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Everything posted by waldywaldy

  1. I'd be down for another round to kill the time until .3 drops
  2. Great read as always. Got two episodes left which I'll dive in tomorrow. Can't wait.
  3. Dolberg is very similar to Bergkamp when he was young and has bags of potential (mind you, Bergkamp in his younger days was a very different type of player than the one people remember from his late Arsenal days). Personally I think style wise he is the closest thing to Bergkamp I have seen at Ajax since, well Dennis Bergkamp. Henry is a bit easier as he has a less distinctive style, Ihenacho, Martial, Keita, either Dembele at Celtic or Dembele at Dortmund. Maybe Iwobi, with a bit of time, can get there.
  4. Maybe try switching to windowed or max borderless windowed?
  5. Used to be Feyenoord, but they have struggled so bad irl for the past decade I occasionally throw them a pitty loan. These days PSV is the main club I refuse to do business with. Still waiting on the day they relegate in one of my games. That would be the perfect desktop background
  6. This. Anything below 40% on target would worry me. Under 35% like TS would make me reconsider everything I know about this game.
  7. Came here to post this. I've pretty much given up on buying boxed games. I hate how everything is becoming digital though. I hope to god they don't stop making physical books.
  8. I am by know means an FM expert, so please don't take my advice at face value. That being said, my experience is that superior numbers in midfield go a long way. As all things FM, it is mostly contextual. It depends on the opponent and the way they play. Against weaker teams or teams that don't favor possession a 442 might very well work. Better teams that like to play attacking/possession football will have a field day with an extra man in midfield, especially if you close down more.
  9. You should change the thread title form "This game is rigged" to "I tried to rig this game but it isn't working".
  10. Hard to tell from here as FM is a game of trial and error, at least to me. You could try it and see if it works, personally I am not a big fan of man marking players out of position though. The striker marking Iturraspe might very well have trouble getting back in position on time. My guess is playing a SS in the AM option will solve the Iturraspe problem and going forward it would look more like a actual 442 while a 442 on paper with a Striker dropping deep to mark a holding midfielder will look more like a 4411 going forward, if that makes sense.
  11. First off: excellent thread. Looking at that last match: Your analysis seems spot on. There's a number of things i would consider doing. Changing to fluid or very fluid is an option. It would decrease space between the lines and in a perfect world that would lead to your cb's marking their ST and AM while your CM's would mark Rico and Iturraspe. Alternatively you could push up further to achieve the same thing, a viable option since Aduriz doesn't have the speed to profit from space left behind your back line. Then again, personally I don't like fiddling with the team shape setting and playing one-on-one at the back or pushing up higher does come with added risk, especially in an away game. I think I would probably choose to drop one of my strikers to the AM slot to even up numbers in midfield. Disrupting Iturraspe in the holding midfield role seems the key to victory imo, if you don't deal with him he will keep recycling possession until they finally create a 2 against one situation or one of your players fails to mark his man correctly. My two cents anyway
  12. Downloaded just for laughs. 15 TI's, a bunch of pre set OI's, there's way to much variables going on to say something intelligent about this. Changed to 3 TI's and dropped all the OI's, played 2-2 fairly easily.
  13. I always run 1 or 2 games a year on FMT. Mostly to try out different tactical setups since FMT doesn't include tactical familiarity. Always go full fat for my main saves though. FMT has no tactical familiarity, no tutoring, a stripped down staff module and no way to edit the db. What really prevents me from really getting into it though is the mentioning of paid add-on stuff in the news items. Nothing breaks immersion like a ''purchase magic sponge" button...
  14. I am really digging the way your personal assistant has a more prominent role in this years version. Am I correct in assuming FM 17 doesn't do female facegen?
