“No one likes us…” Season 6 Winter Break

And we’re back! It’s been a little while hasn’t it? Pre-seasons tend to take quite a while to plough through, especially as I much prefer to play all of the friendlies myself, still on extended highlights, as I like to get the players up to full fitness before the new season myself.

It’s a big season in Leipzig. We come into my sixth season at the club as reigning treble winners. Our successes last season were brilliant, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and of course, the Champions League. We’re the team to beat now. We go into every match under pressure, expected to win.

How would we cope?

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“No one likes us…” The Red Bull Revolution

I mentioned it in the winter break update with Salzburg, but I’ve been meaning to write about the new potential player development pathway that’ll hopefully be revolutionising Red Bull as a whole. So here it is!

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“No one likes us…” RBL End of Season 5

And so we come to the end of my 5th season in charge of RBLeipzig. The rate I play the game at, plus the addition of RBSalzburg, I’m very surprised I’ve managed to reach this point! At the halfway point of the season we were riding high in the Bundesliga. 11 points clear, surely we were on course to retain the title? We’d also successfully negotiated a tricky Champions League group, and made our usual strides in the DFB-Pokal. Was a treble looming? Read on to find out!

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“No one likes us…” RBS Season 5 Winter Break

Philipp Lahm’s first season in charge of RBS brought the return of trophies to Salzburg. The club’s baron spell is over after domestic success, winning both the Bundesliga and the cup last season. Quite a lot of that success was down to some very successful loanees from RBL, which proves the model is working. Well, at least one way of it. We’re yet to really reap any benefits from the RBS to RBL side of the model, despite a few players going in that direction. More on this later on.

We’ve hit the winter break in Austria too now, as well as in Germany, so it’s time to take a look at our summer business and the first half of the season.

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“No one likes us…” RBL Season 5 Winter Break

After what seemed like the longest pre-season ever after our title win in season 4, I’ve finally managed to get through the first half of the season with RBLeipzig. What do you do when you’ve just secured your first title win? Do you aim for another right away? Kickstart an era of domination? Or would you rather settle for another strong league position to just continue to build?

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My FM17 Tactic: 2.0

I’ve been talking about it for a while, and it’s finally here! It’s my second post for FM17 on the tactics I’ve been using in my save. It was initially adopted by RBL during season 3, but I’ve also been using it to great effect with RBS since I took over there too. Of course, both teams playing the same way will only help us to develop players who can easily slot into both of the clubs.

Let me introduce you to “Between Two Shadows”!

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“No one likes us…” RBL End of Season 4

When you last saw our progress as we went into the winter break, we were sitting in a good position just behind Bayern Munich in 2nd place. After a shaky start to the season, we’d gone on a good run of form and I was confident we could go on and have a successful season. Could we topple the might of Bayern though?

In the cups, we’d sneaked through our Champions League group and would head into the knockouts to play against Benfica. We were aiming to retain the DFB-Pokal too, after bringing home that trophy last season. My first piece of silverware at the club.

It’s all well and good saying this, but what did we actually manage to achieve in season 4 at RBL?

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“No one likes us…” RBS End of Season 4

2 weeks away on a work trip has meant 2 weeks of fairly solid FM time for the 1st time in a good few years! What a treat. What it has meant is that I’ve managed to get through the 2nd half of the season in probably record quick time for me. What this means for you is that I’ve managed to get the update written for the end of the season for RBSalzburg (RBLeipzig following very soon too)! We were going well at the half way stage, top of the league and had progressed well in the cup. I was confident we could go on to win the league and get back to where the club belonged, qualifying for the Champions League!

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“No one likes us…” RBL Season 4 Winter Break

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Season 3 saw us fall short for the Bundesliga title, but it was a bloody close one. It’s going to come eventually. Believe!

We did bring home my first bit of silverware though, smashing Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final. A great way to round off what I’d count now as I’m looking back on it, as a successful season.

Season 4 has rolled around, and as you’ll know, there’s an additional club in the mix. With Philipp Lahm taking charge at RBS, this will hopefully enable me to send some fringe players there for gametime, along with sending some younger players to test them in a more challenging environment.

The media have slowly been coming round to the fact that we’re now a bigger club. Last season they predicted us to finish 9th. With our reputation now as the 11th most reputable club in the country secure, this season they’re expecting a 5th place finish. I’m planning an assault on the title again, but have agreed with the board that a Europa League qualification spot will be good enough for them. Again, I’m much better at exceeding expectations, something that’s going to get more difficult as this save goes on.

Let’s get into the pre-season transfers and results from theĀ Hinrunde.

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“No one likes us…” RBS Season 4 Winter Break

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Season 4 in-game, but of course, it’s our 1st season at RBSalzburg. As the break comes earlier in Austria than it does in Germany, it’s RBL up first in the winter break update. If you had no idea that I’ve now taken over RBSalzburg as well as RBLeipzig, then fire on over and read the intro post that you might have missed.

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