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  1. Why do players sometimes have sudden drops on a lot of attributes at once? how is that explained in the context of the game and is it possible to do something to prevent it from happening? Player in question is Fabinho, playing for Real Madrid. He's 26, playing most matches as a starter and doesn't have a history of being injured too often (he's not injured atm either). He even has a decent training performance rating the same day his attributes dropped. Edit: Forgot to mention he mostly has good ratings when he plays and isn't in a bad streak of performance either.
  2. In my honest opinion i would instruct Neymar to be a Winger (A) so that he can use the full left side of the pitch to his advantage. He will still try to cut inside because he has the "cuts inside from both wings" trait and wide forwards do tend to get narrower once the ball reaches the final third unlike wide midfielders in the CM strata. Jordi Alba would ve used as a Left Back (S) to cover for him. I remember that during Enrique's period he had trouble getting good performances from Alba as he often prefered to give Neymar full positional freedom on his wing and he even used Mathieu a lot on the left instead of Alba because of this. Messi would probably be a TQ (A) on the right or maybe even an AP (S). Depends on what you want and what you need. Being a TQ would make him more direct i think because of the higher mentality. AP (S) could be a good instrucion if you want him to drop deep and start play combining with the central midfielders like he does now for Barca and most notably when playing for Argentina. Semedo/S. Roberto would probably have to provide an overlap so either WB (S) if Messi is a TQ or WB (A) if Messi is an AP (S). Just note that this flank will probably be a defensive weakness of your system so the right CM (assuming you play a 4-4-3) would probably be instructed with a more conservative role (think CM-S/BWM-S/B2B maybe even. Would probably not choose a playmaker role for this position to not make him pass the ball forever between him and Messi). Suarez while most people would have him be on an attack duty i think it depends on the role Messi is playing. If Messi is a TQ (A) then he might need someone to combine upfront so either DLF (S) or PF (S) for me (he will still try to make a ton of forward runs because he has the "try to beat the offside trap" trait). He Messi is an AP (S) then i think that Suarez will have to be more aggressive with his movement, so in this case either AF or PF (A) fits better i feel.
  3. Thats a very fair point and i haven't thought about it that way before. I'm mainly inclined to play a more possession oriented approach regardless of the team i manage but i've actually tried to be more flexible and try a more direct approach while still keeping a possitive/attacking mentality (both in terms of tactical mentality and general tactical approach). Which changes would you consider to make in order to make the ball move forward more quickly without turning into a counter attacking side (if i understand correctly)? Thanks in advance.
  4. Thank for you suggestions. Sorry i couldn't answer back sooner but i had a busy couple of the days lately. I do have a couple of things i would like to point out: As for PIs i'm intrigued by your decision to ask the left center-back to move wider. First thing i noticed though is that you moved my BPD to the right (is that to move him away from my DPL so that he's not bypassed during the initial build up from the back?). Regarding the instruction itself, is that for him to cover for the FB-A on the left when we have the ball? I'm also wondering whats the reasoning behind asking my HB to mark tighter and would love if you could explain why. As for team instructions: I'm a bit hesitant about using WBIB as i'm not against my fullbacks/wingbacks crossing the ball and taking advantage of space in wider areas (specially with Benzema and Bale being very good in the air). Maybe i could use it when playing against 3 at the back or against opposition that is good in the air in defense? Why would you use counter? i know that Real has great players to play on the counter but must of the time (specially in La Liga) opposition defenses will mostly stay back and soak up pressure so space to counter will mostly be scarse. On top of it i have the feeling (can't say if it is the reason why) that using counter speeds things up a bit too much during transitions and i see my players attempt more long-shots or way too risky passes that often end up giving possession away. Considering that TIs are mostly choosen to play a more possession orientented game i don't understand whats the benefit of ticking the counter instruction (specially considering the context of the teams that real often play against). I agree with pretty much everything else you suggested. My team recently suffered a bit of a slump in terms of performance but we are still winning matches. I'm considering getting a striker more tasked with scoring goals than being a pivot to make one-twos in the final third. Can i ask you how would you integrate an AF-A/PF-A/Poacher into the tactic?
