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About gunnerfan

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    Queens, NY, USA


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    Playing CM/FM, drummer, aspiring writer, occasional guitarist

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  1. Our Forums are changing

    Looks like the new format has eliminated the "first unread" link. Makes it a pain when there is a long thread (as we tend to have). However, the "notify me of replies" feature may help make up for that.
  2. Arsene Wenger's Invincibles

    Thanks very much for posting. This is spooky, though, because it involves some of the same changes I have been tinkering with from the Sacchi thread in my current Coventry save. I have to read this a little more deeply, but, even though I was not trying to re-create a specific team's style, a lot of this is resonating with me as I prepare for a new season. I will post back when I've done some more work on it.
  3. You can also have a scout for your division.
  4. Good read, Cleon. Thanks.
  5. Just as a TM will draw lots of crosses whether it's in the TIs or not. Good point.
  6. Arrigo Sacchi's 4-4-2 (Very Fluid)

    It's Part 5 of his stickied Bust the Net thread. Just click on the link in the first post. High defensive line and both forwards set on high close down and tackle harder.
  7. The RPM is just a CM with the PIs to roam from position and dribble more. So, look at each of the players in question to see who best fits the bill. But before that, try to conceptualize why you would specifically want your CM to roam from position and to dribble more. That is, what is it you want him to accomplish? If you look at the two recent threads started by Ozil to the Arsenal, he gets into this. In his 3-4-3, he specifically said he didn't want his CM to roam from position because he had a particular style/approach in mind, and the attacking shape he was thinking of would come undone if the CM roamed (he also found that when the CM did roam, it was in ways that were not helpful to the attack).
  8. Arrigo Sacchi's 4-4-2 (Very Fluid)

    A mid-match injury to my AMC forced me to experiment with using a second striker instead of an AM. I changed the S already in the side from a CF(s) to a P, using the new S as the CF(s). Seemed to work well, and I found that I could use Rashidi's "high block" as part of some aggressive defensive play, but I dialed team shape down to "fluid" and mentality to "counter" (I was holding a 1 goal lead against Liverpool at the time). I liked it enough to try it again in future matches. Just wondering if you tried a 4-4-2 before settling on a 4-4-1-1.
  9. Closing Down

    My sympathies.
  10. Arrigo Sacchi's 4-4-2 (Very Fluid)

    I just had that situation in the second leg of the Cap One Cup semifinal. I was up 1-0 in the 80th minute when one of my central defenders got sent off. I took off my CF, left the AM on attack, switched other attacking players to support and both fullbacks to defend and set mentality to counter. Managed to hang on.
  11. With AMs in front of them, having your backs on attack duty is overkill. As Kieren87 pointed out, you are waaaayyyy too far forward to meet any counterattack. I'd have one on support and the other on defend, at least until you get things stabilized. But, more importantly, who are your best players and what do they do best? Because those are the guys you'll build your team around (at least at the outset). Also, in addition to thinking about how you want to play on the attack, give some thought as to how your attack leaves you vulnerable (and every attack does) in transition. Watch a couple of matches in "full" mode and pay close attention to what happens when your side loses the ball. How does your side regain defensive shape and how long does it take to do it? Best of luck.
  12. Closing Down

    Ouch! Just curious - who was it? Edited to add: I just noticed that I erroneously credited the Cruyff and Sacchi threads. They were actually both started by O-zil to the Arsenal. Sorry about that.
  13. Closing Down

    Thanks, Herne. I hear that. At the same time, when facing a 4-4-1-1 or a 4-2-3-1 in which the AMC is the key guy, one usually has to do something. I'm currently playing a 4-4-1-1, standard mentality, very fluid, and one of my two CMs is a DLP(d), who very often looks for all the world like a DMC. I've been tempted to use him to man mark effective AMCs, but then that would likely pull him out of the "free safety" role I like him to play. My other CM is a CM(s), so I might use him.