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  1. I can't even upload my humourous meme to this shockingly poor 'innovation'....ah what's the point
  2. Re: Buy, Sell or Keep Thread? I would start with the ones in bold. Others may possibly be able to go but depends on your squad tbh. It's a starting point at least and if you need to get rid of more let the forum know... The ones I've picked are on poor platforms to rise further (i.e. Russian or Turkish based) and/or have limited potential.
  3. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... 1) Handanovic - Age is a less of factor for GKs and he's already rated so far ahead of the others he's easily number 1 pick. Quality GK despite Inter's troubles. 2) Navas - As all the other GKs need moves to really rise much beyond 90, Navas is an easy number 2 in SM. If anything happened to Casillas he would have the opportunity to play for the top team in the world right now. This could propel him massively, of course big if but as I say all the others are currently so limited it's not even a risk. Even if he carries on not playing he will stay level with the rest below... All the rest as I say are going to struggle to rise beyond 90 at their current clubs so with such even platforms this really comes down to personal opinion... 3) Begovic - not guaranteed to move but arguably has most chance, good GK regardless 4) Forster - I rate him just behind Begovic but So'ton is a slightly better platform atm to rise. It's very close between 3 or 4 and easily debatable 5) Krul - decent GK I personally rate him below the previous 2 however 6) Trapp - for me Frankfurt are the worst platform
  4. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... It really depends on your depth for me. Lavezzi is safe for a reasonable amount of time in the short-term but as an aging Argie, they are likely to see out the final years of their career back home. So the decline does tend to be quick. That said Criscito is limited in Russia and Insigne is now injured for a long-time whilst there's some doubt about his long-term potential also for me. I'm not convinced he will be as good as he once promised. I'm edging towards Lavezzi unless both Insigne and Criscito are vital to your first XI (I normally side towards the younger options but the potential is questionable with the two mentioned hence why I believe this comes down simply to a quality vs quantity question)
  5. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions No offence but I doubt you could tear apart a paper bag. Congrats on coping out and taking the easy route though. Another one who's all mouth and no action it seems!
  6. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions Don't worry, I'm not. If you read my posts and saw my teams you would see this for yourself. As valuable as this conservation has been to the tread lets move on, good talking to you
  7. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions Wrong in what? I've not made any predictions. I've just offered possible explanations why player's ratings haven't changed. There's no right or wrong in my guidance. I'm suggesting reasons for the changes. I'm not right as the change has or has not happened so it's retrospective and can take no credit. Whilst I'm just justifying a change that already happened so I can't be wrong as SM has already acted in the way I'm justifying. I know the rating system well enough to be able to come up with these justifications. I'd have to be an idiot not to seen how long I've been on the game. I'm basically trying to diffuse some OTT reactions tbh. Feel free to elaborate if you've read any of my recent posts. Not too sure you're on the right page here.
  8. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions I've read through a lot of the tactics section and you've proven clearly the match engine is unacceptable with all your examples (the 'dugout tactic' in particular is concerning) I fully accept what you have to say there. I don't agree the ratings are as bad as being made out though, all that's been shown here is a lot of impatience as the review isn't over. Some of the previous arguments have been later made redundant with today's changes and I expect this to continue for a day or two more. If I am wasting my time my recent posts would not have got a lot of reps. So if I can help people understand the rating system even if they don't agree with it at least it might help them on SM. Even if everyone isn't appreciative I guess it's worthwhile to those who it might be to. Credit to Machines on his Torino calls btw. There were strong calls on both sides so SM have a very thankless task sometimes with these reviews.
  9. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Impossible to know as we are not privy to how much selling/external teams value players. The value you mention re. Ibra relates to your chairman. Whilst Navas' relates to the chairman's value of the other controlled team. Both values may differ considerably for the 'external chairman'. For example, Re. Embolo in my GW, for one team the offer was valued at 4.8mil to that team (he told me) my offer was 4.4mil cash. I won. I am definitely seeing a trend towards cash offers. I suspect SM are trying to combat p/exs involving trash. Expect the worst so anything else is a bonus, that's my personal approach. Good Luck!
