Thursday, 15 March 2012

Season 5 is started!

Hello dear blog readers!

Season 5 is started! My last transfer campaign affected positively Queens Park Rangers. I made this conclusion basing on the starting results in the Premier League and Champions League.

Q.P.R. matches and results

Premier League

QPR matches

8 matches: 5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses

My Supersonic tactics works nearly perfectly bringing a lot of scored goals. There was only one ‘dry’ Carling Cup match against Manchester United when only misfortune hindered my club to score goals and qualify into the next round. All other games finished with 2 or more scored goals proving strength of our attack.

Though QPR cannot boast with reliable defence now conceded goals in almost all matches. I think it’s due to sale of Kaboul who was a leading defender for the Rangers. But I have already started rebuilding process of the defensive line using younger players.

 

Best match: Q.P.R. - Tottenham 3:1

QPR - Tottenham

What a comeback by Jay Rodriguez! Certainly it was the best match. Just look our advantage in shots!

 

Champions League debut

QPR group in the CL

I got into a quite interesting group where struggle will be taken between my club, Ajax and Bayern Munich. It was nice to make a debut against weaker Rapid Wien scoring 5 goals. You can watch all of them at my additional blog:

Five-start debut in the Champions League

 

Q.P.R. players

Players

Worst

Now about the players. I had signed rather many newcomers during the last transfer window. Now all of them are only blending to the team. So we have to wait. Though I can single out Chris Brunt and wonderkid DC Samir Breinburg as the most successful debutants.

 

Best player - Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez

7 goals in 7 matches! Our attack leader continues to grieve opponents from match to match as it was in his first 2 season in QPR.

 

Worst players

It’s strange but I can the worst players of the reported period were 2 experienced Bulgarians:

Ivelin Popov (AML), 6.82

Petar Zanev (DL), 6.73

Zanev was playing instead Digne because of the injury the French had.

 

Closest future

Future[4]

3 next matches in Champions League are very important. I dream to qualify into the knockout round and gain as much CL money as possible.

There is a tough match series in the 2nd part of November when we play against Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. It’s important to win at least 2 games if I want to underline my intentions to be a title contender this season.

 

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Monday, 5 March 2012

Season 4. Took the 3rd place!

Dear readers,

Premier League was the only tournament after failures in Europa League and English cups that could change impressions about this complicated season. I didn’t need to participate in any tournaments apart from English Premier League. It was my advantage over other Top-4 competitors. It helped me to take then 3rd position in the end! Therefore I can claim: the main target which I set for the 4th season is finally achieved!

PL

Last Premier League fixtures

12 matches: 7 wins, 4 daws, 1 loss

QPR matches

One of the winning factors for Q.P.R. was a confident defending in the games with Man Utd and Chelsea. Both ended with bore 0:0 score. Nevertheless we could and should win the home game against The Red Devils. I have already made a post at my additional blog about that:

If you don’t score, you don’t win

In short, my Rangers played very well in almost all matches excluding the one at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal merely devastated us there and made me hesitating regarding chances of Top-4 finish. But Marco Verratti returned from long-term injury and helped the team making several important passes. Marco has scored the last Q.P.R. goal of the season from free kick.

It’s really pleasant to see 6 of 12 matches without conceded goals at all. It underlines pretty good reliability of QPR goalie and defensive line.

Don’t want to analyse last fixtures much because I am thinking more about the current squad and its future changes now. So just look at this report if you missed it:

Top 4 chances after knockout from Arsenal

 

Q.P.R. players

QPR players

QPR players[4]

Let’s sum up the season and performance of my players starting with few somewhat negative impressions.

I can’t say I am disappointed about performance of my defenders but sometimes they didn’t play stable football. They all had several failures during the season. Perhaps it’s OK but it influenced the results much. I create special table that uncovers problems with every footballer playing more or less permanently in QPR defence:

Defender Pos Problem
Younes Kaboul DC Poor passing accuracy (66%). Passing = 5
Gary Cahill DC Long adaptation in the new team. Not good in winning headers (77%)
Craig Cathcart DC The most instable Q.P.R. defender. Only 67% tackles won.
Lucas Digne DL 10 yellow and 2 red cards.
Petar Zanev DL Was quite average as a team worker.
Jordan Spence DR Good performance for his level. But the level is not enough for QPR.
Andreas Hinkel DR He is already too old and slow. Pace = 12, Acceleration = 13

In spite of the abovementioned shortcomings, my defence played better than in all previous seasons. You may compare conceded goals:

History

Now let’s praise the best of the Rangers! Улыбка

MVP of the season

1. Ivelin Popov

2. Ognjen Vukojevic

3. Jay Rodriguez

Jay has not so good season as previous two due to abnormal amount of injuries:

Injuries

Best new signing

1. Ognjen Vukojevic

2. Denys Garmash

3. Ivan Cosic

Fpy

 

Average minutes per goal

The screen shot shows that I have 3 very efficient forwards in the team!

