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The first time I am managing out of England since Football Manager 2007 and I'm taking my self to the Estádio José Alvalade. 

It's a new dawn in Lisboa following the replacement of club president Bruno de Carvalho who was likened to Donald Trump. So let's get to it...

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Well everything's going to plan at the moment as we've been finishing off the teams that are significantly worse than us. Porto and Benfica started off very poor at first so we've never really needed to get out of second gear.

Our losses were against Guimaraes and Benfica. Our draws were against Porto and Braga. That begs the question to me that we haven't actually improved as a team at all. With that in mind I haven't been able to get excited about the direction we're heading in. We beat Marseille in the Europa League which gives me some hope, but then again we lost the second match 4-1. I've rotated the squad heavily to keep everybody happy at the moment and it's paid dividens in that aspect.

Future Plans

Well we have AC Milan next in the Europa League so i'm not getting excited about that tournament.

Two big players want to leave in Sebastian Coates and Bruno Fernandes. Coates i'm not so worried about as I don't think anybody would gamble on him after Sunderland. Fernandes on the other hand has had offers from Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham. There offers were around 12-15 million which is a piss take really. I'd want 45 million given his impact on the team and potential. I wouldn't be worried if he was to go as Andreas Perreira is available on a free transfer at the end of the season and is keen to sign up.

Targetting players has been difficult. The game hasn't taken in to account the compensation for players that left so there isn't any money available. I'd like to make big changes so I can have a more 'modern' system. At the moment it's a 4-3-2-1 in a similar way to how Barca played under Riijkaard. We have full backs, central defenders, wingers, deep lying forwards when really I want wing backs, inside forwards and trequaristas. That's made signing players difficult too, as whilst there's a lot of players available it's difficult to find those that will be affordable and suitable to play the formation at the same time.

Qualifying for The Champions League is the big one now. If we can do that I should be able to build a squad that I want by the third season.

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I didn't realise this was Sporting's first triumph since the days of Mario Jardel in 2002. Which feels weird really as I felt like for most of the season I was just going through the motions developing certain players. 

For the majority of the second half of the season we remained four points ahead of Porto. What was pleasing is that we didn't lose to either Benfica or Porto second time round, which makes me believe we have improved over the course of the scene.

We got knocked out to AC Milan in Europe. We lost the first leg 3-2 thanks to two late goals, and the won the second leg 4-3 with four goals coming from the 86+ minutes. We went out on away goals but it was definitely one of the most gripping matches I have been involved in ever.

Next season will be a real indicator of where we are as a team. We're in The Champions League playing against the best team in the world. I've loaded all the major leagues to see where we would be as a guideline. As AC Milan finished fourth in a close Serie A from 2nd to 7th I anticipate we would have finished outside the top four in all other major leagues other than Ligue One. 


Future Plans:

We have a budget of £7.25 million. To put that in perspective Huddersfield signed somebody in January for £18 million.

I have Andreas Perreira joining from Manchester United on a free transfer, which will soften the blow if I cannot keep hold of Bruno Fernandes who seems destined at some point for a major move. I also have a ball playing defender in Juan Forlin arriving from Real Oviedo which should allow me to play three at back in a similar system to how @Blue initially set his side up. Other than that i've had a quick gander in the under 23 and under 19 and there's so much talent there that could just step up it's borderline mental. So I don't expect to spend any money.

The big loss we could see is Bas Dost. I want to play with a complete forward whilst Bas Dost is more of a target man or a poacher. We could flog him to England for serious money too,


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We've been handed the second most difficult group. Man City won The Premier League with ease last season so I imagine they'll be cruising through this group. We really need to win both games against Shaktar and hope we can better Inter head to head. I don't think there's much in it between us and Inter who finished third in Serie A last season.

As for my squad I spent my entire budget on Geronimo Rulli who had a release clause of eight million. I see it as a good investment as he should go up in value over the next season by double or possibly treble.

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Week one was a pleasing yet frustrating experience to begin with. I was quite annoyed that the fixture gods put us against the most difficult team to begin with. Credit where it's due though, my players surprised me by being competitive for the majority of the match. The unfortunate thing for us was that Manchester City had Dybala on the bench who could come on for the last couple of minutes and cause us chaos. What was most frustrating was that Shaktar showed that they're more than capable of finishing second.


The second round of fixtures was very pleasing. More because of the manner of the victory than everything. All the goals came from good short passing movements across the floor and each of my four attacking minded players got themselves on the score sheet. It was the first time I could genuinely see that my methods were working as we lack competition in our division. Thankfully City turned up against Inter.


To tell you the truth I gave up on second place after this fixture. The difference between us an Inter was evident. They had a world class striker in Mauro Icardi. Now whilst Bruno Fernandes and Joavne Cabral are on the verge of being very, very good footballers... they're just not at that level yet. It reminded me of England's performances against Uruguay and Italy in 2014 where Balotelli and Suarez upstaged Rooney. As for Shaktar beating City. Give me a fucking break. Bottom of the group at the half way point.


This was one of those games where I couldn't believe what was happening. Bas Dost isn't as prolific in the Portugesse Leagues as he should be, yet against Inter he just turned in to a fucking animal. They really struggled with his physicallity. He even drew in both of the penalties. City doing there part really pleased me too. From bottom to second in a week.


I was quietly optimistic for this round of fixtures. I had it in my head that we were a threat at home, and I now knew how to prepare for City if it was 0-0 in the latter stages of the game after the first defeat. They threw the kitchen sink at us again near the end but we remained resilient. The win also meant that qualification was now in our hands given Inter absolutely destroyed Shaktar.


Well, in the last week we did what we had to do with a professional performance at a very difficult place to travel to. It was a very even contest, and Shaktar had their chances near the end, but once I saw Brozovic had been sent off I was adamant we were going through. For the evolution of this team, doing well in this competition was really important. We have far exceeded expectations and can hopefully persuade Rulli, Cabral and Fernandes to stay around.


There's no easy fixture in the next round. It's either... Barcelona, Madrid, Atleti, Juventus, Man United, Dortmund or Monaco 

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On 25/10/2018 at 08:12, The Palace Fan said:

We don't have any players you would want to make a mega offer for any more xD

Bruno Fernandes and Bas Dost are being sniffed at by Inter Milan but that's about it.

Didn't stop us twice before xD

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On 11/11/2018 at 10:08, Cannabis said:

FM loves a shit appointment. Benitez is running things at Bayern and Brendan Rodgers is at the top of Schalke xD

My best two I've seen recently were David Platt managing Atletico Madrid and, incredibly, Barbara Berlusconi managing Sevilla.

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28 minutes ago, The Palace Fan said:

Linked with jobs at Spurs, Wolves and Leicester @Stan @Dan. Given we are still in The Champions League I would like to stay put but I wouldn't be adverse to any of those clubs if the board start taking control of transfers.

I think you know what to do mate. The Foxes are calling... 

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So... Life without Bruno Fernandes...

Champions League Last 16 - Manchester United


What a promising game this was. Up against the Champions League winners. We were the better team. We dictated all the play. The only thing stopping us Manchester United constantly fouling our players to slow the tempo of the game. This was a confidence filling first leg. We had easy reason to believe we could beat United at Old Trafford. So what happened.....


... Well that's the end of that. Season over. 

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