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  1. Yeah, its a little bit for selfish reasons as it gives me a full view of all the Ukrainian players. Its pretty close to be believable tho as I've been in the country for 8 seasons of football so I can see it happening in the real world so I've allowed it. It also gives me something to do during the terribly long breaks of games you have in Ukraine. I also have a hidden agenda to get none Ukrainian born players into the National team for my own personal ambitions. Here he is; A full season playing Regista and learning the craft but hes still not 100% "green" in that role
  2. Brief History After Ukrainian Independence and the country's breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992. The team's biggest success on the world stage was reaching the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team's debut in the finals of a major championship. As the host nation, Ukraine automatically qualified for UEFA Euro 2012 but it was a poor campaign and they won just the single game against Sweden and were eliminated at the group stage. Four years later, Ukraine qualified for Euro 2016 via the play-off route, the first time qualifying for a UEFA European Championship via the qualifying process, as they finished in third place in their qualifying group. This marked the first time in Ukraine's five play-off appearances that it managed to win such a tie, previously having been unsuccessful in the play-off ties for the Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup. However Euro 2016 was also a disaster, they finished bottom of their group containing Germany, Poland and Northern Island and they also didn’t score a single goal. Ukraine has always been a successful youth football power in Europe and the world, yet fails to deliver the same success at senior stage. The U-20 team of Ukraine has been the current reigning world champions at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2019, while the U-21 team has won silver medal in the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship; however in spite of this rich record in youth stage, the senior side didn't achieve the same level of achievement. Current Rankings Room to grow, not sure whats going on in Congo? they are ranked 79th in the real world so there is something brewing. I will report back. Ukraine Squad 2027 There is some quality here, they are just getting old now. All the best players will be all north of 30 for the 2030 World Cup so we are going to oversee a revolution, once I get the chance to do the long and proper research. My mistake but I left our boy Sokol out of the squad. He is 100% getting called up to the team.
  3. Season 2026/27 - Review and Thoughts Our 5th attempt in the Champions League and we are progressing, we took 2 seasons to make it out of the groups, then next 2 seasons we were knocked out in the First Knockout Round. Simple logic would suggest we will make the next round in season 9 or its simply because I am doing something wrong and its me. Awards Pretty spot on with this, Amine Senoussi was suburb for us this season, he should only get better as well. Its also a blessing that hes not indicated hes unhappy or having his head turned by bigger clubs. Finances This was taken in February so its actually slightly more now as we got a little small boost from exiting the Champions League. Plenty of cash to burn, we should be in a good place to improve further again. Season 2026/27 - Final Squad Stats Very happy with most players this season, not much to complain about and that’s too be expected really with the season we had. Just a few thoughts for next season that are running though my head, outside of trying to plan around keeping the majority of this squad together. As you can see we have 10 players wanted by bigger clubs, I will be trying to keep as many as possible this year. I don’t want another massive overhaul and I don’t think we need to do much Some key points; • Bombicino didn’t settle very well. Not sure what his issue is, but ill change a new role for him. • I need to sign a Ukrainian RB to play in the league, he’s likely going to be terrible as the depth at the National level is poor. • Vinicius didn’t set the world on fire in the Regista or Mezzala position, this should be ok as he can play backup next season Senoussi. I will blood some kids in the Mezalla spot. Thats the end of season 8, I will probably work on my Ukraine update before I start the next season. As always any thoughts, comments are welcome. They keep me occupied at work haha
  4. Season 2026/27- March - April and May Fixtures Yes, we lost to PSG. We contained Mbappe this game, I changed my Regista into a DM-D and I had him and Canario specifically man mark him out of the game. We lost 4 games all season 2 x Chelsea and 2 x PSG. Not the worst but still they were the ones that counted, beating Chelsea would have put me as a group winner and an easier First Knockout Round. The rest of the season went as planned, we complete the domestic treble, the Kubok Ukrainy Final was rough. Obolon-Brewer are playing down a division (They are getting promoted as winners) and beat Shakhtar in the semi-final. I kind of expected to win 6-0 but they were well drilled. Again this game was not as bad as it looks, we got offer to an early flyer. That made me sit up and take notice and start the “oh were on here” talks in my head. That lasted 6 mins before they scored (contained Mbappe but not Vinicius Junior) and then a 33 year old Pogba buried me in the 77th minute. Still however there is no way this was an easy 4-1 aggregate win for them. Season 2026/27- Final Table Credit to Kapaty for getting that 1 draw against us, it stopped me doing something I’ve never done I don’t think. The 100% win season. We also “failed” to get the 100 goals in 30 games I was chasing as well, however just 6 conceded is amazing. We wont be giving up this title unless Shakhtar sign Mbappe The big news from this season both Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar will not being playing European football next season, they both and in particular Dynamo Kiev had horrible seasons.
