I don't know why they do it but every now and then SI games release a version of Football Manager and they seem to crank up the difficulty to ridiculous extremes. Whether this is to appease the die-hard fans or they're simply reckless with their coding I'm not sure, but what I do know is that this year's edition is a frustrating mess of a game. Don't get me wrong, many aspects are excellent, including a staggeringly accurate player database, nice interface, and even a sensible new system for setting out tactical instructions. None of that matters, however, as the game is way. too. hard.
The problem lies SOLELY in the poor match engine and, specifically, the over-exaggerated dips in form that cripple your team almost every single season. It doesn't matter who you are, Real Madrid, PSG, or Wigan - you will run into a brick wall and start losing game after game for no apparent reason. The fanboys will say "it's your tactics", but if my tactics are so bad how come I won 8 games in a row before suddenly losing 4 or 5 in a row? It doesn't make any sense, it's like that game knows you're doing too well and flicks the bad form switch to try and keep things challenging.
As a fan of this series for many years it pains me to say this, but I think SI games are losing their way with this series, and it doesn't help motivate them when there is absolutely no genuine competition to rival them in the football sim genre. If you want my advice, go back to FM 2012 and download the most recent data update you can find.