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  1. I play a 4-3-3 with a BWM in the DM strata. WB-S and IF-A on the left, IWB-A and W-S on the right with an AF up top, AP and BBM in the middle. The idea is that the WB overlaps the IF and the IWB underlaps the winger in attack with the AP pushing up behind the stiker for support with the BBM lurking to recycle posession. the IWB also form sort of a third midfielder when attacking so I have the IF and AF in the box, the AP on the edge of the box and the BBM and IWB lurking outside the box when on attack, with the back four, BWM and BBM defending when on the defence,
  2. Got to the end of the 2028/29 season and was finally able to win the CL for the first time, breaking the streak of French winners (the competition has changed hands between PSG and Lyon for the past five or six years): Now towards the end of the 29/30 season and my team has become ridiculous, managed to wrap up the title before the split:
  3. I'm having a great time in my Rangers save. I'm in 2027 now, the title winners swung between myself and Celtic for the first few seasons while I established myself and built up a healthy bank balance. I've won the title now for the fourth season in a row and won the domestic treble for the first time (always played squad players in the League Cup and I more often than not came unstuck against Celtic in the Scottish Cup). Would have gone the whole season unbeaten in the league too if I didn't try to blood some youngsters before the end of the season. Managed a Europa League win a few seasons ago after coming third in the CL group (both myself, PSG and Man Utd finished on 11 points that year, I lost out to Utd on goal difference) and regularly reach the quarters and semis of the CL. I'm looking to make that extra step by developing young players brought in on cheap deals or free transfers as well as the youth system, although intakes have been poor over the last few seasons. I set myself a wage cap of £50k per week to try and keep costs down. I've been able to find some absolute gems, including a Spanish centreback I picked up on a free in the first season (he's a regen, evidently not given a contract by whatever team he was generated at), he's now a world class player, club captain and regular starter for Spain. Been able to use his teammates to convince him to stay every transfer window as he keeps getting his head turned by the likes of Real, Barca and Man City. Other highlights include Oliver Burke and Victor Jensen on free transfers (starts the game at Copenhagen, moved to Ajax and then Liverpool but only made six league starts in total), both tearing it up on the wings and becoming club legends within two seasons. Also regularly beating back bids from the likes of Real and Bayern for Jensen. I'm trying to keep growing the club, not overspending needlessly on players and generating profits by keeping wages down and selling on players where possible. Aiming to win the CL within the next few seasons. Scottish Premiership up to the fifth best league now too.
  4. I usually use anything above 7 is a good game. Between 6.8 and 6.9 is a decent game, anything between 6.0 and 6.7 is a poor game. Anything below 6 is a terrible game.
  5. I always make sure I find a DoF with the highest JPA/JPP as possible and set him to make offers for young players for the future but set the contract negotiations and finalising deals for myself. That way I can vet the players he's found as to whether I actually need them or whether they fit into my formation and remove that dastardly 10% yearly wage increase that young players always ask for.
  6. I managed to get to the Champion's League group stage fairly easily at the beginning of season three but struggled to make any impact, beat Zenit at home in my first game but also had Liverpool and Lyon in my group. Needless to say I'm bottom of the group having just been on the wrong side of a 5-0 drubbing by Zenit at their place due to injuries at centre back. Not all doom and gloom, managed to put on a credible 3-2 loss at Anfield and won the League Cup convincingly. Two points clear at the top of the league with a game in hand over Celtic, and invested the CL money into improving the training and youth facilities. Need to make sure I keep up the good form and win the league again to get that Champion's League money in again. Having said that, we went up in the co-efficient at the end of season two so now both 1st and 2nd get entries into the CL qualifiers. Continuing to invest in youth as much as possible and have some exciting prospects, though thanks to Brexit I'm struggling with work permits for younger players.
  7. I hope so! I'm managing to get by on transfer listed players, cheap youth signings and free transfers at the moment but I'm developing slowly. Investing any money I do get on improving the youth recruitment and youth coaching to try and develop from within and perhaps gain profits selling a few players to bigger leagues. Long term aim is to win the CL but it's a long term project!
