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  1. okay, ladies and gents... the time has come new thread up soon
  2. ah, maybe soon mate, haven't had time to delve into experiments for a long time now
  3. This is an issue that is very much a double-edged sword: From one point of view, it seems logical that a forward holding up the ball for on-running players from deep should create more penetration in the box, however one issue that is often overlooked which affects the dynamics of that particular element of play relates to directness and tempo: So for example, if your style of play is to move the ball from one end to the other with urgency and little delay, the final player becomes the edge of the spearhead in this case. In other words, if the most advanced player in a style that favors directness is instructed to hold up the ball for players that are a little bit deeper than he is, that plays against the whole principle of the system and disrupts the flow of the attacking moves. In a possession based system, you want your striker (assuming you only have one striker role) to get involved in the passing game as much as possible but to also retain the potency up-front. There are a number of roles that allow you to do that, but yet again, I find the two issues mentioned above hugely relevant here. Also, look at how your striker plays - what ppms does he have? Does he run wide with the ball, does he try first time shots? This will be hugely important for what is basically your main danger-man and you should articulate the coordination of that role with the other players around him. Lastly, I would pay specific attention to how close the players are to each other and what are the factors that facilitate inter-positional change and what are the factors that stop it from flowing. In other words, penetration will be poor if players are too far from each other to interact meaningfully, if the system does not allow a certain freedom of movement to either specific players or on a general scale and if the functions of the chosen roles do not complement each other. Hope this helps
  4. just a quick bump on this - out of pure curiosity, what are the Fantasistas of FM18 that stuck with you the most? Feel free to spam with screens
  5. As far as I remember, the PI's were "hold up ball" and "move into channels", as that illustrated how Mandzukic played last year. Yet again, the player traits, such as insane workrate and stamina, made him track back a lot on the left hand side. So you're right to choose roles that fit your players, however keep in mind the balance of the tactic - for example a CF on the centre-left seems a bit too risky in my opinion and will leave quite a significant gap on the left since he tends to operate high-up the pitch. I did not get the chance to follow up with another article on that system but can assure you the save in which I used it was one of the best Juve saves I've had in FM - and I've had more than a few
  6. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    Best of luck mate, with the right approach, you can shoot up the table quite quickly. I always focus on results whatever the cost in the underdog phase and then build on the finances and infrastructure from there to shape up my team and tactics to my liking. Yeah, I'm tempted to start writing again but time is scarce and I just can't seem to find the motivation to do it yet. We'll see if that changes in the near future P.S. Quick update on the Parma story - only using Italian players, we bagged the Quadruple in our second season in serie A and upon our return to CL
  7. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    great work I'm on a similar path with Parma: currently an all - Italian save and it's going tremendously well - promotion in the first season, and 3rd place in Serie A in the second season. I'm waiting on a regen I've got this season to develop him into my fantasista, although it might take 3-4 seasons to get there
  8. [FM18] Brescia romena. Lucescu's path

    interesting approach I think it's at least the past two versions of the game that I have played in Italy much more than any other nation. Brescia is one of the pillars of Italian football tradition, so hard not to see the appeal there. Lucescu is one of the Romanian managerial greats, so it would be interesting if you were to also try and mimic his tactical style - one of the most innovative at the time. In any case, this will be interesting to follow - mult succes și salutare
  9. Favourite players so far in FM18

    Just bought Pellegri in my second season with Juve. Sold Higuain & Mandzu so I hope with some tutoring Pellegri becomes at least as good as those two in a few years. The project is based on a re-Italianization of Juve so would be nice to have a Pellegri-Dybala-Kean forward line for the next decade.
  10. I've written a piece on Allegri's Juve a while back, however that was much more relevant for last season's system. First, I'd like to say that whilst your approach of valuing each player in their best suited roles/positions is technically a good approach, you seem to be missing the big picture approach in terms of tactical design. That being said, choosing the player role should be a question of: 1. How does the role of the player contribute to the overall style of play and interact with other players/roles/dynamics of the system? just as much as 2. Which role values the best qualities of the player? E.G. A Targetman would be pretty much useless without anyone crossing the ball or a F9 would be pretty much useless or less valued without anyone exploiting the space it creates or without anyone to link up in midfield. To put things in perspective - Dybala can perform the functions you want him to perform in a variety of roles: SS, Treq, F9, AP(A), AM(A) and so on and so on. Learn the role's functions but also how it comes into interaction with players around him and finally: which attributes does your style of play demand? Hopefully this should help at least in terms of role-coordination
  11. fantastic write-up, truly enjoyed the read
  12. FM Careers Forum Discussion

    merry christmas, boys, it's been lovely sharing the rides with you this year
  13. 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!
  14. aye, I've finished the second season with them, just don't have time to write Mad Max pt.2 pending as well
  15. 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