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It's been too Lens: Titi's flash in the pan to glory

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Awww poor Yaya retiring. At least he went out on a bang with that great season he had for you.

Toure will make a good addition to your coaching staff and your Head Of Youth Recruitment looks good.

 

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8 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Awww poor Yaya retiring. At least he went out on a bang with that great season he had for you.

Toure will make a good addition to your coaching staff and your Head Of Youth Recruitment looks good.

 

Yeah I think it was the right time for him. I still can't get over that HOYD!!

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I get the feeling we've got a star in the making here, luckily we were able to stop the board from accepting the offer!

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Unfortunately we weren't able to keep hold of him :(. He's off to Liverpool on his 16th birthday - it'll be interesting to track his career and see if we can ever bring him back.

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1 hour ago, smp20 said:

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Unfortunately we weren't able to keep hold of him :(. He's off to Liverpool on his 16th birthday - it'll be interesting to track his career and see if we can ever bring him back.

I usually sell my youth prospects if I get really good offers for them cos a lot of the time most of them don't live up to their hype.

Just think of boost to your finances you will have now and in the future.

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23 hours ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

I usually sell my youth prospects if I get really good offers for them cos a lot of the time most of them don't live up to their hype.

Just think of boost to your finances you will have now and in the future.

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I suppose I can't argue too much having sold a 16-year-old for a club record (coincidentally it's Liverpool raiding again who signed Diouf!) - but one of my favourite parts of the game is developing the kids that come through the academy and would have liked to see him flourish at home first.

16 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Great thread!! Following this 

Thanks for following :brock:

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Just now, smp20 said:

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I suppose I can't argue too much having sold a 16-year-old for a club record (coincidentally it's Liverpool raiding again who signed Diouf!) - but one of my favourite parts of the game is developing the kids that come through the academy and would have liked to see him flourish at home first.

Thanks for following :brock:

What you could do is do what I do and sell maybe 1-2 or your youth players a year as sometimes in a youth intake you will get 4-5 really good players so in a way you could have best of both worlds by keeping some and making them part of your team and selling some of the others to make continious profit from your youth team.

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18 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

What you could do is do what I do and sell maybe 1-2 or your youth players a year as sometimes in a youth intake you will get 4-5 really good players so in a way you could have best of both worlds by keeping some and making them part of your team and selling some of the others to make continious profit from your youth team.

The only issue I have with that is that I can only sign the African 1st/2nd nationality players from my intake (last year there were 4) so my pool of players will always be smaller. The plain French ones have to go :(.

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Just now, smp20 said:

The only issue I have with that is that I can only sign the African 1st/2nd nationality players from my intake (last year there were 4) so my pool of players will always be smaller. The plain French ones have to go :(.

Oh yeah I never thought of it like that. You will find the right balance for you in time. Good luck in season 2.

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15 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Oh yeah I never thought of it like that. You will find the right balance for you in time. Good luck in season 2.

Yeah I'm hoping we won't need to be too much of a selling club, cheers :D

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August 2020 Update

Transfers In

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Wissa ~ Traore ~ Thiam ~ Castelletto ~ Bangoura ~ Mido ~ Eteki ~ Ganvoula ~ Lukaku

Our squad had done well in Ligue 1, but as proven by our 2nd half of the season slump it was an aging side on a downwards projectory. We needed to revamp the squad with either young players or those in their prime and I decided I didn't want to splash out too much on players (either fees or wages) so looked for freebies, transfer listed players.

Our defence is bolstered by Castelletto and Thiam (who I'm retrained as a BPD), centre midfield with Traore, Eteki and my personal favourite and new Regista Mido. While the front three will be led by Ganvoula (our biggest upfront fee signing), Wissa and Bangoura. I decided to bring in Lukaku at left back, mainly because the money received from Liverpool was burning a whole in my pocket. £1.5m up front, £3m over 48 months and Lazio are paying £15k a week of his wages = no brainer for me. I may use the Joker window to bring in another player if we look like we're lacking anywhere.

Transfers Out

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One big outgoing and lots of little ones (more you can't see and loans/frees too) meaning we are now almost fully free of players that don't fit the philosophy only a handful left in 2nd team or u19s.

Results

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A great start to our Ligue 1 return, though admittedly we haven't faced any of the bigger clubs yet.

League Table

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PSG smashing it out the park from day 1, they finished on a whopping 106 points last season :rolleyes:. Tables don't tell you much at this stage, September will be tough as we face Marseille, Lyon and PSG!

