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  1. I think the best way to see how you are influencing games, is to watch matches in 2D. It's much easier to spot patterns when you see most of the pitch and observe the player behavior. You don't have to watch the full match, but 15-20 min a game, while you do adjustments and see what it affects. Even single TI's such as "work ball in the box" or "pass into space" can considerably alter the way you attack, thus watching it live how each pans out in a game, you can chose for your taste or particular tactic to stick with it or dismiss. Once you are comfortable against different opposition's formations, you can switch back to 3D to enjoy the game. Figuring out the tactics is part of package of being a football manager. Try to get enjoyment from it. And it's much more satisfying when fm success comes from your individual decisions.
  2. After storming through the group stage of Champions League, luckily or not my first opponent came in Sporting from Portugal. To keep things interesting my specialist defensive winger decided to injure himself and play an absentee card for 3 long months. To add things to the worse, the last year's flying swan striker turned into a lumbering goose this time around. trying to earn himself a move to PSG. My second choice striker followed the suit of trying to force a move for himself. So factually my system heavily relying on single striker, had to bear those misfiring so called strikers. Away at Sporting 0-0. At home 1-0. The score didn't reflect the actual walkover my team produced. The opponent didn't have a sniff at goal at both games. I missed 2 penalties. And an actual profligacy in front of goal mastered by my striker kept the scoreline respected. I played a full strength team in league games before the european games, as I was still pursuing the league defensive record. So, despite the ineffectual strikers, I found solace that defensive solidity continued in Champions League against an opponent who played with two recognized strikers unlike I usually face in league. At quarter finals I faced Atletico Madrid. in first game at home opposition fielded this way Their both FBs are on defend duty. His right sided winger is on attack duty. So I gave a personal instruction to my DW to mark him closely. It worked. They had only 4 crosses the whole game. the winger had the least touches. As my DW prevented the straight passes most of the times. Fun-fact. Their keeper's name Lorenzo Moron. I won 1-0. Up until now my defensive fortitude isn't breached even in European knock-out stages, mostly because the team producing an incredibly job of restricting the opponent to a very few shots. Now if I had half a striker willing to put a goal into the net. In the second game they started with same set-up but with more adventurous fullbacks. This time around my central defender put on marking job on one of their more reserved striker to try to break-up the link-up play. I wasn't sure how effective this measure would be. In the first-half I led 2-0, thanks to their more opened defense featuring running full-backs and higher D-line. In the second half they went nuts and played the FM's most dangerous/desperate AI tactic. The problem with this tactic is their offensive players are glued in higher positions most of the times. So when I play a throw-in or free-kick, if they suddenly break-up my play, at that very moment they have 4 vs 3 situation, as even my IWB can be caught-up high up the pitch, and won't prevent the wingers making a successful cross. So they scored 2. I returned the favor with additional two, as their defense cracked-up even more. In the semis I faced Liverpool. It fielded AI's arguably second best set-up. I lost 0-1. I can't much complain. My strikers barren spell continued. I saw a red. But Liverpool turned out to be my first proper opposition in a whole season. In the second game I knew AI would make Liverpool's player appear tired, as it doesn't properly rest in midweek league game. So for a return home game, I well rested my whole first choice team players in between game. And played with CONTROL mentality, relying on home soil effect and opposition fatigue. Great. Their whole midfield should look half-dead by the end of the game. I won 2-0. Would I be whining if I said I hate my strikers? In the final I met Chelsea. By the final my DW recovered, but my AM chose to rehab to final, So I fielded two my failing strikers in AM and ST position. Incredibly my striker who scored 52 in 47 games last season, now is on 2 goals in 17 games prior to final. And that having the best service in the world. Second choice striker didn't impressed much more. Partly this is because of strict wage budget I like to have in my teams, so I guess I will be always raided by superclubs. Interestingly 9 first team players are having "wanted" tag, and more than half looking for a leave, or better salary. So I guess it affects motivation and effort put in game even if it's in Champions League final. Chelsea played with 3 at back, which tampered the efforts put by my already failing striker. But 3 CDs meant they played with only 2 wide players, and those wingbacks didn't connect well with their isolated 2 strikers. For the whole 120 min snoozefest they had only 6 shots, and none on target. So to the penalties At the end I'm happy with defensive solidity produced by this set-up. If I sorted my striker issues, the results would be more desirable. I will take a break from FM for some time, and then come up with another unconventional tactic next time around. Thanks for your attention and sorry for any possible grammmmmar errrrors.
  3. I'm not sure FBs individual behavior is precisely indicative of opposition's mentality. In the screenshot you provided, you can safely assume that both FBs are on defend duty as they are slightly behind the CDs on an imaginary straight line. Unless CDs are on stopper duty, which would be strange, considering 2 DMCs in front. I think you can predict opposition's mentality, based on how much pressing they apply. The higher mentality, the more likely players leave their starting position to close down opposition.
