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  1. You ask yourself the simple questions. is your team playing you want them to? Are they playing to their strengths? Do they play their role correctly? Think about what areas of the pitch you want each player to attack in. Who will score goals. Who will setup play?
  2. The real media are terrible at asking interesting questions so this part seems very realistic.
  3. What is the benefit of having an assistant coach? I currently have 1 'coach' and he gives me reports and trains my players. I was thinking about just hiring another coach for better training but don't understand the benefit of an assistant coach.
  4. Instead of Pump ball into box, you can try set player instructions for your wingers to cross often. That might help with getting target man more involved.
  5. This happens to me too. I notice it happens after a player returns from injury. That event seems to trigger the clearing of set piece takers.
  6. WB on support is hard coded to get forward. To get same affect you need FB on attack. Attack mentality affects other things besides getting forward so I choose based on what my goals are. FB on support has "cross from deep" hard coded, which I don't like for a possession based system.
  7. It sounds like you're trying to put a square peg into a round hole. How about trying to train 2 of your AMC's to play on the wings and play a 4-2-3-1 DM wide? Another option is to try a 3-1-2-3-1 with 1 DM, 2 wingers. This will give you more support on the wings compared to WBs. But it requires 3 at the back of course and you may not have the depth at CD.
  8. Excellent post. Now you're describing very close to the 4-2-3-1 that I'm running in English lower leagues. Another idea is use advanced forward with advanced playmaker (support or attack). That will really push the defensive line back. I found that in the 4-2-3-1 wide formation I needed my striker to push forward. Playing a poacher or supporting target man didn't create as many chances. It's again down to using space to stretch the field vertically.
  9. The DLP has extra instructions to hold back more, and shoot less. So they get less involved in attacking third afaik. That's also what I observe.
  10. Typo! I have 2 boring central defenders with defend duties.
  11. I'm currently playing an attacking style 4-2-3-1. I think 2 playmakers is a bit overkill. I usually use the combo (DLP defensive + CM support) or (DLP support + BWM defensive). That gives a good balance and still plenty of creativity. With 2 DLP back there they will both become ball magnets and cancel some of the benefit of each other. I also find that having too many playmakers makes the players get too close to each other and leaves you unbalanced and vulnerable to counterattack. If you're curious, my system looks like AF (A) IF (A) APM (A) W(S) DLP (S) BWM(D) WB (S) CD (D) CD (D) WB(S) It's really good for short passing and also counterattacking.
  12. Do you know how creative freedom is defined by the game? Is it stuff like more risky passes, playing with a looser shape?
  13. What's your formation/shape? Remember that playmakers are like ball magnets. So make sure they have good support and options once they have the ball. This means to have a pretty compact shape around these players.
  14. Just wanted to say I really love your posts! Really enjoy your holistic approach based on first principles and common sense.
  15. What do 'be more expressive' and 'be more disciplined' actually do? Are they modifiers to team mentalitity? Like, Standard with be more expressive is in between standard and control?