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  1. Thanks for the advice. So I've actually evolved the tactic a little to try and create something using Villa's two biggest weapons going into the new season. Buendia and Grealish. I'm trying to build a 433 DM where Ollie Watkins pushes the defence back and these two run riot in the golden zone by cutting in from both wings. It's a little Dean Smith but also borrwing a little from Mourinho's first Chelsea side where Drogba pushed the defence back for the lieks of DUff and Robben to step into. I stillw ant to play vertical football. Not long but playing the ball through the lines.
  2. So been playing this and it's been a bit hit and miss. Sometimes I get great vertical play, sometimes we just pump it long far too much. Biggest concern is defensively we leak like a sieve. I've not had this problem on FM21 before but we are just so loose at the back. Lot of goals scored by little through balls beyond our defense from around the area
  3. Wow in all these years playing FM I never knew that. I just assumed it was length of pass and then you had to either speed it up or slow it down. So here are my current two tactics. My goals is to make use of two creative wide men (Grealish and Buendia). Like Villa IRL I want to be able to go direct to my striker (An AF here, is that problematic?) or build up using vertical passes and quick one twos to eventually release a wide man to run at the defence. I don;t mind passes going side to side, but I want to focus on passing forwards and between the lines. I've tried to create the d
  4. I get the description of direct passing but not all teams who play vertically play with direct pssing. I mean the Vertical Tiki Taka preset would signify that being the case no? I'm thinking the likes of Daniel Farke's Norwich who play very vertically but aren't exactly playing the longer ball that direct trends towards. Or even Villa under Dean Smith who play vertical balls forward using quick one-twos.
  5. Hi tactics hive mind. This is a quick question but what TI's do you look for when trying to play vertical football? I guess mentality probably comes into this too - in fact it may be even more important. By vertical I mean the current tren d for teams who play from back to front quick quickly, pushing the ball up the field rather than side to side. They're not necessarily always direct, though that TI probably has a role to play. They're more just...well...vertical.
  6. Amazing thanks. I actually forgot to link to the Amazon one I found. It's below. Looks like 40 quid more than the Box one and the difference appears to be bigger harddrive and Intel card. Just wondering if it's worth the extra 47 quid or so in your opinion? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0877LFKR2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_RXGJMC8658S4PGMVEY5W?_encoding=UTF8&th=1
  7. Hi @kevhamster so I've finally got paid and am about to hit buy on this but just noticed Box have a deal on for what looks like a similar laptop to the Amazon deal. https://www.box.co.uk/1D5F9EAABU-HP-Pavilion-Gaming-AMD-Ryzen-5-8GB-RAM-2_3554471.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwub-HBhCyARIsAPctr7x1ZzR9wlXUxlLDiqevK2Sovbb4EX53iVkPRNEMRa6GarQZ6PSPe8YaAv_fEALw_wcB The big difference I can see is that it's a Ryzen 5 rather than the i5 on the Amazon one. I am a complete noob so just wondering if this is a good or a bad thing? And which is better?
  8. Hi folks, This is in the Prime Day deals today. Does it look like something that could be a budget machine to play FM on? I'm not much fo a 3D engine guy (only for goal replays) so instead want something that can just handle the game at speed for a budget. https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-Pavilion-15-ec1001na-Gaming-Laptop/dp/B0877L4KMD/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=HP+Pavilion+Gaming+AMD+Ryzen%E2%84%A2+5+8GB+RAM+256GB+SSD+Nvidia+GTX+1650Ti+15.6%22&qid=1624261849&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&sr=8-6 Cheers!
  9. Entirely agree although I find in FM the bpd plays more diaganols that channel balls hence the switch. Mind you I've taken it off and gone with 2x CD in my latest iteration.
  10. Was that the Statsbomb article? A great read that made me tweak the tactic slightly. I'll post some screenies later but I'm sitting 4th, 11 points clear of fifth with about 10 games to go. EDIT: SO I lied, there are 13 games to go. But below is the league table. Of the 4 games we lost we lost to City 3-1 away (just were't at the races), then to City, Utd and :Liverpool 1-0 each time. And each time I'd say we were unlucky not to get something from the game. I get your point re: Jack, but what I saw on screen just wasn't right. Partly because I couldn;t get the two ba
  11. I've been laid up at home recently so decided to give this another bash and have landed on something that is shaping up to be pretty good. Early results have been very promising. I have a few changes I'm thinking of making. Tight marking - With it on one of my CB's seems to consistently get a 6.4 / 6.5 for no reason, I feel like maybe taking it off will keep those banks of four in tact more. Watkins - I'm really struggling to find his best role in this set up. I want a striker than runs the channels to left, holds up play but also stretches the opposition defence. Not su
  12. Hopefully a quick question. If I wanted play to mostly go be built up down the flanks, with players looking for wide players, then gravitating towards them to form overloads. Would wide + exploit both flanks be the right approach. generally speaking of course.
  13. Quick question re: pressing intensity. I've rarely, if ever, seen anyone use "less urgent" pressing intensity amongst the community. Would it ever have a use or is it something to preserve player fitness? I've been noodling with it for a few games and it is very passive, but could be somewhat effective. I just don't know if I'm barking up the wrong tree seeing it as anything other than a late game fatigue reducer.
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