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  1. On Icardi specifically, I'd suggest that as long as he's played in a team that's strong mentally, you can ignore his deficiencies. While his Aggression and Workmate are low, his Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Composure, Anticipation, Decisions, Off The Ball and Determination are all strong to excellent. He might not be "the complete striker", but he's not far off. I used him as an AF-A alongside a CF-S, and had no complaints. Of course if you're looking for a player to offer something different that's one thing, but as a goalscorer, there's few in the world/game who are better.
  2. Isn't this pretty normal? Both in FM and irl? At 4-0, the game is over (unless you're watching Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal), and a massive drop in intensity and commitment from both teams is surely to be expected. I'd say a 2nd half consolation goal from the losing team is most likely at this point - again both in FM and irl - as they're the only team with something to fight for (regaining a little of their pride).
  3. As you say, it's definitely more complex than just dragging a defender away to create space. An instruction given to a player (in FM or irl) is rarely a straightforward cause and effect because it always depends on the context of how the two teams are playing and how the opposition adjusts, or doesn't adjust to any change. So the effect of getting a player to Move Into Channels can be varied; finding space, creating space, creating an overload etc. depending on how the opposition reacts. I think this is just a cultural terminology issue, because the two phrases are saying exactly the same thing: move into/exploit, the channels/half-spaces (although I would say that "exploit" is more ambiguous, as it doesn't specify whether it includes just moving into the space, or passing into it too - but that's not super important here). In English football "the channels" are generally known as the spaces between the CB and FB (or in behind an advanced FB), so a striker will often be said to be "running the channels" or "working the channels", i.e. moving into the old Inside Right/Inside Left position in order to exploit the space there, or drag a defender with him. English football hipsters (such as myself I guess) have started adopting the German "half-space", but I'd imagine if you come from a different football culture, SI's English-origin references and terminology may not be all that obvious.
  4. Are people still getting large transfer budgets on the latest database? McCourt has been pumping in money whenever the balance has dropped below c£18m (£45m in total during the first season), but the transfer budget was only £25m in summer 2017.
  5. OM have been on my wishlist of clubs to try for years, and now that the likes of Ayew, Gignac, Nkoulou and Mandanda, players I’ve admired from afar have all left, this seems like the perfect time to finally give them a go! Season 1 OM’s irl winter transfer business on the 17.3 database means that the transfer budget has been greatly reduced (but with Payet, Sanson and Evra added), so the only major purchases were Rajkovic (£5.5m) and Driussi (a slightly hefty £11m). With the club loans already maxed out I also added David Simon (not The Wire guy) as backup WB R, along with Simao and Cassano on frees (Cassano tore an achilles in the final friendly and ended up barely making the bench when he returned). With plenty of CBs, good WBs, a plethora of AMs, and a shortage of quality strikers, I set up in a 3-5-2-1 system I’d previously used with Spurs. While defensively solid, for a long time we struggled to click in attack. A long Man Utd-style unbeaten run filled with draws kept us in the top half through the Autumn to meet the board’s expectations, but surely nobody else’s. Conceding less than 1 GoalPG was a positive, but also scoring less than 1 GoalPG led to numerous tweaks of the system, with an atrocious Payet eventually being dropped, a switch to 3-5-1-1 to try and get more runners from deep, and only Gomis and young Maxime Lopez impressing from our attacking corps. The purchase of transfer-listed Wissam Ben Yedder from Sevilla (£6m) in January prompted a switch to 3-5-2, and whether it was the change in shape or simply the addition of the former Toulouse man’s goals (15 in 17), performances began to improve, draws turned into wins, and narrow wins turned into big wins. While the cups are best left unmentioned, we climbed into a fight for European places, eventually finishing 5th just behind Monaco and Nice to book a return to continental competition. PSG took both domestic cups and the runners up spot behind Lyon, who were fired to the title by Lacazette’s 37 league goals (as well as the 20 penalties they were awarded). Rajkovic meanwhile won GKOTY as part of the league’s joint-best defence. Season 2 - Pre-Season With a number of loans ending (Gomis, N’Jie, Vainqueur) and several veterans moved on (Evra, Bedimo, Fanni, Diaby, Cassano), I had four positions I wanted to fill going into the summer, with a £25m budget and a decent amount in wages to spend. First up was a new left WB. Despite interest from Liverpool, we managed to bag Kolasinac for £17m, with young Jannes Horn, second on our shortlist then replacing Bedimo for £2.8m. Central defence was strengthened with Marcos Rojo for £6.75m, his large Premier League level wages justified by the upgrade he offered on our current defenders. Although I had no plans to move him on after 40 appearances last season, Southampton’s pursuit of Doria and subsequent increased offer of £12m led to his departure, with Clement Lenglet then snapped up off the transfer list for a £2.2m fee. After missing out on Sebastian Rode who chose to return to Bayern, Roque Mesa (£9.5m) arrived to supplant Simao in midfield. Benoit Costil on a free was too good an opportunity to turn down, and he joined to challenge Rajkovic for the gloves. With a new first XI WB, CB and CM added, that left just one of my four pre-season needs to fill. A long pursuit of Danny Ings came to naught, with my reluctance to agree a large fee due to his injury problems and our stretched budget plus interest from other clubs leading to him moving elsewhere. Initially I wanted to add a partner for Ben Yedder, with Driussi as first reserve, but playing a system with no place for AMs (Payet and Thauvin are being retrained to play deeper), meant the sale of Cabella and the decision to retrain the returning Lucas Ocampos as a DLF to compete with Driussi. This then meant that our need up front, in lieu of being able to add another quality striker, became a backup for Ben Yedder, with Mariano, a player I looked at last summer before realising I couldn’t add any more loan players, subsequently making the temporary move from Real Madrid. So with the transfer budget spent and all the squad’s immediate needs filled (though with a lookout kept for another striker), the new Ligue 1 season and the Europa League qualifiers awaited.
