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  1. Interesting, I manged to get very similar results to Rosque, just using the "reverse" strategy: It helps that in my current save I have a player who is pretty much tailor-made for the role of a D(R) that pinches in when in possession:
  2. I wanted to give this a try using an older save file from my current career, that being that a while back at Torino, I had a defender who I feel has a lot of great attributes for being a Libero: With this being such a top-heavy formation; I feel like the main challenge is mitigating the defensive frailties down the flanks. The obvious solution, and the one that would work best with this year's ME, is to go for a Gegenpress-style pressure-cooker of a tactic where you use your numbers up to to prevent them from getting a decent ball upfield and create chances via turnovers. I decided
  3. The problem seems to be at first glance that the issue is that you're playing a slow system very heavily oriented toward possession, which makes it easier for defensive teams to stay in front of the ball, and as Summatsupeer points out, your out of possession instructions are then set up to pin them around their penalty area as much as possible. I think my advice would depend on how you want to score goals. Probably the easiest way is to take off Work Ball into Box, and then try slightly more Direct passing -- crosses and long shots are great scoring options in this ME and you should have
  4. Agreed that this mostly looks good -- against teams playing low blocks, I would suggest experimenting with Lowering the Tempo and passing More Directly, with your possession-oriented system, you're giving the defense a lot of time to set up and mark -- by playing slightly slower, you give your players more time on the ball to pick a pass and look for runs off the ball and since they'll be looking for more direct passes, you should see more switches of play, which will have a greater chance of catching a defender out of position as most of them will have to reposition.
  5. You've got too many people fighting to occupy the same space on offense, both of the IF(S) and the DLP will be tripping over each other -- having an AP and DLP right next to each other will lead to them cycling possession between each other to a great degree. In a sense, you have what you wanted, lots of possession, the problem now that you're running into is that possession by itself is not an offensive strategy per se. I'd suggest going through Herne's Possession with Intent thread if you haven't already:
  6. This is a tough one and my experience with this is second-hand; however, I have seen people play with two DMCs and with an Anchorman shaded to the left or right, they will move out during the possession phase and the losing possession phase to cover that flank. If you wanted a CB to cover the flank, I would give them Stay Wider, play them in a stopper role, and tell them to Press More Urgently, having a high Aggression for that player would probably be a requirement as well.
  7. I think that this would be an excellent first starting point for trying to recreate Greece 2004: http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/03/29/greece-euro-2004-tactics/ The real challenge for recreating this style is that it's very much predicated on man-marking the opposition's attacking players, my best stab at replicating this in FM would be to have several versions of the same tactic with individual marking instructions set out by position -- one system for 2 forwards, one system for a tridente, etc. making sure that you set your defenders to man-mark particular positions. In terms of s
  8. That's an interesting possibility -- to add some anecdotal evidence to this thread, I played a very similar formation at Torino using a libero and wingbacks (no wingers though) and I never saw this behavior -- I had Counter-Press off as I used a split block instead.
  9. Be careful with this, as this is not actually "turn overlap up to 11", I don't think it affects the behavior of the RWB at all -- what it does is have your other players prefer to pass to an overlapping player on that side, which means if the player isn't immediately overlapping, they will slow play down in order to look for the overlap to develop. Then again, this may be what you're looking for, just be aware that this can cause players to hold onto the ball longer than they were with it off.
  10. Assuming no other real differences between the players (which is unlikely; however I think it's necessary to give a short answer to the question), there are two approaches to this, and I think it would dependent on context: If you're a top team and your schedule is overloaded between league games/cup games/continental games, it would make the most sense to me to come up with a tactic where you have a more static role on one wing and a more dynamic one on the other (Wide Playmaker and Winger, for example) so that you can easily rotate between these four players without changing your tacti
  11. This is often called a "hockey assist" because in ice hockey (possibly field hockey, although I'm not sure) an assist is awarded to the players who made the two passes before the goal. When playing with a Regista, many times they'd have a fairly small single-digit number of assists, because they were always playing the ball that allowed somebody else to make the killer pass.
  12. You can also try "Distribute to Playmaker" for the GK and see if the DLP drops deep to receive the ball, which should push the CBs and FBs wider.
  13. Generally Complete Forwards work better as lone strikers, I would use Lukaku either as a DLF or a Target Man. For the rest of the formation, I would worry that you're going to be eaten alive by counter-attacking teams with the amount of space that you're giving up on the wings -- CWB is a very offensive role and having them in the DM strata instead of the defensive line is going to amplify that -- if you're playing in FM20, the Half Back really only drops into the defensive line during the initial phase of regaining possession, so you won't have a true three-at-the-back when in possession
  14. I'd consider using a conventional Winger on one side just so that you can maintain width higher up the pitch consistently -- whether it's a W(S) or a W(A) would depend on the players involved at that position and also behind them on the same defensive flank. A W(A) is going to cut inside more aggressively and a WB would still overlap a fair amount, whereas a W(S) (depending on PPMs) will usually stay wider, which could allow you to use the defender behind them as a IWB to shore up the middle of the field or a FB to help with the defensive line.
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