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Gianni Brera

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    ''Kick everything that moves, if it is the ball, even better.''

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  1. Hello all, It is a bit of a luxury question, but I'd like to hear what the more knowledgable players here think of this succesful game I just had against Barcelona (as Real Madrid). Basically, my team was quite familiar with the 4-1-2-3 shape, and I had decided to do really nothing but direct counterattacking football against Barcelona after my scouts predicted them to play ''balanced'', ''fluid'' and 4-2-3-1. Basically, I wanted to bet on the dribbling and pace of Hazard and Bale against Barcelona moving the ball sideways in my half of the pitch. I often struggle with translating my
  2. Hmm, indeed, very true. Choices must be made, compromises need to be found. I haven't recently played a lot of 4-4-2 systems because it simply doesn't very often fit the players I have. Although I am toying with the idea to field a 4-4-2 that involves two attack duties on top, 4 midfielders on support, and all defenders on defend duties. I know, it sounds very anno 1990, very primitive and simplistic, but I just want to see how it works. My theory holds that it will facilitate swift transitions through the middle, and crosses into the box from deep from the flanks. Defensively, the two at
  3. Very interesting topic! I am myself struggling lately with how I want to set up my defensive bloc and how I want the team to act when in posession. I can't help but notice that, when virtually all my players are on a support duty, I tend to have the most rock-solid defensive low blocks (can't help it, I always drop back in a low block) I could ever ask for. Really love it when the wingers and attackers drop behind the ball-line and the opponent is literally facing a 10-man defence with a compactness that would make Arrigo Sacchi proud (even though he would curse the retreating movement an
  4. Yeah its not a super big deal, but the difference between Mark Specific Position and Mark Specific Player isnt entirely clear to me. When you select Mark Specific Player, and that player gets substituted, they will still automatically mark the player that replaced him in the same position. What I see happening on the pitch however, is that with Mark Specific Player - you see old-fashioned marking across the pitch. With Mark Specific Position, I don't see them track the player as much. And in many cases, simply not following their man at all. This leads me to believe the Mark Specific
  5. Yeah, after spending some time playing around with the settings I've come to the conclusion that the safest way to use this is to make an attacker or wide player make a defensive movement he would normally not do. On FM 18 I had some success using 5-man defences and assigning 1 CB to man-mark a striker, without actually destroying my defensive line. And the same I see in the central midfield: if you have plenty of CM's to step into defensive gaps you can allow 1 midfielder to track an opponent. But ''collective man-marking'', in my experience, is not a viable thing on FM19, even though the mec
  6. Trapattoni, but also often taking some inspiration from Marcello Lippi and Fabio Capello. What I admire in Trapattoni is his ruthless defensive organization, I enjoy Lippi's chameleontic pragmatism and ability to strike a balance between attack and defence, and I am very much a Capello-like disciplinarian who tends to favor the 4-4-2 system. Among present day managers I find Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta very interesting. He has brought back old-fashioned man-marking, always adapting his formation to outnumber attackers, with a very dynamic offensive game. Atalanta is one of the few teams i
  7. I am virtually always playing on Defensive mentality. When protecting a result, it goes down a notch to very defensive, when in need of goals I can escalate all the way up to very attacking if necessary. But that doesn't mean its actually ''defensive football''. The defensive mentalities do a number of things that I like: in posession, the ball is handled with care. Players take their time, stay closer together, and they stick closer to their defensive positions, maintaining tactical discipline. Great! When out of posession, the defensive shape is more congested, they won't press and run
  8. I plan to try various versions of the same system, playing around with roles and duties, but sadly I haven't found any time to continue this experiment. But I'll give an update when I can. Well, typical of the old Italian school is that there basically is no plan to pursue a goal - hence the motto ''prima non prenderle''. Do not concede, next priority is do not concede, and then try some more protecting the goal. When you go down a goal, the options are limited. Maybe allow an extra full-back to charge forward, take a little more risk in mentality, more speculative shots, allow the pla
  9. I have those moments that Im giving old-fashioned man-marking another try in FM, but what I'm noticing on both FM19 and FM18 as well is this: If you assign a player a specific ''Position'' marking instruction, he will flatly ignore the instruction if the position you assign him to is ~not~ his direct opponent. So if I assign a wide player to mark a central player (position), or even just a central midfielder to mark a Defensive midfielder - not gonna happen. They ignore it. They only follow the instruction if its their immediate opponent - so CM on CM, DM on AM etc. Only if I use the
  10. The idea of aggressive pressing is precisely that 2 or 3 players try to encircle the ball carrier, make him commit an error. The idea is that players reduce the space around the ball, and the rest of the team shifts accordingly to cover the spaces they leave behind. Thats why collectivity is so important when pressing. If the players don't communicate or move together, gaps will emerge and the opponent will ''escape'' the press and it backfires. That's the reason why its mostly the big squads like Barcelona and Man City can pull it off, but not an average team. What you are proposi
  11. (This is a longread about my tactical thoughts and experiments in FM, I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome everyone to share with me their thoughts and suggestions) In 2017, Ultimo Uomo published a longread about the ''Tactical Revolution'' taking place in the Serie A between 2010 and 2016, led by avant-gardists such as Eusebio di Francesco, Vincenzo Montella, Antonio Conte, Luis Enrique, Paolo Souza and Maurizio Sarri. The article begins with the epicentre of the Revolution in today's football: Guardiola's Barcelona, 2008. Central to this revolution is the idea of ''Fluidity'',
  12. Watching Ajax every week, this would be my take on how they approach their big games (Champions league). Its a bit of a rough sketch though: Two Ball-playing centre backs: Blind was specifically brought into the squad for his ball-playing capabilities, and De Ligt is one of the few defenders in Europe both exceptionally good at defending and playing with the ball on the feet. FB-L on Attack: Tagliafico is always the more attacking full-back of Ajax and most of Ajax' attacking movement happens down the left flank. I'd set him to FB and not WB or CWB because Tagliafico is
  13. Thanks for the replies, they're very helpful in my considerations. @Rashidi This is indeed exactly what I am seeking to achieve, a patient build-up (but willing to knock it long if the opportunity or necessity arises), probing play. I have noticed the power of playing roles in creating a style of play, but as I am still fleshing out my system I've taken a ''conservative'' approach to player roles, keeping them as basic and simple as possible. So currently in a 4-3-3 formation, employing lots of ''generic'' roles such as full-backs, central midfielders, central defenders etc, so that
  14. Hello everyone, I like to approach the game a bit in ''Italian fashion'', focussing strongly on the positional arrangements of my players. I like to work out my defensive and attacking structures through player movements in detail, and make the players stick to the plan with iron discipline. However, one problem with implementing my game-plans on the pitch is sometimes, the game simply moves too fast for my squad to morph into the attacking shape I had in mind for it. One possible cure, I guess, is to instruct (TI) the team to employ a slower tempo. I guess the same line of th
  15. This is an interesting question. Lets first assume that, knowing FM, there is no ''right'' or ''wrong'' in the use of your instructions. As long as you win, youre on the right track. With the arrival of FM 2019, we can now see in the Tactical Style presets that the ''Use Tighter Marking'' is employed in the Catenaccio, Park the Bus and Route One presets, but not in ''Control'', ''Gegenpress'', ''Tiki Taka'' or any of the Counter (Direct/Fluid) presets. This seems to suggest that Tighter Marking has nothing to do in FM with a desire to press aggressively, although I agree its i
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