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Career Scratch Tries The 3x1KC [Season 14]

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10 minutes ago, Rob said:

Gotta love it when a player wants a release clauses greater than £225m 🤦‍♂️ 

Yeah, confident in his own worth alright... To be fair he only asked for £240M (I doubled it, which is around the most you can make it), but still...

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Season 2

With a decent first season behind us, we head into season 2 hoping for a stronger performance. And we got it! But first...

 

How Many 1KCs?

I originally said that while my target is 3x1KC (Esposito, Pellegri and Badji), I was hoping to get a 4th 1KC for Kaio Jorge. However, it's time to get real and drop that idea.

Last season I rotated the 4 lads equally. Because they tired out more quickly, that didn't have a huge effect on playing time of the main lads, as they need the time off anyway.

This season, the main lads were able to spend more time on the park, meaning I had a clear choice: maximise the chance of 3x1KC at the expense of the 4th one, or the other way around. The choice was easy.

Moving forward, I'll play KJ when I can, but not at the expense of the main lads and I won't bother reporting on him here.

 

Transfers

We further shaped the squad:

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Highlights:

  • We sold players nearing 30 such as Wilshere, Halstenberg, Strinic and Musa, even though they'd been important players for us, in order to give us space and budget to chase younger alternatives.

  • We sold Jedvaj when a good offer came in even though he was a starter, because we had decent alternatives and the man was bringing the squad morale down (in dynamics).

  • Bakambu left on a free as we didn't have enough money left in season 1 to renew his £375K contract and Guangzhou swooped in and agreed a Bosman for him.

  • We bought a bunch of younger players to become first team members, such as Daniel James, Wijndal, Tomori, Laimer, Skov.

  • We bought a few expensive-ish youngsters, who based on price and wage, are likely to be decent regens. Some probably won't fly, but if a couple come through they will rule this league.

 

Results

We won everything domestically and got 156 goals in the league, but couldn't quite get past Real Madrid in the Quarter Final of the Club World Championship (although we beat Atletico to get out of the group).

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We hopeless outmatch all other teams in China and the region, so we score a ridiculous amount of goals. Here are all the screenshots:

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Injuries

After last year's load of injuries, we had a much better year, with only Badji out (3 weeks):

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KJ was out for a month, but I guess I don't need to include that anymore!

Poor old Carrillo had four separate injuries, but each time came back and gave his all, getting a couple of those "setting a wonderful example" or "rolling back the years" upgrades. Seriously, this guy is a must-sign player.

 

The Lads

Looking pretty wonderful:

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In other news, it turns out that Pellegri is one of the few players in the game who takes discipline well:

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I had to give the other two new contracts after learning the hard way that they weren't.

 

Goals Galore

All up, we have 524 goals in two season at an average of just over 5 GPG:

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But how many of those did our lads get?

 

Score

Here's the history screens:

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And here's the overview:

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Which gives us:

Season Esposito Pellegri Badji
01 38 19 24
02 60 63 50
Total 98 82 74

A great season all round and if we can improve slightly on that, we may just be able to pull this off... At this point, my only worry is Badji falling slightly behind, but we have plenty of time remaining to correct that by giving him penalties etc.

 

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23 minutes ago, Kanegan said:

Absolutely ridicoulous. China should just be dropped from the game. 🤣

Yeah, the mix of very weak league with very big budgets is a recipe for some very unrealistic results. What they really need to do is implement the foreign players limit - if they did that it would fascinating! 3 great players, plus a group of quite average players... But in the absence of that, it can be used/abused to totally warp reality...

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18 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

This is mad! 🤣.

love the signings you’ve mad. Waiting for the 6k to come

Yeah, it's crazy the people you can sign. I've missed quite a few because of work permits, but no complaints at all... This squad could probably win the EPL. 

I'm thinking this will end up with 5K team goals... But 6? Or individual? Not from me.

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The foreign player limits would really help keep many things more interesting, not just in 中国。

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2 minutes ago, hhooo said:

The foreign player limits would really help keep many things more interesting, not just in 中国。

Yeah, I get that it's complicated and FMM is supposed to be simple, but it really really needs to be there to keep things realistic.

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Just now, Scratch said:

Yeah, I get that it's complicated and FMM is supposed to be simple, but it really really needs to be there to keep things realistic.

The salary cap would be important as well, putting a limit of 190k per week on foreigners. I think this is done in MLS, not sure why they overly simplify other leagues. 

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17 minutes ago, hhooo said:

The salary cap would be important as well, putting a limit of 190k per week on foreigners. I think this is done in MLS, not sure why they overly simplify other leagues. 

Yeah, the full salary cap rules for China might be a bit complicated (a foreign player cap, a local player cap, and a team total cap), but they need to do something. Actually they really should follow the real rules (and for competition structure and domestic player quotas etc), anything less makes things unrealistic...

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fantastic work so far, can't wait to see what numbers you will have in the end (and how many records you will break) 😄

 

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2 hours ago, Woody said:

Crazy season that one and im sure it'll continue.

 

I'm planning to keep your shop busy, that's for sure. Just getting started! 😄

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1 hour ago, RichD said:

Mental season Scratch, great going, hopeful to things just get crazier from here 😁

Thanks, sure is crazy. Great fun to play as we've discussed before, but slow going because there are so many chances for it to process (and because I have to keep posting on the record store thread 😄). 

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1 hour ago, Rob said:

Bonkers!

Sure is, even I can't believe it... 

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1 hour ago, Raven9 said:

Amazing season. And very interesting career. Good luck, mate

Thanks mate!

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14 minutes ago, Titjes said:

fantastic work so far, can't wait to see what numbers you will have in the end (and how many records you will break) 😄

 

Thanks mate, it's crazy stuff, but I gotta think it will get even better as they mature.

Of course, the problem is whether I can hang on to them. 🤞

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1 minute ago, smoggy90 said:

Brilliant season mate, and for season 2 as well! Can only get better from here with plenty of time to improve.

Thanks mate, going to be super insane when they mature and are at the top of their games...

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Oh my...

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First time since season 1 that we've lost a league game. And I can't remember the last time we didn't actually score... 😱

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4 minutes ago, Scratch said:

Oh my...

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First time since season 1 that we've lost a league game. And I can't remember the last time we didn't actually score... 😱

6k failed 😔

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4 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

6k failed 😔

Yeah. We seem a little off this season. Haven't threatened the record store at all. Gotta dial it back to 5K.

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1 hour ago, Scratch said:

Oh my...

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First time since season 1 that we've lost a league game. And I can't remember the last time we didn't actually score... 😱

Good old FMM. 

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1 hour ago, Scratch said:

Oh my...

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First time since season 1 that we've lost a league game. And I can't remember the last time we didn't actually score... 😱

I’ve lost two league games 1-0 myself, I guess you can still get “FM’d” out there 😂

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1 hour ago, Rob said:

Good old FMM. 

Yeah, feeling at home again at last. Was a bit crazy there for a season, feeling unbeatable...

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1 hour ago, RichD said:

I’ve lost two league games 1-0 myself, I guess you can still get “FM’d” out there 😂

As long as it only happens every couple of seasons, I guess I can live with it...

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2 minutes ago, Et Rakuti said:

The 12 month injuries and the bad pass from defender to goalkeeper going into O.G were fantastic to me on this year version.

I’ve never encountered 2 of them 

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