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  1. Yeap, i am wrapping up the season this week and there will be an update quite soon
  2. this is where i am with Valencia now, early August. I also thought to try and strecth the field diagonally. The first couple of friendlies were mediocre to say the least, so i am glad that thisseems to be working for you it also gives me courage to go on. I dont quite fancy the engache role, i m thinking of trying a more mobile role there
  3. Player Pressing intensity vs Team Pressing Intesity. Pressing intensity for a player in PIs means that if that player has it set to more urgent he will press the opposing player wherever he goes on the pitch leaving his position, whereas team pressing means the ''ferocity''/intensity of the general team pressing when the opposition enters the line of engangment? I mean, if the Team Pressing is maxed out but the FBs individual pressing is set to less urgent, they will not leave their positions but will press/mark hard in the area they are supposed to control? Please? Pretty please. With sugar on top.
  4. I figured that it could serve as another way to catch the opposition by suprise.
  5. Update 2. The games against Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig for the cup were a disaster. Eight goals against, totally outplayed in every aspect of the game and in every corner of the pitch, bullied all the way. There can be some minor excuses for the 0-5 thrashing against RB Leipzig, because I used some players that didn’t play that much in the previous games, but we were dreadful. The worst part, was that, after those games the local derby against Hertha was in line. A game that for absolutely no reason could afford to lose. Vs Hertha. They chose a typical 4-2-3-1 and I opted the 4-3-3 I used in the previous games. The objective was not to lose. And I hadn’t the stomach/guts to play the ‘’best defense is the offense’’ trick, we just played it safe all the way. Restrict the space, fill any gaps as good as possible and try to find ways to counter. Again, using two BWM besides my AP, who was the main outlet to start an offensive move, alongside my BLD (first time I tried it) who on occasion acted like a really deep DLP. Actually, my ΒLD (Friedrich) was the best player for my team, with a 7. The final score 0-0, was ok, we really didn’t suffer but on the other hand didn’t threatened either. And that was our main problem. We are ok defensively, but I have to find a way to make the team score some goals, well one goal really. Enough was enough, really. So, back to the tactics board. (and back to the training board eventually). First things first .Training. Some more attacking routines were introduced in the training schedules. Chance creation, chance conversion, counter attacking, attacking set pieces (both free kicks and corners) etc. All this extra hard work, should pay off, somehow! Tactics. The objective was simple. Score more, without losing our decent (for our caliber anyway) defensive standards. Easier said than done of course, so I decided to go with Rashidi’ s approach and try to adapt it to my team. So, this is the basic structure. Depending on the game, changes would be made to the ‘’shot on sight’’, LOE and the pressing intensity, but as I start I just went for the standard setting or thereabouts. The formation was this: Yeah, the simplest rule in the book. When in doubt switch to 4-4-2. Defense. Pretty standard. I liked the BLP in the previous game so I decided to keep it that way and in order to increase (in my way of thinking at least), the chance to counter I paired him with a NCB with cover duty. In that way, we have a ‘’calculated’’ hoofballer (BLP) and a ‘’close my eyes and hope’’ hoofballer (NCB). I thought that maybe in that way we could initiate more counters.WBs in support and since the LOD is now on ‘’standard’’ a click above of what we used to play so far, I went for a SK (sup) as an extra cover. Midfield. The whole set up, is somewhat inspired by the tactics used by Miltiades in the battle of Marathon. In case you are not familiar: Greeks vs Persians, Greeks were outnumbered, no cavalry, no archers, just infantry. Miltiades advanced to the Persian line (consisted of Infantry in the middle, supported by the archers in their flanks and rear) at speed in order to avoid the rain of arrows. When the two armies clashed, the thinner in the center Greek line curved in (but most importantly didn’t break, just stood their ground) where the thicker in the flanks Greek line just obliterated the Persian flanks which were manned by archers and light armor infantry. As soon as the Persian flanks routed, the Greeks turned to the center, engulfing the Persians there and eventually, winning the battle. This is somewhat the basis and theory of my tactical plan. A ‘’curved in’’ low block (in the dmc strata) being able to both defend (in quantity at least, we got four bodies in front of the area) and attack (at