Fiorentina, though

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3 minutes ago, Aizo4576 said:

I don't really like the real life signings they've made, that's why I can't get in to them this year.

 

I don't mind having a little or a lot to spend, as long as I have something. I am thinking either Sampdoria or Fiorentina, though

I like them except Kalinic and Borini(lol).

 

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8 minutes ago, NabsKebabs said:

I like them except Kalinic and Borini(lol).

 

I don't mind Kalinic myself, but Borini, Halkan (weirdly), and Andre Silva (even though I signed him last year, or maybe that's why) are never great for me.

Last year I signed Kessie myself and he was wonderful. Thinking of it, I think someone at the club has been watching my save haha

It might be the same thing as in my other saves to be honest, I just struggle to get in to it and I probably could if I really tried. I want to just pick a save, sort out a half decent tactic and just go with it. Here are what I see as my choices

Fiorentina 4231 (although I can never get it to work)

Sampdoria 4312

Milan 5212 (I do like 3/5atb)

Roma

Maybe I'll give Milan one last go, for old times sake. They've been my go to club for the last few years. I could even just be sneaky with the editor and release Borini or someone else if it bothers me that much

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6 minutes ago, Aizo4576 said:

I don't mind Kalinic myself, but Borini, Halkan (weirdly), and Andre Silva (even though I signed him last year, or maybe that's why) are never great for me.

Last year I signed Kessie myself and he was wonderful. Thinking of it, I think someone at the club has been watching my save haha

It might be the same thing as in my other saves to be honest, I just struggle to get in to it and I probably could if I really tried. I want to just pick a save, sort out a half decent tactic and just go with it. Here are what I see as my choices

Fiorentina 4231 (although I can never get it to work)

Sampdoria 4312

Milan 5212 (I do like 3/5atb)

Roma

Maybe I'll give Milan one last go, for old times sake. They've been my go to club for the last few years

Hakan is basically Milan's version of Ozil (just considerably worse). I really like him though. Such a technical player. Andre Silva is an awesome overall player. Kessie is a beast.

I like to play a variety of systems so I'm not going to suggest a formation/team. Again, not sure if you read about my Milan save but I used 4 different formations (all have been by Milan over the years). Perhaps you would enjoy doing something similar with Milan.

Whatever you do, I'm more than willing to help you create tactics (I can set up a decent 4231 with ease and I don't usually like 3 at the back but will be able to help). 

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I was actually looking through the posts to see how you'd been doing and how you'd set up. I like the look of what you've done, going to have a think about how I'm going to set them up! I think it'll definitely involve an AM and two strikers, I really dislike wingers. Whether the 'loose' player goes in at CB, DM or CM I'm yet to decide but I shall see

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1 minute ago, Aizo4576 said:

I was actually looking through the posts to see how you'd been doing and how you'd set up. I like the look of what you've done, going to have a think about how I'm going to set them up! I think it'll definitely involve an AM and two strikers, I really dislike wingers. Whether the 'loose' player goes in at CB, DM or CM I'm yet to decide but I shall see

My 4312 is a good system. I also played with a Christmas tree formation but I stopped because Silva and Cutrone became so good. 

My Christmas tree/4321 looked something like this:

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Oooh, after bringing in Asenio I can see why you'd go with that! Great signing.

I'm thinking 4312, it's the formation I think I'm most comfortable with and it's what I have used with Milan in the last few years. Locatelli becomes a ridiculously good DLP. I'll admit, it's also nice to see a fellow Arsenal fan managing Milan!

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11 minutes ago, Aizo4576 said:

Oooh, after bringing in Asenio I can see why you'd go with that! Great signing.

I'm thinking 4312, it's the formation I think I'm most comfortable with and it's what I have used with Milan in the last few years. Locatelli becomes a ridiculously good DLP. I'll admit, it's also nice to see a fellow Arsenal fan managing Milan!

Asensio is the wizard of the squad for me!

4312 is good but can be vulnerable on the break if you don't set it up correctly. Locatelli is a fantastic DLP for me!

I noticed you're a gunner too! I brought in Elneny because he's transfer listed in the first season. And in the third season I bought Fabregas and Walcott for free!

