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  1. Robin van Persie retires after this season: https://www.voetbalzone.nl/doc.asp?uid=339960
  2. The board expectations for Johan Cruijff Schaal are set to not important again what bothers me because you play the reserves of PSV with Feyenoord for example. In real life they absolutely do take this competition/cup more seriously. Especially the last years. can something be done so both teams play their strongest eleven at least?
  3. It can also be a CM(s) or BWM (s), whatever you want. A carrilero doesn't only defend the flanks but also covers the middle so when the right personnel is used the middle will still be covered. Speaking of weakening areas for no reason: why 3 attacking duties on the same flank? You have to watch them very closely as there is little to no protection there right? I would swap the CM(a) with the DLP(s) and change the FB behind the IF to support. I agree it all depends on what you want to achieve.
  4. Do you want a narrow or wide 4-3-3 @Greyfriars Bobby? I like playing a wide 4-3-3 this way: W(a) - F9/DLF(s) - AP (s) Mezz/CM (a) - Car DLP (d) IWB (d) BPD/DCB - CB WB(a) SK(d) Or this way like in @herne79 West Ham Thread: W(s) - F9/DLF(s) - Raum/IF(a) Mezz/CM(a) - AP(s) DM(d) FB(a) - CB - BPD/DCB - WB (s) SK(d) You could also check out @Rashidi Ajax diaries where he played a 4-3-3 or @Cleon Art of Possession Thread, stickied at top of tactis forum
  5. Beside the massive in form strikers Ronaldo, Lukaku and Kane I enjoyed watching Ruben Loftus-Cheek. When he came on vs Tunisia he immediately made an impact. Played much more opportunistic than Alli/Lingard did imo. And he showed it against Panama too.
  6. I agree. Might as well import XA, expected assist
  7. I can't wait for a database like this. I would really like Canadian and USA clubs separated and rules like the English PL. So regular first team, B-team/U23-team not in a league, youth team in separate league and just named LA Galaxy U19/18 for example. This way you can get a first team player get match fit with the reserves when back from injury etc. Above cleans everything up nicely. I don't like B-teams in the same pyramid like Bundesliga/LaLiga. Premier League setup has my preference
  8. I use high and slider al the way to the left and rest after matches ticked. Change to average when I have 2 matches in a week. This way I have to rotate some players tho
  9. Why is that a general rule of thumb? I agree you can play a advanced forward with a IF on the flanks. It depends on how you imagine them playing. An AF sits on the shoulders of the defenders and runs into space. He needs supply, the IF can give him supply with through balls for example. But to make this happen you first need to make sure the AF has space to run into by drawing the opposing team out and you have to make sure the IF plays those balls by giving him PI more risky passes for example
  10. Right now you have the option to set 3 thresholds in the game (by default at 16, 11 and 6) so in the player profile screen there are 4 different colours dividing the attribute grading. I would like to have at least one more threshold to divide the attributes. That way I can divide the attributes in 1-9 (bad), 10-12 (average), 13-14 (good), 15-16 (very good) and 17-20 (exceptional) for example. As I said by default you have the some colour for 11-15, but for me 15 is way better than 11 so there should at least be one extra colour to number of attributes per group. Like to hear what others think
  11. I used a 5-4-1 yesterday with Portsmouth (relegation side in Prem) and created a lot of chances vs high profile teams In defence it's a flat back 5 with FB(a)'s and BPD's Midfield was 2x CM(s) and one BWM(d) with a Adv PM in front Lone striker can be whatever you like When we had possession though this turns into a 3-4-3 system because the fullbacks move forward to help midfield and also end up as wingers to cross to the striker
  12. In regards to using a playmaker yes or no, this is what I do sometimes. I assess my formation vs formation of opponent and see where a playmaker naturally would have most space to work. So for example: 4-1-2-1-2 vs 4-2-3-1 I would use my playmaker at CAM slot and Anchorman at DM to nullify their CAM 4-1-2-1-2 vs 4-1-2-3 (4-3-3) I would use my playmaker at DM slot Btw I use the exact same setup for my Portsmouth diamond. Sometimes I experiment with control mentality, retain possession, pass into space When I feel I need to be more cautious I turn one CM(s) into a CM(d) or turn a Fullback into support role
  13. The explanation on why you want to get rid of certain players and what players you are looking to bring in is superb! Also explaining both the concepts of building a tactic around a team and building a team around a tactic is really helpful for a lot of players. Keep up the good work Herne
  14. Correct, sit narrower is an 'in posession' shout so it doesn't make that player sit narrower when defending. When defending your team automatically takes up a narrow shape. Telling the player to sit narrow has it's defensive pro's tho. Because when you attack narrower and lose the ball that player is already more central so he can provide good central cover and force play out wide.
  15. Two great signings again and you're rocking the Bundesliga. Good luck in the CL spot fight!
  16. exactly, in a structured system, when you lose the ball the striker thinks: It's not my job to get this ball back, I will stay high up here to receive the ball in dangerous positions. In a fluid system you ask him to take part in defense so press or fall back. Go with flexible if you're unsure. You get a nice balance between depth/space and support/compactness. And as summatsupeer said the more fluid you go the less difference there is between the different individual duties/mindsets. Something like this Structured-Standard has defend duty 4, support 10 and attack 17. On fluid this would translate to something like defend 7, support 10 and attack 14.
  17. When using the more fluid team shapes you want your players to contribute more in the different phases of play. For example an attacker will be doing more in terms of defense and build up than usual, so he will press defenders, drop deep to get the ball etc. Whereas a defender will step up higher on the field to act a passing outlet for example. That's why on the more structured approaches spaces between players/lines are bigger. Attacking duties are more aggressive and defensive duties are less aggressive than default. So attackers are higher up and only care about staying far up and score goals, and defenders only care about being deep and play safe. Basically Mentality is risk or as I like to call it the urge of your players to do something. The team shape determines how many players take care of transitions. So Standard tells your team to apply medium d-line, own half/mid pressing, mixed passing approach, medium tempo etc. So on fluid or very fluid more defensive players make more attacking/supporting runs when going forward and more attacking players help out more when you lost the ball and are regaining shape for the defensive phase. Hope I made it clear as English isn't my native language
  18. In my Portsmouth save, currently Championship side, my best players are/have been: Rafal Gilkiewicz Liam Bridcutt Roger Tamba M'Pinda Ben Close Enda Stevens
  19. The Central Midfielder role, whether it's a defend, support or attack duty, has his shooting PI at a neutral point to start with. I tend to tell all my players in PI to shoot less often. that might help, but a player taking long shots can be caused by different things. 1 - He has a PPM that causes it, unlearn it 2 - He has no options to pass/dribble/cross or he lacks the vision/decisions to see them. Try to spot issues where a player takes a long shot because he has no options and try to solve the problem. 3 - The players with an attacking duty in a flexible setup are aggressive in their approach so that might include taking more long shots. That's why I tell most, if not all, of my players to refrain from long shots unless they're ridiculously good at it. But in League 2 I doubt you will find these cannons But watch a game in full (for the first 10/15 minutes) or at comprehensive/extended and whenever you see a long shot happen, find out why he might have done so. Also you can view highlights off shots when in statistics screen. This tells you where the shots have been coming from and you can watch that match clip by clicking on it. Hope this helped
  20. Looks very interesting, I will give it a run myself
  21. It is possible in this setup: Lukaku (ST) Barkley (AML) - Bolasie (AMR) Klaassen (CM-a) - Gana (CM-s) McCarthy (CDM)
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