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  1. On FM18 best you can do off the ball is run wide with ball on a low to medium mentality, but close down more does the trick off the ball. Stay wider can't be done in 2 man midfields but might be able to be done in a flat 3 man. I play FM18 these days as I find the later ones too much hassle/bad match engine. FM21 is great but it all seems far too much work!
  2. You're already extremely attacking just by picking that formation. With those TIs it's even more. To me it seems way too much as it is. IMO the main reason you are doing well defensively and not doing well offensively is because you are playing too offensively by pushing all your players up and heavily pressing, strangling the opposition of any possession, whilst denying yourself space to attack. Gegenpressing may be all the rage but for me, it makes very little tactical sense. It may seem counterintuitive but against weaker opposition you want them to have the ball so that when they make a mistake, which they will, it will usually be made in midfield. When that turnover happens there's a load of space in behind to attack in transition. Pushed up like this, you have no transition. It's just camp and ping crosses and long shots and hope to break through a parked bus. It's inefficient. Against stronger opposition, it can be effective to gegenpress to try to prevent them from taking advantage of their superior quality on the ball, but using a 4-2-4 for it is unlikely to be successful because they will break your press and score and you won't have enough men back or who even want to get back to defend. And to expect Tottenham's squad to play this way is asking a lot. They just don't have the stamina or work rate generally to do it for 90 mins or consistently throughout the season. IMO managing Tottenham you need to work out how to tone everything down to a tactic you use for most matches that is designed to beat weaker teams in a way that takes risks on the ball and gets men moving off the ball around the park to create chances but doesn't strangle the opposition or fail to cover adequately for counter attacks. Start with a 4-4-1-1, 4-1-4-1 or wide 4-3-3 or use a 4-4-2 narrow diamond which are all formations your squad is suited to. The fact you have Son Min Heung, an inside forward, should tell you that playing 2 strikers is not going to be a thing unless you make him one of them, because using wide men who cut in doesn't make sense in space already occupied by 2 strikers. By not using wide attacking midfielders you make yourself more solid defensively and also give yourself more space to attack in transition, while your shape in the final third ends up being that of a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 anyway.
  3. Defending corners, how successful would marking far post combined with zonally marking near post be? My usual go to was to put my centre backs on mark near and far post zonally and mark both posts usually with full backs. But I noticed that sometimes when the ball went into the centre of the penalty area or the edge that the opposition would have an advantage in numbers and shots from that region would often result in a goal. So I wondered if maybe that was overkill on the posts and it might be more efficient to put my best aerial duellist on mark near zonally and tell the other centre back to mark tall in the box given that the ball seldom reaches the far post on corners. This has the additional benefit of not feeling as though I have to tell one striker to go back, not doing which leads to some explosive counters. I also used to put a player in the centre of the 6 yard box but I think that may also be unnecessary given that my keeper (18 aerial reach, 17 command of area, 18 strength, 18 bravery, 16 handling) should be able to come for those crosses. Take a look at my FM18 set up for a 442 diamond and tell me what you'd do differently. I wish I could be more particular about who stood where, like the STL standing on the left instead of right, the DR standing on the far right rather than far left, the 2 MCs swapped.
  4. If you really wanted to force it to the right and force fast transitions to the STCL you could also try putting the left wingback on defend duty. To compensate for little width on the left, you'd then tell the striker to run wide with ball and also maybe try playing a mezzala on support in the MCL slot. The mezzala would be a bit more risky though. In such a set up it wouldn't be surprising to see the STCR score a lot of goals particularly if he wasn't a target man. Run wide with ball is very good in creating chances when playing with 2 strikers and no wingers because it drags the opposition wide to close down, creating space that is attacked by the other striker.
  5. That could be down to a difference in the types of movements their strikers make. A Poacher doesn't try to pick up the ball in wide areas which a player that moves into channels like an Advanced Forward, Trequartista or DLF(A) might. So the opposition might get the ball in the channels and then create a goal from there. If your defenders are stepping out to press in undesirable ways / times then you might benefit from using a higher defensive line or telling them individually to close down less and having your midfield close down more. That's something I've been doing for my full backs and it really helps them stay in line. I also find that defenders with a low teamwork attribute tend to step out of position more often.
  6. In recent times I've become a fan of Dribble Less. It started when I had players who weren't good dribblers (Gillingham, FM18) and I found it led to higher ball possession. It tired them out more than normal but it led to more instances of through balls and looked wonderful because the opposition had so little time to close down and we passed the ball around them. Since then I've kept it and last season we won the Euro Cup. So I think Dribble Less is suited to a pass through the middle style of play and can also be used in counter attacking play because if players are not holding on to the ball there's a good chance transitions back to front will be faster as long as there's runners. My question is what types of styles of play and situations are you looking to employ a dribble more instruction, both on individual and teamwide levels? When is it beneficial to tell your team to run at defence?
  7. Could be down to low composure, vision and decisions. Whenever I've managed in the National League North/South I noticed my defenders like to play long balls more than when I've managed in higher divisions even if I use the same tactic and instructions in both cases.
  8. Stick the FB players on FB roles and put your AMC on attack. Maybe also winger on support.
  9. On the one hand it would be a lot more realistic of GKs got sent off in FM. On the other, we'd probably be waiting a fair few iterations, based on prior history of the series' development, for the frequency of the event to be tuned to an appropriate level. You know one of the bug threads would be "GKs getting sent off too often" and there's so much other stuff to tinker with and experience in the game that I'm glad GKs aren't getting sent off. That said, I have had a GK sent off a few times in FM, back when the ME had a bug (FM15 or 16 or 17 I think) where the GK would be holding the ball and leaving the 18. It happened once or twice a season, but it got removed because it was a bug even though it was probably a fair representation of frequency for GKs getting sent off. It just looked bad in the 3D engine so people complained. If GKs were to get sent off in FM I would prefer it mostly came from GKs coming off their line to slide their body along the ground facing the feet of an opposition player.
  10. What purpose does composure serve for a goalkeeper?
  11. How highly do you rate it? I got a young keeper called Tom Moody in my u23s who is coming along very nicely in most of his goalkeeping technical attributes and has a nice 14 for positioning (i think positioning is more important than quite a lot of the technical attributes) but the lad has 6 composure along with the same give or take one for decisions, concentration and anticipation. Obviously at this stage I have a lot of freedom to direct his development. I could keep ignoring the composure and continue to beef up his technicals and agility. If I do that, I can see most of them getting up into the 14s and 15s and some higher, but the bloke will end up technically gifted to Championship/Decent Prem level with the mental capacity of a Vanarama National South man. On the other hand if I put on individual focus Composure he may only get to Champ level at best but at least he won't be a wet noodle. Hence the question. How highly do you rate it, should its improvement be prioritised in this situation over more orthodox goalkeeping attributes, and what purpose do you think it serves goalkeepers?
  12. Your title says for an underdog team? But your tactic says for a dominant team. Badly.
  13. Show your training schedule. It could be a scheduling issue.
  14. The problem with it is the lack of movement means he can get marked out of the game. It usually only works well when the opposition don't use a DM. And that will be inconsistent in itself.
  15. Moves Into Channels Runs With Ball Often Tries Killer Balls Often Gets Forward Whenever Possible Basically look at the role's instructions and that would give you those, anything else is probably just flavour.
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