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  1. Conceding a lot of goals... Long balls through the middle seem very effective, and in this version they're being converted
  2. Thanks – opted out of the public beta which has updated it for me.
  3. Do you mind sharing a screenshot of your tactic here? It sounds like something I'd like to recreate
  4. But the speed at which they get to them is determined by pace, work rate, determination more than it is urgency, right? Or do they all work together?
  5. I understand this – I guess my question, phrased more accurately, is what that "aggressive" means. I think I was under the impression that they would sprint more quickly towards the player confronting them, but I think it actually means is that they'd be more willing to leave their position to press.
  6. Thanks for the reply. I feel like I'm really complicating things now, but if counter press is turned on, will the attack still retreat to that line?
  7. One I'm struggling to get my head around, and hoping for some guidance/reassurance. Am I right in thinking that, if I was on a standard mentality with the default DL and LoE, to then select "more urgent" would mean that my players would be more willing to leave their default zone of pressing to help out elsewhere? So my AMC, instead of just closing down the DM area, would either move forward to help close down the centre back more often, or help a wide player close down a full back? The description in the ME seems to suggest "more urgent" means they will get to the player they're closing down more quickly. Surely the speed that players close down at is set mostly by some combination of their pace/aggression/determination/work rate? The issue I had last season in my Arsenal save was that, when I reduced the DL and LoE to the default for standard mentality, we scored more goals and had more space to play in, but I felt we were too easy to play through in midfield (4-2-3-1 wide, BWM(d),DLP(s), IF(s), W(s), SS(a)), and it was too easy for teams to get the ball out wide (and so we conceded too many goals). Do you think this is better solved by increasing the urgency and nothing else, or increasing the defensive line to aid compactness? I realise the answer is almost certainly "it depends on your players", but all things being equal, what you would do? Or to put it another way, which of the two would get us closer to the opposition more often without leaving them too pinned back and giving us no space to create in?
  8. Reducing the closing down will help but by far the most effective way to stop conceding the types of goals you're talking about is to go with three centre backs. It's very hard in this ME to stop your full back being dragged forward to confront a wide midfielder, at which point that wide midfielder plays a ball into the space the full-back has vacated, which the striker will always beat the centre back to, and cross in dangerously. I've noticed that with three at the back, for whatever reason, the wide CBs won't get dragged out to defend the wide areas as much as CBs in a back four do. Which is illogical, but is definitely what I've seen. And even if they do get dragged out, you've still got two CBs in there to deal with the cross. The problem is that often you get an overlapping full back then having space to put in a cross, but a) the full-back is probably a worse crosser than the winger and b) I'd always back my three CBs to deal with it. So it's worth the risk. Why not move your anchor man down to a CB, push the full backs up one and leave the rest as is? Sometimes you have to remember this isn't real football and that you have to play the match engine as a match engine.
  9. I've seen a few posts saying that the more fluidity you select, the more compact your team will be. Does this mean it'll reduce the space between the lines in both attack and defence? Because I would have thought "push higher up" would have this effect defensively, although perhaps not between the midfield and attack lines. And to save me having to think about it, what is the benefit of closer lines in attack? It's easier to play at a higher tempo?
  10. I'm managing Southend in League One, and am sixth just entering 2018. I expect I won't get promoted and I'm already looking to build towards next season in League One, but I worry I'm not going to be able to find the best new faces to bring in, and will end up with a very similar squad. My scouting range can't be extended beyond UK and Ireland. I'm scouting for end of contract players but really I want to snap up hot prospects that I can make some money off in the long-term. How do you guys find players in the lower leagues when you can't scout ones from abroad?
  11. Lugano is OK as a back-up. Some German guy as well with a name like Lukas Jutkiewicz (but not that). I just did a search for unattached players and sorted by international caps. The German fella I'm referring to had one or two.
  12. I think if you've got your FBs on defensive duty, they're going to wait a little longer to close the winger down aren't they, thus making it less likely for them to get out early and try and stop the cross? Maybe ask FBs to tackle harder as well. On this match engine I'd rather face a free kick from a wide area than a cross from open play.
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