Welcome to part 5 of my Steaua save and thank you again for taking the time out to read this blog. We have reached the winter break in our 3rd season so it’s time to update you all with our progress. I would like to thank everyone who has supported this blog, I truly am humbled with all the kind words and support members of the community have provided and genuinely shocked with all the views we have had so far. The blog isn’t a month old and we’ve had nearly 300 views. Once again thank you all, now sit back and enjoy the latest update.
We start this chapter with our transfer activity, there have been quite a few names leave and a fair few arrive at the club. I mentioned in a previous post that last years European campaign didn’t go well at all. My main focus during the summer transfer window was to strengthen the squad with some real quality.
As you can see we have spent all of our transfer budget and brought in a number of players, improving our squad and promising youngsters. El Kaddouri, Borges and M’Poku were a steal on a free transfer simply to add experience and quality to the side, influencing others and providing competition for places.
My first signing was Lautaro Giannetti, a Argentinian centre back with huge potential, I really like the look of him and hope he will be a leading star for years to come. If not the potential resale could be massive for us. His pace, strength and aerial abilities have become invaluable for us, providing real quality at the back partnering Wilson.
The next man has been a revelation in front of goal, scoring an incredible 30 in 32, Henriquez has completely enhanced our attacking line. We are now converting much more chances in comparison to last year. £3.4m an absolute bargain in my eyes. Once again a leading star or potential resale, as teams will pay the odds for a goal scorer.
The next two players are ones I can see potential in and will be blending them into the first team as of next season. Andrea Dan I signed from Pamimal on a pre contract, he has great determination and is an athletic work horse. I’m homing he can develop into a to fullback. I currently have my right back Rapa as a mentor for him. Adrian Tudor came through my youth intake last year, he stood out to me then and since has gone out on loan to ACS Poli, a Liga 1 side and has played over 20 times for them. This has increased his stats massively, I have never seen such a quick increase. Those mental stats are blowing my mind, he is going to be a real quality player. I’m just hoping I can hold onto him before a super club comes sniffing.
Now before I talk about how we have done so far this season I want to discuss my tactics. As mentioned in my last chapter, I wan’t too happy with my tactic as we were losing and drawing too many games.I reduced the tempo and introduced the anchor man but something still wasn’t right. I got some advice from members of the community, one in which was @nightmareofstu who advised me to try a more structured mentality in order to ensure my anchor man didn’t drift forward. I was a little unsure but tried it anyway and we picked up a 1-0 away to Benfica. Now I admit, we scraped that but it was a massive improvement on last season, a first win in the Champions League group. We won our next league match but not convincingly at all and just about got away with a victory, 3-1 sounds more convincing than it actually felt like.
I then stumbled across a very interesting article that
@MerryGuido posted on his strikerless.com. It was a post written by @edwardbomb, an evolution of the 4-4-2-0. Readers of this blog know that I have been trying to tinker and have success with a 4-4-2 since the start of the save. Steaua won the Champions League with a 4-4-2 and i wanted to emulate with a similar shape. Above are the fixtures and results of my old tactic, below are the results from when I started using the 4-4-2. The first game a 4-0 win in the cup against Delta Dobrogea, not very testing but a decent win, the real test would be Man Utd at home. We managed a 2-1 win with Angelo Henriquez scoring both against his old club. Since then, we have never looked back.
We are unbeaten in the Liga 1, into the semi finals of both domestic cup competitions and best of all we have qualified from our Champions League group with 12 points. Our only defeats so far this season were in Europe and once we had already qualified to the next stage. Stage 1 of career complete. We have enhanced our reputation massively by reaching the knockout stage. I am not expecting to go much further but if we can keep on progressing like this each year in Europe then we can bring the glory back to Bucharest.
I am buzzing about this save right now and cannot wait to continue and update you all in part 6.
Once again thank you all for reading and supporting this blog.