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Mr Tree

Career Tree's "Football Factory" (all Youth coaches) - season 22

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7 hours ago, Mr Tree said:

:D no, I'm quite open to moving away, I have a strong squad that should be able to adapt...

But no stress if nothing occurs to you, I was just curious :)

I would go for the 3232s then. Between @taff , @BatiGoal and me we had some crazy looking tactics that actually did Work only cause the players where that good and All was attack . 

My Bebeto tactic could maybe Work . I Will try and dig some of the older ones back . In fm18 i think it was plug n Play with a 3412 Tafftastic :)

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Looks like you’ve got a formidable group of players that you’ve developed there now. I’ve sent you something over DM as you know that you can try if you want. Purely at your own risk though 😂

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16 hours ago, Dagion said:

Not sure if anyone made a tactic like that, but being a fan of the 3 at the back I would like to see one with 3 at the back and 2 defensive mids.

Preferably also an ML and MR and then two AMC's and a lone striker. Just like the shape of that, but never get any good ratings for DMC's..

Cheers, but I was hoping for something a bit more fully-formed - I might give some of these "invincible!!!!" tactics on the forum a go, but we'll see, it depends what I find. I'll put you on the list for now ;)

The list being:

1/ BatiGoal's 4-1-4-1

2/ Foxy and Ashez's gegenpressing

3/ The Black Pearl

4/ an Ian special...

5/ AndersJ's Bebeto (placeholder, thinking if there might be something else...)

6/ Dagion's proposed 3-2-2-2-1

 

I'm probably gonna start with Bati's as he's been a great supporter throughout the journey, and it looks quite adaptable to the current squad, although Milambo (second striker) is not gonna be impressed having just forced his way into the team! Well we'll see how it works out anyway...

Many thanks, and I'll certainly be glad to hear of any other ideas people may have! Cheers :)

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1 hour ago, Mr Tree said:

I'm probably gonna start with Bati's as he's been a great supporter throughout the journey, and it looks quite adaptable to the current squad, although Milambo (second striker) is not gonna be impressed having just forced his way into the team! Well we'll see how it works out anyway...

Let me PM you the full tactics with a few tweaks I made from the 2017 version. Your striker is going to score 200 gls guaranteed. 😁 

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2 hours ago, BatiGoal said:

Let me PM you the full tactics with a few tweaks I made from the 2017 version. Your striker is going to score 200 gls guaranteed. 😁 

Im mine he will easy score 201 🙈😅

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Early days, it may take your boys a little while to get used to the system. Hopefully you won’t get the dreaded sack.

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That's the problem with world class players. They see right through the shenanigans Bati is trying to implement in his tactics. 😁

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1 minute ago, Dagion said:

That's the problem with world class players. They see right through the shenanigans Bati is trying to implement in his tactics. 😁

😂 Either that or it's no good in the EPL. Can't remember if I've ever used this in the EPL, so maybe it's defensively not strong enough for it to work there. 

34 minutes ago, Ian said:

Early days, it may take your boys a little while to get used to the system. Hopefully you won’t get the dreaded sack.

Let's hope he's got this one unlocked already. 

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49 minutes ago, BatiGoal said:

😂 Either that or it's no good in the EPL. Can't remember if I've ever used this in the EPL, so maybe it's defensively not strong enough for it to work there. 

Let's hope he's got this one unlocked already. 

@Mr Tree let me know when you are ready for a real tactic 😜😂

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Season 21

So we started off this part of the save by using the @BatiGoal"classic" tactic, with a few specific updates offered by the creator, who (I'm hearing now) apparently "never tried" this tactic in the EPL.....

The season started off inauspiciously, with a horrible youth class:

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But after the early wobble described above, we got rolling:

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There was a period too where Toby and Mario were alternating hat-tricks, which was pretty nice!

