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    Dallas, Texas, USA


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    Liverpool, Lyon, Betis

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  1. I've now tried 11 different players, and the other 10 all wind up with poor morale. Weird thing is that they're all fine with my vice captain choice, but get upset if I make him captain. Probably going to go with the assistant manager's third choice, as he's the most veteran starter, and has good determination and work rate, albeit just a 13 in Leadership.
  2. Playing as Real Betis, 9th season. My captain and vice-captain both left the squad at the end of the season. Trying to name a new captain, but no matter who I choose, it upsets 8-9 of my players. How do I pick someone without wrecking team morale?
  3. Question regarding the wide role combinations- what does the "!" mean? Is that indicating not to use those two roles in combination?
  4. Thanks for the advice. I do think that the CM's are part of the issue. My starting BBM (who was excellent defensively) is currently injured, and his backups are just OK at marking/tackling. Quite a few of the opposition chances are coming down the channel he covered. So I might try a different role there while he's out, or go with a 4-4-1-1 and see how that works.
  5. Currently playing as Real Betis, 3rd season. I've been using this tactic, and it's worked OK. But over the past month of the season, some problems have come up with it, and I'm at a loss as to how to fix them. I'm trying to play a positive possession game, as that's what the board/fans want, but not really sure I have the team for it. Unfortunately, the players I have right now are suited largely to the 4-2-3-1. I only have 1 player that can play in the DM slot, a young BBM/SV type who isn't ready for a starting role just yet. On offense, we do pass fairly well, and can hold possession and generate shots against most opponents. However, our shots on target rate is only around 40%, and our scoring is somewhat inconsistent from match to match. My defense...well, it's just not good. They seem to stand off and play passively, rather than engaging the opposition, which results in my opponents getting a lot of easy shots and CCC's. I did look my defenders' attributes in comparison to the rest of the league, and they're average in most areas (ranked 10th-12th best) except for jumping (1st), heading (13th), and work rate, where they're 18th. I suspect the poor work rate is causing some of the problems, but not all. We also have the 2nd-youngest squad in La Liga, so could some of this simply be youth and inexperience? I did read through Experienced Defender's thread on building a defense, and have tried both the possession and the counter instructions (as my team is pretty pacy) but neither seems to work. Any ideas on how I can make this tactic better with the players at hand? Or do I need a squad overhaul if I'm going to stick with 4-2-3-1? Tactic is below: Individual instructions: Close down more on the AMC's
  6. This was on FMT, but scored 9 against Metz in a league match with Lyon on my current save. Also had a 7-4 win over Lens.
  7. True. We are in 1st right now, and just won a very tough CL group, but I'm a perfectionist, so I always want more out of my team...
  8. I was looking at the PF role- it looks similar to an AF, but with more closing down. Since I play a pressing/possession game, I'll give that a shot first and see how it goes. Might try the TQ role with the AMC, too, as all three of my AMC's have high Vision, Finishing, and Flair attributes. I do use Positive mentality at times, but probably do need to use it more consistently against smaller sides.
  9. And here's a match I just played, against Lille. Not as defensive as Marseille, but this is generally what I'm up against in most domestic matches: I did make one small change for this match- changed the CM-S to a BBM- and won 3-0, with my main striker scoring twice, but similar results in terms of shots on target, and blocked/long shots.
  10. Update: I've been using the tactic below for most of the current season, and while we are winning most matches, we win a lot 1-0/2-0 with goals coming mostly from set pieces or the CM/AMC scoring a 30-yard screamer. My defense has been excellent (3 goals conceded in 18 league matches) but we're averaging less than two goals a game, are in the bottom five in the league in shots on target and cross completion, and my strikers have six goals between them in 26 matches- two of those coming on penalty kicks. Not getting much from my AMC's, either, aside from the occasional goal from distance. Still having a ton of issues with blocked shots/crosses, as well as excessive long shots. At this point, I'm not sure if it's my tactic, or an inability to break down ultra-defensive sides. This is a bit of an extreme example, but this is the kind of defensive set-up I'm facing in most domestic matches: Here's the tactic I've been using for most of the season: Individual instructions: CM: Shoot less often (both players I use here have a 10-11 rating in long shots, and are even worse finishers) AMC: Take More Risks, Roam From Position I currently have two strikers- one is well-suited for the DLF role, but can also play AF/CF. The other is primarily an AF/CF; he can play DLF, but is a poor passer. I generally play him as a CF-A in this tactic. Have three AMC's- Fekir, who can play pretty much any role, but is getting old and injury-prone, and two others whose attributes/PPM's are well-suited for either an AM or SS role. I feel like my roles/duties are well-balanced, but just can't get the striker or AMC going, and getting frustrated with grinding out close wins. All suggestions appreciated as always!
  11. On the role suitability, I do look at attributes rather than the circles. Definitely agree on the CM's- I've always taken care to have good defenders in both of those roles, exactly for the reason you noted. Thanks for the suggestions- I'll give them a try!
  12. On the width/tempo/counterattacking- I had actually been using a lower tempo and shorter passing, as well as the counter, to do what you suggested about a patient possession game. Most opponents do play defensively against me, and I'd rather take the safer approach to breaking them down. My team does break well on counters, so I'm honestly not sure why I removed it. The width was an attempt to spread out the defense and give my players room to set up attacks, though it hasn't seemed to help/hurt either way. As for role suitability, my wide forwards are well-suited to the IF role. The central forwards are both better as Advanced Forwards, but do have high enough ratings in Passing and Vision to play the DLF role. My thought in using that role was to have the central striker drop deeper to create space for the IF's cutting inside. With the AMC role, I still have Fekir, who is equally good as an AM or AP. His backup is much more suited for an AP role- he's a great passer, but only has an 11 in long shots and finishing. I've made a few changes based on your suggestions (see below) but if you have any ideas on how to improve it, I'd love to hear them! Thanks!
  13. Currently playing as Lyon, and using a 4-2-3-1 system (tactic below) Offensively, I have a lot of quick, creative players, who are good passers, but poor in the air. I'm trying to employ a quick-tempo, high-creativity offense that relies on the front four for goals and assists. My CM's are there to shield the defense and aid in retaining possession. I do currently have the DLF and AM on attack, but have also tried using the right-sided IF with one of the other two on support duty. Generally, two of my front four on attack, two on support. The duties/roles of the other players have remained the same. Defensively, I like to use a high line and counter-pressing to keep the opposition from penetrating too much into my end of the pitch. I know that sometimes can result in too much compression between the lines, but I find that a lower line makes me too vulnerable to teams with good attackers. The main issues that I'm having with the tactic: - high # of blocked crosses, blocked shots, and long shots - low shots on target/conversion rate I've experimented with the passing length, tempo, and defensive line, as well as changing up the AMC role (have used both AP & AM), but the same problems continue to occur. Can anyone help me see what I'm doing wrong here? We do win more often that not, but seem to have a lot of those "25 shots, 8 on target, 10-12 long shot" games that we'll win 1-0 or 2-0, and I think my players can do better. Thanks in advance for any help!
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