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  1. First of all, I'm a rook as well, so don't take my word for gospel. A lot of people will also refrain from posting until you give a little more details on your tactic, your players,... Just posting 'my striker doesn't score'... It can be one of a million possibilities. What I do know from my own experience, is that if your striker is getting decent opportunities (and even if he isn't), it's always useful to check if he's having enough space. If you play with a lot of players in the final third, maybe the opponent is just too crowded around him. You can try any number of things: lowering your defensive line if it's very high, playing on a lower mentality, restructuring your tactic so other players are drawing out defenders and thus creating space... But we'd need more info to say anything for sure.
  2. But when looking at real life, they're never really symmetric either, are they? Just looking at Hazard, you'll find him all over the place.
  3. Thanks for the idea. Tempo is one of the few things I haven't played around with. I'll definitely see what that gives me. Just out of curiosity, what is it about asymmetrical tactics you dislike? Is it because you can sometimes get double team'ed by teams playing with wingers?
  4. Hi guys, Some of you might remember me from previous years. I'm still a rookie, mainly because I usually play 3 months and then only return about a year later - blame FMM. It's because of that I'm only slowly making progress towards a better understanding of the game. So forgive me for returning once more. This year I started with the preset styles the game has to offer. i started with choosing the possession based style and chose a formation the game suggested to me. I didn't quite like how it played, so I made some adjustments, culminating in what you see below. It worked a treat for me: I used KV Mechelen in the Pro League B in Belgium (second division in Belgium that is). My team was quite strong compared to the others in the division, but nonetheless, 24 wins and 4 draws in a total of 28 games... I thought that wasn't too bad. But I did get the feeling that not everything was perfect just yet. My goals are spread out pretty nicely. My right WB got 11 goals, my AP 8, my MEZ 8, my striker 9, my support MC 8, my winger 11,... But my striker got through enormous droughts where he couldn't score for extended periods. Not really a problem since we're still scoring, but the ratings for the strikers are pretty consistently bad. Like 6.3. I then switched to Liverpool to get a better feel of how good my tactic actually is. I'll admit the players are not truly suited for this tactic, but it's for experimental purposes. This save confirmed my feeling: the tactic is decent, but is still lacking in certain parts. Namely the striker position. I can't seem to decide on which is the best option for this tactic. I'm not the best analyst of game footage (yet), but I can recognise that the pitch is congested in the final third, making it hard for the striker to find space. But it gets worse if I remove him as he provide necessary pressure on the opponents' defense. I'm also second guessing my MEZ as the idea was for him to offer support to the WB on the right. In reality, the WB is cutting inside (which is cool) and the MEZ seems to lack some impact. I'm not looking for a miracle cure, but I would love it if someone could help me understand where the gaps in my logic are. Defensively we're quite solid, currently I'm struggling to get my striker firing - or really having any sort of meaningful impact. Am I overreacting or am I right in thinking I have some more work to do? I'm mainly holding off on continuing my unbeaten save as we're now going to the first division and I want to be ready! Thanks in advance.
  5. Yes and no. Engine changes will be working on existing saves, but the database (players and transfers etc) will remain the same. When starting a new game, the February database will be standard but you can choose the old one too.
  6. I enjoy 4 at the back, with wing backs in DMC strata. Looking forward to the changes you mention. 15 titles in a row with Anderlecht is just too unrealistic
  7. This is correct. Is Mechelen is champion and they reach the cup final, they won't have played a single game for two months. It's one of the many drawbacks. Because theoretically it's possible for the second placed team to go into europe, while the first placed team 'only' gets promotion.