QPR strikers

 

Shutouts

David Ospina is certainly one of the best PL goalkeepers.

Shutouts

 

Key passes

My leader and captain Ivelin Popov impressed the league with amount of made key passes.

Key passes

He has also got into the 2nd squad of the Barclays Team of the Season:

Season team

Goal analysis confirms the importance of left winger Ivelin Popov for Q.P.R:

Goal analysis

 

Best young players in the league play for Q.P.R.

And surely, Queens Park Rangers has a lot of talents who took many monthly awards during the season.

Best youngsters

image

 

Finances

Good news about QPR financial situation. As you remember the club was in $35M balance debt. The president of the club decided to help loaning those millions!

Debt-restructured

Club-President-Loan

After all we got $23M for the 3rd place in the Premier League, paid season bonuses, and have positive $16M balance now.

Current balance

 

Club reputation

Nice to see that QPR reputation has grown since the last season. Now we have 3.5 stars instead of 3. I hope it will help to attract some better player in the closest future.

Club reputation

 

Players to sell + Positions to strengthen

Frankly speaking, I have several ideas but I don’t want to share them just right now. Some of them were hinted by you in the post comments during the middle of the season.

So now I am just posting several additional screen shots below and want to ask you two questions:

1. Who would you sell if you were me?

2. What positions should be strengthened soon?

Wage eaters[9]

wage eaters[11]

Wage budget

Team report

 

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Winter clearance sale

As it had been told in the last, I sold bunch of QPR players easing payroll budget and making some transfer income. It was just sad to say ‘bye’ to Sulley Muntari because he was one of the important players. But now I have better anchor man Ognjen Vukoevic

The whole list of winter sold footballers:

Sold players

I am still above $1M in wages but the gap between allowed budget and current one is pretty large already:

Wages

Most of the transfers were arranged basis on monthly instalments. Therefore you don’t see any serious balance change. We should wait till the next season to see some positive shifts in a balance value.

Balance QPR

 

Q.P.R. matches

OK, here are the latest results.

12 matches played: 6 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses.

Matches

Frankly speaking, not bad. But perhaps it’s not good enough to reach so desired Top-4 in the end. If you take a closer look into QPR draws and losses, you will see that almost all of them were against English grand clubs. Getting points in such kind of matches is a real problem for me during this season. I felt helpless in the away matches against Liverpool and Tottenham. Another defeat from Man City had the same effect actually in spite of playing at Loftus Road. That was the worst match of the reported period. Fortunately, Rangers were playing equally against Man Utd and Chelsea.

On the other hand, we are very good when it goes about picking up points against all other Premier League teams. But I feel it’s not enough to get into next season’s Champions League. How do you think?

 

The best match

My guys simply devastated Wigan in this game making 2 fast goals in 8 starting minutes. Special thanks to the man of the match - Korey Smith - who was playing a playmaker and made 3 assists.

Wigan - Q.P.R.

Stats

 

PL table standing

Well, all the struggle is certainly ahead here. I believe my chances to be in the Top-4 are pretty good because I have only 3 matches against grand clubs to play.

Premier-League

 

FA Cup

Very short story in FA Cup. I failed it the very first round against weak Championship team. I was too unconcerned in my rotation principles. Read more here:

I’m guilty… no cups this season

 

Q.P.R. players

QPR players

QPR players[4]

It was hard to select the best player of the latest time. So the award can be divided between Popov, Rodriguez, and Vukojevic.

I am concerned with underperforming central backs Craig Cathcart and Gary Cahill. Though Cahill is still blending into the squad in my opinion.

Pay attention also to Korey Smith and Ivan Cosic. Both are backup players for Marco Verratti, both make assists and key passes having average ratings above 7.18.

Korey Smith

Korey Smith in FM 12

 

Ivan Cosic

Ivan Cosic

It seems everything is fine regarding Cosic and Smith. But I have to confess I have a problem with them because both central midfielders want to play in the first eleven. It means one of them should be sold in the next transfer window.

Whom would you advice me to sell?

