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  1. Much the same as @axehan1. I've found a couple of things. Push back on contract negotiations. Say no (becomes more effective over time as your reputation gives you a better bargaining position) If you do say concede, then at least promise negotiations at the end of the season. Get contract negotiations done immediately after the end of the season, before other teams bid. Pay fairly. Next time I fire up FM I'll check our wage bill. Pretty sure it's very high, Plan ahead and sell on your own terms. Particularly early on, January is rough. I just hammer through, reject everything and promise deals for the end of the season and wait for it to be over Early contract negotiation is the biggest. If you get a player on a new deal shortly after the end of the season, he won't think about going anywhere for the entire transfer window in my experience.
  2. Hey, everybody. Sorry for the slow responses and updates. Hectic week on a tough project at work. Should get a bit more time next weekend. Don't recognise the name, could be new to this year's game? Looks like a lovely player. I think Dantas had that description in my save for a while Excellent. Congratulations, @axehan1 it's cool to see some new names in there as well. Nice work My computer is a piece of junk. IIRC I've got the Portuguese leagues, the main European leagues (just big 5) and Brazil and Argentina. Check the screenshots further up and you'll see screenshots from a save with Napoli. Let me have a think about some templates and I'll try to put something together. I'm thinking of some of the most basic shapes - probably just 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1, maybe 4-4-2 diamond, 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 as well as other common shapes - in a control mentality, just to help people get a basic start point they can build from Ahhh, you managed to get him comfortable with the ball. I could barely get him into double figures for any of the ball control related attributes. He's doing very well in Italy now, with that style of play. OK, as above. Let me have a think about how to do it.
  3. Yes, certainly. Over the years I've moved from Standard to Control to Attacking to Overload and that experience has been helpful each time I'm starting with a new team and being able to gauge a style that could suit the players. I can't really comment on FM2019, but I'm sure they're gradually improving the way build up play works. Based upon my experience in this save, the AI needs to press more effectively in order to make that kind of build up necessary. He's a very strong, quick, intelligent player. Excellent dribbler. He adds a really different dynamic to the attack. I'll post a screenshot next time I am on FM. He's in the Portugal team. He was maybe a squad player during the last World Cup but I think he'll be our highest rated player going into Euro 2024. It should definitely be do-able. Start with either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 using a simple combination of roles and lots of Support duties. That seems to be how FM2019 determines "fluid". Assign mentality based on how you'd like the team to play and then freedom based on their intelligence as footballers. It should be very simple. Happy to offer some pointers, if you want to be more specific about what you're trying to do. Most should work, so long as you've got the right players to suit the system
  4. Thank you very much As mentioned a couple of times, a lot of this comes from SFraser's excellent threads Thank you In FM 2017 and before, the Half Back would drop deep into the between the centre backs, but the centre backs failed to spread wide if you had players in the DL/R strata so they'd end up bunched up like this: In FM 2018, the Half Back drops deep and the centre backs do spread out, however the issue is that they are slow moving back into the centre as the attack develops so you are particularly vulnerable to counter attacks for a period and has resulted in the occasional hairy moment. Both my centre backs are quick and intelligent which mitigates the issue a fair bit. I probably wouldn't do it unless I was very confident in them. Ultimately it's just a trade-off as to whether you want that build up play and are prepared to accept the risk that comes with it. At the moment, we don't need it. Particularly in the league sides sit deep and barely press us at all. Hence why I've asked Ball Playing Defenders to dribble forward with the ball in an attempt to draw out an opposition midfielder and create some space. Hope that answers the question