  5. Season 2026/27- February Fixtures Predicably we lost to PSG, it was not as bad as it looked. They are just much more clinical in front of goals (see below) the 90+3rd minute goal from that man Mbappe was a hammer blow. It really was not that bad now was it? We just failed to score. We just cant live with Mbappe, hes stupidly good as everybody knows from their saves. I think he had 2 shots and 2 goals. There is huge mountain to climb back in Paris, probably have no chance but I will work on a game plan for this game. Here he is, on the way to what I think is 6 or 7 straight Ballon d'or wins.
  6. Season 2026/27- January Not too much drama this January, we received a 40 million pound bid for Lozano, I sent a cheeky “give me 80 million” with the assumption they would reject it. Turns out they were happy with that number as well so we did let Lozano move on, hes been fantastic for us (22 Games with 10 goals and 15 assists) but that’s lots of money for us so we let him move on. I was confident that he would easier to replace than others. We have Chotovinsky who wants more game minutes and I have a few regens already arranged to join us in the summer, while they are are only 17/18 they have high potential so I figured for 5 games left it was a simple decision. Had it been a longer 2nd half of the season then its likes likely he would have stayed. The other random sale was our RB in Erik Kusnyir, strange sale actually. We really needed him for registration issues but 61 million for a soon be 27 year old was too good. I will manage the 5 games remaining with just using Guivisdalsky (Who’s better but not Ukrainian) and I am sure this can be resolved during the summer. These 2 transfers have now pushed us over 300 million on sales this year. Michael Vinicius I didn’t initially plan to make this transfer, after Lozano left I was going to be happy using the 3 current centre midfielders left and hope for the best. I have a few youth prospects I could use in an emergency and play in the remaining 5 league games so they really only had to play against PSG and beyond. However I had been tracking this guy since he was 17, I was waiting for him to turn 18 and then decide if we would act. I went to have a look again in January and saw that Man City were monitoring the situation, it was decided to act now. The only question is where to play him? He probaby cant really play the now vacant Mezzala role but could he play Regista? That would mean moving Senoussi into Mezzala but he’s also currently the highest rated player in the squad. Lets see where this goes… Djordje Pejic The scouts found this kid, they were in love with him. I have been trying to create a full conveyor belt of talent in my under 21s, usually I am buying super cheap players and loaning them out. No exceptions here, this kid was sent straight out to Westerlo in the Juplier League and he’s promptly scored 4 goals in 6 games. Could be a talent.
  7. hahah but to be fair the league does finish in March. They cram 25 games into the the first "half" then I have to sit around pushing space bar for months... The one good thing is using that time to make my notes and screenshots for the updates. I guess its a good blessing.
  8. You are top and 10 wins from 10 games, so I dont think much is needed but I can see where you are coming from in terms of asking for help and wanting to improve Do you want and are you happy with Fati being the main man? Do you think if you get the Forward and the AMR also scoring it would take away from him? I will guess the CF is making this entire system work, the AI is picking him up, the BBM is then running up the same vertical, this will mean Fati just strolls into the Forward line and bangs them home? I would leave Grealish how is he is, hes doing exactly what is requried. 7 games and 7 assists is perfect. If it was me, I would work on something for Almada, possibly switch to AM-A If you wanted, try Martinez as T or F9
  9. Ill take a wild guess, before the patch you scored "All the goals" form one on ones and through balls? Also Murat, your Turkish forward. Hes not scoring goals for his country either, maybe hes just not very good?