  15. I am absolutely loving the data analyst camera angle. Assuming that is new, if not I have been missing out.
  16. I'm probably missing something obvious, but any way to edit your manager before starting a new game? I skipped over to load a quick game to browse around a bit and now I can't seem to find the option before starting my first serious save
  17. Very effective when it is assigned to the right player. Finding one that has both the physical and technical skills to do it is difficult. I had Renato Sanchez win world footballer of the year as a RPM.
  18. 343 DM Wide A bit of a delayed start from me as I have been out of the running this weekend with kidney stones. I consider myself a fairly attacking manager so the 343 DM Wide was a nice change of pace form the fairly top heavy formations I usually use. So when starting out I was thinking that if we do have 8 men behind the ball most of the time, defending would have to be our bread and butter. So out went a bunch of dead wood to raise some very necessary cash which was immediately converted in two very solid South American center backs. Correa came in on loan to add some much needed technique and speed up front. The roles haven't changed from the start so I'll begin with that. Mammana and Alvarez form the defense with the experienced captain Perrin in cover slightly behind them. On the wings I like to play both an attacking and a support player. An IFS and WBA on one side which creates some much needed linkup play and a Raumdeuter on the other side to support (and hopefully bomb past) the CFS up front. Behind him a WB on support to compensate for the very attacking role in front of him. In center midfield a DM support to enforce the "weak" side of the defense on the WB attack side and a Roaming playmaker to exploit the massive gap between the front three and the rest of the pack. Initially the idea was to keep things as simple as possible. Tactical instructions were kept at a minimum: look for overlap and play fairly wide since if we were going to attack and create superior numbers going forward it would have to be over the wings due to the lack of offensive central players. I am usually apprehensive to increase width, but with three at the back and 4 in front of them I figured I could get away with it. Lastly I added play out of defense because we lack aerial presence up front, so playing it long would most likely lead nowhere. I thought about pushing up further, but having some of the worst decision making in the league I didn't feel comfortable playing with large amounts of space in our backs. Besides, the general idea was to let the opposition run into an impenetrable wall and react from there. Instead I switched to very fluid to decrease space between attack and defense. Mentality at standard, I can always go more attacking in match when behind. After a couple of friendlies I realized that while I was okay with having less possession and shots than my opponents we just weren't winning enough balls back. So I added closing down more and use tighter marking (yes, I too have been reading Ö-zil to the Arsenal!'s excellent thread), and things started to click. The closing down forced opponents to play the forward ball quicker and my tight marking superior numbers in the back mob it up. Essentially my formation is a 343 with ball and a 523 without it: So how does it all work out? Pretty damn well! It was almost September before we conceded out first goal. But when it rains it pours, more on that a bit later. In general there are not a lot of shots on either side. The Toulouse match is a pretty good example: Like most matches everything seems pretty equal. The one thing that differs almost always between me and my opponents is the amount of shots on target. The sheer amounts of bodies between the ball and the goal, combined with the closing down and tight marking make sure my opponents rarely hit the target. Which is very pleasing indeed. Going forward on the other hand we look great on occasion, stretching the play with the wing backs and creating some good chances. Lastly the 0-3 Lorient loss: As you can see things are not as bad as the scoreline suggests. We created enough but struggled with their 442. Their 2 strikers seemed to be able to find space in between the back three and I didn't have a direct answer for that without changing formation. 3 at the back is something I haven't done in years so any pointers are welcome! Anyway these are my early findings. I am having much more fun than I thought I would have with such a defensive formation, and things are looking good, especially considering tactical familiarity is still not 100%. I'll wait for that to happen and then maybe tweak some more and start adding some individual TI's. As I am writing this I occasionally drop to the floor screaming in agony because of these damn kidney stones, so if everything seems a bit incoherent I apologize. Lastly, this save brought me my quickest hattrick ever, so please indulge me while I gloat a bit...
  19. Cool. I better start looking for defensive players in that case.
  20. Bit confused about my formation as it doesn't seem to be among the preset formations. Did you mean 343 DM wide instead of 343 diamond wide? As that one is listed as a preset formation but not on your list.
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