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  1. There's a bunch of tactics that make winning a league and CL effortless with any first division side. That's great, huge credit to all contributors in the tactical forum, especially Knap this year, who is making some outstanding results. However, after a few seasons in, you tend to build a super strong team of regens. The ai usually won't follow back but still, it gets harder and harder because teams will consider you hardest difficulty so they employ extremely defensive tactics. What i would like to find is a tactical system that allows my world class players to shine. I have the ultimate wingers. Pace, crossing, dribbling, balance, creativity and flair, anticipation,etc etc. However, even using the best tested tactics, very often i find it difficult to break down much weaker sides. 1-0 is not enough, i'd like to win with style, with my strikers scoring loads and my wingers making successful dribles. But what's the best approach on this? If i wanted wingers to drive the ball forward to create 1v1s i'd need them to start from an earlier position since opposition sits deep and reduces space. But even then, he usually runs on the wing against 2 or 3 players and loses the ball. How do i give support to a winger who is often one of the most advanced players? it's physically impossible for the fb to overlap in time, unless it's a slower type of build up. Strikers could help 1v2 situations but then the presence in the area would be scarce. I will try a setup with a more realistic tactic that allows me to create space for the wingers and scoring chances for strikers. Hopefully i can receive some input because i find this kind of tactics to be rare in FM forums.
  2. Got battered in the counter against Roma in the next game. Lost 1-0 only but despite my 60% possession i had only 1 shot on goal...
  3. This happens a lot in the Portuguese league. Most teams park the bus and find many gaps in pockets of space left behind the advancing CMs and WBs. I find my players often playing the ball to the marauding FB only for his cross to be intercepted or easily taken care of by the CBs. My RB has 17 crossing and 15 at pace/accel. Striker 16 finishing, 17 strength, 15 jumping and 15 heading. Both my wingers are valued over 30Me so i don't think players are a problem against such teams. The most glaring problem could be the low interception stat because the opposition is usually with a lot of space for counters.
  4. Best 4-2-3-1 currently. And trust me, i've tested a lot.
  5. It also happened to me when I swapped RUOR minsk with another team from Belarus 2nd league. The league was supposed to start in March but i'm in April and no games in sight. Not for me nor for any club in the nation. When i started the save i remember not seeing any seeds or estimated places. Thanks in advance.
  6. I've read that thread many times since you wrote it and the 48% was referring to my game using that system. My apologies for the confusing thread and for not being very clear. Anyways, I think I'm finally into something. I was noticing my wide mids were not doing anything against their very defensive fullbacks, and since they didn't push forward very much, i thought i could use that along the space behind their midfielders. So 2 into 1 the formation morphed into a 4312. I could finally see some interesting passes and we managed to beat United 3-1 and creating numerous 1n1s against their keeper. Mentality: Control\Normal - I need to press high but I'm fine with letting their defenders build up and then try to win the ball in the midfield, so there's enough for from my creative players to do short combinations and also enough time for runners to arrive. Will play around between normal and control in the next games. Philosophy: Structured - To my limited knowledge, balanced would make attacking duty players stretch a bit too much of what I want them to do. And also not fluid philosophies because the roles and Pis give me better control of their movement for this particular style. CM-D: This guy has control tempo ppm and should link up and stay back. On control he sometimes gets a bit forward too much for my liking. CM-A and CM-S: These are the center wings, they press the flanks and have move into channels + run wide with ball to stretch play. Also close down much more which sees them press the opposition FBs, which is not sometimes desirable and will leave my own fbs 1n1 with their wingers. I don't need them to go into the box, they will be fine recycling possession I think. AP-A: Link up with the front 2. Want him to roam around and provide combinations with the DLF which has move vertical movements. The CF-S also comes into play with more horizontal movement and stretching their defence. Overall I feel i'm on a better path, but needs more improvement. I also realize I was maybe being a bit too harsh with my young squad in the first official game of the season. Even so the English supercup against a strong United. Anyways, will appreciate further tips for tweaking.
