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Domus Clamantium

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  1. In Palermo the strikers available are more suited to a target man role, but in my experience target man does not work well as a lone striker, particularly in formations that don't have attacking midfielders, so I'd be looking to play a deep lying forward. False 9, trequartista and complete forward are out of the question although long term I would be looking to play a complete forward in Serie A. I don't expect to be playing a high pressing game using a flat 4-5-1 so I can't see pressing forward being a thing either. In any case I didn't want to make the thread specific to my save; it was m
  2. I have a different opinion to those given. He's not someone I would've signed as a wide player unless I was playing a system with wide midfielders. In such a system he would be a great wide midfielder on attack duty. But this guy is not a true winger, he is not a wide striker and he is not good playmaker. Yes he can pass, has great technique and touch, fantastic physically, but for me, he doesn't have enough flair, crossing or dribbling to go past people and create or the finishing to get goals consistently at this level. I was thinking he would be a good central midfielder but he can't
  3. My question is when is it appropriate to use a striker who focuses on dropping off the opposition defensive line and when is it better to use a striker who focuses on getting in behind? My thoughts on the matter are that a striker who drops off gets on the ball more often and avoids the problem of not finding space behind teams that sit deep but also risks not being close to the goal to finish chances, whereas a striker who focuses on getting in behind may be more likely to go past defenders and finish chances but if he lacks sufficient quality of movement and physicality he also risks bein
  4. I don't think that's true. A full back on support can get forward either if he has a PPM or if you give him the instruction (yes, you can give support duties Get Further Forward PIs). They can still help the attack but they don't close down or leave their position as aggressively as a wingback, and they play a more simple passing game and leave the running with the ball to others. IMO an FB(S) is just fine and provides defensive stability on the right hand side. But if the player doesn't get forward, try telling him to do so, or at least "Stay Wider". FWIW I would consider also telling them
  5. Wingbacks close down more by default, although it's not a hardcoded instruction
  6. If you want the positives of WB(S) without the negatives, add the "Close Down Less" PI.
  7. it's not that different from 442diamond or 4312. anchor man, one full back more attacking than the other, mcl/r as carrilero, mezzala, box to box or bwm(s), advanced playmaker or CM(A) in the mc slot
  8. To be fair, mentality does affect defensive line to the extent that each setting such as "Much Lower" increases with mentality. Eg: Much Lower on Attacking mentality is not the same as Much Lower on Defensive mentality. And fluidity not being equal to shape is true but quantity of support duties still affects space between lines and speed of transitions and penetration/possession. What's not the same is the changes to creative freedom and positional movement - these are now defined by mentality and T/PIs, whereas before Shape had a direct effect on those things.
  9. If you want fast transitions you'll be looking for two key components: tall vertical shape (ie structured) and direct play I am finding a lot of joy with my current tactic by using 2 attack duties up top, one moving into channels, the other staying central, while being careful not to place full backs on support duties and midfielders having a mixture of duties that appropriately deal with play at both ends of the pitch. And if you think about that and the old Structured shape description, that makes sense. Defenders defend, midfielders transition and divide attack and defence according to t
  10. your tactic picture did not appear on the thread, and in case that is the same for anyone else, I took the link and posted the picture as an attachment here.
  11. Is it possible to retake the screenshots after running the game in English so we can understand what roles and instructions you are using and the abbreviations in the Comparison screen?
  12. You could try to increase mentality to Standard or even Control but then "nerf" it with Be More Disciplined and Lower Tempo to reduce creative freedom and reduce risk taking on the ball. Alternatively or perhaps as well, you could bump up shape to Flexible. Direct equating to long balls to nothing could be heavily influenced by playing a target man. Is DLF(S) out of the question? If you're curious about effects of the tactical tweaks but don't want to impact the success of your save, you can try saving the game and then continuously play out matches and reloading as an experiment.
  13. Exploit flanks will push the full back forward but structured and counter or standard will see them sit deeper than you might like. Structured makes defenders defend first and foremost, but it's great for penetration and quicker transitions. Aside from that, imho: - turn off Look For Overlap. That's meant for teams that are trying to play a possession game or are very dominant unlocking teams that sit deep. You want your right back to bomb on, but and if you give him the right mentality he will, but you don't also need to tell your players to hold up the ball to unleash him. You just
  14. I could be wrong but I imagine that DLP(D) will sit in front of the defence and intercept balls to the striker to sufficient degree. The reason I chose DLP(D) was because FM18 hardcodes the unwanted "Close Down More" to CM(D) and CM(S) with Hold Position feels a little dicey. I'm playing a high defensive line by virtue of an Attacking mentality and the defenders at the club are of sufficient quality and teamwork to read the game well and move as one so my feeling is the Offside Trap will do well for us. I understand the Stopper/Cover duo makes an Offside Trap TI a liability. I'll be sure
  15. Admittedly this is FM18s one major weakness. Line of Engagement was a big improvement for the Tactical Creator. Fwiw my understanding of shape is it defines the vertical spaces between defence, midfield and attack. Structured shapes encouraged strong focus on roles and that meant attackers don't defend as much as they would in a fluid shape, and defenders don't join the attack as much. So if you want fast transitions and stronger penetration in behind you go with a structured shape at the expense of the team defending as a unit. That's why I went with a structured shape. Everyone has a d
  16. That all seems very positive. Perhaps I am onto a good thing! What about my midfield trio? I want the MCL and MCR to help cover the wide areas defensively and I want them to not be too adventurous with their forward movement. But I figured if I have a conservative right back, the Mezzala getting forward and moving wide, along with Mata and Sanchez occasionally moving to the right flank, I'll have good coverage and a runner from deep. Whereas on the left, I have the Carrilero doing the job of just passing the ball and covering defensively as well as moving to the left flank to stretch the
  17. I feel like you have a really good set up here. I actually had a less aggressive attacking full back in mind like FB(A). Wingbacks tend to close down too heavily (can be tweaked) and get too fancy on the ball, and I'm skeptical a 442 is suited to having a complete wingback roaming wild in it. The main reasons your full back won't get forward enough are mentality and shape. What are they currently? Other than that I suspect WP(S) wasn't coded to drift inside off the ball with your team in possession well enough in this version of the game.
  18. Might be better to keep both CMs holding, but then have a MR or ML come inside as playmaker, with attacking full back overlapping. Helps shield the central defence better without the ball. Then on the opposite flank, a winger staying wide with a full back staying deeper. Balanced.
  19. I started a Man Utd save on FM18. Since I don't have any good right wingers and we need to spend our budget on full backs, I decided to set up a narrow 4-3-1-2 shape which will be my default tactic in games against weaker teams. Fortunately we are blessed with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku and they are the best two strikers we have for this purpose. I also have Ibrahimovic but he is injured. We do have Martial and Rashford but I believe they are better suited to playing against stronger teams so we can use their blistering pace in behind. Just as a side comment, it's actually funny
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