Jump to content

Football Manager 2014


Recommended Posts

  • Replies 78
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

January second season, making great strides with Lazio, replacing the aging squad really well, a 34 and 36 year old centre back pairing will leave in summer and be replaced by Rami and Garay on frees to rotate with Cana.

 

still struggling to sign a decent forward who can play the false 9 role as well as Klose is doing but hes got to be close to retiring hopefully a second season of CL football will give me enough money and pull to get someone properly good.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Sitting top 16 games into the 1st season, Cisse is about 1 in 2, Debuchy and Santon are fucking brilliant. HBA and Tiote needed hand holding and shouting at in equal amounts. Nicola Gaitan is a great addition for buttons. Just signed Lewis Holtby for £5m because he's not getting a game at Spurs and transfer listed himself. I've no doubt that he'll soon be sick of me, but I'm just hoping to make a profit on him.

 

 

 

mtxw.png

 

Been playing this at home

 

Krul

Debuchy Taylor Mbiwa Santon

Sissoko Cabaye

HBA ------------------------Gaitan

Remy Cisse

and this away

 

Krul

Debuchy Taylor Mbiwa Santon

Tiote

Sissoko Cabaye

HBA ------------------------Gaitan

Cisse

Link to post
Share on other sites

Started off as Dortmund again the other night, trying to re-create how they play in real life.

Playing a 4-2-3-1 with my defence pushing very high up. I'm also playing a very rigid formation which might come as a surprise but it means all of the players stick to their roles and this helps me when I want the team to press in their own specific areas.

Playing Hummels as a BPD stopper and Sokratis (due to Subotic's injury) as a CD cover so he can sweep up anything in behind.

Beat Bayern 1-0 in the Super Cup but also had them as my first league match of the season and smashed them 3-0 whilst completely dominating play.

 

My only signing so far has been Balanta (cheers Tim Vickery) as I need that extra body at the back due to Subotic's injury and he can eventually be a first team fixture.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone have problems with strikers? Mine just never score. Cisse was a shambles, along with Guidetti, Doumbia and now Fierro. Theyre all good strikers on the game just never score and get an average rating of about 6.7 a season. I'm 4 seasons in and its the only part thats letting my team down. Candreva on the right wing got me 20 goals last season, and Vitinho, Bakkali, Douglas Costa, Lodeiro all pop in with about 8-10 goals each which is saving my goals problem.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Anyone have problems with strikers? Mine just never score. Cisse was a shambles, along with Guidetti, Doumbia and now Fierro. Theyre all good strikers on the game just never score and get an average rating of about 6.7 a season. I'm 4 seasons in and its the only part thats letting my team down. Candreva on the right wing got me 20 goals last season, and Vitinho, Bakkali, Douglas Costa, Lodeiro all pop in with about 8-10 goals each which is saving my goals problem.

 

None of my strikers are tearing up the goal scoring records, but they are all on a reasonable rate of return.

 

Have you looked at the roles they're best suited to and all that?

 

I was playing Remy as an Advanced Forward, but shifted him to the left wing as an inside forward and he's scoring more freely. It does mean I'm having to rotate: Him, Ben Arfa, Gaitan and Holtby though.

 

I would like to play 4-2-3-1, but Cisse isn't scoring enough. Hopefully signing Benteke because Villa are doing shit and he's put in a transfer request. Again, I doubt he'll stay for long, but I should hopefully make a profit.

 

Can't say so, I play an inside forward on each wing and a false 9 up front, works a treat.

 

Who've you got on the wings?

Link to post
Share on other sites

For My lazio side its Marin or Depay on the left and Candreva or Mkhitaryan (moved to be an AMC when he plays as a shadow striker) on the right

 

Jovetic or Luuk de Jong up front.

 

btw, signing players out of contract is easy as hell on this game, the majority of my business has been done that way and I managed to win serie A last year

Link to post
Share on other sites

So, a decent start to my 4th season with Lazio has occurred, won the supercup, won my first 2 league games and my first CL game.

 

I've got good depth everywhere except fullback but my midfield and attack are awesome.

