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  1. Benfica in the Liga NOS with superb training facilities, 4-4.5 stars coaching and 'Professional' squad personality. First team avg. training rating: 7.77 U19s: 8.37 I think it has a lot to do with how happy your players are (players that are unhappy train very poorly and you get individual ratings in the sixes) and the average age of your players (supported by the difference between first team and U19 although first team has better coaches). My first team has a lot of young players who usually top the training performance table and the overall average rating gets lower by some older veterans and club legends in the final stages of their careers.
  2. About 30 (including all top leagues of Europe, South America, North America, Australia and some Asian).
  3. I'm not saying they should be bad, not at all. They should be there or thereabouts. But they vastly outdo every other nation on my saves.
  4. Yeah I had something similar. Pochettino was sacked by Spurs because he "only" finished 3rd in 2020. Guess who they brought in? Allegri from Real Madrid who were leading LaLiga at the time and won multiple titles. If I remember correctly Spurs won the PL once in 2019, that's it. They just snatched him up, no issues. Every year England gets completely overrated in so many areas. You can tell the clear bias by just looking through the England National youth teams. Almost every player in U20, U21, U19 is touted as Wonderkid or at least has huge potential and outdo the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Spain and France. Same story every year.
  5. Well, let's employ some basic football principles. You play against a team that would happily take a draw. You don't put enough pressure on them, you let them have the ball and give them time to make decisions. Ofc they are going to try to keep the ball and you are making it easier for them. I need to win (they don't) and for that I need the ball. So I switched to a very intense pressing setup to get me that ball back quicker and now I'm averaging 60% per game against ultra defensive sides. That's basic football principles. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a bit overblown and the AI clearly can't deal with that yet, but just a bit and something that is (or should be) easily changed with small amounts of fine tuning. I also think the ME has a lot of issues this year and I'm far from happy with it, but many points people raise are often their own shortcomings or misunterstandings of the game.
  6. I think Rashidis post about only using 10% of the toolkit is one of the most important posts in recent times on this forum and should be sticky. Most of us would like to stick with our preferred formation, but this may not be feasible anymore with the improved defensive AI in FM19. I’m sure it’s doable, but it’s difficult. I’m currently playing with Benfica and recent games have been tight affairs. Thanks to individual quality (mostly in form of longshots and set-pieces, this is FM19 after all) we managed to keep our win streak going ... just. I was constantly running into games often described in this thread with barely any quality chances, ultra defensive setups and boring games to watch. Games that looked like this: As you can see they played a very defensive 4-1-4-1 DM formation, which is very effective against my 4-2-3-1, as it perfectly counters any advantage a standard 4-2-3-1 gives. They defend very deep and narrow, each of my players is covered by their respective counterpart. DM covers AMC, CMs on CMs, FBs and Wingers in a deep setup take care of my players out wide. Something needs to change, so let’s go through this step by step by showing and explaining my thought process. Spoiler alert! This was the result against my next opponent who again played a defensive 4-1-4-1: So how did we get there. First I was going through the problems I had against these setups. Problem: Wingplay. Wingers and Fullbacks together defend deep, therefore barely space and time to pick out players in the box resulting in a lot of wayward crosses. Possible solution: Reduce amount of wingplay as it is ineffective. Use IWC for more control in midfield / Remove AML/AMR to add players in other areas. Problem: AI easily dealt with most crosses as they heavily outnumbered us in the box and are not challenged enough by our physical or heading attributes. Possible solution: Add more bodies in the box / At least one physically strong or tall striker with good heading abilities. Problem: No natural overloads anywhere around the