Surprisingly, smooth-sailing in terms of friendlies.
Initially, I wanted to play a simple 4-4-2 with these instructions. A simple reason for all of this though: I consider teams in this region as lower-league and therefore, they would not need as many instructions as top teams to play effectively.
In the team report, the game claimed that our squad has very good passing capabilities. Well, in the first friendly match, that holds true until you see the screenshot below.
Our centre-backs clearly struggle with direct passing due to their poor passing ability. So, for the second friendly, I changed the formation to a 4-4-1-1 with these instructions.
I then decided to stick with these formation up to the first league game. This was the final version at the time. The only tweak was to make our attacks rely on our wingers instead of our central midfielders.
First few games of the season
The league might be only 16 games long, but keep in mind that there is still a playoff stage between the top 8 teams of the league.
The first two games were pretty spaced out, so I had to arrange friendlies in between since some of the players were still not match-fit. After that though, there was no excuse to our poor start. Five games in, we were in danger of relegation.
Clearly, the tactic is not doing us any good whatsoever. Back to the 4-4-2 formation, perhaps?
Apparently, for this league, the transfer window starts a month into the league season. And compounded by the fact that they are no unattached players in the Solomon Islands, any new signings were going to be players “stolen” from the other clubs in the league. Somehow, I still managed to get a few players in as rotational options despite the lack of quality.
- Victor Agyei(Backup Striker)
- Tome Toata (Backup Central Defender)
- Willy Totori(Backup Right Winger)
- Leonard Wetney(Backup Central Midfielder)
There were no outs for this window.
I can assure you that there was a change of fortune for the team in the next post. But, how drastic was this change? You guys can guess for the time being!
The database I used for this save is the FM17 Megapack 200 Updates by claassen . The one in the link does have more nations to choose from than the one in the save.
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The skin I used for FM17 is the CFM V0.7.
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