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    Dallas, Texas, USA


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    FM, reading, writing, TV

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    LFC, Betis, Lyon, FCD

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    Real Betis

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  1. After much tinkering, finally got a functioning 4-1-2-3. I'd noticed when looking at the team report, that we were lacking in some of the mental attributes, so thought it might be a good idea to switch team shapes from Flexible to Structured. That, plus switching the flank attackers from an IF-A and W-S to IF-S and W-A, seems to have done the trick. The team is playing much smarter football, and we've won 6 of our last 8, including a 4-2 thumping of Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey!
  2. I've had good luck with a CF-A as well. Tried using a DLF, but neither of my strikers really has the passing/vision attributes to excel in that role.
  3. Sorry, should have been more clear: changing my outside defender roles to more defensive ones seems to have resolved the issue with crosses, but I've had some issues with breaking down more defensive sides, and thought the FB role change might be contributing to that. So I was thinking that I might try a more fluid team shape to see if that would improve the attack, without sacrificing our current defensive stability. I did experiment with it last night in a match where we were drawing 0-0 to a defensive side at halftime, and wound up winning 2-0. Not sure that the change was the reason we won, but I'll play around with it some more and see what happens.
  4. May give that a go in matches against "lesser" sides- I was using a WB/S and a FB/A, but found that it left my team really open to crosses. Switched to FB/S on both sides, and it's much better defensively, but still have trouble breaking some teams down. I'm playing a front three of IF-A, CF-A, and W-S, and we create a lot of good chances, but finishing can be inconsistent.
  5. Had to make a few more tweaks after some of the original issues popped up again, but think I've finally got a working tactic: DLF-S, IF-A, W-S, AP-A, MEZ-S, and added "play slightly narrower" to fix some of our defensive/passing issues. Now regularly scoring 2-3 times a match, and six straight undefeated!
  6. Changed the CF to a DLF-A and the MEZ to a BBM, and things are working much better. I'd thought the DLF would sit too deep, but he's linking up really well with the midfield and the IF. Thanks for the tips, Cleon!
  7. My thinking was that the CF and winger would create space for the IF and MEZ to attack. I have noticed the issues with penetration- seems like the AP and MEZ will frequently pass the ball around without actually doing much. Would you suggest something like changing the CF to an attack duty, or the MEZ to something like a CM-A? I'd also considered changing the CF to a DLF or F9, though both my strikers seem to be better suited for the CF role.
  8. Having some similar issues with a slightly different set-up: CF- S IF-A on the left, W-S on the right AP-S on the left, MEZ-S on the right The IF-A seems to score a reasonable amount, but also takes a lot of long shots (as does the CF). The thinking behind this set-up was that the CF would create space for the IF, who will receive passes from the CF and AP. The winger also creates space (by stretching the defense) that the MEZ can run into. I've also tried using a MEZ-A and a BBM in that slot- none seem to perform any better or worse than the others, so I've kept the support duty thinking that it would offer a bit more defensive stability. I'm also playing as Real Betis, so it's possible I may just not have the players yet to pull off what I'm trying to do.
  9. RCCook

    FM18: Hidden Gems

    Wilmar Barrios at Boca Juniors. Colombian midfielder, can play DM, BWM, or BBM. Signed him for my Betis side in the first season for 3.5 million euros plus about a million in clauses.
  10. Also playing as Betis, and Joaquin retired after the 1st season, after being my leading scorer. Finished 10th in season one, currently 9th in season 2 at the winter break. Wish I was having your success, @AbRaiN! Struggling a bit to get Leon going- he's got plenty of talent, but seems to miss a lot for a striker of his ability. They do have a great fanbase- I think we're 3rd or 4th in average attendance.
  11. Also happening in my game. The chief scout decides to scout 1000-1200 players from my shortlist, and it keeps causing crashes. I have responsibility for scouting.
  12. RCCook

    New Laptop/PC - Help Needed

    My current HP laptop (about 8 years old) will only run 3D on the absolute lowest settings- looks like something from the old Nintendo consoles. So I'm looking for a new laptop, somewhere in the $700-900 range. Found this one at the nearby Best Buy, and I'm thinking it should run FM18 pretty well. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-256gb-solid-state-drive-black/5872507.p?skuId=5872507 Any thoughts/reviews much appreciated! I usually play with 25-30 leagues on FM Touch.
  13. RCCook

    [Spain] (Official) Data Issues

    Real Betis- the number 26 has been retired for Miki Roque. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_Betis#Retired_numbers
  14. RCCook

    FM18 - Who will you manage?

    My Spanish club, Real Betis. Had a good save with them a few years back, and Barca, Real, Atletico, Valencia, Sevilla, and Bilbao are a tough group to overcome if you want to play in Europe. Might also give my other two clubs, Lyon and Liverpool, a try, or find a decent Championship side and build them into an EPL contender.