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tajj7 last won the day on April 15 2020

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  1. Just finished a season and had 22 penalties in total awarded from 59 games, which is more than 1 every 3 games. 50 goals in total from set pieces in the league, and 4 penalties were missed as well.
  2. A lot of these problems have been there for a while but have steadily got worse, when they should be getting better. Also I don't complain about having massive number of shots and the opposition scoring from 1-2, that happens IRL, it's the frequency it happens and the efficiency of chances as explained above, top teams in Europe have a 15-20% efficiency of scouring goals, in FM you are lucky to get 11-13% with top top players and AI teams that are very good like Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern, Real if you go look at their numbers in game in other leagues, often some of these teams are sub 10%. Quite simply it happens far too often, and thing is often you can still win but you win like 2-1, when you should be winning like 4-5-6 to 1, because you create multiple good chances, chances you literally watch being fluffed time and time again by players in good form/good morale with amazing attributes, but you win so often people will be like 'meh' but if you actually really look closely and pay attention to the stats you need like 4-5 very good chances to often just score 1 goal and actually end up with 40-45% of your goals coming from set pieces and another 10-15% coming from long shots, when you are making 3-6 quality chances a game with another 3-4 half chances as well but often are winning games because of set pieces. Also if you just drop off, nothing will happen, because the AI doesn't attack, if its on a defensive mentality than most of the time they will stay like that, even if they are losing, I've tried it many times, been 1-2 up in a game against a team that is basically parking the bus, and then dropping off, inviting them on and nothing happens because they won't attack. Plus they can keep the ball to absolutely silly unrealistic level in their half, even against a high press, they complete like 95% of their passes with average players who are not great at passing but just keep playing passes over and over. If you leave them alone, they will continue doing it and rarely try to win the game or score. But that is actually the point, you look at these players and they are in poor form, with not great morale, and they have poor composure, poor technique etc. for a team that has just lost 5 on the bounce, but suddenly against you are finishing every tiny chance at goal. If you seriously see no problem with set pieces then you can't be watching games. Teams are getting like 40-45% of their goals from set pieces both scored and conceded, good set piece takers can get like 25-30 assists a season with ease. Because it is, again I have eyes, I watch games, I see what is happening and it is not to do with tactics. I mean that is the sad thing here is that people just seem unable to criticise the game despite what is right in front of them. It is not my tactics that makes world class finishers miss 1v1s over and over and over. Which is proven by top level AI teams converting sub 10% of their chances, a good 7-10% lower than real life. It is not tactics that makes players shoot from absurd angles. It is not tactics that makes defenders weirdly move forward when long balls are in the air and not actually react until the ball reaches a certain zone, it actually looks pretty similar to an issue FIFA used to have with non-controlled players not reacting to a ball until it was in a certain sphere. It is not tactics that makes teams score and concede around 40-45% of goals from set pieces, well above real life averages. It's not tactics that allows people running with the ball to beat like 3-4 players without really moving and able to turn defenders like they are stuck to the pitch. I've slowed down replays, analysed them from multiple angles for a lot of this stuff and a lot of it is just baffling, inexplicable behaviour that you would never see on a football pitch even on amateur level, some of the things players do makes literally no sense. I know a problem with my tactic and know a problem with the ME, it's pretty clear on the difference, like when my centre back goes charging out of position to close down a full back, it's because I have 'always close down' the opposition full backs, that is a limitation of my tactics (but also a limitation of the tactics engine where you can't set up more complex press instructions, because I don't want centre-backs closing down full backs but because I have a narrow formation with no wingers, I need my midfielders to close down those full backs and challenge them, but I can't get that much granularity and have to accept the flaws it will create). That is a tactics problem, but when a opposition defender hoofs a long ball forward first time (which of course is perfect) and I watch as the ball is in the air my centre back moves forward (away from my goal) further under the ball, whilst the opposition striker starts moving at the same time towards my goal into the path of the ball, so that by the time the ball is behind my defence my centre back is completely out of position, I know that is not a tactics problem it's a clear ME problem. Like I said previously in this thread, far far too often on this forum when people make criticisms of the ME, many people's go to response is 'It's your tactics' and it's insulting, and in most cases blatantly false. I've played FM for like 20 years, I always create my own tactics and I am generally successful at the game, I am not some tactics guru but I understand how to set teams up and get them to do what I want them to generally do, and I do that by watching the games and looking at things from multiple angles, reviewing mistakes, reviewing goals conceded etc. and when you do that it becomes very clear there are multiple issues with the ME, and people not recognising that are burying their heads in the sand.
