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  1. Sad
    Scratch got a reaction from Ian in The Vibe Record Store   
    Best £20 I've ever spent. Thanks Michael, check your Paypal balance, it should be there.
  2. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 3
    Wow, it's taking me a long time to get through this save...
    Season 2 was a nice step forward, with 172 goals and 108 assists, both 20 more than in season 1. Of course we had a few easy games in the Club World Championship to boost those numbers. I'm not sure we'll be able to hit them again - especially in the crazy 2022 World Cup year, when the games come crazy fast and they need to be rested etc.
     
    Transfers
    It was time for some of the squad players to move on, including favourites such as Mikey (sorry @broodje kip) Johnston and Captain Callum McGregor. We brought in Berge, Pellegrini and Ricci, along with some regens who look good.
     
    A Lesson In Determination
    Adam Armstrong's personality is described as Determined. It fits, but he might have met his match with me...
    I tried to sign him to a new contract throughout the season, but he wanted £350K p/w and and £3.4M sign on fee, when our maximums are £65K p/w and £1.3M. Near the end of the season, his agent came to me and complained about his contract. Said he wanted £32K p/w. I wasn't having that after all the trouble, so I drove it down to £25K.
     
    Results

    We lost the semi final of the CWC (as mentioned in the last update), but I didn't realise there was a 3rd place playoff awaiting us. It seems Bayern were surprised too, as we smashed them 5-2 to claim 3rd. Yes, the 3rd place playoff never matters, but it still felt good to crush a big team.
    The rest of the season was mixed - a massive season in the league with 148 goals and a straightforward Scottish Cup victory, but we lost the Betfred Cup final with the decider in the 2nd minute of stoppage time and Man City knocked us out of the UCL Quarter Final on away goals.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out. Colidio increases are injury recovery, which took most of the season (very slow). Hornby and Unuvar both had nice advances.
     
    Injuries
    We were exceptionally lucky with injuries this year, with only Colidio missing 10 days and Armstrong missing a few days:
    That said, the lads missed a lot of games due to the amount of games crammed in. Check this out for example (6 games in 12 days between Feb 4 and 15):
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:

      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 Totals 178 26 92 58 118 61 70 39 30 110 Not bad when you take into account the number of games they played (down due to the crowded season).
     
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 0 0 Totals 488 294 320 190 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but I think Scratch is starting to suspect something is going on.
     
    Final Thoughts
    A good solid season, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they go next season when they can get on the field a little more.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  3. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Yeah, my first 1KC striker for that reason and I keep coming back to him. And he's awesome in this save!  Wasn't so great other times over used him recently though.
    I keep thinking I might create a "Never Go Back" challenge, where you can only sign players who've previously been at the club. That'd be interesting and give us an excuse to sign him at Newcastle again.. 
  4. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Rich in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Yeah, my first 1KC striker for that reason and I keep coming back to him. And he's awesome in this save!  Wasn't so great other times over used him recently though.
    I keep thinking I might create a "Never Go Back" challenge, where you can only sign players who've previously been at the club. That'd be interesting and give us an excuse to sign him at Newcastle again.. 
  5. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 3
    Wow, it's taking me a long time to get through this save...
    Season 2 was a nice step forward, with 172 goals and 108 assists, both 20 more than in season 1. Of course we had a few easy games in the Club World Championship to boost those numbers. I'm not sure we'll be able to hit them again - especially in the crazy 2022 World Cup year, when the games come crazy fast and they need to be rested etc.
     
    Transfers
    It was time for some of the squad players to move on, including favourites such as Mikey (sorry @broodje kip) Johnston and Captain Callum McGregor. We brought in Berge, Pellegrini and Ricci, along with some regens who look good.
     
    A Lesson In Determination
    Adam Armstrong's personality is described as Determined. It fits, but he might have met his match with me...
    I tried to sign him to a new contract throughout the season, but he wanted £350K p/w and and £3.4M sign on fee, when our maximums are £65K p/w and £1.3M. Near the end of the season, his agent came to me and complained about his contract. Said he wanted £32K p/w. I wasn't having that after all the trouble, so I drove it down to £25K.
     
    Results

    We lost the semi final of the CWC (as mentioned in the last update), but I didn't realise there was a 3rd place playoff awaiting us. It seems Bayern were surprised too, as we smashed them 5-2 to claim 3rd. Yes, the 3rd place playoff never matters, but it still felt good to crush a big team.
    The rest of the season was mixed - a massive season in the league with 148 goals and a straightforward Scottish Cup victory, but we lost the Betfred Cup final with the decider in the 2nd minute of stoppage time and Man City knocked us out of the UCL Quarter Final on away goals.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out. Colidio increases are injury recovery, which took most of the season (very slow). Hornby and Unuvar both had nice advances.
     
    Injuries
    We were exceptionally lucky with injuries this year, with only Colidio missing 10 days and Armstrong missing a few days:
    That said, the lads missed a lot of games due to the amount of games crammed in. Check this out for example (6 games in 12 days between Feb 4 and 15):
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:

      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 Totals 178 26 92 58 118 61 70 39 30 110 Not bad when you take into account the number of games they played (down due to the crowded season).
     
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 0 0 Totals 488 294 320 190 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but I think Scratch is starting to suspect something is going on.
     
    Final Thoughts
    A good solid season, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they go next season when they can get on the field a little more.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  6. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from broodje kip in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 3
    Wow, it's taking me a long time to get through this save...
    Season 2 was a nice step forward, with 172 goals and 108 assists, both 20 more than in season 1. Of course we had a few easy games in the Club World Championship to boost those numbers. I'm not sure we'll be able to hit them again - especially in the crazy 2022 World Cup year, when the games come crazy fast and they need to be rested etc.
     
    Transfers
    It was time for some of the squad players to move on, including favourites such as Mikey (sorry @broodje kip) Johnston and Captain Callum McGregor. We brought in Berge, Pellegrini and Ricci, along with some regens who look good.
     
    A Lesson In Determination
    Adam Armstrong's personality is described as Determined. It fits, but he might have met his match with me...
    I tried to sign him to a new contract throughout the season, but he wanted £350K p/w and and £3.4M sign on fee, when our maximums are £65K p/w and £1.3M. Near the end of the season, his agent came to me and complained about his contract. Said he wanted £32K p/w. I wasn't having that after all the trouble, so I drove it down to £25K.
     
    Results

    We lost the semi final of the CWC (as mentioned in the last update), but I didn't realise there was a 3rd place playoff awaiting us. It seems Bayern were surprised too, as we smashed them 5-2 to claim 3rd. Yes, the 3rd place playoff never matters, but it still felt good to crush a big team.
    The rest of the season was mixed - a massive season in the league with 148 goals and a straightforward Scottish Cup victory, but we lost the Betfred Cup final with the decider in the 2nd minute of stoppage time and Man City knocked us out of the UCL Quarter Final on away goals.
     
    The Lads
    Here's what they look like at the end of the season:





    Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out. Colidio increases are injury recovery, which took most of the season (very slow). Hornby and Unuvar both had nice advances.
     
    Injuries
    We were exceptionally lucky with injuries this year, with only Colidio missing 10 days and Armstrong missing a few days:
    That said, the lads missed a lot of games due to the amount of games crammed in. Check this out for example (6 games in 12 days between Feb 4 and 15):
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:

      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38 03 57 7 32 21 35 23 26 15 14 32 Totals 178 26 92 58 118 61 70 39 30 110 Not bad when you take into account the number of games they played (down due to the crowded season).
     
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95 03 164 98 0 0 Totals 488 294 320 190 Edit by Mr Bite: I added the comparison table, but I think Scratch is starting to suspect something is going on.
     
    Final Thoughts
    A good solid season, but I'm looking forward to seeing how they go next season when they can get on the field a little more.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  7. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from L_Dotz in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Thank you. I am sure the other will thank you too when he awakes. Though he has not yet realised what is happening...
  8. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from L_Dotz in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    The Scorned 6 - Season 2
    The seasons pass. And we grow strong.
     
