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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Instructions bro!
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    Scratch reacted to broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    That’s pretty shit mate. I managed to score 30 goals and a clean sheet which you can’t do  
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    Scratch reacted to broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Nice one, exactly what I am using right now.
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in English Men In Turin (Season FOUR AND FIVE)   
    Good luck mate and exciting choices!
    Also, pretty prophetic, because all 4 will be playing in black and white stripes next season in real life, just not Juve's 🤣
    (only joking of course) 
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    It's great, last game I tried it on ended up 21-3! Massive...
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    It's this one bro, give it a go:

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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Yeah... If it wasn't 4 weeks until 22, I'd start a new 3KC. Maybe Esposito!  But probably too late. 
    Of course for anyone else who's reading, the 88 in 28 comes with team of truly world class players in a slightly weakish league (Italy is surprisingly weak to be honest). And with a 20 Crossing winger sending them into a 19 Aerial striker. Mileage may vary...
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    I just might mate, I just might...

    Probably left it a little late, but I finally found a next level tactic for a 1KC. Same tactic as using here for Lainez, but with the TM in the middle, and the Lainez T position converted to an AP, and with wingers with high crossing...
    Edit, in case it's not obvious I went back to my Cangiano and Scamacca save to try this out and wow... Averaging 3 goals a game. Although disappointed with Cangiano's assists, still good, but not quite next level as I'd like.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Yeah... If it wasn't 4 weeks until 22, I'd start a new 3KC. Maybe Esposito!  But probably too late. 
    Of course for anyone else who's reading, the 88 in 28 comes with team of truly world class players in a slightly weakish league (Italy is surprisingly weak to be honest). And with a 20 Crossing winger sending them into a 19 Aerial striker. Mileage may vary...
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    I just might mate, I just might...

    Probably left it a little late, but I finally found a next level tactic for a 1KC. Same tactic as using here for Lainez, but with the TM in the middle, and the Lainez T position converted to an AP, and with wingers with high crossing...
    Edit, in case it's not obvious I went back to my Cangiano and Scamacca save to try this out and wow... Averaging 3 goals a game. Although disappointed with Cangiano's assists, still good, but not quite next level as I'd like.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Meanwhile...
    I'm Scamacca-ing the pony:

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    Scratch reacted to broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    I swear every morning Rich wakes up to see himself getting bantered in Vibe 🤣
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    Scratch reacted to Rich in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Well done Scratch on a great career but most of all well done on actually completing the season which I’m very envious of and can now not think of doing something like that 😂
    I’m here for it, I love me some banter for breakfast 😝
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    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Mason Greenwood - The Split 1kc (S4)   
    Massive season mate! Just gotta get those assists up a little.
    All your tactics bro.
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    @Rich I know you probably don't want help and are most likely in denial, but it starts with the words: "My name is Rich and I'm a saveaholic"... If I can do it mate, so can you!
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Thanks mate... I updated the post a bit (user error), not sure which version you saw, but yep, just scraped home... I mean, it wasn't really a big deal, if I'd fallen short, I would have just come back for a game or two next season, but where's the fun in a write up like that?
    Edit: and oh yeah, I actually finished it... So proud!
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    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Season 11
    Alright, on to season 11. He needs to score 47 goals to complete this, a number that he's surpassed in 5 of the previous 7 seasons. I'm hopeful he can wrap it up this season, as I'm ready to move on. It's going to be tight though...
     
    Actually, let's forget all about transfers (hardly any) and results (won everything), and instead just jump to a point in time when there are 5 games remaining:

     
    And then let's look at where he is up to:

     
    So, he needs 3 goals in the final 5 games. He should be able to bring that home!
    But if you look at that schedule, you'll see those 5 games are over 11 days. He's already on the edge condition-wise and now he has to navigate this!
    Actually, that's the one thing I dislike about playing in Denmark - they have less games, but instead of having a nice leisurely pace so players don't get exhausted, they have 6 weeks off in the middle of the season and spend the rest of the season going flat out with no time to breath...
     
    Anyway, let's get back to it... The next game went down like this:

    Great, he scored, so now we're looking at 2 goals from 4 games. Piece of cake.
    Although his condition is 90 and I should really rest him so he is getting close to 100 for the following game (2 days later). But nah, I want this done, so I play him, but sub him earlier than usual:

    He scores again, so now it's 1 from 3 that's needed. Could do it with his eyes shut!
    But actually his eyes are drooping and his condition is 85%, even with the early sub. Surely he could manage a half? Let's play!

    Oh, that wasn't wise, he didn't score AND now he's down to 83% for the next game.
    Another half game?

    Uh oh... No goals and now he has to play the final game with a condition of 88%. And it's not against easy Danish opposition, it's the UCL final. I should have rested him in one of those earlier games. 🙁
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    @Rich I know you probably don't want help and are most likely in denial, but it starts with the words: "My name is Rich and I'm a saveaholic"... If I can do it mate, so can you!
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    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Thanks mate... I updated the post a bit (user error), not sure which version you saw, but yep, just scraped home... I mean, it wasn't really a big deal, if I'd fallen short, I would have just come back for a game or two next season, but where's the fun in a write up like that?
    Edit: and oh yeah, I actually finished it... So proud!
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    Scratch got a reaction from Silva Gamdok in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Thanks mate. I suspect many of us here are like this:

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    Scratch got a reaction from Silva Gamdok in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    I'm 3 seasons into this, so may as well start a career post! I'll keep the write ups minimal for this career, but this first one will cover all 3 seasons so may be a little longer.
    I've wanted to do a split 1K (500 goals/500 assists) for some time now, but seeing @Ian do his pushed me over the edge.
     
    The Candidates
    I looked at a bunch of players I'd been storing as good candidates for this: Fabio Vieira, Daramy, Bellingham, Verschaeren, Vignato, Unuvar, Nygren, Salcedo, Lainez, Gravenberch, Damsgaard, even Billy Gilmour. 
    I was primarily looking for someone who'd be able to cross well enough to get assists from corners, but who'd be able to score from the AMC position (playing as a T of course). Some of those were weaker on Crossing than I'd like, but had been good assisters for me in the past, so might have been worth a punt.
     
    The Club
    But first I had to pick a club, as that would dictate which candidates were realistic.
    I looked around for a while. Maybe Ajax? Brugge? Or Anderlect? Inter? Dortmund? Not Celtic again surely? Porto? AEK Athens?
    But the more I looked, the more I kept coming back to FC Kobenhavn. It was giving off Celtic like vibe, a strong club in a weaker league, which is ideal for these challenges. It was a league I'd never tried before, which was appealing. And there were some decent players at the club, like Daramy who I often sign as a support player, and Wind who I tried to sign unsuccessfully a couple of times. 
    I did my research and found the Danish league was only 32 games, but I figured that might mean a more relaxed schedule and I might be able to keep him on the pitch more and keep him fresh. Turns out they have the whole of January off, which means they still cram games into midweek etc... 
    But anyway, my choice was made.
     
    The Player
    I tried to get Vieira as he'd bubbled to number 1 on my list, but he didn't want to come. Therefore I went with this guy, Diego Lainez:

    Probably not the sort of player most people would have chosen. Shooting of 9 looks worrying! But although I've used him a lot as an out and out winger, I once retrained him as a AMC and he did really well. Crucially he always gets a good number of assists for me, which will be important here. And of course, he's really good and always improves a lot. He should do really well in Denmark.
    He cost almost all of my budget so I had to settle for cheap players and loans in the first season or two. We'll probably never be able to afford the best players, meaning we'll have to grow our own - but that's the best fun.  
    The one piece of buyer's remorse I have is how many games he misses with ITN duty. Mexico's fixtures aren't quite lined up with Denmark, so he'll leave a week before the other players and miss a game or two. Over the course of the first season I think he missed 6 games. I probably also should have chosen a player who could play up front to give me some more flexibility.
    Anyway, there are no trade-ins here...
     
