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  1. 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.
  2. 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 AM roles which you can custom to match the RPM and BBM. And same for the WB, PI's the same so he's mainly stretching the pitch With man to man, I put all my guys marking specific position. So if the ballplaying CD is DCR, then I put for my striker from his player instructions mark position DCR, and tighter marking (though I also have it on team setting but anyways), and same for the other positions. I do this, instead of choosing the mark player by name instruction in case they change their positions on the pitch. With the different tempos, yes I normally always change it to slower (to my standard), but in some matches if I'm struggling to break the opponent down I might up the tempo, hence keeping them on the tactics so my guys are training on those tempos and will be fluent on them. But tbh since I started going more man to man with the extreme formations, I don't remember the last time I had to play around with tempo. (Will cover this more once I get to writing the Jan update and the in-game mgmt stuff) If/when you do give it a go, looking forward to discussing how it's going!
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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 playmakers, 2 IWs and neither fullback on attack duty, you lack penetration. So one wing would be much better as IFa, Raumdeuter if you have the right player, or IWa. Keep the other IWs as is, but put get forward more often PI and gets into opposition area PPM for any guy playing the IWs duty to get them more often into the box. Then change the fullback on the side you keep the IWs into an IWB, but change the underlap into overlap. This will add variety to your attacks. And the side you'll have the more attacking guy keep the WB. But also bump both into support, you're United, not Stoke. Then to add more attacking options and a late run into the box threat, change one of the APs into a BBM, Mezzala support but get forward more often PI, or a CMs but again PIs to get into the box. The other AP keep as is, or try an RPM, with the roaming it does might suit your play better, and also helps to drag defenders away/create overloads easier than with an AP, IMO. Changes along those lines would, IMO, improve things.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 some goals and highlights in case anyone's interested, and maybe go through a few matches in a bit more detail. For now will just post a few quick screenshots showing our fixtures, and then the player stats. What I'm most happy about is that the goals and assists are divided beautifully within the team, and that out of the 23 outfield players I've used this season only 4 are yet to score a goal. But between the 4 they have 7 assists still, so not too bad.
  11. You said you use a lot of role switching, so who do you have switching with who? And what has been the most successful?
  12. Yup, Monier-clement would be better on the wing, then Agudelo as the F9 and have him learn come deep to get ball
  13. This can work perfectly fine within the right tactical setup plus of course players (I use it myself with great success), though in a 4-2-3-1 with the other playmaker as AP on the AMC slot not so well. It could work very well though with putting the BBM into AMC as standard AM but adding PIs so he'll be like the BBM. Then the AP goes from the AMC into MCR as an RPM. Striker would also switch to something that drops deep/roams and links up play.
  14. Nice watch! Yeah, I watched them against my Arsenal this season in the FA Cup, and in the 1st half they were truly excellent, completely playing Arsenal off the park. It was pissing me off, obviously, but also great to watch. 2nd half Arsenal took over and won the match with Arteta throwing water bottles at half time and the player quality difference starting to shine, but assuming and hoping they're in the Prem next year, they're going to be a ton of fun to watch and will surprise a lot of teams and dominate them. Btw about the role switching, with which have you had the most success with?
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