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  1. Coming from someone who has tried to make a back three like this work in multiple different setups, it just does not work consistently. A lot of the situations work nicely and the defence looks good but then in every match there are situations where they defend the wrong area or player. I like how they cover wide areas (three center backs without wingbacks don't cover wide areas at all which is really frustrating) as well, but especially close to their own box they tend have moments where they leave strikers wide open by positioning themselves too wide. Sometimes works wonderfully but pretty much every game there are bad moments. Playing with Ajax helps a lot as you are in control in almost every match and there is less pressure on your defence, plus your defenders are good enough to deal with some difficult situations but you might run into some shaky situations.
  2. Deeper defensive lines and lower mentalities encourage your players to drop deeper and narrower. Increasing one of those could help. Another option is to push your fullbacks to the WB position to be slightly higher. Using higher defensive line also helps to cut out passes to the wide players to prevent crossing chances. This of course comes with a risk of leaving too much space in behind. That being said, the floating crosses to the back post from the sideline are really a match engine issue. Players running at a horrible angle playing an extremely accurate cross to a runner on the backpost while turning, and the keeper sitting on his line doing nothing while the cross lands five meters away from goal? Right...
  3. Currently your setup has two main passers, the AP/A and the DLF/S which both look to create and make those through balls you want and the CM/S will be chipping in as well as a supportive player. What you are lacking are players to actually pass to behind the lines. CF/A will make those runs yes, but he is pretty much the only one who does that consistently. You could even argue for an advanced forward instead which is a bit more direct role but that might not be necessary, and it also depends on the player. What I would look into is more runners. Maybe have one of the midfielders as a CM/A like you suggested, or MEZ/A works nicely as well, playing a bit wider to combine with the wingbacks. You could try a WB/A as they will look to make runs behind the fullbacks if there is space, WB/S does so rarely and looks to keep the width and receive the ball out wide. The important thing is, you need to make sure that these runners have good off the ball, acceleration and anticipation for a start as they need to find the spaces and have the pace to exploit them. You also need to make sure your creators, mainly your AP (or if you decide to use CM or MEZ on attack as they can act as creators as well being so advanced) and DLF have sufficient vision and passing to find those players.
  4. Well the different roles are just those instructions preset into the game. For a lot of players it is surely better to choose a role according to a description/name of the role than setting up individual instructions.
  5. Also, I strongly disagree. Those are positions but there are actual instructions that define the way a player plays, not just player types. No top level managers (hopefully) just tell their players "Right, you are the defensive midfielder today, do your thing". No, clearly managers give different instructions in terms of movement, passing, etc. In real life you often see the same player played in the same position but given a different role altogether. De Bruyne often plays in a more advanced role and in the half spaces when Sterling plays wide on the right but when Bernardo Silva comes in KDB plays deeper, Silva comes inside to the half spaces and Walker is more aggressive down the flank.
  6. I know you probably have much better information that I do but... are you sure about this? I have heard different information in several other discussions. I just want to make sure I account for this in the future then.
  7. Wait really? Seems a bit odd as professionalism is the attribute that determines training development in normal training. Also, and this is just me whining, I find it really annoying that I can't train "trains one-two passes" to my wide players, whether they are wingers, inside forward, fullbacks or wingbacks. I just don't understand why it wouldn't be important for their positions.
  8. I don't really mind having Hradecky as a sweeper keeper as normal goalkeepers are just way too passive in the game, but on an attack duty? No not really, he doesn't really act that way without the ball, dribbling the ball out of his own box and trying risky passes.
  9. Also higher mentalities make players take more risky and speculative shots. If you use attacking mentality, your players might be too desperate for the goal and be too selfish.