  10. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions Big difference with Torino vs Inter is the average squad rating, going back to my comment on squad context. Without looking I suspect Darmain is already at worst joint best rated defender, if not out alone, whereas Kovacevic is rated below the likes of Guarin who has a small proportion of the game-time and he also has more appearances than Hernanes, who before the review was rated 3 above. As we're talking about 88-89, not elite ratings, I don't really understand the criticism. Torino are languishing this season. Even if I hadn't seen any of their games, knowing how the review system works, it would have been easy to predict harsh treatment for their players. Serie A isn't viewed on the same pedestal these days either (rightly or wrongly) amplifying this effect. Lesser considerations, Inter are 6 pts off 3rd. 10th looks horrible but it's not as doom and gloom as being presented. Torino are a further 6pts back, 2 off relegation. It's therefore not necessary to mention last season for Torino players due to this poor season. It becomes irrelevant as a lot of the good work has been 'ruined' by this season. More so than Inter players. Last season is a more relevant point to teams actually performing well this season, i.e. Sampdoria (Udinese have been average for so long even involving them is probably unnecessary tbh) i.e. last season may hold Sampdoria rating increases whilst they convince SM they are deserving over a longer period of time, fair? Inter were last and are still this season a better platform to rise. This is without considering Inter's 'prestigue' although I appreciate this can have an effect in other cases I don't think it's as paramount to Kovacevic here. As stated in my previous comment there are a number of variables which can be attached to Kovacevic also. So I can totally understand why SM rose Kovacevic and not Darmain. I'm sure you have some points on the other players. I wouldn't rule anything out yet as it's all very premature seen we're still within the review. The key to this however is that if a strong argument can be presented on both sides I think people need to calm down and tone down the criticism. If you can see two sides to the argument on some you've presented then you can understand why SM may stay on the fence too (barring Maksimovic where you're adamant a rise is deserved, not unjustifiably I add but I don't think this review is anywhere near the disaster people are saying)
  11. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions hahaha .....
  12. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions There are so many problems with some of the comments I've read on here it's hard to know where to begin! Udinese are currently 9th and finished 13th last season. It would be extremely naive to rule out the impact of the poor last season and ignore this season which is average at best. The individual performances would need to be outstanding to warrant rises, especially in the latter 80s. Bruno Fernandes as said before may be a legitimate argument but complaints about no 89s? C'mon look at the league position, look at the squad average, 88 is close to the peak as it is. Too right under-performing teams will find it harder to harbour rises. We say it all day long in the help section. It always has been a huge part of the rating criteria. De Vrij: Holland got to the Semis of the W/Cup a once in 4th year tournament considered to be the pinnacle. He was a fundamental part of the Dutch team. No one sensible can argue 88-89 is unreasonable. Coman & Asamoah: Just like yesterday when people were whinging about Roma (which still hasn't been reviewed) Again we have the same about Juventus. The top team in Italy. As many of us has said before they will be done last! There's still teams below them which hasn't been reviewed. Why not read the several comments on here before criticising and the personal insults (you know who you are) You clearly do not know how the rating system works. Darmain; Again Torino are 15th in the league. So the Udinese argument becomes even more relevant here. A team languishing so lowly in the league is going to find it near impossible to harbour rises. Despite international caps. Torino are near the relegation zone and it's not in spite of a great defence. Therefore anyone associated with such a defence is going to suffer. Balzaretti; Again Roma haven't been reviewed yet. Don't celebrate too soon! Expecting a drop here. Obiang; Sampdoria are currently 4th after 15 games, good start to the league. Last season was extremely average with a 12th place finish however. Again this ignores any appreciation of the possible accumulation effect. Ratings have to be deserved over a prolonged period in strong performing teams. Maybe SM are viewing a rise as a little premature here? If his rise is held back a few months is that unreasonable? Just to see if form and league positioning can be maintained. Seems logical to me, there's no urgent rush. Whilst there's an argument for a rise sure, there's also an argument against. These situations do not deserve such severe criticism as it's not as clear-cut as being made out! Digne (in comparison) I just had a quick look and saw he has obtained 7 caps for France this year in Friendlies alone. Sure it's Friendlies but France qualify automatically for the next Euros. This is a top nation also. How many caps do the other players have? I'm not saying this enough to rise someone but it's worth considering. More importantly he is strongly involved in the PSG first-team. Widely regarded the best in France and qualified strongly in a group involving Barca to progress further in Europe's main tournament yet again. There's zero appreciation here for squad context. Most players at PSG are rated much higher than 89. A player who is involved as a back-up/in rotation and in and around the French squad is not deserving of 89? We're not talking about the 90s we're talking about 89 and he's being compared to players not featuring internationally, not performing in Europe's top competition, not near the top of their domestic league, not always even always in the top half! C'MON. Keita; squad context applies here too. Roma's average squad rating is 91 and again 89 is unwarranted or SM are proving a point? If he had been 88 before the rise no one would have said anything about his rise to 89. How +2 is generous or SM can be accused of anything other than a fair rating is beyond me. Roma are clearly the second best team in Italy. Keita has featured in nearly every game and started nearly three quarters. Age is irrelevant and to say SM are trying to show they care about old players by his rise is actually laughable. He and Roma have also appeared in Europe's top competition and were unlucky in some respects; they looked really good in some games. It's also worth noting he did not rise whilst at Valencia last season where he started a decent amount of games. Squad context is so important, compared to others at Roma 89 is spot on for me! Kovacevic; Inter finished 5th last season not below mid-table like Torino, Sampdoria, Udinese. As I've said before there's an accumulation effect sometimes. Ratings are delayed some reviews then happen a bit later. Kovacevic's reputation may go above him sometimes, fair point. We all know younger players may be treated slightly leniently, fair point. Inter are in European competition this season however and he did play again on the biggest stage; The World Cup in a Croatia team where there are midfielders considerably higher does he deserve to be 4/5/6 ratings lower? Does he deserve to be 2/3 rating points lower than the rest of the Inter team? I can't help but think all he needed was regular games to get his rise based on all the other factors SQUAD CONTEXT PEOPLE (Guarin 90 and Hernanes 91, In comparison is it so bad?) Rightly or wrongly again it's very debatable and I repeat if it can be so easily debated the criticism needs some perspective. All in all I've very disappointed by some of the responses on here and it shows to me that a lot of people don't really know how the system works and/or do not appreciate ALL the factors.