  5. Thanks for commenting. I like the way you described that pattern as it often happened like that. I've since changed one IF (the one the left on a support duty) to stop making forward runs that often and it resulted in my centermids having another option to pass and combine before trying to find either my right IF-A or a WB-S overlapping. And also i agree with your second paragraph. I'm a bit hesitant to try an IWB as i deliberately want my IF working closer with the Striker rather than widening the pitch and looking for crosses. I feel like i lack a runner in the centermid, with a lot of my midfield options having the drop deeper to collect the ball PPM i'm unsure if they can fulfill that role effectively as a surprise outlet in the final third. I'll look into the transfer market to find a good option (Bernardo Silva would be ideal as he is both young, technically and mentally fantastic, fast and phisically impressive and more importantly has PPM that can generate that kind of movement regardless of the role chosen) Well, on paper the idea i had was that the IF-S on the left, regardless of him being instructed to get forward more often would still look to combine with both playmakers because of his support mentality, with Benzema dropping deep because of his role even while playing on an attacking duty being another option for my centermids to pass and combine before looking to find my right IF-A. I think that both instructing my IF-S on the left to get forward more often and playing my striker with such an offensive mentality made them more focused on getting in the opposition area quickly rather than dropping a little and looking to combine with me playmakers. Both WB-S were chosen to support my IF and to stretch the pitch, and with both IF pinning their respective opposion fullback, it made sense that the only space available was being exploited my Wing Baks getting forward and my playmakers passing to them. I've since changed my tactic to have one DPL-S on the left, a Mez-S on the right and instructing my left IF-S to sit narrower to combine with my centermids instead of getting forward more often and my players are combining more often, making my attack more dynamic and not depending on my WB-S dropping a good cross. Although this is often the way we score against very defensive opposition generally playing with 3 at the back defensive configurations.
  6. I've made the changes you suggested and match performance has gone through the roof. Will make a separate post to talk about it but i feel that playing a Mezzala (in this case, i'm playing a Mez on support on the right as you suggested) with a DLP-S really improved the general attacking play of the team. The centermids are more spread out, giving each other more space to dictate play and the Mezzala in particular is working wonders with the IF's, specially when he enter the area and causes confusion at the opposition's defensive line. Doesn't happen too often as i often choose to play Modric or Isco in this role and both have the drops deep to collect the ball PPM so they don't make too many forward runs when playing this role. And yeah i would be glad if you could show me what tactic you would play with this team. Keep in mind though that i'm mainly looking for 2 inside forwards and one striker playing closely together, trying to combine and play one-twos with 2 center mids supporting them and both wing backs stretching the pitch and providing the width. Your setup may differ from the way i'm trying to play with this team but it can definately spark some new ideas for me and help me being more versatile with the team, so go ahead please. Yes. I guess i was too focused on this trending positional play idea that every player has to play in a different spot on the pitch in order to create a more dynamic attacking approach. I've started playing with a Mez-S in the middle and it really started to make my team tick way more. The thing that is different is, as i've said before when answering to Experienced Defender, is that the players i'm using for this role have a PPM that prevents them from getting forward too often, so it is rather rare for me to see them surging into the box. They do position themselves higher up the pitch than the DPL-S, often unmarked infront of the space inbetween the opposition centerback and fullback. Modric has been great in this role actually, either shooting from distance when having the chance or laying it off for either the WB-S overlapping or for one of the IFs to dribble inside and take a shot. I see what you and Experienced Defender meant by playing two playmakers so close to each other in the sense that it may make them pass the ball to each other too much, and with both WB-S and IF's making forward runs (I've actually set my left IF-S to sit narrower instead of getting forward more often) they wouldn't have too many people to pass to as everybody would be making runs instead of trying to combine. Overall i'm very happy with the changes i've made although i'm still concerned about the performance of certain players. Isco in particular is being hard to get to perform consistently, which is odd as i thought he was the player with the best attributes+PPMs combination in the squad to play the way i want to.