pitch. Midfield trio not able to create anything productive (lots of sideways passing, not enough control in the center of the pitch and golden zone). Possible solution: Add additional midfielder for more control and better passing options in final third. These are the problems I quickly picked up by watching the games with possible solutions to fix these issues. Now, are the solutions complementary to each other or can I make it work with my team? How can I change my 4-2-3-1 to solve these problems? This was my 4-2-3-1 I used to play with: And this is what I come up with: Why? Because this formation and tactic incorporates all the solutions I came up with from above. Removed both advanced wide players as wingplay was ineffective, replaced them for an additional striker = 1st and 2nd solution Additional striker is relatively strong, tall and good at heading = 2nd solution Additional striker plus retaining my AMC on attack results in more bodies in the box = 2nd solution Added another midfielder for more control in the center of the pitch. Always a player free = 1st and 3rd solution The 4-3-1-2 checks all boxes and the players I have are suited to play this way. We beat them comfortably 5-0. 4 goals from open play. 1 set-piece. A simple formation change did the trick. No PIs (expect for FBs to stay wider) and barely any changes to the TIs, staying true to the club (and my preferred) philosophy. Using only about 30% of the toolbox resulted in a completely different experience. Goals Let’s analyse the goals. We lose the ball in the final third. I maintained my intense pressing system and this shows why. I don’t want to give the opposition any time to breath. Rangel and Brito immediately go to work and force the ball back. The AI is on the back foot and we capitalize. Rangel pushes forward, we have the bodies in the box and Origi is quick off the mark and makes use of the chaos. 1-0! https://media.giphy.com/media/fxCk8H8qLWTdr05roZ/giphy.mp4 The second goal shows the advantage of the extra man in midfield. Pepe is in acres of space. Interesting thing to note, he is a DLP on defend duty, but still occasionally he will advance forward because A) the space and reading of the game he has and B) the use of the positive mentality. He has all the time in the world to pick out a pass and in this case it’s especially easy to find Origi as we dragged the opposition around. A good turn and finish from the Belgian. 2-0! https://media.giphy.com/media/1oCv3yDYmp72GptUcG/source.mp4 Goal number 3 highlighting solution 1 and 2, the strong striker winning the physical duel against his marker to finish off a sweet cross from close range from my advanced fullback who (through tactical changes) has way too much time and space to deliver the ball. 3-0! https://media.giphy.com/media/eswjqEcEMDLdtXISme/source.mp4 Goal number 4 was a set-piece so I won’t go into that. We are 4-0 up at this point, it’s the 91st minute and the AI is still incredibly defensive and never tried going forward. Brito is again in way too much space. This time the cross gets intercepted, but I still have players lurking around the box for that 2nd ball. Dantas picks it up, runs into the space in the box and finishes it cleanly into the bottom corner. 5-0! https://media.giphy.com/media/ipZSE1tqiE3COKhNnJ/source.mp4 We should have scored more, the opportunities were definitely there. The tacticis also far from perfect and needs tweaking here and there as we still have lots of shots from distance. Nonetheless we completely dismantled a parked bus and a formation that used to be our kryptonite. And all of that, by using only about 30% of the toolkit.
  7. I would like to see more emphasis on transfer policies and wage structures. On my save Ajax paid Arsenal 50 million pounds for Lacazette and gave him a 175k contract. Wouldn't happen IRL unless taken over by new owners which is not the case. Same can be said about many other clubs with clearly set out policies such as Dortmund, Leipzig, Benfica, Anderlecht, Salzburg etc. rather than signing young players and keeping their squads average age on a decent level. I also feel there is a big discrepancy between AI managers and DOFs which could be the reason big money signings, hot prospects or loaned out players don't get enough game time.
  8. Maybe it's your team talk? Do you keep them motivated enough? Maybe it is tactically related, if you like it or not. The quote above could implicate that your tactic is focused on a specific area and once the AI have made their slight adjustments, you lose control of that area and your attack becomes numb.