  5. Sorry - I missed this one. Let me get to the end of the season and I'll do a detailed write up. Very simple in terms of PIs though. Just goalkeeper distribution and a few attacking runs here in the '3' and that's about it. Centre backs encouraged to dribble out of defence, sometimes do but rarely. I was actually hoping somebody would. Obviously I've put a lot of time into building the squad specifically for this so I am wondering how replicable the results are. A few others have had success via PMs but I've not seen much sustained over a few seasons. The challenge is the early implementation. You've either got to be very careful in choosing the right team, or spend 3-5 seasons building up to it. If it helps, I'd previously had similar results with Liverpool (hence why I thought about the Ramdeuter role for Jota): ..and initially Napoli. ..and it all originally stemmed from the Bielsa thread, if you want a few more examples Goal counts have always been huge. It's the best football I've seen. In fact, this is the best side I've had now. The stats are fairly significantly overstated here by the quality of the league and the big european clubs have also failed to build or develop so we're the best club side in the game by a mile at the moment. I don't have a problem with that in principle. Let me get to the end of the season and make the decision as to where to go from here. Some form of increased challenge is going to be the only thing that'd keep me at Benfica at the moment. There's a lot of the traditional big European clubs requiring a major rebuild - I'll update on this shortly - but moving clubs is always extremely hit or miss for me. Aye. He's my Bonucci. Did have a couple of injuries last season and I always notice re-trained players are often neglected in the various team of the year nominations. Pinto still pops up as a right back in the Benfica Best XI despite having not played there in 7 years and hundreds of appearances at Centre Back Start simple. Either pick a club you know or take the time to get to know a squad very well. Pick a style of play that suits them and play something simple. 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 variants, 3-5-2 etc are balanced staples that most squads can manage. Depending on what version of FM you're on, I've actually put together a couple of different templates and happy to share. Nothing fancy, just basic systems that work and you can build upon. As you can see through the history of my saves, I like the big clubs with some history. I've a soft spot for Santos and Flamengo in Brazil. Santos has been done to death and you just end up praying for a Pele-esq newgen so maybe Flamengo. I'm not sure why but in FM 2019 they don't seem to be playing at the Maracana. Not aware of the real-life situation but that could be a huge potential club. I'm unsure of their existing academy prospects, so it'd be a fairly different save to this one. They'd not have the same infrastructure in place but would have earlier access to - in this save, at least - the most talented pool of newgens in the game.
  6. Thank you I'm still not convinced by FM2019, but I might be forced into it if I start a new save. Something I've noticed is the quality of newgens coming through in South America so it'd be interesting to try a save in Brazil or Argentina and be able to start bringing them through before 18 due to the transfer restriction. I've run saves in Brazil before, and the long season facilitates youth development very well but my concern is running out of challenge without competing in the Champions League. As for the deep-lying forward vs complete forward, @axehan1 nails it. Play a bit further forward to create space for my 10 but also roam and hold up the ball. Thank you Yea, it's a lovely team. Everyone's peaking at the same time. Jota has ranged from good to superb throughout this save, but I'm pretty comfortable he's in the right role now. He broke into the side as a winger and performed incredibly well, scoring and assisting and I thought he was going to be a superstar. The earliest iteration of the 4-3-3 had him as a Ramdeuter, hoping that he was going to become a Ronaldo-esq goalscorer from the flank. He did very well but was inconsistent. I think he even actually won the Balon d'Or, or something big. As time's gone on I've always felt he's a little wasted as a pure winger, but also not quite the main-man as Ramdeuter so I like him most as an Inside Forward (Support) using his ability with either foot to cut inside and either cross, pass or shoot. Obviously attacking players always get the plaudits but he's currently 3rd in the World Footballer of the Year: 2nd in World Player of the Year: 2nd in Balon d'Or: And in World Team of the Year:
  7. Quick update - you join me at the mid-point of the 2023/24 season, having just retained the World Club Championship and preparing for a second-half of the season competing for a hat-trick of Champions Leagues, and the Euro 2024 with Portugal. The 4-2-3-1 Those of you following my tactical threads over the years will probably have noticed the influence of the Dutch/Ajax model and then the Barcelona model in my tactical preferences, particularly in the use of 4-3-3 with a 1-2 midfield set up based largely on the logic explained here. For the past couple of seasons, we've enjoyed great success using an Iniesta-Xavi-Busquets inspired 2-1 setup. This facilitates very effective buildup play and allows wingbacks to bomb forward, but I've always felt Florentino Luis could play a more advanced role. Searching for a solution, we've experimented with Dantas in a 6 role with João Felix and Florentino Luis pushing ahead, As yet, the system has never quite clicked. It's always resulted in excessive attacking responsibility on Florentino Luis or under-utilising João Felix as a box-to-box midfielder. The 4-2-3-1 gives a number of benefits: Florentino Luis moves into midfield, in a role which suits him. João Felix oscillates between midfield and attack, giving us an extra man in the attacking line. The Dantas - Luis double pivot controls the midfield, recycles possession and frees our wingbacks to move forward. In many systems, Deeplying Playmaker (Defend) would be a somewhat negative choice of playmaker. However, in the context of an Overload system, Fluid shape, passing Through the Middle and the absence of any individuals on Attack duty, it becomes quite aggressive. He's going to sit, holding midfield and orchestrating attacking play, with lots of passing options ahead of him. My personal preference is to play with - at most - one playmaker. This comes from experimenting with the Pep's Barcelona tactic and observing - purely a subjective personal opinion - the team prioritising the more attacking playmaker, altering the way I wanted to play. This means that my Number 10 role is simply Attacking Midfield (Support). The objective is for the Number 10 to act as an all-round attacker, described in this article about the Brazilian 'Ponta de Lança' rather than a specialist playmaker, creating a 4-2-4 shape. This system again utilises some of the more intricate mentality mechanisms, we have discussed earlier in the thread. Overload mentality & Fluid shape means the team aggressively attacks and defends as a unit. The absence of an individual with Attack duty slightly increases the mentality across the team. Exploit the Middle increases the mentality of Central Defenders and Midfielders on Defend duty. Overlapping Wingbacks increases the mentality of Wingbacks and reduces the mentality of the Inside Forwards. This results in a few characteristics. The team aren't quite all equal, but they're very close. For those still thinking in 'notches' everyone's within 2 notches of each other. The entire team attacks and defends together and is aggressive and expansive in both The Wingbacks and Attacking Midfielder (Support) have the highest mentalities in the team. The Inside forwards are a 'notch' lower. The goalkeeper, central defenders, midfielders and striker are a 'notch' lower again, as the core of the team. Shame there's not an easier way to show this within the interface. This creates the 4-2-4 shape in attack, but more of a 4-5-1 in defence. So far, we're flying. ..including a few absolute demolition jobs. The first team squad all seem to be right at their peak now. ..and we rotate into a 4-3-3 regularly, particularly in the league and domestic cup games. With some real depth in the squad throughout. B Team look OK, a couple of regens starting to look like they might challenge to break into the squad. After the youth intake drought, my U19s have all been brought in from elsewhere. All in all, we're gearing up nicely for the later stages of the Champions League and Euro 2024. Depending on how this goes down, it could be the natural end of this save or perhaps a new direction. Will see. Although, I'd certainly like to do a few more game analysis before finishing up, time permitting.
  8. Pure speculation but I've noticed it happen with age. I'm not sure if there's a particular cut-off point for Model Professional - i.e I think there might be for Born Leader, if I remember correctly - or whether it's just that you tutor them to a point where they are professional and then they increase over time to Model Professional through being in a Professional squad. But yea, I've noticed the same thing..
  9. My advice would be to start with something simple. Work out how you want to play, given the players you have and build an overall tactic which suits that. Van de Beek is a classic, intelligent, technical player. Ziyech similar, but more attacking and left footed. Neres is an excellent wide player, either left wing or cutting in from the right. Look at the rest of the team and see how they can fit in. Try something simple, like 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 whilst you find your feet and then perhaps try to put your stamp on something more.
