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  1. All of them. Always interesting in hearing the reasoning. I bet I'll learn a thing or two.
  2. Could you explain your reasoning on the personal instructions?
  3. @IL Luce @westy8chimp Thank you for your feedback. What you said totally makes sense and I can't believe I didn't sense that gap I was making and how their IF would exploit that. I guess I was too focused on finding gaps in their formation that I kinda forgot my own. But this is food for thoughts which I will bring with me into future game plans. I'll probably make another post later on when I give it another go.
  4. Very interesting! This inspired me to give it a go myself. So here we go: Scouting report: Game plan: So they are going with a balanced 4-2-3-1. There is space between the central defenders and the midfielders and between the wide players. I will play my playmaker in the AM position. Their right wing back, Janko, seems a bit more advanced than the rest of their defence so I guess he will be more attacking. Checking his profile and see PPM's like "Gets forward whenever possible" and "Runs with ball down right" confirms this. On the same side, there is a BMW which tend to press aggressively, which again will open for space behind him. I will play an attacking winger on my left side to exploit this. They seem to want to crowd the middle of the final third with their inside forwards, advanced playmaker and B2B midfielder. I have to be wary of this. Especially on my left side where their attacking wing back will also be going up and down. A CM(D) and a FB(S) is appointed to try to shut this down. I changed my mind with the CM(D), seeing they also got a pressing forward I decided to move my left midfielder down to DM position and give him the DM(D) role to really help out my defense. My plan of attack is to exploit the space on their right side by using as mentioned a W(A) on my left side. To emphasize this I want to try to drag the defenders away from that area as well. My striker will have a DLF(S) role. Hoping that he will drag the central defenders out of position before passing either directly to my attacking winger or to my playmaker who then will make the next pass. The winger will then go for goal himself or make a cross to the other side where there hopefully will be space for my inside forward to exploit. My formation ends up like this: Result: A bit disappointing draw. We were leading 2-1 and I changed my B2B to a CM(S) to help out the midfield more. Late in the match, they changed to a 4-2-4. I tried to counter with moving my playmaker to the DM position with the DLP(D) role which now had a lot of space. Moved the AMC down to CM with a CM(S) role and changed the other CM(S) back to a B2B. But in the 89th minute, they managed to score and the match dragged out until the final whistle. Summary: We had a lot of long shots which indicates that my players did not have enough support or passing options. Here are the match stats: But I'm not giving up. I want to learn from this and keep going. So any input is helpful. Was my analysis of their formation and weaknesses/strengths correct? Did I come up with a good game plan? Did I choose the right formation for the task? Was my choice of roles reasonable? Should I have reacted differently when they changed their formation?
  5. Why does this come up on some articles instead of the article itself? Click the read button does nothing here as well.
  6. Hi. I am looking for a thread I read once about a guy who made his tactics depending on media predictions and whether he was a top team, middle-of-table team or a relegation candidate. He used almost none TI I think, and he changed mentality and team shape depending on home/away and match odds. So his tactics were really focusing on roles and combination combined with changing mentality and team shape depending on the criteria mentioned. It was a very interesting and well written thread and I would love to look at it again, but I just can't seem to find it. I know I am probably grasping at straws here, but if anyone recognize this and know where to find this thread or who wrote it, I would love to hear it. Thanks.
  7. You need to provide some more information for us to come with some helpful advice. There's not a magic formula to score more goals, it's all relevant to your formation and how you instruct your players to play.
  8. Focus on roles and balance in the team. You can start with no TI at all and rather add them if you see it fit when watching the matches. This is a good starting point as far as roles and duties: https://www.fmscout.com/a-tactical-guide-pairs-and-combinations.html
  9. Not necessarily a stupid question, but didn't know any other thread to post it: Which resources do you guys use when trying to replicate tactics? Both things like formation and deeper into how the tactic works.
  10. But when described as a wonderkid, they will always have a high potential?
  11. Will a player described as a wonderkid in-game, if trained right, always develop into a world class player?
  12. Been reading almost all of your articles the last few days, and I have to say I am really impressed by your work. Really, really great read. Have helped my game a lot and I now enjoy football manager more then ever. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work! Definitely one of the best.
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