    The Tactic
    I tried something new:

    A tactic with no Wingers! What's wrong with me! As much as I love them, I figured we'd be better off without them bypassing Lainez. The WBs will give some width without taking away too many opportunities from Lainez.
    I was originally planning to go with two TMs in front of Lainez as I've used that very successfully before, but I didn't have the personnel to pull it off (ie not enough tall men). I therefore made one of them a DLF - I'd used them before (mostly with players off the bench supporting my main crew) with decent success, but also it seems everyone around here loves them, which sealed the deal.
    That tactic was reasonably successful for the first couple of years, but I felt like Lainez wasn't quite dominating as much as I'd been hoping, so I experimented in season 3, eventually settling on this:

    That's similar to what I used on the KDB challenge last year, only with an extra CD instead of a P in front of Lainez, which would obviously been unproductive. I also moved from Attacking to Overloading. The results seem to be pretty good, although he's not getting as many goals as I'd like - but we definitely started getting more corners and he's ace at turning those into assists.
    I tried experimenting with a single TM in front of him, which worked real well for Messi and Suarez in the MSN challenge (with Neymar lost on the wing). but I haven't been able to make it work yet. Perhaps I'll keep experimenting, but it's the one above for now.
     
    Transfers
    Just going to post them here, not much to comment - a lot of loans in the first two seasons, not needed in season 3 as some of youngsters had levelled up enough; and a lot of young hopefuls on the cheaper side. Key other signing was probably Scamacca who bangs home the corners for him.
     
    Results
    Going pretty good domestically, but we've also overachieved elsewhere, winning the UCL in seasons 2 and 3 and also winning the Club World Championship. I don't think I've had that much success, that early - definitely not this year - so I'm pretty chuffed. It probably says something about playing 2 central defenders instead of 1...



    That only shows the first 22 games of the league, not the extra 10 rounds of the 2nd part, so here is the final standings:
     
    Development
    Here he is at the end of each season - as you can see, looking pretty good, but I'd like his Shooting to be a little higher:



    He is still creeping up, but probably hasn't got much improvement left now.
    He's had a normal spread of injuries, one or two each season, between 10 days and 1 month, nothing over that thank goodness. Not going to show the screenshots - too many to look through now.
     
    Progress

    Giving us:
    Season Goals Assists 01 25 29 02 37 35 03 39 54 Totals 101 118 Slow-ish start, in keeping with my MO. Assist building very nicely, but the goal ratio went down in season 3 and is a worry.
     
    The Future
    I'll keep experimenting with tactics and maybe even go back to the original one, as he had a better goal ratio with it. I'll potentially experiment with the other players on the pitch - maybe the other forwards are getting too strong and taking too many chances from him. 
    But really, I'm pretty happy. I feel like there are things that can be done to improve the number of goals, but it's harder to make up a 'deficit' in assists and he has that area covered.
    Anyway, I think that's all for now. Thanks for reading!
     
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in He's having a Weston! A BWM Strikerless 1k attempt.   
    Great stuff mate - I reckon Reyna will be fine, but looks like a lot of assists needed for Musah. Good luck though!
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    Scratch got a reaction from geordiekrispy in Geordiekrispy's Attempt to take York FC as far as he can: S7   
    Well, this career wins my "longest open in a tab waiting to be read" award... Sorry 😟
    You've done massively well to get to the this point, especially those Carabaou and Euro cups, and remarkably consistent in moving forwards, but it's down to inching forwards now. You have the hardest part in front of you, but I think you can go all the way with enough persistence. I understand why it might be difficult to get enthusiasm at some points. This is like a long distance marathon or something!
    Keep it up mate.
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    Scratch reacted to Rich in Mason Greenwood - The Split 1kc (S4)   
    I remember the days of FMM 20 where I genuinely didn’t have to tweak at all, this year has been a nightmare for me with tweaking, I think I’ve actually finally figured out a tactic now for Greenwood which doesn’t need tweaking, unless things stop working of course!
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    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch Tries The Split 1KC (Actually Completed!)   
    Also, one of the delights of this save has been the short team names in the game screen:

    I mean... FCK  MAN C. For that matter FCK anyone we play at home...
    I'll miss that when I wrap this save up...
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