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    Wannabe manager ;)

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    somewhere over.. eh near Munich


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  1. there are a fair few other options. - IF on one side, striker pushing up in the middle with a playmaker on the other side for an offense that feed through balls to the two guys running into the box - changing the playmaker to a winger (preferably a support one) to whip in more crosses if your forward and/or IF are good at getting to the end of those. it all depends on how the rest of you team is set up. if you have both full backs aggressively pushing forward, then there is no point to play a winger on either side really. though it can work if you want to overload a full back or wide midfielder. if you push your central midfielders up then your wide men more likely need to provide more width, especially since you're more likely to have at least one of your full backs on a more cautious role unless you're really not worried about being hit on the counter.
  2. there are multiple ways to make the defend duty midfielder cover the space in front of the defense. 1) ask him to close down less, or even much less. 2) push higher up to close the gap between your midfield and the defense. 3) a different approach is to change the duty of one of your central defenders to stopper. 4) if he is out of position in early phases of the attack often, asking him to dribble less also can help. it again depends on the players you use, the overall team mentality, and shape.
  3. if all they should do is provide width then I agree. I personnally use a CWB if I want my full back to be an aggressive runner into the box on the side away from the ball. In the right setup that works. They still generally have a tendency to provide width, in particular when the ball is on "their" side. Again, it entirely up to the setup. I have also toyed with a 3-3-3-1 (3 central defenders, 2 wing backs flanking a DMC, 3 AMs and one forward. Robben loved to start from the wing back slot and creating havoc all game. In fact, this is a setup Pep has used a fair few times. of course you would not necessarily opt for a CWB if width is all you want from your wing back. But it is not true that wou have to build the whole setup around the CWB for that guy to be effective. We were talking about what can the CWB offer that the WB can't and there are certain things the CWB does when given the opportunity that the WB won't .
  4. A CWB can be lethal in the right setup - and if you have the right player. one of the 4-3-1-2 variant I used had a CWB(a) on the right with two holding mids and a CFs on the right side (MC was a DLP(s) and MCR a CM(d) with close down much less to cover for the CWB). only used the formation for approx 10 matches as I didn't want my CWB to be my top scorer, and he certainly threatened to be. IIRC he scored 6 or 7 in the stretch while chipping in with a few assists. In order for the CWB to be effective you need to - as with most other roles that rely on attacking with pace, create the space for them.
  5. one swallow does not make a summer. also bear in mind that PSG are giving you space to exploit that most league teams won't give up so easily. so being aggressive often works better against the big teams. I wonder how you'll fare against teams parking the bus. Watch the matches and look for patterns. i.e. players that are isolated and often have nowhere to run or pass to are your forwards able to create space with their movement (i.e. will defenders follow them when they drop back or move laterally) - and are you actually using it either by making use of the vacated space with a runner or if the defender does not follow, by having the guy that moved in a dangerous area where he can do damage? You will only find out why something isn't working by watching any analyzing what you see. From that you can tweak your tactics. Again, the 4-3-1-2 posted above is a really good foundation, but if you want to keep your full backs rushing forward then you might want to actually transition to the attack quicker - and you'll have to make sure there is enough cover from your midfield. again, it is situational and depends on the formation and approach the opponent are using. You will find that the AI is quick to adapt if it "spots" a flaw in your system, and in particular the left flank is an issue and extremely vulnerable to long diagonal passes in your 4-3-1-2. the CMR on defend duty + push higher up like in your 4-3-3 might be a better option for the 4-3-1-2 as well. As said, I sorted this by being less aggressive with my full back roles. or find a way to mask your weakness... can really only say more once you come up with specific examples of what is happening.
  6. One of my tactics is very similar to this one, at least from player roles and duties. with all the shorter passing and retain possession on I found my team being too cautious in their approach. everything went through the middle where particularly deep defenses have a quite easy time defending against you. you'll basically run into a wall there, which is the reason why your CMs aren't even trying to get into the box. They simply don't find any space to run into. Ideally you get your strikers to pull away laterally (so drift to the flanks) to create space for the onrushing midfielders. from my own experience with this setup though they will only do that in the early stages of an attack since that's when they actually find space out there. later on your strikers will be pushed inside by your complete wingbacks and remain pretty static there. That in turn means your CMs have no space to run into since it's still occupied by the strikers. Several things you can try - either use more cautious full back roles (WB support or even full back support) that provide width a bit deeper and give your strikers space to drift out to the wings, vacating the space for your midfielders to rush into and/or free up the strike partner a bit. it also gives your full backs space to attack in front of them if your move in the middle comes to nothing. Personally, I tend to use one wing back on attack, the other on support. Against very deep teams I frequently switch my full backs to FB (s). these should also help with your own defensive issues. I'm guessing you struggle heavily against systems which have 2 or 3 strikers and/or 1 striker and an aggressive attacking midfielder. Think about it - the AI when deep usually gets the ball forward to strikers quickly, and with 2 CWBs you will basically be 2 on 2 or worse in those situations. what you probably often see is a long ball to the wings being picked up by an opp striker, who then starts a quick counter attacking move keeping your defense on the back foot.. having more bodies in a position to cover when the long ball is hit will cut down the likelihood of one of their strikers being first to the ball and either dragging a DC away or being completely unmarked out there... pushing up higher could also help to reduce the space between your defense and midfield.