  7. Sure, don't take it the wrong way, i'm willing to change any part of my tactic in order to improve it. I just wasn't too convinced that the problem was playing with 2 playmakers in the mid. I'll try a couple of games with a Mez (S) and IF (S) on the left side with the IF (S) instructed to sit narrower and close down more. Maybe i can see some good interplay between the two between the two playing more closely and also it may help with the ball circulation in the middle with having 2 centermids more spread out. I thought the same about the front 3 as the roles chosen made sense to me. Not too sure if the three up front have the PPM's needed to make more combinations in between them though (both Isco and Asensio have run with the ball often and Asensio has shoots from distance aswell). As i said before, i'm training a couple of offensive players two play more one-twos, maybe that could help? Yes i meant a Wing Back on attack duty, although keeping in mind that i'l try a Mezzala on his flank i think it might be a little bit too offensive. Will also take a look at the Rashidi video you suggested. Edit: I may not have described efectively what i'm looking to improve on this tactic but just to clarify, i'm looking for two things: (1) have my CM's be more influential in the attacking phase and playing more througballs for my IF's and my striker and (2) Make my front 3 make more combinations in between them to unlock compact defenses. These problems are more frequent when playing against more defensive sides.
  8. Thank you! Yes, i often have both playmakers playing way too close to each other which is bad for circulating the ball efectively. I would change the role of one of them but it just seems counter intuitive. I want both of them to be responsable of finding my strikers in advanced areas and having only one of them being a playmaker would prioritize the play through him. Plus for some reason playmakers always move way too much towards the ball, making my team very loopsided, regardless of using only one or two playmakers. For now it seems logical to me to keep playing with 2 paymakers as i want both of them to be focused with making my team tick. I will try asking my left IF to play more narrower. What you say makes sense though would that mean that an attacking wing back is more logical to use in that wing configuration? As i said before when i replied to lferreira. I'm hesitant to try a Mezzala with a IF as i find them both playing the same space. Specially with a team of this reputation, space will be scarse so i need to spread my players evenly on the whole pitch. What do you think of this? That is just to answer what you said. I still think that the main trouble i'm having is getting my three strikers to combine well and more often. They often have very low ratings if they don't score or assist and can often dissapear from the game. I'm trying to teach Asensio, Brahim and Ceballos (along with Vinicius when he unlearns to shoot from distance) to play one-twos (none of the players on the squad have this PPM btw) to see if it can spice up my attack but i'm not to sure if this will do the trick. I value your opinion a lot as i have seen your responses on other threads and you give some very logical feedback. If possible i would like, if you answer back on this thread, to take note of the second part of this reply regarding my three players up top not combining well enough. Cheers!
  9. Thanks for the feedback! I'm not sure if playing a Mezzala with an IF in the same side is a good idea, wouldn't they be mainly be trying to sit on the same space? I always try to pair a Mez with a Winger for that reason, although in this case i'm playing with inverted wingers trying to play in the channels, close to my striker. Changing my DM is a good shout, as Casemiro generally tends to not offer much when he is in a defensive duty and the opposition are camping on their own half as he really doesn't have much to do in defensive terms. I will try that. As i said before, i'm a little hesitant on playing with IWB's because i prefer them to be the ones stretching the pitch, allowing my wingers to come inside. I think a DLF on attack reflects what i want from him. He'll be dropping into the channels, not making forward runs too often but still looking to attack the box because of his high mentality. I wonder what do you mean by Benzema not having the physical stats to play that role? he does have great balance and control to hold the ball, good pace and acceleration to attack the box and great shooting to finish his chances, alongside with great mentals to play practically any role as a striker. The point after you edited your post is an interesting one because i often have matches where my playmakers (and the rest of the team in general) struggle to find any of my 3 forwards, and when they do, they often just dribble inside before either shooting or switching the play but they hardly combine between each other. This happens very often when i play defensive sides who pack the space in front of the defense (sides playing with one DMC, two DMC's, playing with 3 at the back, etc). This i think is the weakest point of my tactic and the one i'm trying to fix right now.