  7. You're probably my fav contributor here but that system is a bit contraditory to what I've read here since then. Attacking with much higher tempo? where's the "defend with the ball and possession" that Bayern do so much? They use a patient build up with some key elements employing direct vertical passes that break through the opposition lines. I know you said to take the basic principles but which? the 4141 and high press? That tactic worked very well for me in FM14, but now I'm being murdered by United, 2-0 down and several of my players with under par ratings. 5CCCs and 8 Half chances conceded. I barely get any players in the box except the left winger and the forward. And when they do it is through dribbling and still have a mountain of players ahead of them. Besides 48% possession and 79% pass ratio is very low for any team trying to play like Bayern even though the stats don't mean much. I don't know what's wrong really. Attacking mentality on a 4141 gives actually decent counter transitions but my players always seem to give one more touch than they should and end up losing the ball or missing 5meter passes. Just very annoying and terrible football in display. I promise I'll calm down and analyze what my players are doing, in a bit, and will provive screenshots.
  8. I don't want to just win this game. I could just overload United's area and outscore them like I did the previous season. I want to win with less bodies on the box, the clean way. I'm trying to replicate Guardiola's Bayern gamestyle ingame. It's a 4141 and if you check his attributes with the editor it should tell a lot about his tactic. Like press very high, play flexible and standard mentality. High tempo and large width as well as no playmakers. However, I can't make it work and tbh I'm out of patience to post screens and all. All i can say is that It's like the 10th time i play it and full highlights and I can't see any gaps in their tactic. Falcao is alone between my two CBs and keeps being unmarked. Any lose ball creates havoc. Aboubakar plays as Right IF for them. He calmly dribbles past 2 defenders of mine and scores. Their MCs have less than 10 tackling and easily dispose my 17 dribbling players. All the while their FBs are probably on defend duty as they never concede an inch of space and are the most defensive players according to the zone map. PS: this last time I ended up winning on the penalties after being 2-0 down but they had more than twice the CCCs I had and despite playing "push very high" on "standard" mentality" my players were never close to their defence with the whole block and passing around. Something like this, except the HB went to anchorman instead. I just want to play a dominating style and build the system around my striker. I know Bayern style and "building around a player" is contraditory, but I would even settle for one lol... Bowden scored 46 goals in like 41 official games in his debut season in the PL at the age of 17. He has "knocks ball past opponent" ppm. But he can obviously do better, and I would like a new style, instead of a bunch of randomized instructions that abuse the ME. Cheers and thanks everyone. I'll give a better try when I'm not pissed with FM lol.
  9. So I've been through pre-season, after being English Premier League champions with Crewe. Had a good break, improved the squad quite a bit, plus the young guns matured but the first game of the season, the community shield against United, got me pummeled with barely any shot on target. I'm trying to settle for a new system which I'll explain below but what is getting to my nerves is that I can't understand what's wrong with my tactics. I'm not seeing and understanding why my players can't strike a pass from 3 meters, and why they can't dribble past any player. So I'd appreciate if anyone could shed some light on what could be wrong here. I don't usually do this, especially on this Crewe save, but I had it saved after pre-season ended and decided to give this match a tryout in order to attain a decent solid foundation for the remaining season. But after 0 shots on target? something must be really wrong. counter - balanced. Shouters : short passing, retain possession, play out of defence. United play with a 4231. Di Maria and Van Ginkel on MCs lol. My gameplan is to make smart short passing combinations on the first stage of attack. Once that WB-DM-WM combination is done, we should advance through their first couple lines of defence, doing so patiently and cautiously. Bowden, the wonderkid striker, sits between both CBs and moves into channels waiting for a through ball or a fast deep cross from the WBs, who are set to aim to near post. Roberts and Wellington cut inside making use of the space their MCs are giving. Same as Malcom, a very creative player who should feed the striker well. The Right wide man is a runner, as well as the WBs. 7mins on we are 2-0 down. And we can't strike a pass together. ps: Di Maria is the new Essien. The boy tackles 3 of my players in a row lol.
