Preparation Is Key
Using everything I've learnt
I'm here, finally here! I've never felt happier in my life, getting this job, but I knew it was time to get down to business and win over the dressing room, seeing as though I'm fairly inexperienced. First, though, I think you should know about my style as a manager. I definitely am a Mourinho disciple so to speak, and all those years as his tactical coach and my time in the dugout under other managers means I've learnt a lot about the tactical side of the game.
I've always watched how different managers deal with different players and personalities within a dressing room. You must know how to get the best out of different players and also know how to motivate a team in a big clash.
Finally, my time as a player means I've got a bit of experience with coaching the technical side of the game, as well. Playing as a central midfielder in my heyday means I got to attack and defend and hopefully I can pass on tricks I learnt to the squad I've inherited.
The squad I've inherited is one filled with players of all nationalities and ages. We've got young talents such as Juan Fernando Quintero
and wing backs Danilo
and Alex Sandro
. Some of the older talents include 28-year old striker Jackson Martinez
, who (OOC: let's be honest, is an absolute f***ing tank) is being courted by many of Europe's top clubs. Alongside him on the wing is Quaresma
, one of football's more enigmatic talents.
Aside from that, the general playing squad is, kind of annoyingly, made up of a big Spanish contingent. In addition, the bulk of these signings made by the former manager are loans, meaning even if I do survive this first season lots of the squad will have already left and I'll have to sell some more in order to free up funds for replacements.
Casemiro's loan was terminated early on, by me.
Tactics wise, I'm going to start off with two tactics. Both are controlling, but one is more attack-oriented whilst the other is purely about dominating possession and having a slow, patient build-up.
*Note: All screenshots are taken later in game as that's when I decided to write the story.
will be the main tactic as I want to build the team around Colombian starlet Quintero. His passing and long shots are very good so having him play off target man and Colombian compatriot Martinez should make for a good combination. Out wide we've got two wingers who have license to cut inside and shoot or search out a man in the area.
In midfield we have a chief ball-winner, most likely to be assumed by Hector Herrera, while alongside him there'll be a Deep Lying Playmaker. The two wing backs, Alex Sandro and Danilo, will be key this season as they will be creating extra numbers up top and their crosses will be a vital part of this attacking side.
I won't be elaborating much on the 4-3-3
but this is for games where the main purpose for the team is to dominate possession and maintain a slow, patient build up where retaining the ball is key. The defensive midfielder offers protection for the back four and the roles are otherwise generally the same.
Pinto da Costa informed me I'd still have a few million to spend but I decided I didn't need to waste it all, instead leaving some spare funds in case of an emergency and to just keep the financial situation clean in regards to Financial Fair Play Rules, which the chairman will be updating me on.
The first signing was an easy one. Due to Porto's big South American scouting network I was informed of a big Colombian prospect whose name is still quite unknown to the rest of Europe (OOC: not FMers, though). I'm positive he'll be a success.
Éder Álvarez Balanta
Other than that, the squad looks set already, my only fear is that we may need another tenacious midfielder in the squad as Jose Campaña and Oliver are more playmakers and Hector Herrera can't do it all on his own.
On The Training Ground
For preseason I've scheduled around five games to boost morale and fitness alike. They're against smaller opposition, the most notable of our opponents is Clube Brugge
. Whether that is a disadvantage I don't know, but here's the plan for the next month or so.
- Work on Ball Control and Attacking each week for the duration of preseason
- General Training will be based around a mix of Fitness Training and Team Cohesion in order to make a smooth running machine
- Match preparation will mostly consist of Tactics work in order for the team to become familiar with our style of play