I've read numerous guides on this subject however I always seem to end up confusing myself or coming across conflicting opinions. The problem I have is knowing when to use opposition instructions to the best effect because 10 minutes or so of checking the opposition players stats results in me being incredibly confused, for example:
Player A has high pace and acceleration values, so if tight marked my defender would be left for dead by balls over the top and closing him down would result in my defender getting skinned far too often. Logic would then dictate that I should use tight marking and closing down rarely, however, a problem arises when Player A also has high passing, creativity and dribbling. Tight marking and closing down rarely would give him far too much time and space on the ball to play a killer pass or bypass my defensive line, but tight marking or closing down often would also cause problems due to his pace and acceleration. The only other option is to leave the opposition instructions for this player at the default values, however this seems to be incredibly foolish for an obvious match winner.
For the other opposition instructions I generally use 'show onto foot' for players with a weak or very weak foot and I hard tackle players with low bravery and strength values while I easy tackle players with high pace, acceleration and dribbling. I also close down often defensive players with low composure. Are these assumptions correct?
Basically my question is are there any guidelines that the game follows to determine who should/should not be closed down, tight marked, showed onto foot and hard/easy tackled?