Girona FC – S2,5: Season 2 review

FM22 Analytics, tactics and soccernomics

After a 9th placed finish in our first season back in La Liga, we’re naturally optimistic about the future and looking to see how we can build on that and hopefully secure European football next season.

I like to first look at how the team performed to see where we can make immediate improvements, and then at each player to see who we need to stick with and who can be moved on.

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Girona FC – S2,4: Did the Data Hub save our season?

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In the last update we’d used the Data Hub to figure out why we were still failing to create ample goalscoring opportunities. Using our findings we make tweaks to (hopefully) allow us to:

  • Win the ball more often, as well as slightly higher up the pitch,
  • Hold on to possession more to let us progress the ball better through the phases
  • Create better chances and score more goals.

To achieve our season goal of beating Pablo Machin’s 10th placed La Liga finish we’d need these changes to work as we entered a “month of doom” as we faced Barcelona, Sevilla, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, before finishing off with an easier game against Elche.

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Girona FC – S2,2: Post-patch blues

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When we left off we’d just been beaten 5-0 by Atletico Madrid and were reaching for the Ibuprofen to ease some tactical-based headaches.

After looking at the stats from the three variations we’d tried, the decision was made to stick with the 3-4-1-2 and try to develop this further.

Was the new formation a roaring success? Did we add a new 20 goal-a-season striker in the January transfer window?

Let’s find out.

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Girona FC – S2,0: Frustrating recruitment & season 2 preview

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There are good pre-seasons and amazing pre-seasons.

Ours was neither. In fact, it was a frustrating pre-season.

But first…

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Girona FC – S1,4: End of season review.

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When we left off we had a 12 point lead at the top of La Liga 2, with just 6 games remaining.

Only a disaster could possibly stop us being crowned a champions…

Surely we wouldn’t enter our worst run of form of the year at the business end of the season… Right??

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Girona FC – S1,3: The Cup, promotion push & the narrative.

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We left off in mid-January – the midway point in the season – where we sat at the top of La Liga 2, 6 points clear of second placed Huesca… who along with Real Sporting, were the only teams to beat us so far.

We’d also managed to bolster our already stingy defence with the signing of free agent, Joris Gnagnon.

Would we continue our fine form? or capitulate under the pressure?

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