I introduced you to some of the players I’m looking to step up and potentially be the future of RBLeipzig in my first Die Zukunft update, and today is the first follow up looking at the development of some of those players, and pointing out a couple more that have joined the club.
Our Bundesliga finish of 3rd in season 2 was above all board and media expectations and saw us qualify for the riches of the Champions League, of course. At the start of this save, I outlined what I wanted to achieve and when I wanted to achieve it. We’re well ahead of schedule, and as such, I mentioned that after our performance in season 2, in season 3 I want to challenge for the Bundesliga. I hadn’t planned for this until at least season 5. Can we do it?
I’ve never promised regular updates on this site, but the second half of season 3 seemed to take longer than usual to play out, so apologies for that. The curtain has now closed on my 3rd season at RBLeipzig though, so it’s time to look back and see what we managed to achieve. I wanted to challenge for the Bundesliga this season, and at the half way point of the season, we were 3 points behind 1st placed Bayern after having only lost 1 game. Things were going well and we were in position to maintain that challenge. Did we though?
This save is about to grow arms and legs because alongside RBLeipzig, I’ve taken over at Red Bull Salzburg too!
Season 4 in-game, but of course, it’s our 1st season at RBSalzburg. As the break comes earlier in Austria than it does in Germany, it’s RBL up first in the winter break update. If you had no idea that I’ve now taken over RBSalzburg as well as RBLeipzig, then fire on over and read the intro post that you might have missed.
Season 3 saw us fall short for the Bundesliga title, but it was a bloody close one. It’s going to come eventually. Believe!
We did bring home my first bit of silverware though, smashing Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final. A great way to round off what I’d count now as I’m looking back on it, as a successful season.
Season 4 has rolled around, and as you’ll know, there’s an additional club in the mix. With Philipp Lahm taking charge at RBS, this will hopefully enable me to send some fringe players there for gametime, along with sending some younger players to test them in a more challenging environment.
The media have slowly been coming round to the fact that we’re now a bigger club. Last season they predicted us to finish 9th. With our reputation now as the 11th most reputable club in the country secure, this season they’re expecting a 5th place finish. I’m planning an assault on the title again, but have agreed with the board that a Europa League qualification spot will be good enough for them. Again, I’m much better at exceeding expectations, something that’s going to get more difficult as this save goes on.
Let’s get into the pre-season transfers and results from the Hinrunde.
2 weeks away on a work trip has meant 2 weeks of fairly solid FM time for the 1st time in a good few years! What a treat. What it has meant is that I’ve managed to get through the 2nd half of the season in probably record quick time for me. What this means for you is that I’ve managed to get the update written for the end of the season for RBSalzburg (RBLeipzig following very soon too)! We were going well at the half way stage, top of the league and had progressed well in the cup. I was confident we could go on to win the league and get back to where the club belonged, qualifying for the Champions League!
When you last saw our progress as we went into the winter break, we were sitting in a good position just behind Bayern Munich in 2nd place. After a shaky start to the season, we’d gone on a good run of form and I was confident we could go on and have a successful season. Could we topple the might of Bayern though?
In the cups, we’d sneaked through our Champions League group and would head into the knockouts to play against Benfica. We were aiming to retain the DFB-Pokal too, after bringing home that trophy last season. My first piece of silverware at the club.
It’s all well and good saying this, but what did we actually manage to achieve in season 4 at RBL?
I’ve been talking about it for a while, and it’s finally here! It’s my second post for FM17 on the tactics I’ve been using in my save. It was initially adopted by RBL during season 3, but I’ve also been using it to great effect with RBS since I took over there too. Of course, both teams playing the same way will only help us to develop players who can easily slot into both of the clubs.
Let me introduce you to “Between Two Shadows”!
After what seemed like the longest pre-season ever after our title win in season 4, I’ve finally managed to get through the first half of the season with RBLeipzig. What do you do when you’ve just secured your first title win? Do you aim for another right away? Kickstart an era of domination? Or would you rather settle for another strong league position to just continue to build?