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  1. I think this tactic is sneaky-aggressive. If anything, it is much more of a tactic that opens you to counters than it is one that will create counters for you. The two WB(s), the Mz(a) and the BBM(s) are not playing with a major focus on defensive positioning, which is what one would assume is necessary to be a counterattacking team. You really only have three of ten players being cautious and no one on the flanks focused on defending.
  2. You might want to adapt your passing style to something more direct when playing against better teams away from home. When you watch football, you don't often see underdog away teams scoring goals with short passing and working the ball into the box. You're generally looking at set pieces, long balls over the top, capitalizing on mistakes, and fairly direct play.
  3. I have always found 3-4-1-2 to be as aggressive as it gets while being somewhat realistic. You could slide the two wingers back to wingback and use CWB roles if you had the right players to do that. You could also select an inverted winger (or inverted wingback) on one side if you wanted more variety in your final third attacks. You don't necessarily need a playmaker in midfield if you use a libero, but a DLP(d) holds position nicely, which gives your five attacking players (plus a BBM) a passing outlet when attacking. Almost no matter what you do, your wingers will be crossing often, and so it would be advantageous to have two forwards with good jumping, heading, aggression, and bravery. 3-4-1-2: CD - CD(d) CD - L(a) CD - CD(d) RW - W(a) CM - BBM(s) CM - DLP(d) LW - W(a) AMC - T(a) ST - DLF(s) ST - CF(a)
  4. I just played a match against Man City. I was using a pretty standard 4-1-2-2 DM Wide formation while they used a 4-2-3-1. They attempted 88 crosses with 20 corner kicks. Those are ordinary tactical choices and extraordinary statistical results that suck the realism out of the game.
  5. If you are going to play your AMC as an AP(s) then put the lone striker ahead of him in a goal-scoring role with an attack duty. AF(a), CF(a), P(A)...those would be my choices. This is especially true with Aubameyang, who I think is much more of a goal scorer than a facilitator.
  6. What do your match statistics look like? Are your opponents crossing you to death? What is your possession like? How are you scoring your goals? How are your opponents scoring? It's tough to read too much into the chances statistics because of how wonky they can be in FM19 (worse than ever, in my opinion), but I agree it is a bit strange to be doubled in chances with your record. My initial reaction to your player roles is that I would switch the AP(s) to a DLP, especially if you are going to run a CWB up the pitch on that same side. Anecdotally, my FM19 experience with the same formation as yours is that it isn't so great at creating chances but it is excellent at preventing them. The problem is that the matches generally become crossing contests, and I have to take great pains to limit them (both our own and our opponents). Playing narrower on offense helps keep the wingbacks from crossing 20+ times each, so you might want to consider that. Defensively, you really need top class central defenders or it will never work.
  7. The first tactic looks like the ultimate "We're better than you, we'll take the game to you, and there is nothing you can do about it!" tactic. Yes, that can work, but it tends to require a talent advantage. Can you out-talent your opponents? Do you have the extremely good playmakers needed to create chances against a parked defensive side that is just daring you to try to break them down? I don't use 4-4-2 much, but the left side in that second tactic looks wrong. A wingback behind a winger feels like two players trying to do the same thing in the same spot. You should probably switch the WB to a FB or IWB or switch the W to an IF, WP, or WM.
  8. Tactic 2 is tougher to pull off in FM19 unless you have some really great playmakers and movement off the ball. If you are playing Milner as your AP then you are in trouble with that tactic. He can be serviceable there, but he isn't going to be on par with the top playmakers in the world. Same with Fabinho. Real-life Liverpool is not very effective when patiently probing teams. They tend to score from crosses out wide and quick counterattacks. Real-life Man City is much better than Liverpool with the low tempo game because they have the playmakers (Silva, De Bruyne) and off the ball movement (Sterling, Aguero) to make it work against anyone. And beside all of that, I would suggest that FM19 skews a bit toward more direct, high tempo play. If you want to play lower tempo then you need better playmakers and midfielders who can score from distance.
  9. It's really hard to break down opponents unless you have a vastly superior team with tremendous vision, flair, passing, off the ball, etc. Even then, it can often come down to a moment of brilliance from a long shot that saves a match for you. This mirrors real life, but it isn't particularly reassuring if you have to take 2+ points from every match. My suggestion is to find players who can create genuine chances from patient build up (these players are typically really expensive) and scout midfielders who can bang in long shots. The other option is to build a team around physicality and play a more direct, high tempo game like Leiecester used to win a title. Actually, I end up using this second option a lot now that I find it harder than it used to be to win with a patient high possession approach. It almost seems like the higher possession I have, the more likely my match will end 0-0.