 

Hoping, after finishing 3rd twice and then winning the league last season, I can sustain a CL campaign as Ive gone out in the groups both times Ive been there so far.

 

I spent about 6 months as Spain manager alongside managing Lazio but quit after the Confederations Cup because I did a bit crap and I didn't like managing 2 teams at once, plumped to stay with Lazio.

Link to post
Share on other sites

 

None of my strikers are tearing up the goal scoring records, but they are all on a reasonable rate of return.

 

Have you looked at the roles they're best suited to and all that?

 

I was playing Remy as an Advanced Forward, but shifted him to the left wing as an inside forward and he's scoring more freely. It does mean I'm having to rotate: Him, Ben Arfa, Gaitan and Holtby though.

 

I would like to play 4-2-3-1, but Cisse isn't scoring enough. Hopefully signing Benteke because Villa are doing shit and he's put in a transfer request. Again, I doubt he'll stay for long, but I should hopefully make a profit.

 

I tried a few different options and now i just stick with advanced forward as that seems to get the best out of them no matter who i play. JUst finished my 4th season with the Toon and came 2nd. I'm getting Zouma on a free and a few young brazilians to loan out too.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Aye Boruc is ok but his eccentricity is so high he is prone to doing some mental stuff. I just replaced him with Jason Steele from boro and I'm more solid defensively.

 

Signing Victor Valdes on a bosman at the end of the first season. :lol:

Link to post
Share on other sites
League table at the end of my first season with Southampton.


ncz4.png


Although the next year will be tough as we have nowhere near enough quality to compete for all competitions, I still don't want to disrupt the squad too much.


As well as Valdes signing on a free, I've also managed to bring in Negredo for £10 million (he can be an upgrade on Lambert) and Chiriches for £8 million as I released Fonte. Also bought some Argentinian midfielder called Guido Pizarro that my scout recommended who I can rotate with Wanyama.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
Started another game with Southampton as I felt I'd bought too many players in my second season so I want to try and keep the squad together as much as possible. The only signing that I've made so far was Eder Balanta for £10 million, as I want to build my defence around him for the next decade. (Tim Vickery would be proud)


I'm playing this formation below:


h7l4.png


Team Instructions:


Retain Possession

Work Ball Into Box

Play Out of Defence

Run At Defence

Exploit The Middle

Play Narrower

Play Much Higher Defensive Line

Hassle Opponents

Stay On Feet

Use Offside Trap

Much Lower Tempo

Be More Disciplined


The formation is Very Fluid and I alter between a mentality of either Control or Defensive dependent upon who I am playing.


The reason I am using this formation is I'm trying to get them to play similar to how Pochettino has them set up in real life, so I want this to be a game about keeping things really tight at the back as usually I just try and outscore the opposition. That's why I've set the team up as very fluid so we keep the shape as much as possible.


Sometimes I change the SS to an AP and bring in Ramirez if I want to get even more possession.


This is the table at the end of January.


jsea.png


A bit annoyed though as there's some games that I've been cruising only to concede which means we miss out on that all important clean sheet.


This happened in my last game and was obviously the main highlight of the season so far.


jfg2.png

Link to post
Share on other sites

I won the league my 3rd season with Southampton, Clyne, Shaw and Ward Prowse are all class acts now (Ward Prowse in particular). Got some Romanian lad called iancu as Lallana has been getting injury prone recently, Danny Welbeck as another option up front/on the wing, and Balanta in defence (he's a monster Madrid, Monaco, Barca etc all tracking him but I'm financially sound so no need to sell). Picked up a lad called Ryan Ledson from Everton and he's becoming a canny midfielder in my rotation.

After winning the league my form took a nightmare dip and I started getting grief from everyone (including Gordon Strachan the cheeky cunt :lol:) but forms picked up and I'm top 5 now coming into December.

I'm considering starting a new game, maybe a smaller league like Croatia or Ukraine as I really enjoyed the one I had with Boca Juniors on FM 2010 (Where I took a shine to mussachio and now I buy him on every FM game I play, he's worth £15m now on my Soton game after buying him for 2m).

