Welcome back, I have decided for now to do one post each season and roll each season out in 1 write up. The reason for this is I get to play at a quicker pace while I have some time. Sit back and enjoy and let’s see how the season treated us.
So another preseason is upon me and again I think of a way to get closer to the title and hopefully lift the trophy as I have always dreamed. I have changed my tactic from last season and made some good transfers. I went to my reserves and bought in some young talent I believe ready to show me they are ready for the first team.
As you know last season my transfer activity was pathetic and cost me a top 4 league position. This season I made sure I bought in some quality to add to my first team and just to add depth.
We lost 13 players in total but mostly on a free the only HUGE loss to us was Luis Abram to Corinthians, the Brazilian giants swooped in and bought him for £7.25m. I was reluctant to sell he was my captain and the best CB by a long way, as soon as they made a bid Abram’s mind was set on leaving. We had to have a long think for a replacement, I had two options either go to my reserves or spend big to land a replacement. I went with buying a new CB even though we had two 5* potential CB’s ready to make a step up, I thought it would be too risky and they wouldn’t produce what Abram did this early in their careers.
So we added three players in the preseason window and 3 players from out reserves to the first team all capable of starting in my first 11.
Siebe Horemans –
Welcome, Siebe Horemans the Belgium 23-year-old we signed for £3m from AA Gent. Abram’s replacement has bags of potential to be a huge player for us this season. He will be going straight into the first team and again got another European player on my ranks just like I wanted. We also bought in Lucas Serrano from our reserve squad who will be very close to competing for a place in the heart of my defence.
Lucas Brochero –
Welcome, Lucas Brochero our new number 9 from Boca. We signed the 22-year-old for £37.5k. Lucas is there to be challenging Vera for that striker role after his poor season last season it was either replace him or purchase someone to push him on this season. Vera will be our main striker but Lucas will be given chances to prove he should be our main striker and beat his old team to the title.
Christian Makoun –
Welcome, Christian Makoun a defensive midfielder from Deportivo Tachira for a fee of £500k. With the new tactic having a DM in we needed back up for Giminez and some close to pushing his for a first team spot, really happy with the fee for his age and quality.
I believe this to be my strongest window of the save so far but we still spent no way near Boca who managed to add over £10m to their squad. I get really annoyed on how much my board won’t back me in this markets even though since I came here I have made this club one of the stronger teams in Argentina.
We are currently 19 games into our season, a few surprises in the table as you can see below with Boca again not being there usual selves and again are there for the taking this season!
We are sitting in 3rd place with 2 games in hand on current leaders Belgrano. We still have a great chance of the title especially with Boca being hit and miss again. I’m more than happy with our performances and have beat the teams around us except Boca, obviously. I think if we continue to play like we are we will be in with a real chance.
The winter window saw us bring in 2 players to hopefully give us a boost on lifting the title at the end of the season.
Duban Erazo –
We welcome Duban Erazo a Columbian 25-year-old a backup centre back due to us having some small injuries in that area and he was cheap. He will be great to slide in a game or 2 if needed.
Facundo Esposito –
Argentinian striker Esposito joins for a fee of £600k once again another back up for Vera he has picked up a couple of small knocks this season. Vera has been in decent form so far this season but does have some off patches I’m hoping this signing may keep him on his toes and keeps him banging in the goals.
A weak window for us as expected didn’t want to change too much just add some backups in some areas it may be needed.
I had one target this season challenging for the title and proving my team and myself had what it took to lift the trophy. This season has been the best season I have played on any Football Manager game, I have loved it.
We have done it we lifted the trophy and are the champions of Argentina FINALLY. Boca and Belgrano shared the top spot for most of the season but we had a run of 14 games unbeaten, winning 10 including a record 9 game winning streak. We had a rough patch after the winter break but quickly turned it around with a new formation, I will be making a post on what tactic I use and how it works next week. I bought in 3/4 reserve players at the start of this season and they have been fantastic, that’s why I love going to my youth and taking chances on them also saves me a lot of money. This feels such a huge weight off my shoulders I knew it was coming just not sure when. Four years it has taken to do it and now I’m quickly thinking of the Copa Libertadores, the next major challenge. The league still has to be us challenging for the title each year now with Boca, I don’t want this to be a one season wonder. This should surely let the board release some huge funds for me which is greatly needed.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post! I can’t stress enough how much I’m enjoying this save and Argentina was 100% the correct decision for Football Manager 2019.