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  2. I dont want DLP to me my main creator, i just want him to be a Jorginho/ Kroos type of player. I have Pellegri/Origi as my striker As i mentioned, i only score goals through corners and dead ball, i cant create chances, yes i am winning games, but im not winning titles, 4 years 0 titles says it all, my team performed terrible in away games
  3. What are your issues? You haven't posted a single thing in the bugs section, so if you have issues with the game how could SI fix them? If you have issues with goalkeepers, then why haven't you posted about it? If you have issues with BDP's, then why haven't you posted about it? If you have issues with anything in the ME, why haven't you posted about it? How do you expect them to fix anything if you don't let them know?
  4. Why? It's the defensive settings which exploits this years ME the most in a positive way. @vandamme22 As you said already you need more penetration in the final third which includes runs and passes mostly. I would suggest you Attacking mentality to create more offensive movement. keep the passing at slightly more direct (standard i guess) and lower the tempo from high to standard. Use play out of defense so you got a slow build up and more direct play in the final third. If you feel your build up needs more patience, you can add PIs to defenders and one or both CM's to pass it shorter. Also remove narrow play. gl bra
  5. So we can finally start to talk about team, player and opposition instructions. They are important to my tactical setup, but when designing a play style I typically add them afterwards to generate the football I want. There will be situations where you will know some instructions you want in advanced based on your own ideas of how you want to play, so do not take these posts as the only way to do thing. They are just the way I like to think about problems. Also please note these are “default” settings that I will use when I think I can enforce my own style. I do make changes for specific matches, and I will detail some of that later. Team instructions So, how am I going to decide what team instructions I want to use? I can go back the first post, and think about what I want to do. My goal is to play attractive football. This is pretty airy and for good reason. I have not yet defined what I think of as attractive football. In the previous post I did mention that I want to create many different types of chances to be as attractive as possible. Let’s dig deeper into what I like. Which teams do I enjoy watching play currently? As much as it pains me to say as a Mancunian (albeit a Huddersfield fan, please pour pity on me for this season), I really enjoy watching Liverpool play. Klopp in general. High intensity, relatively direct. I also love watching slick counter attacking goals. None of this tiki taka nonsense for me, give me a move with 4 incisive passes over one with 40. How does this translate into FM? I can think of 3 things I will select immediately based on what I said: higher tempo and counter-press (elements of Klopp’s style that I like), and counter (I like counter attacks). There will be some supplementary things to add on here. If I want to play a pressing game, I will set my line of engagement to higher, to put pressure on teams in their own half. I will also use a higher defensive line, to put more players into a position to press more players without getting too far out of position. Now, I realise this is going to leave me open to balls over the top, and counter attacking. This is a risk I take willingly. I want to play attacking positive football. Sometimes it is going to go wrong, and we may concede. As long as this is not happening all the time, the risk is acceptable. You will also note that I want to use players close to the area to play the ball to players running past them into the box. For this reason, I select “work ball into box”. I really do not want my striker getting the ball in space, turning and shooting. Ditto any other player. I want to probe, and I want to give chance for all the things I described previously to happen. Finally, I typically do not play with strong aerial threats up front. So I am against lobbing the ball high from my ‘keeper. Better to try to build from the back. As such, I will use “play out of defence”, and tell the ‘keeper to distribute to the CBs or FBs. To summarize the entire second and third post thus far. See how simple that feels? I have selected only things I know that I want. I have tried to avoid making this complicated, and I know exactly why every instruction is there. Player instructions. Player instructions are very simple in my case. I rarely use them. I will tell my front 3 to close down more, as well as the CM(A). The latter because he will often find himself high up the pitch when we lose the ball, so he may as well help try to force a long pass. Why do I not have more? Well, simply because I do not have a reason to select any more. If I add more, it will be situational because I spotted something during a match. Opposition instructions. Finally, a word about opposition instructions. I get the feeling these are not very popular here. Indeed, I remember reading one of the people here (I forget who) saying that OIs are for people who do not know what their tactic is doing. I am going to make a counter argument for this, based on creating pressing zones. Currently, in the game, you cannot create zones of the pitch where you press, and others where you do not. I try to mimic this with opposition instructions, targeting specific positions. This means that my team will close down players in specific areas of the field. Which is quite nice. I do this by selection higher pressing intensity on any player playing in the DMC strata or DC strata (and the ‘keeper). I also instruct my team to tackle these players harder. This is to really put pressure on those players. Press them hard, get a foot in, make a tackle. Instead of the unfocused pressing you get from TIs, I have created something that should only happen in specific areas. I will also close down wingers, who I really do not want to give the time to cross if I can avoid it. In addition, I show on to their weaker foot. Those players I do not close down, I set to be tightly marked. Why? The players who are being pressed are going to want to get the ball away quickly. They will try to make the ball go forward. If I take away as many of those passes forward away as possible, we increase the chances of winning the ball back. That is the point of pressing. Either win the ball back with a tackle, or force the other side to give you the ball back with a bad pass or just aimless clearance to relieve the pressure. I hope I you can see why using OIs can also achieve this, and here are the settings pictorially, to make it clearer. That deals with the basics of my tactical setup. It took 3 posts, which makes it seem a lot more difficult that it is. When you think about what I have actually done, though, it is quite simple. I have just written a lot of words to explain things in a much detail as I can. I do make tactical changes during matches quite often, and I will deal with this in a future post. Next, however, I am going to talk to you about the players. What players do I want, how do I pick them, etc. This is something just as important as making a tactic.
