This morning i decided that i wanted to do something that i have never done before in almost 15 years of playing FM games. I decided to try and set up my set pieces by myself and actually think about how i wanted them to work. So i did and played 10 friendly matches with AS Roma to try and see what kind of results i would get from it. And my conclusion is that holy S*** set pieces are very very very good this year.
In these 10 friendly games i played i scored 45 goals in total. Now 5 of those where penalties so i decided to not count them in this little experiment.
From free kicks (direct, small chance of shot. indirect wide, indirect deep) i created 5 goals (some very nice ones might i add, might have found a possible exploit in the process as well but that requires some more testing)
From corners i created a total of 9 goals ( here is where it starts to get tricky to judge because 5 where straight headers into goal and 4 where scored in the havoc that followed the first header but i decided to count them as well because the ball A never left the penalty area and B toke no more then 5 seconds after the corner kick before it was a goal)
From my throw-in routine i created 4 goals ( again its slightly hard to judge this because its not directly into goal but i decided to count anything under 3 passes including the throw itself before the ball was in the net) " just want to point out that i did not use the exploit where u can have 4 players hugging the sideline and the opponents don't know what to do"
and then i had 1 free kick that went directly into the net.
This is a total of 19 goals from set pieces in 10 games and 40 total goals not including the 5 penalties i also had.
That comes down to 47,5% of my goals where scored from set pieces or in very close proximity to one. (assuming i don't suck at math)
Now just looking at that number can make it look almost broken, should almost half your goals be scored from set pieces? and even if you can decided to not use them just the fact that it can be done feels a bit unrealistic.
There is another way of looking at it and that's the fact that u can created crazy amounts of corners and throw-ins and that the goals scored looks really low compared to how many set pieces u actually created. For example i had a game where i had 20 corners and scored once.
So what are other peoples experiences when it comes to offensive set pieces?