  10. New roles? They are missing so many basic behaviours of players they need to fix first. I'll just list a few things: - Mentioned already by @Cleon, a ball playing center back who does't try to pass it long, instead looks to play passes in between the lines, trying to find strikers and advanced midfielders with passes along the ground. - Center backs should be given the option to step into the midfield with or without the ball. There is a PPM for the former but training that PPM is incredibly hard (I have not managed to train that to any of my players so far, I guess you need an extremely good player for that which should not be that strict of a requirement), and no other way of doing this, but the latter is non existent. especially in three man defences I would like my outside center backs to take a step forward and be available for a pass. Center backs just stay out of the game all the time. Neither can I get the central center back to drop deeper when your team has the ball, instead they tend to stay in one line. - Center backs covering wide areas. Why cannot we instruct our center backs to position themselves wider, especially when fullbacks are high up the pitch, or when you are playing a three man defence and would like your wingbacks to close down aggressively. Generally speaking, there are waaay too few ways to actually control how your players position when defending and these options should not be that hard to add to the game. Now our players position in a way that SI thinks they should position, but I'm the manager and I'm taken away the possibility to affect one of the most tactical aspects of the game. - Sweeper keepers are still way too passive, they should be ready to come off their line quicker and position themselves a bit higher. I'd say that sweeper keepers don't even sweep as much as the more traditional goalkeepers in real life. - Attacking duties on wide players (AML/R and MR/L) always defend wide, while support duties come inside. Why can't I have a player who makes aggressive forward runs and stretches the play on the ball and off the ball comes inside to squeeze the space? Basic footballing concept that is again not possible in FM. Having get further forward on an inside forward on support does not really do the trick for example. - Closing down. The whole closing down system is badly implemented. I'd like to concentrate on the off the ball positioning of my players but we have very few tools for this (and the ones we have affect everything else in the game as well). Instead, I often see fullbacks leaving their position and man to close down opposition fullback, leaving their winger or STCR/CL wide open out wide, leaving your whole defence exposed. And the fullback doesn't even close down trying to cut down the passing lane, just directly runs at the player! This happens in other parts of the pitch as well, but the FB position is the worst. Pretty sure I have so many more but just can't remember them. Generally speaking, there are so many roles and options for attacking players and attacking movement, and the defensive aspect is minimal and the way defenders, especially center backs work is just abysmal. edit. Oh and I find all this especially ridiculous considering that we have roles like inverted wingback even though there is basically one manager who ever uses these the same way as they work in FM and even then only sporadically. Fullbacks coming a bit inside, or going for the underlap is not that uncommon, but even Bielsa's wingbacks work more this way rather than being inverted wingbacks who basically become midfielders. That is not to say that having the role is bad, although there are problems with it (for example, I don't think they should already start in midfield positions from goal kicks), but as there are so many basics lacking in the game they should fix those first and leave this fanciness for later.
  11. I'd argue that Sane and Sterling don't play that narrow in the final third. Occasionally they make runs inside and into the pockets, but I would not say that this is how they generally look to play. Sterling comes inside more regularly to play in the pocket though. From my experience, width has an effect in most phases of play anyway. What I have noticed though is that AML/R positions, wingers as well, tend to go towards the goal (=narrower) in the final third instead of staying wide even with highest width settings. I find this really annoying tbf as there are occasions where I would like them to stay wider and let my midfielders to attack the channels
  12. Double mezzala on the CM positions has been deadly in this FM for me. They combine really well with wingers, but work nicely with inside forwards as well. For the rest of your roles and duties I would consider a mezzala on the left as you have the winger out wide and the fullback is a bit more passive so will only venture forward when there is a good opportunity to do so. Mezzala plays wider than other CM roles, so it gives more support to the winger who might end up being isolated. Either duty is justified, MEZ/A works amazingly for me, they look to get forward into the box a lot, but since your winger is already on an attack duty and looks to make runs behind the defence a MEZ/S could create a better balance. Also depends on the type of player you have here, a quick attacking player who can score suits the attacking duty while a more patient passer fits the support duty. On the right you have a more attacking minded fullback and an inside forward who looks to occasionally come inside, so there is no need to push the central midfielder forward as well, especially if the MCL is a MEZ/A. Personally I still like to use another mezzala here but on a support duty but other support roles like carrilero, CM/S, BWM/S or if you have a playmaker then DLP/S could work here, depending on the player. For DM it depends a lot on the player and what you want from the role. I am not a huge fan of a pure holding midfielder who just passes short and nothing else, so I usually have a player there who is a decent passer that I can play on a DM/S role. In that role he will be a bit further forward and look to a) link the defence to advanced midfielders or wide players by collecting the ball and playing it forward and b) looking to retain possession and recycle possession. If you have a good passer here you can also opt to tick more risky and more direct passes but again it's down to the player you have playing there. If you want a pure holding midfielder who sits deep and plays simple passes, then anchorman or half back are well suited, whereas DM/D is an option but he is also more aggressive in terms of closing down opposition players so might leave his post to close down another area. edit. Ziyech can surely play both MEZ/A or MEZ/S roles on the left. Van de Beek is not as pacy but a good passer so a supporting role on the right should fit him nicely.
  13. Retain possession reduces risky passes (or through balls) which isn't directly visible on the TI screen. And of course reduces passing length and tempo.
  14. Ehm I do not think 20 pace is twice as fast as 10 pace in terms of speed, and the same for acceleration. Imagine, a player with 20 pace would be able to run four times the distance in the same time as a player with 5 pace! Just isn't realistic, as differences in pace are not that big in real life. Aubameyang is fast, I think he is close to 20 for pace and acceleration in game. Mertesacker, on the other hand, is probably around 10 for each in game. If Aubameyang runs 100 meters in around 11 seconds, do you think it would take Mertesacker 22 seconds to run 100 meters? For sure not, as slow as he is he can probably do around 14-15 seconds.
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