I have a number of very stupid questions about team instructions. Their basic workings are only explained very briefly and I feel unable to select my instructions with confidence as I've never fully understood their effects.
Counter-Attacking: I've heard conflicting explanations as to how this actually works in practice. Some say it actually makes the team more defensive - that they will only make a meaningful attack when the opposition team is stretched. Is this the only effect the option has? Or will the team come forward and pass quicker/more directly on the counter? And when the opposition are on the ball will the team automatically play deeper? Or do you set these options seperately?
Closing down: Will it just be the opposition player who is on the ball who is hustled and harried or will the entire team press their opposite numbers?
Mentality: How does this affect player behaviour exactly? Their position on the pitch? (but that's already defined by formation, forward runs, etc) Their passing? (There's already a slider for that) The tempo at which they play? (ditto) It's said to affect their willingness to take risks. What sort of risks? Also, if you set, for example, an attacking formation, do you need to set an attacking mentality to go with it? (I think the ai seems to)
Zonal v Man-to-Man Marking: I know how each of these works but what are the benefits/disadvantages of each of these systems? And what situations would make you choose one and not the other?
I hope someone can answer some of these questions that have bothered me for years. By the way, I think this thread is the best on the forum by far.