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Everything posted by Sean3h

  1. How have people been handing the Sanchez departure? I haven't started a save on the full game yet, but when I tried to offer him out in the beta he kicked off and didn't want to leave (even though he won't sign!)
  2. Barcelona have wasted absolutely no time at all and on the 1st of Jan they enquired about Bellerin. I asked for £30m plus Sergi Roberto, and on the next day they returned with a non-negotiable £42.5m bid for Hector. As I've promised to let him go and it's almost double his value I've had to accept it. Other transfers out could well be: Iwobi to Liverpool (an enquiry has been made), Gabriel to PSG (roughly £25m) and Monreal to PSG (enquiry)
  3. I'm only in season 1 - started another save with the official data update. Comfortably top after around half a season and I've only lost 1 game so far, which was 1-0 to Real Madrid in the CL. I'm having a look at Sergi Roberto as a replacement for Bellerin. I'm playing IWBs so Roberto may be able to do a job there.
  4. Bellerin has just broken my heart and told me he wants to leave to join Barcelona. I really don't want to lose him, but I don't think I have a choice if they bid for him. Considering Monreal wants to go to PSG as well, I'll need to find myself a DL and a DR!
  5. Started a new game using a transfer update - couldn't resist bringing Eduardo back as a backup!
  6. Pedro Pereira from Sampdoria is looking pretty good in one of my saves. Alternatively, Felix Passlack looks pretty good and is quite versatile.
  7. I'm going to start again after losing patience and motivation with my first save. Inspired a bit by Sanchez in real life, and from looking at how you guys are getting good results from him as a striker, I think I'll aim for something with Sanchez up top. I'm struggling to decide on a formation, but I'm sure that will come to me eventually. I love 3 at the back formations but I'm not massively confident with creating one as I've not managed to create a successful 3 at the back formation in any edition of FM. Unless I change my mind and go for a 3 at the back, I'll probably be aiming for a 4-1-2-2-1 or 4-2-3-1. How are you guys using Sanchez up top? Is everyone leaning towards a F9/DLF role for him?
  8. I'm starting to really struggle for motivation with my Arsenal save. I'm just into my 3rd season, and while I've been really successful so far I'm not entirely happy. I'm not getting the kind of results I'd like from Ozil (or my AM in general) in that I'm not really getting the assists from there. The vast majority of my assists are coming from the wings or the full backs from crosses, which is a style of play I'm not particularly happy with. I'm now torn between starting again with a new tactic and new signings (allowing me to actually give Iwobi, Lucas, etc a proper chance) or just carrying on with what I'm doing at the moment. The reason I'm hesitant to start again is that I'm not great at tactics, at all. I've made one that is working for me and I'm not sure I'll be able to make another one that's half as good!
  9. I use exactly the same tactic both home and away, no tweaks. Stats wise, in all competitions: Away: P26 W16 D5 L5. Goals scored 62, conceded 33 Home: P30 W27 D2 L1. Goals scored 84, conceded 20 I'm much better at home, as you can see, but I'm still alright on the road. The losses away from home were to Man City (2-1), Lyon (2-1), Liverpool (2-0), Juventus (2-1) and Sevilla (5-0)
  10. Nice! I've had some similar results against Chelsea in my save. I beat them 6-0 at their place in the league, and then 6-0 at the Emirates in the EFL cup. The league one wasn't exactly fair though - Costa and Zouma had both been sent off by the 39th minute!
  11. Sure! I'll attach the tactic, but it's pretty simple. GK - GK D (Cech) DR - CWB A (Bellerin) DCR - CD D (Mustafi) DCL- CD D (Koscielny) DL - FB S (Grimaldo) MCR - CM D (Coquelin) MCL - DLP S (Xhaka) AMR W S (Dembele) AMC - AP A (Ozil) AML - IF A (Sanchez) STC - AF A (Giroud) I run a "Control" mentality with Fluid team shape. From an instruction point of view - Shorter Passing, Play Out Of Defence, Float Crosses, Use Offside Trap (might remove this!), Be More Expressive, Roam From Positions, Much Higher Defensive Line, Higher Tempo, Close Down Much More. Player instructions - GK: Distribute to FBs, Distribute Quickly Both CBs: Pass It Shorter DL: Get Further Forward, Cross More Often MCR: Shoot Less Often, Pass It Shorter MCL: Pass It Shorter AMR: Swap with AML AML: Swap with AMR I'm kind of regretting looking at the tactic in depth now - I've noticed that I give up far too many clear cut chances. I've not conceded from many of them, but I need to try to figure out why I'm giving up so many! 4-2-3-1 Wide_727F31B7-9564-4C1D-8E7D-8F4A5B3A0C42.fmf
  12. Whatever I'm doing seems to be getting the best out of Giroud. He had a brilliant first season, bagging 47 goals in 47 games. I'm currently half way through Jan in my 2nd season and he's already scored 42 goals from his 33 appearances!