  9. I think in terms of tactics the difficulty strikes a good balance. Not too hard and not to easy. But every year the ME has weak areas and many players exploit them. This year just sign tall defenders, a good setpiece taker and players with good long shots and you are set. The AI don't know/do that and therefore can't answer it. So it depends a lot on how you play. If you exploit ME weaknesses every year, don't be suprised you overachieve. But where is the fun in that? Another big problem is, that it is far too easy to loan or sign players. You can get multiple consecutive promotions by only loaning players from bigger teams. Young players that are way above your squad talent and the AI don't care who you are, what facilities do you have etc. With many you don't even need to pay any wages. Same with signing players. It's just too easy to get the players you want. It almost doesn't matter which club you play, you can get any wonderkids around the world as long as you pay the clubs valuation. I barely see a youngster that clearly says 'I'm not interested in joining you'. I recently played with Bordeaux in the french top league (midtable team in terms of success and reputation) and I could easily sign up any hot prospect from teams like Corinthians, Sao Paulo, SC International and all those famous teams from South America. No issue at all, didn't even need to overpay. You sign them, build them up and sell from 10x times the money. Your budget shoots up and you can sign better players. Rinse and repeat. It's too simple to build a good team, not challenge at all, hence I revert to homegrown challenges, playing with DOF in charge etc.
  10. Ah yeah, the Qatar World Cup, what can I say Just went through this in my journeyman save playing in France. The league, 2 domestic cups and continental competition with qualification resulting in a game every 2-3 days from end of July to end of May. Players can't catch a break for 10 months and you can barely fit training in. 2022 will be fun!
  11. It's very easy to see how big of an issue long shots are. Just look at this.. A breakdown of the goals I scored from the last 50 games. 113 goals scored in total, 35 outside of the box making it a staggering 31% of all the goals I scored. 31(!). Do I exploit it specifically? Let's check the last three AI teams I played against as it's a good batch of data (top teams, bottom teams, different leagues etc). Besiktas (1st in turkish league; last 20 matches; 34 goals; 7 OoTB) ) = 21% Nantes (20th in French league; last 20 matches; 26 goals; 8 ootb) = 31% Lille (5th in French league; last 20 matches; 30 goals; 9 ootb) = 30% I didn't specifically pick these teams. These are literally the last 3 teams I played against and the results are pretty staggering. 30%(!). Lets compare that to real football: ManCity 17/18: 106 goals; 13 ootb; = 12% Arsenal 17/18: 74 goals; 7 ootb; = 9% Leicester City 17/18: 56 goals; 7 ootb; = 13% West Brom 17/18: 31 goals; 2 ootb; = 6% (taken from the official EPL homepage) This is a major flaw with the ME that needs fixing. Simply nerfing long shots, wouldn't solve this, otherwise we end up with a lot of 0-0.
  12. It's completely over the top. I have players who just joined and asking for contracts 2(!) games into the season, followed by 3-4 players over the next couple of weeks. Some of them just got a significant raise. Almost half of the squad has 'Feels like he deserves a new contract' as a pre-concern, although most of them are on good long term contracts. This! Asking the AssMan to suggest a contract is almost pointless as his offers are very poor and always result in agents getting pissed off immediately. In general AI lack common sense badly.
  13. The amount of long range goals is just ridiculous. Every average Joe just whoops out 2 30-yarders every game. Almost no point in setting up any tactic. Also a GK with 1s for every stat and David DeGea ... wouldn't be able to tell a difference.
  14. BadanieLuck

    Favorite or interesting roles

    I really like Halfbacks, Registas or DLPs in the DM position. They just do so many important tasks. They are vital for the build up play, recycle possession, provide cover for the wingbacks to push forward, break up counter attacks and create from deep. There is nothing more beautiful than a perfectly weighed long-range pass from deep. Usually combine them with a more forward thinking midfielder.
  15. Looks like a good recreation to me. I wouldn't use 'Defend Narrower'. The back 5 will compress the spaces well enough and I'd actually go for the opposite 'Defend Wider' to encourage Demirbay and Grillitsch to help out on the wings. I'd also add 'Counter' when possession is won to make use of the direct aggressive approach. If I remember correctly Hübner and Vogt are not the quickest so the high line could be dangerous. So maybe look into getting quicker CBs. Not sure how the midfield trio will work in FM, but only watching the games will tell you that. Other than that, the setup looks good and close to what Nagelsmann is doing. Good job!