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  1. You'll need to post a lot more about your full set up, roles, approach, etc. If you hit the target Giroud up top, who's nearby for him to play in? Personally, a couple attacking midfielders converging in the box and one late runner from midfield could help Giroud. Any player, by himself, versus a couple centerbacks will eventually end in a turnover.
  2. The 3-4-3 is a formation that fields three forwards. Alternatively, you could play two of your forwards as Inside Forwards in a 4-1-2-2-1. There are plenty of threads for tactics that use both formations - and you could supplement that with non-FM study of the two formations. A "real life" tutorial always helps me understand before trying to apply it to FM.
  3. Care to share what ch-ch-changes did you made to make the AMC click?
  4. Leaky defense. Still playing aggressive offensively (control) with only one holding player (DLP) and both fullbacks attacking? I'd agree with Herne79: What's your latest setup - formation, roles, and TI? How much are you changing during the game? I tend to get too complicated and change too impatiently. I often have to fight that urge and simplify. This is good advice by Herne79 - echoed by the other savvy FM managers on the forums.
  5. Chapter 4 of "Lines and Diamonds" may offer some insight: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/423054-Lines-and-Diamonds-The-Tactician-s-Handbook-for-Football-Manager-2015-%28Part-3-Updated%29?p=10256030&viewfull=1#post10256030 Why not just *one* CM(A) and the other two cover for him defensively? A 4-2-3-1.
  6. That's one positional change I would try, given what you've shared about your tactic and troubles. An Inside Forward cutting in, with a Fullback overlapping to the outside is a classic combination. This might offer your TM someone in the box to connect with - or another body in the box for your remaining winger to cross to. Just one thought, I'm sure there are many solutions to try. Tactics aren't "cracked", but teams do adjust how they plan to play against you. (Why wouldn't a team change their approach based on opponent strength?)
  7. I must have misread your problem, it sounded like you weren't scoring consistently. If you're a top scoring team, your opponents may realize that and pack the box or focus on defending tighter. It's a reasonable thing to do. In that case, your chances may not be as clean or consistent as before. Perhaps an attacking boost from an Inside Forward or CM(A) might be needed? Sometimes a little tap to a player with a clearer shot - or a second man to put away a rebound - can help.
  8. So who is supposed to be the scorer(s) in that setup? Your TM appears to be the only one in the box, or consistently attacking the box, and he's bound to be outnumbered. A box-to-box mid will help, to a degree, but I would want someone more focused on attacking the goal. I much prefer to use roles and Player Instructions to create the FB/W overlap, instead of the Team Instruction. I find it's a much more consistent and natural overlap.
  9. Is your Targetman always outnumbered in the box? Are your wingers out on an island, without adequate support and passing options, if the cross isn't on? Are your opponent's wingers or fullback getting a lot of time on the ball, without a challenge?
  10. Start with one of the many threads labeled possession football. There's a wealth of information on this forum. I recommend starting with this one: http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/445500-The-Art-of-Possession-Football
  11. This site might be useful to you: http://www.guidetofootballmanager.com/tactics/roles-and-duties
  12. Jonathan Wilson's piece in The Guardian today is great food for thought on possession vs counter-attacking, proactive vs reactive tactics, perhaps most appropriate in this ongoing discussion. The article suggests what's been promoted in the great recent Tactics Forum threads - these dichotomies are not really black-and-white choices. Link: "The Question: What is Attacking Football?"
  13. +1 to this, speaks to my experience exactly. With pressing, I think you see the back 3 shifting from side to side more, as they should.
  14. An attack mentality player without anyone covering for him can be a recipe for trouble. Even a change to WB(s) might help. The support wingback will still provide some width, providing passes/crosses from wide and offering an "out", even if they don't directly attack the byline. Or you could look to another player to provide that width and get out into wide areas. Perhaps a striker pulling wide or even an outside CM?
  15. You have your wingers set to Attack, Fullbacks on a lower mentality. You also have "look for overlap" set, which I believe instructs your wingers to hold up the ball and allow the fullbacks to overlap down the sideline. Personally, I've found that combo of roles and shouts to be conflicting. If your wingers hold up, you lose their attacking threat, and your supporting fullbacks aren't instructed to make up for their absence. I've had better luck with a more attacking fullback role and a supporting winger (or even better, wide midfielder) to create wide overlaps. (And ditch the TI.) And it's important to get the overlap right, because you're relying on quality and regular crossing to score. From a defensive standpoint, you said you were worried about conceding from crosses. When your fullbacks overlap, who's covering for them defensively?