Englishman Korey Smith who can tackle balls

                               or

more young and attacking Croatian Ivan Cosic

 

Considering chances to finish in Top-4…

Upcoming matches

12 fixtures, 3 games against grand clubs where I could loose all points because as you see loosing to top English clubs is my trend in the current season. Let’s try to make a quick calculation basing on the 3 first seasons.

1 Season 1
2 Season 2
3 Season 3

In average I need around 75 points to get into the next season’s Champions League. Now I have 49 points. It means at least 26 points should be gained in the last 12 fixtures. Is it a large challenge for the Rangers? I wouldn’t say so. Though it’s quite difficult to forecast a final result for my club now.

 

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Friday, 24 February 2012

The first serious crisis in Q.P.R. story

Yes, my dear readers… I got into quite serious crisis in December matches. 3 losses in row, getting out of Europa League and Carling Cup… Just look at the results below.

13 matches: 5 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses

QPR matches

 

Premier League

The most disgusting game was against Everton covered by It’s not a day of Q.P.R. post at my additional blog. My leader and playmaker Marco Verratti was injured for 5-6 months!Плачущая рожица   And it looks like the injury influenced QPR performances in December very much. Though I can only assume but not affirm this thought.

Another very poor game was played versus Arsenal. My defence uncovered all their weaknesses getting 4 quite similar goals.

Let’s analyze: Q.P.R. - Arsenal 2:4

Stats

We got 2 goals with strikes from flanks and 2 goals after crosses from flanks.

In my opinion Cathcart was the worst among all defenders making two rough mistakes:

- poor aerial kick that brought the 2nd goal

- inability to tackle a ball allowing Robin Van Persie to score the 3rd one

I decided to give chances to Cathcart and Zanev because Cahill and Digne were in poor form in the match before. It seems like I was wrong in this decision.

QPR stats

 

Table standing

Finally, Q.P.R. is located at the 9th position with 2-3 additional fixtures to play. It’s not catastrophe obviously. If you add, for instance, 6 points, Q.P.R. will go up to the 4th table line. Nevertheless I expected better results after November-December fixtures.

Premier-League

 

Europa League knock out Схожу с ума от злости

Knocked out

Group-G

Well, well, well. After the last season’s Europa League final I claimed that I am going to win the tournament this time. But suddenly my Rangers didn’t even manage to qualify from the group into knockout rounds.

I don’t understand why but my attackers were not efficient while playing against Koln and Gaziantepspor. Too many draws caused loss of points we needed so much. As a result we had only an illusive chance to rise to the 2nd position in the last match against Napoli. My team manage to produce an equal but very unlucky game.

Just take a look at the score, shots on target, and clear cut chances Печальная рожица

Napoli - QPR

 

Q.P.R. players

QPR players

Worst QPR players

I want to criticize my attackers producing unstable performance. Perhaps they are missing Marco Verratti who normally gives many key passes, I don’t know.

Both right wingers Oscar and Alvaro Vadillo are underperforming what is certainly strange because their attribute values have grown in this season.

Regarding my forwards. Jay Rodriguez has just returned from his long-term injury and is on the way to get a great form. Anyway I decided to prepare some kind of comparison table whey you can see all my 3 strikers and compare their efficiency as goal scorers:

Rodriguez Rodriguez
Paloschi Paloschi
Fierro Fierro

 

The best player

Q.P.R. captain Ivelin Popov became the best player of the reported period. He was really leading the team even in such bad games like the one against Arsenal.

Ivelin Popov

 

Negative balance

I am troubled with negative balance. It’s growing and growing due to high wages and some monthly instalments.

image

Expenditures

Wages is our main expenditure at the moment. Here is the list of my main wage eaters:

Wage eaters in QPR

It’s pretty clear I should sell several players to lighten the squad and the wage budget.

 

Whom I am going to sell

- Sulley Muntari. He is 30 years old and my main wage eater as you see from the screen shot above.

- Andrea Masiello. I wanted to use his as a right back but he isn’t efficient on the flank. Andrea could be compete for centre back place but the competition is too high. I prefer to have Craig Cathcart as my 3rd centre back.

- Alexandru Bourceanu. Too large competition for DMC positions in the squad, the Romainian asked me for the first eleven and got transfer listed.

Whom would you advice me to sell as well?

 

Next fixtures

Next fixtures

I have FA Cup and Premier League to concentrate on in further. The upcoming fixtures are very dangerous. I am wary regarding amount of matches against grands. Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Tottenham in one and half of month. These matches can be really decisive in sense of my season target to get into Top-4.

And how do you think?

 

Upset with the results but still excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy