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  1. Thank you guys! Editor is not an option for me, as for some weird reason it crashes everytime I try to open it. My question was virtual, as I'm in March, approaching the end of season and it seems I will get promoted to French league top tier, but the club's financial situation is very bad. So unless there is some nice TV money, I can hardly improve the team to be able to stay up. And I got an offer from a second tier German club, so I need to decide where to go next. Basically I would prefer staying in my current club, but if the finances would be damaging my possibilities of success, then I would probably prefer to change the club. That is unless I would find similar or worse situation there
  2. I was wondering if there is some website or link, where I could see what are the TV deals per each playable league on FM18. Or if anyone could kindly tell me from their own experience approx. what kind of figures can one expect as a newly promoted top tier side in Germany and France. Thanks in advance :-)
  3. I'm looking forward to this thread. I really like the idea of wing backs of defend duty, I should try that myself as an 4312 enthusiast. Can I ask you what is the reasoning behind the DLP having move into channels PI?
  4. Right backs at my disposal are all only decent Serie A players, and so are also central defenders. Before the finances allow me to improve the personnel, I'm considering moving the DLP/D into the DM strata and making him an Anchor, that could improve the defending?
  5. I have moved on with my save, I have also switched to a 4-3-1-2 recently, it works very well in attack, however the defensive side is problematic as I have one of the worst defensive records in the league. We're fluid and mostly standard (unless away at big teams, then I use counter), and below are players roles and duties. As for TI, most of the time I use none, I trigger exploit the middle when facing teams that have low numbers in the middle (like 4-4-2) and tackling hard when I feel we are letting things too easily to our opponents. GK - defend DR - full back support DCR - central defender defend DCL - central defender defend DL - wing back support (I switch to attack when playing weaker sides or when I feel it needed) MCR - box to box support MC - deep lying playmaker defend with close down less PI MCL - central midfielder support AMC - attacking midfielder attack STRC - advanced forward attack STLC - deep lying forward support Mostly I concede after a cross from side (more often our right side), defenders fail to intercept the ball and striker scores.
  6. First impact with Serie A has been hard, there was not much money available to strengthen the team, so I have almost identical squad as in Serie B, and results so far haven't been good. I started the season with a 0-2-3, I must add I have faced mostly teams of mid-table or lower, no-one of the top names yet, so I'm worried this season may not go very well. I'm considering going back to counter, but I'm not entirely sure. The fact is - we play well, we create chances, but the other teams score more, set pieces or counterattacks.
  7. So I must say that these changes worked like a magic for me! I'm more than halfway through the season and I'm currently sitting at the top of the table. Thanks for helping me to see what I wasn't seeing. Since changing the mentality the play feels more convinced while still responsible at the back. The box to box on MCL is so much more involved in the play, scoring here and there too. The advanced playmaker on MC and Shadow striker still sometimes play too close to each other, but often it led to nice outnumbering. Only two problems are, the striker feels too much streaky (could be a personnel thing) and the shadow striker participates well in the play, but he has very low numbers of goals and assists (I'm not sure whether to consider this as an issue, as we are winning matches) Should I win promotion to Serie A, I'm curious how it would cope against much stronger opponents. In the cup I played Chievo and lost 2-3 in extra time, despite being up by two goals. But the play seemed right, it felt we lost our lead through the tiredness rather than anything else.
  8. Thank you guys for the imput! I cannot wait to test the improvements tonight. Now that you mentioned it, indeed the MC/A and the SS were often quite near to each other, so to begin with, I will try changing the mentality to standard and changing the role of the MC/A. @westy8chimp in it's basics I used no TI for now, only during matches according to situation I was adding exploit flanks/middle, hit early crosses and when I was leading, I would add retain possession
  9. Thank you guys! Here are the three PIs I use: DMC has close down less, to keep him tighter to the defenders MCL and MCR have tackle hard Yesterday I started pre-season of 2nd year, and I have noticed there are far too many passes back to the DLP, so I'm considering switching him into a defensive midfielder on defend duty (or maybe even anchor). In my squad I have next to none side midfielders or wingers, so I would keep the formation for now and I will try the suggestion of going standard & lowering tempo and passing settings.
  10. I have started a season with Perugia in Italian 2nd tier, season went okayish, I have reached the goal of top table finish arriving 9th. However there are some issues with my tactics, most of all that I have hard time scoring goals. I use counter strategy in a flexible shape. The formation is asymetric 4-1-3-1-1, with AMCR and STCL. Next come roles and duties: GK - goalkeeper / defend RB - wing back / support (duty changes to attack occasionaly) DC - central / defend DC - central / defend DL - full back / attack DMC - deep laying playmaker / defend MCR - central midfielder / support (with the RB on attack duty becomes defend duty) MC - central midfielder / attack MCL - central midfielder / support AMCR - shadow striker / attack STCL - deep laying forward / support (often also defensive forward / support) As I finished the season with 2nd best defense and only 16th best attack, I think I need to risk more, I'm not sure where though, as the play itself looks fine, we would just need more presence in the box, but I'm not sure where to get that. I mean which player / role change to obtain that. I'm also hoping improvement will come from transfers I have lined up, as AMCR and striker weren't good enough (only 2 and a half star each). I would however welcome any opinions or tips how to improve this system, whether there is some obvious flaw I don't see etc. Thank you guys!
  11. I have question about lone player in a strata. I'm considering a 4-1-3-2 with the two up front being AMC and ST and I was wondering what is the difference between using AMC / STC combination where the players are right in front of each other, or for example AMLC and STRC. Because as in both cases there would be only one person per strata, the movements should be almost alike? And visual difference mostly while without the ball?
  12. I have decided to post an update on how things are going, this save is serving me as a learning curve more than ever. I have finally settled on the 4-3-3 (DM,AMR,AML) formation. I have tried also pushing the AMR&AML back to ML, but it resulted in us creating literally none attack. I must add that I tried it for matches against Celtic, Rangers, Hibernian and Aberdeen, who are all superior to us, so it could have gone wrong anyway, but what I saw on the screen just didn't feel right. One change that I made already during my previous season and since then my teams feel more "compact" was changing the structure from flexible to fluid. Maybe it's just my idea, but on "eye test" the play seems more smooth, all players are involved in play etc since that change. Before above all my wide AMs seemed to mind their own stuff, and also the striker would often fail to participate in game. At this moment I have two basic tactics, where only the mentality changes. It's more the player roles, their duties, and then players attributes/ppms that do most of the trick. Also it's nice to watch how much of a difference can player's preffered feet make, above all it's nicely visible on the IF on AMR. For now the only team instruction active is get stuck in, as I was using it about 80% of the time anyway, so now I turn that off only when we have too many bookings early in the match. 4-3-3 flexible & standard is my main tactics GK - GK/defend RB - FB/support, when I see there is space, I often change him into WB/S or FB/A, according to the player on field CD - DC/defend CD - DC/defend LB - FB/attack DMC - DLP/defend, PI close down less, as initially he seemed to move too much around the place MCR - CM/support MCL - CM/attack AMR - IF/attack, this one is constantly changed, according to the player who starts and according to the situation on field, it can become a support duty or a winger/attack when I feel the middle is too crowded AML - IF/support ST - DLF/support 4-3-3 flexible & counter is the tactics for harder matches, or when winning and I feel like I should slow down the match (underlined changes in compare to main one) GK - GK/defend RB - FB/support CD - DC/defend CD - DC/defend LB - FB/support DMC - DLP/defend MCR - CM/support MCL - CM/attack AMR - IF/support or winger/support AML - IF/support ST - DLF/support or DF/support or DF/defend -- As for results, after 12 matches I'm sitting on 6th place, which I think is not bad for a newly promoted side. The only match that was really bad was a home lose 1-3 against Partick, but more than the result the fact that they outplayed us and I didn't find a way to counter them. Future progress of my tactics will go hand in hand with improvements to the squad.
  13. Thank you guys! In the end I finished second and won promotion through the playoffs, so now the real fun begins. I like the idea of pushing the AML,R to the ML,R position for tougher games, I will try that against Celtic and Rangers, maybe also Aberdeen and other biggish clubs away. One thing though, some of the players I use in these positions are more of a striker type, than a midfielder, would that be a big problem as they have no positional rating and low attributes such as marking?
  14. Thank you for your reply jorgvandervloed, Yep, I probably haven't explained myself in the first post. The main issue I have is when facing Hibernian, who are the strongest team in the league. I'm doing alright when facing others, I mean I'm supposed to arrive 2nd and that is very much likely. But every time I have played Hibernian, I felt like there was incredible distance between the two teams, basically in 2 of 4 matches I played against them, I failed to even register a single shot on goal. So my worry/question was, is it possible that my tactics is good enough against weaker teams in the competition, but once facing stronger team and when/if promoted stronger league, I feel I will be in trouble. I will try to experiment with the WB on right, I just fear my players on that position have far too low dribbling stat (bellow 6 if I remember well). As for the defending, it's indeed this. It feels like the attacking players have far too much time before my players try to challenge them. I'd prefer them not to enter the challenge, but they seem to stand off too much, letting them get in shooting position and take the shot. Higher defensive line could be an idea, but my defenders are slow (7 to 9 acceleration), so that could cause more troubles with counter attacks?
  15. I have started a new save as Dundee United, it took me a while to get better idea of the players and in the pre-season I have tried various formations to understand what could suit my players best. In the end I settled on a 4-3-3 with DM, AMR and AML (having tried also 4-4-1-1 and a wingerless 3-5-2 WB, DM). The formation is in FM terms 4-1-2-2-1 and roles/duties are following: GK - GK/D RB - FB/S DC - DC/D DC - DC/D DC - FB/S DMC - DLP/D MCR - CM/S MCL - CM/A AMR - IF/A AML - W/S FW - DF/S or F9 I use flexible shape and either standard or counter strategy, mostly standard though, counter so far only when away at Hibernian or in cup against Premiership teams. No team or individual instructions as default, adding sometimes during the match get stuck in and when I feel like we could gain advantage there, then exploit both flanks. Against 4-4-2 I try exploit the middle. After 12 matches I'm joined 2nd/3rd, six points behind leaders Hibernian, who every time I faced (twice in league, twice in cups, lost 3, won 1 in cup) them seem far superior to me and that makes me feel I need some improvements, also in case we would end up getting promoted to the top tier. Do you think my roles/duties distribution has some major flaws? Here are couple of my notes / observations: In defense I would like a WB/S on the right, but my players aren't really wing-back material. As strikers, I use the DF or F9 mostly because other roles are unsuitable for my strikers' attributes, I tried in a couple of matches DLF/S, but he just didn't do nothing notable and changing him into DF brought immediate improvement, both in winning the ball back, and linking up with midfield better. I seem to concede most goals after striker gets a ball, moves slightly around the central defender, shoots from about the edge of area and scores. That could depend on GK, as my top two choices are out with longer injuries. I'm unsure about the left side combination of roles, but FB/A would probably come to annoy the left winger? Looking forward to hear your suggestions guys :-)
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