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Old Scouser Tommy

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. My AM didn't get that memo either. Playing in a 4-2-3-1he has 15 goals and 5 assists in 31 games.
  9. Take a look at this great thread by @Cleon it'll give you an insight into the various options for your 2 holding midfielders.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I used something quite similar with the Libero and wide players. I had the 2 CM players as CM Support and it worked quite well leaving the space for the Libero to move forward but it's the wall he hits at a certain point made me change it. I found he was the pass before the assist but I wanted more. I wanted him assisting and scoring. Maybe it was the player or the instructions but I found he didn't do enough of what I wanted. I hope it's been fixed for FM19 because I enjoyed the role.
  15. There's your first challenge right there la! 1st season with Bayer Lederhosen.
  16. It's not making a joke of the game. I think you're being unfair there. @okereke has developed a style of play which is winning football matches. Winning matches is about exploiting weaknesses in an opponents tactical system and taking advantage of those weaknesses. His system is doing that and he deserves credit for implementing his style of play and winning games. There is no right or wrong way to play the game only differing opinions as to 'how' it is played. Every manager has a way they want there teams to play. If you haven't seen any teams play in this way, using Inverted Fullbacks tucking in allowing Central Midfielders to move into wide areas and Wingers/Inside Forwards coming inside I'm not sure what you've been watching. Pep Guardiola's Man City side do this to great affect. Sane especially starts very wide but is often on the end of crosses and through balls from De Bruyne who is a central player but has moved wide to occupy half spaces. His fullback will then tuck in to provide cover in the area he has vacated. It's quite simple and like @westy8chimp and others have explained it creates passing triangles which in turn create space and essentially goalscoring chances. Coutinho at Livepool would at times start centrally and drift wide to allow Mane to come inside. Iniesta at Barceona would also drift into wide areas from a central starting position and create these passing triangles with fullbacks and wide forwards or wingers. This is not a new thing and is probably quite difficult to get right on FM. I'm using Inverted Wingbacks at the moment actually and I really like how it gives me cover in central areas but still gives me width. My leftback actually has 4 goals in 9 games at the start of the season for Benevento playing as an Inverted Wingback. @okereke I like how your system looks and you're having good results with it. Reading the thread I know you've put a lot of work and thought into it and now reaping the rewards. I'm really interested to see how it continues.
  17. This is a really good, interesting read. I've never used an Enganche before. But, I am trying new things, like quinoa and Android phones so I might just give it a try. I already play with a diamond so similar up top so I could jig it about a bit and see how it goes. I'm interested to see how the role performs because as I said I've never used it before.
  18. Personally I would have Firmino as a Complete Forward or Deep Lying Forward on attack, this should get him more involved as he'll start deeper rather than starting high and coming deep as he will as a False 9. Mane as a Winger with a support duty and change your Leftback to attack should combine nicely on that side to provide for Salah on the opposite flank. I would focus on Salah being your main source of goals if you're playing him as an Inside Forward. I would also try lowering your mentality to Standard and shape to Flexible. This will still give you an attacking threat but you'll start slightly deeper and I find that tends to keep my players closer together during the build up. I'm a huge advocate of a standard mentality and almost always use it. There is a great thread on Liverpool and how to get the most out of Salah as a goalscoring threat, if that's what you want. Lots of great contributions in there to help if you need it.
  19. It's actually supposed to say "I pay no attention"to the green bars but I spilled Guinness on my laptop and some letters don't always work properly.
  20. Pay no attention to the 'green bars'. Every player can play any position but will just play it differently based on their particular attributes. So as long as he has the attributes you need to play the role you've selected it won't matter.
  21. 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.
  22. As a tactical system it's working well but as an exercise in getting the best out of the Regista it's not.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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