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  1. I find it much more interesting, that they only reflect a players familiarity with a given role. It's much more realistic this way (or at least that's how I see it). I find it so interesting and inspiring to closely examine each players attributes and let them explore new (maybe better fitting) roles. In real life there are so many examples of this as well. Di Maria was utilized as a central playmaker after being a winger for many many years. Ramos from right back to central defender. Pirlo from a second striker/offensive playmaker to a deeplying playmaker. In the danish Superligaen, the manager of AC Horsens has used Rune Frantsen as both a right back and a striker. Same goes for Mikkel Qvist, but as a left wingback and a striker. I'm pretty sure that some of these examples would have had a "red or orange dot" in the newly given position, were they to ask their assistant manager in real life :-) I see all these visuals in the game as the same as different opinions from a real life managers personnel. I'm sure a lot of them would be both destructive and confusing to an inexperienced managager outside of the game as well. This is, to me, just part of the realism.
  2. I have never noticed reports having their roles and team mentality on. Is this just in a standard team scouting report? Or is it some custom skin?
  3. Have you tried a DLP(d) with the PPM Runs With Ball Often?
  4. I find this setup quite interesting. Now I actually just watched BTN video on Overloads. So the theory here, is that the overloading side is on attack in order to draw defenders and midfielders out of position in order to make room for the right side attacking the empty space. Now this is done with midfielders on attack duty. So im curious to see how well supporting roles can/will do the same thing. Are defenders really going to be threatened and leave their position against a DLP and WM on support? Have you actually tried this, or is it just theory crafting? If you haven't I might do the experiment when i get home. BONUS INFO: I am currently managing FC Nordsjælland (as they are pretty much a danish discount version of Ajax) trying out almost the exact 4-4-1-1 shown in the video with great success as they really have great players for this.
  5. Are you guys actually buying who fits in with the rest of the team/tactic when you set up the game. Or are you just looking for great bargains/wonderkids? Nothing wrong with either, simply just curious.
  6. I actually tried doing it as well, inspired by this exact video. I do feel that you kind of have to pick one of many different variations that Guardiola opts for, since he's trying a lot of different things. (At least that's how i see it) For me i tried focusing on the widespread wingers, with inverted backs. Didn't get to work with it enough for me to be satisfied. I did play with a much weaker team, and it seemed that having 2 inverted backs kinda flooded the midspace too much, making my midfielders lose a lot of balls due to the lack of time and space. I do however feel that the inverted wingback has some very exiting potential, and once i figure out how to best take advantage of it, it could potentially be one of my favorite roles in the game!
  7. I've always been a big fan of this kind of thinking. Not in terms of actual tactical changes as such, which in my past games has been limited to different forward types mostly. What i have been doing, is kind of the approach that Bielsa or Guardiola takes. Using midfielders as centerbacks, because they're often suited better for carrying the ball forward, or passing past the first lines of pressure. Or using defensive minded midfielders as wingbacks or even fullbacks, which is probably my most used example in not just fm18, but many previous years. I will most surely try to have a little bigger variety of player types going forward though!
  8. Yet another update on how things are going. As of now im halfway into the new season, having played 23 games in the league. During the summerbreak, i brought in 4 (5) new faces for the first team. Only one real contender for the starting-11 though. Since the season in Championship is filled with matches, the rest was providing some width, so a otherwise very small squad. To just share one of them with you, this was the only guy i actually didn't put a bid on myself. I favor having the DoF looking for good youth players, and this time he really hit a hole-in-one! Assadez Wa. This guy is a physical beast, and very well developed for a 20 year old. The technical abilites are not too good, but i can overlook this for now for two reasons. 1) Being that he provides something up front, that no other player does, which is his aerial presence. 2) His quick, and great off the ball, so i have complete faith that he'll get the chances he need to score. In terms of my tactic, i wanted to start out with the same tactic, as last season just to see where i stood. Once again, following the ways of Cleon, i gave it the first three games and then went back for an analysis. A 3-1 win, 0-2 loss, and a 1-0 win. Now that's a pretty good start, yet after a good nights sleep and a fresh pair of eyes, i still felt the AP was drifting a bit much when defending. So, as suggested, i opted for a DP(s). Three more games. 0-0 draw, 2-0 win, 1-0 win. I managed to get 3 (4) clean sheets in a row. And i felt like my defensive shape was much more solid this time around. So i was happy. The goals seemed a bit hard-earned though, but overall nothing to be concerned about, so i decided to take a much bigger sample, before making any further changes. In fact i didn't touch my tactics at all before matchday 21. A lot of mixed results, but the table showed me in 5th place. So following the games, and looking back afterwards, one of the reasons for the lack of goals (which was a continuing theme up to now), was my top AF(a) being completely absent. The two players i used on rotation, had a total of 3 goals and 0 assists 20 games in. TERRIBLE! So time to make some changes. At first it was actually really hard for me to see what was wrong, until i reviewed the latest game against Sheff Wed. So i was actually both impressed and speechless. Albrighton had manages 24 crosses, and not a single one, had hid the target. WTF! So needless to say, i took a much deeper look into this. Turned out a lot of the crosses were put to the near post, with not a single Wolves player in sight. The IW and the AF would both be moving between the near post area and the center, so naturally i changed his cross-aim. No wonder my attacker was having trouble busting the net. 20 matches in, and my team had only managed to score 23 times. The following three games, with the new change applied, were a completely different story. 2-1, 3-1 and 3-0, all wins. Not just that, but my AF position made 6(!!!) of the 8 goals. Adding 8 goals in three matches, to the 23 in 20, is quite a big deal. That combined with a seasonlong solid defense, and i find my self in 3rd place, halfway through the season.
