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Darren – Ultimate European Challenge, unstoppable Atletico Madrid 14/15

Hi guys and welcome back to my Ultimate European Challenge update. During the last post I had a tough decision between England or Argentina. I chose the talented Argentina and was also offered the Atletico Madrid job. Joining La Liga in 9th place and 13 points off a steaming Barcelona had given me one choice. Win every game and hope Barcelona mess up. Well four of my first five games went to plan, however, Barcelona thrashed me 4-1 at the Nou Camp. Today’s update picks up from there and takes us past March.

After the Barca set back my board offered an extra £25 million for transfers. Including the £16.5 million already there and my wage adjustment, I managed to spend more than £50 million in January. All the cash was invested in world class talent and two of them I have managed before. These players make my team very dangerous and we could be looking towards a trophy in my first season. :)

Mariano Vella – £20 million from AC Milan

Most of you knew this kid was coming after seeing his profile in my last post…silly me. :) I have full control over Vella with being Argentina coach as well and can confirm he is amazing. With some talented defenders, Vella will get a lot of assists from set pieces this season. Vella was cheap at £20 million, when I signed the Argentine with Milan he demanded a release clause of this amount. Funny how it benefited me in the end.

Alexis Sanchez – £13.5 million from AC Milan

That’s right, the deadly duo are reunited in Spain. Vella and Sanchez were the reason for my success at Milan and I had to bring them both with me. Sanchez had a minimum fee release clause of £13.5 million. He seems to demand this everywhere he goes. Sunderland, AC Milan and now Ath Madrid all had to include this in his contract. Unfortunately Sanchez will miss the first 7 weeks with a broken arm. :(

Cicinho – £22.5 million from Twente

Now here is what I call talent. This Brazilian was hiding out in the Netherlands and I didn’t notice him until searching specifically for a CM with good tackling. Cicinho has amazing physical attributes as well as incredible passing, tackling and marking. He will play in central midfield as my supporting CM. Such a shame Vella, Sanchez and Cicinho are all cup tied for the Champions League though. :(

La Liga results : January-March

An outstanding effort from my players has seen us win 12 games and draw just one from 13 fixtures. The draw came away from home to Real Madrid as my side came from behind. Our best results came away to Athletic, Villarreal and at home to Sevilla. However my best performance came at home to Real Sociedad as we destroyed them 7-0.

If you haven’t already, I seriously recommend you watch the video highlights. Some of the goals are just pure inspiration and this match sums up my sides style of play.

All hail Aguero!! This Argentine is pure class and the best striker on Football Manager 2011. I have never seen such a deadly forward who is also so consistent. If Aguero stays fit, there’s no limit to the success we could achieve.

La Liga table with 9 games to go

Ow Barcelona, just go away all ready. How annoying is it to win 16 games, draw one, lose one and still be 5 points off top spot and only one point above third. The Spanish League is so tight between Real and Barca, but everyone else seem like mere extras doing their thing in the background trying not to upstage the main characters. Well I am here to change all that and break the La Liga curse. The title may still seem impossible but I have the fixtures required to win it. It will require some perfect form but I can still beat Barca to the crown. It is worth mentioning that I have had some terrible injuries so far and am getting those players back for the crunch time. Sanchez, Filipe, Costa, Bassong, Stien and even Reyes have spent more than 2-3 weeks out, but will all be fit again soon.

Spanish Cup results

This competition while been taken seriously has provided opportunity to rest some key players. With the amount of injuries I have been extra cautious in this competition. The first round was passed with ease as we beat Racing. However, the draw started to get tough from here. Sevilla came out all guns blazing in the quarter-final but we beat them 3-2. I then had to face Real Madrid in the semi-final, they are amazing but I have always played well against them. These games were no different as Ath Madrid progressed to the final 3-1 on aggregate. Barcelona await me there as the game is played three days after a crucial league game featuring the same teams. Even after losing 4-1 away from home early in the season, I am very confident. I now have a stronger squad and Aguero is on the form of his life.

Champions League results – knockout stages

After qualifying from our group, Spartak Moscow were drawn in the first knockout round. An easy opponent in my eyes and this proved so as we won 5-0 on aggregate. Bassong made a return from injury in style during the second leg. He scored twice and assisted once from corners. These games were used mainly to rest key players and I’m very confident ahead of Liverpool in the quarter-final. We may not win the Champions League but I think we could make the final. :)

Squad stats

Aguero is the heart and sole of my silverware push. The striker has already managed 31 goals and could hit 40 by the seasons end. Vella has already made a massive impact with 13 assists from 14 games, while Dzagoev has scored 7 and assisted 16 times. Reyes has topped that from the left wing with 12 goals and 16 assists, while Sanchez still needs to settle. Dominguez has turned up during important games with 11 goals, while Bassong and Toprak have also scored 8 between them from corners.

End of season fixtures

Two games have been earmarked as title deciders. Barcelona at home and Valencia away. If I can win those two I stand a very good chance of catching the current leaders. Very annoying to see I play Barca at home in the league three days prior to our clash in the Spanish Cup final. I am going to try and field my best XI for both. Its going to be close, but as I said before, all I can do is concentrate on winning every game.

Argentina friendly results

There hasn’t been much International action since my last post. I took Argentina to Ghana for a friendly against the World champions (wow that sounds daft.) We didn’t really dominate the game and Ghana showed some spark that won them the World Cup, but my boys came through 2-0. Messi has been out for 3 months along with a few other players. However, his replacement Zarate showed why he deserves a place. Higuain also staked his claim for the number 9 shirt. After this a trip to Tunisia went well. I watched Aguero terrorize the opposition as his goals led to another 2-0 victory.