  13. Wilshere is performing really well for me so far. Ozil was out for the first couple of months of my season, and I opted to play Jack as my AMC. In 10(3) games in total, he's got 5 goals and 2 assists, averaging 7.32. I'm not particularly happy about the low amount of assists, but in honesty Mesut isn't giving me many assists from AMC either. In comparison though, Mesut has now played 9(1) games and has 3 goals, 1 assist and an average rating of 6.95.
  14. I was going to go for Higuain but my board have decided that I'm not allowed to increase my wage budget, despite having over 70m in transfer budget that I'd be happy to shift into it. Oh well, will be interesting to see how this season goes with a weakened squad!
  15. He's already gone to Man City unfortunately. I've also missed out on Griezmann (who I'd have loved) as he joined PSG before I had the funds available.
  16. In that case, once I've flogged Walcott (Atletico have bid 25m for him and I didn't really use him last season) I'll try to sign a top striker. Giroud was amazing for me last year but I'll have around 100m available!
  17. I'm really struggling in season 2. I've only made one signing and have shipped out as many players as I can but I'm still due to fail PL FFP due to the "wage rise regulations". I'm not sure what I've done, or how I've got to this point, but I'm sitting with £72m as my transfer budget and £220k p/w spare of my wage budget yet I can't do anything with it. This season, I've brought in Ousmane Dembele (70k p/w) and have offloaded Lucas, Mertesacker, Campbell, Ospina, Cazorla (loan), and Iwobi. I've got absolutely no idea what else I can do to reduce my wage bill! According to the FFP summary, I'm allowed £136m per year, but I'm projected to spend £152m. I need to reduce the wages by around 300k p/w, but considering I'm going to be unable to sign anyone as a replacement I can't afford to do that at all. Realistically I'd have to get rid of at least 2 of: Cech, Koscielny, Xhaka, Ramsey, Walcott (I've tried getting rid of him but nobody wants him), Welbeck, Ozil, Sanchez or Giroud. Looks like I'm going to have to take the points deduction...
  18. Just finished my first season on FM2017. I'd say overall I'm pretty happy with it, but there are definitely some things that need to be worked on next season. Competitions: Transfers: Stats:
  19. I have the same issue - drawing far too many games despite being on top for the majority.
  20. Take a look at Fran Villalba at Valencia. Looks a gem and has a release clause of just £3.4m!
  21. Alright, thanks for the replies guys. I was hoping to have it happen "naturally" so that the rep would be reduced & some of the players would be gone (would be interesting to see if any stayed) - I'll just use the editor to drop them down and see if the players can be kept with a reduced rep.
  22. Hi guys, Sorry if this has been asked before, but as my last FM16 save I'd like to get a Premier League team (Arsenal) relegated to the Conference so that I can build them up from the bottom. Does anyone know of a quick and/or easy way to do this? I don't want to do it via the editor as I'd like it to be in the future rather than starting from season one. I'm happy to use the in-game editor etc if this is the best option. Cheers!
  23. johnhughthom - Very nice updates. I've been away from FM for a little while but reading through your player histories has made me want to start up a new game. I've only got one complaint though... Jack at Spurs? Makes me want to cry!!
  24. The issue with crosses seems to be that my defenders (I'm playing 3 at the back) all clump up in the middle/on the side where the ball is, leaving a man free at the far post. Do I need to instruct my players to play wider in order to get them to hold their shape a little better? I'll try setting my DWs to defend to see if this helps as well. Hopefully it's not going to make me even weaker offensively!
  25. 5 games in to the new season and I'm still not having much luck. The results I've had are: 0-3 vs Shrewsbury (conceded 3 goals in 9 minutes as my defenders forgot how to defend. First goal: Long cross in, defender headed it onto an attacker who scored. Second goal: through ball cut through my defence between where my LCB and LW would be. Third goal: Another cross) - Win wasn't deserved as I was beaten in pretty much all areas other than possession and passes. 0-0 (lots on pens) vs Barnsley (Unsurprisingly outclassed by League 1 opposition. Did well to take it to penalties but I didn't deserve anything from the game. Only had 1 shot on target) 1-1 vs Chesterfield (Very even game, led for 60 minutes before a long miss-hit cross hit the post, beating my goalkeeper and their striker tapped it in to equalise. Still got heavily beaten on shots) 2-3 vs Port Vale (The most even of all of my games so far in terms of shots, I actually had the most shots for once. Beaten by 3 crosses - they seem to be my weakness. 2nd goal was again a cross that bounced off one of my defenders.) 0-1 vs Exeter (Lost to a cross.) I'm really not sure what else I should be doing. I'm thinking of taking off either "Work ball into box" or "Retain possession" to try to get more shots on the board, but my apparent weakness to crosses is really concerning me.
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