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  1. I love a mezzala CM su combination. I think CM su is my favourite role actually. I'm using them in my current save with QPR. I think they compliment each other really nicely and I never have any issue with my mezzala contributing and he has 4 goals and 2 assists in 8 games this season
  2. I had a player like this actually who was shocking as an Inside Forward but with this trait was a completely different player played as an Inverted Winger. Scorer and creator. I didn't realise at first until I watched more closely and could see how influential he was within the bigger picture of things. He linked well with my False 9 in that system. He did have excellent off the ball ratings too which helped I think.
  3. This is great I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I don't often comment on things anymore as I don't have the time really but this caught my eye. I'm kinda at a crossroads with my Plymouth save and was wondering which direction to go in, system wise and this thread has given me a bit of a boost and a couple of new ideas and thoughts on where to go next. I'm trying to do it only signing British players and using the youth system but wasn't sure about the rest of it. Ill keep reading this it's very interesting well done on a great couple of posts.
  4. This is very, very good. I'm not using a 4-3-3 but trying to build a DNA type strategy in my Wolves save with a similar pathway. There's an awful lot to consider. There are a few things that I almost demand of myself in the system I setup and use, certain roles within the structure and this is no different. I'm really looking forward to reading more of this as it's caught my eye and not a lot does anymore I've been playing the game for so long. Keep it coming.
  5. DLP will in my experience keep possession a little more as the players around him will focus play toward him a bit more CMd will just just defend and play things more simply. Experimenting is the best way to find out how things work. As I said the roles and duties of the the whole system and the players you have will dictate how things work. This is how I currently setup. It works for the moment and things change game to game but this is basically how things start out. Until the next transfer window and I can get rid of and bring in the players I need for the specific roles I want this will kinda do and has taken me to 3rd in the Premier League after 32 games. It's just what works for your players to begin with until you can bring in or train players to fit how you want to play. For the record I love the Mezzala role and how it links up with the AP on the left.
  6. Both of your central midfielders are basically attacking. Your Mezzala is basically an attacking playmaking role who will move into spaces between defenders and fullbacks and of course your CM on attack is attacking. You basically need someone to sit and provide some cover. CMd or DLPd or BWMd will help to do that. Although I tend not to use a BWM as he can vacate his position to try and win the ball. It all depends on the other roles around it though but wouldn't be my first choice. Playing out of defence will of course help you to keep possession and is an instruction I use in my tactics. In fact at the moment in my Wolves save it's the only in possession TI I'm using. You can select shorter passing to help keep possession as well. Lower tempo can help too but all the roles and duties and roles you select can have some bearing. What kind of possession do you want? My Wolves side have around 55% to 65% on average and that is fine for me and what I want to achieve. Possession in the wrong areas is pointless as far as my thinking goes.
  7. You've asked your goalkeeper to basically launch the ball to your Targetman though which won't keep possession. Also why do you want to fill the green dots as you say? Just because the "Green Dot" isn't filled doesn't mean that player can't play a role it just means he'll play a specific role based on the stats he has. You've also got noone holding in the middle of your midfield. Both those roles are runner or creator roles and neither will sit there and provide defensive cover.
  8. To me would suggest a lack of options. Players moving into the spaces would create options. Work the ball into box TI won't stop random long shots if there is a lack of options. Just think about getting players into spaces to give the player with the ball a passing option.
  9. I'm no expert by any means but I have an idea of what works for me so just looking at a glance I'd say that your attack is very 1 dimensional. All your wide players have support duties and there doesn't seen to be any variety in their movement. Also I don't see anyone breaking forward to get beyond your striker. You say you're 'Restricted to Wingers'. Why are you restricted to wingers? Personally I would have at least one your wide players as an Inside Forward, maybe Son on the left with an attack duty. I think he has 'Cut Inside From Both Wings' as a trait and that would create a natural overlap on the left. Leave Moura as a winger on support and change your right Fullback to an attack duty. This will hopefully give a bit more variety in wide areas and create some runners. I'd also change Kane to a DLF. He will drop deep and allow space for Son to run into. It's all about creating space and giving your players options. Maybe a CM on Support instead of your DLP or even a Box To Box midfielder alongside your CM defend. Lots of things can work it's all about finding a balance that works for the players you have. What works for me and my players might not work with your players and vice-versa. I also tend to use very few team instructions as I like the players to use their attributes rather than forcing things in a sense. I'm currently managing AFC Liverpool and I think I have 4 or 5 altogether. I find it's less confusing and keeps it simple. @herne79 had a fantastic thread focusing on his West Ham save where he used no TI and just used shouts. I don't know if it's still up I didn't look. Maybe he can link into here.
  10. My AM didn't get that memo either. Playing in a 4-2-3-1he has 15 goals and 5 assists in 31 games.
  11. Take a look at this great thread by @Cleon it'll give you an insight into the various options for your 2 holding midfielders.
  12. Yeah you're right and I'm always wary of using one but as long as the roles around it benefit the system it compensates for the cons of the role. I'm not one who looks at the 'recommended' roles of players as long as they have the attributes I require for that role. And again it's all about the system as a whole everything has to compliment everything else.
  13. Completely agree with this. I like playing lower league so mental stats are far more important to me as most players are on a similar level. For a centre half pairing I just have both as CB Defend. Nothing too fancy but they must have good Positioning, Decisions and Anticipation. Pace is a bonus. I think my 2 first choice have around 11 or 12 for pace which doesn't seem too special but the mental stats compensate plus they're very rarely up against ridiculously quick strikers. It's prefect for my system you may want something different. If I managed Liverpool 1 of them probably Van Dijk would be a Ball Playing Defender maybe even both depending on the system.
  14. I'm using a DLF and a BBM in my current setup and it works fine. Strike has 6 in 11 and BBM has 3 in 12 and 4 assists.
  15. I'm playing as Blyth Spartans and I'm mostly using this system and having some success with it. It's nothing too technical and it suits the players I have. It can change to a 4-4-2 depending on the opposition.
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