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JC and YR now up to exceptional :D 

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September - October 2020 Update

Joker Transfer

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I felt we were lacking competition for Bangoura and Wissa out wide (Lamah and Zongo are deteriorating) and saw the opportunity to sign Cornet who wasn't getting into Lyon's side and transferred by request. Bargain fee, but big wages - hopefully he will live up to expectations.

Results

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Very happy with this run of form; beating Marseille away, drawing with Lyon and a 5-0 thumping of Rennes, the only side who have beaten PSG. We matched PSG in terms of chances, but they were clinical.

League Table

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Flying high in 2nd place! 6 points behind PSG with a game in hand.

Tactics

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This is the tactic I've built the side towards, my favourite way of playing.

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November - December 2020 Update

Results

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November was good, including a saving from being 'FMed' by Lille who only had 3 shots all game, but that December form was something else. 2-0, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0! 

League Table

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PSG have already dropped more points than last season and we're in touching distance of them, whiles Rennes and Lyons are peaking over our shoulder.

Player Stats

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Mido has been the heartbeat of the side as our Regista, while Ganvoula has been banging in the goals. Cornet has turned out to be worth his wage, bagging 4 goals and 5 assists in 9 games.

Youth Intake Preview

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It should be an 'excellent' group, though hard to tell if any will meet the criteria. Fingers crossed!

African Cup of Nations...

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I was under the impression that the AFCON had been moved to the summer months, however the 2021 edition held in Cameroon is back in January and this will prove a real thorn in our side. It may be a case of a few short-term loans to see us through Jan-Feb.

 

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AFCON takes our 1st and 2nd choice keepers, giving Mory Traore a chance to step up a season earlier than expected :)

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Wow amazing start in Ligue 1 mate, keep up the good work and Cornet is a great signing. I don't know if Willem Greubels fits your tranfer policy as I don't know if he has an African background but he is usually listed by Monaco in the 2nd season for 250k and is a bargain.

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21 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Wow amazing start in Ligue 1 mate, keep up the good work and Cornet is a great signing. I don't know if Willem Greubels fits your tranfer policy as I don't know if he has an African background but he is usually listed by Monaco in the 2nd season for 250k and is a bargain.

Thanks :D - IRL Geubbels is of Central African Republic descent, however he's not listed in the game as such :(

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With AFCON in action we've had to creative in the transfer market! We've secured a big name signing in transfer listed Presnel Kimpembe, a good deal as we're paying £10m up front and £13m over 48 months so our balance isn't taking a huge hit and also PSG are still going to be paying him £100k a week :eek:. We've also brought in another two centre backs and a centre mid on loan to cover the AFCON players.

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5 minutes ago, smp20 said:

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With AFCON in action we've had to creative in the transfer market! We've secured a big name signing in transfer listed Presnel Kimpembe, a good deal as we're paying £10m up front and £13m over 48 months so our balance isn't taking a huge hit and also PSG are still going to be paying him £100k a week :eek:. We've also brought in another two centre backs and a centre mid on loan to cover the AFCON players.

Another awesome signing. Gutted you can't get Greubels, maybe I spelt his name wrong. Did you look at Monaco's squad?

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The big monthly fee helped us reach his wages - pleased to bring him in until the end of next season at which point we will hopefully be able to afford to buy him outright, if he's worth it.

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24 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Another awesome signing. Gutted you can't get Greubels, maybe I spelt his name wrong. Did you look at Monaco's squad?

Yeah I know the one, he's just not listed as African :/ - Inter picked him up for £350k!

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7 minutes ago, smp20 said:

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The big monthly fee helped us reach his wages - pleased to bring him in until the end of next season at which point we will hopefully be able to afford to buy him outright, if he's worth it.

Wow a great loan signing, your Lens squad is looking really good now mate.

3 minutes ago, smp20 said:

Yeah I know the one, he's just not listed as African :/ - Inter picked him up for £350k!

Oh ok no worries.

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We played brilliantly away at Lyon but succumbed to a 3-2 loss thanks to conceding two late goals :(

 

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1 hour ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Wow a great loan signing, your Lens squad is looking really good now mate.

Oh ok no worries.

It's coming together faster than expected :D 

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A new challenge awaits for Titi. Of course he'd prefer to manage his home country Guinea, but Cameroon will be an interesting proposition. They recently hosted the African Cup of Nations but failed to get past the 2nd round, losing to Algeria. It's going to be tough from the off having already lost to Ivory Coast in Abidjan, we need to win at home to have a chance of getting through!