  13. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I think I would side with the more reliable top rated option, i.e. Verratti. He's very young and already rated 91. At a big club in PSG but linked with some top teams in Spain. Would probably need to move to go much higher as France is a bit restricted; can see him moving to somewhere like Real eventually though. Still very young. Malanda is currently used in rotation, of the four he would be my last choice. Technically behind the likes of Saul but physically superior. Wolfsburg are doing well but would need a good few seasons of champions league football to be able to harbour top ratings. Whereas Saul at Atletico is getting similar kind of game-time but Atletico is a really good platform where youth is given a chance and the market isn't a massive factor when it comes to blocking youngsters' paths. Atletico are considered a top European team of course. I'm far more confident in Saul being able to get to 90+ at such a platform. However Thiago's injuries, etc. (I've discussed him loads recently so feel free to look back over the last few pages) makes him a much more unreliable option as opposed to Verratti who is close to elite status for me. So despite Thiago's potential and how highly I rate him. I would rate Verratti higher and high enough to warrant Malanda over Saul as well.
  14. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions Please see page 205. Franklyn has made some really good predictions for the top Italian teams.
  15. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Cruizero are dominant and Ribeiro is involved in that and the Brazilian squads recently. Vargas is playing for a struggling QPR team. Not a good situation. Ribeiro is the smarter option, albeit somewhat limited in the Brazilian league.
  16. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... I think Koke has more potential than Isco and argubaly more than Kroos but Kroos is much younger than Schwein and in line for a rise to 94 whilst at Madrid a great platform to continue rising. I would opt for Kroos and Isco despite being a massive fan of Koke who could also have huge potential as Schwein's age lets that side of the deal down. Isco has also a decent future so is by no means a small consideration either.
  17. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions People, people. Ever since I can remember SM reviews the league 'upside down' i.e. bottom placed teams first. On the whole this trend looks to be continuing by the way in which the French and the Italian changes had been done. I am therefore in NO doubt Roma has not been entirely reviewed yet. My guess would be Florenzi and Keita were dealt with separately due to individual requests/being on an independent list of players needing changing asap and they've got around to doing these before the 'team review'.Slightly confusing sure but the reaction is OTT. Manolas WILL rise, fact. That's another reason I'm so confident. Many teams below Roma have not been reviewed yet. From what I believe we're only up to Fiorentina so it's safe to say all those teams above are still yet to be reviewed. And like I said before do not rule out any changes until we've clearly moved on to a different league; this has happened in the past also. Patience people. To flip this those concerned about Udinese players I can quite understand as it would appear we've moved on from them but lets wait and see the above point stands here also. I'm quick to criticise the review system myself on a number of occasions but a lot on here is unjustified. I can only applaud SM for Keita's 89 (of which I was debating only last week in this tread) well deserved and his age, ignored! Florenzi's positional change has been as prompt as anyone could have hoped for so again well done to SM for that one. Even if there appears no method to these changes. Whilst the likes of Neto and Savic got well deserved rises when again that was disputed here, especially the latter. Tbh looking at the teams which I believe have been finished (although I go back to my above point) there's only one blatant mistake/over-sight so far IMO and that's Bruno Fernandes. Other than that the rest of the criticisms are unfounded (atm) or can be highly disputed from both sides. One mistake isn't bad going, the Italian teams which have beem reviewed have been reviewed well, well done SM!
  18. Re: Help With Deal(s) Thread... Yes comfortably. Zouma not playing, Barkley linked with 60mil moves to England's best teams. Barkley has Massive potential. EDIT: And sale Immobile for me who's not done great things with Dortmund, he's had his move so things need to change within. Big improvements are needed with Dortmund. Destro may move, linked with some top teams so that could kick start his rating. Even if he didn't however Roma are performing well so are a much better platform atm (even considering Champ League)
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