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  1. Over the course of the last 6 games I have hit the woodwork in each of them. In total 16 times while only finding the net only 5 times. Anyone else being denied by the post more often than the opposition goalkeeper?
  2. I've use one a little. My main tactic is a 4-3-3 but when I want some more numbers in the box I 'flip the triangle' to move the Second Striker behind a DLF. The main benefit is his presence in the box and I agree with the above to use an out and out winger to stretch the play. It's a great role on the counter and it just bursts past the DLF, provided he has some pace and makes runs for more creative players to find all across the pitch. If I get promotion to the Premier League I'm thinking about a 4-4-1-1 that utilises a Second Striker on the break. My strikers are pretty poor DLFs so I'd need to find the right player. I'd live to see how it combos with a False 9 in the future.
  3. Big Rudy is stripped an ready to come on. Shame the 'pump ball in to the box' instruction has died a death. On a more serious note. Thanks for the tips. Plan to start generalist and introduce the more extreme elements of my doctrine over time.
  4. My team is not a technically proficient as I would like, below league average for passing, first touch and composure etc. What are my options to play possession football while I try and re-shape the squad? Slow the tempo down to give players the time to pick the right pass? Set my most technically proficient midfielder as a playmaker and try to launch as many attacks as possible through him? Play hoofball to big Rudy Gestede?
  5. How do I create a file that loads a specific player of staff member? I can find them in the database but they aren't loaded by default by the game.
  6. I thought it was only available in the left or right strata - as opposed to the centre of the 3?
  7. Seeing as xG has been around for a number of years. And the complaints of FM managers who have 30 shots from outside the area and can't work out why they haven't scored refuse to abate could we perhaps see a calculation for the quality of chance created beyond the current CCC, Half Chance, Long Shot split. For the past two years I have used understat.com for Fantasy Football analysis. They lay out chance created in a pitch map per game, or team, - https://understat.com/match/9300 - as well as cumulative totals per player over the course of a match/season - https://understat.com/player/318. I also value the xA to quantify the quality of assist provided.
  8. Disagree. 1 Argentina needed legs in the middle of that midfield to do some running for the flair players they were carrying. I'd rather have seen Biglia in for Mascherano. Secondly, Sampaoli is the latest in a long line of managers who have failed to get a tune out of this side. Nobody has done better than Sabella who made it to the World Cup 2014 final playing 3 holding players - Perez, Biglia and Mascherano.
  9. First of all here's a few sources for you to read how Sampaoli's tactics worked at Chile & Sevilla: http://www.zonalmarking.net/2014/06/19/world-cup-2014-group-stage-day-seven/ http://www.zonalmarking.net/2014/06/29/brazil-1-1-chile-brazil-progress-by-the-finest-of-margins/ http://www.zonalmarking.net/2014/06/14/world-cup-2014-group-stage-day-2/ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/sevilla-leicester-tactics-champions-league-pako-ayestaran-jorge-sampaoli-a7592251.html http://www.zonalmarking.net/2011/12/16/universidad-de-chile-tactics-bielsa-sampaoli/ I'd also recommend you look at some highlights from he 2014 World Cup - more than just the goals - to see how his sides regain possession. At their best, his sides play a very high-intensity press and win the ball high up the pitch with gaps from overcommitted players to exploit. For example Sanchez' goal against Brazil in 2014: Chile’s goal, meanwhile, came from winning possession inside the opposition third. Brazil were hitting long balls in open play – but when trying to play their way out from a throw-in, they fell into the trap of Chile’s press, and Sanchez pounced. He's also very flexible and reactionary to opposition tactics - more so than Bielsa for example - as shown the various shapes described in the Universidad article. Moving on to last night I think the lack of mobility and defensive work rate in his Argentina side is the major issue that hampers him most. Chile ran for 90 minutes even their star player - Alexis Sanchez - has an unbeatable work rate. Last night Messi and to a lesser extent, Aguero did little defensive tracking. His forward press is completely hampered by the unwillingness of two forwards to do so. Croatia had am immediate out ball down their left side. Rashidi has done a decent representation in the World Cup tactical interpretation thread: With the ball the issue was the midfield. Salvio & Acuna pushed on out wide to pin back the full backs while Croatia were able to go man-to-man with the midfield trio of Perez, Messi & Meza. The player with the space was Mascherano but he dropped deepest of all and played fairly safe all evening. This left Perez as the only player willing to commit to the attacking transition. In effect his side was horribly imbalanced as there was nobody to link defence to attack. Without the ball his players were unwilling to press with the intensity required added to the fact that Iceland & Croatia played much deeper than anyone Chile faced in 2014 they had no spaces to exploit in the final third.