  10. There is not too much wrong with that tactic that is immediately jumping out, how is the defence holding up? and exactly how bad are the performances? Can you share your results? I am not 100% convinced "Work the Ball into the Box" and " Be More Expressive" are a good combination to be used. Personally I dont see Lewandowski as a DLF in my head, I see him more of a CF or even a Poacher. Also is Tolisso really the best option for CM-A? I am not in front my FM at the moment but hes not a player that I would think is best suited for that. I immediatly thought he should or is a Box to Box
  11. I totally changed my approach, working well so far. Did you make it through the Champions League playoffs?
  12. Season 2026/27- December Fixtures The goals keep flowing in December, blasting everything in our path at the moment. We also wrapped up the league title in December. Stupidly easy in the end, so now I can send out some of the exciting youth prospects and see what they are all about. Season 2026/27- December Table 82 goals in 25 games, this is actually equaling the record of 82 (set by Metalist in 2023/24) and our defence is amazing. Just he 6 conceded goals all season. We have 5 games to go in the league, I am now wondering if we can hit 100 goals in a 30 game league campaign? It should be pretty close. Even the AI is so impressed that they are confused and don't realise this was title number 5 in a row. I think because we wrapped it up before the calendar year, there is bug or something. Its 100% 5 league titles in row. 2026/27 - Winter Squad Stats Obviously with such an awesome start of the season, almost all of the players are shining bright at the moment. The changes made to the tactic are working very well, Lozano is destroying teams in the Mezzala role and Jose Mario is also unstoppable playing BBM. I wanted to mention Senoussi, he’s trying to learn and play Regista this season and its not a natural position for him but his rating of 8.08 would suggest he’s capable. He dictates the play so well, always collecting it deep and driving the side forward, some of his assists have been world class. This season has also seen Budkivskyi return to his former glory days, hes scored 26 in 27 games so far and the freedom of playing Trequratista is paying off. He should hopefully be much more comfortable with this position after a full season playing there as well. I think he has over 150 goals for the club already, hes still only 22. We have a few months off now, we will resume back in late Feb with the Champions League and the league is wrapped up again in March. January always brings issues for me, its hunting duck season on my squad from the European big boys. We have interest in Lunin, Kusnyir, Lozano, Chotovinsky, Sokol, Sant’ana Marques and Budkivskyi. Small spoiler alert but 2 of those players did depart in January, we added another 140 million to the bank balance but the good news is that I agreed to both sales on my own. 2026/27 - Champions League First Knockout Draw Oh seriously? I actually have nightmares about Mbappe...... and I've not been close to beating them in 3 previous games. They are the best team in my save, they have the best player in Mbappe and they won it the year before. This is going to be fine...right? I guess you have to beat the best teams to win it. Thats it for today, I will finish the 2nd half the season tonight and update tomorrow.
  13. Season 2026/27- November Fixtures 3 times played against Chelsea and 3 times we have lost. We just cant beat them. The rest of November was a walk in the park, we smashed Werder Bremen away and walked through the rest of the locally based teams. Scoring goals for fun, all the players are contributing as well, it’s a joy to watch (not against Chelsea) but 3.5 goals per game is fantastic. With 8 goals for Budkivskyi this month, he’s really enjoying his new role and back to the man we love. Season 2026/27- November Table The league title is going to be wrapped up in the next month, we are absolutely dominate at the moment. 2026/27 - Champions League Group We have just the 1 game to go in the Champions League and that’s away to Salzburg, we should fine assuming we don’t lose that and Werder don’t beat Chelsea.
