Season Four Pt 2 – Hard ‘Labour’

Ruslan’s hands were raw, not through hard labour, as his father suffered all those years ago, his hands were raw from writing. Sometimes the pencil is mightier than the sword he thought, a wry smile etched across his weathered face.

200,000 postal votes had been submitted by dead British citizens in constituencies identified by the Kremlin as key to the British election; May 2022. Ruslan was sure he’d filled in over half of these at his desk overlooking the Anzhi training ground. While some one-star potential youth graduates filled in the rest.

He sat up late into the night to watch the results coming in, Labour gain, after Labour gain. They’d done it, Corbyn was Prime Minister. Border polls in Scotland and Northern Ireland were now inevitable, adding to the instability and division across the European Union since the United Kingdom left last year. The European project was over, the continent divided, an ever stronger Russia loomed in the East; Europe could now be conquered.

Chepiga at a Corbyn rally sometime in 2017

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Season Four Pt 1 – Pursuing the European Adventure ©

Early July 2021, it has been almost 13 years since Russia last invaded Georgia and took military control of the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions. The time had come to finish the job, the reintegration of Georgia was the next phase of operation Yellow Hammer.
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Evading the press and breaking the lines

One of the first two things I try and observe during a game are, where is the opposition’s defensive line, and secondly, how high up the pitch are they prepared to press.

Generally during the save teams have played with a relatively high defensive line against me, as Anzhi remains one of the lesser sides in the division, leaving plenty of space in behind for me to exploit.

I play a flat 4141 and, when I think about how I would want any side I managed to actually defend, this is the shape I imagine. In possession, however, the shape is very different due to the roles and duties selected, especially the midfield four. My left-midfielder(a) is instructed to cut inside with the ball and dribble more, as well as get further forward by default. I’ve added get further forward to my box to box midfielder while my mezzala(a) and winger(s) are vanilla. All four of these roles will attack space in front of them fairly aggressively. Having a standard defensive midfielder behind them offers me great security should we lose the ball in advanced areas. Continue reading “Evading the press and breaking the lines”

Something in the pipeline – the conclusion to Season 3

Ruslan always enjoyed his trips to Western Ukraine, he had been there many times before as a child, and during his adolescence. This trip was different though, he knew his actions would probably set in motion a series of events that he could neither fully predict, nor halt, once initiated. He was, however, sure this was the right thing to do for Russia, for his family, and for himself. He took a deep breath, and slowly disconnected the valve on the pipeline in front of him. Continue reading “Something in the pipeline – the conclusion to Season 3”

First half of season three – United Republic of Russia & Ukraine

It’s New Year’s Eve, a cold wind was blowing from the north but Ruslan had a warm feeling in his belly. The UN Security Council had just recognised the legitimacy of the United Republic of Russia & Ukraine, his friends Mike According and Ángel Bastardo are safe and have sought refuge in Colombia following the collapse of the Republic of La Plata. Continue reading “First half of season three – United Republic of Russia & Ukraine”

Bastardo at War: Russia

Ruslan Chepiga recently met Ángel Bastardo, who wished to make use of Ruslan’s rather unique skill set. In the end, Ruslan had to enlist the help of Mike According to keep the general safe. You can read all about it on FM Grasshopper’s blog. Please check it out.bastardo

 

Match in Focus 2 – Anzhi v Krasnodar

Welcome to my second Match in Focus. A little aside from my main blog posts where I describe one important, or notable, match from my save.


Date: 8.00pm 15th March 2020 Attendance: 12,068

Squad building is an integral part of any successful FM save and for me it is my favourite part of the game by far. Very often I see managers setting out attributes they want for each position and aim for two players per position. This is sensible, however, I like to take this a little step further when planning ahead. Instead of having two similar players for each position I prefer to have two, sometimes three, different types of player per position. By doing this it is possible to completely change how your team plays whilst remaining within a tactical framework that is largely unchanged. Continue reading “Match in Focus 2 – Anzhi v Krasnodar”