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  1. Thanks. Maybe it's just that I've had to rotate too much but even when I consciously tried to keep the same starting group through a 4-5 game period I found the links never developed. It's a little frustrating but we're winning so maybe I just don't care... bleh.
  2. I use it on the road and I'm currently running this (I think the BPD on the right is normally a straight CD but it's basically the same). I built it originally from an FM18 523 formation with 3 actual strikers... dropping the man into midfield seems to work a little bit better since the beta ME patch though. To beat the press, you can try changing your distribution options (long throws to flanks can be especially good). Also stretching the field a bit and telling them to dribble less can both help some.
  3. As long as he's solid bright green on ST that's what I mean. I find that being a natural in a position is most important for strikers. I'm used to them just saying ST vs. AML/ST but if he's doing well then, by all means, stick with him. He's probably better as an AF but he looks pretty good for this level. The AI Assistant Managers are going to tackle him hard because of that low bravery. Hopefully his injury proneness is low Your "drift outside" wing guy looks pretty solid too. My gut tells me he's going to outperform Gudmundsson (not in goals but in average rating). I find that my
  4. Oh... and to answer the AMC question, maybe just try a straight AMC and set the instructions. My guy is a little slower and Enganche works well for him but if you're trying to get him to move either a customized generic AMC or a Treq maybe?
  5. Glad the 41221 worked out (same principles really as the 42121 I suggested just a different midfield balance). I considered some version of 532 as an option but it didn't seem like it would fit what you had. Glad to hear it worked out (I was mostly concerned with your CD depth and Wingbacks). I use a Libero in mine (pretty much reserved for really tough games against strong wingers) and he does really well but I have an absolute beast for that position so I don't know how it would work with someone who wasn't ideal. I think you've got the recruiting priorities mostly right although
  6. One other note. I've been totally unable to get my Target Man to play that "back to goal / help the build up / knock off the ball to runners" type style. If that's what you're looking for, I'm not sure how to get the current ME to do that (granted, I haven't really tried again since the new beta ME came out... and I have a guy perfect for that so now I know what I'm trying tonight I guess
  7. I think it depends on your distribution method. If you are distributing to playmakers, your team is going to want to try to play through him which may slow them down at times. On the other hand, if you're playing down flanks (or long balls) then he exists as an outlet to build back up when the counter flounders. I think it's situational depending on how the rest of your tactic plays. Try it preseason and see if it works better for you or not.
  8. I think is one of those "generally you don't want to" rules that you should feel free to break but only with a good reason. A WB-A behind a W-S will have them be clumped up a lot. If they have a strong playing relationship and like to play 1-2s, this might actually be a GOOD thing. But generally it will work to limit space. On the other hand, a WB-D and a W-A are going to very rarely have this problem. Also, teams with better Decisions and Off the Ball (maybe Teamwork matters here too?) will sort of work through some of these problems and "figure it out" on their own. Or you can give the Winge
  9. To take a different approach from some of the others, I'd opt for a 433 with two DMs and an MC. It should allow for excellent defense in most games. Play Gudmonsson up top as either a Poacher or a False 9 then play De Rycke and Lopes as the AMR and AML respectively (I'd suggest trying them both as IFs but you may want Lopes to be an out and out Winger if he's very left footed). If you can scrounge up another DC to play next to Galli, my preference would be for Morris to be one of my DMCs but you're probably going to end up playing McDonald (Volante-S) and Christmann (BWM-D or Anchor) behind Tr
  10. 4231 can work well. Try either IF(a), SS(a), IF(a) behind a TM(s) or AP(a), AP(s), W(a) behind a TM(a). I've had pretty good success with my TM flipping between those two combinations. Not really sure which one has done better for me (I'll try to look back and check tonight). I also had a bit of luck with an FM18 style 523WB formation. Not really sure if that was the TM doing well or the AF beside him, however.
  11. My current formation (Swansea in Championship so not exactly LLM to be fair) uses a IF/WB on the left (where I drop the LMC back to a BWM-D DMC) and a FB-S with a W or RAM on the right (with a MEZ, CAR / MC-A at the RMC role). The FB-S still pushes up plenty though he rarely goes in on goal or goes all the way to the byline (where the WB will cut in to goal or carry the ball all the way to the line sometimes). But the FB-S still puts a fair number of crosses in (usually from a little earlier but sometimes from the 18 or a little deeper). The biggest challenge I've had is getting my
  12. Any idea what those are? Can I "jumpstart" those links in some way through the editor? Would it help if I gave all the players a few years of fake history at the club? It's just surprising to me that 2 full seasons into the game I haven't had a single link get formed. Not even between my two CDs.