  14. Season 2026/27- September Fixtures Ok so we need to talk about this game against Chelsea, we were up 2-0 and then had a penalty to go 3-0 up just after HT (Think it was the 62st minute). We of course miss the penalty and they score 5 ******* goals in the 2nd half to win. You would not believe it if you saw it. Super frustrated after that game and everybody we played after this then had to take some fire. We smashed 18 goals in 4 games and including a 4-0 demolition of Salzburg. Here are two of the 'amazing' goals that Chelsea scored, I swear my was so close to throwing my laptop in the bin. Stupid Goal 1 Stupid Goal 2 Season 2026/27- October Fixtures More great form in October, we are crushing teams at the moment. Not sure how Werder got away with a 1-1 draw either, I think we had 40 shots on goal. Apart from the Chelsea stupidity are defence is rock solid at the moment, we are very very hard to break down. Season 2026/27- October Table No stopping us now, Dynamo crashed and burned and it was the end of Gattuso and his adventure in Kiev. With 46 goals scored and 4 conceded, we are cruising to our best ever domestic season. I think the league title is going to be wrapped up in November/December at this rate, we look unstoppable. Cheeky little upstarts Karpaty are clinging on to 2nd place at the moment.
  15. Season 2026/27- July Fixtures Let’s get back to the action on the pitch now, July was fabulous as we embedded the updated tactical system and we brushed aside everybody. The Super Kubok against Kiev was the 3rd time we played them for this trophy and unlike the first 2 versions we cleaned this up easily to lock down domestic trophy number 1 for the season. Was a good ‘tough’ start with back to back games against Shakhtar (Loved Firmino scoring on his debut 😊 ) and Kiev but also the perfect way to see how the changes went. We also retained our fake trophy in the Friendly Cup, it was an immediate return for Vega who was between the posts for Galatasaray and I am sure he left quite upset with the trashing. Season 2026/27- August Fixtures 6 straight wins in August and plenty of goals as well with Jose Mario on fire early on and he’s bagged 5 goals in the first 3 games this month and has settled very well into the side and his BBM role. More of that please!? Season 2026/27- August Table I thought we were off to a flyer until I noticed that Dynamo Kiev is also putting away sides. Neck and neck at the moment, I am quite surprised they have also only conceded the single goal in 6 games. Will we finally have a decent challenge this season? Or will Gennaro Gattuso fade back down the table? Looks like for now that Shakhtar are off to their customary slow start again, at this point with 2 defeats they are probably done already for the season. 2026/27 - Champions League Group Draw Lets be honest, this is all we are really here for now, the domestic scene should be easy enough. There are some familiar sides for us to get through, first we have Chelsea who beat us in the Europa final a few years back and Werder Bremen were defeated on our run to winning the Europa League only 2 years ago. I am not sure what to think of Salzburg, they should on paper be easy enough but you never know. All in all I am fairly happy with this group and we have a stellar chance to get out of the group in back to back season. This is progress.
  16. Thanks @noikeee Its been a fun tactical journey, I really miss the F9 and AF combo, it was just so much fun to watch and the F9 was just amazing. I did also actually try only the FB/WBs as not pressing but I was getting annoyed when a CB would charge out to the left/right and leave a bus sized gap in the middle. It has peaked my interest to try a flat back 3, leaving the middle of the CBs as not pressing and the CB on either side of him pressing and I might actually work on setting that up and having a look now. I will just need to work and think how I will set up the middle 2 x CMs. I’ll have a think. I have played half the season now, I am now less convinced on the Mezzala and the Inverted Winger on the same side. Initially, they were not bumping into each other but I have seen it quite a lot in the last few games so I may need to change or tweak this again. Options include; • Try an Inside Forward and not the Inverted Winger but I don’t have a right footed player I can use there and both the wide players are 2 of my 4 Ukrainians. • Its possible that a Left Winger on Attack could work • I have an interesting but crazy idea to play with 2 x BBM Infront of the Regista but this could be risky. • AP on support, this should get him into the desired area around the number 10 position. I love Bobby, there was no chance I was going to let him sit there and retire as a free agent. Hes been a fun impact sub for me.
  17. Just had a read, interesting. Also pretty cool that SI have asked to see the save and have a look. I will need to see what Shakhtar and Dynamo have done but i feel like they are doing well, Shakhtar just sign 10 Brazilians each window Nice set up as well, any issues with the 2 x playmakers?