  6. Toggling it on in the TI screen still reduces the Tempo bar though?
  7. @Argonaut Get Further Forward should only increase the frequency of those moves forward rather then telling them to continually get forward (in the way that an Attack or Support duty would), and of course CB's have a pretty low mentality so they'd be relatively conservative anyway. Then it's down to the players attributes (Decisions, Positioning, Off the Ball etc.) in deciding how effective they are playing that role. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of having so many PI's hard-coded on and off for certain roles, I'd much prefer them to be pre-selected but with the option to tweak in order to create more specialised roles for a certain system or player. That would be something I'd like to see in future versions.
  8. At the moment the BPD fits Alderweireld's role better, with Hold Position (on Defend duty) and More Risky Passes both hard-coded. Making these two PI's plus the Dribble More/Less options and Get Further Forward all selectable would allow us to create different types of Ball-Playing Defenders, with the ability to select Get Further Forward allowing you to have centre-backs stepping up into midfield in the way Vertonghen and Dier do, or the way Luiz does for Chelsea.
  9. Not FM specific, but a good general overview of Poch's tactical approach this season.
  10. Third season with Bayer Leverkusen after two 2nd place finishes behind Bayern. 13 wins and 1 draw from our first 14 games saw us lead Wolfsburg by 11 points in December, with Bayern a point further back in 3rd. A defeat to Bayern saw us wobble into the winter break with two losses and a win. Two hours after the end of the Bundesliga January window, and several hours before the Premier League window shuts, Arsenal make a derisory bid for Hakan Calhanoglu who had led the league in Goals, Assist and AvR during the hinrunde. I of course turned it down, he threw his toys out of the pram and handed in a transfer request, and our form, morale and title challenge collapsed. After 5 wins in 15 following the end of our unbeaten run, I resigned with five games remaining having fallen to 3rd, 5pts behind leaders Bayern after a 17-pt swing in their favour. Calhanoglu never made his big move, and I eventually won the Bundesliga with Stuttgart after holding off another title challenge from Neverkusen, who still continue to rack up the 2nd places.
  11. Just a couple of thoughts: If you're playing with your mentality on Attack, then I'd expect your Automatic duty WB's and the B2B to be looking to make lots of forward runs when in possession. That leaves very little cover for your CB's. Are you seeing lots of goals conceded on the counter? In terms of your passing, the Attack mentality and Much Higher Tempo will encourage your team to play riskier, quicker passes, but Retain Possession will then counteract a lot of that, by asking your players to lower the tempo and play fewer risky passes. I'd suggest perhaps simplifying your passing instructions.
  12. There's a section on the 4-3-1-2 in here:
  13. Anyone had much luck getting the outside CB's to push forward when in possession a la Dier and especially Vertonghen? I'm doing a second Spurs save, this time with no transfers and trying to mimic Poch's 3-4-2-1 initially, although with room for further experimentation. CB's on Defend duty are hard-coded to Hold Position, and while Stopper and Cover aren't, none of the CB roles allow you to encourage forward movement when you are in possession. I've had Vertonghen with a Dribble More PPI, but that doesn't seem to make much difference. There is the possibility to train them to Get Forward Whenever Possible, but I'm struggling to find how else I might be able to get them doing this.
  14. I wondered if anyone would query this I'm experimenting with O-zil to the Arsenal's 3-4-3 at the moment, and like others I've found my team vulnerable to the opposition playing long diagonals to the flanks. After trying a few other things, I discovered that getting my wingers to man-mark opposition wingers solves the problem and turns them into real box-to-box players, their W-A role/duty encouraging them to get forward, and the man-marking forcing them to track back diligently rather than staying up the pitch. Only problem is the issue detailed above. Beginning to suspect it's a bug though, because my right winger is always on the correct oppo player, but for some reason a formation shift for the opposition sends my left winger into a marking duty on a central midfielder. Can't think of a reason why that would be intentional unless it's tracking the TC shirt (rather than the player if you see what I mean), but then why would you want that to happen?
  15. Yeah, there must be a setting that mimics the "mark the most advanced player on your flank" instruction you'd perhaps give a player irl. Difficulty is that the defensive positions of my wide players is quite advanced so I'm using marking duties to force them to sit deeper and cover the opposing wingers. I'll have a play with marking duties and see what happens. Cheers for the suggestions.