  13. My initial thoughts: What are Pedder and Lewis's natural positions? They're two of your best players playing in roles they're not particularly comfortable with. I'd see if I could adapt the tactic to allow those two to flourish a bit more. I'm not a fan of Winger with Wingback behind them. I find they get a little clumped up on the sides. IF/IW with a WB or CWB behind works well. So does a W with a CAR in midfield or an IWB and underlap turned on (the IWB idea might require too much skill for the league your in so that one might not work). AP's have been really rough on the
  14. In addition to what rockpie said (essentially stretching the field a little to create more space), I would suggest looking at where your shots are coming from and try to figure out if the problem is poor quality shots from bad angles or too far out. Look at a couple of your 30+ shot games and look at where the shots are coming from. Work Ball into Box, Shoot on sight or Hit early crosses will all shift where the shots come from and the types of shots you're getting. Are they backing so far off that you could be taking 20yd shots at will? Try Shoot on Sight (and maybe make make your CMs "Shoot
  15. I'm assuming you're not asking about coaching/scouting/training because that could be a book all by itself. Here's my general process 1) Check the depth chart and figure out which positions I'm strongest in 2) Identify my 3 or 4 star players. The best ones that might be worth building a tactic around. What style would benefit them the most? Do you have a good crosser as an AM and a Target Man? Maybe you have really strong midfield passing and vision? That kind of thing. 3) Put your 3 or 4 best players into a tactic (I sometimes do this on paper) and figure out what kind of form
  16. I have two primary penalty takers #1: Penalty Taking: 19, Technique: 12, Finishing: 8, Composure: 18, Pressure: 14 #2: Penalty Taking: 12, Technique: 14, Finishing: 6, Composure: 15, Pressure: 12 What's weird is that #1 has taken 10 and made 2 (in 2 years) and the other has taken 7 and made 5 in the same time. There's no reason for that disparity that I can fathom. Would it be helpful to provide match files for these? I'll take the time to dig them up if it's useful.
  17. So a new team with all brand new players. I've left their histories blank (which maybe is the problem?). I'm two years into the playthrough with these players. I have a relatively steady first team and yet not a single playing relationship has developed. I've tried giving them "teammate / friendship" relationships in the editor which doesn't seem to accelerate the process. Is it simply that the players have no history at the club? Is there something else happening in FM20 that keeps these from developing amongst new players? Any input appreciated. PS. If there's some secret/subtle way to
  18. I don't think there is. AFAIK, it doesn't exit in the editor in any way either. I've tried creating strong teammate bonds between players and that doesn't seem to produce any kind of meaningful result. It seems like building relationships is slower/bugged/less likely in FM20 (I have a team of all the same players for two seasons... no links at all).
  19. Surely the AI does some basic "adapting". The AI Assistant Manager presumably orders player instructions similar to how yours does and also likely makes midgame tactical changes relative to your time. They also often make raw formation changes in the final ~15 minutes if it's only a 1 goal difference. Those are "adjustments". Now perhaps they don't look at your formation/roles/instructions and "pick a counter" but that doesn't mean that the small tactical tweaks haven't improved over previous iterations of FM and that players with particularly rigid styles playing with "fragile" tactics might
  20. IMO, there's two types of Assymmetrical formations. There's ones that are only symmetrical due to the role and then those that are truly assymetrical. For the first group, I'm a big fan. Personally, in my 4231 that I've been playing, I have two MCs that are a DLP-D as the MCL and a MEZ-S as the MCR. Because those players play differently, I then have a WB-A and an IF-A on the left and a IWB-S and RAM-A on the right. The theory (which seems to work) is that I have attacking width provided on the left by the WB while the IF tucks in (I have overlap left turned on but not overlap righ
  21. I haven't had any luck with dual IWB but it MIGHT work with either true wingers up top or Carillero/Mezzulas at CM to provide some width (or, I suppose, if you intentionally make your grounds narrow?). But I HAVE had success with a single IWB behind a single Mez in a 4231 assym (where one of the CMs is actually a DMC). Play the IWB on the side behind the Mez with either or IF or a RAM up in the AMLR position on that side. I find that arrangement tends to produce really good results (but it can be very personnel dependent). A Carrilero can also work very well here if the CM in question do
  22. Go play a fixture over and over with the same tactics. You'll find that MOST fixtures have pretty volatile results. Vary the tactic and try it again. Compare the two results. You'll then find that while the volatility in individual games is high, the tactics make a truly meaningful difference (particularly if you make one of the tactics intentionally "bad"). The single biggest factor I've found is team cohesion / spirit. If my team can win a couple big games at the beginning of the season, we're usually going to rock and roll for a while. But when I see a big club fail hard inexplicably,
  23. I only noticed it when I failed to loan out a single really hot prospect (all the rest got loaned out) and he stagnated hard. Given that he had high work rate and determination, I presume this was the reason (it's possible his professionalism was a 1 or something but I doubt it). I don't think it's a HUGE factor but it's worth keeping an eye on.
  24. I think this will work for you. It's a little cumbersome but it should give you a really good gauge for what you have in mind. Set to scouting assignments. One for the best team in the league you're curious about and one for the worst. Once the scouting assignment is finished, look at the teams and judge their average star rating (you can do this by eye just fine). For a league one tier down from you, it's probably ~2 - 2.5 stars for the best team and 1.5-2 stars for the worst team... so somewhere in that range is what I'd expect though you could have some outliers. Then filter to your res
  25. here's the ROUGH order I think will help their development the most Loaned to a premier league team (if this is ever an option for you, do it. Even if they only get ~20 games a year they're going to be massively improved over anything other than being a regular starter for you. Added bonus that they can't play against you which can really mess up some teams if they come to rely on your loanee) Loaned to a Championship team (Important player): This is usually just fine. Maybe for your very best players (say you find yourself with 3 3star AMRs and, for whatever reason, you can't/won't
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