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4 minutes ago, NabsKebabs said:

Asensio is the wizard of the squad for me!

4312 is good but can be vulnerable on the break if you don't set it up correctly. Locatelli is a fantastic DLP for me!

I noticed you're a gunner too! I brought in Elneny because he's transfer listed in the first season. And in the third season I bought Fabregas and Walcott for free!

Funnily enough, Elneny was another signing I made last year. Always super reliable on FM, so I try to get him where I can! Fabregas sounds like an interesting signing. How did he play? And Walcott too?

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So...I've ended up doing what I didn't think I'd do, but it means I have finally bought a player I've not bought this year despite how ridiculously incredible he is. He cost a lost, so I have to be getting CL in the next year or two for financial reasons.

First order of business was a staff overhaul. Coaching and medical teams have seen expansions and a brilliant increase in quality. I've thinned out the recruitment team slightly, as there were a number of scouts that weren't good enough. I'll be looking to expand and improve that going forward.

Transfers out:

Jose Mauri - Loan

Zapata - £7.5m - Going 4atb so don't need 5 or 6 CBs

Suso - £21.5m - I've never had great success with him in a narrow system, so took advantage of the interest in him. Importantly, I've got a 10% sell on clause, so hopefully should get a little bit extra in the future.

There are still a number of players I want to sell, but I've not had any luck in moving.

 

Transfers in:

Xadas - £3.7m - AMC prospect, well known on these forums. Replacement for Suso

Savic - £38-45m  - Decent amount up front, with some over time and some appearance/goal dependent add-ons. A risky signing given our financial situation. However, I couldn't resist the chance to not only weaken a direct rival, but to potentially have the best midfield in the world in the years to come. Kessie - Locatelli - Savic will be incredible.

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21 minuti fa, Aizo4576 ha scritto:

So...I've ended up doing what I didn't think I'd do, but it means I have finally bought a player I've not bought this year despite how ridiculously incredible he is. He cost a lost, so I have to be getting CL in the next year or two for financial reasons.

First order of business was a staff overhaul. Coaching and medical teams have seen expansions and a brilliant increase in quality. I've thinned out the recruitment team slightly, as there were a number of scouts that weren't good enough. I'll be looking to expand and improve that going forward.

Transfers out:

Jose Mauri - Loan

Zapata - £7.5m - Going 4atb so don't need 5 or 6 CBs

Suso - £21.5m - I've never had great success with him in a narrow system, so took advantage of the interest in him. Importantly, I've got a 10% sell on clause, so hopefully should get a little bit extra in the future.

There are still a number of players I want to sell, but I've not had any luck in moving.

 

Transfers in:

Xadas - £3.7m - AMC prospect, well known on these forums. Replacement for Suso

Savic - £38-45m  - Decent amount up front, with some over time and some appearance/goal dependent add-ons. A risky signing given our financial situation. However, I couldn't resist the chance to not only weaken a direct rival, but to potentially have the best midfield in the world in the years to come. Kessie - Locatelli - Savic will be incredible.

In january?

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So the window is shut. Managed to sell Bonaventura on deadline day (he was injured previously). £20m isn't a bad price, but once again I got a sell on fee in there, 25% this time, so I'm very happy with that. Danilo was his replacement and another signing I'm very happy with although I do want to change his PPMs.

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Spent £43m (of course, £50m once all paid up) but brought in £49m, so overall I am very happy with the window

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24 minuti fa, Aizo4576 ha scritto:

So the window is shut. Managed to sell Bonaventura on deadline day (he was injured previously). £20m isn't a bad price, but once again I got a sell on fee in there, 25% this time, so I'm very happy with that. Danilo was his replacement and another signing I'm very happy with although I do want to change his PPMs.

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Spent £43m (of course, £50m once all paid up) but brought in £49m, so overall I am very happy with the window

Be careful with non EU players because in Italy rules are strict then choose well who buy :) 

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16 minutes ago, ParanoidBuddha said:

Be careful with non EU players because in Italy rules are strict then choose well who buy :) 

Gomez and Danilo are the only players in the squad considered as non-eu, so I'm safe :) Pretty used to managing in Italy, Milan have been my main save for the last few years!