  6. This post is cannibalised from one I made in a different thread where someone asked me to discuss how I was set up. I will use it because it is a pretty good description of the thought that went into this tactic. I will point out that it was more iterative than it appears here. As I have noted, I have played this way for years now. Hence, I have really worked on how this tactic works, and I have adapted it over time. Also note that this is the basic way I will play, thinking about games where I expect to be able to win. There will be various things that I do in real situations during matches. These I will discuss in a later post. The purpose of this post is to show the thought process behind how to put my vision discussed in the first post into action. We will start with the shape. This is the basis of everything I will do. I do not have any player roles yet, no mentality, no instructions, nothing. How did I decide on this shape? Well, I typically play as not quite top sides to start with, so I like to have a DMC to give a bit of defensive cover. I also like to push my fullbacks high up the pitch – attractive attacking football in my head means we have lots of attacking options, including fullbacks. It also may be force of habit. You could easily think of ways to make everything I discuss work in other tactical frameworks. So, what I need to do next is to work out how I want to score goals. How will I create my attacking attractive football? As I just said, I want lots of attacking options. I want to have many players who could score goals. This should create variety, and variety is attractive in football. So how will I create my space? I will start with my striker. Where is there space around him? It is behind him. I want him to move into this space. So I will pick a DLF(S), who will move into this space. So what space is going to be created by the DLF and his movement? Hopefully, he is going to drag the central defenders out of position. The aim is to make one of the CBs follow him deeper. Alternatively, if nobody does that, he will be in a position to receive the ball. Imagine I have created a bit of space in the centre of the pitch by dragging a CB with my DLF. Who can I put into the gap I have created? Well, there are two options. I can try to put a wide player into a central position, or I can try to get a central midfielder to overlap the striker. Let’s do both. This gives me two more roles; an IF(A) and a CM(A). I will put them on opposite sides to try to exploit opposite channels (and overload the defence). Note that they could be on either side, here I illustrate how I play when I have right footed wide players. I now have two methods to score goals. They both rely on the movement of the DLF though. The DLF drops back and gets the ball. A CB either comes with him, or rushes to close him down because he has the ball in a pocket of space in a dangerous area. The DLF can then pass the ball either to the IF or the CM. These two players can then either shoot or they can support each other further in creating a change. This is another good reason to have both players overlapping. They can support each other after the DLF has done his job, with a scrabbling defence. On paper, this looks very nice. Okay, we still have many players who do not have roles yet. What shall we do with them? Let us start with the other midfielder. He needs to be a more holding type of player since we have a movement based player next to him. What do I actually want him to do? One thing is to feed the ball to the DLF. He also needs to be able to take advantage of the space the DLF creates without passing him the ball. Or to recycle the ball if there is no chance. I have just described a playmaker to you. I usually use a DLP(S), but there is no reason an AP(S) would not work. I typically want him slightly deeper because I am always nervous about too many players being forward. This adds another way to score goals. The DLP can pass to the CM(A) or IF(A) as they run into space created by the DLF. There is also no reason the DLF cannot also make his own forward movement to get on one of these passes. What other space have we created? Well, the IF(A) is cutting off his wing, so we have space on the left flank. Let’s put someone in that space too. That means we need an attack minding fullback, typically I use a FB(A). This is creating an overload on the left of my attack. The defence will hopefully have to commit players to their right to deal with this threat. If my striker drifts towards the left too, even better. More overloading, more defenders required. Why is this good? Well, if I can force the defence to drift to my left, I have created space on my right flank. Space, incidentally, which I want to put my CM(A) into. So what about the right midfielder? You could have another IF to exploit this space, but this is typically not how I play. If I flood the right of the defence as well, the opposition may not over commit to defending their right flank. So lets keep the width with a winger. On support, because I want him in space to start with (not pressed against the defensive line, he will be less dangerous there. This creates another way to score goals straight up. Two ways, really. The first would be a cross from the left flank to the right, with the winger (who will drift in for such things), CM(A) or DLF all potentially available for a cross. Equally, a cross from the right wing to the left will find an IF(A), and possible the DLF. Sometimes even the left back gets super adventurous. Who shall I pair the winger with? Well, actually, this role depends a lot on the situation. A FB(A) can also work here if I want to really overload the defence. This makes it very hard for a defending team to commit enough men to any one area. I could also use a more