A Roman Tale – Il Gladiatore

Welcome. This is the start of a brand new save. The hiatus away from the Torino save was not because a little boredom but mainly due to some slack administration. That’s right, I lost the save file after doing a spring clean on the laptop. I can see you’re head shaking from side to side in disgust. I did keep my mouse happy with a short season back in 2003/04 but I feel a steady save with the vanilla database will keep me entertained until FM 20.

So, why Roma? I hear you cry. Well, this is the last chance to manage one of my favourite players over the last 15 years in his natural environment. That player is of course Daniele De Rossi aka Il Gladiatore. Which in turn means I will take the helm at Serie A side Roma.

For those of you who do not know Il Gladiatore here is a little summary of the man.

Daniele De Rossi, born 24th July 1983, in Rome. Has played over 600 times for his boyhood club AS Roma, and in real life he has recently made the move to Boca Juniors in Argentina.

De Rossi, in his prime was the complete midfielder, because of his strength, tacking, vision, awareness, passing range, energy and his goal scoring ability. De Rossi’s ability to break down the opposition and his adeptness at the box to box style of midfield play led him to be compared to Steven Gerrard and his idol Roy Keane. He was also described as a tactically intelligent and versatile player apt at being the destroyer and having the graceful touch and passing arsenal to be the playmaker. In his pomp the guy would eat up whom ever crossed his path then dance around them with the ball before either starting an attacking move or driving through midfield on a powerful run. He was(is) the type of player that would run through brick walls to keep the team going whether that be a last ditch slide tackle, or throwing his body on the line to block a shot, to putting his head on the line to score. The below video shows a brief celebration of his time in Giallorosso.

So how does this transfer to FM19?

My first aim once set up is to offer DDR a new contract. Ideally I would like to see him at the club until 2021. The reason behind this is that I hope I can get through a few seasons in this save ahead of FM20. Not only that I would like to see if I can find a replacement for DDR and I hope to have him mentor the replacement to help set the new players’ personality in a bid to see the player become a natural heir to the gladiatorial throne.

Ciao for now, in the next episode I will chat about the Roma squad, any possible incomings and outgoings from the 2018/19 starting squad. I will also disclose the tactical ideas I hope will prove to be successful for this Roma team/save.