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  1. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    He's just not getting involved in the play as much, or wasn't. I've changed things slightly and now he's on the ball a lot more and tying to create things going forward. I'll see how this goes and update a bit more.
  2. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    As a tactical system it's working well but as an exercise in getting the best out of the Regista it's not.
  3. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    Yeah I kinda toyed with the fluid thing as I normally stay flexible but at the moment it works, I just lost to Napoli but we played well and should really have won the game.
  4. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    Changed the system slightly because I wanted a little more possession in the middle I changed it just before the West Brom friendly and kept it the same. As you can see the results have been excellent and this form took me to the top of the league. But, the Regista is not quite doing what I want it to do. Not getting involved enough so we shall see. Maybe the DLP is taking away from him.
  5. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    It is very much what you do with the ball. I'm normally hovering around 55-60% so it's a little strange for me to see it that low. I probably could increase it by changing to control but I don't want to be that 'high' up if that makes sense. I'm very much still a small fish in a big pond with Benevento even after 2 top 7 finishes so teams will come at me. It's getting there slowly. Expectations are still quite low so I can afford to lose and tweak as I go. There's still a 'Quality' issue though that sometimes infuriates as I'll have quite a few chances that are missed whereas better players would maybe hit the target. But at the end of the day this is about the Regista and developing him and his role into something I actually will want to use in the future.
  6. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    So I went into pre-season with Benevento with an idea to try out a Regista to see what I could do. I picked a system and a kind of an idea of what I wanted to do so this is what I've kind of decided on, for the moment. I'm going with a standard mentality because it'll give me a stable base and can be just as attacking as a higher mentatlity but will hopefully not see me get overrun by my opponents. Fluid shape will things a little bit close together so my combinations won't be stretched and we hopefully be playing too long a pass to find a teammate. The 2 strikers both have 'Close down more' player instructions as do both wide players. Wide playmaker also has 'Get Further Forward'. Regista has 'More Direct Passes' and 'More Risky Passes'. DM has 'Less Risky Passes' and 'Pass it Shorter'. Goalkeeper has 'Take Short Kicks'. No opposition instructions. Yet! Maybe later as I get into the season to counter a specific threat. I'm hoping the Regista will link up with the Wide Playmaker and the Poacher. That's the thinking behind having them all on the left. The Poacher will move wider as the Wide Playmaker moves inside and I'd like a nice triangle in that area. The passing combination between the Regista and Wide Playmaker is what I want and should continue to improve and become more effective the more they play together and familiarity increases. As you can see those 2 players linked up the most during this particular game which is what I want to see. Now the combination between the Wide Playmaker and Poacher. This is also what I'm looking for. I'm hoping these 2 players combing will open space ahead of the Regista. This is all from the Roma friendly we played and as you can see it worked quite well. Possession though is a little too low for my liking, but, looking at the movement, passing combinations and chances created we're having our possession in the right areas. Pre-season went pretty much how I'd hoped especially as I'm messing round with the formation and stuff at the moment. One friendly left then onto the season. Nothing will probably change formation wise I wouldn't have thought but I'll tweak team and player instructions if needed.
  7. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    Ok you've kinda talked me into it so I'll give it a bash pre-season with my Benevento save and see whats what. Once it's loaded up and I've set the system up I'll post an image and go from there.
  8. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - Season 11 - Regista

    I'm looking forward to this one. The thread that keeps on giving. Never used a Regista before and not had much intention to really. I'm intrigued to see what can be done with one. I favour 2 in the DM position but usually have a Segundo Volante as one of the roles there unless I'm going more defensive. Again it's having the right player to make it work properly but it could potentially be very creative especially if you have more of a holding player alongside to compensate.
  9. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - season 8/9/10 - Possession

    Yeah he looks quality. His physical stats are immense he'd be an excellent choice as a Libero. Teamwork too isn't too high which I like. It means he would hopefully be a bit more selfish when gets into the areas you want him to be in as an attacking Libero.
  10. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - season 8/9/10 - Possession

    I don't mind the split so much it's the wall that infuriates me. He'll get into really good positions and stop. I had it working really well in the first season but not so well second season.
  11. Old Scouser Tommy

    Leverkusen - season 8/9/10 - Possession

    I'm proper loving this. I'm dipping into all of it at the moment. Have you considered doing a 'Libero' one at all? I'm using a Libero system with Benevento after reading @Cleon's libero thread and I'm really enjoying how it's panning out. It'd be interesting to see your vision on it after all the depth you've gone into with other systems/player roles.
  12. Old Scouser Tommy

    FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    So....... Looking at the squad to me it seems fairly balanced for what I want. Noone really stands out as anything special but definitely a squad I can work with I think. To start with anyway. I won't actively look to bring in anyone in the first window unless I really need to address a certain area after a few friendlies. Plus with not having a huge budget, transfer or wages it would be a struggle to compete. There's already quite a lot of loan players in the starting squad anyway and I plan to utilise them as much as possible as I don't want to unsettle things too much to begin with. A couple may get cancelled as I see fit during pre-season but everyone will get a chance to impress during these games. I've setup team and individual training and selected a formation and style of play that I think will utilise the players I have. This is what I'm going to start with. I've not used a Libero/Sweeper on Football Manager in years but since reading @Cleon thread on the role I have been using one and had some success with Glasgow Rangers. So Libero it is. He has an attack duty. Why? Well I want him moving forward aggressively and linking up with the more advanced players. In defence he'll hopefully give me a bit of extra defensive stability. If I need an extra body in the Defensive Midfield area I may change him to a support duty to provide more cover there but I want him further up the pitch and it's not inconceivable that he'll be providing assists and even the odd goal. I have found that he was providing the pass before the assist on my previous save so here's hoping. Now to select a player to play the role. I haven't chosen a defender to play this role as you'd imagine as I felt that none of them could play it how I want it to be played. As I want him further up the pitch I'd like him to be comfortable on the ball and be able to pick a pass. So this is the player I've selected. Everything else I feel is pretty straightforward. Central Defenders defending and Wingbacks providing width but they will have support duties not attacking as it shows. The Inside Forward on the left will cut inside and provide a goalscoring threat. Midfield 2 will hopefully provide a platform to play with one defending and the Carrilero shuffling across to help defensivelytoo but also getting forward a bit as well. I've gone with the False 9 to help in the midfield area and to link up with the Raumdeuter and the Inside Forward. I'm hoping these roles won't have to change because I've had success with this combination in the past and I like how it plays. The only big changes I can forsee will be the Central Midfield 2. These could change a lot but I'll decide on that after watching a couple of games in real time to see where the issues are, if any. Until then though this is how we will line up going into the friendlies. Standard/ Flexible shape and mentality will provide me a nice balance between attacking and defending. I know I can create just as many goalscoring chances with this as I could with an attacking mentatlity. I find the space created with a Standard mentality is used better because it seems to give the players a bit more time to use the ball. If I'm using an Attacking mentality my players are further up the pitch and can already be in the space I want to use. I want them to be attacking the spaces rather than already being in the spaces. There's probably a better way of describing it and it may be incorrect but that's how I see it. @Cleon and @Rashidi will hopefully correct me on this if I'm wrong. The flexible shape will see players keep a decent shape but still be involved in transitions and will give me a solid base to play from. After all I'm the underdog here and teams will come at me. I don't want to be too defensive but I don't want to over commit either. Team instructions are kept to a minimum. I like to keep things simple and don't want to force a style of play too much I'd rather it flowed and was more natural so just the three. Play out of defence - I'm playing with a Libero who has fairly decent stats for passing, off the ball, teamwork and first touch so I feel this will help me keep possession a bit more. We'll see how it pans out. Much higher defensive line - I don't want to sit deep and invite pressure so I want the defenders pushing up. I have a decent amount of pace available in my defenders so this shouldn't be a problem. Close down much more - I want to pressure the opposition and close them down higher up the pitch and this will help me do that. The False 9 dropping into midfield will put pressure on the opposing midfield players. I could even ask the team to close down more in opposition instructions or mark tighter to help with this as well. Player instructions is not something I use very often. I may ask the False 9 to 'Dribble More' but that will be game dependent. I could ask my goalkeeper to distribute short to the central defenders but I don't want him restricted. If there's a longer pass on I'd like to think he's intelligent enough to try and pick out someone further up the pitch rather than slowing the play down. So to start with no player instructions. I think that's it for now. It's time to go through the Under 20's and Under 18's to see whats what with the youth prospects.
  13. Old Scouser Tommy

    FM18: Serie A - The home of Calcio

    I've just started a new save as Benevento. Now I don't usually have an Italian save and haven't managed in Italy in years. Not sure why I just prefer managing in England or Scotland and have a few clubs on the game which I hold close to my heart. Whilst recently playing in Scotland I noticed on the social media feed that Benevento had just been relegated from Serie A without winning a game, in fact they'd lost 30 games in a row. This strangely tugged on my Football Manager heart strings a little. Could I do better? I thought to myself. Who are Benevento? I asked myself. So after reading up a little on them I decided to give it a go. Ok so now it's loaded up what's next? What do I get to work with? What system do I play? How will I play? What's the plan? Basically it's back to basics. I love managing Liverpool but I know what I'm getting. I know the players and expectations and what I need to do. But Serie A is fairly new to me on the game as are Benevento. So I'm thinking to myself let's start with a 3 year plan to begin with. Season 1 - Survive. If we can stay up we can have a bit of a platform to work from in Season 2. Bigger budgets maybe and better players. A squad cohesion and hopefully a stable way of playing. Season 2 - Consolidation. Push on up the division a bit, hold our own and maybe have a cup run of some sort. Establish ourselves in Serie A and plan for the next season. Season 3 - Challenge. Challenge for the top half of the table and maybe push for a European place with a cup win or league placing. Maybe. That's the aim. After that we'll see where we are. I don't have buckets of time anymore like I did 20 years ago when I first starting playing so being married and in my 40's now I have to pick my saves carefully. This is going to take a while but that's ok. It'll be a day or so before I click 'Continue' for the first time. I'm gonna stop rambling on now and get cracking. I hope some of you stay along for the ride as I'm looking forward to this one and I really hope it's not too boring. I'll update as and when I can along the way.
  14. Don't pay attention to what the green circle tells you. Any player can play any position/role. They will just play it differently depending on the stats they have. I'm currently playing Cameron Brannagan as a Libero for Glasgow Rangers. He's not a Libero by any means but I feel he has decent enough stats to play the role the way I want for my system. He has 4 goals and 10 assists in 41 games with an average rating of 7.24.
  15. Excellent read as always. Actually just got the email on this too. Never really used a sweeper or libero in years since the days of Viktor Onopko on the game. At the moment I don't have a player anywhere near capable of utilising the role properly sadly. I have Dario Maresic who has decent stats but technique lets him down I think. Maybe he could be trained.
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