I've been playing this a lot lately since coming back from Switzerland. I started a save with St Gallen in the Swiss League. In my third season, I have won the league twice and the cup once, losing a cup final as well. I made it as far as the UEL semifinals but lost to goddamn Sevilla (I'm starting to really hate those cu*ts). Now in the 3rd season I've managed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UCL in a group that also had Sporting (who finished 2nd), Man Utd (3rd) and Zenit (4th). I topped the group with 11 points! It feels quite surreal still but I'm playing Leverkusen in the round of 16 - a winnable tie, though it won't be easy.
I've managed to sign quite a few good young players but always rely heavily on wonderkids on loan. My current best player is LFC's Ojo - I've had him for the 3rd season in a row on loan but only now (at 20) he's really become a superstar. He's scored nearly 20 goals in the first half of the season alone and been named European Golden Boy. His loan contract has a £12.5M buy clause but I doubt he would accept to discuss a permanent contract... I'm surely going to try though (provided I have that money).
My starting lineup is currently the following:
GK - Dragowski (or something like this - on loan from Barcelona)
RB - Silvan Hefti (from St Gallen youth - a brilliant player I'm surely going to buy for other clubs in other saves)
CB - Emerson (young CB I bought from Botafogo)
CB - Veljković (also very young, bought from Werder Bremen)
LB - Martin Angha (St Gallen's captain at the start of the game. Originally a RB, but moved to LB to accommodate Hefti)
DM - Gaston Gil Romero (such a reliable, cheap signing in all of the past 3 editions or so of the game)
CM - Julian Weigl (my biggest high profile signing, was transfer listed by Dortmund. Likely to lose him to PSG or LFC soon)
RW - Reine-Adelaide (young French winger from Arsenal; a real talent at this stage of my game)
LW - Ojo (the genius)
CAM - Nicolae Stanciu (like Gil Romero, also a cheap and reliable signing for a few FM editions)
ST - Borja Mayoral (young striker on loan from Real Madrid)
I always have fairly big squads, so on top of that I also got players like Carlo Ascues, Gianluca Gaudino, Michael Frey, Jorge Correa, Ulisses Garcia, Sergi Palencia, Edimilson Fernandes, among others in my squad. The average age must be ridiculously low.