(As an aside, this is my first International management on FM20!)

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First thing as Cameroon manager, ask Matip to come back and he does :D

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PSG is always tough...when playing a French Team, I always just hope for a draw especially away.

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January - February 2021 Update

Results

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We started January in fine form, our clean sheet run not finishing to the final game vs Nimes, going 9 games without conceding! February was very different...An unlucky loss vs Lyon, followed by being knocked out the cup! Good results vs Metz and Marseille, but one result really sticks out. That PSG thumping. Oof! At least we had a strong reaction vs Dijon.

League Table

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We're still clinging on to 2nd place, but now PSG have pulled away, Rennes and Lyon on our heels.

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1 hour ago, Hootieleece said:

PSG is always tough...when playing a French Team, I always just hope for a draw especially away.

Yeah I thought we would keep it close, we did stats wise but wow they were clinical.

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We have 2 African players in our intake, a 1-2 star and a 0.5-1 star :(

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1 hour ago, smp20 said:

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We have 2 African players in our intake, a 1-2 star and a 0.5-1 star :(

Rubbish intake on the African player side but 2 great French prospects that the big clubs will offer you big money for so still a plus.

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30 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Rubbish intake on the African player side but 2 great French prospects that the big clubs will offer you big money for so still a plus.

That would have been nice but I cant sign them :(

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Just now, smp20 said:

That would have been nice but I cant sign them :(

Oh yeah cos of your own philosphy you put in place.

 Can't you change it so you can sign French players who are under 18 years old or something just so you can sell them on to make money.

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28 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Oh yeah cos of your own philosphy you put in place.

 Can't you change it so you can sign French players who are under 18 years old or something just so you can sell them on to make money.

Nah will just have to play a game of pot luck it seems :brock:

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Cameroon national football team - Wikipedia

Cameroon March 2021 Update

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Here's how we setup in our first game vs Zimbabwe.

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An absolute thumping!!! Record win, previously it was 9-2 over Angola.

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We continued where we left off, winning away from home vs Namibia comfortably. A fantastic start to Titi's International Management career!

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Here's how the group table looks. That Ivory Coast game is VITAL.

 

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What's the standings in your WCQ group? Is it only the first team that qualifies for the next round?

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35 minutes ago, Timetxu said:

What's the standings in your WCQ group? Is it only the first team that qualifies for the next round?

Good point that would have been useful :lol: - I will add it in. Indeed only one team qualifies for the 3rd round.

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March - April 2021 Update

Results

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A nice little unbeaten run, shame we couldn't beat Lille at their place which means draws home and away vs our rivals.

League Table

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4 games left and we're 6 points clear of 3rd place Lyon. Unless we really mess up in May, we should finish as runners up. PSG won the league with 5 games spare :rolleyes:. We face Nice(H), St Etienne(A), Monaco(A) and Amiens(H) in our last 4.

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Impressive to be up in second place in Ligue 1 already, the philosophy is clearly working. Will be tough catching PSG, let's hope for more luck with the future youth intakes.

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May 2021 Update

Results

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A disappointing start to May by drawing at home to Nice and losing to St Etienne, but we finished well beating Monaco away and a solid 3-0 win at home to wrap up the season.

League Table

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83 points is a very, very good total, but PSG topped that by 20 points!

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A nice bit of cash for finishing 2nd and CL football to go with it :cool:

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36 minutes ago, DaneBramage said:

Impressive to be up in second place in Ligue 1 already, the philosophy is clearly working. Will be tough catching PSG, let's hope for more luck with the future youth intakes.

Cheers I thought we'd do well but not quite this well, PSG are going to be a tough nut to crack!

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20 hours ago, smp20 said:

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A new challenge awaits for Titi. Of course he'd prefer to manage his home country Guinea, but Cameroon will be an interesting proposition. They recently hosted the African Cup of Nations but failed to get past the 2nd round, losing to Algeria. It's going to be tough from the off having already lost to Ivory Coast in Abidjan, we need to win at home to have a chance of getting through!

(As an aside, this is my first International management on FM20!)

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Facilities ~ Finances ~ Player Stats ~ Awards ~ Mido ~ Ganvoula ~ Adama Traore

Overall a great season to mark our return to the top flight with. With Champions League football next season we will need to be ready to rotate which may make it more difficult to reach the same heights, but if we can keep pushing into the CL/EL spots I will be very happy. That 8-1 loss to PSG will be forever etched in my mind though :(.