  18. Tough loss to Lyon, beating PSV is great. They are pretty strong. I am surprised you dethroned RBS so quickly! Fantastic result there. What tactics are you using?
  19. 2026/27 - Full squad Pretty happy with this lot going into season 8, we have made some obvious improvement. Many questions will be asked of the new guys, Lucho has to hold the back line together and I need Mario to hit the ground running at BBM. With Lozano now moving into Mezzala has to replicate the success Gimenez had here last season. For me as the manager, it will be very interesting to see how I am going to juggle the rules in the league, I have only 6 Ukrainians this season, its very low. Still however I am convinced this is my strongest squad in 8 seasons, I have high hopes and as per usual the quest is the Domestic Treble and Knockout Rounds of the Champions League. Thats it for today.... I'll be back in the Winter break with the next update.
  20. 2026/27 - Transfers Ricardo Canario I am going to start Canario next to Lucho, his heading ability is terrible but he’s a monster in the air physically. I need another Lucho to come along at some stage so I can have a really good locked down CB pairing. I am looking forward to using him on some attacking set prices, despite his heading being terrible he should at least be almost everybody to the ball. Vladysalv Kozynets Taking a punt on him, he looks ok and will give me a bench option to take Budkivskyi off the field in games we are dominating. Makes it a little easier for me and I am not going to need him to be “the man” Kyle Kewell I saw Kewell transfer listed for 59k and thought It was fairly low for a player of his ability and while I can probably not fit him in at the moment, we will try and get a loan for him. He might turn into something and we can make a profit on him. Ivan Mrzljak Similar story to Kewell, he was available for free and figured he was worth it to get in. He has some decent potential, I think we have a player here and want to work on him. Its just a shame not Ukrainian. Adrian Stan Quite expensive for a player I am taking a guess on, he’s been sent out to Illichivets a team in our league. I will keep an eye on him this season to see how he goes. I do need a right footed wide player so it could work out well
  21. 2026/27 - Transfers Lucho This is the player I have wanted for ages, he will be the linchpin to our defence. We had to pay through the roof on wages to get him but he’s here now and I can see him being an absolute star and a rock for us. Once I signed him I was not as upset about losing Urtuazun, Lucho is a better player and no doubt he improves the team Jose Mario Another fantastic player for us, he will move into the BBM role and Lozano will move over into the Mezzala role that has been vacated by the departure of Gimenez. Surprising that he’s able to play CM-AM and ST but he will likely never get a chance to play any of those roles for us. I could also retrain him to play Regista but we have Senoussi also learning and playing there and I would ideally like to play them both at the same time. Edenilson Here is our Vega replacement, he cost me more than we made on that sale but its cool. He joins his former Palmerias team mate Mario in Ukraine. Hopefully they are good friend off the pitch as well. The plan will be the same as last season and Lunin will get the majority of the league games and Edenilson will play the Champions League and Cup matches. Pablo Bombicino I am pretty excited about this guy, not sure what his best position is going to be but he has rapid pace can play all 4 attacking positions well. For now he will drop to the bench and get most games in the Champions League. Roberto Firmino Bobby Firmino is my favourite player in real life, I just had to get him when I saw him with no club. He will be nothing more than an impact sub but I love having him here with us.
