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  1. There's definitely benefits from editing roles. The biggest one is so that you can give particular players instructions without affecting the whole team. For example play out of defence affects the whole team, but shorter passing on your goalkeeper and defensive line doesn't. Most role and duty presets are perfectly set but not all. For example I find wingback roles close down far too much and it is a defensive liability. So I often tell them to close down less - stay in line with the centre backs and let the midfield close down. Inside forwards don't stretch the opposition enough. Stay
  2. Is there any point giving your youth team or U23s tactical familiarity or is this just a waste of a training slot? I have often felt that I don't really care if the youth team or u23 win or lose their games. As long as they get game time, that's all that matters. So maybe it's better to have them train another slot working on attributes rather than tactical familiarity? The only downside I see is that they will be clueless if you call them up to play in your first team.
  3. If you want a fast attacking direct approach it would make a lot of sense to use an Attacking mentality, then remove the Higher Tempo. If you're concerned that this creates too much risk taking, you can tweak individual players to take fewer risks and/or tell the team to Be More Disciplined and/or reduce their passing length. If you want to create chances against busparkers you're going to have to either use players that stay wider on AML/R or aren't hardcoded to cut inside. You need to stretch the width of the opposition defence and inside forwards left untouched won't do that. While wingb
  4. Lower tempo, dribble less, shorter passing are a good start. Off the ball it's a good idea to press the opposition more urgently and playing with a higher defensive line and line of engagement will also help (but this could also hurt your chance creation and open you up to counter attacks if your players cannot sustain this press).
  5. May seem counter-intuitive, but take off work ball into box and play out of defence then add dribble less. Work ball into box cuts your penetration significantly. Play out of defence reduces your tempo further, so that the opposition always have time to regroup thereby reducing the space in behind - and you already have lower tempo. Dribble less makes sense because dribbling players don't keep the ball as well as passing players and you want to "walk the ball in" with this style, but on the other hand, some goals may not be scored because your players don't run at defenders and stretch their s
  6. What I notice about training in FM19/20 is that most sessions don't allow the players to work on their role training. Should I take it to mean that 1) those sessions that don't specifically state "20% Priority>Individual Roles" for specific training units don't allow any role training in that period? Or is it a case of 2) how it used to be with the general team training slider in FM18 and prior, something like 10-60% of the time in general training depending on the slider, the rest of the time spent on individual training regardless of the general training? By the way, if sce
  7. I don't know if they will stop doing all that fancy movement but if you set your goalkeeper and defensive line to make shorter passes (and use CD roles in DCL/R) you'll get higher ball possession without affecting the rest of the team.
  8. What you don't seem to notice is that Gomez is also very good with back to goal and the ball played into his feet. He has 15 touch, 17 off the ball, 17 strength and 16 balance. He's not quick, but he's great at holding up the ball and he's great at dropping off defenders to receive the ball to his feet. He might lack agility to turn and play balls in behind himself, but he only needs to lay off the ball to a midfielder who will ping the ball into the space Gomez created for there to be a goalscoring opportunity. He's good as a pressing forward or as a deep lying forward, not just a target man.
  9. Unlike in pre-mentoring FMs, you have to have u19s/u23s in same squad as first team to mentor an u19/u23 player. Personally I find that tedious and inconvenient, but bottom line, it means we have to move players to first team and mentor and make them available for whatever non-competitive football. This does have negative implications: 1) your first team coaches will have a greater workload 2) the youngsters won't get as much physical training because this is not typically scheduled between competitive matches; physical training happens mostly in preseason 3) your squad list will be m
  10. I'm managing Troyes on FM20. First season, top scoring team in the league, more than half way through the season. Vast majority of goals are scored from headers and we have scored more headed goals than anyone by miles. I'm playing using a 442 with a target man on support, a wide midfielder on attack and a winger on support. Inverted wingbacks.
  11. A combo of: Dribble Less Lower Tempo usually does the trick for possession. Have you considered using an IWB on DR slot? Winger stays wide, so IWB comes inside. That will add to more ball possession. I find the support duty tends to sit on top of other players too much. IWB(D) may cover in DB for the HB(D) who slots into the back line, IWB(A) will surge ahead of the AP and BBM at times or arrive late into the box but overall by a big help in possession of the ball whatever duty you choose.
  12. I basically chose Enganche because of the flawed Bielsa inspiration. The other reason is that my team has many players of only average pace and acceleration (10-12) with low flair and dribbling. I don't expect them to go past anyone. So I thought it would be better to adopt a pass and move style. I have two very good full backs who as good as my centre mids on the ball so I may as well use IWBs. My forwards work reasonably hard and are good in the air. But overall it's just a template. I am open to any and all changes that incorporate the IWBs and a possession-focused style that's solid
  13. Just a rough idea and my opinion Model Citizen>Model Pro>Pro>Resolute>Perfectionist>Very Ambitious>Ambitious>Iron Willed>Resilient>Driven>Leader>Determined>Spirited>Light Hearted>Jovial>Fairly Determined>Balanced>the rest like loyal, low determination, fickle etc
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