Originally posted by azeri4life:
I took so long writing my previous post that I missed your one at 22:11!
Yeah I agree with you - definitely I have my player with the most creativity as my best passer who has his setting of playing through balls set to "much" (two players have thorugh balls set to much in my team and thats my AMC and SS).
(Dumb American moment: what's SS?)
Originally posted by Tubzinho:
Something I noticed since FM06, I seem to have a problem trying to win when I am top of the league. It just seems whatever I do, I can't score and the opposition almost always nicks a goal against the run of play.
Yet when I am not top and chasing, it is much easier to win and the players bang in goals left, right and center.
Is it the pressure of expectation? When you dominate possession, create 15-20 chances a game and your top goalscorers, who have been free scoring all season all of a sudden can't hit a cows arse with a banjo then it is questionable.
Also, I'm absolutely convinced at certain times that the AI stops you pulling away at the top by more than 3-4 points in the second half of the season. It seems the negative results of the chasing pack more or less determines what you do i.e. if second place loses then you will not win if you are already clear of them by more than a point.
The only time I have experienced being able to pull away at the top and win the league early is the season after I win a Championship for the first time. For example, when manager of Genk in the first season I experienced what I said, couldn't pull clear of Mouscron at all. After I won the league though, the next season I had the title won by mid-March with the same side as the previous season.
There's definitely a "pressure of expectation" motif - that's been built in for quite a while. I think you're more likely to avoid it with a team full of experienced, professional veterans, especially ones who "have been there before"; that might explain your second season phenomenon: having won it all the previous year, there's more confidence. The pressure is on the chasing pack, not the defending champs, as it were.