After I finally woke up today I couldn‘t wait to get back on FM and carry on with my Arsenal save. So I had some breakfast at 5pm and got busy. And yes Shameless, many many extra shifts from now on!
After beating Udinese 4-2 in the play offs for the CL I got drawn into Group H, along with Valencia, Dortmund and LOSC Lille.
First game was against Valencia, which took place at the Emirates. Gylfi Sigurðsson began with scoring a good goal from a free kick on the 11th minute. And on the 53rd he blew a penalty, but seeing he‘s Icelandic I forgave him, haha. Vermaelen came, saw and conquered at the 66th with a header from the penalty spot after a corner from Gylfi.
Next game was against QPR, in the EPL, which I barely won, and to be honest that game was a bit of a letoff, but okay. Bothroyd started by scoring from a corner after a bad defensive mistake by Sime Vrsaljko. I started the game playing a 4-5-1, but in the second hald I changed it to 4-1-3-2, because I got fed up with nothing happening. My fellow countryman was around on the 62nd minute with a brilliant goal from what seemed to be about 35 yards, hitting the crossbar and bouncing of the back of the QPR goalkeeper. Happy times were shortlived though, on the 75th QPR scored another goal, with a corner from Barton and Vangionis‘ header going into the net. I decided to make a substitution, and try to salvage this game.Off went Gervinho and on came Arshavin, and a minute later, on the 84th he scored! And to make it a perfect turnover, who else but Gylfi Sigurðsson scored from a free kick, just outside of the box on the 89th. Bloody brilliant.
Game number 3 was against Burnley in the 3rd round of the League Cup. Easy game, so I allowed the youngsters to play, with Walcott and Persie on the bench. It wasn‘t until the 70th minute that Gylfi scored the first goal. Pheeeewww, I was seriously starting to think I had underestimated Burnley. I substituted Niang off on the 80th, and van Persie came on, got a penalty on the 82nd and of course Captain Vantastic scored! Walcott came on shortly after, for Miyaichi, and scored 3 minutes later, on the 86th. A slightly uncomfortable 3-0 victory.
The 4th game was a game I had been a bit nervous for. Home game against Manchester United. So I had my strongest team on the field, playing 4-5-1, Damiao up top, van Persie on the left wing, Gervinho on the right one. Ramsey and Hamsik on the middle field and Song in the Defensive midfielder. Defence was Ansaldi, Mertesacker, Vermaelen and Sagna, and of course Sczhezsny between the bars. Right on the 7th minutes came a ManUtd goal, Hernández scored with a good shot outside of the penalty box. I got a bit pessimistic and was sure that I would lose the game. Van Persie proved me wrong, with a good header from a corner on the 30th minute. And Damiao put me at some easy when half time came with a goal on the 41st. Gervinho scored a brilliant goal on the 63rd, got the ball from Park just outside my penalty box, ran with it up the whole field and scored from the outskirts of the box, I was estatic! Mr. Vantastic then ensured the 4-1 victory with a brilliant free kick on the 65th, I jumped out of my seat in celebration and did a little victory dance, absolutely brilliant!!
4 days later I had a match against Der DVB in Dortmund. I had to rest Persie and Damiao, switched to the Ross Wonder Tactic (4-2-2-2) and had Walcott as a Poacher up top along with Niang as a Target Man. It was an uneventful game, Götze scored the only goal in the game, an own goal on the 62nd. Terribly bad game, but a victory is still a victory. Only thing that happened in this game was that Der DVB got 9 yellow cards, haha.
The next game, against Bolton in the EPL was a tragedy, nothing except Walcott scoring the winning goal on the 77th happaned. Both teams had 11 shots, Bolton had 1 on target and I got 5, terrible. Although, I‘m absolutely certain that I would have lost the game if Steinsson wouldn‘t have been injured, haha (just saying....).
3 days later another terrible game, this time against Chelsea, with 6 yellow cards, and an own goal from Hilário on the 13th minute ensured me a sloppy win.
I clearly underestimated LOSC Lille, in the next game in the CL. I played an okay team, resting the big names and letting the youngsters play. Jelen scored for Lille on the 31st, and at the moment all I could think about was „Sweet mother of god I am le fucked!“ But then, out of the blue, Mertesacker pushed on, into the offense and scored a brilliant goal from the penalty spot. God I love that man! Ended with a 1-1 draw. A single point is better than no points at all.
2 days later I had a game against Newcastle. Seeing as I rested the big names in the CL game against Lille two days before I was able to form a strong team. Ramsey opened up with a goal on the 28th, and Vermaelen got me 2-0 ahead on the 67th minute. On the 83rd Vrsaljko had a brilliant pass into the penalty box which ended on Tomkins‘ foot and resulted in an own goal. Gutiérrez managed to make it 3-1 on the 87th, but that‘s as close as they got. I was pretty happy with the offence in that game, and the games after. I fiddled a little with the Philosophy and the Strategy buttons, making the philosophy Fluid and Attacking strategy, seems to be working! I got 22 shots, there of 10 on target in the Newcastle game, against 12 shots and 3 on target from the Magpies.
The last game of the night was against The Wolves in the 4th round of the League Cup, played 4-5-1, Damiao on top with Persie and Arshavin on the wings. Persie scored on the 5th and Damiao on the 34th, an easy 2-0 victory. Again I was very happy with the defence, offense was okay. 16 shots and there of 6 on target. The Wolves got 1 shot, which was on target, hahaha.
Now before I wrap this night up, I wanted to show you guys, if any of you are interested how some of my players are doing so far. Also it would be nice to get some tips on how to use Hamsik properly, has an average of 6.8 so far...
Starting with Leandro Damiao:
Mertesacker has been brilliant also!
Niang has been brilliant in the CL!
My hero, and fellow countryman, Gylfi Sigurðsson!
And last but certainly not least, Sime Vrsaljko, brilliant young Croatian player, and a MUST BUY! Without a doubt, one of the best purchases, performs almost every single time good,and close to never injured!
Before I finish up this update, it would be nice to get your reviews on my updates, is it too much info, too long, or something like that? Anyways, better hit the bed, long day of FM playing tomorrow!