In the opening round, my opponent was Segundo Volante, read about it here. In the next round; Round 2. I matched up with Inverted Wingbacks. A great player of football manager and the owner of a fascinating blog with Liverpool FC on invertedwingbacks.com.
Cookie FM vs Inverted Wingbacks
As the home team, I hosted the fantasy draft match and we got underway. Both managers got started by creating a shortlist of players that they wanted in the draft. A shortlist of 27 players was enough for me, I hoped I had made the right choices. 30 minutes later, the draft was complete and both managers had their squads! Let’s see who they picked.
First up is goalkeepers. I needed a trustworthy player in between the sticks, so I selected Handanovic. As back up goalkeeper it was only one man with capable hands of coming on in the unlikely situation that Handanovic gets injured or sent off. It is Schmeichel.
Inverted Wingbacks went for Ederson as the main goalkeeper and with no back up goalkeeper drafted in, football manager created a greyed-out player to fill the spot.
Defenders were next on the list. Once again I went with a few trusted names in Clyne, Romagnoli and Christensen. As well as added additions in Martinez and Mendy. A good choice of solid defensive players that should offer a stable block for us to build on. One mistake I made is I didn’t select a wide-defender for the bench
Inverted Wingbacks decided to pick a mixture of well-known players like Alba, Silva, Umtiti, Carvajal and Koulibaly as well as a few young youthful players in Alexander-Arnold and Holgate.
The midfield is where I kind of went a bit nuts! I selected a whole host of well-known players in Koke, Biglia, Fabinho, Salah, Casemiro and Payet. These players would perform in their role when the time was right. I also picked Kessie, Malcom and Martial as my promising young players.
Inverted Wingbacks selected mostly well-known experienced players at the top-level of football. These were Coutinho, Kruse, Keita, Kagawa and Savic. She did add Sanches and Can for a bit of youth an exuberance.
I thought of one thing when choosing my strikers, goals. I picked Ibrahimovic because of his talent in front of goal. Fekir, my back up striker picked to give a more creative style of play in the attacking third.
Inverted Wingbacks picked three quality strikers, playing at the top of their game. Dembele, Batshuayi and Morata would prove hard to beat in this match. It would be up to our defence to stop them.
Tactics have been selected. Instructions had been given to the players and the match began!
Cookie FM start the game in rampant form as a fantastic attacking move finds a cross to Ibrahimovic, who heads wide.
A free kick from Salah gets put into the box, headed out by Koulibaly to Koke. He finds Biglia in the 6 yard box, who slots home a neat finish. Biglia and about half of Cookie FM are offside; no goal!
Another free kick; this time Koke whips a ball into the box which is headed clear. Koke picks up the ball again and runs wide-left and tries to cross the ball in again, but another blockage causes Clyne to thread the ball through to Fabinho via Mendy. Fabinho finds a through ball to Salah on the right side of the 6 yard box, who shoots over the bar. Another great chance for Cookie FM to grab that 1-0 lead.
A great chance from a free kick passed shortly to Koke standing just outside the area. Koke hits a long effort and its over the bar after a wonderful save from Ederson. The resulting corner is taken by Koke and aimed for Biglia at the far post, who gets a head to it. But the shot is straight at the goalkeeper.
A chance for Inverted Wingbacks. A free kick taken by Jordi Alba and its over the bar from the shot.
First Half Cookie FM 0-0 Inverted Wingbacks
A great fist half by the home side. Dominated all the statistics in the beginning period, but failed to make their total control count. The scoreline 0-0 doesn’t reflect the amount of chances in this first half. The disallowed goal form Biglia, was correctly ruled out after replays from the VAR system!
After a wonderful passing move from Inverted Wingbacks. The ball gets played long towards Morata and like the poacher he is, he scores! 1-0 to Inverted Wingbacks. Cookie FM will feel hard done by after their first half performance.
A simple throw in by Cookie FM is intercepted by Morata and counter attacked superbly. The ball gets played up to Coutinho through Batshuayi, where Coutinho shoots one on one but a great save from Handanovic denies the goal.
A free kick delivered by Coutinho get to Sergej, who heads it towards goal. But it goes over the bar not troubling the goalkeeper.
A short goal kick from Ederson, finds Silva who plays it to Alba. Alba then plays a long through ball to Kruse who becomes one on one with the goal keeper Handanovic after some great movement. Kruse slots the ball home for 2-0. Inverted Wingbacks are cruising now.
A Clyne throw in finds Biglia, who is keen to switch the play. He plays it to Koke in the centre of midfield who then switches it to Payet just outside of the box, who hits an absolute stunner of a shot! It’s 2-1, Ederson was planted to the ground as the ball rocketed past him. Cookie FM make it 2-1, game on!
What looked like a good attack from Cookie FM, seemed to have broken down when Fekir was dispossessed at the halfway line. The ball is played long wide-right to Kruse who then plays a lovely through ball across goal to Batshuayi to score an open goal. Its 3-1, surely there is no way back for Cookie FM now.
4 MINUTES ADDED ON
Inverted Wingbacks try to play the ball forward nicely, but are cut out by Fabinhos hard work. The ball is played forward to Payet, who switches to ball to Malcom with his second touch. Malcom dribbles down the right-wing and whips a low cross into the box, Fekir runs onto it and taps in a beautifully worked goal. It’s 3-2, is their time for Cookie FM to make it to extra time.
Inverted Wingbacks bring the ball forward now. After a few passes they lose out to Mendy, who hoofs the ball long. It’s too powerful for Fekir who loses out to Umtiti who heads it down to Payet. Payet picks it up around the halfway line and dribbles. Payet carries on his dribble beating player after player until he passes it to Fekir inside the 18 yard box. Fekir shoots, but its a tame effort and Ederson says thank you very much. Ederson takes his time with the goal kick. He plays it short to Silva who smashes it long. There it is, the final whistle goes and it’s a win for Inverted Wingbacks.
Cookie FM 2-3 Inverted Wingbacks
Overall, I was disappointed with the result as I had felt we gave a good enough account of ourselves to win the match. It just shows that if you don’t put your chances away, it comes back to punish you. I was very disappointed with the pick of Salah, Ibrahimovic and Martinex. They whole-heartedly underperformed. Inverted Wingbacks played a great game and I wish her all the best for the future in the tournament. Our FM Creators Cup journey comes to an abrupt end this time around, be sure to keep in touch with my content. There is more on its way!
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