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  1. Ah, I interrogated that as balanced passing or slightly more direct passing (as in situational depending on opposition). But I suspected as much... Considering that the op is looking at cautious or even defensive mentality, how would you adapt if you where forced to use a cautious mentality? Even higher tempo and a bit higher dl?
  2. @Experienced Defender just out of curiosity, what mentality would you run that 442 on?
  3. Yeah, I'm six league games in and it's looking really bleak... we won the first game thanks to one penalty and one free kick, those are the only two goals we've scored. I'm currently living in a campervan, so no access to a computer anymore until June, then I'll probably have to rethink the hole deal... I'm wondering whether a very attacking mentality and lots of attacking duty might be the answer... I'm gonna think about that one, this tactic is obviously a bust...
  4. @scratchmonkey That looks more sensible than my attempt! A proper striker up top would probably make the world of difference for me... good luck to you! I'm through pre season and the first three games now. I haven't changed anything in the tactic for these games in order to have a good foundation for analysis. Results have been varied; one win, one loss and one draw in the competitive games. We won all pre season games, but i would not take anything from that... I have some conclusions son far though: - Our possession is dangerously low, between 20 and 30 %. While I was expecting low possession stats, this is a bit extreme... I will monitor this and see if I need to make any alterations. - Defensively we are looking seriously strong. So far only one goal conceded- from a direct free kick. This might indicate that there is room to be more adventurous with the mentality though. - We have some nice combinations of attacking play, but the ENG is too far down in his positioning to make those true killer passes. This might be related to my previous points of our low possession, being on a support duty he is involved defensively and have a low starting position. - the goalkeeper is throwing rhe ball away. His best completed pass percentage is 28 %, and in the last game he misplaced all his passes! Not good enough, and he is punting the ball long every single time... From theese observations I will make two alterations and monitor the results for a couple of games to see if it gets any effect: - adding distribution instructions for the keeper. With five players in the backline, and all of them reasonably comfortable on the ball he should distribute to them rather then sending the ball into orbit... Hopefully this will help a little bit with the possession and allow my attacking players to move upfield. - adding the "Get further forward" PI to the ENG to encourage a bit more proactive positioning in the attacking transitions. In the loss and the draw we faced formations with two DM:s. This seems to be a problem for us since they practically mark the ENG completely out of the game. I might have too look at a role change for those games going forward, but I'm gonna hold that thought for a while. A roaming treq might be the answer though...
  5. Fair enough! Here goes nothing... I actually agree with you, at a first glance I was really perplexed by this formation. It's way out of my depth, I never play strikerless and always with a four man back line so a lot of firsts for me! When looking at the squad however, it looks pretty balanced and has some pretty complete players that can slot into a lot of different roles. This is good, because I'm gonna be putting a lot of square pegs in round holes... The simple thing to do when presented with the 5-2-2-1-0 would be to put the AM as a SS and pretend that he is a striker. I have another wild idea that I have kind of been toying with in my head for a while and I'm gonna pursuit it... The key players for me is Carvalho and Canales. I'm gonna try to put them to good use nd build the tactic around them. The crazy idea I've had us to work with an offensive pivot. I have done defensive pivots using a single or two DM:s, but here the AM will be the fulcrum. This means that he will be stationary and the team will move around him. At the same time he is supposed to be the catalyst of all play. For me this means using an enganche - a role I have never used before... so no first hand experience of the most central element in the tactic, great! I need lots of runners to attack space and a number of players supporting the play. For no other reason than symmetry I chose to go with three threesomes... there attacking runners to attack space, three supporting players to provide options and width and three holding players for defensive stability. My attacking trio will be my two wide players (Hello on the left wing and Guards to on the right) they will be set up as inverted wingers to hopefully aggressively attack the box. They will in practice be my "strikers". The third, and likely most important, attacker will be Carvalho playing as a VOL. My supporting players will be Javi Garcia as a DM next to Carvalho and my two full backs. Now, the FB:s would probably normally be played with roles as wing backs in a back five, but for me a WB is all about crosses. Since I don't have a true striker I don't want them crossing, therefore they will be full backs with the get further forward PI. For personel, I go out of the box. With three central defenders and two DM:s, I don't we the wide defenders as true defenders but rather midfielders. My LB will be Lo Celso and my RB will be Joaquin. The three CB:s are therefore my holding players. Since has some cool playmaking PPM:s as well as high intelligence I'm gonna put him centrally as a covering BPD, flanked on either side by Sidnei and Mandi as normal CD:s I think Pau Lopes is a much more well rounded keeper than Robles, so I will go for him in goal. I'll start of with him as a normal GK. Add for TI:s I have pretty much no idea, so I'm pretty much gonna leave it blank. A balanced mentality and no TI:s except for one. I know that this I a seriously bottom heavy formation. For me this means that I'm gonna be relying on quick transitions. Therefore I will choose Counter in the transition settings. All in all: --- GK(d): Pau Lopes Left FB(s): Lo Celso (get further forward) Left CD(d): Sidnei Central BPD(Co): Bartra Right CD(d): Mandi Right FB(s): Joaquin (get further forward) Left DM(s): Javi Garcia (shoot less often) Right VOL(a): Carvalho Left IW(a): Tello (roam from position, sit narrower) Right IW(a): Guardado (roam from position, sit narrower) Central ENG: Canales. Now I have no idea whether this is gonna work at all... I'm likely looking at the sack before Christmas, but let's give it a go and try to adjust as we go. Hopefully we're gonna attack roughly in a 3-4-3 shape or even 3-3-4 if the VOL is aggressive enough. Oh, lastly I put some love on the set pieces. I have three CB:s and two reasonably large DM:s, so let's use it. I pretty much put them as close to the far post as possible, tell my taker to put the ball towards the far post and leave Canales lurking outside the area. Hopefully we'll see some decent headers or second ball goals from that...