However we did under-perform overall. There could be many reasons, I won't go into it all, and certainly I think the tactic was the least of the concerns. I was surprised how poorly some of my guys adapted to it, with the defence particularly looking vulnerable. There was a bit of transition within the team/squad this year, with Hahn being a particular disappointment - thought he was gonna love the AP role, but maybe it just came a year too late for him. He was decidedly "meh" and I ended up selling him at the end of the season - I rarely get sons on here as I tend to ditch old players!

We suffered our earliest UCL exit in years, albeit after being handed a tough tie with our old friends at Barcelona. A poor first leg inspired "protest" from these ungrateful wretches...

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And we couldn't salvage it, with Toby getting wound up and nutting someone on our last corner...

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We didn't get the domestic cups either - I tend to play the youths anyway, and they lost to Liverpool in the Carabao semis, and Palace in the FA Cup 5th round...

And we kept dropping poor games in the league. Brighton (last year's runners up) were still a power, and Arsenal (last year's nemesis) were awesome, holding an 11pt lead with 10 games to go...

Spoiler

We reached desperation point, needing to win all our remaining games AND hope that Arsenal fell apart...

But this was unbelievable:

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After my young left-back (!!) missed a late penalty on the final day, Cogdog popped up with the Aguerooooooo moment, and we'd done it:

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That late win over Arsenal was the end of a run of 7pts in 7 games for them as they bottled it, and it put me on top for the first time in the season. "All" I had to was win out from there to hang on on goal difference...

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Squad overview:

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Nothing extraordinary, but some nice numbers :)

Two Rising Stars of the season:

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And as for the England squad, well veteran defenders Bailey and Blackett are the only "extras" in there, which is pretty poor from the rest of my exes, to be honest. So 7 past or present bees in total:

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Next up - apart from loaning out my full-backs, my squad doesn't seem to need too much surgery to adapt to an @Ian offering - the only "tried and tested" "works in FMM20" offering I've had so far. So I'll give that a go!

Thanks for reading :)

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For those with little time to read your career update, allow me to recap things:

  • BatiGoal saves Mr Tree from the sack again
  • BatiGoal masterminds Toby & Mario hat-trick dance
  • Brentford EPL Champs thanks to BatiGoal's tactic

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Even world class players can only stay confused for so long. In the end the pure individual class of Toby & Mario showed.

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Season 22

@Ian kindly discussed the details of a cavalier formation that's done him proud in the Liverpool Front Three challenge - I won't post the shape etc here but suffice to say, the crowds were entertained!

My youth crop this year - not much, but young Rogers did grab our last goal of the season...

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Our Champions League campaign started out in crazy style - the thrashing by Barca had me worried, but then I won the other five games 26-1, including a 6-0 win by my reserves at the Nou Camp!

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I thought the best way to show the league campaign was in comparison to others... More goals scored, but a bit leaky at the back :D

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My only defeat was a 5-1 February thrashing by relegation-threatened Leeds! 😮

We were on the ropes in the Champions League, but managed to pick ourselves up defiantly...

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And after beating Roma 10-6 in the semi, we demolished Sevilla in the final:

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We added the FA Cup but got knocked out in the first round of the Carabao and we came heartbreakingly close to our first LT :(

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The final stats - Ian told me the number 10 was a vital player and Marti had a sensational season, as did Toby of course:

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The youth drive is still in operation too - Buckley is my lad on loan, so a clean sweep for the bees :)

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And we had a plethora of rising stars, completing the transition from last year's team...

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Iseguan took over as my number one, although his goals conceded stats took a battering in our gung-ho system!

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Seven past or present bees in the England squad, my five plus Farndon and Walker-Peters:

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Thanks for reading! I'm still weighing up what to do next - should do the gegenpressing formation but I need to read the accompanying essay first to do it justice! (Plus assess how easily my squad can transition to it, etc...)

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Looks like you are having fun with testing the tactics, still not quite having the luck with the England squad I'm certain you deserve more players in the squad.

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