Good day to you! It’s been a while but our good friend Nikolai has been doing such great work with tactics I felt obliged to give one the full test and analysis. What are we testing?
The MW, as it is known, has a few variations but this is the one we’re testing for now. When we did all the previous tactics tests, available here, we decided the acid test was trying to unseat Manchester United in the first season. Fergie’s men are typically winners by a fair margin in season one so if we can get anywhere near them, it’s a good indicator.
We’ve picked Liverpool as they have a large collection of DM’s and the fire power to compete. It is however quickly apparent that the entire Liverpool squad is made of crisps – they start with a boat load of injuries and they drop like flies throughout the season.
You’ll notice Mark Wright, a SW/DC is in the central role there. Speaking to Nikolai, it seems sweepers do well in this position. You won’t find a DC/DMC and whilst you might find some SW/DMC, there’s not loads readily available. I also signed Bernard Diomede to play on the left.
I’m going to front load this – the results were incredible:
The tactic averaged over three goals a game and of course the big thing is a big fat 0 in the loss column. Absolutely brutal. Let’s see how the players performed:
You can discount Murphy and Kennedy who played some League Cup/UEFA games to great effect. The biggest surprise was Neil Razor Ruddock, who despite having 20 for aggression was absolutely outstanding at centre back. Of course we can’t overlook Fowler’s efforts
Owen wasn’t far behind
All in all the team played 26 games across all competitions and lost twice. One was a 4-3 in Switzerland where David James had been up all night playing Tomb Raider
The other was a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford in the League Cup.
The league game against them was a big test that we just about passed
Some other notable results:
All in all, a sensational time. Especially if you are Dion Dublin
Nikolai has taken this tactic further though and enjoyed great success further down the league. I decided to give it a go with a less top level side. Hello, Blackburn.
Those of you who have been listening to the podcasts and following on Twitter will know we’ve been a bit obsessed with Blackburn recently. They start with £20m in the bank but a fairly average squad and an oddly low reputation, considering they were champions just a few years earlier.
So with a splash of spending attracting players who can just about degrade themselves sufficiently to play for us, this is the first team we are starting with:
Wilcox (AML) and Flowers (GK) are out injured, but it’ll be something along these lines.
Can it turn Blackburn into title challengers? We’ll reveal all next Tuesday.
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