Originally posted by Reider84:
Originally posted by nax:
Opposition instructions are terribly useful!
If my scout report says that I have to watch out for the pace of their left winger, then I set the mentality of my right-back to defensive and reduce his creative freedom so he tracks back and does not get caught out by their left winger.
If my scout report says that they look to utilise the aerial ability of their strikers, I set the instructions for their wingers to prompt them to cut in inside of crossing the ball in. Show on right foot for their left winger, and show on left foot for their right winger.
If their wingers have any foot on lower than 'reasonable' rating, he gets set on 'show on weaker foot'. This is rare in the premier league but is almost the norm in the lower leagues.
If my scout report tells me about a player who requires watching, he gets set on tight marking.
But if my scout report says that player looks to drop deep into space..I avoid tight marking him since my defender will likely be dragged out of position.
It's alot of common sense here. Opposition instructions only take me lesser than a minute every match to set. Attention to details sets a good manager apart from a successful one in my opinion.
If their playmaker or the player singled out by my scout has low bravery, I set the opposition instruction for him to be on hard tackling.
Having a good scout is crucial to good preparation! I definitely disagree that it is always a good idea to show onto weaker foot all the time for wingers and FCs. It makes no sense. In that case, why not show onto weaker foot for every one on the opposition team? When you show onto a particular foot, you actually open up space in the other direction for him to move into.
Wingers should also not be closed down all the time as your defenders will get tired out. Weigh the consequences. Besides, wingers tend to be the more skillful ones in any team. This means, they are more likely to be able to expose gaps created when you close them down.
That's a good point about bringing the wingers inside, I usually only use the show onto foot option for strikers, this is something defintely worth considering.