dolph11

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. Thanks Target Practice, will enquire about it. Bit of a pain in the arse not being able to get it out here.
  13. Hi all, I'm currently living and working in China and buying the game is almost impossible. I want to buy it off of Steam but I can't find it anywhere, what am I doing wrong? Is it possible to buy and download it straight from Steam? All help is much appreciated.