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  1. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    B team registration error?

    I am having a similar issue at Benfica. Whenever playing at a club with a B Team, I keep the B Team empty and fill teams through players from the U19s "available for the B Team". This year, despite registering players from my U19s to play in the B Team, unless they're in the B Team squad they're unregistered for league games. Very limiting.
  2. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond (Very Fluid)

    Your English is better than my Portuguese! As a massive sweeping generalisation, I use the broadest Individual Training available. Goalkeeper trained as Sweeper Keeper Centre Backs trained as Ball Playing Defenders Wingbacks trained as Complete Wingbacks Holding midfielders trained as Deep Lying Playmakers (or Ball Playing Defenders, if I want to play a Half Back) Central midfielders and attacking midfielders trained as Roaming Playmakers. Wingers trained as Defensive Wingers Inside Forwards and Attackers trained as Complete Forwards The main thing is I want to develop the ability to play in a technical, passing system and the other is I want their work rate and stamina to be able to press. Lately I have been using Fitness as my team training over the top, to some success. I also typically train A LOT of players to play in other positions so I can play flexible tactical systems and one player can cover 2-3 positions in the case of injuries.
  3. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Yea, that's fair enough. I thought about doing it either way. In fact, if you hit the player comparison tab for Fabinho & Henderson they're ridiculously similar. The reason I went this way around was: I didn't want either of them as playmaker, I wanted Keita running the midfield (I only use one playmaker). Henderson's strength is his engine so I wanted to move him into the runner role. Fabinho is tall, strong and comfortable in defence so I put him as the holder. Henderson was my holder last season and did reasonably well, but our defensive structure and build up play was lacking. With Fabinho our build-up has been excellent, with average possession going from ~48% to ~52%, although part of this has been down to tweaking the strategy. Defence has improved massively though, from conceding >1 goal per game to 0.6. Again this will be partially down to Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson and Tierney improving as young players, but however you look at it things are going in the right direction. Certainly one of those where there's lots of ways to do it. Perhaps I could get more out of Fabinho individually, but I'd worry about taking away from the unit and team on the whole. My ideal solution was Fabinho in midfield as an MC(D) and Keita behind as a Regista or Roaming Playmaker in the DM strata - taking the ball directly from defence - however in the Match Engine they were right in each other's way all the time.
  4. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Funny you should say that.. Playing a False 9 rather than a Complete Forward was a mistake. Used a Napoli tactic as a template where Mertens was the main attacking outlet so wasn't to hold up the ball. Complete Forward means that Firminho will hold up the ball for which is particularly dangerous given his intelligence and the attacking movement of Salah and Mane. This aside, the system remains unchanged apart from restructuring the midfield around the signing of Naby Keita. My preference is to have playmakers deep, and facilitating build-up play early on. Keita is a fantastic player who's strength is picking up the ball from defence and driving forward into the heart of the opposition midfield, creating havoc and opening space for those around him. Fabinho is the perfect counter-weight. An intelligent all-round midfield player who can anchor a midfield well and facilitate build-up. The addition of Fabinho & Keita means we can now build up from the back, so - new goalkeeper - Rulli now distributes the ball to our centre backs. Fabinho sits deep, shielding the defence and regularly drops into defence to create a passing option when under pressure. Keita is our playmaker, dropping deep to get the ball and then driving forward. Henderson takes the midfield runner role, supporting Keita and using his engine to get everywhere. Wingbacks create width. Firminho occupies opposition defenders, drops of deep or drifts wide and is also an effective attacking threat. Salah is the spearhead of the team, ably supported by Mane using their pace and movement to get in behind opposition defences. Keita is the heart-beat of the team, regularly hitting 100+ passes and helping control games. ..and Salah is my first non-Messi/Ronaldo Balon d'Or winner of FM 2018!
  5. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    Individual Player Mentality