  10. Ye, too bad they are in a terrible financial situation. I went into the interview and they asked me if I could improve their financial status and would be able to work with a very limited budget. Well I could, but I can't leave Crewe yet. They would probably go down. Season 2015/2016 - Preview With a very limited budget and lack of quality players available we didn't have a choice but to stick to the core group of players that brought us promotion last season. We upgraded the core sectors though. A commanding CB was a must as we were a bit literally short in the back. We got on more year on Gilbeys loan from Leicester which is great, but we needed a bit more punch to the vital playmaker role. So we splashed the cash on the Coventry star midfield John Fleck. And a few more promising signings I'll cover below. Harry Wilson - We needed a good replacement after Ajose departure and we got this kid for the right wing role. He displays very good attributes and could be a key piece in our season. Too bad he injured himself in pre-season for 5 weeks. Josh Harrop - Simillar player to Harry Wilson but we were really short on alternatives and especially after his injury. Harrop played for us last season and we are happy to have him back on loan from Manchester United. Capable of magical moments and consistent assists. Alex Bruce - The upgrade we needed in the defence. Not very tall but he was the best we could find. Very strong fighter in the box, will never give a ball as lost. Just what we needed. João Teixeira - Another free transfer but still with fitness problems. He is slowly getting back to shape and i expect him to battle with Saunders for the striker role. Yes, he has no experience in that position but that's what i bought him for. I believe he can become a very good false 9 or a deep lying striker. Hopefully he works hard to meet the high expectations I have for him. John Fleck - Coventry star midfielder. We needed a very good counter attack launcher and we are pleased he accepted our offer. Expensive transfer for us and despite knowing he isn't the toughest player, I expect his left foot to give us many goals this season, although he didn't blend in with the squad yet. Peter Pawlett - Aberdeen lad in all ways. Not the most professional type either, but immense talent. Only one start and 2 cameos but with 3 goals netted. Hope he can get his fitness levels on top soon enough so we can see more on that. Vanja Savic - A backup keeper on loan from Man United. Impressive attributes for his age, promising future. Pretty much like last season, teams are underestimating us again. We appreciate it but we also know it won't last forever. The quality gap is very big and I still don't know how we won against Watford. As shown in our transfer policy we didn't go full on and instead we opted to keep the core of the team. Our goal is to avoid relegation and consolidate the club so in a couple years we are ready for the jump. Who knows if we can't do the same as last year? I'm almost sure we won't, although I believe we can get a mid table position if we do well. But even if we got promotion, we would have no stadium, no wage budget, no staff, no fanbase ready to premier league. So we will do our best to stick around, play some good football and take the natural way of things.
  11. Tempting, they just got promoted to the PL.
  12. @seastig cheers! I guess promotion was won with the fantastic first half of the season and then was a very tight battle for the title. Season 2014\2015 - Review Skybet League 1 Final table - Champions! FA cup - 5th round (Arsenal) Capital One cup - 3rd round (Newcastle) Johnstone's Paint Throphy - 2nd round Key players: Callum Saunders George Cooper Nicky Ajose The 3 front men, scored an impressive sum of 60 goals combined. Sadly, we decided not to pay the wages Leeds were asking for a new loan contract for Ajose. Hopefully we can find a suitable replacement in the market. Cooper is probably our best player, but our relationship broke down as he, somehow, decided i failed my promise to bring young players through the ranks that would improve first team. He should know it takes time. I'll let him go if a +5M offer comes in. Season 2015/2016 - Planning We started to upgrade some staff personal and will try to bring one quality scout to help strengthen the team. Right now we are too weak for the Championship. We need to understand which positions are good enough for now and which ones are critical. No matter what, we won't bring a new team, so the strengthning will be made in key areas. For instante the playmaker role is lacking since Gilbey's loan is over now. The next one will be a winger. Will try the best one i can get on this. But let's see how pre-season goes. Other news: -Bayern wins CL against CSKA Moscow! -City claims PL title with Chelsea second -Norwich, Blackburn and Leeds promoted to the PL. QPR, Burnley and Palace, down to Championship! -Ronaldo wins Fifa Ballon d'or award. -Mandzukic wins top marksman with 33 goals overall.
  13. 2 games to go. One very difficult away against Coventry, the same team that finally took points off Bristol. Need at least a draw and a win...
  14. Bristol's schedulle Yey, we won promotion. But it would be sad to lose the title after so much time at the top. Bristol City's run has been incredible, not losing for months. We got a draw at their stadium and it kept things at bay for us. However, 3 draws followed and now, they finally have their chance to overtake first place. As long as they win the match they have missing. Board set new budgets which is ok, let's me plan on advance. With this amount it will need to be something cirurgical, unless i can really find good value in the free market. Anyway, Bristol have it much easier and I can't see them losing points anymore. I had hopes they would lose against Sheffield utd or Oldham but they have been just too strong. They have an away game at Preston now, but we won there very easily a couple weeks ago. Everything is possible, but it will be tough. We need to keep last game's form and hope they slip.
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