Friday, 18 December 2009

Second season started

I have just completed the first quarter of the 2nd season. As I suspected the season start turned out rather complicated. The main reason is, of course, the squad revolution organized by me during summer transfer window. So as a result my Leeds is at the 9th position after 13 fixtures:

Leeds in the 2nd Championship season, FM 2010

Matches

Two first matches were quite optimistic and I start thinking that if we can win game against Burnley than we can promote to the Premier League.

But it appeared that it’s not easy task at all. 3 next matches (MK Dons, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe) cooled my heat and sudden dreams.

First matches in the Championship, Football Manager 2010

Then there was totally dramatic League Cup 2nd round:

Dramatic match between Leeds and Watford

We equalized at the last minute by means of Troest’s promptness during corner. Then Watford took lead at 105th minute but another Leeds newbie Oscar Trejo manage to score twice in the very end of the extra time!

Unfortunately we couldn’t do the same in the next round against Charlton. This time opponent won with 3:2 score after extra time… Sigh

This match was in the middle of our poor run that started on 14.09.2010 and finished in the beginning of October. 3 draws and 2 losses in 5 matches… After that I decided to improve my 3-5-2 tactics and got 3 brilliant wins against Bristol City, Ipswich and Newcastle.

 

Changed tactics

New Leeds tactics in Football Manager 2010

Well, you see I started to use non-central tactical approach! It’s not a common thing for me. I tried non-central formations only once or twice. And it was long ago – when the game was named Championship Manager.

Don’t want to talk a lot about this tactics now because I am going to describe it completely in the next post.

 

Players

Most of the new players live up to my expectations actually. Here are the best players of the team sorted by rating:

Leeds players in the Championship, FM2010

Regarding Jermaine Beckford I can say that his skills are not enough for the Championship…

The very best one is certainly Polish striker – Dawid Janczyk. I didn’t expect such kind of performance from him. 9 goals in 6 matches after his injury at the season start! Fantastic! I believe he will become new attack leader of Leeds United. Look at his attributes and stats:

Dawid Janczyk, Leeds, Championship

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.