  6. Holy scrap, that's a wierd one! Haha, I'll see what I can do.
  7. @Jambo98 You can give me a formation as well, though I will probably not be able to play until June...
  8. Oh? I had missed that. I'm currently doing a year in New Zealand and having a hard time keeping up with the Swedish news... I guess Kiese Thelin is still available? I'd probably go for either him or Isak in the DLF role then. Maybe even call up Carlos Strandberg (is he still a good prospect in fm19?). For the other forward Berg was the guy to go for, but I'm guessing that he has been seriously downgraded in 19? If so that could be a bit problematic... Isak could probably work. I've never gotten any good performances out of Guitar to, he seem to be consistent in being poor in game (although I usually play single striker systems, he might work in a couple?). An outside tip is Joel Asoro, currently at Swansea. Lots of pace, and usually high potential. He could play of the shoulder of a more static partner and has been solid breaking the line as a PF in my systems. Might just be a super-sub against tired defenders for the first season or two but if he develops well he should be great for you.
  9. As far as the forwards are concerned I would agree with you that a TM is the proper way of doing it, with Toivonen fulfilling this role at the moment. When Ibrahimovic was active he was probably more employed as a CF (or even a Trequartista), but that was under Hamrèn, who did not follow the traditional 4-4-2 regime... If you find that a TM does not work as you want, I'd go for a DLF instead. The other forward should probably be a PF. As you say, all players have a defensive responsibility, and you often hear the Swedish coaches talk about "the first press" (förstapressen). With this in mind I would also make sure that the TM/DLF have maxed out PI:s for pressing and tackling. The forwards are responsible for breaking up the opponents play and stop them from playing out from the back. The PF attacks simple and straight, but has a clear emphasis on the defensive play. You might even go for two PF, and relying more on the duties and the players attributes and PPM:s to separate them... one big target man kind of player with Plays with back to goal and Static target man PPM supplemented by one fox in the box kind of player. So, for possible combinations: TM/DLF(a) - PF(d) TM/DLF(s) - PF(a) PF(s) - PF(a)
  10. It's quite interesting what criteria people use to define "major" =) Lets go for top 14 by population (because it's easily available on Wikipedia...): Previous CL-winning teams in parenthesis. Only EU-countries: 1. London (Chelsea) 2. Berlin 3. Madrid (Real Madrid) 4. Rome 5. Paris 6. Bucharest (Steaua Bucharest) 7. Vienna 8. Warsaw 9. Budapest 10: Prague 11. Sofia 12. Brussels 13. Stockholm 14. Amsterdam (Ajax) Missing on the list if all of European countries is considered: Moscow Kyiv Minsk Belgrade (Red star Belgrade) So a potential list of missing clubs could be: Herta BSC (Berlin) Lazio (Rome) Roma (Rome) PSG (Paris) Austria Vien (Vienna) Legia Warsaw (Warsaw) MTK Budapest (Budapest) Ferencvaros (Budapest) Ujpest (Budapest) Budapest Honved (Budapest) Sparta Prague (Prague) Levski Sofia (Sofia) Lokomotiv (Sofia) Anderlecht (Brussels) AIK (Stockholm) Djurgården (Stockholm) Hammarby (Stockholm) CSKA Moscow (Moscow) Spartac Moscow (Moscow) Dynamo Moscow (Moscow) Arsenal Kyiv (Kyiv) Dinamo Minsk (Minsk) Anyone want to go for CL with Hammarby or Ferencvaros?
