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  1. I'm on 2022/2023 season, and I'm enjoying playing this year's game. Tactics and training made it more fun. Sure there's improvements to be made on ME, but I'm enjoying that part of game a lot more than on previous versions. Now the things I don't like, and make the experience less enjoyable. There's some things that come already from previous versions of FM that should be sorted out. I always play my first save in Portugal, and the value of players is something so unrealistic. I give some examples. I have a great young player, João Felix, valued at 34M €.. I sold Seferovic on first season, he is nothing special, his stats, his goals, assists, average rating are really poor, and his value is 30M€, on Burnley. And I have plenty of examples like that, like when I sold Samaris, not a bad player, but as soon as I sold him, his value went to 25M €, and that's just silly. Related to transfers, everytime transfer window opens, I keep receiving the exactly same offers, every day for the same players until transfer window closes. I know I have the option to decline all offers below a value, but it's annoying.. you want 30M € for Gedson Fernandes? No? And now, you want 30M for him? No? And now,you want 30M? Doesn't make sense... Finally, and this happened as well on FM 18, the results after a few seasons, become just silly. A lot of 9-1, 7-1, 6-4, 5-5, etc... and specifically talking about Portugal, FM 19 is not well balanced, all seasons I played, Porto is almost unbeatable, my team (Benfica) as well.. Sporting always finishes miles away. Previous versions were way more balanced, all teams had good and bad seasons, like on real life.
  2. I like possession and control, but I don't need necessarily to have 60% possession every game. I just found it odd, because the possession numbers reduced a lot tome, and I was trying to understand if and how changes I made contributed to them.
  3. I came back to the topic, to give an update and try to discuss some new things.. After reading all suggestions,I changed some things, and truth is I saw improvements. Sure there's still some streches of matches that it come back, but those defensive teams are supposed to be difficult to beat sometimes. Now, I started a new season at the same time new patch came out. And, as I like to change things a little bit,so teams have to face new challenges against me, I changed some things on roles, dutys and TI. Nothing drastic, some tweaks. The TI's, I previously had shorter pass added, but I removed that, and removed counter when possession won, as well. Against bigger clubs, I put defensive line on normal, and put pressing back to slighty more urgent. The roles and dutys, Gelson Fernandes is good at BBM, but that role combined with his style, results on a ton of long shots! And with mezzalla, he shoots less from distance. The RMD, I don't have an explanation, it's only to try something new. Now, on my last game, I had a great result, team played great. The formations: The stats: I'm not a fanatic of possession, but I like to have some control on the game, and those possession stats made me think. As you can see, it was a great game for me, the shots they made were on the last 20 min of game, when I had the game more than won. But it makes sense that oposiotion had 64% of possession? I know they play on defensive mentality, and it helps, but this kind of stats are new to me, so they must be related to changes I made. But, removing counter, I don't play at high tempo, and have the defensive line and pressing higher, exactly to try get the ball sooner, than later. So,the question I make, the roles and dutys I choose have such a big influence on possession? Asking, just to try to understand.
  4. I made a thread similar to yours. I play Benfica too, and had/have same problems. I had this title that I wrote here and on Portuguese Foruns, that on FM 19 is easier to beat Real Madrid than Tondela. And the cause, is what zlatanera answered, after first season, teams will play extremely defensive against you. I've been facing some formations that I didn't even thought it would be possible to be so defensive . And I supose that it relates to what happens in real life, on most of the games. The thing I don't agree.. if you score a goal in real life, some teams, not all, but some, will play more openly, so in real life Benfica, Porto, Sporting win some games by 3-0, 4-0, 5-0. On FM 19, on portuguese league, at least, that's way more challenging, as teams remain almost all game ultra defensive. Well, on my save, Porto seemed to find the key to beat those teams, as less than 3-0 for them is a defeat, but it makes the more challenging save in years that I have, that's the good part of it. But, even if I'm not the indicated person to give tactical advice, I did some things that people on my thread gave as advice, lowered LOE, took off counter press, lowered pressing... And it kind of helped. I still can't break those teams as I would like,but I had some improvements.. The idea behind this is to let the opposition have the ball and let them to try to attack, and then you can get some more space. But I definitly think, as the game is right now, it will always be a bigger challange to us to beat the Tondelas than the Man Citys of the game.
  5. Saw this thread today for first time. A little off topic, but the save I enjoyed the most was Benfica on FM 17, when I won the championship league with 10 academy players on starting eleven. Unfortunately, I couldn't do the same on FM 18, I had the team again with academy players, but never had sucess or was even close on FM 18. I will try again this year! And I'm late, but great read on this thread!
  6. @Robson 07, your contributions are very welcome, as everybody else, and I'm not thinking that you are picking on me. You see some things on my setup that you can cleary see they are wrong. Thanks to point them out, I will try to fix them. If I were good at this, I woudn't be here asking for help. And reading all opinions is important to learn. The other thing you adressed before, I think you didn´t like some things I wrote on FM 18 season, but all I wrote, was to try one of two things.. or to learn or to try to help. Every time someone helps me I'm gratefull, and if people show me I'm not right on something I point out on being wrong, I accept it.
  7. Yes, I see that, a lot of players around the box,my attacking is like an Handball match on that kind of games. And just to get right, it was not 26 on target of 46. It was 26 on goal, but it was the sum of two games. It was 76 shots tried, 26 on goal. On a offtopic sidenote, I'm still doing much better than Benfica in real life, and don't know if that makes me smile or cry! Ok, cry...
