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  1. I'm pretty sure it still does. Could it be that you don't have the youth matches being played in full detail?
  2. I have a centre back with Runs With Ball Often (in an FM15 save). I don't think I've ever seen him do anything of the like. I get the feeling CBs are coded to be very conservative in possession.
  3. Weird. I don't see any reason then why you can't register this player, although that doesn't necessarily mean that much. I'm not an expert on this and find these rules daunting at times myself. You might want to post this in the bug section of the forum. It is monitored more actively by SI employees and they are usually able to tell you why it isn't working like you expect, after looking at your save.
  4. How many non-EU players do you have currently? You mention the ones that you signed in the last two years, but are there any others from before that period still at your club? Also, when did they leave? The cut-off date is June 30th, that's when the quota for next season is set, so if they were at the club on that date they will count towards your non-EU total. I'm pretty sure you get a message from the board at the beginning or just before the start of the season, informing you how many the rules allow you to get next season. Can you find that in your inbox? Has he played any matches for the national team (or U21s if he is under 21)? If he's the only new one you got and you're not able to register him right now, I'm pretty sure you will only be able to do so after you open up a spot by letting another non-EU player leave to another country (either on loan or transfer).
  5. Did you switch off the computer immediately after closing the game? The cloud save requires some time after exiting to synchronize the save files. If the sync gets interrupted, the save file can get corrupted, which seems to have been the case for you. Unfortunately there is no way of recovering a corrupted save file, so you'll have to start a new game.
  6. I looked, but I'm pretty sure they aren't available currently. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. I would like columns to be available in the customized squad view showing the assistant manager's opinion of a player's consistency and important match rating (or scout's opinion when looking at other squads). It would be nice to get an overview of this for your whole squad or starting lineup. As it is now, I have to visit each player's profile page and look at the report individually and then try to remember it for all players.
  7. You got a straight answer. herne79 gave it. Nothing I said was intended to cast any doubt on that.
  8. This was actually answered by Rashidi a couple of posts above: As to the following remark It's similar to the limitations of general training, isn't it? Just as with match training, it's equally unrealistic for a manager to always set all general training for the complete week to one particular focus (tactical, defensive, ball control, etc.). It's just a design choice SI have made to strike a balance between realism and fun game play. Now, as for discussing your method of setting this up, I can honestly say it never occurred to me to try to do it like that, even though I do pay some attention to setting up training myself. It actually surprised me a bit that it's possible to change its setting after the first day, and that the actual training that is eventually performed follows the setting on the final day. I would have expected it to be consistent with how general training works and lock the setting for instance on 9:00 am of the first day of match training (or 12:00 if it's a half day of training).
  9. Ha ha, I sometimes negotiate like that myself, so perhaps it's very realistic for the AI to do it at times, as well.
  10. I was a playing a save where a couple of my younger players were participating in the U21 World Cup and U19 European Cup tournaments during the off-season and I attended a couple of matches to see them in action. After the games I would receive an inbox message that I was spotted at the stadium and would have been checking out certain players that happened to be on one of my short lists, or if none of the players were shortlisted the press were at a loss as to why I had been there. It would be nice if the press would pick up on the fact that some of my club's own players were on the pitch and I was simply there to watch them.
  11. 4-1-2-3 Narrow Time for the final write-up on my season with this formation. Results As I wrote in my previous post, we had a great end to the season. We beat Juventus in the cup final, and finished in third place in the league. We breezed through the group stage of the Europa League, qualifying early after four wins, and stunned Schalke in the first leg of the first knockout round. Unfortunately we were knocked out a bit unnecessarily in the second knockout round by Zenit, after achieving a hard fought 2-2 in the away leg, but then losing 0-1 at home through an individual error from Magnanelli and not being able to score in the remaining 60 minutes. As you can see and as I wrote in an earlier post, we had a very good start of the season, with only a minor blip against INTER, who had an excellent start of the season, only conceding 3 goals in their first 15 games. Looking more closely at the fixture list, however, reveals that the schedule hadn't been the toughest before November. Then we came up against Roma, Milan, and Juventus. We were perhaps a bit lucky to beat Roma, who had a poor season, leading to Spalletti's sacking in January. Against Milan we only lost 0-1, but we never participated in that match; they completely nullified us. This was followed by again a narrow but deserved loss, this time against Juventus, decided by individual quality, mainly in Dybala with his dribbling. This started of an erratic patch of results, and I was fearing the season would end in tears, speeding through games ever faster and more frustrated. Until an epic cup quarter final game against Milan. We went up 3-0 before half-time, but by then of course Milan was going all out attacking in their 4-3-1-2 formation, and the AMC with two strikers configuration is so hard to defend against with our formation, so they came back to 3-3 in the 82nd minute. I was all set for extra-time, in which we would get crushed, but a last flash of brilliance from Defrel edged it for us in the 88th minute. This result gave me renewed confidence and with a lot of micro-management during games (and an easier set of fixtures) I managed to get us back on track, and with a very good run towards the end of the season, winning 7 of the last 9 games, only losing against Juventus and our bogey team Sampdoria, we narrowly ended up in third place. League Stats Looking at the table it's easy to see that my earlier prediction came true: there will be goals. The formation performed as could be expected. We scored the most goals in the league, even more than Juventus, but we also conceded a lot, although we still "only" ended in 10th place for goals conceded. Surprisingly, we did get 13 clean sheets, which was 8th best in the league, indicating that when we concede, we often concede a few. (38 games minus 13 clean sheets means we conceded 51 goals in the remaining 25 games, so on average slightly over 2 per game when we can't keep a clean