The Copa America starts when this current season reaches its conclusion. Therefore I will probably be arranging some warm up friendlies. My group consists of Ecuador, Paraguay and USA. A fairly tough group really, but one I’d expect to finish top of. This competition is a must win for me unless Brazil are drawn in the final of course. Even then I would be disappointed with defeat. I also have a special two part post planned for you then. We will be looking at the competition as though it were real life and I think that will make for a better read.

Well that is it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed the read and will be back again next time. The seasons conclusion is close and I think we’re in for an exciting end. Please feel free to comment and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

If you want to join us all in the Ultimate European Challenge, please follow the link and read the rules. Its very simple and should get us all into different cultures and styles of Football.

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ryanlynch
ryanlynch
10 years ago

wel done darren your some manager

aguero is some beast in my game he has scored 53 goals in 43 app all season he has kept my team goin!
you reli can find some gems i must say! Vella is quality
i know how much of a frustration barce are,, never give up!!

gud luck :)

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  ryanlynch

Thanks Ryan, it helps when you have an amazing side though, :)

Aguero must be in the top three for best strikers, maybe even my number one…he is just brilliant. I found Vella while managing AC Milan, he scored against me for Fiorentina and after checking his attributes my mouth hit the floor. I got him for AC and then had to bring him to Madrid! Barca are frustrating but their not invincible, I think we can at least take the title to the last two games.

Birdy
10 years ago

Hey Darren
Nice work mate you love that regen in vella. I can see you winning the league if these results keep up and crack the spanish giants

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Birdy

Hey Birdy

I’d take Vella to every club if it were possible, he is my favourite player in the challenge. Lets hope for a big end to the season and hopefully the title. :)

jake
jake
10 years ago

you should show us your corner tactic

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  jake

Hey Jake, my corner tactic is very simple actually. I just aim the crosses to the far post, have my best headerer attacking the far post and the other marking the goalkeeper. Everything else is left at default. Its more about who takes the corners and attacks the far post. My corner taker has 18 for crossing and corners. My defender attacking the far post has 16 for heading and jumping. Those are the key aspects. Hope this helps mate. :)

Sears
10 years ago

Great few months Darren, you’ve dominated nearly every game you’ve played.I think you’ll sneak the title,although it will be tough to gain 5 points on Barce. Goodluck!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Sears

Cheers Sears, Barcelona are looking unstoppable but I have them at home yet. A win there would put me 2 points behind and damage their morale. That match is the decider for me.

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Brilliant Darren, you really are a fantastic manager, and the only way is up for Atletico. You’ve put yourself right in the mix for the title, and even if you don’t get it this year I’m sure you’ll get it next season. Good luck!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Laxeyman

Cheers Laxeyman, the title is starting to get heated now and I keep exchanging words in the press with Mourinho. lol :) I think we know I’d lose that battle though…hopefully my players will do my talking on the pitch.

CsAtlantis
CsAtlantis
10 years ago

What do they feed their defensive midfielders in Brazil? Cicinho has the agility and balance of a monkey, and surely one of the fastest footballers on the planet with his pace and acceleration, and great marking, passing and tackling (quite bad in the air though, only flaw that he has)

Good luck on trying to get past Barca, you’ll probably need them to slip up quite a bit in the season ending stretch to snatch the title

Aguero is a great player(where’s Forlan by the way), is Alvaro Dominguez your main header on corner’s? pretty nice goal count

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  CsAtlantis

lol :) I honestly don’t know CsAtlantis but I’ll have some of it. Cicinho is an absolute beast and just knocks players to the ground with his tackles.

You’re right about Barca, they need to slip up but if I can beat them at home…I think they’ll drop more points.

Forlan has retired already, such a shame. Dominguez is my main header for corners…but Bassong and Toprak can do the same job as well.

Johnny Karp
10 years ago

Aguero is absolutely stunning, that second goal against Sociedad was a real beauty! With him and the other talented players that you have brought in I think that you can clinch the title, even this season. The game against Barcelona will be decisive, I think that who will win that one will also win the title. Best of luck!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Johnny Karp

I agree Johnny, Aguero is simply magic. I’ve seen him take on 3 players and smash the ball home every four or five games. He can win a match on his own! The Barcelona game will be very important and like you said will probably decide who goes on to win the title. Here’s hoping its me. :)

Wazz
Wazz
10 years ago

Wow. Well done Darren! Barcelona is annoying aren’t they? hehe. and I hate cup-ties.. Good luck against Liverpool! :D and of course, for the rest of the season. Kick Barcelona arses..

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Wazz

Cheers Wazz, hate to beat your team but its for the greater good. :)

Barcelona need to experience 2nd spot as they’ve won the league every season. Hopefully this year will see that happen. :)

kevin
kevin
10 years ago

Hi Darren
Do I need to mention Aguero? :)
Well you’ve made a stunning impression on La Liga with some simply brilliant performances. A key match with Barca is on the horizon which I feel will be decisive in not only for this season but could also be a factor in a new Spanish dynasty.
A. Madrid the new Newcastle?

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  kevin

lol, I think Aguero’s been more than covered mate. :) No one can overtake Newcastle in my books but At Madrid will come as close as anyone I think :)

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