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  1. Thanks, however forgot to mention one crucial part, which is that I'm on Mac haha. So unfortunately will have to look for another option. Back on topic, I finished the season and have gotten to halfway point in the league (Boxing Day) in the next already. Before getting into what I'm doing in the new season (changed tactics a bit), will review some key things from last. Did manage to go all the way till the end unbeaten, which I'm super happy about, so it means we lifted all the 6 titles on offer in the season. Really only achieved this with adjusting tactics as per what I covered in fir
  2. Hi all, Last couple of months have been a bit hectic so haven't been on the forum nor playing, but just loaded up the save again to finish the season I've been talking about in earlier posts. Will just give a quick snapshot of where we are at the moment; we've managed to stay unbeaten in ALL competitions thus far, and if we can keep it up till the end and win all comps it would be my best ever season in any FM I think. So the stakes are high and the toughest games are still to come. It's mid-March in game, these are the latest results and the current remaining fixtures on the calenda
  3. Hey, Apologies for the super late reply, last couple of months have been a bit hectic so haven't been on the forum nor playing. Happy to hear about your promising results, did your team keep it up throughout the season? The Complete Forward on support is very similar and can work equally good or better, I've stuck with the F9 with the PPM mods as for me personally it's the most "pure" role for the striker in a total football 433, so mainly just personal "puritanical" reasons here hehe.
  4. Welcome, and I'm happy to hear about the success! Yes, it can be that, and also even with a top team whether you get 55-60% or 70% depends basically on if they are keeping it at the back and playing out of the back a lot, or not, and how effectively can you stop it. But I wouldn't be too hung up on the exact number, as long as the play on the field you see is good and you don't see them creating anything ie you're fully in control, you should be good.
  5. Thanks, really appreciate the kind words! Sounds great about your save, tbh once I get bored at Arsenal I'm thinking of doing the same, starting lower and testing how much I can get away with with a worse team. I don't have the game on but IIRC the Inside Forward does not have i hardcoded, hence why I've put it on. But I could remember incorrect. Either way doesn't really matter tbh as long as it's on, so they only cross when it's a really good opportunity. Extreme variations, yes, I keep the PI's matching so their behaviour on the pitch is matching. Hence the vanilla AP and A
  6. Thanks, really appreciate it! Yes, I’ll do an update, already have a few things on my mind: I think one of the main things I’ll focus is in-game management, which I’ve realised (and love) in FM20 to max results you need to do often even when you have a really solid tactic, the AI seems much better at starting to counter it than in previous versions. At least that’s my feeling.
  7. Lessons from hockey btw are the main reason why I really think we need a dedicated tries backheel passes often PPM! In hockey, one of the best passes to get max space are backhand passes behind. That's why also whenever someone uses them correctly in football the're so deadly (and why Özil who's one of the all time best playmakers uses them so often).
  8. From your nickname I assumed you'll know your hockey And Power play exactly. Because that's the best comparable to football and with tiki taka trying to find the opening against a set deep defense trying to cover the middle as much as possible and leave you on the outskirts. So the logic and best ways how to open it are pretty much exactly the same in hockey and football. And because in hockey it's even harder I would say, IMO, hockey also offers slightly better solutions to when it comes to this kind of detailed stuff.
  9. Oh yeah, I love playmakers more than anything, but even for me that is total overkill A lot of the setup is pretty good, but like ED said you have a lot of issues with the roles/duties. Most likely you lack penetration, and also I doubt Dembele or whoever plays as AF will get a lot of space to run into. And cause you play a tiki taka patient buildup game and only 1 ST, you basically need to have him drop deep to get on the ball, and movement to create space in the box. So DLFs or F9 basically, and you need a smart player here which Dembele really is not. Then cause you have 3 playmak
  10. That last past about moving the ball quickly by having your passing/crossing/shooting lane open already without having to adjust body position is also one of the key parts, and actually if you play a possession heavy slow-build up game it can give you a crucial edge in breaking down deep defensive blocks. I cover it in detail and where my inspiration/lesson for it comes from in my thread about my tactic and how/with what logic I built it (ice hockey, where space and time is in even in a much shorter supply, so the quicker you can keep things moving the more space you'll open).
  11. Glad you're having success with it! And yep, exactly, that kind of behaviour is exactly why strong foot on the outside can be so deadly.
  12. Both can work equally fine, due to personal preference I would use Messi as the F9 and Suarez as the IFa, and Griezmann as your IWs (and then switching the fullback roles to keep the WB+IF and IWB+IW combos), but as said all combos can work, they're all 3 great, smart and technical players. So test around if you want, or keep as is, and just see what combo of which player in which position/role gives you the best results and makes you happiest, really, with their play.
  13. Gotten till early December now and the results have been great. We barely concede from open play, have controlled every single match (at least to the point where max they have is empty possession inside their box), also barely concede any shots on target, and our attacking play is great with a lot of variety. We've scored in every single match of the season, and won 24/27 matches. All 3 draws have been in the PL, but we sit comfortably at the top with an 11 point lead to 2nd placed United who have a game in hand. I was thinking once I get till January I'll do a mode detailed update, with
  14. You said you use a lot of role switching, so who do you have switching with who? And what has been the most successful?
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