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  1. Absolutely. Lots of very promising players and plenty of them are very versatile too. Should be an interesting save. Unfortunately the overall personality of the squad isn't the best to begin with. The senior players aren't the best tutors and lots of the B Team and U19's have less than desirable personalities. One thing I have been contemplating a lot in the first few months of developing this squad is team shape, I'd be interested to get your thoughts on it. There's loads of good stuff in this thread about it, in particular page 9, if anyone wants to read it. Do you select team sha
  2. This looks absolutely incredible Putting together a genuinely workable Cruyff-esque 3-4-3 has always been a goal of mine but I've never cracked it. I actually asked not long ago if you'd used a 3 at the back with this side in the hope you'd post something like this so I could nab it! How does this 3-4-3 compare to your FM16 Cruyff 3-4-3 tactic? More or less similar to the real life Dream Team? That is, if a Football Manager side that scores 42 goals in a Champions League knockout stage can be compared in any way to anything we've seen in real life.
  3. I'm back on FM18 at the moment so this might not be of interest to many, but I had a spare half hour tonight so decided to see what would happen if I tested it out with my AC Milan side. We played a good Fiorentina side (5th) away from home after training the tactic for a couple of days. Fiorentina were set up in a well balanced 4231. The result was one of the most enjoyable, attack minded FM games I've watched in a long time. Due to the changes in the tactics creator I couldn't copy it exactly, but thought this was pretty close. I changed shorter passing to mixed in g
  4. Shame this didn't click, would have been interesting I'm sure. Out of interest, I noticed you shared a few variations of back 3 formations earlier in the thread when the team was very young, have you used any of them regularly going forward?
  5. Interesting post mate. I'm working on a similar Pep 4-3-3 back on FM18 so naturally, I'm looking for similar positioning from my wingers. Stay wide in the build up phase - Stretch the opposition defence horizontally, creating more room in the 'half spaces' for my CMs (and inverted wing backs) to play in. Stay high in the build up phase - Pin the opposition full back, forcing the defence backwards allows the CMs to join the offensive players, making the 2-3-5 shape in attack. - Staying higher puts him in a position to make a run in behind the full back if the space opens up
  6. Hi fellas, Been working on a few different systems across a couple of versions of FM, most recently a Pep style 4-3-3 (2-3-5 in attack) on FM18. One slight issue I've ran into in all of them is the positioning of my wide players. Ideally I'd like to have wingers who play as high as possible, stay wide through the build up play look to run in behind. I'd like them to really stretch out the opposition back line and pin their full backs, in order to create space in other areas. Similar to how City's wingers play. The problem I've found is that they often don't push up right to the last
  7. Yeah I'm a big fan of the system too. As good as rampaging wing backs are, there's something very appealing to me about having a dynamic front 3 supported by a couple of technically excellent, creative, attack minded midfield players. Would love to get the creative output of the 8s to real life David Silva/De Bruyne levels. Was thinking something like this once the team is at the required level to give them greater fluidity/freedom. Mentalities are according to the calculator, but I think the 11 on the DLP might be an error, seems to be 14 in game. As much as your preferenc
  8. This is just incredible. As a Liverpool fan, our inability to break teams down coupled with Pep's City looking so dominant has left me massively frustrated. It's also made me get back on FM to try and implement Guardiola's 433. I notice that you used it at the start of your current save when the squad was very young. The last time you showed it (pg 14) it was Highly Structured/Control with a midfield/forward line of DM/D/6, RPM/S/10, MEZ/A/16, W/S/11, SS/A/17, W/S/11. Following the move from Highly Structured to Very Fluid, I don't think we saw the "Pep 433" again. Is this because y
  9. What do you guys think of tutoring young players who already have good personalities and high determination? Unless I'm looking for them to develop specific traits, is it better to leave it alone? I've had a really good youth in take at Lyon. I've got a young striker, for example, Gautier Merlet. His personality is driven and his determination is 19 at just 15 years of age. Is there any real benefit to having a senior pro mentor him off the pitch? My inclination would be that it would potentially do more harm than good, and that I'd be better off having someone 'help develop his game' (i.
  10. Interesting idea to have the front 3 as strikers. I haven't personally used a shape like that so wouldn't be sure on how it would play out in game. What I would say though is that Liverpool's midfield 3 is typically much more conservative than BBM/Mez. A combination of having no player in the AMR/AML position, adventurous midfield roles and attacking full backs would leave me worried about defensive stability on the flanks.
  11. How have people found the FM21 match engine now you've had a couple of weeks to get used to it? I haven't made the switch over yet. I've actually gone back to FM18 as I found the ME much more enjoyable. One thing that has really jumped out is the positioning of 'attacking' central midfield players in possession based systems. "Here's one I made earlier" - a few posts up I demonstrated how the positioning of my MCL/MCR was not as aggressive or adventurous as I'd like it to be, to the extent that they'd be standing on the toes of my inverted wing backs and utilising the space ahead of
  12. I've lost count of the amount of times I've read through this thread. On my latest read through, one thing that interested me was the '10 year reflection' post. You mention a few things about how you'd alter the individual training to further develop specific attributes e.g. finishing. You also mention potentially using more fitness training (combined with individually training roles such as defensive forward and defensive winger) to help with developing attributes for pressing. Other than that, did your team training generally stay fairly similar the second time around i.e. heavy tactica
  13. Not 100% sure if this is the right place for this to go, if not then obviously feel free to move/delete. Anyway, I've got all of the faces, kits, badges etc that I need on FM20, but I'm thinking of going back and playing FM18 again. Can I simply copy and paste the documents from 'Sports Interactive > FM20 > graphics' to 'Sports Interactive > FM18 > graphics' ? Not too bothered if a few players are missing, just want to know if it would work in general? The downloads obviously take a long time and I don't want to go though it all over again if I can help it! Thanks g
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