  22. Season 8 - 2026/27 Season 2025/26 I am not giving up on Champions League glory, that is one thing you can count but did I think about giving up on my dumb ass owner? I would be lying if the thought of jumping ship to a rival (Olimpik Dontesk were in need of a manager) to annoy my board was not on my mind. However, I am super invested in this save and this team right now and I WILL get it done. Eventually. This summer window was without a doubt one the hardest for me as the manger in memory, I felt like we were making some serious gains last season and the players were starting to really turn it on. Unfortunately the board here at Metalist is not on the same path as myself (and you by proxy) and they have zero issues with cashing in on players to line their pockets. Part of me can reason and understand that we are small club from Ukraine and big money is big money but we are so close and on the verge of putting football in this country back on the map. Speaking about putting Ukraine football on the map, the Ukrainian FA sacked Andriy Shevchenko who had surprisingly been in charge this entire time despite some truly awful results. So they have approached me to take over, I actually didn’t hesitate, I accepted the job and I become the first ever “foreigner” manager of Ukraine football and I get to try and emulate Valeriy Lobanovskyi by making Ukraine relevant again in the football World. I will do a solid update on the state of the Nation later, probably at the winter break. I enjoy the fact the media is choosing to make fun of my loss to Kolos Kovalivka in 2025, the same year we won the Europa League. Whatever! 2026/27 - Transfers Where should I begin? We lost our best player Gimenez to Arsenal for 69 million, then the board accepted a quite frankly outrageously low 20 million for our GK Vega and to cap it off they also let Urtazun leave for West Ham for 24 million. I thought they were done but they accepted a bid for Senoussi of 21 million from Milan, however he decided to reject them and sign a new contract with us instead. Take that Mr Board Members!!! I really needed that win as hes our new best player and vital as our Regista, there is nobody I can replace him with. I also got to sell some players of my own choice as well!!! We let Infantino leave, 29 million was a great fee for him. Also allowed to leave was some fringe Ukrainian players who were getting no games and as the new National manager we have duty to get players actually playing. We took a hit on the 13 million paid for Tarasov only 12 months earlier. This did leave us stupidly rich (We had well over 220 million at one stage) and the board was silly enough to let me spend a huge chunk of it so I was going to ensure we did and I went to town on thier bank balance.
  23. Progress Tracker - 2026 Update I was getting confused and a little crazy about where I was and what has been completed so far. I decided to do stand alone progress tracking updates in a post of their own. I will update this at the end of each season in its own post. This is more for my own sanity and convenience. I have again requested the board to upgrade the Youth facilities and Youth Recruitment
  24. Tactical Review and Update I realised that I have not added much on the tactic side of the save, so lets have a look at this now. Tactic 1 - "False 9 False Dawn" In the first 6 seasons, I used the tactic and formation below all the way from the very first season and never made any major changes. It carried us from winning the Persha Liha in 2019/20 all the way to winning the Europa League in 2024/25. I really loved this formation, so did the players and especially the forwards. Majority of our goals were scored from the front pair, it was just terribly unstable at the back, we conceded thousands of through balls and lofted balls over the defenders but I was always mostly ok with this because we always usually scored more than they did. However at the end of the 6th season I had to make some decisions, we were never going to progress in Europe playing this brand of football so the decision was made to move on. Also it became obvious the change to the match engine had really put a dent in our play, when you set the team up to score from through balls and those are nullified then we had little to no choice. Things that worked; • Both forwards scored plenty of goals • The double DLP was fairly good at controlling the middle of the field, they dropped just deep enough to cover • Much Higher Line of Engagement – This was good at squeezing the opponent in their half • Extremely High Tempo – Domestically, it was too much for teams and we blasted them • The Wing back-A on the right he was my leading assists most seasons and if not him the WB- Support on the left was. • The F9 was unstoppable, nobody was picking him up and he created huge amounts of space for the Inverted Winger and AF Things that didn’t work; • Much Higher Line of Engagement – Yes it also was an issue, while it squeezed them in, this was the cause of the long/through balls and most of the goals we conceded. • Extremely High Tempo – Same as above but this time it was because the players where not talented enough. • The Winger Right – He was barely in the game, this was my mistake from having a Winger and a Wing Back on the same side. I also was lacking in quality right footed players. • Counter Press, more on this later but the issue was it was pushing our shape out of sync, it left us in a mess and open to rapid counter attack • The Double DLP, they were too basic and too one dimensional Tactic 2 - "Regista This" Last season saw the implementation of this, it meant we had to