  3. This is a typical 'It's your tactics' response that insults the intelligence of people giving feedback. I watch my games, I watch my strikers miss multiple good chances, I watch my wide players shoot from stupid angles when there are multiple options in the middle for them to pass to, runners created by my tactics. And then I watch the AI who has done nothing all game ping one in from 30 yards with a player who IRL has scored 1 goal in whole career and has a long shots of 9. And then watch my strikers miss good chances again. You can also get a good appreciation of the match by looking at the stats in detail, my teams have multiple shots inside the box, on target that the game doesn't even deem half chances that IRL managers and players would say people should be scoring from. It's not a tactics problem, there are fundamental flaws with this years ME, there is no getting away from it. And really it's not about being successful, I won the Bundesliga unbeaten in my second season with Leverkusen and won the champions league, I am plenty successful, I just don't like what I am watching because it ranges from annoying to absurd and ultimately frustrating as an experience. Most of the rest of the game is great and love many of the new things they have added over the last few versions, but what you do in FM ultimately is manage your team in matches and watch those matches, and that aspect is just not very good and not up to scratch compared to previous versions.
  4. There is also a shots to goals conversation ratio problem. Currently this year Dortmund are scoring from over 20% of their shots, and there are several clubs across Europe who have over 15%, yet in my game I, with a frontline of Haaland and Kane, have only a 14% shots to goals conversion rate, which is the best in the league. For the AI, teams like Liverpool have 9% and Chelsea have just 7%, despite both having very good attackers (and still being in the top 4) Barcelona have 9% as well, Real Madrid just 11%, Dortmund have 14%, Bayern Munich with Lewandoski still have just 10%.
  5. Yeh they are kind of silly, I've scored 68 goals in my Man City save so far this season 28 of which have been from set pieces. Which is over 40% of goals from set pieces. Plus that doesn't include at least 2-3 goals where I have scored from the second phase of set pieces either. I've only conceded 13 in all competitions, but 5 of those have been from set pieces as well.
  6. I mean from both sides, not just against me, but yes pretty much every game I will see plays like this. Often they don't have to beat many players, like 1-3, because they just out pace everyone, even if they are not that fast and my defenders are faster, because the defenders do odd things like run away from them or move backwards, when they are supposed to be running alongside them. But yes very commonly I see players make dribbles from deep inside their own half that result in chances.
  7. No not true at all. Just watch the ME, people can dribble 60-70 yards with ease, and players with dribbling, pace, acceleration and agility will go past players with ease. It's how a player like Troare will do well even with poor technical and mental attributes, because the ME massively favours physical ones. Players like Rashford are at times unplaybable, even as a centre-forward, even when IRL he has struggled in that position, in game he will just spin his marker and get away from him. Players consistently can run faster with the ball than players without as well. The other people that perform absurdly well are people who take set pieces, because those are broken.
  8. You only have to actually watch games to see how bad this years ME really is. I could write a 10000 word essay on all the issues. Some things may indeed be how the graphical engine represents what is actually happening, but that is IMO no real excuse, because all we as end users see is what is happening on the pitch and if it looks dumb, stupid and completely unrealistic then people will rightly be unhappy. If the graphical engine can't properly represent what is happening, then what is happening shouldn't simply happen. There is a very clear problem with set pieces, there is a very clear problem with 1v1s being scored, and the AI scoring from an absurdly low number of quality chances (you generally have to hammer the AI in good chances to win games, and even then they will beat you with you creating 6+ good chances and them basically none), usually through players scoring where their attributes are clearly irrelevant, (people with 8 long shots smashing in 30 yarders against world class keepers), there is very clearly an issue with every half decent quick dribbler able to play like Messi, there is a clear issue with players like tackling each other than the ball just phases back to the tackler, terrible problems with defender positioning and reactions (like defenders who run away from attackers, or who move forward when a long ball is in the air so they are out of position). And silly things like centre-backs taking throw ins, or two players closing down the goalkeeper for no reason, or the classic throw in, midfielder just dwells on the ball for no reason for ages just so the opposition can rob it and counter attack from it (usually with some player running 60-70 yards that no one can catch, even if your players are quicker). Oh and the absurdly negative AI that then is able to play tiki-taka keep ball in their own half all game without making any mistakes even against a good press. Lots of silly looking stuff, unrealistic stuff and downright annoying stuff. The stuff the OP highlights just gets old. Yes occasionally teams will have lots of chances, play, shots possession and draw/lose. The key word is occasionally, it might happen 1 or 2 times in a season at best IRL, if not less for the very best teams. In game in happens multiple times a season and you are often having 15-25 shot on target a game, multiple clear cut chances, hitting the woodwork 2-3 times etc. No team stands up to that sort of pressure and wins, but in game that happens multiple times a season. I don't mind losing if I get outplayed, I don't mind struggling to break a low block, but those things have to be realistic, not low blocks where their centre-backs are having 90% pass completion rates with 50+ passes against a press, or low blocks where you have 15 shots on target, 3 clear cut chances, 3 half chances, barely any long shots and their average keeper gets a 7.5 out of nowhere, meanwhile their crap centre-mid wanders forward and smashes one in from 30 yards with his 10 long shots, or from the 3 corners they get all game their guy with 11 heading scores from a corner, whilst I have like 12 corners and don't score, because reasons. Generally when good teams fail to score, they haven't played very well which means they don't create good chances, don't move the ball around well, But in game you can absolutely play a team off the park, but lose 1-0 or 2-1, to like 3 shots on target, because your world class strikers fluff 5 1v1s and their journeyman striker scores the only chance they have all game and then their left back scores a 30 yard volley on his wrong foot for his first goal in two years. The ME this year is just bad, there are multiple issues with it, I wish it wasn't the case but its by far the worst ME for years IMO and it is littered with problems and has been from day one.