  10. This does seem true. I think the ultimate fix FM could make here is to make it nearly impossible to execute an aggressive high press for 90 minutes. The hit to condition should probably be higher, and players with ordinary work rate and stamina should be pretty poor at executing it.
  11. Post a screenshot of your tactic. It would really help to see what you want to try. Are you playing with inside forwards? Wingers? Overlapping wingbacks? A striker who drops deep and facilitates others?
  12. I like the second tactic more. But for both of them, I don't think the overlap instructions make any sense, and fairly narrow/play through middle instructions are also unnecessary given how narrow you are already. The attacking wingbacks are potentially a problem. How often are they crossing in your matches? I find they cross relentlessly, to the point where my team does very little else with the ball. Furthermore, on attack duty, those two wide players can be overrun by better teams. I would think support duties provide just as much wide support with less risk and more control over crossing. With an attacking trio in the middle of the pitch like in your formations, I would want the trio to have good vision, flair, agility, passing, and off the ball movement. Creating chances in the middle is tough in FM19, but it's possible if the players work hard for openings.
  13. My advice: Highlight your best players (i.e. Hazard, Kanté, Kovacic). Make sure whatever formation/tactic you use puts your best players in their best roles. For Hazard, you would want to put him in an AML or AMC spot and give him instructions to dribble as often as possible. For Kanté, you would put him in a BWM role in either the DMC or MC spot. Whatever you do, don't put them in weaker roles like Sarri did with Kanté this season. It's a waste of talent to do that. Buy a better left back. You might want faster fullbacks on both sides, actually. Figure out what you want to do with your attacking players. Higuain is a bit slow, but he moves well off the ball. What role would work for him? I would suggest a F9 role, but then you would need to arrange your formation to accommodate it. With an F9 lone striker, I would want one or both of the wide attacking midfielders to be capable of scoring goals. Hazard is one of those options, and maybe Pedro is good enough to be another. Kovacic can also be given a more attacking role in central midfield to provide another attacking option feeding off of Higuain and Hazard. Something like a 4-1-2-2-1 (DM-Wide) formation would put Hazard at AML, Higuain at ST, and Willian or Pedro at AMR. That's a pretty solid front three. You could then position Kanté, Jorginho, and Kovacic in the midfield triangle behind them. If you can buy better fullbacks then I think this formation would be really good defensively while you will always be a threat to score with Hazard dribbling around. I would adjust team instructions depending on opponent and whether or not you are home/away. Against inferior teams, you can afford to be urgent with pressing and use a high line of engagement and high defensive line. I would reduce that overall pressing aggressiveness against Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, and Tottenham and try to play with more direct passing in more of a counter-attacking approach to the game. Either way, I think having faster fullbacks would be really beneficial in avoiding getting burned by opposition attacking wide players. My suggestion: GK - SK(s) - Arrizabalaga RD - WB(s) - Azpilicueta (or FB(s) if using a winger ahead of him) CD - BPD(d) - Luiz CD - CD(d) - Rudiger LD - WB(d) - New Signing DM - BWM(d) - Kanté CM - DLP(s) - Jorginho CM - CM(a) - Kovacic AMR - IF(s) - Pedro (or W(s) - Willian) AML - IF(a) - Hazard ST - F9(s) - Higuain Team Instructions: Positive - Work Ball Into Box - Counter - Counter-Press - Higher Line of Engagement - Higher Defensive Line - More Urgent Pressing - Use Offside Trap
  14. Playing FM19, it looks to me like players develop extremely rapidly when teenagers and slow down dramatically once in their 20s. To me, the effect is too extreme. At the start of my first season, my 20-25 year olds were all clearly my best players, but by the end of that season, my teenagers had surpassed them in ability. That feels wrong to me. The effect is so dramatic that it makes almost no sense to look at potential ability for anyone over 20. I agree with the sentiment that player development should be inconsistent and unpredictable, but I don't agree that player development should drop off a cliff after 20. Has anyone been able to drive noticeable improvement in any of their low to mid-20s players?
  15. I do really dislike that change, especially when it's for very similar positions such as MC and DM.
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