R-D 34 Posted October 29, 2017 Share Posted October 29, 2017 AS Monaco FC -Les Rouges et Blancs- For my first FM18 save, and particularly to use just for the beta, we’re taking he reigns of one of Europe’s leading clubs of producing outstanding talent. Introduction to the team The man in charge Firstly, I’d like to introduce the manager who will be taking this team forward; Jean ‘Not Pablo Escobar’ Escobar: This man boasts tremendous determination and operational resilience, an ability to get the best out of youngsters who will listen to and do his bidding. He’s a master negotiator who will go to any means to make sure he gets what he wants and comes with a fierce reputation of being a bit of a disciplinarian. An ex-goal keeper in his native land, but his poor shot-stopping forced him into retirement. A quick message from our new man: A match made in heaven I’m sure. The first team squad Already over the 17/18 transfer window AS Monaco have been a busy side getting stripped of a host of title winning assets. The likes of Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, all leaving for the cash and stardom of the Premier League, and of course Kylian Mbpappe leaving to rivals PSG for an eyewatering £160m. However, they were able to hang on to some big names such as Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Sidibe. There’s a strong core of players there, and one I’m sure our man can get the best out of. With those outs came some ins, notably; Keita Balde, Youri Tielemans Terence Kongolo and Stevan Jovetic. Let’s look at the first team squad as a whole (note: the star ratings are current ability and judged by my assistant). Goalkeepers Danijel Subasic – 32 – Croatian - Distributor Digeo Benaglio – 33 – Swiss - Shot Stopper Analysis; an aging pair of GKs, but certainly enough quality and experience to include them in the squad for this season. Defenders Djibril Sidibe – 24 – French – Full-back; Physical Almamy Toure – 21 – Malian – Full-back; Technical Jorge – 21 – Brazlian – Full-back; Technical Terence Kongolo – 23 – Dutch – Full-back; Physical Kamil Glik – 29 – Polish – Central defender; Leader Jemerson – 24 – Brazlian – Central defender; Physical Andrea Raggi – 32 – Italian – Central defender; Leader Anaysis; a very young defence outside of Glik and Raggi, but with the potential to be an absolutely outstanding backline once they start to further develop. A lot of 3.5*+ players once they’ve hit their potential. I think there’s really good depth and quality in there, especially with a lot of players being able to play in numerous positions. Midfield Fabinho – 23 – Brazlian – Central midfielder; Physical Joao Moutinho – 30 – Portuguese – Playmaker; Technical Youri Tielemans – 20 – Belgian – Playmaker; Technical Thomas Lemar – 21 – French – Winger; Creative Keita Balde – 22 – Senegalese – Winger; Physical Boschilla – 21 – Brazlian – Winger; Technical Rony Lopes – 21 – Portuguese – Winger; Creative Soualiho Meite – 23 – Ivorian – Central midfielder; Physical Rachid Ghezzal – 25 – Algerian – Winger; Physical Adama Traore – 21 – Malian – Playmaker; Creative Analysis; this is where the team can really flourish. Again, outside Moutinho, an extremely young midfield, but one which is full of energy, pace, power, creativity and a load of potential to grow. We’ll need to give these guys as much playing time as possible to really see what they can turn in to. Forwards Radamel Falcao – 31 – Colombian – Complete forward; Intelligent Stevan Jovetic – 27 – Complete forward; Technical Guido Carrillo – 26 – Target Man; Leader Adama Diakhaby – 20 – Complete forward; Technical Anaysis; much more experience upfront, and hopefully we can make that count. Falcao will obviously be #1 choice, and looks very capable if you present him with any given opportunity. Overall, a strong first team squad, with some incredible talents across the pitch and also waiting in the youth teams as well. Transfers Transfer budget: £35.65m Wage budget: £21k p/w remaining Looking at the line-up I’m not sure where desperately needs to strengthen. I think giving this team at least half a season without any radical changes will show if any investment is needed. Tactics A control and a counter tactic will be on the cards. We have the technical and creative ability to break a lot of sides down I reckon, and when teams sit back it will limit counter attacking opportunities. Our likely game-to-game formation is most probably going to be a 4-2-3-1 in this regard. For a counter-attacking inspired tactic I think we’ll go 4-4-2. This leaves us with 2 dangerous strikers upfront ready to pounce, and pace on the flanks to hit the transitions once in possession. We can stay compact, then hit with incredible speed and attacking flair when the break arises. For now, these are TBC. Philosophies and objectives - Attacking football; either by dominating possession and chance creation, or through an aggressive counter attacking approach - Focus on the youth; given how many prospects Monaco already have, it would be silly to not carry on this tradition and nurture them into the first team squad - Sell on hype; we won’t be against selling some of our biggest stars for the right price. The intention is to have a system in place where all players are replaceable given time. - Challenge; we should be challenging for the league from the off, and then the focus is on Europe I think for a day-one write up this’ll do. I haven’t even looked at the backroom staff yet, or gotten used to the new shiny buttons of this years version. So for now, Au Revoir. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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