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  1. Hi, I've played one full season with Chelsea and started second one in the beta as well and opted for a similar tactic as you. I agree with the users above, that you are perhaps trying to achieve too much at once, especially given the tools you are given in the beginning. We have the same defender roles. In midfield, I play a Half Back in the DM position and above him B2B and DLP on Support duty. It is a solid midfield, that is able to win the possession battle against the best teams, works hard and gets the ball forward, ideal engine room : ) The front three I play with Hazard as Advanced Playmaker on Support Duty and Willian as Winger on Support Duty. Inside forwards were rubbish for me. Especially Hazard just doesn't perform as Inside Forward. However, as an Advanced Playmaker, he netted 20 goals and created about as much and generally wreaked havoc with his marauding runs. Left back then keeps the width and provides crosses. The right side is a bit more defensive with Azpi on RB, so Willlian as Winger is trying more to keep the width and provide crosses, but he is a gifted player and sometimes plays one-twos from the wing to the middle and that generally results in a very good chance. He had great stats as well, double figures for both goals and assists. Now the Striker position is the one I feel like I'm struggling with. The first season I played Morata as CF on Attack duty and he scored some 25 goals, not bad, but I found it painful to watch him. I signed Belotti for the second season and am experimenting with Pressing forward on Attack duty. Tactically, my results have improved once I've dropped the focus through the middle, very narrow instructions and underlaps. The pitch must be incredibly contested and with the high tempo, I can imagine players having few options due to congestion so it ends up static or hoofbally and they give it away to opposition. Without passing focus, player choice improves and while the buildup goes through the middle, it then spreads to the wings from which you can cross or dribble to the less congested middle. Very narrow doesn't work for me too well either, looks like the players are in the way of one another. When playing wide, it sort of seems narrow anyway, when you buildup through the middle with BPD and 3 midfielders, but once you spread it to the wings, there is more room to attack. I have honestly no idea, what underlaps are supposed to do : )) But changing them to the good ol' trusted overlaps provides crossing positions and crosses are kings. Oh, and Positive mentality for sure. Personally, I'd lower the tempo as well, but then we are looking at a completely different tactic : ))
  2. Gruffyd Llywellyn

    4-1-2-3

    Yes, this is my most used tactic ever and in this year's version in my Chelsea save I have reached the exact same conlusion. I have switched the AML to Advanced Playmaker (Attack), the ST to Complete Forward (Support) and left the AMR as Inside Forward (Attack), but not too sure about duties. They were further supported by two CMs as Advanced Playmakers on Support duty while a designated position holding DM on Defend duty watched their backs and this proved highly successful for me, the forward three was banging one goal after another. True, they were all great players (Hazard, Dybala, Asensio) but with OP's tactic, they struggled to penetrate the box as Rooks wrote and most goals were scored because of individual quality or as a result of the odd long shot, but not because of good attacking system.
  3. Gruffyd Llywellyn

    4-1-2-3

    Yes, this is my most used tactic ever and in this year's version in my Chelsea save I have reached the exact same conlusion. I have switched the AML to Advanced Playmaker (Attack), the ST to Complete Forward (Support) and left the AMR as Inside Forward (Attack), but not too sure about duties. They were further supported by two CMs as Advanced Playmakers on Support duty while a designated position holding DM on Defend duty watched their backs and this proved highly successful for me, the forward three was banging one goal after another. True, they were all great players (Hazard, Dybala, Asensio) but with OP's tactic, they struggled to penetrate the box as Rooks wrote and most goals were scored because of individual quality or as a result of the odd long shot, but not because of good attacking system.
  4. Gruffyd Llywellyn

    FM18: Chelsea FC

    How do you play the top three and how is Asensio performing for you on the left hand side? : )
  5. Gruffyd Llywellyn

    FM18: Chelsea FC

    No, I play the same formation as silv3rf0xx. DM is my favorite position and my tactics seldom work without it.
  6. Gruffyd Llywellyn

    FM18: Chelsea FC

    Hi guys, finally decided to join you as I'm having a real fun save with Chelsea at the moment, beginning a 3rd season. Gradually building up the squad and adding world class players one or two at a time. Winning the league quite comfortably both times, CL once and bunch of other minor trophies. Somehow we always struggle in FA Cup and get knocked out in 4th round or something... My squad isn't anything revolutionary, I settled for the well known best players - Hazard, Dybala and Asensio upfront (Asensio a real steal, bought for 25M, must have been a bug), Özil, Verratti and Kanté in the middle and Alex Sandro, Zouma, Christensen and Azpilicueta in the back with Courtois in goal. Cahill and Luiz settled for rotation options, Jay Dasilva performs well in the left back area, still have Zappa. In midfield Bakayoko is the 4th choice and is helped by Palmer and retrained Willian. The backup front three is Musonda, Morata, Abraham. However, silv3rf0xx, DLP doesn't perform for me since 2017 and this particulary combination neither. DLP on defend duty plays nicely in the DM position, spraying the ball around and controlling the game, but the ratings never reflect that and DLP on support duty in the CM position has average ratings of 6.7s and doesn't stand out in highlights anyway. This year I tried Verratti, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, van Ginkel and bunch of youngsters there but to no avail, with Kanté as our primary BBM. After that I tried my great combo I think from 2016, AP on support duty with DLP on support duty, but as mentioned above, DLP never performed. This season I switched my midfield to double APs on support duty, using the same formation as you and added Hazard on AP attack duty and we started to really unlock the other teams, which has been a problem before. We have been keeping the ball, but not creating enough and lot of shots were from the distance. So far we have demolished Man Utd twice, in CS and in the first league in Old Trafford. We'll se how it goes from there.
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