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  1. To be honest, your experience sounds more normal to real life, than the people who develop these wacky tactics, give them silly names like "devastator" and "matador" and god knows what else, and then win every competition 300 times with Blyth Spartans.
  2. @kevhamster hi there, can you explain for someone who is not very technical, and basically thick, how did you get these teams to appear in your game? Id like to perhaps start a league as Berwick Rangers or Bonnyrigg Rose Thank you
  3. Hi Everyone Question is as it suggests. I had my heart set on managing Albion Rovers for years, until i was sacked. In my opinion unfairly. We were predicted to finish 10th out of 10 in Scottish League 2, I was sat in 7th place when sacked. But going back for another go just doesnt feel right. Should i give it a try? I just cannot settle on a team to start a career with anymore Thank you
  4. I can only assume, that your tactic is an aggressive, play into space type tactic, which has the potential to catch the bigger teams unaware when they try and attack you, but can leave you vulnerable to being countered by smaller teams, hence the results you are seeing this is just a guess though
  5. as far as lower leagues go, I see plenty of tactical posts here, but relatively few posts about developing effective set piece routines. Sure, theres a thread about corners on here recently, but would love to get some good lower league set piece routines going.
  6. I was a big fan of the way Barca played under Luis Enrique. But I'm basically not that great at the game so I'm going right to the lower levels, to "learn my trade" for a bit.
  7. Hello everyone Just wanted to ask a basic point. CAN vertical compactness be overrated? I seem to be seeing some benefits at Queen's Park, by setting a STANDARD line of engagement but a LOWER defensive line. So the vertical compactness is decreased a notch. Is this a sensible way to approach defending IF playing a 442 or 433 narrow system, where you are relying on the front 6 to provide an initial split press? If the split press is beaten, the deep back 4 are there to mop up. Any thoughts on this? it does leave the middle of the pitch open but players don't seem to play "between the lines" at Scottish league 2 level much. Thank you
  8. the only issue I have is that runs of form seem to be too extreme for me. The big winning run is just as extreme as the complete reversal that usually comes too. I don't see that nearly as often in real life
  9. Theres nothing much you can do thats truly unique, everything will be a slight adaptation of a philosophy thats been around before because theres only so much you can do with kicking a ball into a net with 11 players. Enjoy the game, not doing anything wrong searching for inspiration in my opinion
  10. Hello everyone After my want to be long term career at Albion Rovers turned sour, I'm turning attentions to Queens Park of Scottish League 2, for my long term career. Ive looked at the squad and I think it favours a 433 narrow formation, but I don't use this formation and don't know how to play it. Ive gone for the following roles after checking the squad (at work so sorry not a perfect screenshot): I'm going with very few instructions, but I'm going with: TEAM INSTRUCTIONS: Cautious mentality, much narrower width, more direct passing, much higher tempo, pass into space. TRANSITION: GK to slow the pace down DEFENDING: left as it is, for now. The objective is to be a very direct side centred around the target man. In the front 3 ive got one role to drop deep to pick up the flick ons, another role to run in behind to the ball played over the target man into space whilst he occupies a defender. I want the mezzala to be slightly more adventurous as he has relatively good passing for that level, and the wing back on his side is slightly less inclined to go forward. The team is mostly focused on sitting deep through roles to defend with the back 4 and the defensive central midfielder who shouldn't ever go ahead of the ball. The front 3, carrilero and mezzala are set to press more. This is mostly to pick up the 2nd ball from the target man. Do you think these roles combine well to achieve the style of football for this level? any improvements that can be made? Thank you everyone
  11. No im afraid, not true. You can check their results on wikipedia. They won more games in the first half of the season which is true, but they never at any point had good form
  12. True. But they lost games along the way. They didnt go win win win win lovely then lose lose lose lose sack. Thats borderline unprecidented. ive hardly ever seen that in actual football