  9. Alright, so just a quick visual example of how one my attacks were setup. Of course this attack is handpicked, to show the idea of what my tactic aims to achieve. (From the new season) So we just retrieved the ball back, due to two things. First off, great placement from my fullback, winning the air ball back. And secondly, a great run back from my AM to both cut off the opposition passing options, as well as placing him self, giving an extra out for the fullback. Now turning the play around, he makes a short pass for my deeplaying playmaker, and instantly starts running up the field to make himself a threat. The DP safely passes on the ball to my main creative man, the AP. Now honestly, this may seem like the opposition has me closed down quite well. However, his vision should not be underestimated, and he manages find a gap in the halfspace, between their center and fullback, which Stanislas has already read and is making his move. With a quick first touch, he flicks the ball further on, to the Izzy Brown, who is pretty much alone with only the goalkeeper to beat. The goal secured me a very important away win against probably the best team in the Championship, Newcastle. (They were relegated the season before, and with Izzy Brown being unhappy, he made a move for my club instead. Must feel good right about here.) So yeah, there it is. Now of course this is not how all my attacks are setup, but this is as close as it gets, in order of what I'm trying to achieve. Winning back the ball due to great positiong and anticipation. Letting my midfielders dictate the tempo of the game, and leaving my AP to setup the defence-splitting pass, ending out with my front three taking home the fame and glory.
  10. How are these tactics getting tested? Are you actually playing out the season, or is it a simulation?
  11. Well the AP(s), actually doesn't encourage dribling, and watching the games i haven't seen this as being a thing. That being said, it's a good point and i'm definietly going to try him as a deeplying on support duty. I do feel like he should be told to do more risky passes though, but only time will tell i guess! Now my reasoning for not picking a CM(d) (i did consider it!), is the default PI of close down more. In general this actually confuses me a lot, that its linked to this role, but never the less, that's why i want to avoid it. I completely agree with the shadowstriker. And that is something I'm going to try out for the new season. The first half year at the club though, the players suited for this position were mainly tall, strong guys, who were basically neanderthals without any technical abilities, which is why I went for a more hardworking supporting option. I will start out with keeping the AF, but will definietly also look into the complete forward option. I'm not quite sure my main striker is quite good enough for the task though :-( Interesting points though, and much appreciated feedback! Thanks a lot!
  12. Yet another update on how things are going. As of now im halfway into the new season, having played 23 games in the league. During the summerbreak, i brought in 4 (5) new faces for the first team. Only one real contender for the starting-11 though. Since the season in Championship is filled with matches, the rest was providing some width, so a otherwise very small squad. To just share one of them with you, this was the only guy i actually didn't put a bid on myself. I favor having the DoF looking for good youth players, and this time he really hit a hole-in-one! Assadez Wa. This guy is a physical beast, and very well developed for a 20 year old. The technical abilites are not too good, but i can overlook this for now for two reasons. 1) Being that he provides something up front, that no other player does, which is his aerial presence. 2) His quick, and great off the ball, so i have complete faith that he'll get the chances he need to score. In terms of my tactic, i wanted to start out with the same tactic, as last season just to see where i stood. Once again, following the ways of Cleon, i gave it the first three games and then went back for an analysis. A 3-1 win, 0-2 loss, and a 1-0 win. Now that's a pretty good start, yet after a good nights sleep and a fresh pair of eyes, i still felt the AP was drifting a bit much when defending. So, as suggested, i opted for a DP(s). Three more games. 0-0 draw, 2-0 win, 1-0 win. I managed to get 3 (4) clean sheets in a row. And i felt like my defensive shape was much more solid this time around. So i was happy. The goals seemed a bit hard-earned though, but overall nothing to be concerned about, so i decided to take a much bigger sample, before making any further changes. In fact i didn't touch my tactics at all before matchday 21. A lot of mixed results, but the table showed me in 5th place. So following the games, and looking back afterwards, one of the reasons for the lack of goals (which was a continuing theme up to now), was my top AF(a) being completely absent. The two players i used on rotation, had a total of 3 goals and 0 assists 20 games in. TERRIBLE! So time to make some changes. At first it was actually really hard for me to see what was wrong, until i reviewed the latest game against Sheff Wed. So i was actually both impressed and speechless. Albrighton had manages 24 crosses, and not a single one, had hid the target. WTF! So needless to say, i took a much deeper look into this. Turned out a lot of the crosses were put to the near post, with not a single Wolves player in sight. The IW and the AF would both be moving between the near post area and the center, so naturally i changed his cross-aim. No wonder my attacker was having trouble busting the net. 20 matches in, and my team had only managed to score 23 times. The following three games, with the new change applied, were a completely different story. 2-1, 3-1 and 3-0, all wins. Not just that, but my AF position made 6(!!!) of the 8 goals. Adding 8 goals in three matches, to the 23 in 20, is quite a big deal. That combined with a seasonlong solid defense, and i find my self in 3rd place, halfway through the season.
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