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  1. I just thought of something else... As FM has just introduced this "manager type", then they should really increase the AI's expertise when it comes to training. I want my Assistant or my 1st team coach to be an astute trainer, and you can just tell him what aspects you want the team to work on and he'll go and do it. You should also be able to then tell him about individual players, too. That way you can remain a manager/DoF type without sacrificing the top quality training you need to implement yourself nowadays.
  2. Roamdaughter

    I only used one when trying out a RM save. With an IFa on the other side and a CFs up top. It worked too well, but that's probably due to Ronaldo and Bale, not the role...
  3. FM15 - Question on the demo ME

    Well yes. I'm trying to make him a target. Passes to feet and crosses to his head. Not long passes onto his head. I've always wanted a bit more from my DLFs. Tevez and Llorente are great as a DLF/TM combo.
  4. FM15 - Question on the demo ME

    I only didn't realise the TM caused the rest of the team to act differently... I only have short passing on the defenders and AM. The team has short passing on, but I also have more direct on my creative players. The aim is to try and funnel play through a few players and pivot around the forward (Pelle) in order to get around the sides. Wing backs bomb on, the aim is for them to pass short when they can't get forward, then try to get further forward to receive the ball and cross. Meanwhile, the IF is there to cut inside and support the lone striker and the Winger is more of a wide playmaker thanks to his instructions (I'm trying to get Tadic to be involved a lot more, but I wanted wide men. Otherwise I'd have used a midfield diamond with Tadic at the point and asked him to run wide). In terms of what I'm trying to get the team to do...I'm just trying to get a handle on FM15. However, I had read about the problems with wide play and my WBs were constantly out of position. If this had been an ME problem, then I'd scrap this save and try one that isn't reliant on attacking WBs. If it's my tactic, then I need to figure out why so that when I get the full game I can seamlessly adapt.
  5. FM15 - Question on the demo ME

    So the use of a TM causes the other players to react differently? Hmm...I guess I should try to recreate a TM on a different base, then. In terms of passing options, there's always one. For instance, I just had a shoddy part of play. CB hoofed it forward when he had the FB beside him and AM in front. Somehow we won it back, for the LB to repeat when he had the winger in space and the AM available again. However, with the forward becoming isolated, I'm seeing on the avg. positioning that the IF is getting reasonably close, so that shouldn't be that much of a problem. I want him to score, mainly, though... Perhaps as a DLFs, then...or CFs with a lot of PIs. It's the opposition wing play that's killing me, though: they're just always getting behind defenders who are miles out of position. It's like I've got Glen Johnson on both flanks!
  6. FM15 - Question on the demo ME

    Oh, and I also seem to be having issues with long balls from the defense and a lack of pressing from midfield. I have shorter passing as a team shout and pass it shorter as individual shouts for all four defenders plus the Anchor Man, yet one of them is currently getting 37% passing accuracy (the others are 72, 85 and 42%). I'm also having far less of the ball than my opposition. I'm playing as Southampton and it's against Aubsberg in the last pre-season friendly. I've got 42% possession and 68% passing accuracy. Considering the shape of my tactic and the personnel selected, that shouldn't be happening. Rough shape is: GKd WBs--CDd--CDd--WBa --------AM-------- -----APs--B2B----- IFa-------------Ws --------TMa
  7. I've heard about problems in one version (or more) of the ME with wing play being overpowered. I just wanted to know whether this was the case on the demo? As currently, my tactic is being ripped apart down the flanks and I'd like to know whether it's me or the ME before I try to correct it. My wing backs are just wondering infield, out of position for no good reason. I'm currently trying to get a hang of the game and the ME so that when I get my hands on the full version I can jump straight in. Currently, I'm thinking about giving up and just waiting until next year and when I get the game. Both wing backs have stay wider as an instruction.
  8. At this level,Rodriguez looks a CMa every day of the week. Take advantage of his finishing.
  9. Too much stars players

    Surely a narrow diamond would be the best way to accomodate those 4 midfielders, with Sanchez and Falcao up top. Romero as a HB/AM/DM, Verrati as a Roaming playmaker or DLP, Ramsey as CMa, Wilshere at the tip as an APs/a. Or, even better, in a 4-1-3-2, with Wilshere as an APs in midfield, not AM.
  10. Update after 2 more games, Standard in Europe and Sunderland in the PL. 4-1 and 4-0. Kane got a double in the former (Erikson and Lennon the other 2), with Depay, Lamela, Bony and a Dembele penalty in the latter. Depay has been a revelation so far, very very good as an attacking winger on the left. Set up Lamela and was fouled for the pen.
  11. 5m up front, 10m over 48 months. Not really doing it for me, yet, although the season is young and the tactical evolution is young, too. Drew 1-1 with Utd. Started with a 4-1-2-2-1, Erikson and Lamela narrow behind Bony. It was my original starting tactic and I wanted both cover in DM and Erikson in the AMC spot. 0-0 after 70 minutes so bought on Depay and Soldaldo (latter just back from injury). Depay crosses for Soldado, penalty, dispatched. Unfortunately, I'd then made all my subs, otherwise Erikson would have made way for a DM. Utd just pressed me back and there was nothing I could do to help it. Di Maria scoring late on to make it 1-1. On Balanta, he seems to be doing ok, but we'll see when Kaboul is fit again. Then my CBs will be Kaboul and Jones. If there's any difference I'll say. So far he's been a bit rash but nothing too bad. Jones was my Vertonghen replacement, though.
  12. 3 Man Defence