  4. First phase of Belgium league is over. All in all my team conceded 4 goals in 30 games. 2 from direct free-kicks. 1 fortunate long shot, and 1 because my inverted wing-back failed to properly mark the scorer. Remarkably the defensive winger did exceptional job protecting his side, and on top of that being constant threat from the wide position. I think one of the reasons of such defensive consistency was in part to opposition rarely playing with more than 1 striker. Every team acknowledging Anderlecht's superiority packed defensively, which resulted in isolated striker. Even when I faced relatively offensive set-up such as this it didn't help, as two units of players connected poorly because of distance between them and relentless pressing from my side resulted in cheap interceptions. Now I'm in the knock-out stages of Champions League. It'll be interesting how it fares against better opposition.
  5. Thanks. Glad you liked it. Regarding europe, this set-up evolved through the middle of last season. So I was probing, tweaking in winnable knock-out matches in Champions League, but sticking with my previous fluid tactic in latter stages. This is my 7th season in, so I have a competent squad to compete with superclubs. This season having maxed up the familiarity of the tactic, I am playing with COUNTER mentality and I just finished the group stage, featuring Inter (currently leading in Seria A) and Monaco who attacked me aggressively. I won 5, drew 1. 18 scored, 6 conceded. Let quite a few, but that's understandable, as I can't negate totally the individual brilliance of some players. On other hand, opposition's boldness in going forward increases my own chances of successful counter-attacks.
  6. 1 goal conceded in 15 league games so far. This is unique sequence that happened to me the first time since I’ve been playing fm. Luck, and overall team superiority has played a role to some extent surely. Nonetheless, I want to show my set-up tactic, and reasoning the way I approach different opposition. Defensive solidity wasn’t my primary target, but came as accompanying bonus. My primary interest is always to have a shining striker whose average goal return is more than a goal a game. This gives me the most joy playing fm. So my whole team should set-up to suit his goalscoring appetite. Let’s start from the central defense when opposition is attacking in my own half, both variants defend quite similarly, forming a compact 3man defense, once wide defenders join the defense. BPD with cover duty will still charge forward to make interceptions, as I can see in the stats, he usually makes the most interception per game. When I'm attacking deep in opposition half, my HB positions himself in area where opposition AM should be playing. So I'm expecting when oppositions plays with AM, my HB most of the times should be naturally close to him, thus cutting out straight passes, or putting immediate pressure on him once in possession. One drawback of 2 man defense, that none of DCs marks out the opposing striker. So visually it looks troubling. My eye-pleasing idea of good defending is when all offensive players are marked out, or positioned close to them to prevent straight passes. Playing against 1 striker, 3man defense naturally almost always keeps the striker in pocket. PIs for central defenders would be "pass shorter", "mark tighter". PPMs are "play simple passing game", "mark tighter" Now to wide players I want my both wide players to participate in defense, to link up the DCs to MCs, but one with predominantly having defensive nature, and the other with license to be more adventurous going forward. Defending deep they form one line of 5 man body shield. IWB does well to link up DCs to MCs. Positioned little higher then DCs, it offers short safe passing option, so less pressure on DCs when playing out of defense. When ball played near the middle of the pitch, the IWB moves more centrally, increasing midfield presence. When opposition pinned in deep in their half, both wide players starts to hang out with their wide defenders, moving into channels to receive a through ball. So IWB will still join attack, when necessary. PIs - pass shorter, tackle harder, mark tighter. PPM - mark tighter. Left defensive winger is specialist position in this set-up. DW in this strata has the deepest starting positions of all the roles. And he does remarkably well defensive wise. This must be my only player who will naturally mark out oppossing winger most of the times. Looking to fill this position, I will look for natural AML players who are on average have the best combination of Acceleration, Pace, Crossing, Dribbling. Being quick helps to catch up wingers receiving a through ball. Crossing, Dribbling attributes makes him a threat from the wide position. Having decent marking, positioning, work-rate attributes would be complimentary bonus. Positioned on one line with center mids makes pressuring opposition easier in one wave. When having an outstanding performance he manages 19 dribbles a game. Visually it's very pleasing on the eye. PIs for DW - dribble more, get further forward, cross more often, cross from byline, mark tighter, tackle harder. PPMs - dribble down the left flank, knock ball forward, run with ball more often, mark tighter, play one-twos. And now to central Mids. The magnificent four Ourcrowding the center insures dominating the possession against almost every opponent. And that happens every time even without TIs such as "retain possession", "pass shorter", "dribble less". Dominating possesion isn't the primary target, but it ensures your players don't waste stamina chasing, closing down opposition. Less booking. Less possession in most cases translates that opposition makes fewer shots. So that's a bonus. Giving playmaking role to each and every one in center ensures that play and attack will originate from the middle as