defensive role if I want to have additional defensive cover, a FB(D) for example. With the CM(A) bombing forward there is even scope for using an IWB to give me another body in the middle of the park (I do not do this a lot). There are 4 more roles to assign, only one of which is interesting. What do I want the DMC to do? Well, a little of everything. He needs to be a bit of a destroyer, not letting anyone get easily past him. At the same time, he needs to hold his position to provide defensive cover at all times, because I am set up very aggressive. Finally, I want him to act as a pivot to help recycle the ball from left to right, and vice versa (in combination with the DLP). So I usually play a simple DM(S) here, and make sure a have (or buy) a player who is capable of doing all these things. It is a very demanding role. Finally, the CBs are simple CD(S), and the goalkeeper a GK(D). I do not need them to do anything fancy. Just stop goals from being scored. This is a long, involved post, probably the longest I will make. The conclusions to take are: 1. I have created a tactic based only one what I want to see happen, using common sense. 2. I have created at least 4 common ways I should score a goal. This is only counting what I do with possession, not set plays or counter attacks. 3. You will notice I have no talked about any team instructions, player instructions, mentality, etc. I feel this is secondary to me. I will discuss it in the next post.
  7. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu I have recently been reading “The Art of War” since it is something I see quoted in various guises all the time. While I was reading it, some quotes really caught my attention in relation to football, and how I approach Football Manager. I realised that I had been, subconsciously for the most part, been following some of these rules. The quote above I think is spectacularly revealing in terms of how to approach the game in a successful manner. It boils down to two things; know yourself, and know your opposition. It sounds so simple. Two things to do to be successful (on average) at the game. Ultimately, this has inspired me to finally write up my approach to the game. I have been doing this in bits and pieces around the forum recently anyway. It is nice to get things in one place. I will try to frame this as a pretty basic approach to the game. How I have ideas, and how I try to get these ideas into the game. I am by no means an expert in football tactics, nor really at the game. I have played the same way for years now. The examples I will be drawing from are all from my main save. So everything I will show you is how I play the game myself, not preparing something specifically for this thread. I hope that this will therefore prove useful for people who are looking at how to play the game, or to develop their own way to play. I will discuss not only the tactical side of things, but how I recruit players and manage my squad, manage the squad happiness, and probably other things. With that relatively long preamble behind us (well done if you read all that), lets get started with the first thing you must do. Know yourself. Knowing yourself. How do I want to play? The first aspect of knowing yourself is to know how you want to play the game. That is not just tactical, but as a general philosophy of running a club. Cleon has discussed these ideas previously (and on his blog), as has Rashidi. So note the things I write here are almost never exclusively my own ideas. I have drawn from these forums, other blogs, youtube, etc. quite extensively. So, how do I want to play. What are the key aspects of my football philosophy? Let’s break them down point by point. 1. I want to play attractive positive football, whenever possible. I want to enjoy watching my team play, not just win matches. 2. I want to make sure every single player who plays for me leaves better than when they arrived. Be that youth players who will never play for me, or first team players who go on to bigger clubs. Player development matters. 3. I want my players to be determined and hard working. They must give everything for the club. 4. I want to try to favour youth, and try to avoid spending stupidly high wages on players. These things give me a few rules by which I can play (more like guidelines, a la the pirate code). I do not have to stick to them religiously. I may sign an older player if he will really make my side better, for instance. This serves as a decent starting point, though, for the following discussion. We can break these philosophies down into 3 groups, essentially. The first is tactical. I have decided how I want to play, broadly. I have to work out how I want to implement that. We will spend a lot of time discussing that. The second is training. I want to make my players better, so I must train them to as close to their potential as I can. We will spend less time talking about this, since it is a personal thing that perhaps others are uninterested in. The third is squad management; keeping players happy, having players on the correct contracts, and recruitment. I will spend a good deal of time talking about this because it is something that is vital to my long term successes. I will bring the first post to a close here. I think it is vital to have a good idea what you want to achieve in the game. Especially for tactical style and for recruitment. This can be whatever you want, there is no right or wrong. You could easily just decide to sign mercenary players and have a high turnover of players over time. There is not really a right or wrong way to aim for (there are right and wrong ways to implement ideas). My conclusion for this first post is to understand what manager you will be, and you will find decision making later on becomes much clearer.
