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    Been playing for an year now! Started off with FM17, getting to know more about the game.

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  1. Seems kinda unrelated here, but sorry. How to unhide my post which I have accidentally hidden? Thanks.
  2. A summary on an article from The Guardian by Rob Smyth (2008): It is harder to distinguish between his three genuinely great sides (1994, 1999 and 2008), but the differences are fascinating to observe. They each have wonderfully distinctive identities: the uber-masculine pack of 1994, who kicked seven bells out of opponents and then nailed seven pints in blockbusting post-match sessions; the intrepid voyagers of 1999, ingenuously exploring uncharted territory; and now 2008's loose-limbed, cosmopolitan collective. In 1994 they had Le Dieu (Cantona?), in 2008 the Holy Trinity (Rooney, Tevez and Ronaldo). But in the 1999 they had perhaps the highest power of them all: Roy Keane (yes, we know he was part of the side in 1994, but in those days he was a different player entirely). All three scored 80 goals in their title-winning campaigns (1994 was from 42 games). Yet in 1994 they conceded 38 goals; in 1999 they conceded 37, this year it was only 22. The relationship between attack and defence has certainly changed. Domestically at least, the 1994 side was very hard to break down, whereas the 1999 side emphatically prided themselves on scoring one more than the opposition. They scored as many goals in the Champions League group stages (20) as the 2008 team did all season. But they conceded more in the group stages (11) than this side did in the whole campaign (six). The class of 2008 got to the final on the back of five straight clean sheets, a reflection of the modern ethos. Ferguson's great sides reflect the evolution of English football; it is a mark of his genius that he has been able to mix the austerity that is woven into the game's fabric with the enlightenment that came with the gentrification of the game in the 1990s. That development left most of Ferguson's managerial peers - George Graham, Graham Taylor and Kenny Dalglish among others - as dinosaurs. Such change, and the consequent challenge, sharpened Ferguson's taste for the tactical battle. If his first two great sides were, for the most part, sent out in a straightforward 4-4-2 (or, if you prefer, 4-4-1-1) formation, this team (2008) has no real shape, and in many ways the formation is a 4-6-0. Similarly, just as you could pretty much pick Ferguson's best sides in 94 and 99 - nobody has a clue now. The side that started the Champions League final had never played together before, It didn't help that United missed their main man, Eric Cantona, for much of the 1994-95 campaign (the 93-94 European season was over in the blink of an eye, making it hard to draw conclusions). A talismanic figure, without whom life was unthinkable, has been the essence of each side. Cantona's swagger, class and work ethic not only catalysed the 1994 side but pointed the way for the younger members of 1999 side; when he was banned for five games in the 1993-94 run-in, United's season nearly fell apart. Keane was the endless well of mental strength into which the 1999 side could dip in times of trouble. And now there's the remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo, with his 42 goals, of which an amazing 18 have been the opening, tone-setting goal of the game. For Ferguson, each will have provided a different pleasure. In 1994 there was the thrill of the breakthrough; in 1999 there was a fatherly pride, yet this probably gives him the greatest satisfaction, because he has shown he can achieve things the European way. And, more importantly, because it's the most recent. Le Dieu or the Holy Trinity? Which is Ferguson's vintage team?
  3. A few questions: What is Lukaku's role? Is he a DLF, TM or CF? While the LW usually cuts in, leaving space for the LB, does the RW do the same? Are Mata and Lingard AP or Wingers? What are the roles of Pogba (RPM or Mezzala?) and Fred (DLP? CM?)? I am clear that the DM role is a HB. I've already checked the Editor, he prefers to utilise a 4-1-4-1 formation.
  4. sorry dude did i was inactive from FM for 3-4 months as I was studying for my finals which just finished. I’ve only just got the time to start again, if it inconveniences the community then I’ll take up your advice.
  5. Ok I've kinda messed up there ... perhaps I'll assign them the support duty instead or play them in the LM/RM strata as inverted wingers. I agree. Although controversial changes like removing "retain possession" and the inability to change team shape, I feel that splitting defensive, transitional and offensive animation instructions will help us understand the game better. Edit: why was "clear ball to flanks" removed?
  6. I'll be doing it and uploading here soon. Yes, Clark was a former fullback before being converted to a CB.
  7. RIP Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Could Kante be a carrilero since he tends to shuttle around the channels? I'll try that out, it should benefit whoever is in the Vardy role (AF).