  10. Another interesting question, thanks very much. Personally, I love the Ball Playing Defender. The simple reason I chose it is that we play against a lot of opponents who sit deep and don't press as all, so my centre backs are completely free to bring the ball forward and the ball playing defender role facilitates that as best as possible. An important disclaimer is that I cannot get them to dribble out of defence with any regularity but when they do it's a very effective way to draw out an opposition midfielder and create a gap to progress. Regarding the issue with the longer passing. That's true, but the extent varies depending on your overall system. Given we play shorter passing, retain possession and pass out from the back, the passing is already pretty tidy. This would be the difference, were we to play a typical Central Defender: In match, we rarely see a long ball. Here are Pinto's passing stats from the Champions League Final. ..and Victor Bobsin's. In fact, with vision, anticipation, decisions and technical ability like Bobsin, I would have no issue whatsoever with a few more direct passes, if they're on.
  11. Inspired by this superb blog post about Pele and the great Brazil teams, I was inspired to take another look at this. I'm still on FM2018, but would be starting with something like this. Using PIs to make that 4-2-4 shape. I have a feeling that might be brutal, with the right team.
  12. Good question. I think there is an element of factoring in player attributes, but also considering the team on the whole. For example, earlier in this save we used Ruben Dias who is aggressive, brave, strong, good in the air and has great leadership so perfect for the stopper role. He was outstanding in our earlier tactical systems, build on strong defence and counter-attack and the dominant diamond, but despite training for years he never improved his technical ability so stopped fitting the system as we became more expansive so was ultimately sold to Inter. I often use Stopper or Cover duties to cover gaps depending on what's ahead of them. For example, in the early 4-2-3-1 I used a Stopper behind Krovinovic as I was worried Krovinovic was a bit lightweight so the stopper shut any space there. The following year, the 3-man shield with Fejsa in the centre meant I had no concern about space so played a flat line. Always consider your selection in the context of your overall team mentality and shape, as well. As a general rule, I'm more likely to use a Stopper in systems with a more conservative mentality. Standard or below really, as not to make them suicidal in an already aggressive system. If Attacking, then a more Structured shape to keep them back. I'll also often use cover, just to stagger the defence a bit to create passing triangles. Particularly when playing with a 2-man double pivot ahead of them. Hope that helps, it's a pretty brief answer to a fairly broad topic! Thank you. Yes, it's all been built upon the foundations of that early thread. Apologies, would you mind clarifying the question? I'm not sure I understand. Most of the thread is about finding the right tactics for the players, but not sure I'm reading that right! It's an interesting one. He's performing reasonably well, but I think I prefer him at right back. I haven't got FM loaded at the moment but I think that this system shoulders quite a lot of attacking responsibility on the advancing midfielders and it suits João Felix extremely well, but I keep finding Fernandes in situations where perhaps Embalo, Jota, Felix or any of the more attacking players would be better suited. I've got a couple of friendlies left to experiment and I've stalled the transfers of Trincão, Grimaldo and Sousa, as I'm not yet convinced. As for the W-M, it's a cool shape but not something I'd see the benefit of using in the modern game. In the same way as a Sweeper, the W-M was used at a time where the offside rule meant that attackers needed two outfield opposition players between themselves and the opposition goal, rather than the one we have today which meant the defensive shape was much more efficient. I've not read Cleon's thread and I'm sure he's got it working, but I'd be beyond petrified by a system with one centre back in today's game. Thank you. Many of the ideas used in running the club originally come from the legendary @SFraser threads. He was a Man Utd fan and undoubtedly took great inspiration from Sir Alex, and pulled it off perfectly Yes, it's fantastic to see Felix develop into one of the most exciting players in Europe. I've not seen too much game time, but he seems to be playing behind the striker in an Attacking Midfield role. Depending on what happens with the 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 could be an interesting option. Stay tuned. Currently feeling pretty inspired by this superb blog post about Pele and the great Brazil teams, and a lot of the pieces would fit.
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