  8. Do you see a blatant error or conflict on roles and duties I have, specially on mildfield and front?
  9. First of all, thanks for all contributions. Even those I don't direct answer or quote, I've been reading and taking in consideration the advices. And I want to clarify one thing, I know that is supposed to be challeging to beat those defensive teams, that some games it is a struggle and we are not supposed to win all games 4-0. Now, I made some changes, mainly to team instructions: Now I start games on slighty higher tempo, I lowered LOE, lowered pressing and removed tigh marking, as I really don't know if it does good or not for my team. If the game is tigh against those teams, I usually increase the width, the tempo, and ask the team to be more expressive. Now, roles and dutys. The changes I made, is due to players suiting the roles and dutys, as this is an area of game where I must get better, specially foward positions, I don't know how to create the plans B, C and D that @Rashidi wrote (and well). Last two games I played that way against ultra defensive teams, I won both 2-0, with a ton of shots... away game I made 43 shots, home game 33. The concern here,is that I only made 26 shots on goal.
  10. Again, as I said it already, I agree with you. I don't really like the instructions I'm using, as I never was a fan of this more extreme instructions. But, true is, I want to win games, and as of now,that's the only way I find against those defensive teams. I tried to make some changes, to test again. I played against Rio Ave with this setup: So, I put defensive line back to normal, I lowered LOE, I lowered tempo, I lowered pressure, and removed pass to space instruction. The result: Same as always I try to play that way, lots of shots and a draw or a 1-0. And don't get me wrong,I know the problem is not the instructions. It almost certantly is the roles and dutys I choose,but currently,I cannot identify and correct those problems easily, as my knowledge of game is not that good. So I will try different combinations to try to sort that out.
  11. I have.. on FM 19 didn't try yet, and I will, but on previous versions, I tried, and was never happy with that. Again,not blaming game, I just felt all the time I hadn't enough control on mildfield playing with just two men. I would love to sort out a 4-4-2 tactic, as I don't remember to play on any FM with that tactic on a regular basis. The only tactic I used with great results in the past with more than one striker was a 3-5-2. But I will definitly try a 4-4-2 again this year.
  12. Thing is, I agree with you. And since I started to take tactic creation more seriously, I always tried to use a more possession oriented tactic, as I don't really like this more "extreme" setups. I like attacking football, pressing and try to take the ball back as soon as possible, but I like as well to have some security. And I've tried that approach, spreading the lines, lower tempo, shorter passing. But the results against this defensive teams were considerably worst. And as I'm far away from being a great player of FM, I know I surely done many mistakes to contribute to that.
  13. Against bigger sides (Real Madrid, Man Utd, Porto and Sporting Away), I play on balanced mentality, I push back defensive line to normal, reduce tempo to higher or slighty higher and pressing to more urgent. I take off the instruction to counter press when possession is lost as well. If I'm winning and want to protect the result I often put wingers on mildfield line and on support, and sometimes change mentality to cautious and reduce pressing even more. And yes, play on counter. But, as I said, I did all of this on FM 18, and the results against big clubs were always a disaster. I remember a game against Real Madrid, at 30 min, they were winning 4-0 with more than 20 shots made. I tried defensive and sit down and try to hit the counter tactics, tried to apply more pressure and play with higher lines, I was absolutely crushed in all games. On FM 19, now that I went backt to a kind of Gegenpress tactic, and I'm trying to pay more attention to how oposition plays (example, if they play 3 centre backs, and no wingers, I set my team to play wider and by the flanks), now my team is playing better against this ultra defensive sides, but still, I'm having a much more easier time beating the Real Madri kind of teams, than the Tondela kind.. And by no means I'm suggesting the game was wrong on FM 18 or is now, it's me that could not find way to solve that challenge on FM 18 and finding more difficult this year to break those deffensive teams.
  14. It seems that there's different opinions on how to better break defensive sides, increase tempo and apply more pressure on opposition, or reduce mentality and spread lines to achieve more space,and probably both are correct on the right context. As I really coundn't find the solution on the last one, I went back to high tempo, an adapted gegenpress as I don't like that extreme settings. Things are going better so far, I will continue to test this setup to check if it's effective. I made some changes on tactic as well. I changed Anchor man to BWM and BBM to a Mezzala, and put João Félix on AM position, as I think he is much more effective there, and on other tactic I felt my striker was less effective than I would like, no matter what role and duty I gave to him, it seemed isolated and easy to defend most times. I'm noticing more attacking involvement from full backs now too, and that's one thing I like. On a side note, how funny things can be..last year, despite I had this kind of problems, from 3rd season it become increasing difficult to solve this ultra defensive teams, my major frustration consisted on never being able to beat big clubs on Champions League. I never passed quarter finals,and if I played against Real Madrid, Barcelona, Man City, etc, they crushed me all time. This year, it seems that it's easier to me to beat Real Madrid than Tondela, as I'm doing really good on champions league on all seasos. I already beated Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United.
  15. I did, and to be honest, I had very good results when I played that way. Second season I overachieved,I went to semi finals of Champions League, only loosing 5-4 on aggregate to final winner, Tottenham. But on 3rd season, after struggling to break increasing defending teams, tried different approaches. Maybe I have to go back to higher tempo, combined with what @herne79 suggested, maybe a mezzala on attack. But, what still makes me confused, is the similarity of games and stats, when I played this season, either on higher mentalities, tempo, lines, pressure, etc, and when I lowered all of them.. you can see that on the examples I gave on this thread. So my conclusion is that must be highly related to roles and dutys I have.
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