 

Also, in an absolute shocker, Borini has been my joint top scorer alongside Locatelli. Would not have expected that

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5 minuti fa, Aizo4576 ha scritto:

Gomez and Danilo are the only players in the squad considered as non-eu, so I'm safe :) Pretty used to managing in Italy, Milan have been my main save for the last few years!

 

Also, in an absolute shocker, Borini has been my joint top scorer alongside Locatelli. Would not have expected that

Btw first season with Milan you can already buy 2 if I am not wrong :) 

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Finding the Milan save very frustrating, I can't seem to get the team to perform at all. Still want a save in the Italian leagues though (I think, I have another idea or two in Valencia or maybe someone else in Spain). My thoughts on teams in Italy..

Atalanta - Solid option, good young squad + facilities

Fiorentina - Quality squad if you can keep hold of the stars (Chiesa especially), going there in the summer which is cool

Juve - Obviously incredible, however squad may not be as strong as it has been?

Milan - I can't get in to a save with them this year

Napoli - An interesting squad but I'm not sold on them

Roma - A quality, but ageing, squad that could be a fun one

 

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9 hours ago, Aizo4576 said:

Finding the Milan save very frustrating, I can't seem to get the team to perform at all. Still want a save in the Italian leagues though (I think, I have another idea or two in Valencia or maybe someone else in Spain). My thoughts on teams in Italy..

Atalanta - Solid option, good young squad + facilities

Fiorentina - Quality squad if you can keep hold of the stars (Chiesa especially), going there in the summer which is cool

Juve - Obviously incredible, however squad may not be as strong as it has been?

Milan - I can't get in to a save with them this year

Napoli - An interesting squad but I'm not sold on them

Roma - A quality, but ageing, squad that could be a fun one

 

Just started my second season with Roma. Really fun save so far. If you do well enough you can clear a massive chunk of the debt. It starts off at 255m and at the start of 2nd it has gone down too 92m. It helped selling Strootman for 88m and el sharaawy for 55m

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12 ore fa, Aizo4576 ha scritto:

Juve - Obviously incredible, however squad may not be as strong as it has been?

Nahh, imo we are at least at the same level of the other year. We are just unlucky. I mean, in serie A we lost 3 points for 2 penaltiesmissed at last minutes and we did 2-2 vs Tottenham (I agree for a team like us that peformance isn't good at all) but missing a penalty and having 5 players out (specially Dybala and Matuidi).

Lazio, Sampdoria, SPAL and Parma can be interesting too if you don't like others options :) 

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Has anybody here got a save going with Fiorentina?

I managed them on FM17, initially with a strikerless tactic then a Guardiola-inspired one. Got a couple of Scudetto, at least one Coppa and a couple of Europa League trophies whilst also narrowly avoiding the sack as we had consecutive 10th place finishes whilst I retooled from multicultural to all-Italian and then again to all-Tuscan (given unlike the Basque nationality you have to filter by birthplaces and homegrown status this was a ridiculous effort and shall never be repeated). It was great fun and normally I don't go to the same team two versions in a row (Except Manchester United - I always make it 1, maybe 2 seasons then get tired, as has happened now) but given their huge squad turnover- according to their wikipedia squad list only 8 of their first team were there in January 2017 - I was thinking it might be fun. Perhaps even build a specific thread - working title: Sons of Florence because they have three famous players' sons in the squad - but I'd worry it would only be a place for me to post my own updates. Also they seem tailor made for a 4-2-3-1 which to me means decent job security without winning anything - I can never get one to work. 

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Been playing with Roma till 2025 and it’s been awesome. Won 2 Serie A in 8 years (6 times runner up!) but we're coming off a season in which we’ve reached the CL final and lost heartbreakingly in the last minute 3-2 to Barcelona. It's really fun considering the history of the club and how good Juve have been on my save, plus I’ve got some amazing players from my youth intakes.

My backline contains two “Best of his Generation” full backs and Franco Baresi’s regen, one from Sassuolo’s academy and two from ours. They basically make up 3 of 4 backline for Roma and Italy, having won the European Championship in 2024 too.

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Ferretti is a boyhood Roma supporter too!

