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Career Ian goes for badge 10


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Hello and welcome to my attempt at the latest badge of the vibe badge of honour series. This badge was created by @Rich, so credit to him.

Basically our job is to get Mbappé and Haaland playing for the same team and have them combine as a deadly duo for one season. Their total number of goals and assists will be our score.

I ended up just sticking with PSG for this, was tempted to try and bring them both to Spain but the last few long careers I’ve done have been there so fancied a change.

I brought Haaland in for big money plus a fringe player, so no problems there and here we go.

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I’ve decided to go boring and use a previous system and basically shoehorn players into it. I’ve been having trouble getting this system to work after the winter update but I’m determined to get it going so here we are lol. I find the AP role to be kind of make or break for this system and often have trouble finding natural midfielders with all of the attributes I believe are important. Neymar has those numbers but is red in the position so we’ll see how he gets on. Mbappé is in the T role for similar reasons as he has the numbers and the role in this system is very good for both goals and assists so we’ll just have to see how he does too. The system is set up for the front three to combine which isn’t ideal for this but that’s that as I want to test the system.

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I’ll be back later with the post season update. I haven’t forgotten about badge nine but just wanted to go with this one first.

Thank you for reading.

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Ooh, my, this is going to be interesting. Mbappe and Neymar are so so red! I wonder how they will get on. Are you retraining them?

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22 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Good luck Ian. Looking forward to see how Neymar performs in the CM position 

Thanks Lord Danish, yes it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

16 hours ago, FMFanatic20 said:

I got my eyes on this.. 

Good luck 

Thank you fanatic.

14 hours ago, Scratch said:

Ooh, my, this is going to be interesting. Mbappe and Neymar are so so red! I wonder how they will get on. Are you retraining them?

Thanks Scratch, it will be. I was first thinking of trying to use Neymar in the Haaland deal but decided against it. Was then thinking of straight swapping him for a more natural midfielder like KDB but I’d already decided then I’d be using Mbappe out of position in the T role so just thought I’d do similar with Neymar.

I looked into retraining Neymar and it didn’t look like he’d accept it and would no doubt kick off so just left it for both of them. They’re both great players on paper so they’re good candidates for this treatment and hopefully they’ll do ok.

15 hours ago, Rob said:

Good luck Ian. Nice to see another career from you.

Thank you Rob, it’s a start and hopefully the two will do ok.

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Good luck Ian, I’m sure you’ll smash this one, looking forward to having a go myself. Look forward to seeing how you get on 👍

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15 hours ago, Ian said:

Thanks Scratch, it will be. I was first thinking of trying to use Neymar in the Haaland deal but decided against it. Was then thinking of straight swapping him for a more natural midfielder like KDB but I’d already decided then I’d be using Mbappe out of position in the T role so just thought I’d do similar with Neymar.

I looked into retraining Neymar and it didn’t look like he’d accept it and would no doubt kick off so just left it for both of them. They’re both great players on paper so they’re good candidates for this treatment and hopefully they’ll do ok.

Going to be fascinating to see how well they go as full reds! I assume their performance will be at least a little degraded, but also I'm confident they are good enough that they will still be really good in those positions...

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4 hours ago, Rich said:

Good luck Ian, I’m sure you’ll smash this one, looking forward to having a go myself. Look forward to seeing how you get on 👍

Thank you Rich.

4 hours ago, Scratch said:

Going to be fascinating to see how well they go as full reds! I assume their performance will be at least a little degraded, but also I'm confident they are good enough that they will still be really good in those positions...

Thank you Scratch, I now know how they’ve done as I’ve finished the season so we’ll see soon enough.

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Let’s see how we got on.

You can see the main transfers above via the shape screenshot so I won’t go overboard here as most of the signings will be familiar to many. Gosens joined Di Maria as our left of midfield options and Spinazzola and Hateboer were brought in to play on the right side. Praet is someone I’ve never used before seemed a good option due to his versatility. I’ve used Marega plenty of times in one season stuff and he always seems to do well so seemed a safe bet here. Langlet and Mangala were signed up to be our third and fourth choice centre backs and I believe that’s all.

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It was only the Champions League that eluded us in terms of trophies with Man City ending our hopes at the semi final stage. Statistically we were much the better side throughout both games and only needed one more goal in the home leg to get it done but couldn’t quite manage it.

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I find opening seasons to be a bit of a lottery this year in truth with the schedule being how it is. I just go with the same squad size I normally would, rotate away and just hope for the best as I’ve found it can go either way. Sometimes everything runs smoothly, sometimes it’s in between and occasionally it’s a bit rough. This season it started pretty well but went more to the rough stage around late February time as we had issues with fitness throughout the squad. It doesn’t really show much in the results as we were still predominantly winning but it was a struggle. I remember we had both right midfielders injured at the same time which meant Praet and Draxler had to fill in there which then meant we were short in other areas with no rest bite in terms of fixtures. Just how it is though and in some ways I enjoy it as I honestly have no idea how opening seasons are going to go from save to save.

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It wasn’t too bad for injuries really as we only had a small one to both players and a month long one to Haaland. The Haaland one was annoying with it coming during the run in but can’t be helped.

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Mbappé scored 46 and assisted 35 goals and Haaland scored 36 and assisted 11 to give us a total of 128 for the challenge. Mbappé was out of position but still produced reasonably well and Haaland ended up only playing 40 games so I think it went ok really. Marega did well too as I thought he would so I probably need to get something going for this focusing on the two only but all in all it was an enjoyable season.

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Score: 128 points

 

Thank you for reading.

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Great job Ian, that's a top score. And it just goes to show the red position can't mean too much of a penalty - the lad did real well despite being out of position!

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On 27/05/2021 at 05:36, Rob said:

Well done Ian. Great score considering the annoying injuries. 

 

On 27/05/2021 at 09:49, Rich said:

That is a great score Ian, be tough to beat that, I shall add you to the leaderboard now 👍

 

On 27/05/2021 at 13:43, Scratch said:

Great job Ian, that's a top score. And it just goes to show the red position can't mean too much of a penalty - the lad did real well despite being out of position!

Thank you all.

The last injury to Haaland was a bit annoying due to the timing as it looked like we were going to do really well at that stage but that’s how it goes.

The red position thing didn’t seem to cause much issues really. They are top top players though so can probably just overcome the negative effects.

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