    Transfers
    Some of our brothers left to join other packs. We did not mind. Only one was strong and he (Palhinha) did not want to stay. We have pups who are as strong as him already.
    Others joined our pack. McKennie, Lewis and Aarons made us stronger. The others will help in future.
     
    Results

    The League was easy, but Benfica beat us with these penalty things in the League Cup and Chelsea beat us with away goals in the first knockout stage of the UCL. Next time we will not give them the chance to use these things.
     
    The Hunters
    The hunters are growing strong:






    Arzani and Koita are fully grown. The others still growing.
     
    Injuries
    Injuries are supposed to be part of life. But not this year. This year we were lucky. Though Koita joined his friends in Africa for a month to hunt a cup there.
     
    Progress
    The hunters did well:

    Full History screens:

      Herndandez Pedro Arzani Koita Scamacca Cangiano Season G A G A G A G A G A G A 01 40 9 30 18 9 14 28 15 34 18 6 21 02 46 14 40 13 16 6 35 10 32 22 4 30                           Totals 86 23 70 31 25 20 63 25 66 40 10 51  
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95           Totals 324 196 320 190 They are just ahead of us, but we are nipping at their heels. Soon we will do more than nip.
     
    Final Thoughts
    The hunt is on! But now is the time to rest and get ready for next season. See you then.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  9. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 2
    I'm back. I took some time off from playing for a little while. Wasn't feeling that good, slept a lot, I think - can't really remember clearly. But anyway, I'm back and ready to go with another season for The Celtic 5!
    As a reminder, last season the lads got off to a great start with 152 goals and 88 assists combined. Let's see how they went in season 2.
     
    Transfers
    We moved on some players who are pretty good at this level, but not going to take us to where we want to be - players like Forrest, Taylor, Ralston, Bolingoli. I would have kept Ryan Christie for another year, even though he ultimately fits into that group too - but West Ham were generous enough to offer £32M for him, so I let him go.
    We brought in some good youngsters like Vieira, Pobega, Ranieri, Korniienko. We can't really go wrong with that lot. Daley is a bit more of a long shot - he can work out great, but not all the time - but can't argue with the price. Lumley came in and alternated with Livakovic. He's generally not quite good enough for me to sign, but I like his 15 Communication and I needed a backup.
     
    Tactics
    Still using the same tactics, but this season it was hard to keep the lads fit with only 3 subs. That meant quite a few games where I only had 3 or 4 of them on the pitch, so I often dropped one of the forwards and played a midfielder instead.
    Also, the RW position wasn't as prolific in assists as I wanted it to be, I think because Vignato's Crossing wasn't quite high enough and none of the other lads got past 16 Aerial (yet). In the second half of the season, I started playing Vignato as the T/AMC whenever we only had 4 lads on the pitch (with Unuvar rested or moved to the forward line). Seemed to work okay, but not super convinced yet.
     
    Results

    We won the Betfred Cup, but got smashed in the semi of the Scottish Cup, losing 6-4 to Rangers. The league was a cakewalk with only 2 dropped points (a draw we should have avoided) and 149 goals in the For column.
    In the UCL, we made it all the way to the final (our first since we won it in 1967), by playing 'tournament football' - for example, in the semi vs Bayern we were far less attacking than normal, playing with 2 defenders and only 2 up front. However, in the final we got caught up in the emotion of the occasion and started believing our own narrative, and went full throttle at Real Madrid - they belted us 5-2 and sent us home empty handed.
    The UCL final appearance was enough to earn us a place in The Club World Championship, and we had a couple of big wins to inflate the numbers before the end of season event. We then made it to the semi final before PSG beat us 4-3.
    All in all a good season, but we're just lacking that little bit extra we need to be all conquering. It's coming though...
     
    The Lads
    Development slowed this year. Here's what they look like at the end of the season:
    It looks as though Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out (though might get the odd birthday points or coach boost). They look pretty good, but Armstrong is the only one who's better than the first time around.
    Vignato is the one which disappoints me the most, even though he looks the best of this bunch at the moment. In the original career he had Crossing of 20, Dribbling 20, Pace 19, Stamina 19, Creativity 17, Decisions 17 - basically a couple of points up on all the important attributes. Still good enough for this though.
    Unuvar has spent a lot of time stuck on "Needs to mature", so he is a bit behind the others.
     