  10. Much like in real life Bielsa's tactics are very hard to execute. But nevertheless, I do use elements of his principles in my current AC Milan save. The differences are: Using Counter as a mentality over the more risky options. When the opportunity arises the team will still throw men forwards to overload but they will pick and choose when to do so. Defensively they will retain a shape while I use PIs and OIs to press specific areas of the field. I've seen this mentioned before as a way to overcome the gaps that get left on Attacking. Using a flat midfield two. Again this is for defensive shape. Regardless of formation, I find it hard to shield the defence without at least two players in the CM strata. One sits deep as a CM(D) or DLP(D) - pushed up to Support for really weak opposition - and the other a BBM(S). The BBM pushes on to create the man in the hole between the two forward lines of 3. Otherwise, I'd be concerned over the gap between the defensive midfielder and the attacking midfielder. In attack the shape is close to a 3-3-1-3 but in defence creates a line up closer to a 5-4-1. Not using an advanced playmaker - for the time being, I don't have a player with the creative skill to do so. I plan to experiment with the BBM being moved to an AP(S) who might try and find space between the lines. One narrow attacker, one wide attacker - again I find a pair of inside forwards or a pair of wingers either get too congested or too far apart. I've found a Winger to supply a CF(S) and a RAM is the best way to get numbers in the box and stretch play One narrow wing-back, one wide wing-back. Again one wing back to add width beyond the RAM and one to tuck in as an IWB(S) and create a midfield 3. I've never really used Inverted Wing Backs but standard WB just stand next to my Winger. In this case, they open up the centre of the pitch with so many possibilities. In terms of a press, the side sits deep but largely due the quality of my defenders in the box and my desire to use the counter-attack. An exact replication is nigh on impossible but elements can be used for sure.
  11. Which roles act as so-called 'ball magnets'? I know all the Playmakers and Target Man does how about a Ball Playing Defender, Trequartistas, Enganches and False 9s?
  12. When a player is making a decision what is the order or between PPM, PI and TI. I heard Rashidi say in a Bustthenet video that a PPM will always overwrite a PI - is that correct? If I have a midfielder who likes to shoot from long distance is it pointless adding the 'shoot less often' PI to him? Where do TIs fall within this? As far as I can tell if I tell the side to 'be more direct' when passing anyone with a PI to pass shorter will still pass comparatively short (against the rest of the team) but still more direct compared to the standard default setting.
  13. Poacher with a False 9 in my current game playing 4-4-2 with an attacking winger to supply the width. So many goals.
  14. So how many tactics have people got set up in perpetration? The stubborn one or all three? Broadly at the moment I have my 'standard' 3-4-3, the same game plan with a subtle shape change to flood the midfield in a 4-3-3 (which I rarely use) and a more direct version of the 3-4-3 for using in game I expect to have less off the ball and more space to exploit against the top 6. This has got my as far as 5th in 2018/19 with Middlesbrough. Now I'm slowly trying to build a squad that can push on to the Champions League - I'm not normally this good! Tactically I do like to live tweak. Reading the comments above it seems I should vary my TIs a lot less in game. Perhaps I also need to be happier to play players in a less suitable role - Inside Fwd not Advanced Playmaker for the direct tactic for example. Although I do find nothing gets a better response from my team than a rocket at half time. Question is what should I be doing to close games out. With a 1-0 lead away at Everton I will drop the mentality as not to over commit. Instead should I just switch to a pre-planned tactic instead to see things out?
  15. Success at Boro and Saints with DM (D) behind a MEZ (S/A) and a AP/DLP (S). I think the relationship with the winger on the outside is also important due to drifting wide.
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