dolph11

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  1. Thanks Herne, I did take the nervousness into account but it did seem way over the top to me. Still, that's just the way it goes. It was actually in my 5th season that I finished 3rd, it was slow progress. It genuinely isn't evident that the opposing teams have tightened up, All I see is ridiulous decision making allowing the opposition to have the ball back, it's frustrating. I did take into account my aggressive mentality but did try to adapt, to no avail. Should I totally change formation? It's not a save I want to just give up on as I feel that would be a waste but at the moment it's quite tiresome and boring. When I use the 'drop deeper' instruction does my team as a whole drop deeper or just my defence which in turn leaves a bigger gap between the defence and the midfield?
  2. I'm having difficulty noticing where the problems are in my team. I am currently managing Wolves and am in the season 2022/2023. I play an attacking/highly structured 433 narrow formation. I got promoted in my first season pretty much blowing every other team away (albeit for a minor blip where team decided to down tools), nonetheless, it was an enjoyable season with some of the most potent attacking I've seen on the game mixed in with some pretty sturdy defending. I've had to change the instructions a few times due to 'being found out' by the AI or my team just not playing the same way as before, this has been my main problem. I watch the games on extended and I see no reason why my team change the way they play based on the way the opposition play, if that makes any sense? The decisions my players make are just stupid decisions that they didn't make before, not, from what I can see, being under any more pressure than before or teams defending differently. I'm ot saying this isn't happening, it's just not visible in the ME which leaves it up to guesswork. Anyhow, here is my formation: GK/d CWB/a CD/d CD/d CWB/a AP/s BWM/d CM/a DLF/s F9/s DLF/a Team Instructions - Play out of defence, exploit the middle, look for overlap, shorter passing, get stuck in, roam from positions. Last season I finished 3rd in The Prem (overacheivers award) and felt we should have won the league given we went 25 games unbeaten at the beginning and were leading the league by ten points only to win only a handful of games in the remaining fixtures with a team that was unrecognisable from the beginning of the season. I had defenders closing down where they hadn't before, midfielders losing possesion where they hadn't before and strikers that didn't want to score and I couldn't see why. I saw no extra pressure from the opposing teams, I noticed teams did go a little more defensive against me so I used the 'drop deeper' instruction in some games which didn't work. I changed mentality and team shape now and then in different games which was of no benefit. Now onto this season, I've made a few big signings (3) and my team look all over the place! It's basically the same team except for 2 new strikers up top and a BWM centre mid. Not a massive overhaul but yes, it will have a slight affect on how things work in games. Tactic familiarity is full and team morale is ok so I'm in need of help as to how this can be changed. I'm sure there is somebody who will have more knowledge of the game than me so any help would be appreciated!
  3. AF/a I use an attacking mentality with structured team shape. Which role best suits an attacking midfielder so not to constantly try through balls. I've tried the advanced playmaker with both support and attack duties and I lose a lot of possession due to his constant through balls. None of my AM's have 'tries through balls often' and I can't edit it in the player instructions as it's hard checked into the players instruction. I like the movement and the positions on the field where my AP's have possession but they're just so wasteful. Ideally, I'd be able to uncheck 'more risky passes' but it's not possible. Do any of the other roles give you the same movement and positioning off the ball as the advanced playmaker without the constant through ball attempts?
  4. It really isn't consigned to using Attacking and Fluid mentaliity and philosophy. I switch my mentality and philosophy depending on what I see on the pitch. It is my two Central Defenders where the problem is most prominent. I guess it's just the way the game is. I have used this formation to work from on here as it's the one I'm currently using, and it isn't a bad formation, we are playing some nice stuff, weak from crosses but that's to be expected when using a WB/a. I do fluctuate between philosophies and mentalities and have tried numerous tactics and this is one thing that seems uncontrollable. The most annoying thing is it isn't recognised as a mistake and I can not convey it to the guilty player. When I have tried lowering their closing down they become passive defenders. I guess I'm looking for high-pressing closer to the halfway line and less pressing closer to my 18-yard box but it seems very difficult to implement.
  5. I did consider only have one player with a defence duty leaving space which in return might see the defence not hold it's line but it does happen when unnecessary. I can't seem to ever make two defensive midfielders work with this formation so need to stick with the two central midfielders. I will tinker with it and see what I can do.
  6. So maybe, with the Attacking mentality, It might be worth selecting 'close down less' in the team instructions? I don't want it to affect my whole team, though. I'd rather they close down a lot high up the pitch and hold the line as they get closer to our own 18 yard box. I will try it out and see how it goes. Thanks for the advice.