    Injuries
    Here is the injury rundown for this year:
    Armstrong: None
    Colidio: 10 days
    Hornby: 2 weeks
    Unuvar: 3 weeks
    Vignato: 10 days
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38                       Totals 121 19 60 37 83 38 44 24 16 78 A nice step up, even if we disregard the CWC which we can't always rely on. On track for 1K assists, ahead for 1.5K goals.
    Armstrong is still clearly the best goal threat (note, he has pens) and Vignato the same for assists (he has corners). Their numbers are similar to season 1, but the other 3 all stepped up.
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108               Totals 324 196 147 95 Edit by Mr Bite: Scratch still hasn't worked out that I'm here and it was fairly easy to add this section when his mind was wandering... A good season by the Celtic pack, but we will hunt them down soon.
     
    Final Thoughts
    This was a good season and hopefully next season will be better again, as the squad are getting fairly good (but not world class yet) across the board.
    Thanks for reading. Hopefully the next season won't be too far away - I might need another break again for a bit though. Can't think clearly...
     
  10. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from L_Dotz in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Thank you. I am sure the other will thank you too when he awakes. Though he has not yet realised what is happening...
  11. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from L_Dotz in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    The Scorned 6 - Season 2
    The seasons pass. And we grow strong.
     
    Transfers
    Some of our brothers left to join other packs. We did not mind. Only one was strong and he (Palhinha) did not want to stay. We have pups who are as strong as him already.
    Others joined our pack. McKennie, Lewis and Aarons made us stronger. The others will help in future.
     
    Results

    The League was easy, but Benfica beat us with these penalty things in the League Cup and Chelsea beat us with away goals in the first knockout stage of the UCL. Next time we will not give them the chance to use these things.
     
    The Hunters
    The hunters are growing strong:






    Arzani and Koita are fully grown. The others still growing.
     
    Injuries
    Injuries are supposed to be part of life. But not this year. This year we were lucky. Though Koita joined his friends in Africa for a month to hunt a cup there.
     
    Progress
    The hunters did well:

    Full History screens:

      Herndandez Pedro Arzani Koita Scamacca Cangiano Season G A G A G A G A G A G A 01 40 9 30 18 9 14 28 15 34 18 6 21 02 46 14 40 13 16 6 35 10 32 22 4 30                           Totals 86 23 70 31 25 20 63 25 66 40 10 51  
    The Chase

      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108 173 95           Totals 324 196 320 190 They are just ahead of us, but we are nipping at their heels. Soon we will do more than nip.
     
    Final Thoughts
    The hunt is on! But now is the time to rest and get ready for next season. See you then.
    Thanks for reading.
     
  12. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Plimmerz92 in 1kc attempt   
    I may even break 110 goals at this pace he's on fire right now 

  13. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from MikeF in 1k Challenge - A tribute to a great...   
    Oh damn... 🤯 Bummer... 
    Was going to say bad luck with the Pavon injury and not to worry too much about only 34 goals in second season (youngsters are always inconsistent). And also that was a real deathly group of death!!
    PS, I've got the same wonderkid goggles as you! 
  14. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from geordiekrispy in 1kc attempt   
    Yeah, it's hard to keep them at Beijing, although I also use the trick @Mr B mentioned above about accepting the offer and then cancelling it at the confirmation point. Twice I had a weird thing happen and the transfer went through without being asked for confirmation, but it's worked 100s of times for me apart from those two time...
  15. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to MohitMax Roy in Can't give player wages he demands.   
    He finally agreed, somehow wage budget by board increased after we won the league. 
     
