We always hear someone who claims that AI is cheating. It seems like AI have some kind of magical ability to outplay human players. I have a stronger team, why could they get beaten by a much weaker opponent? How could this happen? The questions constantly pop up right here. I decide to use one match as an example to break this myth.
The match and my tactic. I don't want to explain too much about my tactic. I just want to focus on the match itself and illustrate how AI is 'cheating'.
Although match stats doesn't say everything, the shot amount of my team suggests that they did't play well in the first half as a much stronger side. Still 0-0 at half time, if I wouldn't make any change and let this happen again in the second half, we could lose this match. It could easily become the kind of match some people claim as AI cheating. However, I do see why this happened.
Since we only managed to shot twice in the first half. I am going to watch how the team played when they were in transition phase.
Now you can see that my DR controlled the ball. The opponent dropped very deep rather than pressing hard high up the pitch which is very common as a weaker side. They prevented my side passing through midfield by congesting it. My side is clearly split in front 4 and back 6.
They had no choice but to switch the ball to left flank. Again, my DL failed to pass the ball forward because the opponent had defensive width with their flat 5 midfielders. He gave away the ball eventually.
So we couldn't attack effectively. The opponent kept my attackers in check, intercepted the ball and launched counter attack. I had to react to turn this situation around.
I only made one change. I change mentality from control to counter.
It worked well in the second half. As you can see above, my team drop deeper right now and lured the opponents pushing up. This meant that we created more space in the midfield. My right winger and shadow striker also dropped deeper to use the space behind their midfielders. We could play the ball from the back to the front in the second half and ripped their defence.
We scored three and won the match. It is worth remembering that I only made one change to save the match. AI is not cheating.