    Great explanation
  6. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    It's a couple of posts back. The 4-3-3 you see in the screenshot, set to Overload and Fluid with Close Down More and Pass Into Space. Only PIs I can think of are Firminho roaming position, Mane staying wide, and Salah dribbling more.
  7. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    One of the static holding options. Going to be experimenting in the pre-season.
  8. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Analysis ahead of 2018/19 season Strengths Ability to press with intensity across the entire team, particularly from central midfield and Firminho up front. Attacking movement, pace and finishing in the front 3. This synergises perfectly with our strategy from last season which was to be possession-neutral, press with intensity and attack immediately on the turnover. Weaknesses General quality in goal and defence. Only average vision and playmaking ability in midfield. Incoming transfers Keita - One of the reasons I wanted to play this save was the addition of Keita, behind Mane, Salah and Firminho. - I want to see him charging through the centre of midfield drawing opposition defenders toward him before playing an attacker in behind the defence. Fabinho - Very complete midfielder. - Probably going to be my designated holder, freeing up Henderson to play box-to-box or an attacking midfielder. Alisson? - Doesn't seem as highly rated in FM as in real-life, failing to offer a serious upgrade on Karius. - Geronimo Rulli may be a better option, offering an upgrade across most attributes and adding a Model Professional personality to the squad. Fekir? - Would add a creative spark and - another! - attacking option. - Replacing one of Fabinho or Henderson would mean a downgrade in ability to press and defensive stability. Tactical Considerations Attack and defence will remain unchanged although Gomez will be taking over from Matip as first choice partner for van Djik. Keita seems born for the Roaming Playmaker role. - Personal preference is that I like playmakers deep, picking the ball up from defence and driving forward. - Could suit either a 1-2 midfield or a 2-1 in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-1-3. Fabinho will be my holder, freeing up the other midfield spot.
  9. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Sounds interesting! Regarding strikers, you've got two in the squad already. Woodburn and Brewster who both show excellent potential, in fact I regret not giving them more game time. I'm also keeping tabs on Ryan Cassidy at Watford and - if I lose Firminho - I'll be bringing Kevin Volland straight in.
  10. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Absolutely, loving this Liverpool save! First time ever managing Liverpool. Always found them frustrating but developed a real soft spot for their style of play under Klopp, the Salah, Firminho, Mane attack and - of course - the famous nights at Anfield. We set up in a 'heavy metal' 4-3-3 with everything set towards pressing with intensity and then getting the ball forward to Salah, Firminho and Mane before the opposition can organise their defence. The results were explosive. Scoring well over 3 goals per game, at a cost of conceding more than a goal per game meant that we were easily the most entertaining team in Europe. In the Champions League we managed a great run. After losing 3-1 away to Juventus in the 1st Knockout, it was very nearly cut short but the away goal proved crucial in the first great European night at Anfield of the season. Pumping PSG in the next leg laid the path to the semi-finals. Whilst a 6th league win in a row edged us above Mourinho's Manchester United side, whose record-breaking defence had seen them maintain a narrow lead for most of the season. We then hit the most challenging patch of the season. Perhaps the best night of the season followed at Anfield with Salah, Mane and Firminho ripping apart Barcelona's high defensive line. However after giving 1,000% against Barcelona, Jose Mourinho's brick wall defence proved too strong. The league title remained an incredibly tight 3 horse race with 2 games remaining. Chelsea's remaining fixtures making the final games particularly interesting. Unfortunately, Mourinho's defence held solid and lead Manchester United to their first title since Alex Ferguson. Whilst we managed to keep up pressure and secure automatic qualification to the Champions League with a strong finish over Chelsea. Despite a heroic last minute equaliser from Mo Salah in the Champions League final, Bayern proved too strong in extra time. So there we have it. Ultimately heroic failures, but what a roller-coaster ride of a season! Final 2017/18 League Table Attacking Stats ..agonisingly missing out on Aston Villa's goalscoring record standing since 1931 by only 2 goals (we missed 4 penalties) ..and take a bow, Mo Salah.
  11. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Yep
  12. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond (Very Fluid)

    Very few. Obviously the goalkeeper distribution is set depending on the opposition. I think the striker roams from position. Maybe it.
  13. Ö-zil to the Arsenal!

    Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond (Very Fluid)

    Apologies, missed this question. The answer is actually no. I've never seen the benefit of the role. I think it's a romantic idea but the drawback of playing the opposition attack onside when in-behind your defence simply isn't worth it. Coincidentally, I noticed Cleon's started a new thread about the role so I'll be following that with interest to see if I can understand how he implements it.
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    FM18: Liverpool FC - Pace Abuse

    Logos - just google. Pretty sure it was FM Base or one of the long-established FM websites. Tactic is still very much under construction. The basic premise is to play high-intensity football and throw numbers forward in attack. I've gone for a fluid, overload playing style only really modified with more closing down and passing into space.
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    Johan Cruyff's 3-4-3 Diamond (Very Fluid)

    Must be the first FM in years & years I haven't gone straight to Ajax. This year I have gone for a bunch of 1-2 season saves with ready-made squads where I can try different things tactically and experiment with the match engine. So far, I've gone Napoli, Man City, Belgium and - currently - Liverpool.
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