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  1. still wounded by the abrupt ending of this save and the 'so close yet so far' factor in the European leagues, and.... of course with FM18 on my hands now, I'm considering a new Spartan save for FM18 just a routine check on who I can count on board for this!
  2. aye, I've finished the second season with them, just don't have time to write Mad Max pt.2 pending as well
  3. sounds interesting, have you got any write-ups on it? I'd only use that combination of roles in a flexible/structured system, tbh. The Enganche is a fantastic role if used properly, but many people get put off by the fact that it doesn't close down at all and can't be used in collective pressing, which is the main form of defending in this year's FM - you'll notice nearly everyone plays with either a Fluid or Very Fluid shape. The Enganche is a different kind of pivot and you're right, it would excel in a set-up where your attacks are based on creativity/flair. I think @Cleon did a couple of pieces on the Enganche, well worth a read As for the follow up, the third part has been the final one of this series
  4. his PA is capped, there's not a lot you can do about that, high professionalism or not
  5. great question and indeed one of the key points that I forgot to explain in the write-up. Think of shape/mentality and the specific nature of the role as three key things mutually affecting each other. So, for example, with Gremio I opted for a structured shape, control mentality. What does this mean for the trequartista? It means that he will look to contribute less to collective efforts of pressing/defending and he will be more likely to focus on his own thing - his attacking/creative responsibilities. Given that the mentality is set to 'control', that will emphasise his attacking/creative intent even more, as the high risk mentality in a structured shape will tell attacking players to attack more than it will tell that to defenders or midfielders. Consequently, with a standard/very fluid set up: in this system the Trequartista will look to contribute more to collective efforts and will perhaps be less 'individualistic' in his style of play, something that I want him to do given the very nature of our football style (something close to total football if you wish, where there is a high emphasis on collective pressing and interactive movement). Now given the fact that fluidity also increases creative freedom we still get a fantasista with a reasonable 'creative license', however much more oriented towards collective intent. As you can see in the post above, his very position and tactical duty in this formation implies a 'pivot-like' role for the team, where he acts as the connecting dot for a high number of players around him. The risk (mentality) is set to standard so he will be less direct in his runs/passes/movement, which again favours our possession-based style of play. The parameters of fluidity/mentality combined with the role are a very tricky thing and offer very nuanced options. Assessing them correctly is the key thing, though
  6. another season played in this wonderful Ajax save and I'm calling it quits. this is Dolberg's career so far
  7. @craigd84 classic 10 is a very vague term that was one of the key arguments I tried to illustrate in this project. be it Totti, Del Piero or Baggio, they all had different playing styles and most importantly they all had different tactical roles designated to them in the systems they were used. Hence, much of what comes to define a classic 10 comes down to popular culture rather than tactical parameters.
  8. this is fantastic, probably one of the most coherently formulated tactical write-ups around! glad to see 'thinking out of the box' paying off
  9. FM2017: Kasper Dolberg - the Great Dane

    happily, just one tutoring spell did the job. determination went through the roof and he adapted 'perfectionist' personality after that.
  10. FM2017: Kasper Dolberg - the Great Dane

    I've had fantastic results with Kasper in my latest 'fantasista' experiment. Used as a lone forward in the 'Trequartista' role and initially tutored by Drogba thanks to @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!'s suggestion, here's how he's fared/developed so far Kasper in 2020 he was injured for more than half of last season so he didn't play as much, but I find his ability fantastic for what I was looking for in that particular role. excellent player.
  11. This is probably where tactical creativity is most needed. Understanding how to exploit strengths/minimise weakness through tactics is probably my favourite exercise on this year's FM. A few tips on how to create a DNA for your system based on a logical assessment of your squad atts: take a weakness for example: 'defenders are poor at heading at tackling' - what does this mean? this means you want to avoid crosses and one-to-one situations as much as possible. What does that mean for your system? for example: - you could go for a system that shuts down the wings high up the pitch (think hard tackling/closing down wingers) - you could rely on collective pressing (think shape and closing down) rather than individual duels to get the ball back then take these conclusions as the 'ingredients for your system' or the DNA if you wish . Apply the same mechanism for each strength/weakness, analyse it, see how you can play around best to find the best match and most importantly.... try it out! there's always hundreds of ways of doing the same thing, i.e. exploiting a specific strength or minimising a specific weakness
  12. you might as well do! here are the kits the above mentioned gent has designed for us everyone give it up for designer-in-chief @mbowen17
  13. 1. in Conte's system one of the forwards is definitely a supporting striker holding up the ball, so either CF(S) or DLF(S) there 2. the two centre-mids are very industrious, so I'd recommend using a CM(S) instead of an AP, as the whole responsibility of creating play is given to the regista 3. Conte's 3-5-2 employed lower tempo - hence the point of using a regista 4. I'd argue the shape was a fluid one rather than very fluid 5. Definitely not a style of play that allowed for individual expression. On the contrary, Conte's 3-5-2 was renowned for how disciplined and 'structured' the responsibilities were.