Friday, 13 December 2013

Preparing for squad revolution

Dear friends,

Those of you who follow latest events in Ukraine know there’re many people support Euro-Revolution going here. I am one of them but quite passive one.

However, I am going to be active in very other revolution regarding Dynamo Dresden squad :)

I am going to begin with 3 helpful screen shots to show current squad in depth.

 

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Jamaal Lascelles in FM 2013

Dear readers,

Today’s post is clearly dedicated to one of my favourite players in Football Manager 2013. He is definitely one of the wonderkids. Forest academy graduate Jamaal Lascelles has been Nottingham Forest captain since the second season (which was my PL debut).

Just think about that: he got a captain armlet being only 19 years old.

I do hope to retain Jamaal Lascelles in Nottm Forest till the end of the story. He will become a single original Forest player who is absolutely dedicated to his club like great Ryan Giggs.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Q.P.R. squad analysis after season 5

In-depth squad analysis today, dear readers. At first look at the formation and we’ll continue thinking over players and positions step-by-step.

FOrmation

Goalkeeper

David Ospina

Ospina

I think David Ospina is good enough to win Premier League and Champions League. Surely, he is not a world class goalie like Casillas or Neuer but I have no chance to buy or sign them at the moment. However, goalkeeper change would be preferable option for me in this transfer window.

 

Central defenders

DCs

Stats of DCs

Samir Breinburg won 90% of balls in air making 94 key headers! Awesome result! The best DC in the team!

I would give another chance to Gary Cahill in spite of his pretty low average rating and made mistakes. I don’t think he should be sold. Don’t forget that Gary is 30 years old already and valued just in $4.6M.

For a while I am not going to sell or buy centre backs. Who knows may be you will change my intention writing a comment…

 

Wing backs

Left defenders

Right defenders

Backs

I don’t see why I should make any changes at DL and DR positions. Digne and Vrsaljko have been developing during trainings and performing better and better. I believe in these two guys. By the way, pay attention how many interceptions Sime Vrsaljko managed to execute during the season!

There were some hesitation regarding Zanev in winter. I was thinking whether I should renew his ending contract or not. I decided to leave him as a backup player until better cheap DL strikes my eyes.

 

Rachid El Amrani

I want you also to look at the most prospective wing back in Q.P.R. Wonderkid with high Determination and Bravery while being only 17 years old!

Rachid El Amrani

 

DMC

DMCs

Players

You know my formation has 2 DMC positions.

Ognjen Vukojevic is an absolute team leader and the best DMC. Other players were not so good as I expected. Diame, Garmash and rarely Verratti with McCafferty played at another position in Defensive Midfielder role. All of them didn’t impress me during the whole season.

What I am going to do now is to return back Deep-Lying Playmaker role (remember, my first version of tactics had this role) moving Marco Verratti to play it. Probably Denys Garmash should be sold if he doesn’t agree to be a backup midfielder for QPR.

 

MC as a Playmaker

Advanced Playmaker

Central midfielders

Potential playmakers

A crucial question for me:

Who should be a new playmaker if I move Verratti to DMC position?

Now I see 5 variants of solutions:

- Buy a new playmaker. Can be very expensive.

- Douglas Costa

Pros: He has maximal Flair, great Passing and Creativity. Plays one-twos, shoots from distance… Many pros.

Cons: he is very quick and natural winger, it would be pity to loose so technically gifted and explosive player at a flank.

- Oscar

Pros: Passing, Decisions, Creativity >= 15. Shots on Target in the last season = 44%.

Cons: Actually the same as about Douglas Costa with only one exception - AMC is the only natural position for him. Teamwork = 12.

- Chris Brunt

Pros: 8 assists + 14 key passes in 9 (11) matches. Powerful long shot. Passing, Creativity, Teamwork = 15.

Cons: 31 years old already. Not so quick as his competitors: Pace = 13, Acceleration = 12.

- Ivan Cosic

Pros: Passing = 20, First Touch = 17, Work Rate = 19. Cosic is only 21 years old!

Cons: Lack of experience and Determination.

 

Wingers

Left wingers

Right wingers

Wingers

I cannot say there are problems at winger positions. But I have already signed for free one talented AML. Won’t tell his name now, please wait till the next post.

Nevertheless Douglas Costa is my my winger who can perform on both flanks. Oscar is a kind of player who likes to score key goals in big games. Therefore I would call him my 2nd main winger. Popov and Vadillo are approaching to substitution bench and squad rotation mode, though I feel I should trust 21 years old Alvaro Vadillo more due to his potential.

 

Strikers

Strikers[4]

Strikers

Carlos Fierro has reached level of Jay Rodriguez creating a true competition for main QPR striker. I have two great strikers and two talented youngsters at a bench. Why would I sign a new striker?

Juan Jose Alonso Romero is ready for a debut in the main team. I am moving the youngster from reserves because he managed to become better than Kolar.

Romero

 

Wages and budgeting

Now some information about current salaries and salary eaters. Basing on this info and above-made analysis, you could advise me some players to sell during the upcoming transfer window. I would appreciate every your advice!

Salary

Salary eaters

Salary eaters[5]

 

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Season 5 came to an end

Dear readers,

I am ready to inform you season 5 is finally finished. Unfortunately, Queens Park Rangers got into a poor streak after bad results against grand clubs reported in the previous post and the catastrophic match at Camp Nou. A low morale level resulted in a low amount of goal chances and poor shot accuracy in the next 4 games. You may see we didn’t even manage to score at least once against Sheffield Wednesday, the worst PL team of the season…

Last fixtures

 

Premier League totals

Table standing

I lost the 2nd position to rival Chelsea by goal difference. It’s a pity, of course, though it’s not so painful because we will start in the group round of Champions next year again.