  13. Whilst I totally take on board what youre saying, what I cant understand is how there isn't a gradual "lessening" of the effectiveness, and a gradual need to find a new approach, if that was the case. Because every team plays differently. some are 442, some 4-1-4-1 DM wide. Some play a back 3. Its the way that youre cruising along doing brilliantly and then BAMMMM, lose lose lose lose lose that leaves me scratching my head. Theres no kind of warning sign. No tricky but scrape a win games that make you think we got away with one there. Also, what also puzzles me is the fact that we were "in" the games. it wasn't like all of a sudden we looked terrible, but we would always find a way to lose. I just don't understand it even though I totally understand your point. I'm going to try the same sort of approach with a different team and see how it goes
  14. @Experienced Defender Hi there thanks for following the thread. I'm absolutely gutted, ive wanted to achieve success with this club for so many years, I follow their results and have a huge affection for them, but yet again I have been sacked. I'm trying to understand what happened, and I simply cant. was hoping for some feedback. We were sat on 19 points after 11 games which was a lovely start given we are predicted to finish bottom. Then I cant quite understand it. We were "in" every game, yet on the wrong side of the result and we started to concede goals that I couldn't put down to one aspect of our play. Long shots, through balls, mistakes, set pieces. We dropped to 7th in the table (which I still felt was good given we were predicted 10th) but the board say get 8 points from 5 games, and I didn't. I checked back into the save, and I see that the AI now has them bottom of the league. Do you think training was the issue? I think fundamentally the tactic is quite good, but maybe it isn't? I really don't know. The idea is to defend with a compact block of 8 players who never go ahead of the ball, and they feed constant through balls to the front 2 to get the goals (ideally). only time the others join in is from a set piece. Training wise, we only did 4 sessions a week, and I split these up as 1 fitness, 1 match preparation, 2 attacking corners sessions. I don't know whether to start again (which makes me feel really dirty), or try this philosophy with someone else in the Scottish league 2. Its the one club on the game I am desperate to have success with though. I actually feel sad at work today Any advice?
  15. Hello everyone Im on my long term save that will carry me into FM21 having done all the short term stuff I want to do. Im Albion Rovers in Scottish League 2. We are predicted to finish bottom of league 2, bad stadium, finances etc. Im trying to implement an idea in my head........"hoofy-taka". What im trying to implement is this: I want to defend as two banks of 4 by being compact and rigid. I dont want to press hard and disrupt the shape, but cut off the passing lanes. In TRANSITION, because of the hoof style, i want us to pick up the second ball, as a lot of our passing is low percentage stuff I want the two strikers to defend from the front by pressing a little harder, and be the source of the goals I want my players as soon as they receive the ball, one thought in their mind......bang it over the top for the strikers to use their pace I want a relentless focus on attacking set pieces as a source of goals With that in mind my tactical idea currently looks like this: Where im looking for opinions is: 1) Id like my players to hoof more if possible. They do hoof, but i really want them to continuously look for the front two with direct balls. Id chosen the attacking mentality, and raised the directness of the passing and tempo, to give us maximum hoofability, is there any way of further raising the hoofage? 2) Im contemplating the use of the "counter press" instruction. I want us to be first to the 2nd ball when possession breaks down. I dont want us using a defensive strategy based on urgent pressing, but i do want us to make effort to get hold of loose balls. Would counter press be a good addition? 3) Can the balance of the team be improved? there are quite a few PI's in use. The full backs are told to cross from deep and more often. The central midfield pair, left sided CM is told to hold position whilst right sided is told to get further forward and shoot less often, both set to take more risks. The wide midfielders are set to take more risks and get further forward. So far, so good. Despite being predicted to finish bottom, we sit top of the table, albeit after only 8 games: Training wise, it couldnt be more simple, we work on fitness and attacking set pieces. thats literally it. I really want to make a success of a real basic hoofing system to lead this team to improvement, i have a huge soft spot for them. Any feedback would be welcomed to help build the tactic thank you
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