So, after 5 league games and 2 rounds of the cup we are effectively 1/4 of the way through the first T120 season.
Fortunes for Crvena Zvezda have been mixed. With the highest rated first 11 at the start of the season we expected to be in contention but mixed results see us sitting in 3rd and 6points off of the top, having played 5, won 3, lost 2:
In both the games that we lost we were dominant in the stats (over 60% possession in both cases) and so I don’t think there is any cause for concern performance wise at the moment, we just need to get some consistency going.
Stand out player by a mile has been Emile-Smith Rowe, with 2 goals and 8 assists in 5 games, with an average rating of 8.00. Yet no MOM awards!
Next up is a big game against 2nd place Real Betis, and a win there is going to be important to try and keep up with run-away leaders Palmeiras.
For the cup, we were lucky to have submitted our tactics before the SM glitch yesterday and our reserves did a decent job of seeing off Leipzig. We led the whole game only for them to pull level with an 88th minute penalty, so Pens were a nervous affair.
In the quarters we will face off against Palmeiras and it will be interesting to see how both teams approach this one, with both of us eyeing up promotion too.
In terms of the squad, our initial 40m investment has increased to a squad with a value of 51.3m, however we had hoped the brazil reviews might have gone through quicker and we still have 4 players pending a review (hurry up with Fluminense SM!)
We now have 26 players in the squad having brought in 3 new youngsters:
-16yr old Mathys Tel from Stade Rennais, who is now the youngest every player to play for them.
-19yr old Faustino Anjorin now at Lokomotiv Moscow from Chelsea
-19yr old Amar Dedic, playing at Wolfsberger AC on loan from Salzburg.
All 3 are players we would hope progress during the coming season and have potential for rises in the winter review.
So our current squad looks a bit like this:
Really enjoying the challenge at the moment. Its the first ’empty squad’ gameworld I have been involved in but I think so far I am happy with the approach I took and am looking forward to seeing how the season progresses.