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Career Ian goes for Badge 02: The Last Dance - Second Attempt


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Hello and welcome to my attempt at the Badge 2 challenge created by @Scratch.

The challenge can be found here and basically you have to manage Barca, sign Suarez and Neymar and try to get the three to produce as many combined goals and assists as possible over one season. You also have to win the league and have each one of the three contribute at least 30 to the total.

Here are the three players at the beginning of the season and there’s not much more to say as it’s clear Neymar is very much at the peak of his powers and Messi and Suarez are at the twilight stage of their careers but both look like they should have one more great season in them.

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I’ll go into more detail on results and transfers etc when I post my end of season update but having played 19 league games, this is where we’re at;

Messi is on 46 contributions, Suarez is on 22 and Neymar is on 25.

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We’re top of the league and still in all other competitions.

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Neymar has just broken his leg in training which will keep him out for four months.

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So basically we’re hoping to get Neymar back on the pitch before the end of the season so he can have a chance of picking up the 5 contributions he needs otherwise we’ve failed. My plan is to just play him at some point when he starts light training and just hope for the best. Suarez is also out for the next month but he only needs 8 contributions so I’m fairly confident he’ll be ok and Messi is very much the main man.


I’ll start to play the remainder of the season shortly and will be back later with the end of season update.

 

Thank you for reading.

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1 hour ago, RichD said:

Such a shame he got such a bad injury Ian, you are smashing it otherwise! Good luck, hope you get the job done👍

Thank you Richard, hopefully we can get it done.

1 hour ago, Rob said:

The drama. That’s terrible luck 😢

Thanks Rob, I think it might be related to my system as I’ve been struck down again.😂

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Good thing is I’m at the end of March and it now says Neymar should be fit in a month so I’m fairly confident we can still do it.

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2 minutes ago, Rob said:

That’s awful luck. I barely got any injuries in mine. I wonder what’s causing it? Seems so weird.

Yeah I think it may just be luck as most of them have been training injuries and there hasn’t been many to other members of the squad. I am going with a fast tempo but I’m still subbing them off the same as I normally would based on fitness so I do think it’s just poor luck so I’ll have to go again whatever happens that’s for sure.

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I don't know mate. I think maybe you better abandon it. I mean 12 points clear at the end of January? As I'm sure @RichD or any other Newcastle fan here can tell you, that's not going to end well... Doesn't matter if your lads get fit and get the 30 each if you lose the league...

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I'm not scarred... Just... experienced... 🤣

But seriously, that is super bad luck - well done for persisting, I hope this comes off for you, would be a real proper last dance, overcoming adversity like that!

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Oh man what a bad luck you had. Maybe play until the end of the season. Who knows maybe Neymar and Suarez being prime Drogba and score 2 goals every game

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1 hour ago, Scratch said:

I don't know mate. I think maybe you better abandon it. I mean 12 points clear at the end of January? As I'm sure @RichD or any other Newcastle fan here can tell you, that's not going to end well... Doesn't matter if your lads get fit and get the 30 each if you lose the league...

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I'm not scarred... Just... experienced... 🤣

But seriously, that is super bad luck - well done for persisting, I hope this comes off for you, would be a real proper last dance, overcoming adversity like that!

too soon 😭

 

edit: To be fair Man Utd played out of their skin from Christmas...

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Too many injuries. My 1st attempt at 1st Badge had to be aborted as within a week, both Kane and Son went out for freaking 4 months.

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17 hours ago, RichD said:

That is awful luck mate! Have you got them on light training? That makes a difference to me, I did have a couple of injury’s, but a month was the longest one.

I remember there were a few saying they used light training on similar challenges last year but I never bothered. I think I will next time I do a similar challenge, worth a try. I do think this was just bad luck though as I had some longer injuries on the Spurs challenge but they went to other squad member whereas nearly every injury I had on this attempt went to the three challengers.

15 hours ago, Scratch said:

I don't know mate. I think maybe you better abandon it. I mean 12 points clear at the end of January? As I'm sure @RichD or any other Newcastle fan here can tell you, that's not going to end well... Doesn't matter if your lads get fit and get the 30 each if you lose the league...

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I'm not scarred... Just... experienced... 🤣

But seriously, that is super bad luck - well done for persisting, I hope this comes off for you, would be a real proper last dance, overcoming adversity like that!

Don’t you worry about the league as I can confirm we did win it. Just whether the others have done there job now.