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I’ve also got two world-class strikers who have come through the academy, Di Maria’s also a supporter scoring goals for his favorite team. Unfortunately the other guy Brian Giorgi doesn’t enjoy big matches, which is almost automatic selling considering half the teams in Italy are rivals and every CL knockout game has been screwed up for me by a player with this trait. They haven't been as big in the national team but that'll happen with time.

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This season I’m gunning for the title, otherwise the new consortium will likely fire me. With my Italian defense I feel I can also go one step forward and win the CL, I’ll keep you guys updated.

I would absolutely recommend a Roma save, it’s fun, great history, lovely regens and a bit of a challenge!

Only 3rd post hah :lol:

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1 hour ago, FlairRA said:

Been playing with Roma till 2025 and it’s been awesome. Won 2 Serie A in 8 years (6 times runner up!) but we're coming off a season in which we’ve reached the CL final and lost heartbreakingly in the last minute 3-2 to Barcelona. It's really fun considering the history of the club and how good Juve have been on my save, plus I’ve got some amazing players from my youth intakes.

My backline contains two “Best of his Generation” full backs and Franco Baresi’s regen, one from Sassuolo’s academy and two from ours. They basically make up 3 of 4 backline for Roma and Italy, having won the European Championship in 2024 too.

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Ferretti is a boyhood Roma supporter too!

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I’ve also got two world-class strikers who have come through the academy, Di Maria’s also a supporter scoring goals for his favorite team. Unfortunately the other guy Brian Giorgi doesn’t enjoy big matches, which is almost automatic selling considering half the teams in Italy are rivals and every CL knockout game has been screwed up for me by a player with this trait. They haven't been as big in the national team but that'll happen with time.

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This season I’m gunning for the title, otherwise the new consortium will likely fire me. With my Italian defense I feel I can also go one step forward and win the CL, I’ll keep you guys updated.

I would absolutely recommend a Roma save, it’s fun, great history, lovely regens and a bit of a challenge!

Only 3rd post hah :lol:

Wow, that Fabio Rossi guy looks amazing. Will be super good around 27 years of age if you make it that far (not that he isn’t super good right now though).

Makes me want to start a Roma game!

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You really should, it's extremely fun!

About Rossi, he turned 22 and it turns out he dislikes big matches. Explains his mistake in the final defeat, a real shame as he is already the best defender on the game.

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2 hours ago, FlairRA said:

You really should, it's extremely fun!

About Rossi, he turned 22 and it turns out he dislikes big matches. Explains his mistake in the final defeat, a real shame as he is already the best defender on the game.

Any chance you could get some pics of your transfer dealings from season 2 onwards?  And what sort of transfer budget is given each season? I'm really enjoying my Roma save, highly recommended. Some great regens you have, hope I have similar. 

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Yeah, absolutely. Keep in mind though most of my transfers were either regens (even at the start!) or built to tutor them etc. Ibrahimovic. In my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th season I had a budget of 2-7 million iirc, until I won the league and it was bumped up to 30 which I am still getting in 2025. Most of my millions came from selling older/wanting to leave players etc. Manolas, Nainngolan, and with the % of transfer revenue decreased I did receive less money. 

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Would 100% recommend Arthur, Ruben Dias, and Berardi for players you can get for a solid price as I signed them all between the 12.5-20 million range. Arthur and Berardi have become icons too!

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Thanks for that bud. Yes I have just signed Arthur for 16m, whilst selling Strootman for 87m in installments. I like that fact that you aren't just handed plenty of money to work with. It's all about how you make the extra funds available.

Did you have Monchi sign any of your players? For me he keeps putting bids in for non EU players haha. 

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I was thinking about starting my standard mid season Roma game with the goal to create the next Totti.

 

I was going to get one of the Pr0 updates as i find they are the best for longevity due to the amount of youth players but would love opinions on other DB's.

 

My plan is to build a team around a trequartista and have D'Amico as my Totti. D'Amico has just helped win me the 22 world cup on my Liverpool/Italy save. I had him tutored by Messi and the guy is amazing.

So the signings i would be likely to bring in are... 

D'Amico

Nicolo Barella who has been immense for my national side scoring 9 in 20 from cm and plenty of match winning performances.

