Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Chasing Top 3

Blog post #848

Hello dear readers,

I am desperately trying to continue the 9th season in FM 2014 feeling upcoming FM 2015 :) It’s really good my AZ turned into very competitive Dutch team, so the story end should be exciting after all.

AZ results

Matches

 

7 official matches played: 5 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss.

The weird 0:2 defeat to ADO Den Haag was answered with the best match series I’ve ever had in AZ. My team began to score more than two goals per game which is of course inspiring.

In particular, we had the valuable victory over Feyenoord when centre back Beau Vilters managed to score hat-trick with headers during two corners and penalty shot.

FeyeFeyenoord stats

Eredivisie table

Table

The table standing changed perceptibly since the previous story update. AZ caught up Top 3 and created 5-point distance to other clubs. At the same time Groningen were absolutely amazing: they simply couldn’t stop winning games and strongly claiming their Dutch title ambitions.

AZ players

AZ playersAZ players 2

As you see best three ratings are owned by AZ newcomers: Dustin Groen, Rafa, Taofeek Chukwuma. It underlines two facts:

  • Summer transfer campaign was successful
  • Most newcomers gelled into the squad

Dustin Groen is a gem player for me, he replaced Fans’ Player of the last season van der Vall. Moreover, he’s one of the best players in Eredivisie at all! That’s why Wielinga has abysmal morale level. He demanded a first team soccer but he couldn’t agree to play as substitute for Groen only.

Dustin Groen

Eredivisie: Average rating

Average rating

Next games

Next games

My aim now is to play 4 next matches till Friday and report about them. These games can break my Top 3 ambitions in case of failures. We do have tough opponents:

  • Away match with Twente as another possible Top-3 club
  • Arch-rivalry at Amsterdam Arena
  • Home match against match leaders which can easily turn into defeat if my players loose a morale level in the previous games.

I am still inspired to manage AZ and bring it to Europe this season. So stay tuned… and don’t forget to pre-order Football Manager 2015 :-)

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

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