 

The only thing putting me off is I sometimes like to move up to a stronger league after making a name in a smaller one but on my FM I don't seem to be getting offered many jobs, anyone else noticed this? normally by this point I'd of been offered every job going but I've had nowt apart from an interview for AC Milan (it always bugged me how quickly the game had top teams offer you jobs but this seems the opposite atm).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Also playing a Southampton game here.

I decided not to make any transfers and to see what I could do starting with the existing squad given its potential with the likes of Clyne, Shaw, JWP, Wanyama, Ramirez etc. I was flying high halfway through the season in and around the top spot then the update to 14.2 caused a blip in form. I signed Eric Dier in January though hardly gave him a game choosing instead to bed Jack Stephens in to the team alongside Lovren. Osvaldo and Lambert both had been banging the goals in for the first half of my season but with the change in formation I also began to play Jay Rodriguez whose goals led us to the title in which was a very weird season with my team fighting it out with Newcastle for the title and Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool finishing 8th, 9th and 10th.

James Ward Prowse was my star man with 12 goals and 15 assists and already being capped by England. With a war chest of around 35 million for season 2 and many top players now interested in signing for our side I am undecided how to continue as I do not want to sign too many players and keen to keep as much of the existing squad together as I can.

The obvious improvements should be in goals with Boruc getting on, being quite erratic and on a big contract but Gazzaniga played my last 10 or so games and was the man in between the sticks as we picked up the title.

Defence wise I think we need a top class defender to play alongside Lovren and I am considering bring in another attacker to replace Osvaldo (if I can sell him) as whilst he gave a good goal return I don't feel he adds enough to the team and given his 70k a week salary I think now is possibly the best time to get a return on our investment in him and get a quality attacker in (particularly with Lamberts stats dropping already)

EnglishPremierDivision_OverviewStages_zp

Southampton_TransfersTransferHistory_zps

Southampton_SquadPlayers_zpsbfd37f32.png

Link to post
Share on other sites

I won the league in my first season with the Toon using the 'Ghost' & 'Goals goals goals' tactics from the Steam workshop - the second season's been a bit more of a struggle mind because I've sold Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Krul, Jonas and Santon for a combined total of about £85m and replaced them all with young wonderkids to bring through.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I won the league in my first season with the Toon using the 'Ghost' & 'Goals goals goals' tactics from the Steam workshop - the second season's been a bit more of a struggle mind because I've sold Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Krul, Jonas and Santon for a combined total of about £85m and replaced them all with young wonderkids to bring through.

:lol: Aye I always end up doing similar, keep replacing the 'old guard' with the up and coming wonderkids and struggling for a bit as their current ability isn't as high as the players they've replaced yet.

I started a new game with Manchester City (I know I know) for a laugh and decided to use Tooj's tactics from his Southampton game, it's been pretty ridiculous tbh. Won the FA cup, prem and CL treble first season and second season has been one long winning streak as I've won every game (besides 2 draws in the CL and a draw away to Newcastle in the league cup semi final 1st leg) and I'm just after xmas.

Was given £125m after my 1st season and spunked pretty much all of that and was just handed £85m for january, tbh I've had little practical use for either budget but have just went about padding out the squad. I got Lewandowski as a free agent at the end of the 1st season so I sent Dzeko out on loan to Barca (due to Tooj's tactic using 1 up top, although I have taken to using Aguero as the SS with Lewandowski up top recently).

Brought in: Balanta, Shaw, Ravel Morrison, De Bruyne, Hamsik, Lucas Romero, Adam Campbell, Emre Can, Shaqiri, Allione, Jonathan Silva, Druissi, Correa, Vydra and a load of regens.

I'm sure I'll get bored in the very near future and go back to my Southampton game or start a lower league one but sometimes it's nice to have some of these top players, as when I normally bring a team to the top I've already started using regens. The price differences are pissing me off mind as the CPU clearly sells lower to other CPU teams, as on my Southampton game Man City bought Thomas Muller and Wilshere for £40m and £28m in the first two seasons so I've tried every window and neither will budge even when I offer £50m, they got Hamsik for £30m and he cost me £50m.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...