craiigman Posted August 4, 2020 Share Posted August 4, 2020 (edited) It's been a number of years since I last managed to get anything going on FM, even though I monitor the forums and watch Rashidi on YouTube, I just haven't really got anywhere. I think up a way of playing, then when it doesn't work, I end up just quitting. But I want to enjoy the game. So I decided I would load up an FM Touch save to speed things along, and concentrate on the tactics first. I wanted to pick a team I didn't' know in a smaller league, and a team aimed around mid-table. The objective is simple: achieve the media predicted position. The setup: Predicted to finished 12th The squad: It looked fairly reasonable, the comparison screen did show a couple of issues, but when I check the players who will play they seemed skewed by players not going to play those type of roles. Example was defending, our heading was lowest in the league. But the CB's all had reasonable heading, above average, so must have been the full backs. While still important, not much I could do with budget. First thing I done was select the best players from the team and put them into a reasonable line up: This wouldn't work so I had to move around until bit more realistic. A very simple 4231 that looked balanced on paper. Idea: TM support to hold up play for in coming AM and IF or on receiving end of W crosses. As my other striker was not TM suitable, I change to AF and put AM into support so he becomes the person playing in the AF and IF. Positive as I wanted a bit of urgency with attack and take more risks. Play out from back and distribute to BPD as he had good passing and vision attributes. And you know what, things started very well, until they didn't, and then they really didn't I know friendlies are just that, but the draw with Nordsjælland and win vs Heerenveen were positives. Then the league started well, took a defeat in cup vs lower division team which made me wonder, but then we hit back with 2 very impressive wins. Then this happened: And that was the start of the downfall. Running out of ideas and what to do, I ended up adding a bunch of TI's and have this: Results are slowly picking up, got a win and a few draws. And I sit exactly 12th in the league, the target. But what did annoy me, and still does really. How can I start so well, playing free flowing football, then all of a sudden just stop like that. Even though I am now getting points all the games are very much the same. We end up with around 20 shots, them around half the amount, ends in a draw. My win was only because of a penalty. I got Zirkzee on loan from Bayern, he should be scoring at this level. But the stats: So while yes I am achieving 12th which is the goal, I also don't understand why the start was so good, and the rest so bad. Edited August 4, 2020 by craiigman 1 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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