  8. Hi @ferrarinseb and @denen123 have you guys finished the guardiola 3-4-3 variant yet?
  9. Thanks @kpsia518, I translated the article and used some of the points raised to make my FM 19 version of the tactic!
  10. Rhineland Restoration Introduction Borussia Dortmund is a German football club based in Dortmund, Rhineland. They play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system. They have won 8 German Championships (all time 4th best), 4 DFB-Pokals, 5 DFL-Supercups, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup and 1 Intercontinental Cup. They play at the Signa Induna Park, which is one of the most famous football grounds in Europe and is renowned for its atmosphere. With a capacity of 81,365, it is the largest stadium in the country. The Südtribüne (South Bank) is the largest terrace for standing spectators in European football. Renowed for its die hard fanbase and atmosphere, it is nicknamed the "Yellow Wall". In addition, the club holds a storied rival with Ruhr neigbours Schalke 04 in the Revierderby. In 2008, one of their most successful managers, Jurgen Klopp, joined the club. He led them to back-to-back Bundesliga wins in 2011 and 2012, as well as the DFB-Pokal in 2012, the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014, and their second appearance in a UEFA Champions League final in 2013. During his 7 years at the club, talents like Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski blossomed. They were one of the best teams in the world during that period with their counterpressing and high-intensity style. However, the tale ended bitterly when Klopp decided to leave in 2015 after a disappointing 2014/2015 campaign. Currently, he is working wonders with Liverpool in the English Premier League. 3 managers in a year! It could be argued that the 2017/2018 campaign was a season of transition. Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz and Peter Stöger. The trio tried to bring back the glory days of success back to BVB, Die Schwarzgelben, but all were unsuccessful in winning the support of their passionate fan base. They would also count themselves lucky to finish 4th, just securing Champions League qualification. The new manager, Lucien Favre, is no stranger to the Bundesliga, where he managed Borussia Mönchengladbach, developing players like Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and current Dortmund captain Marco Reus. Moreover, he has enjoyed success with previous club Nice, taking them to 3rd in Ligue 1 during the 2016/2017 (the club’s best ever finish). The dawn of the new era began in the summer of 2018, with new signings been made. Intriguing signings were made, including the likes of Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsell. Moreover, Eintracht Frankfurt winger Marius Wolf, Barcelona reject Paco Alcácer and Real Madrid youth Achraf Hakimi (the latter two via loan) were brought into the fold. These new signings indicate the Swiss' mark on the club and hope they fit the tactical identity he hopes to instill. Analysis The statistics obviously indicate how well Dortmund have been playing this season. After 10 games, they have topped the league and are yet to suffer a loss (7 wins and 3 draws). They have scored the most goals (30) and the second best defense in the league after RB Leipzig (10 conceded). One would be hasty to conclude that Favre and Klopp share similar tactical styles. This is FALSE. The days of gegenpressing are of yesteryear. Though it were effective under Klopp, Favre has chosen to use a more structured defensive approach. They opt to have a medium high-ish block and only look to press the opposition situationally, especially when they make an error during transitions. For example, Favre usually tends to start with a 4-2-3-1 which transitions to a 4-1-4-1 when they are not in possession. Witsel tends to sit deeper and shield the centre backs. The key feature in Dortmund's "Yellow Wall" is that it is well-organised with excellent spacing across the field. For simplicity's sake, these are the key features of Favre's Dortmund: Defensive: horizontal and vertically compact block wingers dropping back to cover wide areas medium high-ish block focus on covering passing lanes instead of charging to tackle opponents Offensively: short passes during build up vertical passes during counters being patient when finding breakthroughs cautious not to turnover possession Tactics The 4-2-3-1 Wide will be the base formation I will be utilising (ignore team fluidity). Team Instructions Mentality "wary of your opponent's counter-attacking threat" "patiently probe the final third" "find space as it opens up" "... overlap ... break ahead ... [only] during relatively risk-free situations" "sit back and help the midfield maintain possession" Pretty self-explanatory, isn't it? In Possession In Transition Out of Possession Team/XI GK (Burki): A very solid shot-stopper and his feet are good with the ball. CDs (Zagadou & Akanji): Two ball players who have a demanding task which is to start play out from the back, which they are capable of doing so. (PI: Take fewer risk) FBs (Guerreiro/Schmelzer & Hakimi): Hakimi is a good crosser and dribbler of the ball on the right flank. However, Favre wants good defensive cohesion, thus (PI: Take fewer risk, stay wider). Guerreiro/Schmelzer plays a bit more conservatively and this not support attacks much on the left flank like Hakimi (PI: Take fewer risk, stay wider). CMs (Witsel & Delaney): Witsel acts as a deep midfield, recycling possession and shielding the back 4. His partner, Delaney, is a hardworking BBM who earnestly wins back the ball, proceeding to hack it to the final third or dribble all the way to the opposition's penalty box (PI: More direct passes) AM (Reus): Playing off the striker, Reus is a creative, mobile no.10 who often plays one-twos with the wingers or striker, leading to many goalscoring opportunities (PI: Roam from position) Wingers (Brunn Larsen & Pulisic): With the attack duty, both are free to cut in, dribble, pass or shoot! Don't worry that much about width as the fullbacks will provide them. ST (Philipp/Alcácer): While Phillip starts most games and drops off deep, Alcácer is often used as a "supersub" who will lurk around the box to await goalscoring chances (Advanced Forward/Poacher). Average Positions Conclusion To sum up, Favre's teams play a dynamic, quick and attacking-minded football where ball possession and change of tempo alternate. This attractive style of play has brought results in every club he has managed. Furthermore, Favre is very skillful tactically, leaving his opponents struggling to penetrate his well-organized sides. He clearly has his game plan set out, and with the board supporting him, in terms of recruitment, is likely to achieve his goals. As the season progresses I would expect to see the more creative players given a greater sense of freedom in attacking transitions. Dortmund have been floundering in the Bundesliga for the past few seasons, but this year they have been instilled the hope and drive to win the league, stopping rivals Bayern Munich from making it 7 league wins in a row. That can be bolstered this Saturday if they beat their Der Klassiker rivals. ~ @goqs06 ~
  11. GK: Szczesny (Goalkeeper/Defend) DR: Cancelo (Complete Wing Back/Support) DC: Bonucci (Ball-Playing Defender/Defend) DC: Chiellini (Central Defender/Defend) DL: Alex Sandro (Complete Wing Back/Support) DM: Pjanic (Ball Winning Midifelder/Defend) MC: Bentancur (Deep Lying Playmaker/Support) MC: Matuidi (Box-to-Box Midfielder/Support) STR: Dybala (Deep Lying Forward/Attack) STL: Ronaldo (Advanced Forward/Attack) STC: Mandzukic (Pressing Forward/Attack)
  12. This is my initial take on it ... will make improvements necessary soon! @felley and @sherifdinn_, do you think a simple 4-4-2 suits better with 2 banks of 4, rather than an asymmetrical setup?