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Everything posted by westy8chimp

  1. I'm working on a possession project with Fulham. In first season I was hitting 75-80% possession in many games. On promotion I've changed tactic a bit to make sure I survive so will be a few seasons before I really go for it in the EPL... But this was my first goal in the EPL, first match away to Leicester. 25 passes and a nice finish from close to goal. My shot conversion is pretty random... Some games I'll have 15 shots with 10+ on target... Some games I'll have 40 shots and maybe just 10 on target. I don't think it's linked directly to possession, probably more to do with personnel and types of chances created.
  2. Dlf and Af is a classic combo. I like it with more of a link up man tho like an Am or Mez... Less so for a 442...dlf-s is looking for link up play.. Af gets dragged out wide into channels a lot... So it cries out for a third attacking option. Whereas TM a little more stationary and poacher stays more central than an AF and does less donkey work... Means you can get away with just two strikers and let the wingers work the channels. See how you get on, you don't need a perfect tm/po just using the roles might be more optimal.
  3. Hope we are all coping with the stressful times and lock downs, best wishes to all. Like many, the lack of football and working from home is a mind numbing experience. I'm shipping my family off to the in-laws for a couple of weeks.... So I have time to finally get stuck into FM20 @herne79 it was your challenges around this time of year that got me into the last couple of FMs. Cmon mate, pull your finger out... Give us some ideas for a save or challenge of some sort.
  4. I'll post a screenshot later... But that vid is quite a good illustration. 532 but quite a passive midfield with a high defensive line... So the 6 are often close together and I use play out of defence, so get some passing going while my wing backs get high up the pitch. Tavanier is wb-a, barasic is on support the other side. So typically, as in the video we play down the right. My mids are bbm, dlp-d, car (left to right) so once the ball is pumped out wide we have the two strikers jn the box and the bbm and lwb usually lurking on edge and back post respectively. Front pair TM-a, pf-a left to right. The crosses are coming mostly from the right to I like the TM as the left striker... Tends to stay in box more where the PF can sometimes get drawn towards the ball carrier. Both on attack, not interested in them being involved in build up. It's quite one dimensional by design. High tempo, direct. Bpds and dlp often sending rangey passes to the wbs who cross it in. I also do distribute to cbs... If we start with the ball at Gk I don't want to just go long too early and give the ball away. My TM is a goalscorer not an 'out ball'. So often the passage of play is two step.. Gk to bpd to dlp perhaps a few more short passes back and forth... Then to wb who can sometimes still be quit deep, so itl go back for another phase while we get into attacking positions then it's the riskier pass back to wb and the cross comes in.
  5. Oh no... It happened again... Tavanier swings in a peach... Matty Smith plants it. Poetry.
  6. @Enzo_Francescoli Yeh this was cautious mentality. Short passing and low tempo, with cautious... Means the other roles are very passive and the Regista can direct the game better... Which is what they are for. You have very little chance of winning if you go a goal behind unless you change it up, so have a second formation ready
  7. Flatback 4, wb-s both sides. Bpd and CB both on defend. Reigsta and anchor man in DM (cook won English player of the season as the regista) Wing-s on the right side where the regista is, iw-s on the left. AF and dlf-s upfront. Lower line of engagement Lower defence line Regroup, counter Shorter passing, lower tempo Play of out of defence Distribute to cbs Had a lot of possession and some great passing moves... Cook dominated most games and actually got pretty high up the pitch in attacking situations. Djangana at iw-s was very good. Possibly as this was a beta save and my goals came more from the wide areas than my strikers... Altho josh King as AF scored 19.
  8. You probably looking at my leverkusen 532 in the first post of the thread....but yes defo TM upfront with AF. That setup is good. I'd maybe change the mez for something more defensive... But I play 532 very one dimensionally... Get ball out wide, cross it in, let the big man challenge.
  9. Pretty much identical to the QPR setup I linked earlier in the thread. I like to keep my 532 simple. I've changed the wbs to support to encourage crossing from deeper... Not liking the byline play on fm20 atm. Set them to cross more often too.
  10. OK, I'm a cheat. Started a new game with Rangers... Added manager to Millwall.. Transfer list Matt Smith.. Accept offer from Rangers. Confirm deal, retire. Now the dream team are formed.. Tavanier... Probably the best RWB I've ever seen live! And Barisic... Crossing 18 at LWB. Easier for Matty Smith to assimilate in Scotland than the Bundesliga 😂
  11. Lacina was a great player but struggled to get work permits for me in the last few years. I haven't tried on FM20, but I've found runs off of the target man to be too reactive rather than proactive... So whilst the theory of a shadow striker or other attacking runner from midfield is perfect... It often doesn't play very well. It works well with dlf, cos as they drop deep and collect the ball the others are reacting and making the fwd run. With tm, especially a long ball... He is usually further forward than any midfield player at point of contact, so flick ons go nowhere... Tms are good at heading it back to teammates tho.