15 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Oh man what a bad luck you had. Maybe play until the end of the season. Who knows maybe Neymar and Suarez being prime Drogba and score 2 goals every game

Thank you Danish, yes I’ve played the season out so we’ll see whether they managed their targets later.

14 hours ago, geordiekrispy said:

too soon 😭

 

edit: To be fair Man Utd played out of their skin from Christmas...

"Barnes, Rush, Barnes...still Barnes...Collymore closing iiinnnnn!!!!!"

9 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Too many injuries. My 1st attempt at 1st Badge had to be aborted as within a week, both Kane and Son went out for freaking 4 months.

I have noticed a lot more longer injuries so far but I have only played three season so can’t confirm anything yet. On the Spurs one I didn’t get too many to the two challengers but I did have longer ones to other players. This season was just ridiculous quite frankly 😂

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Final Update

I posted an update yesterday which showed that we were in a decent position at the halfway stage but unfortunately Neymar had just suffered a bad injury which could potentially keep him out for the rest of the season. The annoying thing was that he only needed another 5 contributions to hit his target so I was initially going to just bin it off but in the end I decided to keep going in the hope that he might come back to fitness a little earlier so that’s what I did.

We go back to the start now though as I go through the season as a whole.

I made a good few transfers and they’re all proper elite level players which I felt I needed to do as I wanted to test out a tactic I used last year which I’m almost certain requires a team of world beaters. The system I used for the Spurs challenge is somewhat similar and things didn’t go so well there and without disrespecting Spurs, I just felt that the squad I developed wasn’t quite up to the required standard to pull it off. Maybe I was wrong but I was confident I could build the squad I’d like comfortably at Barca so that was what I was always going to do here.

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I’d got to the halfway stage with the league looking good and then disaster struck with Neymar breaking his leg in training which somewhat annoyed me. We’d suffered other injuries earlier but this one was the biggie.

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The league was indeed won comfortably in the end and both domestic cups were also added to our trophy cabinet but we couldn’t add the Champions League to our haul as Real ended our hopes at the semi final stage. Their last minute goal in the first leg proved to be crucial and I had a feeling it would turn out that way when it went in.

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We suffered other run in injuries to Suarez and Messi with the latter breaking his collarbone in the middle of March which would probably end his season.

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Suarez managed to get his contributions so it was all left to Neymar. The good news was that he ended up coming back to full fitness more or less a full month earlier than originally projected. These were the remaining fixtures on the day he returned to full fitness so unless he were to suffer another injury, you’d think he’d have no trouble making the five contributions he needed.

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He did manage it and ended up with 40 contributions, Messi made 67 and Suarez 43 to give us a challenge total of 150 which I’m very happy with and I can claim the second badge. Thoroughly enjoyed it and in a strange way the injury troubles certainly helped with that. 

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Here’s the manager's profile and history page for confirmation.

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Score

Messi: 34 goals and 33 assists in 39 games

Suarez: 32 goals and 11 assists in 36 games

Neymar: 26 goals and 14 assists in 33 games

Total: 150 contributions in 108 games

 

Thank you for reading.

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1 hour ago, RichD said:

That’s a fantastic score considering them injuries Ian, well done.

Thank you Richard, I enjoyed it. The injuries were annoying and especially the big one but in some ways it made me enjoy it more. I really like this idea of minimum targets on challenges as it give us the chance to either take risks with strange systems and/ or make you want to continue even if you suffer horrible injuries like what’s happened with me. I’d have just dropped this if it was just a leaderboard thing that’s for sure. I’ll go again with this but I have other challenges on my radar in the meantime.

1 hour ago, FuddledFox said:

Considering the injuries that’s a very good score.

Thank you Mr Fox. I feel I was unlucky as nearly every injury we got was to the three challengers but we got the badge on first attempt so I’m happy.

56 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

Great stuff as always - fair play to you for persevering! 

Thanks Mr Tree and what a fine Christmas tree that is. I nearly stopped with the Neymar injury but glad I continued and I think it maybe shows that good quality physios do make a difference as he came back a full month earlier than expected.

6 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

Impressive! 4-5 months injury didn’t stop you

Cheers Lord Danish, it was frustrating at times but rewarding in the end and I highly recommended others to go for their badges.

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Well, that's one way to rotate your players! 

Great job to see it through, and that's a very decent score all things considered (5th out of 8 so far). Would have been a fantastic score if you could have kept them all fit.

