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  1. It's good to see SI staff back making regular contributions on this thread
  2. The very first line of your first post disproves the title of the thread. Everton haven't won a trophy in 24 years, yet you won both the FA & Europe League? Presumably you caused plenty of upsets on the way to these trophy wins? Did you post about a lack of realism following these victories? Or like me when I win things, were you too busy booking open top buses? The fact is it remains too easy to overachieve early on in saves (extreme AI mentality is yet again the culprit). This gives the impression to the human manager that they are some kind of God. This is an illusion. As soon as the AI start to take you seriously and play defensive & on the counter, the cracks in your system start to show. You will inevitably hit an achievement ceiling. If you genuinely believe that the match against Man Utd is unwinnable, post the save on here and people will gladly take up the challenge. An invitation which wasn't taken up by the previous OP on this subject.
  3. If you think it's fine that 17 employees knocking at a manager's door demanding an explanation or apology (when neither is required), then we'll just have to agree to disagree. This kind of inconsequential news seems to me to be fillers to justify the existence of the dynamics module.
  4. And it's precisely these kinds of non-issues that shouldn't be raised at all. That is literally my point.
  5. Indeed I was able to settle it easily. In fact any of the very limited dialogue options would have instantly 'turned them green' (I reloaded to test this). So it begs the question; what is the point of it? All it does is clog up an already bloated inbox with irrelevant fluff. My mate told me he has quit the game because he said he spends all day at work trawling through emails, so why would he want to come home and do the same in a game?
  6. Constantly having to deal with the player 'interaction' element of this game is like trying to sit through an episode of Love Island, or a badly written Hollyoaks plot. I just picked my Europa League squad, and because of restrictions, was forced to leave a player out. I decide not to register my fourth choice defensive midfielder (who has been backup for the last 18 months). He comes complaining to me, to which I explain that due to registration restrictions, someone had to miss out. He of course swears revenge and that I've not heard the last of the issue. Next thing I know, the entire squad comes to me demanding to know why I've treated the unregistered player 'unfairly' My personal opinion on dynamics is that if you can't code context, don't include the module at all. It adds nothing to the game.
  7. Is there a way I can prevent the AI from scoring cheap goals by playing corners to completely unmarked elite players such as Eriksen in the scenario below? This results in a disgusting amount of goals smashed in from distance. Should I man mark him with a specific player? Set a player to close down the corner? I spend most of my time in the game looking on with incredulity at the mess that set piece defending is in. If I'm not doing something right I'd happily take advice, as I'm close to uninstall territory now.
  8. I've just lost 4-2 to Everton with all 4 goals coming from set pieces. In the aftermath I naturally examine the nature of these goals and assess whether my set piece instructions have contributed to my downfall. Let's take a look at my right sided defensive throw-in settings: I have clearly allocated 2 players to stand on the edge of the area (the maximum allowed). This is a no-brainer considering this is by far the biggest threat in this year's release. Here is the opening image of the highlight that led to their third goal: Tough to know where to start with this. How about: Why are two players assigned to stand at the edge of the area (Saiz & Paredes) not in their instructed positions? Why do I have 6 players in the box marking 1 striker? Why is my back so ridiculously deep, given that there is no threat? Why are there two opposition players completely free on the edge of the box? Why, following this image, are 3 completely uncontested square passes made to Davies, who isn't closed down by anyone and smashes in a shot from distance? This game has become utterly exhausting. The match engine seems to completely disregard tactical instructions in order for it to show goals; which are frequently cheap and disconnected from the attributes of the players involved. By the way I profit from this too, and celebrate wildly when I do. Doesn't make it right though, or result in a high quality ME experience.
  9. I know this forum too well - If the guy said he had pressing set to low, he'd probably get the same criticism! All my testing of different setting combinations leads me to be of the opinion that pressing is flawed. The opposition can cross your line of engagement and be way inside your 'hot zone' (I stole that phrase from your excellent pressing lines video) - but the problem is your players simply don't engage. There is a massive problem with full backs retreating to guard harmless space out wide when the threat is blatantly central. (even when defensive shape not set to wide). This leaves IFs with all the time and space in the world to cut inside and run at your defence. When your DMs engage, they end up funneling the opposition on to a) their stronger foot, and b) into the most dangerous space outside the area. All this with specific OIs telling them to do the exact opposite. Although I have just lost a Champions League game to a 30 yard screamer in the 94th minute; so I'm not in the best place right now.
  10. They breached BOTH the UEFA and Premier League FFP. Madness. Europe League FFP states that clubs must not make a loss of more than £4.48m over a three season period. Premier League FFP states that clubs must not make a loss of more than £15m over a three season period and wage expenditure must not increase by £7m on the previous season. I'm not sure if they failed one of both of these domestically.
  11. They breached BOTH the UEFA and Premier League FFP. Madness. Europe League FFP states that clubs must not make a loss of more than £4.48m over a three season period. Premier League FFP states that clubs must not make a loss of more than £15m over a three season period and wage expenditure must not increase by £7m on the previous season. I'm not sure if they failed one of both of these domestically.
  12. Any idea what rules have they breached and is there a way to look this up? Their net transfer spend was minimal in the season just finished. Perhaps it was wage increases?
  13. Has anybody ever seen this before? Probably the biggest slice I've luck I've ever had come my way in an FM game.
  14. I'm at a loss as to why full backs / wing backs insist on: Dribbling / cut inside / cross using their weaker foot despite their role / player instructions telling them to do the opposite Delaying obvious crosses to players well positioned in the box, which get charged down / blocked when the decision is made too late This has to be the only FM release that simultaneously make winning / over-achieving fairly easy, but at the same time unfulfilling.
  15. Barry Douglas is another - This is his drop off from between the age of 30 and 31: With a natural fitness rating of 13 I'd expect him to have maintained what he had until, say, 32 at least?
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