    He said he has no interest but i kept getting email that he wants a new contract. Thankfully its sorted. 
  16. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Ashez in Euro “2020” Discussion Thread   
    Don't get me wrong none of these players we think should have took one actually have a penalty record of note, I think Sterling has took a handful and only scored one or something, similar with Grealish. But they're experienced pros and not the two youngest players in the squad FFS. Even if Sterling didn't want it there are other options, in theory you only need 5, 4 after Kane and in that entire squad only the two kids had the bollocks? The Hendo sub still completely baffles me. He's the most experienced player there, the only one to keep his medal on and respect it. The one doing the team talk in every huddle you see but sub him for kids? I dunno if that was planned or what and Hendo couldn't refuse the sub but it's a baffling look. Especially when Phillips could have easily been replaced as he obviously wasn't in the penalty plans either. 
  17. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Rob in Euro “2020” Discussion Thread   
    Southgate helped get us to the final. If he made an error, it was his error that he earnt the right to make. Besides, we all have opinions on players and tactics that we think are right - that’s the beauty of football. 
    Italy are just a better team. Sometimes we have to accept that in football.
  18. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from MohitMax Roy in Can't give player wages he demands.   
    Yeah.  
    This part basically explains it though: "I have no interest in negotiation new terms at this time". He doesn't want to sign - unless you can give him a crazy offer he can't refuse and the club won't let you offer that much. 
    Depending on the situation you might be able to bargain him down from that (it also helps to keep increasing sign on fee a lot each round until the max) - but sometimes, there's nothing you can do or say or offer to get him to stay. I guess that's like really life.
    Though also, I've had quite a few players refuse to sign a new contract until a day or two before the old one expires.
  19. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 2
    I'm back. I took some time off from playing for a little while. Wasn't feeling that good, slept a lot, I think - can't really remember clearly. But anyway, I'm back and ready to go with another season for The Celtic 5!
    As a reminder, last season the lads got off to a great start with 152 goals and 88 assists combined. Let's see how they went in season 2.
     
    Transfers
    We moved on some players who are pretty good at this level, but not going to take us to where we want to be - players like Forrest, Taylor, Ralston, Bolingoli. I would have kept Ryan Christie for another year, even though he ultimately fits into that group too - but West Ham were generous enough to offer £32M for him, so I let him go.
    We brought in some good youngsters like Vieira, Pobega, Ranieri, Korniienko. We can't really go wrong with that lot. Daley is a bit more of a long shot - he can work out great, but not all the time - but can't argue with the price. Lumley came in and alternated with Livakovic. He's generally not quite good enough for me to sign, but I like his 15 Communication and I needed a backup.
     
    Tactics
    Still using the same tactics, but this season it was hard to keep the lads fit with only 3 subs. That meant quite a few games where I only had 3 or 4 of them on the pitch, so I often dropped one of the forwards and played a midfielder instead.
    Also, the RW position wasn't as prolific in assists as I wanted it to be, I think because Vignato's Crossing wasn't quite high enough and none of the other lads got past 16 Aerial (yet). In the second half of the season, I started playing Vignato as the T/AMC whenever we only had 4 lads on the pitch (with Unuvar rested or moved to the forward line). Seemed to work okay, but not super convinced yet.
     
    Results

    We won the Betfred Cup, but got smashed in the semi of the Scottish Cup, losing 6-4 to Rangers. The league was a cakewalk with only 2 dropped points (a draw we should have avoided) and 149 goals in the For column.
    In the UCL, we made it all the way to the final (our first since we won it in 1967), by playing 'tournament football' - for example, in the semi vs Bayern we were far less attacking than normal, playing with 2 defenders and only 2 up front. However, in the final we got caught up in the emotion of the occasion and started believing our own narrative, and went full throttle at Real Madrid - they belted us 5-2 and sent us home empty handed.
    The UCL final appearance was enough to earn us a place in The Club World Championship, and we had a couple of big wins to inflate the numbers before the end of season event. We then made it to the semi final before PSG beat us 4-3.
    All in all a good season, but we're just lacking that little bit extra we need to be all conquering. It's coming though...
     
