With FM19 I intended to try some new styles of play and do some things I've not done before. I have found the ME difficult to work with in the final 3rd with some of the much reported issues there. So I'm back to this, and made a few tweaks to the system.
First thing I done was to boot up FIFA19 go to head to head seasons and pick Atletico. I don't like to replicate Simeone, but they have the best squad for my style of play on FIFA. Noticed a fair few changes compared to how I setup in FM18 as posts above.
How I have now setup:
Preference on building from the back, and attacking mentality to get the ball forward and quickly. Regroup to get players back in position and make hard to break down, with the deeper defensive line as well, then counter to encourage the quick attacks. Low crosses is a personal choice.
GK(D): Don't really ask much from him, shot stopper is more than fine, reasonable distribution skills for playing out from back.
FB(S): Change this year as WB(S) now has PI's and FB(S) does not. Means PPM's very important, want to avoid things like "get forward when ever possible" and "runs with ball down wing" etc. Want them to support play, but rarely if ever go past the wide players in front of them, the left side allowed a little more freedom, but no specific settings.
CD(D): No need for extravagance here.
WM(A): Stay wider, Dribble more - Went this this over a winger, I don't want to encourage crossing, but don't want to discourage it. Other than direct passing, he's the main outlet for getting the ball forward.
CM(D): Went with a DLP last time round, found I don't really use one. Literally just need someone to be there and do the basics.
BWM(S): Get further forward - Want him all over the place really, doesn't need to be overly creative, more brute force than anything.
WM(S): Sit narrower - Two attacking WM's worked fairly well last year, noticed I generally attack more from one side on FIFA, so a technical player on the opposite side is preferred. More like a CM/WM really.
PF(S): Wanted a role that holds up play that doesn't move into channels or a target man.
PF(A): Was going with AF but this adds a bit more emphasis on closing down at the front without increasing pressing intensity. The DLF(A) not working as did last year.
I'm still a little unsure on which side for the CM's and the ST's at the moment, so will be watching closely. May switch them around.