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  1. @herne79, I agree with all of that. It's not like FM is unique in this regard, either. It's a game and it follows a set of rules. SI have gone to great lengths to make sure it follows real football as closely as possible, but there are concessions that need to be made in order to ensure the game delivers feasible results. As @westy8chimp alludes to above, ramping up defensive intelligence would have knock-on effects right across the match engine. I'd like to think SI are working on this, but hey, that's another conversation... The gameplay in FIFA is wholly unrealistic, but I suppose we accept it for what it is and take what enjoyment we will from playing it. That said, I do have to take certain tactical revelations on here with a pinch of salt when I see three central players at the top end of the pitch. I'd welcome the views of other's here, but I'm far more likely to pitch in when I see that someone is trying to craft something that relates to 'real' football.
  2. Being beaten over the top is a tough one, and I'm not sure what you do to avoid it to be quite honest. Barcelona played Puyol, Pique and Mascherano in that position over the years, and what attributes did they have? I'm not 100% sure what attributes (or lack of) causes the 'ball over the top' issue to be made worse. There is the obvious pace and acceleration of course. But I'd also think the following are important. Agility - the ability to change direction. Given your CBs are facing forward and need to do a 180 to give chase, this feels important. The usual combination of Concentration, Positioning and Marking should also be needed. You already have a SK in place, so not much more you can do.
  3. This, basically. While my footballing knowledge is far from encyclopaedic, I don't know of a team that has played a 4-3-3 narrow in any match in living memory. That's three central strikers. You can call Liverpool's formation a 4-3-3 if you wish, but that's really a CF with two IFs who drop in to help out the full backs when out of possession. In FM terms it's closer to a 4-5-1 than a 4-3-3 Narrow. If Liverpool played an actual 4-3-3 Narrow, they'd lose more than they won. That's not to say Klopp doesn't attempt to overload the centre of the pitch; he does. Liverpools two IFs get really narrow and look to get in behind the opposition defence, and it makes Liverpool very hard indeed to play against. However... as stated here, opposition defences have options. They can defend deep and look to hit Liverpool on the counter, or you tuck your full backs in really narrow, which FM doesn't currently seem capable of doing well enough. I think this is exacerbated by the ME moving the ball from back to front very quickly. The long ball over the top being perhaps overpowered (and the CBs inability to turn and chase it) means that any overload in that area is likely to be doubly felt. EDIT: Just to say that this has been around for over 20 years. The old Championship Manager 4-3-1-2 Narrow with up arrows from your whole midfield was unbeatable, and this is effectively what we're talking about.
  4. I suppose the issue is that it shouldn't matter, because football isn't a series of one-on-one duels, it's about the collective being more than the sum of the individuals. It's about space, and the restriction/exploitation of it. The three central striker 'issue' is an issue regardless of what level one plays at, so I find it hard to believe it's because forwards are better than defenders.
  5. Persistent fouling is most certainly not a (straight) red card offence.
  6. Nonchalantly announced, and no-one bats an eyelid in the echo chamber. 30 hours!
  7. I have a number of players who don't have a full green circle for a single role/duty combination. Is this intentional?
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    [Scotland] Data Issues

    I've picked up a player called James Grant, who according to the game is 155cm (5'1) Now, not only would that make him the 3rd shortest player in the history of football (based on a 2 minutes Google search which shouldn't be relied upon)... he is apparently 5' 10. http://www.queensparkfc.co.uk/?page_id=8098 Did someone leave the '0' off the end?
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    FM19 Training - Lower League

    I'm in Scotch League 2. To be honest, I just set the training up manually. As a part time team you get four sessions, generally, in a week. My current approach (which is by no means right/good) is: One general session. One defending session. One attack wings session (as this is my chosen style of play). Attacking/defensive shape session based on strength of next opponent. The defending session is chosen by looking at the types of goals I've been conceding in the last ten games. Then I can choose to focus on set pieces/aerial/wide areas, etc. I can set up as many custom schedules as I like and save them, which is really helpful. At the start of each month, I just go down the list and slot in which ones I want to use. It takes very little time. To answer your question, I found that by contrast, my Ass. Man was setting up quite general sessions, which is probably understandable.
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    Underlap or Overlap

    I assumed the underlap would be more a case of an IF holding the ball up for an onrushing CM/BBM/MEZ.
  11. First the qualifier; I'm generally happy that this is an improvement on last year thus far. Lots of good stuff. Now the gripe. Well, two of them, actually. The 4-3-3 Narrow is a) too widely used to chase a game, and b) still looks to be too powerful because the 2CBs can't resist being pulled out of their shape by the forwards' mere presence. I'm disappointed to see that crosses and clearances (or long balls over the top) are still the two most common ways of scoring. I can kind of accept the former, but the latter feels like there's very little I can do; on a few occasions in every game, the opposition CB is going to punt one over the top of my defence, and my CBs will watch it sail over their heads. And vice versa of course. It feels like this happens regardless of how the teams are set up. As someone who watches too much football, it doesn't pass the realism 'sniff test' for me. Long balls over the top generally come from central midfield, and I could accept that. But it's a hell of a good ball to drop a straight ball in between CB and GK in professional football, even then, the forwards tend not to be so far in the clear that the defenders can't recover. Long balls from defenders are typically played with the intention of the forward holding it up or flicking it on. Or, they are played into the channels when the FBs have pushed on. To try to keep this constructive, I'd like to see: - Long passing coming predominantly from central midfield. - Through balls to be just that, played from more advanced positions, and along the floor. - Slower build up to be more pronounced for possession-based teams. - Less accuracy on long punts upfield, or CBs better able to judge/deal with the long ball.
  12. That might be true in England, but I just watched Juventus amass 103 points in the first full season.
  13. Enjoying this so far. As something for the 'suggestion box', maybe a button to invert a tactic - so whatever I have on the left now appears on the right, and vice versa.
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    Subsitution glitch

    I had something like this too. Sub showing in the tactics screen, but not on the pitch or the lineup. Should have been Handling on for Rumsden. Clyde v Edinburgh City 2.pkm
  15. I'll +1 this, but it was following a red card. Could access all the menus fine, so it wasn't a crash as such, but the match wouldn't continue. Had to hit the 'x' in the top right corner, so don't have a PKM, sadly.