    The Lads
    Development slowed this year. Here's what they look like at the end of the season:
    It looks as though Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out (though might get the odd birthday points or coach boost). They look pretty good, but Armstrong is the only one who's better than the first time around.
    Vignato is the one which disappoints me the most, even though he looks the best of this bunch at the moment. In the original career he had Crossing of 20, Dribbling 20, Pace 19, Stamina 19, Creativity 17, Decisions 17 - basically a couple of points up on all the important attributes. Still good enough for this though.
    Unuvar has spent a lot of time stuck on "Needs to mature", so he is a bit behind the others.
     
    Injuries
    Here is the injury rundown for this year:
    Armstrong: None
    Colidio: 10 days
    Hornby: 2 weeks
    Unuvar: 3 weeks
    Vignato: 10 days
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38                       Totals 121 19 60 37 83 38 44 24 16 78 A nice step up, even if we disregard the CWC which we can't always rely on. On track for 1K assists, ahead for 1.5K goals.
    Armstrong is still clearly the best goal threat (note, he has pens) and Vignato the same for assists (he has corners). Their numbers are similar to season 1, but the other 3 all stepped up.
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108               Totals 324 196 147 95 Edit by Mr Bite: Scratch still hasn't worked out that I'm here and it was fairly easy to add this section when his mind was wandering... A good season by the Celtic pack, but we will hunt them down soon.
     
    Final Thoughts
    This was a good season and hopefully next season will be better again, as the squad are getting fairly good (but not world class yet) across the board.
    Thanks for reading. Hopefully the next season won't be too far away - I might need another break again for a bit though. Can't think clearly...
     
  20. Funny
    Scratch got a reaction from Rob in Fabián Luzzi In Beijing for Unknown Amount Of Goals - RichD   
    I look forward to your article exposing the sordid details then! Any hints?
  21. Funny
    Scratch got a reaction from Rob in Fabián Luzzi In Beijing for Unknown Amount Of Goals - RichD   
    @Barry Smith - any comments on the rumours that the manager has lost this save as well and is planning to drop out of site and return under a different pseudonym in the near future? 
  22. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Scratch's Heist Off - The Celtic 5 v The Scorned 6 [Ermm]   
    Season 2
    I'm back. I took some time off from playing for a little while. Wasn't feeling that good, slept a lot, I think - can't really remember clearly. But anyway, I'm back and ready to go with another season for The Celtic 5!
    As a reminder, last season the lads got off to a great start with 152 goals and 88 assists combined. Let's see how they went in season 2.
     
    Transfers
    We moved on some players who are pretty good at this level, but not going to take us to where we want to be - players like Forrest, Taylor, Ralston, Bolingoli. I would have kept Ryan Christie for another year, even though he ultimately fits into that group too - but West Ham were generous enough to offer £32M for him, so I let him go.
    We brought in some good youngsters like Vieira, Pobega, Ranieri, Korniienko. We can't really go wrong with that lot. Daley is a bit more of a long shot - he can work out great, but not all the time - but can't argue with the price. Lumley came in and alternated with Livakovic. He's generally not quite good enough for me to sign, but I like his 15 Communication and I needed a backup.
     
    Tactics
    Still using the same tactics, but this season it was hard to keep the lads fit with only 3 subs. That meant quite a few games where I only had 3 or 4 of them on the pitch, so I often dropped one of the forwards and played a midfielder instead.
    Also, the RW position wasn't as prolific in assists as I wanted it to be, I think because Vignato's Crossing wasn't quite high enough and none of the other lads got past 16 Aerial (yet). In the second half of the season, I started playing Vignato as the T/AMC whenever we only had 4 lads on the pitch (with Unuvar rested or moved to the forward line). Seemed to work okay, but not super convinced yet.
     
    Results

    We won the Betfred Cup, but got smashed in the semi of the Scottish Cup, losing 6-4 to Rangers. The league was a cakewalk with only 2 dropped points (a draw we should have avoided) and 149 goals in the For column.
    In the UCL, we made it all the way to the final (our first since we won it in 1967), by playing 'tournament football' - for example, in the semi vs Bayern we were far less attacking than normal, playing with 2 defenders and only 2 up front. However, in the final we got caught up in the emotion of the occasion and started believing our own narrative, and went full throttle at Real Madrid - they belted us 5-2 and sent us home empty handed.
    The UCL final appearance was enough to earn us a place in The Club World Championship, and we had a couple of big wins to inflate the numbers before the end of season event. We then made it to the semi final before PSG beat us 4-3.
    All in all a good season, but we're just lacking that little bit extra we need to be all conquering. It's coming though...
     