  7. Ok, I currently use two formations, although, this has been a main feature in every formation I use. Also, I change the mentality and team shape depending on my opposition if I deem it necessary. I have a 4-2-3-1 Attacking-Fluid Team instructions - Prevent short GK distribution and shorter passing GK/d WB/a CD/d CD/d FB/s DLP/d BBM/s IF/s T/a IF/a AF/a Second formation 4-1-4-1 Counter-Fluid Team Instructions - Be more disciplined and more direct passing GK/d FB/a CD/d CD/d FB/s DM/d W/s CM/a BBM/s W/a CA/a
  8. I am still none-the-wiser as to how I can stop individual defenders closing down where there is no need. Secondly, when they do it and it is quite obviously the reason why we concede there is no way of interacting with them to tell them not to do it or to train them not to do it anymore. Of course, you might say their attributes are a contributing factor, this, I understand, yet it happens far to often for it to be attributed solely on the defenders attributes. Also, regarding team shape, how can I have an expansive shape when in possession and a narrow fortress when defending? Is it possible? In conclusion, I feel the game gives you no control over defending. I am more than likely to be wrong so am hoping I can be put right because at the moment I find it almost impossible to have my players do what I want them to. Unfortunately I am not 'techy' enough to provide pictures or videos of such occurrences but if somebody could advise me on how to do this I would be thankful. I am referring to the two centre-halves, mainly, who just need to 'hold the line' and not leave a gap but one of them breaks the line and advances which leaves an opposing striker in a lovely position. Also, the time when TWO defenders go for the same striker and leave another totally free.
  9. I had originally posted this in the tactics thread but didn't get a response so am hoping somebody here can help. I am still none-the-wiser as to how I can stop individual defenders closing down where there is no need. Secondly, when they do it and it is quite obviously the reason why we concede there is no way of interacting with them to tell them not to do it or to train them not to do it anymore. Of course, you might say their attributes are a contributing factor, this, I understand, yet it happens far to often for it to be attributed solely on the defenders attributes. Also, regarding team shape, how can I have an expansive shape when in possession and a narrow fortress when defending? Is it possible? In conclusion, I feel the game gives you no control over defending. I am more than likely to be wrong so am hoping I can be put right because at the moment I find it almost impossible to have my players do what I want them to.
  10. Thanks for clarifying, Herne. I had previously read that tempo affects 'pressing' when not in possession but it's good to know that it doesn't. I have tried all of the above prior to my initial post yet I still had the same problem. I appreciate your help but I am still none-the-wiser as to how I can stop individual defenders closing down where there is no need. Secondly, when they do it and it is quite obviously the reason why we concede there is no way of interacting with them to tell them not to do it or to train them not to do it anymore. Of course, you might say their attributes are a contributing factor, this, I understand, yet it happens far to often for it to be attributed solely on the defenders attributes.
  11. I'm almost at the end of my tether regarding defending. I understand it's probably been done to death but I feel like I have absolutely have no control over it. Basically, as a manager, the further play is up the field I want my defenders to apply more pressure to the opposition player in possession, yet, in and around my area I want them to stand-off more until it's essential that they close down. How do I manage this? The amount of goals I concede from ridiculous, utterly ridiculous play from defenders is spoiling the game for me. Ok, so, I'm here for help. How much does closing down on the team instructions have on how much the players close down individually? Or, is that just an indication of how high or low the defensive line will sit? Does it have any bearing on when or how my defenders will decide to close down as individuals? Secondly, tempo, I believe, has an effect on players closing down? This is a problem for me as I want to play a high tempo game when in possession and if I lose the ball I want to transition into a defensive shape where my players are defensively rigid and not leave any gaps or close down unless necessary. Thirdly, if I go to the individual player instructions and tell the defenders individually to close down less does this affect how much of a gap there will be between the defence and midfield or will it have absolutely no effect and thus just mean the lines will stay the same but the defenders will sit off the oppostion attackers when in possession a little more? I have tried all of these without luck and I really would love to know the parameters which allow or affect this part of the game. For me it's extremely vague and there are way too many factors that either affect it or conflict other aspects of the tactics. If somebody could enlighten me that would be fantastic.
  12. Herne, that is exactly what I do, I sort the pre-season friendlies and the 'more match preparation' and it still takes an eternity to become familiar. I don;t know how to show screenshots or give more innformation but I'm amazed it takes so long considering how I approach it. Maybe it is because I have three different tactic sets, I don't know? Still, I find it personally annoying.
  13. Can anybody give me any tips on how to get your team tactical familiarity to fluid quicker? It always seems to take at least up until Christmas in all of my games which is a bit of a pain. I understand if you make a lot of new signings etc., it slows the process but this happens at the beginning of every save. I usually leave it to my assistant but on my recent save in I have tried (without success) to manage it myself by leaving the match traing filter all the way to the left for 'more match training' and match prep on 'match tactics', it's 4th October and my tactic familiarity is in the early phase of 'competent', I'm using an attacking 4-2-3-1. It doesn't seem to matter what formation I use in regard to how complicated it is in relation to each team it's always the same problem. I'm also aware that it does take time for teams to gel and become familiar with what a manager wants from them tactically, but not always. It changes and differs for different teams at different times depending on the personnel and how the formation/tactics naturally fits, I don't find that on FM. Am I doing something wrong?