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  1. I usually play the 4-1-4-1 with either a Wa or a WMa with IFa PIs on one side. On the other side a WMs either set up as a IFs or a pseudo WPM (pi: sit narrower, more risky passes, dribble more). Ordinary FBs and FBa behind them. A good dribbler with cuts inside ppm is awesome as a Wa. This type of winger, at least for me, gets in between the fb and dc and make crosses closer to the area. Playing on a less risky mentality such as counter, the build up play is relatively slow. If you have sufficent support/runners from midfield you can indeed have enough players in the box for your winger to make a cross to.
  2. I would drop the wide players back a notch to get more players back when defending, because for a CA tactic to be really effective you want your opponent to overcommit players forward. That's often best done defending deep. You can still set them up as wm with the same pi's as rmd and if. Consider changing the bwm to a cma or bbm, to get another runner from midfield. If you do this you might want to change your dm duty to defend. Drop the overlap shout. This can cause good CA chances to break down, because the wide man holds up play waiting for a fullback to overlap.
  3. As far as I know this only influences the player starting point (wide/neutral/narrow) If your IF is told to stay wider, and is being marked by oppos fullback, it's likely there will be more space between that fb and the dc on that side. This space can be exploited as it's easier to pass to your IF and/or give the IF more time to control the ball before being closed down. The cut inside instruction will still be active, but is an on ball instruction.
  4. Never really made a tactical development thread, so to keep the thread progressing I've been naughty and made a test save using the editor... Once I'm happy with my tactic I will start a "real" save and develop players to fit into the system. Changes made in the editor: Put together a squad with players to fit the roles I have in mind Removed all PPMs to create a neutral role interpretation only based on the players attributes Starting point: Mentality and shape Fluid - Control TIs Much higher d-line decrease space between def and mid to make the team more compact increase pressing without using pressing TI Stay on feet with a high line and control mentality and no offside trap, I want my players to stay on their feet so we don't needlessly lose shape and give away too much space. Be more disiplined even though I'm on fluid I still want my players to stick to their instuctions Formation, roles and duties Decided to go with the CMd to the left to give more space inside for the WMa, and also offer more protection should the BPDd dispossessed, or make a bad pass. PIs GK: Distribute to fullbacks Wa: Press more, tackle harder DLPs: Press less WMa: Dribble more CFs: Press more, tackle harder CFa: Press more, tackle harder Pre-season: Played through the pre season getting familiarity, and matchfitness. I decided not to make any tweeks or changes to the tactic during pre season. I did however make some notes on what I needed to have a look at once the competitive games started. Striker roles not playing out the way I envisaged Not sure about the change in central midfield. The WMa doesn't really use the space between the CMd and the CFa Not sure about left/right choice up front CFs not dropping deep until the ball is in the final 3rd Team is more compact than I initially planned, could be a problem against teams playing a simple ball over the top League season begins: First match against a relegation candidate. A comfortable 4-0 win, but all of the problems I spotted during pre-season was noticable to some degree. The good thing about winning comfortably, even though it's only a test save, is that I don't feel the need to change anything during the match, so i didn't. The biggest issue for me (not necesseraly for the tactic) is the striker roles. They need to change, but what roles should I choose... I needed to analyse what I wantet from each of the strikers... And them as a pair! Support striker hold up play, allow the rest of the team time to move into better attacking positions support the attacking striker score goals passing option central Attack striker score goals run at defence mobility The pair goals create space for the wide men Changes: After doing an analys of the match and replaying some situations, I decided to change to this: Changed my striker roles to a simple DLFs-AFa combo. Swapped positions with regards to striker duties , and kept the midfield unchanged. What I hope these changes lead to strikers movement and behavior more in line with what I want DLFs has more space to drop into because of the defend duty direcly behind him WMa getting more space due to being on the same side as the DLFs Wa is quite an aggressive crosser, so having an attack duty forward on his side might benefit the cross completion. In addition the switch might allow the DLFs more time to get into the box for crosses not having to direcly link up with the Wa in build up play. Why didn't I change TIs I'm still not certain any of the TIs will give me problems, and as I stated in the OP: I want to make a system inspired by Benitez' Liverpool of 08/09, and I think these TIs best represent that. Any suggestions regarding the replication of the style of play are welcomed
