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  1. You mention this but then proceed to use a higher line of engagement in your out of possession instructions. From what I’ve seen of Dortmund they don’t initiate their press that high up and are relatively passive until the ball enters the mid third. Perhaps lower it a few notches for replication Eg. Not entirely sure but maybe also take one of the centre backs off BPD because they’re hard coded to go long more frequently ~ but your ‘take fewer risks’ PI might mitigate that. Favre’s quite patient in first phase buildup
  2. Interested in adding that shirt displaying name + number below the player pic like yours. How’d you go about doing it, if you don’t mind elaborating?
  3. Recently started up a Valencia save and was interested in replicating Marcelino’s system. 1. I’ve gone fluid team shape for that compactness vertically to make it difficult for opposition to penetrate through. Helps the team become more of a unit defensively restricting space. But also still been able to maintain an outlet on the counter primarily in the form of Rodrigo which is a key component of Marcelino’s sides. He’s been dropping 7.5+’s so far and can’t stop scoring 2. Currently using Rodrigo as an SS and Zaza as a DF. They track back quite well (fluid team shape influence), occasionally they’re pressing direction can be a bit off with both closing down the one player making it quite easy to bypass. Maybe skewing the closing down PI for both might see improvement, not quite sure 3. Difficult to pull off, if you’re looking for that compactness horizontally I’d recommend a more defensive menaltity. Can balance it out with the likes of higher tempo, more closing down etc to really imitate Marcelino. Chance creation might be a bit low and personnel’s finishing isn’t quite up to standard though 4. I’ve gone Wide Playmaker (S) for Soler. His positioning in this passmpa below is quite representative of a WP I feel. 5. I’ve been going for the most narrow dimensions possible to make it increasingly difficult to play through, particularly centrally. But would also advise a decent length to capitalise on the space between the lines and in behind on the counter. Plenty of pace in the side I’m sure you can capitalise on. Parejo and Kondogbia have decent technicals like passing, dribbling and particularly mentals such as vision & off the ball to potentially exploit the space between the lines.
  4. Great suggestion, the narrow 4-2-3-1 completely slipped my mind for some reason. Think I was concentrating too much on getting them to drop deeper in defence alongside the CM’s to form a solid bank of 4. Yeah I had a bit of trouble getting the IW’s to come inside more often at first. Ticked the sit narrow PI’s and I did see improvement. Likewise out of possession they weren’t as narrow as I’d ideally like. Can see Bernard as an AP(s) and yeah Marlos as an AM would work well. Considering Taison’s already an AP along with Bernard, wouldn’t they become redundant in both coming deep/intruding on each other’s space looking for the ball centrally? Similarly have question marks over whether the two wider players in that narrow trio will track back sufficiently? Your suggestion would definitely improve the horizontal compactness though.
  5. Yeah definitely sprung to mind when first developing the tactic but didn’t really have the effect I wanted. Forced the CB’s a bit too wide for my liking. Trialled Stepanenko as CM(d) and he still dropped deep between the CB’s to pick up the ball occassionally, which is what I want; not fixed between the CB’s in possession the whole 90. PPM comes deep to get ball also helped. Similarly considered dropping the midfield pairing into the DM strata but the midfield lost a bit of compactness. Fluidity increase might reduce that space, but I’d like an outlet on the counter
  6. Another astute manager off Portugal’s production line, Paulo Fonseca is finally receiving his due exposure after Shakhtar’s impressive run in the CL this season. Background: Initially plying his trade at numerous lesser sides in Portugal, it was at Paços de Ferreira he caught the eye. Making the most of Jean Seri, Antunes and Josue, he spectacularly led them to 3rd in the Portuguese league before moving onto Porto. Though sitting in 3rd place, 11 points behind leaders Benfica in the second half of the 13/14 campaign, he didn’t last one full season. His struggles however weren’t particularly helped by major departures in the form of Joao Moutinho, Otamendi and James Rodriguez. Following this setback, he returned to Pacos working his magic once again but narrowly missing