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  1. So generally the tactic is playing much better, and has been especially effective against the poorer teams, and creating more chances for the striker via through balls which I was looking for especially. In general we are very poor in defence. When I come up against any team of quality we always concede, most recently losing to red bull salzburg in a game I felt we should do much better. The defence is better suited to playing a high line (good anticipation, positioning, acceleration). I feel especially in the 4-2-3-1 with no DMCs, moving the defensive line up a notch and leaving line of
  2. Thanks for your input, in the first season when I had Myron Boadu I used him as an AF, mainly for this reason and because he suited the role perfectly. He did finish the season as my top scorer with 19 in around 45, but I found him going offside a far too often with his ppm 'likes to beat offside trap'. In hindside the switch to PF(A) should have probably come sooner 🤔 Last season I used the AMC on a support duty as well, and didn't see enough creativity from him, hence bumping it to Attack and asking him to 'Take More Risks' to try and see more of an attempt to play the through balls and
  3. This has actually been very helpful advice, and has led to me being more clinical in my past 3 games, best opposition was Shakhtar and won 2-0 at home. I will continue with this set up, unfortunately still not really seeing too many through balls to the striker so far but will keep an eye on this.
  4. Hello everyone, Having been a (very) long-term lurker on these forums due to my chronic lack of success at football manager, I have recently completed my first full season that was somewhat successful. I've decided to start as AZ Alkmaar due to the fact that they are a fairly strong team for their division, yet not expected to be challenging for the title immediately. From reviewing their squad, they were blessed with technically gifted players, and certainly in my opinion very well suited to playing possession football. They had a wealth of attacking midfielders, and
  5. Hi everyone, I'm just getting back into FM after only playing FM19 over the past few years. I'm looking for a team that I can manage for a few years whilst I get my head around the new features and try and develop my tactical knowledge. Ideally then, this would be a team where the board expectations are not to challenge for the title immediately, yet a club that is sound financially with a decent enough squad that won't be at the bottom of their league. I want to avoid England for the time being, and preferably the main 5 countries however this wouldn't be a deal brea
  6. I would say that if you look at almost all top manager, they have been inspired by someone else's tactical ideas, and they have used them to benefit their own tactics. So I definitely wouldn't call it cheating
  7. The first thing I notice with your tactic is that there isn’t a single player on an attack duty. Considering you are playing with a TM, I would imagine that you are potentially suffering with the attacking midfielders not getting up in support quickly and effectively and trying to attack any space in the final third that he might create
  8. That makes perfect sense. I feel like I’m stripping away the team instructions to the point where my tactic is lacking purpose and identity, and this may be the root of my issues. I started with the idea of playing attacking, possession oriented football with a purpose (hence the short passing approach), but have tried to adapt this to the quality of my players and seemingly failed. Can you see any ways in which I can make this tactic more efficient going forward?
  9. I didn’t explain that very clearly did I! I removed shorter passing because we were having a lot of meaningless possession around the half way line, and didn’t seem to be moving the ball forward effectively. However, as I am playing with a lone striker who is not technically gifted, the logic behind choosing Work Ball into Box was to slow the tempo around the box to allow for the midfield players to get up and support the striker. The logic may be wrong though
  10. I have not watched any of Rashidi's videos for a while, but I think I may start again based on how I'm doing. In regards to my tactical changes, I will refer to these stats; As you can see, my passing and possession stats are the highest in the league, which in itself is as achievement. However, I'm not using it productively, and from viewing matches I cannot put my finger on what changes to make to change this. I do not want possession for possession's sake, I want possession with penetration. So the changes I have made have been in an attempt to use the ball more effectively
  11. Hello again. I appreciate all the guidance I have been given so far, however I'm returning to ask for a little more. I have continued through the season and results stayed fairly similar, and we were hanging between 10th and 13th. However I've just gone on a run of 1 win in 9 games and the board are giving me 1 month to turn things around or face getting the sack. Personally, I don't think im doing an awful job considering Gillingham are not blessed with talented players, however the board seems to think a top-half finish is a minimum requirement. My defence has started to leak more goal
  12. Great, thank you! I'm still learning about a lot of aspects of the game. I think my hardest challenge will be improving the team, as there is no transfer or wage budget and not too many promising young players, so I may need to sell in order to buy.
  13. This is Tom Eaves. As you can see, he has some very good attributes, especially for league 1. I'm not entirely sure why he has the amount of red arrows that he does. So far in 23 competitive games he has just the 6 goals and 0 assists which is disappointing. Thank you both for the feedback you have given me. It's incredibly helpful
  14. That pretty much is the reason, yes. He is not the most creative. I will upload a screenshot later as i am at work. Also, being the lone forward I chose the DLF(s) role to bring him closer to the midfield while building attacks and to try and prevent him from being isolated, and I am assuming the PF would still do this? Herne mentioned using an attack duty forward, would this possibly lead to more isolation? How could I negate this?
  15. It’s funny you should say that actually, because for the last two games I’ve played, including the game against in form Scunthorpe away from home, I had counter on and I’ve won them both, so I’ll definitely be sticking with it for now! Based on attributes and coach reports, Tom Eaves is my best striker, and probably one of my best players, however he doesn’t really seem to suit my striker role. He’s very big and strong, and excellent in the air. Is there any way I could potentially accommodate him with a different role perhaps that doesn’t detract from the overall system? Failing
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