Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

11 "You're a bum, Rock"

About avfcmatthew

  • Rank


  • Biography
    My first Football Manager was '07 and '08 but didn't play seriously until 2012 and since have spent far too many hours on the game.


  • Interests
    Politics and football (obviously)

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Aston Villa/Barcelona

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Real Madrid
  1. I’m in the process of developing a tactic for a new Manchester United save I am doing. I’ve been reading several guides from these forums to create a solid system, but there’s some further guidance I’d like. My philosophy for the team will be (broadly speaking) high line and high pressing intensity hoping to win the ball back quickly. In the attacking transition I want to play swift, direct counter attack if the gaps are there. Playing a lower LOE/higher DL should help facilitate this style. If gaps for a counter attack aren’t there, I want to play a more patient possession bas
  2. One issue with the player roles that stands out to me is that your RB is heavily-attacking, which is fine, but there is little cover for him. I'd recommend swapping your 2 CM's so the supporting role is on the right side, so they can help cover the gaps that RB would create while in attack. At the moment the right side of the pitch is too attacking.
  3. I have difficulty understanding the difference between how the several roles on the flanks impacts defensive responsibilities. For example, how does an Inside Forward and a Winger impact how they defend? And secondly, what is the difference between Wing backs and Full backs not just in terms of defending but in regards to attacking, also. I struggle to tell the difference between any of the full back roles. Any help would be appreciated.
  4. I've wondered this myself, and I see the logic as to why it should be effective as a strategy to dominate the midfield. I've seen people like Bustthenet who love the 4-1-3-2 formation, and really there isn't much difference between that system with one of the strikers dropping deep and the 4-1-3-1-1... I don't see any reason why you shouldn't give it a go.
  5. I watch La Liga more than any other league and have played it a lot in Football Manager throughout the years. It is a much more competitive league than people realise. Real Madrid, who I am managing currently, is the easiest save on the game. There is great depth in all positions and almost every player is world class. There is a slight challenge in dealing with declining players such as Ronaldo, Marcelo and Ramos, and could be fun to decide on Galactico signings to replace them. Atletico Madrid have really overachieved in recent years, led by Simeone who I regard as one of the bes
  6. Kovacic for Real Madrid is a real underrated gem, and if you have the means I'd certainly recommend signing him. You may also like a more experienced option to sit back and allow Arthur and Keita to play with freedom, and I'd recommend Gundogan... he's probably 29-30 in your save (?) but I can speak from experience when I say he's a very, very good player.
  7. That's helped a lot, thank you very much. The first game with Isco in the attacking duty he got a hat trick against Atletico Madrid
  8. In my Real Madrid save I wanted to create a system that achieved the following: High defensive line, with offside trap and quite narrow for high possession; Intense pressing from front line, semi-intense from midfielders/full backs and not so much from CB's; Tackle hard to try to win the ball back as quickly as possible; To keep the ball as mentioned, but as soon as gaps emerge to attack the opponents quickly; A fluid front 3/4 to confuse the opposition defence and draw them out of positions, to create the aforementioned 'gaps'. So far the results have been la
  9. I'd be skeptical to play a 4-2-3-1 with a counter-attacking style because you lack support from your wingers in the defensive third. Consquently, you are asking a lot of your two central midfielders to pick up the opponents midfield (which they will usually be outnumbered by anyway) as well as their fullbacks/wingers who are bombing forward down the wing. I think this could very much work if you change it to a 4-4-1-1.
  10. The style I want to create is a attacking/counter style, whereby we remain tight at the back but apply a little pressure, not stand off completely, and then when we win the ball back I want my one midfielder and my 3 man attack to work with fluidity, speed and creativity. I am managing Sporting Lisbon and chose this style because it most suits the players at the club. I am struggling to put my ideas into the tactics creator. I have read a lot about tactics, but I have no faith what I have created will match my desired style. Tactic: There are a few problems I notice, but I am u
  11. I would like to create a tactic where its kind of counter attack, but more of an attacking style. I want to remain tight at the back, but press the opposition and play fast, direct balls to the front line who I'd like to be very creative. 1) I'd choose the attacking mentality because it fits all of the criteria of how I want to play. 2) Slight deeper defensive line - so my defence doesn't get caught out by long balls and also gives the forwards more space to be creative. Pass into space - to enhance the counter attack and pass to forward players in space. Be more expressive - I will
  12. I am currently playing a Manchester City save and I am struggling a little. Tactically, I find FM17 (and FM16) more difficult than previously. I have had injury issues, but I still don't think thats the problem. I have won my first 5 games in a row, but honestly through a lot of luck - we've played small teams and been fortunate in terms of opposition red cards & penalties etc. just about scraping the win. I am not confident going into a tough run of games, I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions as to how I can improve my tactic. I opted to aim for a fast, attacking strateg
  13. Nation: Any European League Division: First or second European Competition: Any Media Prediction: Not relegation favourites, but otherwise I'm not bothered Board Expectation(s): Any apart from avoid relegation Transfer Budget: Any Wage Budget: Any Finances: Stable Other: Good youth team/youth prospects for me to build a team
  14. I don't think I agree with the 'Play Narrower' instruction. I remember watching Liverpool playing the diamond that season, and Allen/Henderson seemed closer to wingers rather than central midfielders. That instruction will just make them further away from wingers, and I think your system could benefit from the width the 'Play Wider' would bring.
  15. Where can I find this? Thank you for the help by the way!
  • Create New...