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silvavilla

Career Benítez's Valencia - Double Challenge

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As you might be able to tell from my username I am a Valencia fan. It was all began of course during the Benitez's years. 2 La Liga and the Euro Cup. The pair of Argentine CB, the Baraja-Albelda partnership, the flying left winger Vicente...

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Aw, glory days.

Tactically, Benítez’s most important change was to switch from a 4-4-2 diamond to a compact 4-2-3-1, with two defensive midfielders and wingers in Vicente and Rufete who worked for the team in both transitions. There were very few teams at the time who played with one up front. The majority of the Valencia first team squad was Spanish player. The team scored a paltry 51 league goals in the 2001/02 season, an extraordinarily low return for a title-winning side. The top scorer was Ruben Baraja, who only scored 7 goals. It was a collective team effort that won the La Liga.

 

Ever since I play FMM I always wanted to take on challenges that can emulate Benitez's success. Gonna do something big on my first ever FMM challenge!

- The Valencia CF Challenge: use a Spanish GK (Cañizares), Argentinian CB (Pellegrino/Ayala), Argentinian Attacking Midfielder (Aimar/Kily González) and Spanish Striker (Mista)

- Everyone's a goal scorer challenge: Score 5+ goals with 20 unique players

Some more self-made restrictions:

- Except for the Argentinian CBs and AMC, all other players have to be Spainsh

- Play 4-5-1 in every match

- Rotate the starting 11 players every match

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Transfer out:

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Have to say it hurts so much to see Guedes and Kondogbia leave :(

Transfer in:

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I always enjoy bringing players who are playing outside their own country, it's like bringing them back to their homeland!

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These three will be the only "Non-local" in the squad. Hate to say but De Paul, you can never be as good as Pablo Aimar🤗

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All set and ready to go!

 

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You’ve brought back great memories for me of that time and then Rafa coming to Liverpool .😀

Good luck, I look forward to your next update.

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two matches into the new season. Got both the full backs into the scoresheet. Couldn’t ask for more! :D 

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September:

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making progress for full backs as Toni Lato scored as well. Worrying signs though for our former players De Paul and Pablo Hernandez :( they both missed a couple of easy chances and they look uncomfortable on the ball

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not too bad considering I played Barcelona and A. Madrid already :) 

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October:

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this is way more difficult than I expected. I imagine if I am in charge of a stronger team it will be easier.

The first player with 5 goals is Juan Mata!! (Yea I wish the real Juan Mata is back to Valencia, it’s Jaume Mata 😕) Still very worrying for De Paul and Pablo Hernandez 

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Benitez’s team don’t score too many though, so I really can’t complain too much :P 

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39 minutes ago, silvavilla said:

October:

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this is way more difficult than I expected. I imagine if I am in charge of a stronger team it will be easier.

The first player with 5 goals is Juan Mata!! (Yea I wish the real Juan Mata is back to Valencia, it’s Jaume Mata 😕) Still very worrying for De Paul and Pablo Hernandez 

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Benitez’s team don’t score too many though, so I really can’t complain too much :P 

That's way Benitez tactic called pragmatism

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November:

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A perfect opportunity presented as Celts Vigo got an early red card! :P our centre back Roncaglia took the chance to score two!!

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Finally De Paul opened his account. Now it’s like I have to drop the players who had 5 goals in order to finish the challenge :P 

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keep on progressing in the Benítez way! It’s strange though Juventus is at the bottom of the group

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December:

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injury to Santi Mina who already got 5 goals, it’s not a bad thing at all as I decided to give Pablo Hernandez an unfamiliar role as a central striker! :P 

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it looks a very lucky save as the main rivals in the league aren’t performing well. Won against Real Madrid where we nullify their attack and get the job done at the end. (I shall call it the Benítez way!)

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5 hours ago, silvavilla said:

November:

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A perfect opportunity presented as Celts Vigo got an early red card! :P our centre back Roncaglia took the chance to score two!!

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Finally De Paul opened his account. Now it’s like I have to drop the players who had 5 goals in order to finish the challenge :P 

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keep on progressing in the Benítez way! It’s strange though Juventus is at the bottom of the group

De Paul has always been an amazing player in my saves(2 of em).He was always transfer listed by Season 1 January and could be signed about 7m.By June he could be sold for minimally 30m.His dribbling was also mad.Good luck with this career mate.

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January:

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finally got everyone into the scoresheet. I start to put the more defensive players into the more attacking role (eg Gaya->left wing, caramasa->amc)

Hope the likes of bojan and Hernandez can reach the 5 goal target as soon as possible so I can give the striker role back to the main strikers.

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progressing well in the league and the cup

 

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1 hour ago, ManlikeReus said:

De Paul has always been an amazing player in my saves(2 of em).He was always transfer listed by Season 1 January and could be signed about 7m.By June he could be sold for minimally 30m.His dribbling was also mad.Good luck with this career mate.

Indeed I realise he is very good in both the left winger position and the AMC position! But he scored 5 goals already so I’m dropping him for Parejo/soler at the moment 😛 

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February:

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the risky move of playing them into unfamiliar role plays off. Traore and Gaya both scored making them closer to the target.

It looks like we don’t need too many goals to complete the challenge, but the remaining goals required are the most difficult ones.

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into the cup final!

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March:

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moving forward well, now it’s the central midfielder and the full backs who are lagging behind. I might have to play a defensive forward up front so as to allow the midefielders to involve more into the attack.

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On average I need about 2 “effective” goals per match. In the champions league quarters too and we got Liverpool, hopefully it allows us to score one or two 

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April:

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Still on track, 4 matches to go and I need 8 goals. Mostly for defenders though. Looks like I need a miracle to complete the challenge

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crowded champions so I think it might be the time to play Lato and lirola as wingers. Remaining are two away games, at home against Real Madrid and Spanish cup final against Real Madrid again.

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Into the last game of the league I decided to play roncaglia in CF and Toni Lato in AML against Real Madrid, the players must have felt I went crazy

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well...have to say this challenge needs a lot of luck. And I have been very lucky.

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so it’s the Spanish cup final and I need Garay to score one. I’ll give him all the free kicks and penalties. Fingers crossed!

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We won the final match 2:0 but Garay didn't score. He had a free kick opportunity but he put it just wide.

It was so close...yet so far...

But considering this is my first attempt of any FMM challenges, I should be satisfied. Gonna do more challenges!!

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That's an amazing job! Even for a first challenge you have tried.You almost achieved it and lost out only by 1 goal. Thats genuinely amazing.It also seemed like you had alot of fun in this challenge considering you completed this challenge in 3/4 days.

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12 minutes ago, ManlikeReus said:

That's an amazing job! Even for a first challenge you have tried.You almost achieved it and lost out only by 1 goal. Thats genuinely amazing.It also seemed like you had alot of fun in this challenge considering you completed this challenge in 3/4 days.

Thanks for the kind words! Indeed it was a lot of fun doing challenges, I do look to start another challenge soon! Maybe I’ll do a 1k challenge?

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1 hour ago, silvavilla said:

Thanks for the kind words! Indeed it was a lot of fun doing challenges, I do look to start another challenge soon! Maybe I’ll do a 1k challenge?

Haha sure thing.I am trying out a 1k right now and it’s the first time I’m trying a challenge.Its quite fun imo as it’s a very different way of playing the game compared to my general career saves.Quality over youths.Having a formation that gives the balls to your striker.I also find it’s more fun when you use a player that isn’t in the wonder kid list and perhaps some out you have seen or use in your save that caught your eye.

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