Positive mentality, high press, counter press, and play from the back
Player roles and attributes:
Onana: Sweeper keeper support. Great goalie, who can play this role perfect.
In addition to the regular goalie attributes, he has technique, passing, etc. all the fun stuff a sweeper keeper needs.
Also has player trait uses long throw to start counter attacks. Hateboer: Full back on attack. Overlapping on the left inside forward, he is our force down the right wing.
Key attributes: all high physicals and mentals. And can play defense and cross Veltman and Onguera: Center backs on defend. Stick the faster center back on Hateboer's side. Onguera had a great season. Veltman just lacks some physicals
for Championsleague play. Tagliafico: Full back on support. Blind: Deep lying playmaker on defend. Smart passer, and good defender. Engine of the team. Also great mentor for youngster (model citizen). And got important player traits: dictates tempo, comes deep
van der Beek: Box to box midfielder. High mentals. Just put him on individual training for defensive positioning. Can also play Advanced playmaker position well. Ziyech: Inside forward support. Cuts in from the right, player traits to switch ball to other flank, plays long range passes, and plays killer balls. He often feeds it to Neres or Promes. Also great set piece taker Tadic: Advanced playmaker support. Has all the perfect attributes for this role. He doesn't play killer balls, so my future advanced playmaker would need this. Promes: Inside forward on attack. Dribbles and takes on his opponent. Also a lot of assist. Neres: Advanced forward (default attack). Love this role. Creates a lot of space for the 3 behind him. And is on the end of a lot of attacks, many times we get to send Neres behind opponents D-line.
Pretty sure a player with higher finishing and composure will have a higher scoring percentage. I did had my staff teach him a new trait, beating the offside trap.
Vs. some lower level opponents, that played very defensive, I used Huntelaar instead of Neres. As a Target man on attack. Played wider (attacking width) - put Promes on support, and Tagliafico on attack + overlap.
Adjustments I make, particular vs. teams that are high level
- Mentality to normal. Depending what mentality opponents uses. If they play cautious or normal, I mostly will still play
- Not running at defense
- Pass into space. Only if opponent plays high line and we can keep decent possession
- Drop defensive line to normal, depending on roles, quality, attributes of their forwards
- Drop line of engagement to high/standard/lower. Want to make sure they won't win 2nd balls easily and/or play easily between my lines
Not preventing short GK distribution anymore
Sometimes also change:
- Hateboer to support (but still overlap)
- Promes to support: if opponents right defender keeps getting away from him
- Tempo to normal (depending on how game goes)
- Defensive with to wide, if opponent pretty much only uses the wide area's to attack (Zenit did it, and it was lovely)
- Defensive with to narrow, if they only have one wide player on each wing
- Time waste to sometimes/always: to protect a lead
I watch first 15 minutes in full mode to finalize above settings, also try to figure how opponent attacks, but a lot of times
I know before hand:
How do they attack? How do the defend? Wide, narrow, high, deep. What roles, and do I need to worry about it?
Do they play a ball winning midfielder on Blind (Feyenoord did this, and cost us...)
At half time I can see their exact player roles
High press their attacking full back(s) or wing backs
All right or all left footer I show on weaker foot (even goalies)
Winger who likes ball into feet (high press)
Play maker: high press, sometimes tackle hard
High level wingers? tackle hard, particular if they have low bravery. If I end up giving up to many free kicks, and they
have a 16+ free kicker taker that is left footed, I won't tackle their right winger hard. And vice versa.
Leverkusen away we played a high line, this end up being to risky with Veltman
Atalanta home was a fluke game, two cheap goals
We pressed Atlanta's 532 in their own half (Opponent instructions on their wing backs) - maybe better if we would
allowed them to come out a bit, to hit them on a break to create better chances.
City match at home was great. We kept hitting them on the break.
The away match we took an early lead, but it got way to exciting 1-3 loss..
Bayern was another thrilling match...3-0 up at home with 20 min to go... They eliminated us on two late set plays... Veltman just not tall enough
Time to replace him next season Food for thought: Should of OP pressed their main passers, and used an offside trap. Instead I dropped the line and allowed them to come at me...
Thought their high off the ball movement attributes would of maybe beaten our offside trap. But should off trusted my back line more! Have great positioning, anticipating.
Expensive lesson with a 1/4 final defeat. Eredivisie: On fire! Didn't make to many adjustments, just in some of the away games (Feyenoord, PSV, AZ and Utrecht). And against defensive teams had
to bring Huntelaar
Cup loss: 10 vs 11 was easier then 10 vs 10... Missing a pk and getting a counter scored on us... Learned a lot from this match, left a gap for their runner