  8. Hey guys, quick question. With overlapping causing the back to be a bit higher up and the winger being a tad less higher up the pitch than normal, does the same rule apply for under lapping? Say for example I have an IF(s), and i have an under lap on his side. Will he play narrower than usual because of this? Would ticking the instruction sit narrower be overkill? Currently running away with things in my save with Benfica, but this IF position on the right side is just a hot mess and I'm wondering if having the sit narrower player instruction with the underlap is tucking him in too far causing issues. Thanks in advance.
  9. Sep & Oct 2041. It looks like a decent period with just 1 loss and a point against PSG, but actually I look at it and see just 1 league win in 5 games over 2 months The Caen and Metz games were poor results but October seems to have been an improvement on September. 3 goals each from (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * and (39b) Xabier (Res) * are no great surprise, but 3 goals from (39i) Jon Villar (Res) is probably a surprise because I have had little if any reason to mention him in the thread so far. He came off the bench against PSG to bag a brace, and then followed that up with a goal in the Cup against Havre. (39i) Jon Villar (Res). I'm not pretending that he's the next big thing, but he's far from rubbish.
  10. After a busy pre-season, we're once again ready to go for the new campaign. The two 'big' friendlies saw us give my old side a hammering before losing comfortably to Dortmund, which may or may not give us an indication of where we stand in the European scheme of things at the moment. Local sides then took their annual hammerings as we tuned up fitness and performance, and if the firepower on show here is anything to go by, we're set for a decent year. The Super Cup suggests otherwise though - Zenit matched us blow for blow, and their early goal was enough to get the job done in the national stadium. I don't mind them taking the trophy - it's a glorified friendly anyway - but the result and performance is concerning. Perhaps we aren't as good as we thought we were? Last but not least, the transfer window. Plenty of departures, but the overwhelming departures were on loan. Novikov spent last year out on loan, as did Thé - the last outsider in the ranks - but they were the only two men even close to the starting line-up who moved on. Arriving were just five: three youngsters who may or may not develop, and two men who I've managed before. Arriving very cheaply from Tosno is former Kuban man Kozacuks, who will do a job in one of the two defensive midfield roles and has a great deal of top flight and international experience for a man of just 25. The big signing however is Prudnikov, who will line up alongside former Shakhtar team-mate Fedorenko after we failed to convince Manchester United to send Polyakov our way for another year. The Ukrainian is young, creative, and strong mentally - an ideal Spartak signing as we look to retain the title. Not long now before we get underway.
  11. Also any advice on how to change the title of the post to include DCK would be appreciated.
  12. Usually I use Foden and Malcom in the right, Bailey and Marin in the left. And I'm kinda questioning if its a good thing to use two IFs with get in the box at the same time.