  7. lthe W(A) has stay wider active too, which is an off the ball instruction so he will not be in the box nearly as much, but should be when crosses come in from the other side.
  8. This is something I also haven'T quite cracked yet. I can't find a way to contain anyone in midfield at times despite playing a 1-2 DM-2CM pairing. all the midfielders are eager to help out against wingers/full backs even though I deploy both, full backs and wide midfielders... 4-1-4-1. closing down less/much less on the CMs didn't help, I think I've been through every role and closing down/marking combination there is. Dropping deeper make things worse, pushing higher up just makes the AI team carving me up with through ball after through ball. the issue is the midfield and I'd very much appreciate, just as I think Masi does, any advice on how to make the bloody CMs first and foremost cut off the passing angles to the opp CMs. AI teams never seem to have the problem either. their MCs are perfectly happy to mark my MCs, and their strikers or AMC picks up my DMC. All I want is to get some payback but as said, my midfielders constantly leave their man to chase the ball when there is no point.... I'd also be intersted how to avoid the effect of MCs/DMCs being "sucked" up the pitch. I frequently find my DMC (DLP(d) for the most part) pushing up the about 10 yards away from the opp box. not pushing up as high helped some but it is still to frequent so see them high up the pitch. I assumed me using ulta short passing might have played a part in that effect, but evne more direct passing din't solve it. Again, the AI midfielders on defend, and at times even CMs on support duty are perfectly happy to just sit back and recycle possession. This is not a rant post. the AI does it so the ME is capable of doing what I want. I am just clueless how to achieve it.
  9. I'm not saying it is realistic but it is what happens. they go contain, they put a lot of players on defend duty and unless you commit a lot of players forward to find the right way to press them they have the numbers back there. not hard to play keep ball since pressing in FM has been atrocious for year - players go for the direct line in the press becoming totally unaware of the other players around. IRL players try to press in a way that puts pressure on the guy on the ball + takes away passing angles.
  10. you have 65-70% possession at the half because the game may not yet be out of reach so they try to play a lot of balls over the top from the defense, which you win back easily. Once the AI trys something else, which is go contain and keep the ball you have a really hard time to win the ball back quickly enough to avoid a drop in possession it has little to do with players being complacent, that just adds to the problem a little.
  11. pinging the ball around is a lot less tiring than chasing the ball. AI teams make too few mistakes though, especially the ones with really low quality players. As said, I'd like to give you some advice how to win the ball back from them more easily but it'S an area of the game that still bugs me as well.
  12. you ask you team to hoof it long, but whom to? Benteke should be a great target man (attack duty to keep him high up the pitch) to produce lay-offs to your runners from deep, that alone might help a fair bit.
  13. If the AI is inferior and doesn'T see a way back into the match they will play deep and play keep ball, which is why your possession drops. I haven't quite cracked that myself, and it will be difficult with pressing up front seemingly never aggressive enough to make them punt it long. putting your strikers on close down much more and asking them to tackle harder could help. with a 2-0 lead though I rarely care about the AI playing keep ball for a bit. in fact, I tend to drop deeper myself and win the ball back deeper so that my own attackers can run at the deep defense, handed out a fair few 6 and 7-0 thrashings that way.
  14. watch how they play. Is a particular player in the opp side orchestrating the offense? there usually is. Even more important, what is your striker doing when defending? just standing around between the opp defenders and midfielders? Try asking him to man mark the opp most defensive midfielder specifically - that takes away their out ball and you DLF can then surge into space. from a slightly deeper position. Not sure if thaT'll work with the defensive mentaility and a support duty striker but worth a shot. To me, in any system without an AMC it is vital that your striker is a pain up the arse for the opp. holding mids.
  15. agree with that. With sufficient wide support (wing back support works best for me and a forwars/midfielder making late runs this role is devastating. Just make sure you use a mentally strong player, ideally one that can also finish.
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