    The Lads
    Development slowed this year. Here's what they look like at the end of the season:
    It looks as though Armstrong, Colidio and Vignato have all maxed out (though might get the odd birthday points or coach boost). They look pretty good, but Armstrong is the only one who's better than the first time around.
    Vignato is the one which disappoints me the most, even though he looks the best of this bunch at the moment. In the original career he had Crossing of 20, Dribbling 20, Pace 19, Stamina 19, Creativity 17, Decisions 17 - basically a couple of points up on all the important attributes. Still good enough for this though.
    Unuvar has spent a lot of time stuck on "Needs to mature", so he is a bit behind the others.
     
    Injuries
    Here is the injury rundown for this year:
    Armstrong: None
    Colidio: 10 days
    Hornby: 2 weeks
    Unuvar: 3 weeks
    Vignato: 10 days
     
    Progress
    Here's how they did:

    Full History screens:
    That gives us:
      Armstrong Colido Hornsby Unuvar Vignato Season G A G A G A G A G A 01 61 8 23 17 44 15 18 8 6 40 02 60 11 37 20 39 23 26 16 10 38                       Totals 121 19 60 37 83 38 44 24 16 78 A nice step up, even if we disregard the CWC which we can't always rely on. On track for 1K assists, ahead for 1.5K goals.
    Armstrong is still clearly the best goal threat (note, he has pens) and Vignato the same for assists (he has corners). Their numbers are similar to season 1, but the other 3 all stepped up.
     
    The Chase
      The Celtic 5 The Scorned 6 Season Goals Assists Goals Assists 01 152 88 147 95 02 172 108               Totals 324 196 147 95 Edit by Mr Bite: Scratch still hasn't worked out that I'm here and it was fairly easy to add this section when his mind was wandering... A good season by the Celtic pack, but we will hunt them down soon.
     
    Final Thoughts
    This was a good season and hopefully next season will be better again, as the squad are getting fairly good (but not world class yet) across the board.
    Thanks for reading. Hopefully the next season won't be too far away - I might need another break again for a bit though. Can't think clearly...
     
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    Scratch reacted to AnandP812 in High scoring tactics   
    Yeah, I have noticed in FMM21 that the 'plug and play' tactics don't work any more like they used to, which is pretty good. Like you said, the key to success is to build an overpowered squad.
    That is pretty interesting that you got a striker to 2K goals - how many seasons did it take for the striker to score that many goals?
     
     
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    Scratch reacted to CheekiBreeki99 in No SEGA files available   
    Yeah it works by connecting phone to a PC. Tried with face packs. It will take quite a lot of time for this to process due to amount of club logos but its worth to try... Thanks!
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    Scratch got a reaction from AnandP812 in High scoring tactics   
    Yep. Though to be fair to the OP, I think that's the same with most tactics. I don't think I've seen any for a long time that just work regardless of player talent. Most are going to be realistic for the players you have - looks like that's true here too. I mean if Newcastle went up against Arsenal in real life with overloading and slow etc, I'd probably expect them to ship a few goals.
    I think the game is pretty good at not allowing magic tactics anymore... The key to success these days is to build an overpowered squad. Then any tactic will work. 🙂
    I have one tactic I've used to get a striker to 2K goals and a right winger to get to 1K assists. I have another one which I've used to get 3 players to 1K goals at the same time (admittedly in China where the opposition is weak). Actually the first is solid enough that you wouldn't relegated with an average team, but the second one would see you struggle a lot - neither work really well until your squad levels up and then they are great.
    In my experience (happy to be proven wrong!) the chance of success comes from the player level, how that success comes (ie who scores, how many they score etc) all comes from the squad quality. 
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