My turn to post first this hole so let’s see if I can put some pressure on @Ian with a good score.
This is a tricky hole as the squad is limited in size to 30 and 15 of them have to be American or Asian, then throw in that each month I need to demote my two highest AvR players and can’t replace them until by the end of the season I have a tiny squad.
I wasn’t so daunted by it though as I have done these types of challenges before in various community events so I know my way round them but there is only so my experience that can help when you get started.
I heavy on the Americans as there was some real quality players to be had but I did get some Asians as well.
Remember that the scoring of this challenge is based on how many trophies I win with a birdie only being achieved if I win the whole lot.
The first opportunity to blow a birdie chance came in August with both the Charity Shield and Super Cup. With a full squad available though I had two comfortable wins in both games.
The first two players to go were striker Nmecha and Mbappe. I could have kept Mbappe back I guess you not playing him but he is that good that as soon as I did play him he would go that month and he would have just got unhappy if he didn’t play.
It wasn’t a great start to the CL with a draw but we made a decent start to the League Cup with a comfortable win.
The League Cup game was handy as I was able to play a few 2nd choice players and still win and then lose two FBs this month instead of any of the attackers.
Last season I went unbeaten in the league but by October I had already lost twice which was a shame as I wanted to get a good lead and win the league early before the squad was really depleted later on.
Another couple of attackers went down to the reserves this month so it’s a good job I have plenty.
We progressed in the CL this month but it will be interesting to see if that 9-0 win makes a difference to which players were demoted this month.
Again it was attackers who were demoted although Dilrosun is getting on a bit now so despite his good AvR he wasn’t so much of a lose as someone like Haaland will be.
The wins just keep on coming as do the goals which is great but it means a good chance that I will lose more attacking players. One bonus is that I can promote two players back into the squad from my reserves at the end of the month though.
It was another striker going this month along with the versatile Dest who has played both up front and at left and right back so far.
I decided I would keep Dest in my first team and the other player promoted was a striker called Saghafi.
January was a huge month and with the league form going well I put more emphasis on the cup games by resting players which lead to a loss and draw but also we won all three cup games so it was relatively successful.
Saghafi didn’t last long but then I never really expected him to but he protected Haaland for another month.
The league was pretty much secured by this point as I had over a 10 point lead so the main focus is to make sure I keep progressing in the CL and FA Cup which I did.
Haaland did me and huge favour by having a shocker against Inter in the first half and was on a 5 at half time so I brought him off and it helped him keep out of trouble again this month along with a CB putting in some good performances which saw him go with just 4 games played.
This is the month I can get another trophy won and forgotten about in the league cup and luckily we blitzed Arsenal to keep on course for a birdie along with wins in the CL and FA Cup.
After just missing out a few times Haaland finally got demoted at the end of this month along with Dest again.
A lot of games this month and some vital ones as well with CL matches that I must win and an FA Cup semi which again is must win.
We scraped past Arsenal in the FA Cup and with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the semi first leg we have a chance in the CL as well.
I was lucky that my last striker made it to the final month of the season but the squad is small now and two midfielders leaving makes life tough.
The league was won by this stage and maybe not in the style I have been used to but still comfortable enough.
The squad was struggling for fitness towards the end of the month as shown by the final three league games but we did scrape through to the CL final as we grabbed a draw at Anfield although we left it quite late.
That means we had two finals to try and get a hard earned birdie.