  13. Operation Chicken Kiev With his time at Keymer and Hassocks drawing to a regrettable close, manager Jamie Tabb continued his career by moving 15 miles north to take over Crawley's Dynamo Chicken Kiev Maidenbower. DCK actually finished behind K&H in the 2026/27 Mid Sussex Premier League but were promoted due to unspecified irregularities. DCK then won the Southern Combination Football League Division Two(SCFLD2), meaning that Tabb takes over in their maiden(bower) season in SCFLD1. Tabb took over in bizarre circumstances; long-serving manager Reece Miles was fired unexpectedly having just secured the SCFLD2 title, and was replaced by an oddly named fellow called 'Operation Chicken Kiev'. Kiev then himself resigned and announced his retirement from management after less than 24 hours in the role, at which point DCK turned to Tabb. There are no traces of Crawley's DCK online, so this post can't include an introduction to the club like it did for K&H, but the state of the club after 12 seasons of AI management is far weaker than that of K&H. Less money in the bank, a tiny roster of frankly terrible staff members and an ageing squad. Based on the inability to sign players who would have happily come to K&H, it would seem that despite the club playing two divisions higher the club has a far lower reputation. Here's a quick look at the staffing levels left behind: Amazing what you can achieve with 12 years of pestering the board and no wages paid to staff. The squad was strengthened with the signing of numerous K&H players - that is, those who were willing to move. The defenders who managed to acquire Rio 'Ferdy' Bryan-Edwards' Driven personality were all willing to sign though, as was Literally Messi aka David Ashley. Most of the best players already at the club were picked off by higher division clubs though, so the squad certainly will be a work in progress for the next few seasons. The board expects a title win, which may not prove easy given the issues at the club upon arrival. The schedule is also likely to be far more congested, with a 34 game league season and four cup competitions. There is however one massive advantage to the move to DCK, which is DCK II. The reserve side plays in Mid Sussex Division Four, meaning that in theory they could also progress up the leagues. I can sign players for DCK II, and control as much about them as I like, but I won't be taking charge of their matches. Thus this save is now no longer just a lower league management save, it is now also a lower league Director of Football save as well. Unfortunately, Mid Sussex D4 is no longer loaded, so for the first season DCK II will only be competing in cup competitions. From the 2029/30 season onwards however they will once again be competing in the league and able to (hopefully) start to climb up the pyramid with DCK proper. If the league is close this season then there will be a mid-season update, but if it turns out to be a walk in the park then the first DCK season update will be at the end of season. Onwards and upwards!
  14. That's right, I haven't got the three in a row yet either and I have eight hahahah! Seems to be a big issue with them all doesn't there!
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  16. Don't you have a better striker than Werner and a better wide forward than Coman in a top team like Bayern? Btw, when I see a combo of defensive instructions that involves much higher DL and much higher LOE coupled with extremely urgent pressing - plus counter-press - I immediately get a headache
  17. Second intake of the career, and another good one I might say. If only we could have gotten some defenders in there as well that would have been a perfect intake. But we did received good options in the wingers positions, and of course another good goalkeeper.
  18. There is no position for WP in 4231. Because WP operates in the wide midfield (MR/ML) positions.
  19. As said before I am ahead a bit with the save, but boy you sure are spot on in some aspects :)) Stop knowing what the future reserves for my save P.S. This is our tactics. Nothing fancy, just defaults mostly.
  20. Having a couple of issues that I can't seem to rectify. In the 3 seasons I've had, I've given away about 8 penalties in injury time all given by VAR and most are for pushes in the box. I'm telling my players to get stuck in so i expect to commit more fouls than normal but pushing in the back isn't getting stuck in, that's just being stupid. Why are my defenders doing it? I''ve got Harry Maguire and Rudiger at CB, and Andy Robertson and Thomas Munier as full backs so all solid defenders IRL and yet they're defending like ***** when it comes to injury time. What can I do to stop this? Is it the get stuck in instruction? I can count on 1 hand how many penalties I've been awarded on this save yet we give them away all the time. Also, holding onto leads. There's been a few times when I've gone 2-0 up in a games then begin to struggle, players start making silly decisions which result in goals, then once we've conceded 1, it normally means come injury time we'll concede and it's always worldies. Player gets ball out wide, skips past my players and sticks 1 in from 25 yards. What changes do you make to see out a result? I'm always wary of going too defensive as I feel like that will invite pressure on and we won't cope. Any advice appreciated.
  21. It's absolutely gutting to lose out on 12 seasons of progression but the bug doesn't look like it's followed to my new club (fingers crossed!) and the new surroundings might also bring a completely new dimension to the save which I will explain in my next post.
  22. Pogba is on left so I doubt it is important, as the more attacking player.
  23. And why exactly is that? Could you care to explain that?
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