2015 was always going to see a drop domestically after the previous years heroics, and the switch in emphasis to an all Chinese squad in a league in which teams rely on foreign players was going to be difficult. Anyway, what follows is how the season panned out with both Hangzhou and China, along with some news to do with the save.
Clearly one of the most important tasks of a club and country game is to get an efficient and continuous stream of young players who can make their way into the national team, and improve the quality of these players year on year. This post will be introducing and outlining my plans to make Hangzhou an excellent producer of Chinese talent.
In my FM lifetime I have always struggled to produce a successful 4-3-3, or whatever FM calls it (4-1-2-2-1 DM?). So after a successful season with Hangzhou playing an attacking 4-4-2 it may seem curious that I decided to make the switch to a 4-3-3 for my second season. However, I have good reason for this which I will go on to explain. The main purpose of this post though is to troubleshoot the 4-3-3 I have produced by analysing a series of games to see why I still can’t make it click.
The Asian Cup in Australia was my first tournament, and competitive games, as China manager. As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been struggling to get into the national side of this save and this was a great opportunity to get more of a feel for my China team. Before the tournament the FA expected me to reach the quarter finals and we were placed in Group B with Saudi Arabia, North Korea & Uzbekistan, lets see how we got on…