  5. Intro: I've had this idea of making a tactic inspired by the real life roles of some of my favourite CM/FM players. I have intentionally stayed clear of a lot of the typical "heroes" of CM and FM such as; Bakayoko, Svindal Larsen, Duff, Tsigalko, Nikiforenko, Chiotis, Adu etc. Simply because I have no idea of how they played in real life (some are even fictional). I first came up with this idea playing FM 13 or 14, but didn't try it until FM15, because I struggled to decide upon a "framework" to work with. To give you a glimps of where most of my ispiration with regards to players come from I've added two pictures of some CM favourites: (Left: CM 97/98, Right: CM 01/02) I finally landed on this team in FM15: It shouldn't be to difficult to see whose "framework" inspired this tactic. Just look at the DM... The project was quite successfull and one of the saves I've had the most fun with since a VERY long save on FM08 (I tried to get LFC to a 100 PL titles) My intention is not to replicate a specific tactic. It's more about picking players, who you at some point probably wished played for your team, and fitting them into a template based on real life tactics. Having just read Ozil's brilliant Sacchi thread, I thought about doing this experiment with a Sacchi inspired system, but then decided to do something a bit more conservative. So I started looking back at Benitez' Liverpool side from 08/09 for inspiration. Imagine having a few more goals in that team, or even just better understudies to the first 11. Liverpool under Benitez played a fairly compact 4-4-1-1. Some may argue it was more of a 4-2-3-1, but I think the 4-4-1-1 best represents their formation in defence. I have decided to start out with a 4-4-2, and try to make a more solid 4-4-1-1 long term. Fluid shape in keeping with the compactness of Benitez' team, and control/standard as a starting mentality. Some of the TI's I have in mind are: - Higher or Much higher d-line - Be more disciplined - Play out of defence Here are some of examples of players/teams I considered basing my tactic on: But ended up with this:
  6. I played a very similar setup (trying to replicate the Gerrard-Torres and Mascherano-Alonso partnerships) and was experiencing some of the same problems as you. You can have some brilliant movement with the WBa behind the WPMs and a runner from the CM-position (players overlaping on both sides of the WPM). The get further forward PI can upset the balance in midfield so you may want to consider dropping the PI. If you still feel you're lacking movement from deep, try changing to a BBM... To get an even more balanced tactic try changing your FBa to a WBs or even a FBs. The fullback will still get forward supporting your WMa. I would also consider changing team shape to flexible to get more players involved in transitions. I would advise you to drop play out of defence when playing control as your defenders will have pretty short passing instructions on this mentality. Further shortening can leave them with very limited passing options. This can lead to loss of possession...
  7. Hi. I'm managing Antwerp and have been under administration for about a season. Now the club is sold to a new owner, but I'm still under administration. Balance is about £ 3m. And debt is £ 30k... Is this a bug or just a matter of time?
  8. I’ve made a few changes to my tactic. I felt like it wasn’t playing the right way, and also struggled in attack. In lack of better words, it felt a bit forced in attack… I still haven’t lost in the league with my AC Milan team, think I’ve got something like 3 games to go and 30-31 wins in the league. The recent changes has made us more of an attacking threat, but also made us more vulnerable in defense. This is something I don’t like, and Chelsea hammered us 5-1 at Stamford Bridge. 3 goals were crosses from the left to front post, with Diego Costa finishing. The other 2 were Hazard cutting inside with the ball and finishing… So any advice on the defending part would be appreciated. Forgot to mention it in the OP, but team shape is Flexible, and match strategy is Standard for most games GK: Keeper on defend, PI: distribute to fullbacks. 2xDC: Central defenders on defend. I want to see how it works compared to the x/c-combo DR: Wingback on support DL: Wingback on attack Right CM: BBM. Felt I needed more movement from midfield to make the team more dynamic. I like the way he usually stays just outside the 16-yard box ready to take make use of the ball, be it a long shot, pass or simply recycling the ball. Still a bit unsure about the central pairing… Left CM: DLPd. Really wanted to keep at least one of my DLP. Might change him to a CMd or a BWMd, but I fear that will leave my defense exposed… RM: Winger on attack. PI: press much more. LM: WM on attack. PI: press much more. For now, I’ve removed the play narrower and cut inside PIs, to see how he works on “neutral”. It looks OK, but not good enough. Think this position needs some work… AMC: APa. PI: press much more. The movement of the two up front was what made me make changes to my tactic in the first place. So I had to rethink how to supply and support my forward. STC: CFa. PI: press much more. I felt the DLF wasn’t mobile enough, and also not “pushy” enough on the opposition defense. I have considered trying an AF or a DLF on attack with the changes I’ve made, but haven’t had the time yet. TI: Shorter passing Play out of defense Work ball into box – I was making a lot of bad crosses, and also some wasted long shots, so I added this one.
