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  1. You are doing much better than our beloved Roma in real life, my friend Romanista As you know, we lost almost all the derbies, so i would take you as a coach instead of Fonseca any day
  2. I've been trying to (kind of) copy Fonseca's Roma, i couldn't get it to work with 3-4-2-1, so i did a 5-2-3(WB) like this Instructions are very similar to yours(no tight marking), BPD's have stay wider, sometimes it' struggles to break down very defensive teams (especially the ones which play with 3 at the back and a DM) but overall plays very nice football
  3. Today i finally bought FM 21, i'm still undecided what is gonna be my starting save, probably some lower league club until the real life winter transfer window is done, so i can take over my favorite club, AS Roma Looking forward to updating you on my results and progress!
  4. Thank you! I was thinking about DLP-su and CM-su in the middle, Standard defensive line and lower LOE and without counterpress for Simeone style.
  5. Thank you Could you tell me what you think Simeone's setup would look like?
  6. Oh man, great results! glad you're enjoying it Is this on FM 21 or FM 20? Post feedback anytime you want, and if you notice things that could can be improved etc. I will post some more feedback and progress in couple of days, didn't have much time to play these days
  7. Of course, please do i'm curious to see how it unfolds with Callejon and Ribery on WM-s, and Fiorentina is Roma's sister club, Davide Astori and great Batigol connect us!
  8. Thank you for dropping by RTHerringbone! I remember your blog and articles that helped me learn a lot about the game, especially the one from FM 16 about Aston Villa Very clever thinking with AM-su, and filling all the strata probably has benefits that you cover the whole pitch and there are no weaknesses with different opponents formations. Does your AM-su have ''get further forward'' or any other PI? What's the other strikers role? I would like to try it with Roma, maybe use it as another option.
  9. Thank you neptune's blue For the WM's good PPM is ''cuts inside from the wings'' and it's good to have a player that can pass at least a little bit because they also contribute to playmaking (lets say minimum of 12 for passing and vision is needed). But if you have a WM on one side that is better in passing like Mkhitaryan, and one that is more attacking inside forward type of player like Pedro, its still ok, especially if they are hardworking like them. But you know what is really beautiful in 4-4-2, you can also play a wingback on that position, if he has solid technique he can totally play Bruno Peres who is under average wingback played couple of times on right WM and had really good games. Spinazzola can play it also really good. I see you probably manage Fiorentina, so Callejon, Ribery, Bonaventura, Kouame should be killers on that position Pol Lirola could play it as well, maybe Biraghi because of good crossing, but then put attacker with good heading and jumping on the same side, like Vlahović
  10. Hey guys, thank you for the comments! As Sting said when they couldn't finish some songs they recorded in a studio because they complicated the arrangements: ''Gentlemen, simplicity, not stupidity'' Sometimes when it goes really bad in football (similar to life), it's just you complicating and overthinking things In my last couple of games I went more attacking, with two MC-su and DLF on attack and we are still making a lot of chances and scoring, while being great defensively. We've had 3 CCC's and been much better against Juventus, but the game finished 1:1, a huge mistake by Karsdorp who gifted the ball to Cristiano Ronaldo in 92.minute But now i don't get frustrated as i used to, because i know this sometimes happen in real life, it's not my tactics fault, and Karsdorp is not a great player, I'm waiting on Florenzi to come back from a loan to PSG I'll keep you posted about my save as I'm intending to make Roma a European giant with our recognizable simplistic style and a lot of youth development. We are not a team that can buy expensive players, so I'm gonna scout a lot and let our kids play, similar to Ajax
  11. Hello guys, I've been playing FM for 20 years and as much as i love the game in last couple of iterations I've been suffering immensely. With introduction of massive effect of the roles and constant need for tinkering with tactics, FM became really frustrating for me so i always gave up after endless trying of different stuff. I've read a lot of articles by great masters of this game like @Cleon, @Rashidi, @Ozil, @Experienced Defender, and it became my obsession to read every night before sleep about roles, width, defensive lines and I've gone for the approach of not caring for the results, just trying to make a tactic that's eye pleasing so i can at least enjoy watching games until I get sacked But on FM 19 and 20, i couldn't even do that, or if i did it lasted a couple of games until