It’s been a long time coming, having first collaborated with @cook1e_mr managing Chelmsford City in 2010 and writing my first post about Metalist in April 2013. Here’s an overdue introduction to myself, @k_risma.
I believe I joined the world of FM some time in 2005. I have undertaken many solo campaigns in the past, from a successful 15 seasons with Newcastle and 3 consecutive promotion-winning seasons with Bristol Rovers to mediocre success with the Croatian national team and an ‘interesting’ foray in the MLS with Toronto FC.
First of all, I would like to apologies to my regular readers for the lack of posts, unfortunately I am having an incredibly busy year. I am trying to renovate/decorate my house in preparation for moving (strange concept decorating to leave, but a necessary step when we are talking large sums of money). This has meant that Saturdays (the day i would normally write) have been taken over by polyfilla , sand paper and paint brushes.
The gist of this is…. I have been pestering my succession game partner @K_risma to get more involved in the blog and help keep the articles coming. After a tirade of abuse he finally relented!
In the last post I introduced you to my RB Leipzig side, discussed who I felt the key players would be and how we would look to set up tactically. Within this article I said I would look at how things have progressed and analyse the two primary tactics I have been using. Whilst the former is true, I have decided that before analysing my tactics it would be useful to discuss how I feel the match engine and tactics creator fit together.
How it’s gone
So we have fast forwarded a few months, into November 2013. Things have been going swimmingly. RB Leipzig pleasingly sits atop of the 3 Liga and are yet to experience the heartache of a defeat.
Finally FM14 arrived, wrapped up and hidden out of sight from me. My parents always buy me FM. It may seem strange for a 30 year old man to get a game from their parents, but it does give them an easy present that they know I will enjoy.
This year my parents decided to play a little trick on me. They passed me a FM shaped package, which I unwrapped in a fury as my excitement had been building – I tend to start thinking about the next FM a week or 2 before Xmas day. However as the wrapping was discarded and the realisation that the package was not FM sunk in, I felt a small twinge of panic. Was I actually going to have to wait a few more days to get the game? What the hell would I do on Boxing Day! This panic was short lived though. I pulled my chair out to gorge myself on our now annual Beef Wellington and another FM shaped package was sat snug on my allocated chair. A nasty trick I am sure you will agree. One which will be avenged!
On To The Game
Much of my FM these days is played as part of a succession game. I have tried to tailor the game style to the needs of my relative FM newbie compatriot.
We had a very enjoyable save on FM13 with Metalist, a relatively large side in Ukraine. Although not the biggest side, they were always capable of challenging for the title and as such were ideal for the objective I had in mind for the save. This save had two targets: 1) To show @K_risma how my interpretation of the player development mechanics work and 2) To show him that to maintain a successful club you do not need to pay over-inflated fees and exorbitant wages (Apparently @K_risma already knew this, so I wonder why he gave a 17 year old a £12k per week contract when our highest paid player was only on £18k!). For those new to FMFocus, you can see the framework I put in place and the financial constraints that I forced upon the club in my previous posts.
In the build up to Xmas before i had the game, I had started thinking about what sort of side and challenge I wanted and what I wanted to show @K_risma next. Although @K_risma loves FM he is probably quite a rarity in that he plays the game whilst not particularly following football. Therefore he has little to no knowledge of football tactics. This then clearly should be the main focus of our FM14 adventure. Now whilst Metalist was ideal for learning budget control and focusing on player development at the same time, I am of the opinion that a side of this size isn’t the best place to start to learn about tactics. I believe lower league clubs with their inability to attract the top talents are the best place to experiment. Lower league clubs however generally come with the distraction of financial problems. For this save I didn’t want us to get bogged down with trimming debt.
I considered many clubs, including match fixing Lecce, but I kept coming back to one club ….. Read more…
Alex Ferguson once said that any top side needs four great strikers. I would take that statement further and say any top side needs four different strikers. Those of you who have been following my articles will know I like options all over the park. However the last few months of my save I have started to realise that options in the striking roles are of greater importance than others.
Before I start to explain why I believe this, let’s take a look at the striking options I have in my game at Ferencvaros.