You Won’t Believe It

1753Well, I’ve reached the end of December in the first season of the Eibar save, so it’s time to update you on how we’re doing. This save has certainly been interesting so far.

First off, there’s something I forgot to mention in the last update, and that’s transfers (my mistake for getting caught up talking about the 4-5-1-0). I initially tried to ditch some of the strikers, but none of them either wanted to leave, or were wanted by other clubs, so for now, they’ve been retrained as temporary backups, and will be moved on at the end of the season. Obviously, we’re playing a bunch of midfielders in the 4-5-1-0, and we needed a bit more quality in the CM-D role, so I signed Aitor Monroy from Cluj in Romania for a fee of 60k, an absolutely tiny fee for a very versatile player, who has everything I need in the CM-D role. He tackles well, passes well, and has the ‘plays short simple passes’ and ‘marks tightly’ PPMs. On top of that, he’s decent going forward so towards the end of the game, I’ll usually sub either the CM-A or the BBM off, move Monroy to one of those roles and bring on a more defensive CM-D to make sure we close the game out. I was given a budget of £2M, but that’s all I’ve spent, preferring to analyse the squad in the first season and then make decisions regarding signings.

Tactically, we’re still using the 4-5-1-0 (as I will throughout most of this save, as I want to see how far I can take it and how flexible it is as our reputation grows) with no further tweaks from the previous update. I’m at the point now where I’m very happy with the tactic, and I will link a download of this tactic at the end of this post, along with a little bit of analysis about what makes it work.

So, how are we doing in La Liga?

My Thoughts on FM15, and Some Tactical Ideas Going Forward

So, we’re now on the run up to the new Football Manager, FM15. I thought I’d summarise some of my opinions on the new roles for FM15, and preview some potential player roles that I’m looking at creating. I’ve reached a point now on FM14 where I don’t feel there’s much more that I can do, and save one more project for an upcoming article, I don’t expect to play the game much in the coming weeks. As much as I love Football Manager, I rarely end up playing in the period before the new game.

Despite this, there’s some new player roles that have been announced for FM15 that really have me interested. Those of you that have followed me on The Dugout, Twitter and Strikerless will know that I do enjoy a good strikerless tactic (not as much as Guido though), and I’ve already got ideas for my first tactical project on the new game.

The Narrow 4-1-2-2-1 – Expanding Upon Defensive Football in FM14

Image result for keckemet logoThose of you that follow me on Twitter (@JLAspey) or have read any of my recent articles will know that I’ve started to become very interested in defensive football in Football Manager. I wrote an article a few months back, trying to create a side that was uber defensive, and designed to be impossible to break down, and steal 1-0 wins. Since then, I’ve wanted to expand on that idea, but take away the negative aspects of it, whilst still retaining the defensive stability. The original article was inspired by a fantastic thread by @Cleon81, where he achieved a fantastic season with his Sheffield United side, utilising a defensive 4-4-2 diamond formation. Another inspiration for my tactic came from @MrEds, who combined aspects of Cleon’s ideas and tweaked my ‘defensive diamond’ in his save with Ujpest in Hungary. Like MrEds, I’ve recently been drawn to Hungarian football, but with Kecskemet (or KTE), a team predicted to finish 13th, and tipped for relegation by many. This seemed like a perfect situation to develop some defensive football, with a team that will need to be defensively solid in order to avoid relegation.

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