  8. Just finished my second season in my Rangers save. Thought it would be a good save to start with in the full game since they don't have a manager. I'm yet to win any of the cups since I've lost to Celtic every time, or get to the group stage of the Europa League because of bad draws, but I managed to win the league in the second season by two points. Both Celtic and myself finished over 20 points clear of Hearts in third. Finding getting new players a challenge due to lack of funds but I've managed to snag some fantastic older players on free transfers and I'm focussing on bringing youth through as well. I was able to get a cracking little central midfielder in the first intake who was rated 2.5 stars when he was first generated! He's still just 16 but he's more than good enough for the first team according to my assistant. I'm hoping to qualify for the Champions League this season, I'm enjoying the save because my tactics are good and the team is playing lovely football. I just wish I had more money to invest in players...
  9. To me it definitely seems like there is an issue with player finishing in the game, from all aspects of it. All too often, while watching matches and viewing the highlights, players will try shots from outside the penalty area and miss spectacularly, even if there is a clear passing option (with retain possession/shoot less often selected), players shooting too early when one-on-one with the goalkeepers or under pressure from defenders even when there is space to run (even with work ball into box selected). I don't understand why there isnt a way to tell your players/team as a whole to take long shots much less often or to only try to shoot when in the penalty area, then tweak attacking midfielder/offensive MCs instructions to shoot more often if required. The match engine in FM18 seems well balanced, the players seem to act like they are expected to and do as they are told (apart from the getting carved apart by through balls issue which has been well documented) apart from strikers and forwards not shooting at the correct opportunities despite what the team instructions are. I really like FM18 so far, the QOL improvements are great and I like the new scouting system, but this shooting issue is a real bug bear.
  10. I'll post some screenshots when I get home so you can replicate it yourself and see where it gets you.
  11. I regularly have the greater share of possession in games, yes. I generally flick between this and exactly the same tactic but with Mixed passing and Retain Possession ticked. Usually the More Direct Passing option works best against teams that I'm struggling to break down. As I said I think the two striker roles need tweaking in my tactic because they can sometimes go missing, but having said that Harry Kane scored around thirty goals in the league in Season 3, I believe. I think I scored close to 100 goals and conceded less than 20. The start of season 4 hasnt quite been so rampant because there's been a few changes to the squad and they need time to gel. Plus, PSG decided to go mad and pay me almost £40m for a 32 year-old Juan Mata whom had been playing in the Trequartista role.
  12. In my beta save I've played pretty much this exact formation with Man Utd, but with some adjustments: GK: GK-D (Roll it out, distribute to centre-backs) DC: CB-D DC: CB-D WBR: WB-S WBL: WB-S DM: HB-D MC: MZ-S (Shoot Less Often, More Risky Passes, Play Wider) MC: MZ-S (Shoot Less Often, More Risky Passes, Play Wider) AM: T-A SC: AF-A (Roam from Position) SC: CF-S Control and Fluid. I forget all my TIs but the ones of the ones off the top of my head are: Play Narrower Play Offside Trap Much Higher Defensive Line More Direct Passing Pass Into Space Look for Overlap Work Ball Into Box The idea is that when defending the Half Back drops into the Centrebacks to form a solid back three with the WBs tracking back if required. In attack, the dual Mezzalas will drift wide into similar positions Inside Forwards would play and the Wing Backs will overlap them. The two forwards will bomb into the box with the Trequartista behind them to recycle possession if the ball is headed away or cleared. It's been very successful so far, I'm into the fourth season and I was the runaway winner in the PL of the previous three seasons (including I believe 31 wins in season 3, I'll post screenshots later) and winning the CL in Season 2. Lots of high scoring victories including a 9 - 1 defeat of West Ham at Old Trafford in Season 3. Only blips were losing in the first knockout round of the CL in Seasons 1 and 3 due to poor performances in the away legs of each tie and failing to break down a stubborn Santos in the Club World Championship final in Season 3. I think the two forward positions need tweaking as they can go missing in some games, as happened in the above three examples. You usually get really good performances out of the Trequartista though.
  13. Did you change the squad status of the player you want to tutor? I believe if the tutee has the same or equal squad status as the tutor you want then they won't be allowed to do it.
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