  11. Yep, as far as positioning is concerned he drops quite deep in the build up, but still gets into the opposition box to finish of chances, keeping it simple all the way. Awesome! Defensively, I almost get a 4-6-0 with a midfield diamond thanks to the DF dropping down. This is another reason why I want a player with lots of pace and work rate. If the players lacks those qualities he just wont get up fast enough to provide an offensive outlet during the attacking transitions.
  12. I've actually grown quite fond of the DF recently as the deeper forward role when needed, both in a pairing togheter with a poacher in a 4-4-2 and as a lone forward, such as in this system. The performance is very dependent on the system, In this save I rotated between Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew as my primary forward options. Both players are pacy with lots of work rate. The good thing about this is that they close down the opposition CD:s and GK, wich ment I got a few of those theft goals were we capitalised on a simple mistake. Cheap gols from very little effort (and low risk). I did some rotation with Bony as well, who is more of a natural target man, and did not get any good performances from him. My forwards stats for the first season: Jordan Ayew: 26 apps, 11 goals, 4 assists Tammy Abraham: 20 apps, 6 goals, 2 assists Wilfried Bony: 14 apps, 0 goals, 1 assist The system spreads the goals between different players, which is nice because it works against lots of different opposition formations. My attackin threath was my RW and the MEZ. I predominantly played Luciano Narsing in the winger role and Renato Sanches as the mezzalla. Narsing is a beast of a winger with 17 in acceleration and dribbling, 16 in flair and pace and 15 in crossing and first touch. Sanches is an aggressive, physical player with lots of pace and work rate. Often one of those players created the chances for either each other or the ST or LM (Andre Ayew) to finish of. Their stats: Luciano Narsing: 26 apps, 4 goals, 14 assists Renato Sanches: 38 games, 8 goals, 8 assists Andre Ayew: 22 apps, 9 goals, 1 assist
  13. Allright, one season done and time to review the results. I drew some serious inspiration from Hernes Attacking and Possession-thread. The challenge was to reinvigorate the Swansea way, injecting a positive and forward thinking philosophy with emphasis on possession into a team who seams to have lost their identity. Team: Swansea City AFC Media prediction: 18:th Bord expectation: Avoid relegation Additional settings: No transfers first window, Now, I was looking to go back to the style and formation that got the welshmen promoted in the first place and made them a Premier League staple. This meant a stable back 4, an intelligent triumvirate in the middle, two wide players and a single forward. My first take on it was a 4-1-2-3: To achieve the desired style of play, I used the following team and player instructions: Mentality: Attacking Team shape: Flexible TI: Retain possession PI:s: Both Fullbacks got Mark tighter and Ease of tackles, Goalie got Roll it out So how did it perform? Well, decent enough, but not really as I was hoping... My first 11 games resulted in 4 wins and 7 losses, two of wich in the Carabao Cup (beating Oxford at home, then loosing to Tottenham away). No draws, and looking at the performances it was kind of clear why. The play was open and aggressive. In the games where everything fell into place it was beautiful, the forward players combining really well and goals a plenty. However, when it didn't work (especially during away games), we left huge gaps for the opposition due to the players not tracking back or having to advanced starting positions. I felt the issue was the defensive shape and started to tinker with the formation. By new years eve, I ended up with a 4-1-4-1-formation that seamed to be working really well: Mentality: Standard (or Attacking depending on the strenght of the opposition) Team shape: Flexible TI: Retain possession PI:s: Both Fullbacks got Mark tighter and Ease of tackles, Goalie got Roll it out So what is the result? A great second half of the season, ending in a 6 game win streak (including games agains ManU, Arsenal and Watford that I expected to loose), and Swanseas best ever Premier League finish was safe. So what about "The Swansea way"? Possession and attacking, right? Well, I'm acutally quite satisfied but it could be better. Some team stats: Best at hitting target: 1:th, 4, with a shot % of 43 % Most goals: 8:th, scored 58 goals Most passes completed: 7:th, 18 221 passes, with a pass completion of 81 % Avg. possession: 8:th, 51, 74 % Transfer wise, I did barely anything. The big weakness in the squad was att full back. I got lucky with a couple of the youngsters (Connor Roberts and Aaron lewis, so I got som decent performances out of them as well as some really good potential). Apart from that, i brought in a new left back in january, but not much else. No sense doing a challenge like this if you're going to revamp the entire squad. Hopefully the second season will be even better...
  14. Cool, my first attempt at an assymetric formation. I'm gonna try to keep it pretty simple, with the principles to use some pressing and a controlled build up play. For PI:s, only the CB:s have the Close down much less instruction, to try and keep them in line and covering. Formation and instructions:
  15. Count me in. As far as club goes, all your suggestions from France, Spain and Germany seem fine to me. I'm not to over excited about Portugal or Holland.
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