And I have to say, the drama of the injuries add to the story as well. Much more interesting than a nice easy run to a big number. Your lads came back for one last shot at glory and were faced with huge obstacles, but they overcame them and confirmed their status as true champions.

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6 hours ago, Scratch said:

Well, that's one way to rotate your players! 

Great job to see it through, and that's a very decent score all things considered (5th out of 8 so far). Would have been a fantastic score if you could have kept them all fit.

And I have to say, the drama of the injuries add to the story as well. Much more interesting than a nice easy run to a big number. Your lads came back for one last shot at glory and were faced with huge obstacles, but they overcame them and confirmed their status as true champions.

Thank you Scratch, it was a nice journey. I found Braithwaite to be surprising decent and can’t say I’ve ever heard of him.

I’ve had lots of players on both this and the Spurs one ending up unhappy due to lack of squad depth yet I wouldn’t say we were short of numbers on either save. I’m thinking it may have been the lack of a decent reserve goalie on this one and come to think of it I think it happened on the Spurs one after I sold Hart in the January of the second season so probably is that. Something new though as I don’t recall that happening much on last years game. I still haven’t really looked into the relationship stuff.

5 hours ago, Rob said:

Absolutely mad score considering the injuries 😮

Cheers Rob, they did well and especially Messi when fit. I think I might go again on this straight away as I would like to see how they’d do in a more normal season.

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Second Attempt

I thoroughly enjoyed my first attempt but the injury thing slightly annoyed me and when looking back at the save I noticed that injuries to the three challengers must’ve accounted for over 90% of our total injuries over the season. I just felt I had to have another go and see if we could be at least a little luckier with injuries, so that’s what I did and I’m at the halfway stage now before clocking off for the evening.

I made fairly similar transfers to the last time with just Fernandes not coming in being the only difference in terms in incomings I believe. I did want to sign him but things didn’t work out with my outgoings so I just couldn’t manage the fee. I’ve put the players screens under the spoiler too for confirmation.

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We have had more luck with injuries and only Neymar has suffered so far.

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We’re top at the halfway stage but not as dominant as the first time and we may have a battle on our hands for the title. I have altered the system a touch and basically played with the system I ended the last attempt with as I felt it was better for the three players whereas my original system seemed to more suit Messi. Not sure it’s quite as good for results though although I think I have an idea of the weak link in what was my preferred line up at the start so I’m hopeful with that we can pull through and win the league.

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Here is how our challengers are doing so far. If we can keep this up and depending on injuries, you’d think I’ll be beating my first score. I’m not counting my chickens yet though as the broken bones thing could hit us at any time.

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I’ll be back with the final update later once I finish the season.

 

Thanks for reading.

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18 minutes ago, RichD said:

Great going so far Ian, glad you’ve not had too many injuries so far and if you manage to avoid them I think this will be a massive score 😁

Thank you Richard, we’ll see how it goes as I’m just waiting for the big injury lol. I have nearly the whole team upset about lack of competition for places this time which is annoying me as I’ve got cover everywhere, or at least the same level of cover that I’ve always had on the previous games. Doesn’t seem to be impacting on results but those !’s next to players names are becoming normal and somewhat annoying for me.

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2 minutes ago, Ian said:

Thank you Richard, we’ll see how it goes as I’m just waiting for the big injury lol. I have nearly the whole team upset about lack of competition for places this time which is annoying me as I’ve got cover everywhere, or at least the same level of cover that I’ve always had on the previous games. Doesn’t seem to be impacting on results but those !’s next to players names are becoming normal and somewhat annoying for me.

That is frustrating, I’ve seen a few people comment saying about that, it could be a bug by the sound of it, I’ve been lucky and haven’t had it. Hopefully they can fix that soon. Hopefully they stop complaining second part of the season!

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5 minutes ago, RichD said:

That is frustrating, I’ve seen a few people comment saying about that, it could be a bug by the sound of it, I’ve been lucky and haven’t had it. Hopefully they can fix that soon. Hopefully they stop complaining second part of the season!

I think the same, or at least the threshold must be off if it’s supposed to be as it seems as I’ve got cover all over on this save and have never been short up to now. I did think it was a lack of a decent reserve goalie on my last attempt but having looked, we have a good few younger keepers and one is three star so I don’t think it is that. Not overly bothered if it doesn’t impact on results but when they try to get us all to play in the same way to avoid these things then it gets to me as we all like to play the game in our own way.

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