Taking it One Game at a TimeBy: Daryl | February 26th, 2009
Just one game played recently. And that’s no accident.
Plan is to slow down the FM gaming a little and fulfill the ultimate managerial cliche: taking it one game at a time. Meaning I’ll try and play just one game a day, and then report back here.
On one hand that’s a bad thing for this blog, because it means progress is going to be a bit slower. But it also means more attention to detail in each game, which I think might be a good thing now that I’m nearly finished reading The Bible.
Europa League 1st Knockout Rnd 2nd leg vs Sampdoria W 2-1 (4-2 on agg)
- – - – - – - – Given – - – - – - -
Taylor – Rusol – Coloccini – Enrique
- – - – Belletti – - -Camacho- – - –
Arshavin – - – Diego – - – Fleck
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- – - – - – Marquinhos – - – - – -
4-2-3-1 (cowardly version), narrow, deep defensive line, counter attack, direct passing
After this counter-attacking dealy worked so well against Villa, I thought I’d try it against Sampdoria too. Especially as I was already one goal (and two away goals) to the good from the first leg.
More importantly (sort of) this was a second chance to try Marquinhos as a lone striker, running on to through balls. And it worked.
Marquinhos terrorized those poor Italian defenders, getting two goals, seven shots at goal (six on target) and an 8.3 rating.
I know my formation looks defensive, but I was basically on the attack the whole time, with Arshavin, Diego and Fleck getting forward. Good times. And now I’ve drawn Olympiacos in the next round, which is definitely winnable.
Up next: the biggest game of the season. Seriously.
It’s vs table topping Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley, and my best chance (since this one) to finally deliver some silverware to the Toon Army.