  8. I've noticed the same for every WC after the 2022 one. I'm approaching a new WC so I'll grab you one save from before the pick of 30 players. (Will have to wait till the weekend though)
  9. Is this good or do you prefer I email it somewhere? https://drive.google.com/file/d/17Xh_tZewBJewOXR8BzdJGQg4tNG6QUKA/view?usp=sharing Also check this link for my specific problem pwetty pwease
  10. Last season was 82 (international not included) - that 1K is coming along just nicely (check out Vibe, some people are aiming for 2K, scoring about 120 each season)
  11. Hi guys, I noticed that the wage system isn't really flawless yet and I was wondering if you could offer any help. My current star player, Jérémy Doku, two-time winner of the world footballer of the year, multi-champions league winner (6 golden boots), won the european championships twice, is included in every drem team/team of the year and, well long story short: he scores 75 goals per season on average and wins every golden boot/personal prize possible. Yet I can't offer him more than 600K per week in wages, even though my financial page says I can offer players up to 800K. On the other hand, I have the regen of Dries Mertens. Scores about 10 goals per season in my system, has won best young player at thte world cup and European championship, but that's about it. Yet I CAN offer him 800K... It's causing me problems in keeping Doku, while I would really love to keep him (and I don't really care about the regen). Is there anything that can be done about this discrepancy, please? EDIT: for clarity, Doku is not a regen. My title wants to say that a relatively unproven regen might have a higher reputation and thus get higher wages than the best player in the world - not a regen?
  12. Yeah, performance wise it's crazy how well the Mate handles it. I'd guess 3 times more smoothly than the switch does it.
  13. I jst went to the Google Play Store. Most times it just shows up, though sometimes it doesn't. Apparently you also do it by going through steam.
  14. Normally you'd only be able to buy FM Mobile for your smartphone, but just today I installed the Touch version as well Text is really tiny, but it's playabel.
  15. Hi guys, Having trouble signing interested young talent in China. Even if I search on interested players, they then say they think moving to China currently is a bad move... Even if they say what they want because they do want to come, I can't suggest terms... See photo attached.
  16. I might be completely mistaken here, but my idea would be that it does provide some sort of balance. Yesterday I was trying something similar and noticed that my wing backs (both on attack) were often isolated up top, with no cm support. If you put one WB on support with an attacking CM slightly higher, the WB might get more options? But as I said, I'm probably wrong. I'm still getting to grips with analysing and solving my issues.
  17. Thanks for the tip. I often go to control when getting behind and I notice that it does help in becoming more dangerous, especially thanks to more direct passing. I don't start with it because I'm often too indecisive on that front. But I'll definitely try to be more bold against bigger teams. I also notice that adopting a structured shape helps transitions in this system as well.
  18. Wel... I still lost to Everton so it's not completely broken yet 😂
  19. Hi all, It's been a long time since I last posted here. I recently came back to FM touch thanks to the excellent version the Switch now has. It has quickly become my most played game, which is kind of a problem since my friends can now easily spot what a time waste this is for me I've been historically bad at the FM Classic/Touch versions. I last played it on the PS Vita, winning titles and an NACL with Real Salt Lake and titles (and some good European runs) with Celtic, but I always suspected that was mere luck. To give an example: I can't get a 4123 or 4231 to work, not even to save my life. I recently started dabbling in 3 men defences and it's been a real turning point for me. It's given me lots of tough games, but also some very nice results with pretty football. But because I'm currently looking to win some actual silverware, I thought I'd share my current tactic and see if the community here could perhaps help me perfect what I have. Because the problem is: I have a lot of difficulty spotting what goes wrong and how to remedy this. I'm a fan of Cleon's approach and read a LOT of his articles, but implementing it to a system that's not quite his, is still something else. I've also watched some video's by the wonderful FM Scribe; he restored my confidence and caused me to trust my gut more and stop overthinking certain things. So below you'll find how I set up. I'll try to explain my reasoning and how I came to this system. (Yes, I'm Man City so i should be easy, but as I said, I'm still quite new to this ) I started off with a