Friday, 10 October 2014

Season 9. The beginning

Blog post #847

Hello dear readers,

According to the latest news FM 2015 will be released quite soon (November, 7). So I should hurry up with AZ story. Moreover, it’s my only chance to play full season with this club.

The beginning is really successful, though as I actually expected. Surely there are pretty much problems with squad blending of new players. But all my players are too good comparing to the most Eredivisie teams. Currently just Ajax, PSV and Groningen have better squads.

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AZ matches

Matches

11 matches: 6 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses

My team was very robust during home matches giving away 2 points to Ajax only.

Before the season I changed pitch size to the most narrow option. That helps my narrow tactical formation to work best of all.

As for away games, we shouldn’t got defeated by Vitesse. It was just an accident I deem.

1:1 draw with arch-rivals

AZ – Ajax! Such kind of rivalry is always under microscope of Dutch football community. In the current case it was a starting game of the season and, frankly speaking, I was afraid to get defeated by last season Dutch champions.

Here are the squads where Dijks and van der Vall are still present in AZ.

AZ  Ajax[5]

It was more or less equal game with slight advantage for AZ. My guys managed to create 3 clear cut chances but Ajax goalie excelled AZ attackers. This game gave me a right kind of morale boost for the season.

Ajax

AZ player stats. Rafa impressed me with his first actions on the pitch for AZ.

Match stats

AZ players

AZ playersAZ players - 2

Adaptation of newcomers went well in my opinion. In particular, attacking players (Rafa, Guilherme, Chukwuma) confirmed my faith in them. Rafa is one of the best goal assistants in the whole league now.

It was said to loose Dijks during summer transfer campaign. Currently I can’t say the new central defenders replaced him fully. From the other hand I noticed an interesting effect on Dijks’s partner Beau Vilters. It seems he feels he’s a defence leaders and acts accordingly showing better performance that we could expect.

Diego Rubio - Best player of starting period

Well 6 goals in 8 matches worth a lot. Interesting Rubio won’t still have no guaranteed place in starting eleven due to presence of Chukwuma, more skilful forward.

RubioRubio stats

Next two months

Next two months

Next two months seem pretty easy. That is why I do expect to take maximum of points and may be even to catch up Top-3.

Stay tuned. Next blog update is planned on Tuesday.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

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