Sunday, 22 September 2013

Race with Manchester United

Hi guys,

Season 9 in Nottm Forest story overcame its equator. My team is in leading role in all tournaments it has been participating. The most intriguing one is title race with the Red Devils. They perform very well and do want to return PL title to Manchester.

Premier League table


It’s obvious to me neither Man City nor Arsenal will be able to compete with my club and Man Utd. The Red Devils have large goal difference caused by brilliant work in defense first of all. Their 9 conceded goals in 21 matches look astonishing! Meanwhile Nottm Forest plays more Brazil style: you score how many you can, we score how many we want.

Champions League


Few words about Champions League. My boys were extremely confident against group opponents and doesn’t give them any chance. Ajax, Getafe, Krasnodar – all of them are simply weak for my Forest which turned into a true grand club. The next opponent Saint-Ettiene is considered quite easy as well.


By the way, have you just noticed something weird in the first knockout round of CL? Yep, you can’t see Barcelona and Real Madrid there! The latter finished at the 5th line of Spanish League last season and didn’t qualify into CL as you understand. Barca was beaten by Saint-Ettiene in group G. So I should be more careful about the French team.


Forest results


Lovely Nottingham Forest performance is emphasized by very good results. Almost perfect. The only disturbing game is 1:2 loss to our direct title competitors Man Utd. Role of Neymar was crucial in this game despite its equality according to the stats.


3:3 draw against Chelsea might also need some explanation. But it’s simpler than it seems. Just an accident. Forest had serious advantage in the game but didn’t manage to seize on it conceding the third goal in 10 minutes till the end.

Best match. Forest – Arsenal 4:1

I am so happy with this absolute win. But the main reason is probably that Arsenal faced coach change not so long ago. The club was taken by Russian Leonid Slutskiy. His wide diamond 4-1-2-1-2 tactic looked very inefficiently against my powerful fluid 4-2-3-1.


7:1. Multiple goal scoring vs Aston Villa



As you know I stopped intensive rotation of players. But at the same time I decided to carefully give some chances to talented youngsters like Correia and McClair. Both guys thanked me with brilliant goals and ratings in the matches they played. So now I feel I have a substitution bench which is close to world-class level of starting line-up.

I would also like to praise 3 centre backs Hewitt, Kavanagh, and Smalling. They play at the same superb level. In short, reliable defenders who should provide stable defensive line together with wing backs Santon and Villa.

Will Hughes. MVP of the reported interval

Suddenly Will Hughes, who lost his place in the first eleven due to high competition, began to produce excellent performance and revived my hopes on him.  7 goals and 5 assists in 10(5) games impress. Will Hughes feels great in Inside Forward role at AMC position.


2021 has just begun. My players managed to get into the Best Eleven of the whole world. I am proud!


Future matches


I have a single goal: win all, win everything. The future matches look uncomplicated, though I keep in mind dark horse Saint-Ettiene

One of interesting things is that there will be 3 matches versus West Ham in January.

FM Scene Award

Last but not least I would like to reward FM Scout, more precisely its pr0 user for creating FM 13 Transfer & Data Update Packs. It includes more than 100000 FM database changes up to the 16th of September. So the latest transfers are enable in this DB, and if you can’t wait till FM 2014, just download and install the update.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

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