  9. He is right though, players with pace, dribbling, agility etc. overperform because in the ME they can dribble like 70 yards past multiple people with ease
  10. Yes dribbling is a real issue, far too many goals and chances scored by players who just run like 40-70 yards around players like they are not there. From my experience, watching this, defenders just don't react when a player turns or moves, and they do odd things like run in the wrong direction, like instead of running at an angle to cut the distance to an attacker they run like parallel to them, stuff like that.
  11. Corners is around the 7-10 sort of range I'd say. Free kicks is a lot dependent on the team, lesser teams tend to foul a lot, like I just beat Dynamo 6-0 with Man City and they did 25 fouls, but then looking at it a lot of these are not in that dangerous positions. I'd also say direct free kicks is probably about fine from my experience. For example Ward-Prowse in real life scores about 2-4 direct free kicks a seasons for Southampton, and in game he might score like 3-6, but that is playing for better teams who are likely to create more chances, attack more and therefore get fouled more around the box, thus giving him more chances to shoot. I am also not sure wide free kicks is that much of a problem. It's I think corners, too many goals from corners. IRL teams can have 10+ corners and not score, but it's quite easy in game IMO to score 1-2 goals from about 8-10 corners.
  12. The set piece problem can turn good players into gods. I mean - And that is not even his best, I've had 30+ assist seasons out of JWP. AND that is pretty much always from a DMC position with either a SV or DLP role, so a position where he is more deep than most other midfielders and attackers. Another thing I would like to see a big improvement on and this has been a problem for years, is AI squad building, they are terrible at it. I mean I can join a club a few seasons in - And spend over £400 million on transfers AND make a profit, because there is so much bloated mess at these clubs. Man City were playing a 1 striker system, yet the had Harry Kane, Aguero, Jesus and Depay. So you could say well Depay can play AMR/AML, yes, but then for those positions they had Silva, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez, Foden, Roberts in the first team squad as well. Not to mention an U23 squad with about 45 players in it.
  13. The way the ME currently works, pace, acceleration, agility and dribbling will make him pretty amazing alone, even if his other stats are pretty poor. It's also likely a current ability problem, physical attributes like that are weighted very highly for wingers/attackers, he starts the game with 145 currently ability which is pretty much the same as Jimenez and Jota for Wolves, but that pace, acceleration and strengths will use up a lot of his PA. If he had like even low teens like 12-14s in other attacking stats his CA has to go up a lot, you can go try it yourself in the editor. Give him like 14 crossing, 13 finishing, 12 passing, 11 long shots, 12 off the ball , 14 first touch and 12 vision (so not dramatic boosts), and his CA has to go up to 154, which would make him the highest CA at the club. It would also give him a higher current ability than Mahrez and Marcus Rashford. So you can see the issue, he just isn't that good (at least yet, another season or two like this one then maybe)
  14. Charging into to tackles, that is not how you press, diving in is stupid at all levels of football. Again, the formation is irrelevant because I have watched the positions on the pitch and how my team plays, the average positions of my team are basically no different to a 4-3-3 with a DM, I could move the wingers up to the AML and AMR positions and it makes very little difference, I have been using attacking MRs and MLs multiple times and they play high up the pitch, press well and get into good positions. The same roles further forward don't make a huge difference. As I showed above, it happens with players further forward. So blaming the formation is flat out wrong. The issue is the AI and how easily average players can pass the ball around constantly with no mistakes and the complete lack of any forward or positive play that no team in world football would be able to replicate for 90 minutes, let alone poor and average ones with abilities that should not allow repeated one and two touch football in their own half under pressure, which is what they do when you watch them, they ping the ball about first time, back and forth amongst multiple players with players that often barely have double figures for things like passing, vision, first touch and technique. Oh and the other thing that shows it has little to do with my formation is that I score pressing turnovers against better teams who play out from the back, purely because even though they are much better at passing, they play slightly more risky passes.
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