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  1. Sunderland is great fun on this edition - some pretty bad players but with infrastructure in place. I just started Season 2, now in the Premier League. Here is a recap of how we fared in the first season and afterwards the start of season 2. Season 17/18 Transfers Not a lot of changes - we needed an player for the AMC spot. Hoolahan did okay, but when Hyndman got going (in the second half of the season) he made the spot his own. Unfortunately Bournemouth did not want to loan him out again in the next season. League Standing We were no 1 until the last game, where we drew and Boro won. It did not really matter, as we were promoted with a couple of games to go. Best Eleven Special mention to the following players: Hyndman had the most key passes in the league and had 13 assists from 31 starting games. Watmore was on fire when he came back from injury: 28 games / 9 Goals / 9 Assists / 7,49 AVR. Season 2 During the summer we were taken over (finally) by a Serbian Consortium, which meant we had a very healthy transfer budget. Something I was very pleased with as ie Hyndman and Galloway was not allowed back on loan, plus I wanted new central midfielders, right back, AMC and Striker.... This is what happen during the summer (spent way more money than I thought we would): Byram is my new RB, Maguire is a player I really admire IRL and as Leicester was relegated I had to take the chance, Verdasca a young CB for the future, Cairney my new AMC Playmaker, Taylor for the LB spot which meant offloading Oviedo, my Romanian guys in Nedelcu (looks an excellent B2B) and Coman (who I stumbled upon - looks like a classy striker), Gruezo who had been tearing up the MLS and is an upgrade on Cattermole and finally Rulli who happened to be transfer listed! This leaves me with the following starting eleven: McGeady and McManaman are battling it out for the left midfielder - an area that needs addressing next summer window. The beginning of the season has been very good: The game against Man City was completely crazy, and we were utterly destroyed against Spurs (should have been 1-7). Besides that we have been playing some cautious football with focus on the defensive side. It is paying off so far. Carabao Cup is right now just for reserves...
  2. I play a very similar formation with Parma (just promoted to Serie B). A couple of things helped mine break down teams (especially in the 2nd part of the season, when teams began to put everyone in defense/DM strata) like increasing the width and getting a couple of more attack duties in there. For me it was my WBR and MCL (i played with a flat 3-midfield). I also play with a counter-mentality. How are you doing with the number of longshots from your midfield right now? I imagine you dominate possession, but do not seem to have a lot of players running into space.
  3. Jakarooney; They looks great for the Czech league - good job! You should however work a bit on their personalities, getting some professional/resolute players to tutor them. Will help their development
  4. It is not that strange he only chooses players from the squad. Just like I presume you don't choose u18 and u21 players in your Pl games. You can make them available though. "Make available for u21 team" "90 minutes". Just like you can make your senior players available for u21 when they for example are in need of match fitness.
  5. This is really interesting to follow. I hope you made the swap between Granada and Udinese!
  6. Another good option is to go to "Player Search" and filter with maximum age of 16 and then sort by some attributes under "defense" "attack" etc.
  7. I have a IF(S) and MC(A) on the same side and I have not seen any big issues with this. They both get a decent amount of passes and scoring chances every match. This might come down to the fact that my IF(S) is often players with high "intelligence" and the role has the Roam from position, and therefore the IF(S) is clever enough to find his own space. I'm not sure about this one - I'll keep an eye on this. For the AP(S) talk, JDownie gave some good examples. Because of my MC(A) my AP(S) simply needs to be able to break the play. This is needed because in possession the formation looks a lot like 4-2-4 ( + FBs now in DM strata), which makes us vulnerable to attacks through the middle. Especially if the AP(S) was a Modric, Iniesta or Xavi kind of playmaker.
  8. Have been reading this thread with great interest. I am currently playing with Fulham with a 433 system and I have had great success so far. Especially with my midfield combination which is a AP(S) and CM(A). The CM(A) has Dribble more, Get further forward & Close down more and I have experimented with Roaming and Run wide as well, although I saw that having the CM(A) missing from the midfield position did not always benefit us. I want my CM(A) to act like a striker when we are in possession, and while the above mentioned instructions is getting me near my goal, I was simply missing something. After reading a few excellent threads on this board I started tinkering with PPMs for my CM(A) players. Through tutoring I ended up with one player having Arrives late into opposition's area and one with Tries to beat offside trap. The two players are very similar except for these PPMs. The results were interesting. With the player that had Tries to beat offside trap I had a player who, as soon as we were in the opposition's half, would sprint up to the forward and wait on the same "line" as the forward. This was exactly what I wanted from the beginning, and so far it is working quite well. The opposition (those who are not man marking at least) gets overwhelmed when they have to deal with the striker, two IFs and a bombarding MC(A) (and Wingbacks). I have only played 10-15 games with this MC(A) and time will tell if it makes the team extremely vulnerable to counter attacks. If anyone else has issues with figuring out what kind of central midfielders you want, I suggest you have a look at the PPMs available - it helped me! Also, just agreeing with someone who wrote about the AP(S) - the player in this role really needs to solid defensively and physically.
  9. There is probably a few things you can play around with. I have had great success overloading the middle of the pitch (in the final third) by having my WBs cutting inside. To create the defensive shape you could also look into marking specific players to create the desired shape (I'm not sure how good an idea that is with FB/WBs, but I have had luck doing it with MR/ML)
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