abandon our 2 forward formation and we really struggled to score goals, we saw Budkivskyi go from 48 goals then 33 goals the previous 2 season all the way down to 11, he finished behind the CM-A in the goals who had 19. The plan was to have the entire team contribute more to the play, instead of “get the ball to Budkivskyi” we tried to get the wide players involved and challenging the score board, I wanted the CM-A to also be a threat. It worked in a way but was not ideal and while the defence was much improved and more stable, we were congesting the box too much and could not unlock or create chances. Things that worked; • The Regista was great, he worked exactly how I wanted. He was tasked to dictate the play from deep. I had started with a Halfback in this spot but he was dropping far too deep for my liking, he barely got forward. I also tried a DM-S here as well, he was pretty good actually his pass first mentality was great but his passing was not penetrating enough for my liking. So we ended up with the Regista and he’s been perfect, he remains mostly vertical, has better range and penetration on his long balls and he holds the ball and dribbles forward with it. Hes perfect. • The BBM was also exactly what I wanted, I was after a player in the middle who would shuffle up and back and cover both defence and get close to the box. I did try the Carrillo but was too boring, I am not sure he did anything really. • Dropping both the Line of Engagement and Defensive line back to standard. This was a game changer, the amount of through balls and over the top long balls conceded basically vanished. • Distribution to Full-Backs and not the Centre-Backs, this allowed the middle 3 players to reset and didn’t force the Centre Backs and Regista to play the ball in the danger zone in front of he box. Having he Full-Backs get the ball meant they could grab it and zoom up the outside or play a direct ball to their wide partner further up. • Run at defence, I actually picked this up watching the AI and how they were beating me. They would dribble and dribble and dribble. So we went with …Run, Run, Run. It sends the defence into meltdown, they start back peddling and causes general mayhem. Things that didn’t work; • The Advanced Forward alone, this was stupid really. He has no support, nobody to help him. He needed the F9 or possibly a DLF/PF near him to get him open and into the space required to score. • Inside Forward – Left. Not sure why I did this because both Jeka and Sokol are left footed and this is not the best position for them and since they are required to start 90% of the games. This was not going to work. • Inverted Winger – Right. Basically the same as above. • Full team counter pressing. More on that in the next version. • Centre Midfield – Attack. This guy did score 19 goals, but he was just making more issues for me than I liked and he did score some penalties and free kicks. He also didn’t help in defence and would run like a mad man to the penalty spot and block my own players • The Complete Wing Back – Right. Just a little too adventurous for my liking, he had to be pulled back a little and told to calm down. Tactic 3 - "Revenge of the Regista" Here we are with updated season 8 system, I have a mirror image version of this tactic and I use that to play some of the bench/reserve players, they have right sided feet and the opposite side would be easier for them. Also I must say a handy feature for FM21 would be a mirror tactic button that can flip everything to the other side with a single click. With this I have taken the best bits from last season and modified the bad parts. However its not far off being the same system but with new roles and heavily modified individual instructions for most players. I didn’t want to abandon my 'team ball' system and try to revert back to a “get the ball to Budkivskyi” so we pressed on with some tweaks. Things that worked; • The trequartista, he has unlocked the movement that I was looking for from a lone forward. Being allowed to just move around and into the space that he decides and chooses is best, has been amazing for me. I did try an F9 here but he was going too far wide or deep and I think he needs a more advanced partner. The trequartista likes to sit just in the half spaces that annoy the AI and give them trouble. He wanders wide, then back in again. Hes basically a poacher with extreme movement. • The Mezzala, he has been such a better option than the Centre Midfield- Attack. He finds a good space and area of influence in the space the Inverted Winger leaves vacant after he cuts inside. He also does at least 10% more work without the ball than the CM-A, while not as much as the Support duty or CM-S would would do, its enough for me. • Adjusting the full team Counter Press, I have modified the back 4 and the Regista to not press (press less urgently) and honestly I was surprised how well that worked. This means they stay in their shape, they don’t run out to meet an attacker and form a sold back 4 and DM. The AI is having trouble breaking it down at the moment. What ends up happening is because they are solid and in shape they contain the attack and the other 4 players (IW, IF, BBM and MEZ) all press from behind them. It also stops them charging out and leaving space behind for a diagonal ball to slice up the middle. • Putting the Inside Forward and Inverted Winger on the correct side for the best players Things that didn't work – so far; • Set pieces defence is driving me insane • Stopping the marauding fullbacks from beating and going around/through 5 players to score
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