some bogey tactic (at least for me because i didn't know how to counter it) came around and there was no chances or after 20+ shots on target and 2-3 clear cut chances they scored on the counter and won 0:1. Couple of weeks ago I've taken a different approach. I made a simple tactic with basic formation that every player on any level of competition can understand, that presses pretty hard, doesn't have a lot of TI's but the main thing is that you can change it slightly according to the opponent without overthinking it. The perfect formation for this was of course 4-4-2, that every kid that starts playing football learns very quickly. My version is slightly more modern than the plain old ''two wingers running and crossing the ball to the big guy so he can put it down for the fast guy'' because that kind of football on the higher levels is ancient history and you easily get stopped by almost any team Maybe someone has already done it and i missed it on the forums, maybe I've just accidentally found a ''hole'' in ME, but the roles and TI's are pretty logical and it doesn't look as I am exploiting the ME because even if i wanted to, i wouldn't know how I'm not saying I invented the wheel, it just helped me enjoy this game again, so maybe it can help you think differently when making your own tactic. So, without further ado, I present you the tactic for the lazy manager that plays nice simple football and wins a lot: The Wide Midfielders have PI of ''sit narrower'', and both of them have a trait ''cuts inside''. Pellegrini on the CM-su has a PI ''take more risk'' because i wanted to emphasize his really good passing, but you can use it without it. I use roles for strikers that have PI ''move to channels'' to further stretch the defenses, but I've noticed that Advanced Forward tends to be isolated against different teams, so i opted for this combo. The beauty of 4-4-2 is that you can use any role that suits your strikers, just make sure that you have one support and one attacking role and both with ''move to channels'' either by putting it manually or them being already encoded for the role. Basically what this tactic does is: Wide midfielders cut inside or go near the wingbacks to supply them and come to the positions almost in the AM strata leaving space for wingbacks to cross or pass, CM-su supplies all of them them with through balls, and DM-su acts like a holder in defense, and joins CM-su in possession phase. Strikers do their thing because they have a lot of options as WBs and WMs overwhelm the midfielders and fullbacks. You can sometimes play DM-su as second CM-su, depends on the opponents formation, but this is the ''safer'' option. What i see is really nice pressing, lot of passing options, very good defense, shots and chances from 6-7 players in the team. Opponents very rarely catch you on the counter because of the high line, but they generally don't have a lot of opportunities. You can go more defensive by putting wingbacks to fullbacks, strikers to pressing forwards on support etc. Lots of options that don't kill the balance instantly when you choose the ''wrong'' role. These are the results since I've started using this approach, the draws are a side effect of a hectic schedule and heavily rotating not so deep Roma squad: I'm really enjoying my save now, not just because of winning, but even in this draws we played really well, just missing chances. Now I know for sure when a team is better than mine, rather than me not doing a tactical puzzle well. So tell me is it a ''fluke'' or the solution has been all these years under my nose and i just overcomplicated things I'm still on FM 20, so if someone tries it on new ME, please leave feedback.
  12. I tried it in FM 20, its very stable defensively, sometimes against teams who play with 3 central backs and DMC chances are not easy to make and a lot depends on wing backs, but i guess its much better in FM 21s match engine I was 3rd at the end of season, wins against Lazio 4:1, Juve 2:0, Napoli 3:0 (oh the irony), Roles: Pau Lopez SK su Mancini BPD su with stay wider Ibanez BDP su (stay wider) Smalling CD co Spinny CWB su Karsdorp CWB su Veretout and Pellegrini as MC su, Pellegrini on the side of Pedro and with more risky pass PI (they cover really good and Pellegrini has a lot of assists) Pedro as IF su and Mkhtiaryan as AP at, both with sit narrower instruction Džeko as DLF at (when Zaniolo was back from injury i put him to play this position and he scored or assisted almost every game, Roma in real life has this problem of Džeko not being mobile enough sometimes, he was non existent in game against Napoli on Sunday, he should be kind of a pivot in the attack but he doesn't involve enough because of his work rate)
  13. I have the artistic approach Kind of Zdenek Zeman but a little bit safer philosophy, trying to make my teams play nice attacking football, and if the results go with it, i won't complain, if they don't, i go somewhere else
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