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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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVIII | 2034-2037

Three years later. Three virtual seasons were played in the Football Manager 2017 save with Reading FC. Many new young our own players made it from youth to the first team and some of them are already our key players and they deserve some attention. If you’re still interested in this save you can read about everything that happened during the last three years. 

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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVII | 2032-2034

Hello, everyone, we have passed another two seasons in the virtual world of Reading FC. If you remember it right we won our 10th Champions League trophy in a row at the end of the last update. That was at the end of the 2031/2032 season. It was a major success but we were very good in next two seasons as well. Let’s take a look.

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FM17 | Reading FC | part XXXVI | Ten times in a row

Give me one! Give me two! Give me three!…Give me ten! The 2031/2032 season is over and trust or not Reading FC won the Champions League for the tenth times in a row. Achievement? As FMSamo like to say “Ridiculous!”

Despite I wrote in the previous posts I will cover more than one season to enjoy the save I decided to write about this season separately because I think the tenth Champions League trophy in a row is an amazing record and huge achievement.

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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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FM17 | False Short Corner Kick Routine

Some time ago I wrote a post about things I do before every pre-season in Football Manager for thehighertempopress.com. One of them were Set Pieces and theirs review after the end of the season. 

I wrote about my successful Short Corner Kick Routine a couple of months ago on my blog and this routine is still very effective. As my save with Reading continues I like to try new formations and things in overall. I also decided to create a new Corner Kick Routine called “False Short Corner Kick Routine”.

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FM17 | What could happen when your Judging Player Potential attribute drops to 0

I think all of us know this situation. You have an average Youth Intake with one or two players with some potential, you are disappointed you don’t have a new wonderkid in your youth team and you decide to not offer contracts to almost all of new young players because they are not good enough. 

I had it many times in my saves in the past and this year’s save with Reading FC is not different.

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