out on EL. Come the 15/16 season he would find himself at Braga, finishing 4th that season while winning the Portuguese Cup. Then Shakhtar came calling. Fonseca has built on his predecessor, Mircea Lucescu’s success continuing their domestic dominance with 2 league titles in his time at the club while implementing a more attractive style. Footballing style: Fonseca is an exponent of progressive, attacking football and looks to incorporate positional play aspects. Numerical superiority is quite evident at times in Stepanenko’s seemless splitting of the CB’s to facilitate build up from deep. This is particularly useful against opposition who field a striker duo that look to prevent distribution from the back and force Shakhtar to go long. Furthermore, his sides look for qualititative superiority which is displayed in his supremely talented widemen including the likes of Marlos, Bernard, Ismaily and Srna. Fonseca looks to exploit these quality advantages in wide areas. Despite this abundance in talent, Shakhtar aren’t excessively reliant on their flanks, and often instigate quick vertical play in central areas mostly via Fred and Rakitskiy. Finally, Fonseca seeks positional superiority in the movement of the attacking trio (Bernard, Taison, Marlos) finding space behind opposition midfield lines. Likewise, Ferreyra can often be found looking to run in behind and capitalise on defenders facing the opposite direction. Out of possession, his Shakhtar team seek to maintain a high line and look to aggressively press their opponents. His team shifts from their nominal 4-2-3-1 in possession to a more accustomed pressing shape in 4-4-2. Taison will push forward, supporting Ferreyra’s efforts to win the ball back. Meanwhile Bernard and Marlos move inwards to form a horizontally compact, narrow unit. FM translation: Mentality: Control As previously mentioned, Shakhtar are an attacking side in all aspects of play. Shape: Fluid Fonseca drills his side to be vertical and horizontally compact to force opposition wide, restricting their ability to play centrally. TI’s: Normal tempo - Fonseca’s side use possession purposefully with forward-thinking intent. The control mentality is already quite attacking, thus I feel normal tempo provides a bit more balance. Play out from defence - A major component to Fonsecaball. Shakhtar’s sides are often seen playing it out from the back even under intense pressure. Only on rare occasions will Pyatov go long Mixed passing - Shakhtar’s buildup can vary in passing range. They will go more direct when required, but early buildup phase usually involves short-medium interchanges. Higher defensive line - Part and parcel with the press, looking to suffocate the opponent. More closing down - Shakhtar aren’t as intense as a Bielsa press but rather a bit more pragmatic while still harassing opposition. Additionally a control mentality and high defensive line already further its influence. Work ball into box - Shakhtar’s inside forwards look to play in teammates centrally or take on opposition themselves. Look for overlap - Despite Srna’s absence this season, the fullbacks bomb on, notably the attacking Ismaily. Increasingly synonymous with modern football, the fullbacks are expected to provide with and supplementary attacking options as Shakhtar enter the final third. Play Wider - In possession, Shakhtar fullbacks typically adopt high and wide positions enabling the IF’s to move into the half spaces and link up. Shakhtar make full use of the pitch looking to stretch teams. Be more expressive - Fonseca allows his attacking players freedom to roam, find pockets of space between the lines and cause problems. This is just my interpretation of Fonseca’s football. Feedback is much appreciated.
  7. Yes, just scroll up a bit someone else asked the same. @pikawa94 Thanks for your time and effort you put into this mate. Would you be willing to change the player suitability bar for certain roles? Instead of the circle filling that FM18 currently has can it be changed to what FM17 and 16 use:
  8. Around $800 AUD. What laptop would you suggest, if you have any in mind? Or what do you make of this? https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/acer/acer-aspire-e5-553g-12c6-15-6-laptop-refurbished/550265/
  9. Hi guys, Just looking for confirmation, do you think this laptop is more than able to handle 5-7 leagues on FM18 and run a smooth match engine? Not the most tech savvy guy so any help would be much appreciated. https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/hp/hp-14-bp045tx-14-laptop-i5/452497/
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