  12. I don't get to watch as much football as I used to so I'm well out of touch with Championship, lg1&2. I was hoping Beric (St etienne) would be slightly better, tho target men never look too impressive stats wise so maybe I'll give him a go. Weghorst at Wolfsburg should be good. Michael Smith... Not sure if he's still at Pompey, always liked him too! I'm happy to hear suggestions as well!
  13. Regista and anchor man or dm-d a great partnership in this formation. W-a on one side... Iw/wm the other. Am-s, dlf-a/AF etc... One of my favourite formations on FM, used it to great effect in my lyon save. Check post 2 in this thread, how I used the 44112dm to smash psg. OK I was on balanced, not cautious, but you could very much use this as a 'defensive' tactic with potent attacking threat with a smaller club
  14. Don't think too rigidly, he used 3, you don't have to, especially in a 442. But the concept is to have attacking avenues of some kind. A regista is a support role, but by his nature will completely change the dynamic of your tactic. I played cautious with Bournemouth, regroup and hold shape. Low line of engagement, lower dline, short passing, low tempo, play out, defend narrow... Urgent pressing. But threw in a regista, a winger on attack and AF... and all of a sudden it becomes quite a dangerous attack. Defend with numbers behind the ball... Win it and play short safe passes until it comes to the regista and he will look for the killer ball to winger or advanced forward who are making aggressive runs.
  15. This was one of my fav seasons on fm 18. Skip to post 3 and some lovely videos of Matt Smith headbutting the ball. Is there anything sweeter than seeing a big man connect with a cross and Bury it? Wish I knew how to make a compilation video of them!
  16. Love target men. Matt Smith one of my favourites in real life and FM. I like to use fbs set to cross more often and from deep. At least one attacking winger. (or play 532 with one wbs crossing from deep, one wba crossing from byline) Ncb or bpd at the back. Matt Smith being Matt Smith in my current Millwall save...
  17. Relying on automatic counters, rather than creating your own is very one dimensional and infrequent (entirely dependant on how committed your opponent is). If you want to counter, be proactive in your choice of roles and duties.
  18. Same match... To show that the tactic can attack as well, W-a to sv-s to dlp-d to pf-a to tm-s back to winger attack..... Oooooosk How can a team expected to finish 19th be so good in defence and attack!?!?
  19. Quick vid from my current game. I'm the defending side, on attacking mentality. Never really look in danger, they can have the ball but my box is packed and I have midfielders behind the ball congesting the midfield. Can play like this as long as we need to until opponents make a mistake. Defend narrow Lower defensive line. Back 4 with dlp-d and sv-s
  20. As others have said you need to explain better what you mean by defensive tactic. I've played a 442 with Central midfielders as DMs two different ways successfully now. With Bournemouth on Cautious mentality (so reasonably defensive shape and mentality). And with Millwall on attacking mentality. Same shape... Completely different roles and instructions. Both defensively sound and successful.
  21. Checked this morning... Still happens every time. Also if I clear an existing slot and add another it crashes. Note... I have no customisations... Editor... Skins etc.
  22. Hi Happened a couple of times in a row so I guess it's a reproducable error. I'm adding a third tactic slot - it lets me choose style and formation, when I click confirm it reverts back to the tactic screen but with no new tactic (still just 2 slots in use) - if I then try to click back to tab 3 to create new tactic it causes the dump. Or if I try to change between my tactic tabs. Attached are the dump files, screen shot of the error message I've uploaded my FM file to the Cloud - 'westy8chimp.fm' Thanks FM 2020 v20.2.0.1323779 (2019.12.03 22.32.30).dmp FM 2020 v20.2.0.1323779 (2019.12.03 22.49.36).dmp
  23. Your board usually have a vision for you, e.g 'play attacking football, play possession football'... You'd then see vertical tiki taka highlighted as an appropriate style.. You could use this as a basis. Otherwise you can go far more in depth and do a squad analysis... Check your best players and how they would fit together to get the best out of them. League comparison screens are helpful if you don't have knowledge of the players or league you are in. (you might see your striker has low finishing of say 8...and think he's rubbish, but league avg might only be 5) Personally, tactics is my favourite element of FM so I go into a save with a pre defined vision and mould the squad to that vision. So I always use 'create your own'.
  24. I'm typically into my first game within the hour. When you setup the game you can choose the start point, go for start of season? (can't remember the exact options) it's late July so you get maybe 2 weeks before the first competitive match. Its ample time to buy a player or two and sell who you need to. I delegate training, staff contracts, youth squad, press conferences, friendly management First season I just sign the recommended coaches from the staff summary inbox message. They are poor choices but ensure I have a full compliment which is good enough for me in first season. (I usually increase the reputation of the club after year 1 so then have better coaches to buy the following season anyway) All of that takes 10-20 mins. I set my tactic/s... I have a good idea before I load the game so it doesn't take too long... 10 mins. Then to click through 2 weeks takes another 10-15 mins. Boiled down... I manage tactics, transfers and watch the matches. As the seasons go by I do more on coaches scouting and development.
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