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  1. Thanks, really good question! This is where the limitations of FM comes into play. In my dream FM, I would like a striker role that in possession would act like an attack duty striker and would constantly stretch the opponent's DL, but out of possession would track back like the support duty strikers. Another solution would be to have separate duties for in-possession and out-of-possession. I experimented a lot with support duty strikers and it turned out that out of all the striker roles with a support duty, the Complete Forward might be the most attacking one, especially if he has at
  2. 4-4-1-1 can be a really good defensive formation, it's great for counter attacks, in the past I have also used a pressing forward on defend duty, I really like that role. The formation on the tactical creator is not exactly the defensive shape, it is a starting point, your defensive shape depends a lot on the duties. Duties affect not only your in-possession-shape, but also your out-of-possession-shape. For example, if you create a flat 4-5-1 formation in the creator, and you set your central midfielder to defend duty, and you have two mezzalas next to him, the defensive shape is going to be
  3. Thanks! Against teams that park the bus my team can totally dominate the game, tbh it works better against those teams than I expected. Of course sometimes it is harder to break them down or need a set piece to break the ice, but so far more often than not I was able to beat them. When playing against extra defensive teams, I change the roles to something like this: I change my left back to a Complete Wingback-support, it can add an extra body and extra width on the left side of the pitch in the opposition's half. Now that my wingback provides the width on the left side, I
  4. I have had great success with this approach, winning La Liga and the Champions League. Currently I am in my third season, it started really well, here are some results.
  5. Sections Prologue How teams in real life defend using 442 Implementing the compact 442 in FM 1. Prologue A mid-block 442 is my favourite defensive shape. I have had great successes in FM using 442 formations, most of the time using an Advanced Forward. But despite the good results, I was never fully satisfied, because our defensive shape was not as compact and as organized as I imagined, it was not how teams using 442 defended in real life. Diego Simeone and Marcelino are the masters of 442, but sometimes even Guardiola’s Man City uses a 442 defensive shape, more ofte
  6. As I have mentioned, there are several important PIs, including the FB to stay wider. The list of PIs: RB - Stay Wider LB - Stay Wider BWM - hold position MC - hold position, more risky passes WMa - sit narrower, roam from position TM - pass shorter, mark tighter It seems riskier than it really is, conceding 26 goals in 38 league matches is a pretty decent defensive record I think. In possession it often looks like a trendy 2-3-5.
  7. In my experience the WP and AF work really well together on the same side of the pitch, I had great successes with multiple teams with similar (altough not the same) tactics - I won La Liga and Seriea A in my first season with Valencia and Milan, without any signings. I often use a 442 with an Advanced Forward and a WP on the same side of the pitch. The AF pushes forward, leaving space behind him, and the WP can exploit that space really well. But there is a downside to using a central midfielder on defend duty behing the AF: when your team are out of possession, there can be a huge unoccu
  8. I think a new role for the wide centre backs (DCL and DCR) in a back 3 or 5 should be introduced to reflect the changes of the modern football. This role could be called Side Back. A Side Back would have a higher position on the pitch than a regular Centre Back or Ball Playing Pefender, playing closer to the midfield, and would have a tendency to bring ball out of defence in the half spaces. In possession it could act as something between a Libero and a Ball Playing Defender. There are multiple real life examples where teams tend to utilize their wide centre backs this way: Tuchel's
  9. I don't know how, but I think I have just found an easter egg.
  10. Hello Vik and thank you very much for your reply. I have uploaded a save file named: Emmanuel Petit - Toulouse FC.fm If it helps, the most problematic player with this issue was Kelvin Amian. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he is not only natural a fullback, but also a natural centre back?
  11. When looking at the opponent's goal analysis, in this example below it states the majority of goals they conceded were assisted from the right wing. Does the right wing refers to their right wing (eg. DR position), or is that from their opponent's perspective (eg. opponent's right winger)?
  12. The ratings of my central defenders worsened since the update. Unless they score a goal, they usually don't get a higher rating than 6.5-6.6, despite having a solid defence.
  13. Can you confirm that this is 100% the case in FM21? I remember clearly that this was the case in older FMs, this effect was visible on the Player Instructions panel, for example in FM17. But now, when looking at the PIs, while changing mentalities, this effect is not visible. So there are 2 cases: either the UI for this is flawed (at least it was more straightforward in older FMs) or this effect does not apply anymore.
  14. I remember that in older FMs, team mentality affected the passing directness this way (the effect was visible in the Player Instructions panel): on more attacking team mentalities: defend duty players* had shorter passing, while attack duty players had more direct passing. on more defensive team mentalities: defend duty players had more direct passing, while attack duty players had shorter passing. Does the above still apply? Because in today's FMs this effect is not visible in the Player Instruction panel. *I am not 100% sure if the duty or the players's position on the pitch wa
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