How I prepare for a Champions League final

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Introduction

When it comes to a game of the magnitude of a Champions League final, arguably the biggest fixture outside of the World Cup final, I tend to put a bit more effort into my preparations. Rather than wholly rely on my scout reports, I will also watch a couple of my oppositions recent matches.

We had a week to prepare, having finished the season with an emphatic 5-1 home win against Real Madrid to complete an invincible domestic season.

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A Tactical Blueprint for the 3-5-2. Rebuilding Barcelona in the process.

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Introduction

Coming to Barcelona from AEK for the 2021/22 season would turn out to be a bit of an eye-opener for me. Having seldom managed in the higher echelons of world football, it was a shock when my first signing commanded a signing-on fee equal to the annual transfer budget Dimitris Melissanidis would have generally afforded me at AEK Athens. As it transpired, the Spanish wing-back Grimaldo would be my only signing of the summer.

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A Guide to Filters and Shortlists

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Introduction

Transfers do not happen by mistake. For me, they are the effect of fastidious scouting, aided by a comprehensive collection of filters and shortlists.

This is a guide to filters and shortlists in Football Manager 2017. In this piece, I will talk through a crucial set of in-game tools at my disposal to help with one of the most significant tasks I have as manager; strengthening my squad through thoroughly scouted acquisitions.

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Planning for success: A Football Manager guide

As virtual football managers, our worlds can get a little chaotic at times. We are always thinking, always planning. If you are anything like me then you will also like to control every aspect of your club; from top to bottom. At times, it can get a little daunting.

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