Moreover, I would single out the final result because it’s really the best in QPR history. You may compare:

QPR history in PL

 

Here is the key loss after which Chelsea overtook my QPR:

Key loss

 

Champions League. Quarterfinal match at Camp Nou

Barcelona - QPR

Barcelona plays football at the other level than my Q.P.R. After tough home loss with 2:4 score, they proved their world class defeating us even more brutally. Though, if you look into shots stats, you will understand the score is not fair.

Anyway I consider it was the successful Champions League debut for Q.P.R. due to 3 factors:

- Reached quarterfinals

- 18 points in 6 group matches

- Fantastic drama in the knockout round with Sevilla

By the way, Barca’s Alexis Sanchez is wonderful, nearly like Messi!

Barcelona

 

Q.P.R. players

Players[4]

Worst players

I won’t analyse my squad much because the next post will be completely dedicated to this process. Now just some awards and Disappointments category.

 

MVP of the season

1. Ognjen Vukojevic. 83% of tackles won, 9 assists. One of team leaders!

2. Jay Rodriguez. The best QPR goal scorer.

3. Carlos Fierro. He has already grown to the level of Jay. We will see if he overcome his teammate.

Jay Rodriguez as a goalscorer

Vukojevic

 

Best debutant

1. Samir Breinburg. Wonderkid with great heading abilities.

2. Douglas Costa. Perfect winger who loves to score free kicks!

3. Sime Vrsaljko. He was very good in the first season’s half, the same can’t be said about the 2nd one. Hope to see him playing better in the next season.

Key headers

 

Disappointment

1. Gary Cahill. Many mistakes in big decisive matches.

2. Denys Garmash. He didn’t make at least one assist in 25(11) games.

3. Petar Zanev. Lowest average rating due to instability.

 

Oscar became the Best Young Player of the Year, while Verratti took the 3rd place.

Oscar and Verratti

 

Facilities and finances

Look what kind of message I got! Damn! Have you seen such messages?

Facilities Downgraded

It was the facilities state after the message:

Faciliities

I hurried to change something making request to improve training facilities and was successful:

Making request

Planned works

Youth facilities upgrade

 

I had $18M on balance before planning facilities work. After training and youth facilities upgrade decisions the balance has decreased to $4M.

After facilities upgrade

 

Important question for you

How do you like my season 5 results?

I didn’t manage to win Premier League in 5 season as it had been specified in my Story Targets. Is it OK? I feel the answer is ‘yes’ because Manchester City has won the 3rd title in row and remains too strong for me.

 

The next post will contain in-depth squad analysis. Be patient :)

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Season 5. No more intrigue…

Well, not the best time for me because all  the most important matches were lost. Now I have no chances to win the Premier League and Champions League.

Premier League

PL

9 matches: 4 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses

Last matches

Well, you see Manchester City is too far away from me in the table standing. They won all their games regardless of opponents’ strength. In the meantime QPR failed to win against all grand clubs we played: Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal. All games were more or less equal but we got only 1 point in the end. Now I can forget about ambitions in this season.

The only result I am proud is victory over Wolves. They beat us with 4:2 score in the first half of the season, I was waiting for revenge. Suddenly Ukrainian Denys Garmash was sent off on the 6th minute. But nevertheless my team played better lacking one player on the pitch and having a certain advantage which turned into 2 goals by Oscar.

 

QPR - Wolves[4]

 

Champions League

First of all, you should read my post about encounter with Sevilla. We lost 2:4 away match, won 4:2 home match. Nervous penalty shutout resulted in 9:8 numbers on a scoreboard!!!!! I was so emotionally tired after that incredible game!!

It was the most dramatic match in my FM career!

 

Then we got Barcelona in the quarterfinal. What I can say… Here is the difference in class between Manchester City and my Q.P.R. Obviously we are not ready to compete with the best teams like Barcelona or Man City.

QPR - Barca

Spanish team under Roberto Mancini management stroke out all my plans in this league. His Barcelona plays the same football as real Barcelona of Guardiola does. They sold Messi to Manchester City but it didn’t influence much as far as I see.

They have the 2nd Messi there - Alexis Sanchez. He scored a marvellous goal beating all my defense in the match. You can watch it in the video highlights below.

Alexis Sanchez in Football Manager 2012

QPR - Barca[5]

 

Q.P.R. players

Players[4]

Players

Strikers Jay Rodriguez and Carlos Fierro together with ageless Ognjen Vukojevic (32 years old) are the best players in this season. Additionally, I want to praise newcomer Douglas Costa who started to score goals and make assists. Moreover, I am happy that finally I got the footballer with great free kick taker abilities!

 

Now I want to return to the losses of those matches against Barcelona, Man Utd, Arsenal and draw versus Chelsea. One of the key failure reasons was Gary Cahill.

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill form

This experienced English centre back made so many mistakes during the matches. Cahill made me really angry after all. Just look at his current form! Even fans have begun to moan about his poor form… I think it’s time to make my wonderkid Bernard Holt a first eleven DC. He has been doing really great when training. Look how this 18 years old youngster is awesome!

Bernard Holt

Should I move Gary Cahill to substitution bench?

 

Last season 5 matches

Future fixtures

I have no hope to win the reply match at Camp Nou. There’s nothing to say about my prospect in the Champions League. Premier League situation is still unclear because QPR has to stay at the 2nd line in the table. Chelsea is very near in 3 points! Luckily I have a convenient match schedule…

 

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy