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  1. Hi Cleon, Glad your back posting The thing I seem to struggle with is how to find balance and stability within a tactic, with also identifying why tactics are inconsistent or unbalanced and how to fix it. Also, as someone else mentioned, how do you tweak a tactic for different opposition without breaking it. So I guess what would be sensible tweaks for playing teams better than you or teams of lesser ability, especially the latter I never get this right and end up dominating possession without threatening to much and getting done by a single long-shot or simple ball over the top.
  2. Yeah I noticed a couple of things pretty early on: 1) I needed a little more going forwards, maybe up a notch to positive mentality? 2)The 2 DM was really struggling in the match, no space and no depth. Defenders were constantly making long hopeful balls upto the forwards. 3) the FB(D) was really hindering me going forwards, it was good for possession but not much else to be honest. 4) I think I was trying to do to much, so a quick re-think, defend in 4411 (442) and attack in a 2-3-5. This was to help in the 3-1-6 build up, though I feel I'm giving alot of width and attacking output up. Straight off the bat in my first trial against inferior opposition I struggled going forwards as I expected, I decided pretty quickly the 2 dms wasn't working. So I decided to go back to 2 "normal" mids. One being a CM(D) who will be my sitter/ball-winner/recycler. Overall I really like this role in game and almost always have one, but I'm unsure who to have as his partner. Have left the role as a CM(S) for now, will tweak as and when. The other major flaw was my lack of penetration down my left flank, so will adjust to WB(S) to see how that goes My right flank was ok, though I tried a DW (i've never used one before) It performed ok along with a wb(S) though they tended to operate in the same areas so I've gone for a more aggressive WB(A). Though to be honest I haven't really noticed much difference between a normal winger and a DW. To try and notice in game I've switched the LM to winger on support ( to much the DW mentality) to see If I noticed anything vastly different.
  3. Hi all, I'm having trouble balancing a 442 the way I'd like. I've read a good few posts on here and have some good ideas I would like to implement. 442 isn't known for possession football so my main aim is to be relatively aggressive going forwards (not just impotent possession, possession with intent) whilst retaining good defensively solidity without sacrificing attacking potency, a fine balance. Controlled aggression you could say. So I would like to defend in a solid 442 (4411 is also acceptable, for reasons I will mention later). In attack Id like to try and attack in a 3-1-6 that moves into a 2-3-5 or 3-2-5 when we consolidate. There was a great thread on here about using either a fb(d) or a cm(d) to get the 3 -1-6 shape (apologies to the creator, I cant find it to tag). However using a CM(d) I cant get a flat 4 in midfield. SO........ I think the best option would be a FB(D) with sit narrower to get the 3 atb. For the CM I'm really struggling. Whenever I try to get a 4 midfield I struggle to analyse it as there doesn't seem to be much shape or cover when we attack. I read ideally I need both on support to provide the flat 4, but I found both ventured to far forward. My initial attempt was DLP(s) and BWM(s) but with hold position, however they still ventured quite far up the pitch and left a hole to be exploited. I also found I seemed to lack passing depth with alot of high risk, low % passes being attempted. So would 2 CDM be the key? it would make my 4 slightly staggered but would provide passing depth and cover. As an aside it would also let me use SV which I love but haven't managed to get working in FM21. The downside being that potentially the "hole" would just shift to between my fwds and mid. My thinking behind the roles here, the DLP(d) would sit and protect and recycle the ball as my "1" in the 3-1-6, whilst the SV would provide some ground coverage (along with a support striker) in the mid strata. First questions in my mind: 1) will a dlp(s) work as Ive already dropped him to Dm strata? 2) will an SV provide enough support? My 2 wide players are going to be WM both on support initially with some PI's to change their behaviour into a bit more winger like and a little more play maker like (I guess a little Giggs/Beckham-esque) with the idea of one provider (who will also give depth in the front "5") the other being more of a goal threat. As for strikers, one article suggested both on support to give the 442 defensive shape, but I found I gave up alot of offensive output by doing this, hence earlier I said a 4411 defensive shape would be acceptable. I REALLY want to try and get a poacher to work in FM21, it seems no one uses one (probably for good reason) but the way I see it is as the quintessential goal scorer, all he wants to do is put the ball in the net, I imagine Lineker would be a example of a poacher? Failing that AF is my back-up role for that so my Attack duty is sorted. For the "support" striker Im a little stuck as I have to strike a fine balance between helping the SV "fill the mid gap" whilst providing help upfront to my goalscorer, Im thinking a dlf or CF on support and seeing how they do there. Overall my tactic with some basic TI's looks something like this The idea behind TI's is simple (in my head at least) Higher DL and standard LOE to compress the "hole" as much as possible, whislt the quick tempo is to keep the ball moving quickly to create chances through off the ball movements and create killer passes and through balls. To conclude my shape should be 4411 in defensive situations, whilst i envisage this kind of shape during build ups in possession: Then once we are camped Id like to see a 2-3-5 of sorts, something along the lines of: It took me quite a while to write this so I hope it makes sense with regards to what I want to acheive, please feel free to pick apart any issues there may be, but please also say WHY you'd make these changes. I'm writing this to try and learn and improve
  4. Do you not find your FBs get overloaded and out numbered though with a narrow formation? Likewise, do you not get countered straight through the middle with the CM(a) getting caught out of position? With a 442 especially I found I had to use 2 relatively cautious midfielders (as in didnt venture too far forward) Or i'd get countered alot or not hold possesion well enough. As I said the formation isn't an issue its more the playstyle.
  5. Thanks so far, Yeah I thought that, the support was mainly if I used a libero, forgot to mention that bit I was thinking, if anything to go the otherway, so my WBs affected play further forwards.
  6. After some tactic advice. I like creating my own tactics, but I kinda suck at the execution. I can normally get a tactic working, but not how I want to play (if that makes sense?) SO...... I'm after some help/advice. I'm wanting to play a 2 striker system (thats my only request formation wise) with one provider, the other my main goal scorer. I'm also looking for a goalscoring midfielder to be my secondary goal threat (think Lampard or to some extent Scholes type player). Currently I'm thinking a 5-3-2 (or whatever its called now) may be best as a 4-4-2 with an attack minded CM would leave me vulnerable on the break? I also dont want possession for the sake of it, so not tiki-taka. Just defend solidly, win the ball in a mid-high block and hit teams on transition. If that doesn't happen THEN we keep the ball. So assuming I get my other roles and duties etc correct does a Poacher/Treq make sense? Initial thoughts (assuming we do go 5-3-2) would be BBM/BWM(S)/MEZ(A) - my thinking behind this is with 3 CDS I should be fairly solid so can allow my BWM to do his thing further up the pitch? The MEZ would be my goalscoring mid? The balance of the 3 CBS is a bit of a new one on me, current thoughts are 2 outer CDs on defend duty, with either a BPD pn cover to give depth, or a libero (though Ive not used one before)? WB's would both start on support to see how we got on. This is very much on its infancy, I've started a new save so can somewhat mould my squad a little and develop it over time, but any suggestions are always welcome. Other formations considered did include a 442 diamond, but my last attempt failed, miserably.
  7. I haven't as yet. I carried on with my 4411 that's similar to yours. I find when I try cautious my players tend to keep putting the ball into touch, so I'm guessing my roles and duties aren't right. My original thought was an SV(a) and a dlp(d) as my 2 cdms but I find the SV(a) to be a little to gung-ho (though admittedly I haven't tried on cautious). I'm also debating starting a thread to help identify the playstyle i want
  8. How would you set this up with a 4-2(dm)-3-1, specifically with an SV as one of the DMS?
  9. Quick question regarding youth development, Do you tend to train younger players in a generic "playing position" or do you focus them early on? For example I have a young 17 year old in my squad who is natural in AM, but he has all the attributes for a F9. So I want to play him there when the time is right, if i leave it on default playing position it trains him in AM(s). Should I start focusing his training early or let his attributes develop naturally for a couple of seasons by training in AM, then focus him on the F9 role? I assume if I focus him early his attributes for the role will get higher quicker but his other attributes will suffer accordingly?
  10. Thanks @Experienced Defender The formation doesn't necessarily need a Volante, I just like the role and what it offers . Again formation isn't even set in stone, I'm open to suggestions for anything at this point as I'm trying understand it all better. Ok, so looking at the tactic and trying to understand your choice of roles/duties, these are how i see it so please correct me if I'm wrong 1) WB both on support to provide width without being to gung-ho? As both wide AMs cut in. 2) dlp(s) to provide possession recycling whilst sitting deeper still 3) IF(s) to provide another attacking threat other than the striker? Why the choice of AP in the AM slot?
  11. @Experienced Defender I thought i was getting a grasp of it all, but obviously not What I'm aiming for is: A nice fast decisive transition that punishes players out of position or not switched on. failing that then i want to be able to keep possession (not just for the sake of it though) whilst always looking for that decisive pass or overload/overlap to create an opportunity. Out of possession I don want gegen press, I'd rather have my players drop into a hard to break down shape (not necessarily a deep block though) but when the ball crosses my LOE I aggressively press and hit them hard to win it back decisevly. The formation doesn't matter too much, although ideally i want a striker to be my main goal scorer (thats what hes paid for after all ) Along with a CM goal scorer, don't know why but I've always had an obsession with a good goal scoring midfielder (hence my use of SV, though the RPM got into he box regularly as well) My initial thoughts were: Play on a balanced mentality, that way my players can choose the right pass etc without being told, use dynamic runners (SV, SS) to actively look for counter opportunites and to force passing options/overloads, by drawing the opposition away (or getting space if no opposition tracked them). Try to have a midfield in the hole between the def and mid to recycle possession and provide cover for counters. Any help would to acheive this would be very much appreciated. I'm back at the drawing board as Bayern thumped me 5-0 so obviously there are gaping holes in the tactics I set up. I'm going to start a new save (still with ManUtd) with one settled tactic and blend my players and club around it. I've looked at the cautious and positive mentalities and both seem suitable for the type of football I want. I guess I could use a couple more aggressive roles in a cautious system to prevent "stale" possession, and more support in a positive mentality to prevent silly turnovers?
  12. My latest tactic is here, but I think the SV , SS and CF all get in each others way quite a bit. In matches the SV darts forwards whilst the SS is still sitting deeper to get the ball, then the SS sets off on his forward movement and the CF kind of gets in his way. Main concern is SV/SS interaction though. On a slight sidenote, in the DM position I'm struggling to see any difference in the RPM and Regista from the in-game example, I assume the regista just stays a bit deeper on the attacking phase whilst the RPM has no problems getting into and around the penalty area? Currently I'm thinking either swap the SV to a straight up DM or HB, alternatively swap the SS for Treq and see how that goes.
  13. Thanks @Experienced Defender the one I made was very similar, the forward was a dlf(s) ad the rpm was a DLP(d). How many games do you leave before you change things, I only played 1 match yesterday but I noticed my SV, SS and DLF all take up very similar positions in attacking phases, so leaves my dlp with not many free passing options and alot of very short 1-2's that get no where other than a backward pass. Of course I'll give this version a go first, see if the same issues occur. I don't want to change to many things at once, but I was also caught out once or twice with my SV way up the pitch and really struggling to get back, so i'm thinking his role may be the best to change? If I go rpm with him I don't want the dlp there to, does a HB operate normally in a double pivot or would I be better just going for a straight up DM? Also as a side note my wingers still tracked back as much as I wanted so I think it was just an assumption on my part that they wouldn't
  14. Yeah the more I thought about it, he more it makes sense. I said in a earlier post here, the only reason for the flat 4 was the interaction between my wide players and fullbacks, but I guess i can replicate that with a 4231 with good roles and instructions How would you get the RPM and SV in though? If you don't mind could you give me an example? I've made an experimental one with a standard line as i want a mid block tactic. But I went for a dm and sv combo.
  15. @ozilthegunner Yeah I've kind of realised that and seriously considering starting a fresh and going 4-2-3-1, I just like the 4411 for the compactness of the wide midfielders compared to the fullbacks.
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