Mido was our player of the season, spraying key passes left, right and centre from his Regista role. Silvere Ganvoula was prolific in front of goal, banging in 24 leagues goals making him join top scorer with Mauro Icardi and therefore ahead of Mbappe and Neymar! Adam Traore was our top assist maker as our Mezzala.

I think next season I will opt for minimal signings, perhaps trying to find some players to bolster our U19s who have won the National Championship twice in a row but will now struggle with numbers. Only senior signings will be freebies, unless the right player comes along!

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30 minutes ago, smp20 said:

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Facilities ~ Finances ~ Player Stats ~ Awards ~ Mido ~ Ganvoula ~ Adama Traore

Overall a great season to mark our return to the top flight with. With Champions League football next season we will need to be ready to rotate which may make it more difficult to reach the same heights, but if we can keep pushing into the CL/EL spots I will be very happy. That 8-1 loss to PSG will be forever etched in my mind though :(.

Mido was our player of the season, spraying key passes left, right and centre from his Regista role. Silvere Ganvoula was prolific in front of goal, banging in 24 leagues goals making him join top scorer with Mauro Icardi and therefore ahead of Mbappe and Neymar! Adam Traore was our top assist maker as our Mezzala.

I think next season I will opt for minimal signings, perhaps trying to find some players to bolster our U19s who have won the National Championship twice in a row but will now struggle with numbers. Only senior signings will be freebies, unless the right player comes along!

Well done getting 2nd place, an amazing achievement. PSG are really hard to beat, it took me 3 seasons with Lyon to beat them and I had to win literally every league game just to win the title.

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Great stuff that's a fantastic season there. 

PSG reaching 103 points is just silly though. A huge challenge awaits you it seems. 

Look forward to seeing how you get on in the summer! 

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9 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

Great stuff that's a fantastic season there. 

PSG reaching 103 points is just silly though. A huge challenge awaits you it seems. 

Look forward to seeing how you get on in the summer! 

Since PSG's Payroll is stuffed with players making $10 million+/year They should get to absurd point totals.

Their wage budget is equal to the next 3 teams combined!

In one save Neymar alone made more money than my whole team of ASSE overachievers!

@smp20:Great Job coming in second. With rotation (playing 2nd stringers in games you should win) you should be able to keep up for at least the first half of the season. Where it gets tough is if you advance in Champions League it makes for a congested 2nd half of the season and there is always a good chance of a bad run of form. This is because every game is important and knowing when to rest your first stringers becomes a problem.

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2 hours ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Well done getting 2nd place, an amazing achievement. PSG are really hard to beat, it took me 3 seasons with Lyon to beat them and I had to win literally every league game just to win the title.

Thanks :) - given our results against them this season it'll take me much longer than 3 seasons to get near them!

1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

Great stuff that's a fantastic season there. 

PSG reaching 103 points is just silly though. A huge challenge awaits you it seems. 

Look forward to seeing how you get on in the summer! 

Cheers, very happy with it! Yeah PSG  are ridiculous - 209 points in total in the two in game seasons and they've added Gundogan, Grimaldo, Willian, Icardi, Jose Gimenez, Pjanic, Benzema and a load of other good squad players :seagull:

Meanwhile my upgrades have put us into the red so I'm very cautious of using our transfer budget. I think it's going to be youngsters added this season, we already have two joining from Ivory Coast who we had to wait until they turned 18.

50 minutes ago, Hootieleece said:

Since PSG's Payroll is stuffed with players making $10 million+/year They should get to absurd point totals.

Their wage budget is equal to the next 3 teams combined!

In one save Neymar alone made more money than my whole team of ASSE overachievers!

@smp20:Great Job coming in second. With rotation (playing 2nd stringers in games you should win) you should be able to keep up for at least the first half of the season. Where it gets tough is if you advance in Champions League it makes for a congested 2nd half of the season and there is always a good chance of a bad run of form. This is because every game is important and knowing when to rest your first stringers becomes a problem.

Thank you! Yes well pointed out, PSG are insane and I'm looking forward to trying to break them. I'm going to have to make do with the squad I've got (splashed a bit too much last season to be honest). Will have to play the season by ear and prioritise as appropriate.

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So these are the reasons why we're not looking too great financially. We bought the stadium from the council so we're able to expand it in the near future and we're making the final facilities upgrades to 'State of the Art'. This all confirms that we will be building on what we've got next season.

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