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  1. Hello, I'm playing in Spain for the first time and wondering how people manage their B teams. I downloaded a database that includes the lower tiers so my B team is part of a league and has matches scheduled. However, I'm having trouble hiring staff because their wage demands are much higher than the board will allow. Also, do B teams sign players on their own? Or only if you delegate responsibility? When I play in England I usually manage all aspects of transfers/contract renewals for the U23/U18 teams but not sure if I can/should do this in the same way with my B team.
  2. I play an offset 4-4-1-1 with a TM(S) and SS(A) and it often defends like a 4-4-2. However, the SS will drop deeper when the opposition enters your final third. I find it useful because he'll mark an opposing DM where a standard 4-4-2 might leave the DM unmarked.
  3. This setup works pretty well. I used it with Sunderland and beat Chelsea 4-1 Away in the EFL cup. My SS scored 2 of the goals. The SS defends higher up the pitch due to the attack duty so I thought this formation defended closer to a 4-4-2 shape than a normal 4-4-2 with an attack duty in the ST position, which defends more like a 4-4-1-1. EDIT - To elaborate more on the attacking movement, I used a TM(S) combined with the shadow striker. I think a role like TM(S) or DLF(S) that holds up the ball would be most effective in giving time for the SS to make their forward runs.
  4. I've never managed in italy before but am starting a save with Milan. What's the story with the U20/U18 teams? Milan has a lot of players at both levels but most of the U20 players are out on loan. What squad sizes do you recommend for each level? Will U20 and U18 both have fixtures?
  5. Sit Narrower definitely helps. I think Rashidi said it encourages players to pass inside more. Personally, I rarely use anything other than FB(S), WB(D) or IWB(S) because I've run into the same frustrations.
  6. FB(S) works OK but I've found all the other FB roles are too aggressive and get forward much earlier in the buildup. I think the tactic you posted is a pretty accurate re-creation but unfortunately it doesn't seem to translate into FM19 that well.
  7. @Rashidi has some good videos on the 4-3-1-2 in his Stalybridge and Kop diaries. I think his Stalybridge version is similar to @Pompey_Dan's. In terms of keeping the team more compact, I think more support duties up front would help but you may lose some bite in attack. I've tinkered with this as well but not had much success as there is only space on the flanks which leads to fullbacks and blocked crosses.
  8. Do U21 players count towards the non-EU limit or just players who need to be registered? Also if a player has a second nationality to an EU nation other than Italy, I assume they don't count towards the limit.
  9. I'm thinking about starting a Milan save as well. I usually play 433 but I think I'm going to try to get Giampaolo's 4312 working with Milan. This is my first save playing in Italy. Any advice on which leagues to load for transfers/regens?
  10. This is my current setup: I drop Overlap Left when I use a WB(S) as DL. The WB(D) is something I'm experimenting with as I find WB(S) crosses too much and Taylor is not a good crosser or dribbler. I was also a little vulnerable on this flank with an IF(A) and MEZ(S). For PI's: IF(A) - Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Close Down More W(S) - Close Down More MEZ(S) - Close Down More CM(A) - Roam From Position, Close Down More DLP(D) - Take More Risks, Close Down Less FB(S) - Sit Narrower, Take Fewer Risks
  11. Here's an example of the overload I mentioned a few posts above. By overloading the left we are able to create a goal with a few simple passes back to the right. Hourihane (DLP-D) plays a ball out to my left back, Taylor (WB-S). Norwich is playing a 4-2-3-1 and are narrow and compact with all but their striker behind the ball. Taylor cuts the ball back to Lansbury (MEZ-S). El Ghazi (IF-A) is just inside of Lansbury. Both of Norwich's DM's have shifted over. El Ghazi stops his run and Lansbury plays a simple ball to him. Because the DM's have shifted we have a 3v2 with Grealish (CM-A) unmarked right at the edge of the box. El Ghazi plays the ball to Grealish who taps it over to Bolasie (W-S) who has a clear shot and scores the goal. As I mentioned I kind of stumbled into this but it's proving very effective. Granted, Aston Villa are one of the stronger Championship teams, but we've scored 38 goals so far in 15 matches. My AMR's (Bolasie and Adomah as W-S) have combined for 11 goals. My striker, Abraham, has 11 goals and 5 assists. Grealish leads the team with 7 assists as CM(A).
  12. This is very similar to the overload I created by accident. My setup is loosely based on van Gaal's 1998/99 Barcelona team with Rivaldo, Figo, Guardiola, Kluivert, Luis Enrique, Cocu, etc. I set this up thinking the IF(A) and CM(A) would be goal scorers but they have turned into the creators. I score a lot of goals because the IF, MEZ and WB overload the left side so when they pass back to the right the CM(A), W(S) and PF(S) are usually in a 3v2 situation. My CM(A) leads the team in assists and the PF(S) and W(S) lead the team in goals. PF(S) IF(A) W(S) MEZ(S) CM(A) DLP(D) WB(S) CD CD FB(S)
  13. Piggy backing on OP's question... I have a player who plays as a DLP in my tactic in the DM position. He is Natural at CM and Accomplished at DM. Is it better to train him as a DLP in the CM position or DM position? IE does the extra position training hurt his attribute development?
  14. I feel like this was recently answered but I can't find it... Is there any way to force an U23/U18 manager to play players in certain positions without managing the matches myself? My top U23 prospect is an MC who I am re-training as an AMC but he's only played a handful of matches as a sub. He's the highest rated in ability and potential stars so should be a regular for the U23 team.
  15. I really enjoyed how you started at the beginning and are showing the evolution of your tactic vs only showing the finished product. I sometimes struggle with spotting problems and knowing what changes to make to correct them so it's definitely helpful to see you walk through it step-by-step. I think my big takeaway is that I am too quick to make changes without fully analyzing whether or not something is actually a problem and considering how the change may impact my overall tactic.
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