sheet.) Looking at the Serie A statistics, what stands out is that we achieved the highest possession average with 56.05%, the second highest number of completed passes, and 19th (!) for the number of dribbles per game. This confirms what could often be observed during matches, caused by the cautious Counter Mentality, AMCs on support with a DLP(d) behind, and Dribble Less and Work Ball Into Box TIs: patient short passing play around the edge of the box between the MC, AMCs and Trequartistas (and often a Wing Back joining in the party), looking for space that isn't really there. I was surprised though at how often they did manage to find a way through. It works basically by applying constant pressure until something cracks. This style of play works very well against lower rated teams that play too cautious. They hardly find an opportunity to get out from under the pressure. Something that is perhaps not surprising with this formation, but still interesting to see, is that most goals were created by through balls, both for and against. Player Performance Over the course of the season Defrel was our top scorer, but at the same time his performances could be very frustrating. I played him as STCR and being left footed he would almost invariably turn inside and dribble into the most crowded area. It would work sometimes and he scored some nice goals by running into the box and shooting from an angle, but against better organised defences he could go missing for entire games. I think he also scored a lot of goals through his PPM of Gets Into Opposition Area combined with high acceleration and good technique, allowing him to get on the end of good team moves in a packed box and scoring from first time shots. His Important Matches rating was also noticeable. He scored a couple of deciding goals in big matches. I sometimes wondered if it would work the other way around as well, though; if players that enjoy big matches are less motivated against lesser opponents. Probably just my imagination. On the other side, one of my signings, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, also being left footed, utilized the space on the outside more often and would show some nice interplay with the left wing back and left AMC. Especially near the end of the season, Caju, one of the other new signings, got in a rich vein of form and started linking up with the STCL and AMCL in wonderful ways. That actually caused my attacking focus to switch to the left side more and more, instead of just through the centre. In the cup final against Juventus this led to Rugani at DCR and, especially, Dani Alves at right full back to get increasingly nervous as the match went on, with Alves finally picking up a second yellow in the 76th minute. As you can tell from the list of top goal scorers in my team it's pretty straight forward. The strikers both score and assist the bulk of the goals, with the attacking midfielders chipping in their fair share. Not really one particularly dominant player. A look at the best performers over the season shows that the defenders were the most consistent, with six of them in the top seven. Even when we conceded and lost, their ratings wouldn't necessarily be too low, because it was usually caused by the tactic leading to them being overwhelmed and outplayed, instead of them making glaring mistakes. On the other end, there were quite a few games where the attackers had low ratings, because we played too slow, in possession, and they simply couldn't find a way through. I also often switched to more direct passes when an opponent went to an attacking mentality, to make better use of the space gifted, but as that has the added consequence of more high passes, and most attackers having poor to mediocre jumping reach, they would lose a lot of headers, which the ME punishes a bit too harshly in my opinion. Youth Teams Initially I let the youth teams play with a different tactic from the main team (same formation, though), but their results weren't all that great, so from the eighth game on I let them play the rest of the season with the above tactic and their performances were excellent. The U20s won their league and the U18s ended second behind Palermo, equal in points but losing on results between teams. Another indication that this tactic isn't all that crazy. Conclusion Looking back I feel there are two main situations in which this tactic can be very useful. As I mentioned earlier it works very well against lower rated teams that sit back. It puts a lot of players in dangerous areas and helped by a decent amount of technical ability and agility it can still create chances in crowded situations. The second one is when teams are playing too aggressive for their own good. The better teams can come at you aggressively and still remain stable at the back, but some other teams, usually equally rated to us but wanting to get a result, for instance when they are playing at home, can leave too much space when going on the attack, and even though I usually set the outer two strikers to man mark opposing full backs, they did so in a manner befitting Trequartistas. They would track back, but always with an eye on making themselves available at the first sign of winning the ball, leading to swift breaks into acres of space. All in all I am much more positive about this formation then on initial review, and I think it can have its place in the tool box of good teams with a lot of technically gifted players. It's a bit of a brute force approach when faced with an opponent that wants to sit back. Like all tactics, it can behave differently depending on the phase of play and the opponent. Sometimes it's an aggressive 4-4-2 diamond, with the tip of the diamond shoved up between the two strikers, trying to pass its way through a congested area. On other occasions it's a 4-3-3 with a midfield triangle doing its best to protect the defensive line from opponents pushing up and in possession doing not much else than feeding balls to the forwards. In the end I massively enjoyed this challenge. Being tied to one formation really forces you to tinker and tweak and try to get the best out of it, instead of just abandoning it early and switching to a different one. Final Remark A Trequartisa is a lot of fun. So obviously playing with two of them is double the fun. I should really try to incorporate them in my tactics more often.
  12. I'd think that middle match would be when he came on as a substitute after the 75th minute, so didn't get a rating. It wouldn't contribute to the average. My bet is on his jumping reach being 5 leads to a huge amount of missed headers, which will tank a players rating, often even when scoring a goal.
  13. The instructions are still applied to a player if they are playing in a position for which you have set OIs, although it doesn't show in that dialog box. I'm not completely sure, but I think the player specific OIs will override the position specific ones if they differ from each other, so that dialog is just a way of quickly changing them for a player if you spot some problems with them during a match.
  14. Ah, yes. That shows you player specific instructions, not tied to a specific position. The instructions you have set, are just for particular positions, regardless of which player is actually in that spot, so I assume that's why they don't show up in that dialog box.