“No one likes us…” Meet the Invincibles

If you missed the end of season 6 summary, the 2021/22 season saw us manage to go the entirety of the season unbeaten, almost. We lost one match all season, the European Super Cup against Arsenal early on in the season. Still raging about it. For the purposes of this post thought, let’s try and forget about it. In the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League, not to mention the Club World Cup and DFL-Supercup, we were invincible.

Along the way so far in the save, there’s been fleeting mentions of some players, and more regular mentions of others. The aim of this post is to introduce you to the players that made the big contributions to our success in season 6. Standby for player screenshots galore. Meet the Invincibles.

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“No one likes us…” Introducing Red Bull London

Wait, what?

Yes! The Red Bull Revolution has rolled it’s way over to England. There were a few clubs in consideration, and if truth be told, this was a bit of a last minute decision to go down this route again in the save. Just this summer I’d decided to get rid of the Championship and only have the Premier League active in England, otherwise it probably would have been a second tier side we take over.

Alas, the Premier League is our destination. The bright lights of the TV deal was too attractive for the fizzy drink brand to avoid for too long. It’s the bright lights of the capital as you can see, too. You might even recognise the stadium. That’s right, West Ham United are no more. Say hello to Red Bull London.

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“No one likes us…” End of Season 6

Back again for another update in the RBLeipzig and RBSalzburg save. In a slightly reflective soppy comment, what a save this has been so far. I’ve said it a few times over the last week or so on Slack, as much as I love managing in my home country of Scotland, I think Germany and the Bundesliga has been the best league I’ve ever managed in on any version of the game. Austria? Meh, not so much, but heck that just adds to the whole story.

When we left off during the winter break, we were sitting atop the Bundesliga. Four points clear of Dortmund, with two games in hand due to our Club World Cup winning exploits. We hadn’t lost yet in those 15 league matches, we’d romped to six wins out of six in the Champions League, and as it happened, our only defeat of the season so far was against last season’s Europa League winners, Arsenal, in the European Super Cup. Would that become a significant point come the end of the season?

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“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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