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Season 2 has come to a close, and with it a mixed bag of fortunes.
To summarize, board objectives were to finish in a Europa League Spot, and to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup, we achieved both of these targets and as a result I have been offered a new contract, I was offered the managers job at Dortmund, which was tempting, but the challenge at Palace remains unfulfilled, for now.

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A 6th placed finish, secured with a 3-2 win on the final day of the season, the late winner edging out Liverpool who also won, and would have leapfrogged us if we hadn’t have picked up all 3 points.

We reached the FA Cup final after a nail-biting epic semi-final showdown against Man City, the game finishing 4-3 to us, the final was vs Spurs, a team who has won the title and finished second in the previous 2 seasons, a very tight tense game saw us lose 1-0 due to a keeper mistake, a good save but parried out to the edge of the 6 yard box for Kane to smash home into an empty net for the win, our first domestic trophy under my stewardship remains elusive.

spurs fa cup

Overall it was a satisfactory season, Professional level still offers up plenty of challenge and no real need to move to World Class until I’ve won a trophy, the game continues to play superbly with the FIFER Realism Mod v1.3.

André Kramaric cemented his position as our first choice striker, having a great season and finishing second in the top scorer charts with 23 goals, Zaha is becoming a so-so performer, having spent large periods of the season out with various injuries, the emergence of youth promotee David Boateng in CDM is also promising, having scored a few goals on the way to the FA cup final, also a very exciting prospect in Schinkel, another youth player who shows great development and potential.

We made several pre-season signings, bringing in backup for a few positions and offloading some end of contract fringe players, we were awarded £34 mil for our league finish, so had around £42 mil in total to spend on new players.

Transfers

My three new signings are shown above, Toko-Ekambi, a strong powerful CF rated 81 OVR, will serve as backup to Kramaric, but came at a price as I had to do a cash + player swap, and they wanted my fledgling star midfielder Boateng, so he left, Tarkowski, an 81 rated CB to replace the retiring Gary Cahill, and GK Andrada to replace the flapping Guaita who cost us the FA Cup, no mercy shown there.

Palace have also signed a new sponsorship deal with Netflix, and have new kits to boot for season 3:

New kits all

One of the joys of FIFA 20 is the shooting and variety of shots on offer, you can hit a very similar shot 20 times over but every one feels different, takes a different trajectory or spin, depending on player, striking angle, power etc, and you can really tell when a thumper leaves your boot and is destined for the top corner.

A nice hit from Milivojevic (CM):

We are competing in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament, a good run out for some of the returning loanees, youth players and new signings to bed in, and i also want to try a new formation, have been playing a 4-3-3 of sorts with 2 wide wingers and a lone CF, but want to try and use 2 CF’s as was my traditional go-to formation in any football game, I always prefer having 2 CF’s to feed off each other, it’s just moulding the right players into the new shape, this tournament will be perfect for trialing those ideas

To finish off a few goals from the back end of last season: