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  1. These are the sort of threads i love to read. Smart, readable and gives much more insight than the regular "plug & play". BustTheNet videos have also enlightened me on overloads and i agree that putting so many players on one flank to "create overloads" is not necessarily the best option. There are useful alternatives like you've pointed out in the above. I'm using presently a IFsu, Volat,Wbat and a roaming CFsu to create such on a flank to free up my Wat, so it is effective. Using playmakers is good, but IFsu naturally have "vision" as one of their "attribute" requirements and they switch ball to other flanks if they spot a runner, regardless. So wide playmakers can have alternatives in an IF. Wanted to reiterate that this is excellent as a thread. Callejon is my "freed up player" and he's been 8 goals and 7 assists in 16 games so far(FM19). Expecting more threads.
  2. To be quite sincere, although it's nice to see regular goal patterns & all, I'm disappointed in how quickly the opposition get back & assume a compact shape(far from realistic). Also, their full backs can't possible be Marcelo/Dani Alves that he counter Chiesa, a lot. Wingers suffer on FM. Is there a need for this IF role? Maybe i'm merely frustrated, but come on, i have modified to act like playmaker rather than heir to 07-8 CR7. He shoots too much. But, I've gotten enough headed goals( Fabinho has PPM that makes him fall into box to create an extra body). Scored an average of 2 goals per game in last 7 matches, possession of 58+%, on average. Hardly concede shots(my CB's are too fast, it's nearly impossible to run them down, But I'm not, in anyway, happy with how defensively good my opponent are. They can't all be prime Chelsea anytime we play against them. My striker get load of goals too. 5 in last 7, using the tactic. Might update you on more but I'll say, Liverpool have foundation for growing players, in FM19. They have World class old, and potential young. Plus their Full backs are top, so no need running around looking for the decent ones.
  3. This is my team's new shape. It's evolved after reading this thread. I'd like you to tap into Mr @Ö-zil to the Arsenal! . we need your insight(no pressure). I hope 20 does us a whole lot of good. Too many issues(maybe it's just me) with 19.
  4. I actually agree. I also jot down combination and steal some ideas from a lot of threads. I use at attack duties, too, but according to how my system plays out. I presently use this(i cannot upload, sorry, but i can snap and send). It's an idea from your Sacchi and this thread. Just a few tweaks. It gets me a lot of goals. What i wanted to point out that you don't really need the at duty. It's not a must, is what i mean.
  5. I would've shared, but i don't know how to upload(I've actually never, on this forum, which is sad). As for the long shots, i encounter them, a lot, to be fair(i had almost 41 shots to 9 against FCP and FCP lost only 2-1. So annoying, i had to watch it on 'Key'). But i make sure I avoid the 'overlap' TI's and use more of the 'run at defense' + 'Counter' to encourage more runners. Fabinho having 'get forward' ppm also helps. Fouls are also my issues. I don't want to go on, like i said, your tactic is good, i just noticed that everyone seems to agree that without an at duty to help push further forward or exploit spaces. But essentially all it does is give the player a higher position, increase his mentality & encourage more runs(these can all be done, bar mentality, by using a su duty with some instructions).
  6. Don't mean to be mean, & i love your entire thread. But i don't agree that you necessarily need At duties to achieve penetration. Presently use a 4-4-1-1 that is all support duties but with modified TI, PI & ppms, I'm really cruising. I bet others have had similar results with su & de duties
  7. Use a generic AM on support & play on his TI's to get the pressing you desire. With specialist roles you expect specialist treatment. What you're asking your 'advanced playmaker' to do is, to be a master with the ball & a bull dog without(would Ozil, for example, do such? Messi, sometimes, not everytime. Dybala?) Sometimes attributes(workrate) might help, but that's about it, really.
  8. Wow. So many 'In-possession' TI's. If i were a player in this team I'd have assumed you didn't want us to even kick the ball. I like the shape, bar the ST disturbing the playamaker from doing his job(let him be free. Poacher, AF, anything). Also, if you're using an AP, I've found that you need a runner in the middle, or he'll occasionally 'choke'. Give him options(CMsu, BBM? Anyone). Attacking fullbacks(both). Actually not against that. Are least you know where you'll be exposed. That 'regroup' TI won't help, either. Distribute to fullbacks is also weird, considering you want them as attacking outlets. They can do less on the build up and you can maximize your playmaker in the build up. He'll come deep, use your 2 CB's as shield, CM as easy option...you get the drift. Then there's the fact you're willing to 'press'. How good is your team, compared to the rest? Hope you'll consider tinkering against teams, at least. Good luck. Hope it ends up an interesting save.
  9. The 4-1-4-1 deep is a really interesting shape. Can be very good and aggressive if used right Questions: 1. What are the overall attributes of your players and why do you feel you can pull this off. 3. Some TI's are a bit too much, i don't understand Suggestions: TI's Possession: Maybe take off the overlap? Transition: can take everything off & just put Counter(if your players can/are good enough to operate a good Counter press, then use that) Out of possession: Do you have the sort of defenders to operate a high line? Watch games as you tweak this one. I'd rather you fix this, yourself. Players: There's a lot of support in wider areas from your middle(Mez & BBM, both roam, but still have the option of Vertical runs, occasionally). Might i suggest some changes? Your RCM can be A CM on attack. He'll make those lateral runs and your RMW can be a winger on either at or Su (with get forward PI). A FB on support(DR) can play behind them Nothing wrong with Mez(LCM), but it'll be easier combine him with an Inverted winger out left who you can tell to sit narrow and roam. That way you choke the channel in that area and allow for a WB on attack to overall that area. It'll also drag opposite teams players to that area, and allows your CMat to exploit the space left. Your striker can be a DLfsu/TMsu, toggle between both. Let's not leave your 'lone/link up' alone. Finally: You can reduce your DLpde closing down to less. Let him stick to his area while others pursue the oppostion. Watch games and make tweaks, too.
  10. 1. I'd like to ask what was the intention of setting this up(from your TI's i can assume what you want) but i can't really tell. 2. I'd advice you go through some interesting threads on here to nick of some ideas. A 4-2-3-1 is a top heavy tactic as it has 4 players usually pushing into the opposite 3rd & usually has a 'shuttler' running from deep in attack transition & covering the back in defense phase. Usually a calmer head sits & holds the middle, recycling possession and allows for everyone to push ahead. It's a tactic most don't venture cause it makes it hard for peeps to recover if ever a loose pass/shot/drink is made. You'll usually find space in the middle left by your players that the opposition will exploit. If i were the opposition team, i'd : 1. Enjoying playing against your middle pivot(You don't have one to be honest). No ones sitting. But pairings that could work can be "DLps - CMde" or "DLPde - Carsu" etc. One holder or two, at least. 2. Your striker will be isolated(occasionally) because of the role & duty. Can be helped with a striker on support duty. 3. Defend wider? Maybe watch the games more, especially, on Comprehensive to make additional changes.
  11. This may rank as my top 3 of your Threads, so if it eventually stops here, know that you've done so much for the community. Hope you can start FM19 so we can steal more of your ideas😂. Joking. Last question: I see you've used a Halfback in a couple of your formations. I've avoided the role because of the issues it caused in FM17. I've confirmed from friends that it(issues) still persisted in FM18. I just want to know how you've got the Halfback working for you, if the issues still bother you & how you utilize it(HB) in your tactics. This will be really helpful for me & i believe, others.
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