Rugani and Caldara as the cbs.

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11 minutes ago, Daws88 said:

Thanks for that bud. Yes I have just signed Arthur for 16m, whilst selling Strootman for 87m in installments. I like that fact that you aren't just handed plenty of money to work with. It's all about how you make the extra funds available.

Did you have Monchi sign any of your players? For me he keeps putting bids in for non EU players haha. 

Nope, I never ever let anyone else do anything at my club except me. Speaking of the non-EU rule, it's such an absolute pain when you want to go shopping in South America but can't do much! For me getting money has been made easy by the young players I signed before, loaning them out with a mandatory fee clause gets you a lot of money from my experiences.

10 minutes ago, craigd84 said:

I was thinking about starting my standard mid season Roma game with the goal to create the next Totti.

My plan is to build a team around a trequartista and have D'Amico as my Totti. D'Amico has just helped win me the 22 world cup on my Liverpool/Italy save. I had him tutored by Messi and the guy is amazing.

 

Good luck mate, my original plan was to do something like this http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/03/05/teams-of-the-decade-5-roma-2007/ with Nainngolan and Strootman going forward as CM (A) and De Rossi holding, but I scrapped it.

 

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20 minutes ago, craigd84 said:

I was thinking about starting my standard mid season Roma game with the goal to create the next Totti.

 

I was going to get one of the Pr0 updates as i find they are the best for longevity due to the amount of youth players but would love opinions on other DB's.

 

My plan is to build a team around a trequartista and have D'Amico as my Totti. D'Amico has just helped win me the 22 world cup on my Liverpool/Italy save. I had him tutored by Messi and the guy is amazing.

So the signings i would be likely to bring in are... 

D'Amico

Nicolo Barella who has been immense for my national side scoring 9 in 20 from cm and plenty of match winning performances.

Rugani and Caldara as the cbs.

Just signed D'Amico myself. He was class for my Inter Milan side 5 season in too. 

Yes I'm using the pr0 update, never had any issues with his, very thorough.

Good luck. 

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Yes, that was a great time to be a Roma fan, but i liked his link with Montella and Batigol more ;) 

 

Saying that in the 2007 team i was a MASSIVE Panucci fan, he was a fine right back, being good at all phases of play.

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2 minutes ago, Daws88 said:

Just signed D'Amico myself. He was class for my Inter Milan side 5 season in too. 

Yes I'm using the pr0 update, never had any issues with his, very thorough.

Good luck. 

D'Amico really surprised me how well he did for me, for the last two seasons he has been one of my favorite players, him Messi and Afonso Sousa wreck teams.

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19 hours ago, FlairRA said:

Nope, I never ever let anyone else do anything at my club except me. Speaking of the non-EU rule, it's such an absolute pain when you want to go shopping in South America but can't do much! For me getting money has been made easy by the young players I signed before, loaning them out with a mandatory fee clause gets you a lot of money from my experiences.

Good luck mate, my original plan was to do something like this http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/03/05/teams-of-the-decade-5-roma-2007/ with Nainngolan and Strootman going forward as CM (A) and De Rossi holding, but I scrapped it.

 

Just to complete the picture, I would be very interested in you transfer business the first season, FlaiRA - would you be interested in sharing those as well? :-)

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11 minutes ago, Captain Funk said:

 

Just to complete the picture, I would be very interested in you transfer business the first season, FlaiRA - would you be interested in sharing those as well? :-)

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Lugano was because he had a perfectionist personality and I got a wonderkid regen CB. Loaning out Under was a mistake, he's a pretty solid player.

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3 hours ago, FlairRA said:

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Lugano was because he had a perfectionist personality and I got a wonderkid regen CB. Loaning out Under was a mistake, he's a pretty solid player.

Under is unreal for me. Getting loads of loan offers for him which I keep refusing. Want to try and develop his 4 star potential, hopefully that improves. 

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OK, so set up my Roma save.. 6 games in I am top one point clear. 

 

Radja has been a goal machine.. 6 in 6 he was 5 in 3 at one point.

I starte with the window off so I signed a few loan players and bought in Samir Nasri in on a free.. who operates as my trequartista. He scored on his debut in a 4 nil win using a tactic I put together. 

