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  1. 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, b
  2. 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,
  3. Thanks! The roles of the CBs are really up to you, they could be switched. I had my right CB as a BPD because my right footed GK tended to pass the ball to the right sided centre back, and I wanted that defender to bring the ball out fo defence (or occasionally pass it long to the TM) and a BPD is more likely to do so than a regular CB. If my GK was left footed then probably I would have my left CB as a BPD. I encourage you to experiment with striker roles, it could work. At the moment I play with a F9 and TM. If you change one of your stirkers duty to attack, then the defensive shape bec
  4. Thanks! Yes, PPMs are crucial, and sometimes I switched the mentality to Attacking, I think that could encourage the srikers to make more forward runs. In some games I still wished my strikers would make more runs behind. If I did not have strikers with good PPMs, then against sides that do not defend deep I think I would abandon my 2-support-duty-strikers-rule and play one of them on attack duty. I did not test this on lower league yet, so I can't really say what other role could work in place of the Complete Forward. Without further testing, in lower league maybe I would also
  5. Just a quick update, if you are interested in who can be your top perfomers, goal scorers, etc. in a system like this, I've just finished my season, so here are some numbers: Average ratings According to the ratings, my best berfomers played these roles in my system: Winger-attack IW-support Target Man Complete Forward Fullback/WB-attack top 5: Marco Asensio: Winger-attack, sometimes IW-support Maxi Gomez: Target Man-support S. Esposito: Complete Forward-support, sometimes Target Man-support Odriozola: Fullback-attack/WB-attac
  6. Thanks! About the central midfielders... I can imagine many midfield combinations that could work, even a simple CMs + CMs with the right traits or PIs could work I guess. When creating the central midfield combination, I usually follow these principles: At least one of them should be instructed to hold position - to provide cover in case we lose the ball. At least one of them should be a relatively creative, good passer who can create chances or switch the ball to the other flank. At least one of them should be really hard-working. Of course these are just suggestions
  7. When playing against 2 strikers it makes sense to distribute to your full backs, on FM20 or FM19 I remember that I used to instruct my GK to distrubute to the FBs, or to a DLP, because sometimes there was enough space between the 2 srikers to pass to ball immidietaly to the DLP. However on FM21 with the players at my disposal I don't particulary have any issues against 2 strikers, so I rarely change distribution - but in La Liga I very rarely face any formation with 2 strikers.
  8. Hi @blackmoix I can share the tactic that I use with Valencia, you can find the link below. But I would like to remind you that Opposition Instructions are also important, and this tactic was created to suit my Valencia squad, for example I have forwards with suitable traits, I have multiple left footed wingers, that's why I use an IW on the right and a Winger on the left, etc. And I still make small changes from match to match. When starting a new save with a different team, my tactic would not be the same. My intention with the guide was to show you the basic principles for a successful,c
  9. This sounds like a great work around! I have mentioned in an earlier response that I wish to have a forward on attack duty who would defend like a forward on support duty, and your work around is a good idea for this. In possession two support duty strikers can have it's downsides when you don't have the right players for it, I am lucky to have complete forwards with the appropriate traits. Btw if anyone has struggles using two support duty strikers, a 4-4-1-1 defensive shape (for example one striker on attack duty and the other one on support/defend) is really great for counter attackin
  10. 1. Next to my DLP I wanted someone who is really aggressive when defending in the middle of the pitch and tries to win the ball back actively, generating counter attacking opportunities. My BWM also works well with the counter press TI, I've seen some highlights when we lost the ball high up the pitch on the left side, but my BWM pressed immediately, winning the ball back or forcing the opposition to an aimless long ball. But I don't always use a BWM(s), sometimes I use a B2B, I guess a CM(s) could also work. As I have mentioned in the post, I am quiet flexible with the roles, there are a lo
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I don't know how, but I think I have just found an easter egg.
  20. 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?
  21. 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)?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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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