    I'm going to have a go at a 3-5-2 with Juventus later, so I'll let you know. In 14 it worked well (3 CBd, 2 CWB, Regista, BWMs, CMa, DLFa, TMs), this time I'm looking forward to trying Pirlo in the roaming playmaker role and re-exploring the B2B role.
  13. Well, second league game was 0-0 against West Ham, although I did hit the bar twice (Lamela and Depay). Both of those scored 2 against Slovan Bratislava, so have 3 in 3. In four games, Paulinho started 1 at CM (BWMs) and 1 at AM(APa). He did the best in the latter, but it was against poor opponents. Dembele started at BWMs in the other 3 games and has done marginally better. I'm thinking of switching it up, though, as he's not getting forward enough for me. BWMs used to be perfect for this, I guess I'll try B2B, I hear it's had a boost. Injuries causing problems, although Chiriches has come in for Fazio already due to the latter's lack of pace. Shape is good, Bony isn't doing enough for me. Man U next up, so 4-3-3 will get a run out, which means places for both Paulinho and Dembele (injury to Wanyama, Dier, Naughton and Kaboul means I need Capoue as RB cover).
  14. I would like to add to this a bit. I feel the training and tactics modules and both...detached somewhat. You set a tactic to work with and then you have to train that via match training, with the team training and individual training concentrating on individual skills. Or so it seems. I would like the ability to set a "specialty" or focus for a tactic and then work on the development and implementation of that on the training ground. So, for instance, if I took over at Tottenham and wanted to implement a high pressing game with swift interplay and quick transitions, I could work on it on the training ground, in the following way. 1) I could work on the thought process with small sided mini-games based upon closing down. 2) I could work on the tactical implementation with drills and full size "dress rehearsals". 3) I could work on the "sector" skills needed by specific groups of players (attackers, supporters, defenders). 4) I could work on the individual skills needed by each player to fit into this system (on their attributes). This way, I could mould a team that would be able to perform my quick transition, high intensity pressing game. It would take time though, although that would depend on the suitability of the players at my disposal (as Pochettino is finding out IRL). At the moment, I feel there is something lacking in FM to keep me completely interested. There seems to be a bit much focus on "dip in, dip out", which makes sense from a business perspective... Perhaps if they wanted to keep FM as it is, they could make an FM "elite" mode, much like they made Classic. Then, in here it could have much more realistic tactics and training, with less focus on the transfer market and buying the best. Someone also mentioned tutors. I would like to see a kind of "mentor" system, whereby you can choose to assign new players a mentor to show them around and integrate them. Look at Real Madrid and how quickly Bale has improved thanks to spending so much time with Ronaldo. Lastly, tying into your "renegade training" post, I'd like to see a situation where players with 20 for professionalism work extra hard on their physical stats and perhaps improve them quicker. Again, looking at Ronaldo: he puts in so much extra work physically and it makes a real difference both on the pitch and in recovery and injury prevention.
  15. I'm only on the demo and only trying to test things out. Thought Spurs would be a good bet as I can try to coax some performances out of players. Out went Adebayour, BAE and Vertonghen (40m). In came Phil Jones, Balanta, Wanyama, Romero, Depay, Berahino and Bony. Yes, a few players... I originally wanted to try a 4-1-2-2-1, with the AM 2 narrow, but it just didn't work in pre-season. There was no cutting edge, so I bought in Depay and switched to 4-2-3-1, despite my reluctance to ditch a 3 man midfield. It's worked better. I've noticed other managers adapt better than previously and I'm getting to grips with how players interact with each other. My team has started as: Lloris Jones Fazio Balanta Davies Wanyama Paulinho Lamela Erikson Depay Bony Dier and Kaboul both injured, hence Jones at RB. I will put him in place of Fazio shortly. I'm thinking of pulling Paulinho for Dembele, but neither are my perfect player. I tried to get Khedira, but he's not interested. He would have fitted perfectly, him or someone like Fellaini. The idea is to press the opposition high up the pitch and then spread wide. Lamela is an IF(A) and Depay a W(A). They both cut in due to PPMs, but at different times and in different ways due to the role. We'll see how it works out later. Too many signings for the full game, where I probably wouldn't bring in Wanyama.
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