very Conte-like formation. I had the left and right forwards as Inside forwards when I started, but I quickly saw that left my lone striker very isolated. My central midfield pairing was one of the reasons as I had a DLP on support and a CM on defend. Since the DLP holds his position well and provides defensive cover, I decided to get rid of the CM in exchange for a B2B, hoping he could give the striker some support. I still felt my Inside forwards were wasted and thought 'hey let's go more Belgium style' - in reality they'll probably be more like AMC's, but I figured I'd nothing to lose. My first line-up up front was a DLF(a), AdF(a), F9. I then switched the AdF to a Poacher since the DLF and F9 were already running wide, into channels etc. I figured 'why not just keep the central guy in the box to be a threat at all times. Aguero got injured so I tried Sterling there and in his first two games he scored 7 in 2, which I was pretty happy with. I then changed the DLF to support as I had the feeling that that position was good at scoring, but was not offering enough in support in midfield. So far so good - but let me know if anyone has had better experience with another trio. I have less experience in striker partnerships than I do in midfield partnerships. Now the ACTUAL problem: I do really well against weaker or equal teams. Occasionally we do good against big teams as well - defeated Juventus at home 3-0 - and we manage to grind out results as well - 1-2 against Liverpool (Away) and 2-1 against Man U (Home). But as often as we do good against top teams, we struggle as well: 6-3 against Arsenal (Away), 2-1 against Arsenal (A), 2-1 against Chelsea (A), 2-1 against Liverpool (A) and 1-2 against Tottenham (Home). So yeah, (almost) all away losses, but still... Thing is that we seem to invite a lot of pressure from these teams, while we seem unable to create ourselves in these games. We never have a lot of possession (which I'm told is to be expected with this kind of tactic, but that's not a problem to me as I'm content to be lethal on the counter. Oppositions struggle to use their possession against us anyway). Are there any glaring holes I'm missing? Anything I could improve on? I'm still retraining my attacking wealth to strikers, but they're doing okay nonetheless. And don't get me wrong, I'm having loads of fun with this system, but if we want to win anything, I feel I have to be better prepared against the top teams. Thanks in advance, Jens EDIT: forgot to mention I don't use player instructions. I also noticed a lot of goals against from top teams are coming because I lack man power on the flanks: crosses are often dangerous, but iirc, that's to be expected when using a system such as mine?
  20. A very recognisable question for me, this. I had absolutely no confidence in myself when I started a couple of weeks ago; I dabbled in FM in 2014 and was mostly bad at it. Those weaknesses of mine came back when I turned to the Switch version. Since then I read a lot of topics (mostly Cleon's and other T&B articles), watched the FM Scribe's YT channel and watched A LOT of my team's games on comprehensive highlights. For me, it was mainly the FM Scribe's attitude that gave me back my confidence. Seeing how he approached the game and how I was often overthinking stuff... Right now I wouldn't say I'm a good player, but just by doing, by not being afraid of making mistakes and by not putting pressure on myself to perform in this game, I adopted a strategy that combines a lot of what I've read. So it's basically everything that has been said here in this thread, but adapted to how I feel in a certain save. If there's one thing I learned from everything I've read and seen, it's that there is no right or wrong. Anyhting might work if you combine it in a suitable way that offers balance. I found something that works for me, and it's giving me lots of joy. Not because it's perfect (it isn't, not by far), but because it's something I've worked for and a real achievemnt for myself. Good luck!
  21. Having played both, the Switch vastly outperforms the Vita! Vita took ages to load games for instance; Switch does it roughly 5x faster. I really resented the loading times on the Switch, but the Vita is really a big improvement. (Even though the Vita was better fit for my small hands)
  22. Is this necessary? Last time I played FMT was 2014 version and then people said not to bother with it if you're not really into it. Do I have to bother this time around?
  23. Well, Vibe is the biggest FMM forum available and it's loaded with experiments like these where people take a premise, test it out and run the numbers to see if something is intentional or rather coincidental. For instance, one of the members recently did an experiment to find out whether the AI just manages randomly during games, or if there is a genuine strategy behind it all.
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