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  1. Hi Hanzi, I think the traits "gets forward whenever possible" and "gets into opposition area" can only be learned if a player is also natural in a position other than ST. For example AM RLC or M RLC. The "likes to beat offside trap" is definitely helpful in my experience. The "stays in the box" might be helpful, but I have no experience with that one.
  2. Hi @blackmoix, Thanks, please find the tactic below. Note that the indicated movements don't work all of the time, and your players should also have the right traits. NAP TM.fmf
  3. I absolutely agree with @Jack722. As I have explained in my thread it is possible to create a 4-4-2 defensive shape, but it greatly limits your offensive shape and attacking options. There are 2 main problems: 1. Central midfielders on defend duty A central midfielder on defend duty acts like a defensive midfielder, creating a 4-1-3-2 defensive shape, like in this example: Here the CM on defend duty leaves his midfield partner, leaving a big open space on front of him (white circle), and this gives an opportunity for Ruben Vezo to pass the ball into a good position. If he stayed higher up the pitch, in line with his midfield parner, he could mark or immidietaly press the opposition's central midfielder. 2. Strikers on attack duty Strikers on attack duty stay high up the pitch. In real life it is absolutely possible to ask a striker to track back into his defensive shape when out of possession, and then in possession ask him to make runs in behind the defenders and try to strech the defensive line. But in FM such role does not exist. Possible solutions As Jack has suggested one solution could be that out of possession the players should remain roughly in their position that is shown on the formation screen,. And then there still could be some striker roles that stay high up the pitch, like a poacher or advanced forward, creating a 4-4-1-1 defensive shape. But for example a pressing forward on attack duty would track back to create a 4-4-2 defensive shape. Another solution would be to alter how some roles in ST and CM strata behave defensively. An example that I have mentioned before is that for example a pressing forward on attack duty would track back. A third suggestion would be to create in possession and out of possession duties for roles. For example a central midfielder in possession could have a defensive duty, recyling possession, while out of possession he could be on support duty, staying in line with his midfield partner.
  4. Thanks, I really like how flexible you are with this approach, this is exactly how I intended my guide to help others. One day I may write a longer post about attacking, I have some ideas about attacking movements, there are many possibilites, but it would definitely take some time to write that post with examples etc. But I'm happy to share my latest attacking approach. In my recent save I used a TM - F9 combo in front, but the whole attacking movemens is built from the GK, first let me show you the tactic, and then I'm going to explain the thinking behind that. THE TACTIC FROM BACK TO FRONT In this tactic I intend to build up my play mainly on the right side of the pitch, the TM is the key player here (altough there is also a way to goal on the left side). The GK passes the ball to my (usually right sided) BPD. Then there are usually two ways way A : the BPD passes the ball long the the TM. Then the TM, with his back to goal, passes the ball back to my running MEZ or right WM, and then they can either dribble or pass a through ball to my F9 who already makes a run behind the defence because he likes to try to beat the offside trap. Or my TM, instead of passing the ball back to the MEZ or WM, can also pass or flick the ball on to the F9 directly. way B: the BPD passes the ball to the right WM, who then drifts inside passes to the TM, who then passes to the MEZ, who then passes to the F9 or IW or FB on the left. What I like is that these passing patterns can happen really quickly. The Attacking team mentality encourages the direct approach, encourages the F9 to make more forward runs and also encourages quicker passing. On the left side of the pitch the F9 and IW can exchange passes and wait for the run of the overlapping fullback, or switch the play to the other flank to the running WM on the right side
  5. There are some traits that I prefer and there are some that I absolutely avoid. I would not say that any of those is a must-have, your tactic could work without those. Altough there is one trait that I would consider as essential: I always try to have one striker who likes to beat the offside trap and/or gets into opposition area. Support duty strikers make less runs behind the defence, but these two traits definitely encourage them to make forward runs more often. Holder role in CM For the holder role in CM these are I the traits that I prefer (note that I usually have someone who is a good DLP): - always stays back - comes deep to get ball - likes to switch ball to other flank (if he is a good passer) For the holder role in CM these are the traits that I avoid: - get forward whenever possible - gets into opposition area - runs with ball often Strikers I usually like to have a striker partnership where one of them plays with his back to the goal while the other one is more mobile and makes runs in behind, so as I have already mentioned before, likes to beat the offside trap and/or gets into opposition area. But that is just my preference, other partnerships could also work well. There are some other traits that can be helpful, but those are absolutely up to your tactic and players. Just an example: if one of your central midfielders holds his position and always stays back, then the other one could arrive late in opponents area.
  6. I'm sorry to hear that! I did not face this problem at the clubs that I managed, at least not to an extent that it was outstanding. Just a couple of ideas that might help: - You can try to use an even more compact defence, eg. higher LoE + lower DL. - You can try to instruct your players to close down everybody, except the central defenders and GK. - You can try to move your central midfielders to the DM strata, that way there is a bigger gap between your strikers and midfielders, but in return there is less space in front of your defence, I think that way it might be harder to shoot through the lines of defence. - It could also be a series of bad luck, or down to personnel (like poor defensive or physical attributes). Or maybe you face formations/tactics all the time that take advantage of the shortcomings of this kind of 442.
  7. State what you think is specifically wrong with a particular piece of data: The concentration attribute of Lautaro Martinez should be higher. State what you think the data should be: His concentration attribute should be at least 16. State reasons/proof for your suggested corrections/improvements: According to an article on the Athletic, a psychologist made players do a series of exams to test their concentration. She told that in all her years at the club, Lautaro got the best marks: “If a player gets more than 60, it usually indicates they have the concentration expected of a professional player. Lautaro would get 91, 92, 93. Every time he did it, he improved.” source: https://theathletic.com/2748713/2021/08/05/what-artetas-interest-in-lautaro-martinez-tells-us-about-his-blueprint-for-an-arsenal-striker-signing/
  8. Behind the scenes the pressing forwards are hardcoded to always press, so there is a contradiction, and I think that is the main reason why they "half press" the opponent CBs despite telling them not to do it. Also, most of the instructions in FM are not black and white, they are more like tendencies. By that I mean that if for example someone instructs his fullback to cross less often, the fullback is still going to cross sometimes. So despite telling your player to not press the opponent at all, he still might press them, altough less urgently.
  9. Hi @HanziZoloman, I'm sorry for the late reply, I was pretty busy. I have finished my first season with Újpest, I am happy with the results, we finished 2nd in the leage, 6 points behind champions Ferencváros and 11 points above third placed Fehérvár FC. We were predicted to finish 6th (there are 12 teams in Hungarian Division I). We also reached the final of the Hungarian Cup, where we lost to Ferencváros. An interesting stat: our team had the highest number for average possession (56%) in the league. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well in 2. Bundesliga, it feels great that this guide was helpful! My BWM's average rating at the end of the season was 7.03 (32 matches, 1 goal, 4 assists). He was not outstanding, but did his job decently. In terms of attributes/ability that players is one of the best in the squad. In my experience in terms of ratings a BWM is not going to be the star player of the team in a system like this. My top perfomer was my left winger (Zoltán Stieber). Average rating 7.37 (32 matches, 7 goals, 14 assists).
  10. I'm sorry to hear that, I hope you'll have better luck next time with a different team!
  11. Hi @HanziZoloman and @Djeon36, I think that many different approaches to training can work. I can share my approach, but bare in mind that this is just my personal preference. I like to create a training schedule that is realistic in my opinion, I have read about real life training schedules, and I created mine based on what I read and what I liked the most. So, when I create a schedule, these are my principles. Let's assume that we start training on Monday and the matchday is Saturday. on Monday the players are not fully recovered after the last match, their condition is not 100%, therefore on Mondays I set up a training that is not physically demanding. That means I set up technical, tactical* and GK trainings. on Tuesday and Wednesday I set up the most intense trainings. This is the middle of the week, the players are already recovered and the next match is not too close, too. On these days I set up physical trainings and match practice coupled with technical and tactical trainings. (Match practice is good because it trains the attributes of the player's role.) on Thursday we start preparing for the next match, so on this day we have 1 or 2 match preparation training and 1 or 2 technical/tactical training. on Friday we only train set pieces and then have a match preview, before the match I don't want to tire the players. after the matchday: recovery and rest, maybe match review. *I also consider attacking and defensive trainings as technical/tactical trainings. Below an actual example:
  12. I only have one preference, for the left winger I prefer a left footed player, that way he can shoot/cross first time more easily when he receives a through ball, he doesn't have to take any time to move the ball to his preferred foot or cut inside. But a right footed player could also work there, a right footed player would work a little differently, it has its pros/cons. For all the other roles in the attacking and midfield areas I don't have a specific preference, it really is situational, every footedness has its pros/cons. There are situations when I wish my player was left footed, but then there are situation where I wish he was right footed. Sure, I can post screenshots of my attacking players at Újpest, you can see them below. My Target Man: My F9: My left WM: my right WM: This player is my second choice for both right WM and left WM, or sometimes even F9:
  13. Yes, a good CF can be crucial. At Valencia I had quality players for CF and TM positions, my top goalscorers were those 2 strikers, then my left winger who scored the 3rd most goals. In my Újpest save the amount of goals are roughly evenly distributed between the srikers and the wingplayers. The F9/TM combo score less goals themeselves but can create more chances for the attacking wingplayers. Note that my strikers here have really bad finishing attributes (9 and 11, also bad composure). The F9 drops deeper and my left WM-att can attack the space behind him, or if the F9 has the ball, he can run with the it and distrupt the opposition's defensive shape. The TM with his back to the goal can flick on/play simple short passes to the: DLP who then can play a pass to the overlapping fullback on the right, or play a killer ball to the other side of the pitch for my left winger who is attacking space behind my F9 and is usually in a good position to shoot or cross. right WM-att who then dribbles, shoots or passes. F9 who can do whatever he seems fit, dribble, pass, shoot or play a through ball. Besides, unsurprisingly the TM is often the target of crosses. Both at Valencia and at Újpest I had left wingers who were one of the best finishers in the squad, therefore the tactics that I created were designed in a way that the left winger is going finish many chances, so I was glad that my left wingers scored a relatively good amount of goals.
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