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  1. Moving forward to the second season, It's pretty clear where changes to the squad are necessary: Out: Mustafi is the biggest priority out as I could hardly fit him in my plans. Xhaka has no future in the squad considering the development of Guendouzi and Willock. Ceballos will go back to Madrid as his loan expires, never really got the best out of him anyway. Was a squad player for me. Martinez will be leaving to Galatasaray on a free. Simply not good enough to be back up to Leno and this weakness of the squad was exploited towards the end of the season as Leno picked up a 2 month injury. In: A new centre half is simply a must. A backup GK is also essential. Midfield depth may be required. We mainly played a 4231 last season with Ozil as a Trequartista. He was decent however I think the way forward is to shift to a 433 with Willock as a Mezzala. Laca and Auba are both wanted by Madrid, will listen to offers but only after big money. Nketiah was young player of the season in the Championship, while Nelson, Smith-Rowe and Martinelli all showed good signs of development. A big issue is that the squad really lacks leaders, not easy to address.
  2. Just finished my first season. Actually made no signings the whole season as I wanted to give the squad a chance. We had a terrific season considering the squad: Premier League: Board Expectation (Qualify for Champions League) Second (83 points, 7 behind Liverpool) Squad simply wasn't strong enough to beat Liverpool to the title over 38 games, however it was very promising that we beat them both home and away. Europa League: Board Expectation (Reach Final) Winner (1-0 vs Wolves) We had a magnificent run overcoming the likes of Valencia, Leipzig and Lazio in the knockouts on the way to the final. FA Cup: Board Expectation (Reach Semi-Final) Runners up (2-5 vs Man City) Disappointing to get hammered in the final like that considering we beat them twice in the league. Carabao Cup: Board Expectation (Not important) Quarter Finalists Knocked out on pens by Swansea The only transfer out that was made was in January. Saka was showing good signs off developing but then was asking for a big contract that I couldn't give to him (mainly in terms of the playing time he was after). City came in with a bid in January and I was able to negotiate it to £30m (£40m) which is a great profit on an academy player. Fans' Player of the Season 1. Bellerin 2. Pepe 3. Guendouzi Young Player of the Season: Pepe
  3. I actually looked at that but for some reason didn't notice the RAM was 16GB! Thanks for pointing that out mate!
  4. Thoughts on this @Smurf? Budget is $2000 AUD https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/asus/asus-rog-strix-g531-15-6-120hz-full-hd-gaming-laptop-i7/393863/
  5. I'd play Ozil as a Trequartista, his "comes deep to get ball" PPM makes him become more of a DLP when played as an AP(s). I'd also put Aubameyang as the left sided striker due to his "places shots" PPM and I'd prefer to use him as an AF as it's more aggresive. When played on the left, he can cut in on his favoured right foot and place shots. I would also change Laca's role to something a bit more simple such as DLF(s) since Ozil will have the freedom to roam as a TREQ.
  6. Have refrained from commenting in here but now I feel I have to get involved. That is just utter nonsense. Your changed worked well because you did what the likes of @Rashidi and @herne79 have always banged on about. You got your roles and duties right. You're just plain deluded if you think changing shape from fluid to flexible is what actually made the difference.
  7. Play out of defence + pass into space. The caveat is that some teams may just be really defensive and not come out to press.
  8. Attacking WB's and CM's can definitely be used to overload one side of the pitch. They will just be more risky than if they were on support.
  9. This shows you have a decent understanding of which players suit which duty. And there is no rule about how many you should use. It's simply depends on how you want your team to play. So first think about what suits your players and suits the style you like or want to implement. Then worry about how many of each duty you are going to use.
  10. I honestly wouldn't recommend that at all. Counter attacking is about attacking space, more attacking duties than 1 is quite an obvious thing to do in a counter attacking tactic imho. Also, the AI is poor tactically, there's no reason why we should be copying its tendencies.
  11. Your defenders have very low jumping reach for a deep system such as the 4141. Do you concede a lot from crosses?
  12. The roles of the side midfielders are very attack minded - mezzala, box to box and rpm all roam from position. Try using more defensively solid roles such as carrilero or ball winning midfielders who will offer better protection to the flanks.
  13. Everyone is on defend or support except your striker on attack. He's likely getting too isolated.
  14. @Joey Numbaz I'd start the game as normal mate. United look like they are going to be playing very defensively so it's really only Lukaku who you need to worry about. Isolate him and there's no way forward for United. You effectively have 3 players staying back at all times (Anchor man, Half back and BPD) so they should be able to deal with Lukaku. A ball may go over the top but as far as I know those 3 players have decent mentals so I think that's the risk you have to take.
  15. That's much better. CM(A) and IF(s) actually makes sense to have them close together. Will allow you to overload the right and create acres of space for the RMD coming in from the left. Another option is to use Mezzala instead of CM. That way the mezzalla drifts wide while the IF comes inside. The CWB could be a bit of an overkill. WB(A) would do the same job without the roaming. Also, your right sided central defender better have anticipation, concentration, positioning and quickness because he will be defending a very large space with the right sided fullback and right sided CM bombing on.
  16. DLP should work ok, especially if he has switch ball to the other flank cos then he can look to find the RMD more often. My only concern would be that the RMD and CM(A) are attacking the same space. Would consider turning the CM(A) into a BBM just to arrive a bit later in the box and give the RMD a bit more space to operate.
  17. I'm just not sure what you are trying to do here tbh. Emery's 3412 clearly didn't work too great. So why are you trying to emulate it? Or are you just trying to create your own version of the 3412 for Arsenal?
  18. The issue with this tactic sticks out like a sore thumb. You are playing a deep formation that naturally has a challenge of supporting the striker. Then you have gone and given the striker an attack duty, while everyone else is on support or defend. You're much better off putting your striker on support and adding an attack duty or two from deeper positions.
  19. I disagreed a lot with you on the previous page but I agree there is clear issue in the game where defensive teams keep the ball too well against teams like City. And this is infact an ME issue more so than an AI tactical issue. It occasionally happens to me aswell when I play 433. 4231 naturally presses higher so it doesn't really happen when playing that system. This has actually been acknowledged by SI. I think its down to the poor pressing in the game, where multiple players press the ball too aggressively rather than one guy goes to the ball and the others cut off passing options.
  20. So will my scouts actually have anything to do if I let the DOF take care of transfers?
  21. I could use the option where I am in charge of finalizing the decision in order to prevent absurd decisions such as stockpiling 3 or 4 left backs for example. Yeah I would no doubt still have a strong edge and as you say, it is natural to want that edge as that's the fun - winning. If I were to pick a top team like Arsenal, I think doing the DOF Challenge would only have a minor effect and I would still be very successful because of the strength of the current squad and my edge in tactics and training. However, if I were to pick Cardiff or Huddersfield, I'm not sure how long it would take to win big trophies like the PL or CL. I could probably the league in around 3-4 seasons if I was in charge of transfers but I genuinely have no idea how long it would take if I wasn't in charge of transfers at all. Maybe close to 10? I suppose it would just depend on how good/useless my DOF is. The major concern being I could end up getting very bored of the save if it's too static.
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