playmakers attract the ball. I want to give them additional freedom to decide when to make a risky pass, as on average CMs and AMs has the best combination Vision and Passing attributes. Having additional decent attributes for technique, composure and decision will result in that the center Mids will spot openings more frequently and have the attributes the execute a neat through ball. PI- more risky passes. PPM - try killer ball often. And finally the striker Most roles would play out just fine. AF has the most advanced positioning. He doesn't roam. Doesn't come deep. Has very little involvement in build-up and defending. That's fine, I don't want him to waste stamina. It ensures he will start almost every game in a season, as he doesn't lose much energy outside of his chore of shooting the ball. PI- shoot more often. The rest of the players also have PI - shoot less often. One hindrance of having a lonely striker is when he is out of form, goalscoring responsibility is put on rest of the team. My striker scored 52 goals in 47 games last season. As expected super clubs are interested in his services now. So he moans and in perpetual flattered/pressured/discontent state of mind - which obviously reflects on his goalscoring stats. Team instructions Shape - Flexible. More fluid presents too much freedom to defensive players, the wide players too adventurous going forward, More players take the shots insuring less opportunity for my primary striker. So flexible shape is a compromise. I need to check the structered shapes someday. Tempo - normal. I don't wan't it to be rushed, nor be artificially slowed down. I trust my Mids decision making abilities to dictate the tempo based on the situation. Width - Narrow. Otherwise wide players are too far and closed down oftentimes. I like to have them in close proximity to each other to ensure neat passing game. the offensive players will do the majic. Defensive line - Normal. Deep in the opposition half, my DCs crosses the halfway line. No need to be more agressive. Closing down - much more. Hmm. Cause we can. Passing directness - Mixed. Again I want center Mids to decide for themselves what's the best usage of the ball based on the onfolding situation on the pitch. Be more expressive - to maximise center mids visionary capabilities. Low crosses - I expect opposition DCs will oftentime be better positioned, have advantage in height and arial prowess. But my striker is usually quicker with nice off the ball atribute. So presumably he is better in reacting to quick ball, or fast low cross. As in my league Anderlecht is the best team. I can without fear play with CONTROL mentality against any opposition. In Europe, I face similar or oftentime better opposition, where word-class wingers who will win individual battles. So caution is required. COUNTER mentality in europe. The opposition will often play attacking, adventerous game, so I will have my chances with oppenings. This is a usual otcome in league games
  7. Let us have possibility to instruct your player to mark not specific player but opposition playing position. If my wide midfielder is set to mark a winger, and during the game opposition changes tactic and the winger put to central midfield, my wm shouldn't follow him and revert back to marking none as set beforehand, contrary to changing it manually. So in tactics screen my player should have a list of priorities - for example firt-choice marking target would be player on aml strata, if none there, second choice on left midfielder strata, if none then revert to zonal marking. This should be as general instruction, not as game-to game adjustment. If during the game AI changes tactic, your player automatically checks with your list of priorities. If automatic in-game changes seems unrealistic, let's have one-two click manager shout, so keeping an eye on opposition tactic screen and making quick adjustment should be easy instead of manual bothersome bunch of clicks. It would also nice to see your player with high marking/work-rate attribute and mark tightly PPM would carry the marking instruction even during plays from opposition goalkick, throw-in, free-kick. Because now when AI makes a throw-in your marking target isn't tightly followed, only when the ball is played the marker rushes to his target. Additionally a specialist-marker trait would be nice to have ala Herrera on Hazard. It can only be developed in players who has a least 14 in marking and 12 in teamwork/workrate. If his is set to specific marking, his main job would be to nullify the target and follow him across the pitch even when you are in possession.
  8. It seems so. But my iwb-s in very fluid/counter scores 20+ a season between them. Getting one on ones is quite usual occurence with them, but not so much with wb-a on highly structured/control. They are more reserved in making runs for through balls. Or maybe it's my perception bias, I need to run a full season on highly structured.
  9. In my experience when choosing shape it comes down how much goalscoring responsibility you want to be shared among all your players. wb on attack duty in highly structured/control mentality fares worse goalscoring wise then wb on support duty in very fluid/ even counter mentality. In very fluid shape with even lower team mentality wb are always eager to participate in attack and make runs for through balls. I find structured/flexible are best shape to design a tactic where your striker scores on average more than a goal a game. And highly structured is hard to maintain long term as all offensive players on aml/r am st strata give little defensive input and all the rest of players less inclined to make forward runs and making risky stuff. Highly structured can be used as specialist tactic for one of two-legged cup games when closing the shop is required. So shape has more influence then team mentality and TI in player behaviour.