  9. Is there any difference to TI/PI "tighter marking" and PPM "marks opponent tightly"?
  10. I think I didn't explain my reasoning behind the cover/stopper choice well enough. Having the deepest CM in front of the stopper looks like it reduces the space between defense and midfield. It's probably got more to do with the DLP than the DCx, but if an opponent passes the DLPd he steps right into the DCx, and the DLPd has time to recover. On the other side of defense I don't want my DCc to press too early because, if the opponent passes the WBa and DCx (if the DCs switched sides)i would have two defender on the opposite side unable to move over to defend the left side. Does this make sense, or is my logic wrong?
  11. What PPMs do you use? I have El Shaarawy set up with cuts inside and places shots. He's my top scoring WM, and should fit the profile of a wide goalscorer. I like the hold up play the DLF offers, just want the players around him to overlap and move in front of him, but I'll try removing the dribble less PI. Don't see the pressing as a problem in relation to the positioning of the DLF, from my point of view I think the WM is to deep when the DLF drops off. Also think my defensive strategy would suffer if I was to remove it... Kinda hoping for someone to tell me I'm wrong
  12. The past 3-4 years I’ve been playing different 4-3-3 variations, but back in FM08 I played a 4-4-1-1. In FM15 I wanted to go back to this formation, and having an AMC in the team. What made the tactic for me in FM08, was the dual DLP who dominated the opposition. Always picked up clearances, made the team click, taking their time to pick the right pass and offered a solid base both in attack and in defense. Roles, duties and PIs: GKd: I haven’t paid this position much attention because I don’t want the tactic to rely on a specific type of GK. I’ve given him PI “Distribute to FB” Right DC: This player is set as DCx to compensate for the gap between defense and midfield. Left DC: Chose “cover” for the left sided DC because of the “stopper” at right DC, and because of the attack duty of the left WB. Right FB: Chose a WBs in this position because of the roles and duties around him, and to offer support to the right sided midfielder. Left FB: Set the left back to WBa to offer width, and an attacking threat on the left side. Right CM: DLPd. Put the defend duty on the right to keep him closer to the “stopper”, reducing the risk of the “stopper” getting dragged out of position. Left CM: DLPs. Put the support duty on the left to get him closer to the “IF” at left WM. It also gets him in position to support the WBa, and play him into space on the left wing. Right WM: Wa/WMa. PIs: “press much more”. I’m still undecided regarding this position. Been getting quite a few assists from the Wa, but need more time playing with the WMa to compare. Left WM: WMa, PIs: “press much more”, “cut inside”, and “play narrower”. PIs to give the WB behind him more space to attack, and to make the WM more of a goal threat. AMC: SS PIs: “press more”/AMC PIs: “press more”, “dribble less” and “riskier passes”. STC: DLFs. PIs: “press much more” and “dribble less”./DLFa. PIs: “press much more”, “riskier passes” and “dribble less”. To some degree I’ve been trying to replicate some sort of Gerrard-Torres partnership, and also make way for a 3rd goal scorer at left WM. TIs: Shorter passing and play out of defense. The tactic is working fine, and grinding out decent results for my York team in BPL. As for my AC Milan game I can’t complain… 16 wins out of a possible 17 in all competitions (a 0-0 game away to Bayern). But…The tactic seems overly reliant on a very good striker, or at least one with just the right attributes. Not so visible in my AC Milan game, but very visible in my York game! Onto the problems then… 1. At times the player carrying the ball, is the player furthest forward on the pitch. Often resulting in this player trying to dribble through 7-8 players, and losing possession. 2. The left side WM isn’t the goal threat I want him to be. I’m struggling to see whether this is a problem with the supply, or the positioning of the player. 3. I feel the SS/AMC should be more of a goalthreat from deep, but struggle getting him to overlap the striker.
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