least the SV). This pairing could be SV and an Anchorman, but I wanted to try a DM. So, a ‘’curved in’’ center, which would lure opponents in, open the space in the most significant area on a football pitch, the center, and now the flanks come into play. A wide midfielder (I had to find some role for probably my most technical midfielder Xadas), that could operate in the center of the pitch and a wide playmaker to be an extra threat and try to find my attackers on the break. Why on an attacking duty? I tried to be in line with Rashidi’s spirit, though instead of using an attacking mentality with supporting duties, i decided to go with a cautious mentality with some attacking duties. That could change, but for now this is what it is. Attack. My attackers are not what you could say, premium quality, but they have relative good speed and acceleration and are quite strong. Although not technically gifted could be a handful for a four man defense (i.e. 2 strikers vs 2 DCs). Both on supporting roles (this again, depending on the circumstances would change) but basically a PF who tries to harass the opposition early on and higher up and a TM as a focal point. In short, this was the (new) plan and it would be put to test against Mainz (7th-8th at the time). Lo and behold we scored twice! For a side that in the previous 11 league games had scored 4 goals, this 2in1 is quite something! And not only that, but twice we lost the lead (probably my players couldn’t believe the fact that we scored first). The thing is though that these goals came from set pieces, the first one, from a free kick and the other one from a corner, so that extra attacking training payed off! Hard work pays off people! Mainz played a 4-2-3-1 they did had a lot of chances (2 ccc), a 64% possession but both teams played almost at the same level 6,94-6.85 and furthermore we scored two goals, so I don’t really care. After all, it was the first game with the new tactic. Vs Borussia M’Glad. They came to Berlin with a pretty standard 4-2-3-1. Our 4-4-2 had one change, the WP and WM started on support and the TM on attack. The PF remained in support. All the other stuff remained the same. They had 11 shots, only one on target (ok and one that hit the woodwork) but zero cccs where we had one, 8 shots 3 on target and to make a long story short we won people! We won 1-0, again scoring from a corner, BUT, but that corner came as a result of a quite good counter attack. Our first win after 13 league games! Vs Schalke away (4th at the time) 4-4-2 vs our 4-4-2. Quite the test! We didn’t win (0-0) but I was proud of my boys. We restricted them to a possession of really no meaning or intention and we had 2 cccs to win the game. Not steal the win, but really win it. Both of these ccc came by attacking the space, the first one is a proper build up starting from our keeper (and the SV completes the move) https://imgur.com/O1As3uX and the second one, is a good play from the flanks in transition https://imgur.com/1fQSonh I feel we may have found our way of playing!
  6. I m going to try something similar with Valencia! Now that you mentioned the videos,they are also suggesting a very high and intensive pressing. I don t think that you can have that without TIs.
  7. sorry to keep asking this guys, but i really want to know cause i never understood how these two work
  8. Player Pressing intensity vs Team Pressing Intesity. Pressing intensity for a player in PIs means that if that player has it set to more urgent he will press the opposing player wherever he goes on the pitch leaving his position whereas team pressing means the ''ferocity''/intensity of the general team pressing when the opposition enters the line of engangment? I mean, if the Team Pressing is maxed out but the FBs individual pressing is set to less urgent, they will not leave their positions but will press/mark hard in the area they are supposed to control?
  9. Guys, i cant thank you enough for your advice and sugestions. Just to clarify things, this is how (more or less) the team was set up in the update (matches vs Leverkusen-Frankfurt-Wolfsburg-Freiburg) @Rashidi i understand what you re saying about the attacking mentality, the thing is i dont think that the players i ve got have what it takes to play that way, so i m kinda of reluctant to try it. I ll see what happens in the next couple of games though and try and make some adjustments.
  10. Player Pressing intensity vs Team Pressing Intesity. Pressing intensity for a player in PIs means that if that player has it set to more urgent he will press the opposing player wherever he goes on the pitch leaving his position whereas team pressing means the ''ferocity'' of the general team pressing when the opposition enters the line of engangment? I mean, if the Team Pressing is maxed out but the FBs individual pressing is set to less urgent, the will not leave their positions but will press/mark hard in the area they are supposed to control?
