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  1. It's so difficult to but regens it seems, I've found an absolute beast of a 16 year old playing for a middle table portuguese club but they're demanding over £50M for him. I mean he's good but not £50M good
  2. It seems that this year football manager is a little bit harder. I've only played the game since FM14 so i'm hardly an expert so my usual approach to setting up a tactic was setting up a formation to fit my best players in, selecting roles and duties that balance throughout the squad then go into the team instructions and randomly select a few that i thought was the way I wanted to play. This year however, I've been caught out. My normal strategy of putting together a half decent tactic that retains my job in the short term and then bringing in good players for the long term doesn't work as my tactics aren't good enough short term. So what i'm asking for help for is to help me figure out the best way for my team to play with the players at my disposal. Obviously i'd rather figure it out on my own and asking for help almost feels like cheating but i'm sure you guys can give me some pointers so next time i have a problem like this I can do it on my own. So the team I'm managing is Olympique Lyonnais and i still have the majority of the key players from the current squad. *screenshots of notable players included Defence Starters: Rafael - https://i.gyazo.com/48c596e3b0ec0134ab0eb56c7cc8cf1f.png Umtiti - https://i.gyazo.com/93019fbf267eb3ddc6946dbe1a0dc71c.png Yanga Mbiwa - https://i.gyazo.com/b12f88e8e7959819efa26e5b3ebcca8e.png Bedimo - https://i.gyazo.com/d99c6e77e7d791a625cd521b3b059456.png Backup: Corchia Héctor Funes Mori Midfield Starters: Gonalons - https://i.gyazo.com/fcad4f3437970e9df9148497429ad51e.png Xhaka - https://i.gyazo.com/55e9701e7933473dc6af174d1a893d5f.png Fekir - https://i.gyazo.com/72888b4061fc7173e46ffa30ccebaf22.png Backup: Valbuena - https://i.gyazo.com/81e815b667e541d8b52a037c6163d115.png N'Zonzi - https://i.gyazo.com/a24dcf24b507c07004e55ea2cd171680.png Tolisso Grenier Fofana Ferri Forwards Starters Lincoln - https://i.gyazo.com/aa2c8cd75013d7fd9ec1435654734b09.png Lacazette - https://i.gyazo.com/b3b674b318366a40be5e9cbfcd6e8bae.png Ben Arfa - https://i.gyazo.com/f1260f4b3047f726db5816502f60ded9.png Backup: Beauvue Niang Cornet I know it seems obvious to go with a narrow formation however I've already tried this and I just got murdered down the wings, but anyway any help would be hugely appreciated as I'd love to get back to winning ways. If you have any other questions just let me know and i'll reply as soon as i can
  3. On FM14 I was managing Southampton, this was the season after they had finished 14th in the league. i was mulling around the players nearing the end of their contracts and noticed the James Rodriguez was there. I was able to snap him up for about 10M pounds and he quickly became the best player in the premier league.
  4. I'll definitely give these suggestions a try, tbh i thought that the "overlap" instuction would encourage the wing backs to bomb forward and provide that width but i'll experiment with more attacking duties for them and removing that instruction. As for the midfield, i'll give that new combination a try as my strikers do seem to be a little bit isolated. Thanks for all the help
  5. Usually I'm good enough at making tactics to at least live up to expectations before i can start improving a squad, this season however, I'm having major problems putting a tactic together that doesn't have me ripped apart by my opponents on a regular basis. It seems that almost everything goes wrong in my team, i'm currently managing Lyon and i'm finding myself around the bottom of the league in possession stats and pass completion. My tactics are as follows. The team has no problem with scoring goals, in fact we're the highest scoring team in the league, the problem is the amount of goals we concede. I've tried to combat the situation by playing with a DM and then 2 other defensive minded midfielders in front of him however this still hasn't worked. It might also be worth noting that over the time i've been running this tactic, my oppositions assists have been as follows any help would be really appreciated as I love playing this game but it's become so unenjoyable to play due to the continual underperformance of my squad no matter what i do to combat it. Thanks.
  6. i'm not an expert on this but i'd say you have to try and increase the reputation of football in your league (there's a graph in the league screen). If the reputation is improved then irl you'd have more people playing the game and I believe SI would try to mirror this in the game. To improve your club's chances of getting regens, you need to improve your facilities and make sure you have a fantastic scouting set up
  7. Having the exact same problem, got Lacazette and Fekir up top who are far from average and they just miss chance after chance. End up having about 6 CCC's per match and scoring none of them
  8. i personally agree with you that there's a bug in the game regarding crosses, however, I think RTHerringbone was trying to show me how to counter it and prevent the crosses from happening
  9. Alright, will give that a try. Really appreciate your help. I'll make sure to post if i have success with it or not.
  10. Yeah i suspected that the formation may be the issue to due the full backs being required to provide all the width in the team AND defend the flanks. Only thing is, I'm not exactly sure how i can change this as I don't have a single winger in the squad.
  11. So I'm about halfway into my first season managing Lyon and i'm getting really frustrated with the amount of times I concede from crosses, so much so that i'm starting to think that there's something wrong with the match engine not my tactics. The formation I'm currently running is a 4-1-2-1-2 so obviously there is the potential to be attacked down the flanks however I'm not exactly worried about the amount of crosses the other team are getting in, it's more about the alarming rate at which successful crosses are scored from. If it would be helpful, my tactic is as follows Rafael (WB/S) - Mbiwa (CD/D) - Umtiti (BPD/D) - Bedimo (WB/S) -------------------------Sergi Darder (DLP/D) ----------------Gonalons (BWM/S) - Tolisso (CM/D) ---------------------------Valbuena (AP/S) -------------------Lacazette (P/A) - Fekir (CF/S) In my most recent match against a mid table team in the Ligue 1 I conceded 5 goals and they were all from crosses. It's getting really frustrating and I was wondering if anybody else was having the same problem or has any idea of what's going so horribly wrong in my tactic.
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