 

Attacking wise the football is great but I need to sort my defence and defensive phase of my midfield out.

 

All in all enjoying it so far... beating Inter and Napoli was fantastic.

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On 25/02/2018 at 10:16, FlairRA said:

Been playing with Roma till 2025 and it’s been awesome. Won 2 Serie A in 8 years (6 times runner up!) but we're coming off a season in which we’ve reached the CL final and lost heartbreakingly in the last minute 3-2 to Barcelona. It's really fun considering the history of the club and how good Juve have been on my save, plus I’ve got some amazing players from my youth intakes.

My backline contains two “Best of his Generation” full backs and Franco Baresi’s regen, one from Sassuolo’s academy and two from ours. They basically make up 3 of 4 backline for Roma and Italy, having won the European Championship in 2024 too.

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Ferretti is a boyhood Roma supporter too!

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I’ve also got two world-class strikers who have come through the academy, Di Maria’s also a supporter scoring goals for his favorite team. Unfortunately the other guy Brian Giorgi doesn’t enjoy big matches, which is almost automatic selling considering half the teams in Italy are rivals and every CL knockout game has been screwed up for me by a player with this trait. They haven't been as big in the national team but that'll happen with time.

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This season I’m gunning for the title, otherwise the new consortium will likely fire me. With my Italian defense I feel I can also go one step forward and win the CL, I’ll keep you guys updated.

I would absolutely recommend a Roma save, it’s fun, great history, lovely regens and a bit of a challenge!

Only 3rd post hah :lol:

I have just started a save with Roma. did you keep the Head Of Youth Development? Or if not who did you bring in? Thanks

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So, we’ve done it! The league title is finally won again, meaning my job security is higher! We did it in the most Italian of methods to, conceding only 18 goals all season and keeping a clean sheet in 25 out of 38 games. In the CL we weren’t as successful, after beating Atletico Madrid in a brilliant 6-1 win we succumbed on penalties to Leverkusen in the quarterfinal. An unfair result, compounded by the misery that Roma icon Berardi, who gave away a penalty and made a mistake for a goal in the last season’s CL final missed the decisive penalty here. On the bright side, my boys won Italy the World Cup, in a 0-0 draw followed by penalties vs Argentina. After winning the European Championship the year before, all my players need is the Champions League to be satisfied. So naturally that’s the goal!

I also got offered the Italy job, which means it's now up to me to continue the success.

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Fun fact: Mele, top goalscorer in the league is on loan from us and is a homegrown boyhood AS Roma supporter.

On 2/28/2018 at 02:53, False 9 said:

I have just started a save with Roma. did you keep the Head Of Youth Development? Or if not who did you bring in? Thanks

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His personality might not be the best and he may never produce central midfielders due to 3/4 preferred formations being 4231 DM, but boy does he produce brilliant players. All my world-class products a couple posts above were produced by this legend, and he's given me a "Best Player of His Generation" on 3/6 intakes and a "Golden Generation" on my very first one. Plus he produces other quality players that can serve as rotation options, basically like a Sir Alex Ferguson Man United on steroids. I tried Inter's HOYD for 2 seasons, got me a Swiss Winger with BOYD as well, so if you want some more central midfielder's and better personality you can go for him, but personally I'd always choose Taranito.

On 2/27/2018 at 17:33, craigd84 said:

 

Attacking wise the football is great but I need to sort my defence and defensive phase of my midfield out.

All in all enjoying it so far... beating Inter and Napoli was fantastic.

Exact opposite for me, I really need to have my attack clicking without having preparation for Attacking Movement, otherwise games become dull, though I've gone without it very rarely. Beating your rivals is always fun, though there are so many of them you just can't beat enough haha

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Loving my Juve save so far. Incredible squad, so much fun to watch the games

I'm in Jan and Chelsea just bid £60m for Sandro (£31m + £10m over the next year, £10.5m after 30 matches, £10m after international matches, 20% of next sale)

I accepted, as no way is Sandro actually worth that, but I need to find a replacement asap. I'm also hoping the other clubs interested come in for him as I'm not completely happy with the way the deal is structured

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