A slightly cumbersome April, particularly in the league, casts a shadow over a near perfect March. The loss to Boavista aside - we showed that we are far superior to Sporting over three ties, yet find them as our closest rivals in the league. The foot has come off the gas somewhat as we've looked to secure a place in the Europa League final - played in nearby Lisbon. We have one foot there with a resounding victory over Sevilla and will either face Leicester or Roma there. The season ends with ties against Porto, Rio Ave and relegated Setubal - not easy but I hope the slender league can see us home and retaining our title. We can also add the aforementioned Europa League and the Taca de Portugal to complete a treble.
A superb end to the season - three competitions including the Europa League, a competition that I prioritised as soon as we fell foul in the Champions League. I feel as if our team is really coming to its peak now and there are only a few weaker areas, most of which are being earmarked to be filled with youth players. I've already clicked through into next season so I will leave this short and extremely pleased with what I have achieved to date.
With a heavy heart, I am going to call an end to this save. It may be for the time being or it may be forever. Whilst I have had a magical 21 years at the helm of this, now massive, Portuguese club, there are a couple of things that are not quite right within the game-world that are making my plans somewhat harder to achieve. I am aware that I started this game on the beta and, as such, there are often a few bugs that never quite get ironed out as the game gets patched. 1. League reputation
I love dynamic league rep and I had major plans to create a dynasty of Portuguese clubs. The only issue is that the reputations haven't changed, at all. Each nation appears to be in the same place as it was when I started the game. We have won two Europa Leagues in a row whereas the German league has floundered of late, yet there has been nothing else moved. We can't have a world famous league if we are still having clubs from the lower echelons of Ligue 1, Serie A or La Liga being able to unsettle our top players.
2. Club reputation
The above screenshot is showing a strange phenomenon. Literally ever team promoted to the top flight now comes with a worldwide reputation. This is apparent in France and in Germany, meaning that giants Juve are not way down the list - behind Nancy, Dijon, second tier winners Brest and Cologne, who just came into the Bundesliga. This probably has a knock on impact on the fact that they can unsettle my team and steal away the talent from the rest of Portugal really easily.
Elsewhere - and this is my doing - I have lost interest in the challenge of this save. Below is my U23 squad - the majority of the players are listed with an asterisk to say that I feel they have exceedingly good potential and most are rated as potentially world class by my coaches. I have to click through the seasons and I have the next 20 years sorted. I miss the days of getting the maximum out of a very poor player.
The game date is 25th September 2040 and, being as I've just recapped my achievements, will be pausing the game there. Over the past week or so I have been working on what I want to do next but may come back to this save at some point as it truly has been my favourite ever save on any iteration.
I have also noticed reputation was broken. I went from somewhere around this 70th to 1st in one season. Ok I won the ecl but it was a fluke and next year I lost in the quarters and shot right back down.