  11. So, this is the update. First of all I would to thank everyone for their advice and thoughts on this. I ve made some changes based on that discussion which I think gave a better result on terms of how I want the team to play. 1st game vs Bayern Leverkusen. They played with a 4-1-2-3 and we tried to couter that with a 4-3-3 with 3 players in front of our defense, Kroos playing as a SV(att), Gonzalez as a Anchorman and N’Dinga as a BWM(sup). We did stop them, 0-0 and they ve only had 2 half chances, but we rarely ever saw the ball. That was not a counter attack based performance (although the intention was there) but a ‘’park whatever bus you have available’’ performance. Funny thing is, we came close in the 85th minute to shamelessly steal the three points but Abdullahi missed it, saving some Leverkusen fans a trip to the hospital with minor cardiac problems. https://imgur.com/OpmTpvl The next two games (vs Wolfsburg and Frankfurt) were treated like one tactically, because both of these teams used a 3-5-2 with wingbacks. I used a 4-3-3 with a low blocking 2 BWMs (sup) in the dmc strata and an AP (att). in front of them. By using my WBs (att) and IFs (sup), i tried to suppress the space the opposing WBs would have to operate (they were the main source of creativity both for Wolfsburg and Frankfurt). By using two BWMs on either side of the AP, I tried to offer an extra cover on the flanks, without losing the center of the pitch since BWMs generally attack the ball, so I figured that they will always follow any switch of play from the center to the flanks and vice versa. The AP(att) was really there to create an alternative source of danger for the opposition , create a 3 vs 3 in the center of the pitch and provide a kinda of secondary threat. The IFs (sup) replaced the RMDs in order to have someone to check the forward runs of the opposing WBs but still try to penetrate through space. The downside (I think) was that by cutting inside didn’t stretch enough the opposing 3 men defense so whatever width should come from my WBs. Hence their attacking duty. Result wise, we did ok, two draws. And we didn’t play that bad actually! If fact, we had our chances to steal both of these games, we equalized (vs Frankurt) showing strength of character and determination https://imgur.com/nB56eS0 and despite the fact that we had almost 60 shots against us in these two games less than 10 of them I would consider them real chances and yes, counting the two woodworks in the game vs Wolfsburg. You need some luck as well. Playing style wise, we were not so negative as we were against Leverkusen. Below is the basic mentality/style i chose for these two games, i liked it, so i decided to stick with it for the time being. In general, in these tow games, we had a couple of good breaks and some suspicions of good breaks, but man, sometimes, our passing/vision as a team, sucks. I cant figure out, if this is due to my players low quality in that department or is it some kind of ME bug. Below are some examples, that really pissed me of... Reichel (WBL) has all these players in front of him. What he actually does, is give the ball all the way back to DCL. Xadas (AP) really messes these two. In the first one, the black lines are the options he has and the red line is where he sends the ball. Which is the WBL, who then looses it and we re on the back foot. The second one, again the pass is obvious (to me anyway), to the path of the PF (dotted line). Instead, again he will just throw it away in the WBL. And not only that, I had to deal with Anderson who suffered a stroke in the middle of a counterattack and did this: https://imgur.com/eFDZGfm Despite the above weirdness, I was content with our efforts and went to meet Freiburg (3rd in the table with a4-4-2) with the same tactic but this time, the 2BWS were placed on the mc strata with the AP between them. I figured that since Freiburg employ a 4-4-2 my 3 mids might have an edge against their mid 2. We are heavily suffering in the attacking department, so i tinkered with the training schedules, trying some more attacking sessions in oredr to give the team a little extra help. I have to say that it did. We played quite well, or so it seemed to me anyway. We controlled the game in the first half and we could have scored if Ujah has kept his nerve at the 41st minute https://imgur.com/Sj3dd6q or we could have (probably) registered our first win if Abdullahi was more composed in the 85th min. https://imgur.com/tWHjjPp In the end, my assman said it: because the goal we conceided in the 91st min, felt like a dagger in my heart. Despite the loss, i think that we re playing better than before. I am ok with the results, one loss in four games for a team that will battle to avoid relegation is fine but we have to win at some point. Defensively we are a tough cookie to break. We ve only allowed two goals in these four games, which is more than ok i guess, but our big, big problem is the offensive part. I dont think that the problem is in chance creation, we had our 3-4 good/verygood moments in every game but we dont seem able to convert them. The only goal we scored in these four games, came from our BWM from a shot outside the area. We have to find some goals!
  12. I do. Thank you for finding the time to reply, really appreciate it. I am changing things now a bit and your comment has a lot of useful points.
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