Look who’s back! Some of you may remember my (short and unfinished) story with CD Estrela in FM19. I stopped doing it because it was giving me more work than pleasure and I had to stop to enjoy the save. But with this pandemic situation we find ourselves in, I have a lot of free time and decided to give the Estrela challenge a go once again, now in FM20, and post it here as well. And explaining the title of the story, star is estrela in Portuguese, and with that, I think you can get the rest ahah.
In an attempt to finally go up, CD Estrela has appointed me, Bruno Guimas, to lead them to glory. With a great background and history, including a Portuguese Cup win back in 1990, it is a shame that such a good club is this low in the Portuguese football pyramid, the 3rd tier of Lisbon’s non-league so I’m here to try and fix that and put them where they really should be.
After a LOT of signings, the squad is closed. This is how we will attack the title, 4-2-3-1 to dominate a much inferior competition. Key players are definitely the Australians, striker Brindel-South and center back Simone Vannucci, left-winger and by far the star of the team Mateus Jorge and midfielder Herculano Carvalho.
The chairman has the same vision I have: Go up by winning the league. There can’t be a team capable of making it hard for us because we simply are on a different level than anyone else. The league MUST be ours. Not really interested in the cup to be honest but the board wants us to reach the quarter-finals so that’s what we are aiming for.
Great results but sour taste of defeat against a team that shouldn’t even have a chance makes the month a bit of a letdown as we stumble already in the league. Strong displays secure 3 big wins against teams that weren’t really in our list of concerns. Let’s hope we can improve in October.
Dominant performances and a perfect month this time, really happy with this, showing why we are strong favorites to win the league. 8-0 trashing of a much inferior Talaíde with Herculano getting Estrela's first hattrick of the season. We go through in the local cup and with a little luck in the draw, we can go far in this one, as we steamrolled trough Algés, an upper-tier side.
Way less dominance but still undefeated and won most games and still in the cup, defeating another upper-tier side. We drew at home against second favorites to win the league Pontinha, who showed to be the only side so far capable of going head to head with us. December is the easiest month in terms of league games but we also have the toughest challenge so far, Vialonga, who are two divisions above us, in the Pró-Nacional. Even though they are rock-bottom of their league, they’re still a big matchup for us.
100% wins in this one. Easy games and consequently easy wins. We prove once again that we don’t belong in this division as we trash Vialonga 4-0, a side that is currently two tiers above us but doesn’t have nearly as much quality as we do. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum to 2020 and keep the good work. January, however, is going to be the toughest month yet, as we face the only team that has defeated us this season and face Atlético CP in the round of 16 of the cup, 2nd place in Pró-Nacional, our hardest challenge to date.
We currently sit top of the table with a comfortable 5 point lead, above Abóbada, the only side we haven’t faced yet. 10 points clear of 3rd place Operário which means that promotion battle probably won’t be a concern for us. For those interested, I’ll leave below the standings for the other group of this division and the potential teams we might face in the battle for the league title No surprise at all, the 3 B teams occupy the 3 top spots and the battle for promotion isn’t fired up at all, with 9 points separating 2nd and 3rd place.
A surprise for nobody, Mateus Jorge leads in the categories of Top Goalscorer, Highest Average Rating and Most Man of the Match awards, no doubt playing a huge part in this year’s almost flawless campaign. 14 out of the 16 goals are in the league, the other 2 in the cup. Surprisingly, our right-back is the leader in most assists with 10, including an assist hattrick in the last league match.
That's it for today, once a finish the season I'll update this. Overall very good first half of the season and was there really any doubts this was going to happen? Hopefully, we can continue in the second half of the season and achieve our objectives early.