  10. Hello everyone. Lately i've loaded up a save with Real Madrid and i'm trying to create a tactic that can hopefully integrate smart and talented players in the future, mainly focused on players with high vision and talent. This is the tactic i'm using: Usually i would play Bale on the left and Asensio on the right but Bale is injured at the moment. It isn't the most dynamic tactic out there but i find it balanced enough to perform, specially with a team as good as Real Madrid. Main ideas are mainly: Wing Backs providing width (i'm a bit hellbent on not playing IWB because i prefer my wingers to play closer to my strikers) IF's playing in the channels, looking to connect with my DLF and play one-twos. Playmakers tasked with finding forwards in space and play throughballs for them or for my Wing Backs. Half Back to provide a better structure when playing out of the back, allowing my Wing Backs some defensive support before bombing forward. Sweeper Keeper + BPD combo to provide an alternative when playing out of the back is difficult because of opposition pressing. None PI's aside from asking my 3 forwards to press more often and my left IF to get forward more often. It has gotten me great results already, including beating Atlético 3-0 at the European Supercup and beating Valencia 3-1 at home. I'm pleased with its wingplay and my fullbacks generally are able to throw in great crosses and grab assists regularly. I'm concerned however with its lack play through the middle. I know that most teams in the league will sit back, crowd the middle and concede space out wide, which we have often taken advantage of through my wingbacks crosses. However i still feel like both my playmakers and my left IF could get more involved in creating chances as they usually struggle to make through balls or create chances if it isn't a cross. My striker isn't playing too great either. I wanted him to spearhed my attack but to work as an attacking pivot aswell for my IF's to make one-twos. He isn't shooting as much as i hoped to and he can be very anonymous specially against a packed defense. This are Karim Benzena's stats: In general i would just like to give my team a different edge by being efficient creating chances in the middle aswell as through the wings. I feel like i have very talented players with high mental and technical abilities to unlock defenses but i can't seem to give them the best tactical platform to create chances the way i want them to. These are my recent matches's action zones: Very wide-ish approach as you can see So thats it basically. I'm not struggling by any means but i would to provide my team with a different edge when we play and create chances, regardless of the opposition. I often watch Man City games in real life and i see KDB and David Silva playing greath through balls even against very defensive teams in the premier league and i would like to replicate that. At the moment it feels like im too dependent on crosses and my two playmakers aren't being influential when creating chances. Any advises are welcome. Thanks in advance.
  11. @Experienced Defender Well yeah, badly read on my behalf . I'm still trying to figure out why would you prefer to dribble more against Man City as Tottenham. I mean, i know that Spurs have great dribblers but what's the tactical reasoning of instructing your team to dribble more often? I'm specially intrigued about this instruction considering that Tottenham are the underdogs and if you would do the same in the opposite scenario.
  12. Yes i understand that you prefer it in the context of this tactic. I meant to ask why would you suggest using it for this tactic against this rival. I know that Tottenham have good dribblers but i don't get the benefit of using it against better opposition (Man City in this case) and also why would you avoid using it when managing top teams.
  13. Why do you prefer to use run at defence? is it a good option to consider for counter-attacking systems?
  14. Can you list which roles have additional coding aside from their default PI's if you don't mind?
  15. Its pretty annoying because the most direct solution would be to increase Coady's passing but using those TI's doesn't allow it to be done in the PI's interface. If memory doesn't fail me i think that you could do that in FM18 which is very weird.
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