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  1. I've just downloaded the 2006/7 database mod and started a game with Spurs, but there's a problem - the board require I finish at least 4th, but my squad, reputation, and transfer budget are a long way off of the top four. So how is this decided? Can I change it in the editor at all?
  2. Hi everyone. After months of experimentation, I've come up with a tactic that actually sort of works. It's a 4-2-3-1, based on an intense high press. Once the ball is won, I want to play free-flowing football that lets my players use their dribbling and passing skills. I've been using it for two seasons with Tottenham. My first season saw me take 66 points and finish 6th, with a goal difference of 23. Despite this, I was fairly happy with what I saw, and there were plenty of encouraging performances in big games. In my next season, I managed to shore up my defence, scoring the same but conceding 9 less, but once again came 6th with 66 points. I did fairly well in the cups through both seasons. The board weren't too happy, and just sacked me. My striker has been fantastic (45G 6A and 51G 7A), as has my left-back (4G 14A and 2G 20A). My AMC has been creative, but hasn't scored as many as I would hope (4G 16A and 3G 20A). I'm also pretty happy with my defence, and my midfield pairings. However! I think what's letting me down is my wide men. My left-wing was okay in my first season, but dropped off in my second (13G 11A and 11G 2A). My right-wing has seen some rotation, with both players also appearing elsewhere, but I'd guess it provides no more than 10G 10A over the season. My left-winger was intended to be a goalscoring role, making runs into the box while my striker occupies the centre-backs; my right-winger was intended to be a more creative role, picking up space across the right and delivering the ball across to my striker and left-winger. The annoying thing is that I do see both roles working as intended sometimes - but far too often, neither has much of an effect on the game. What can I change to get more out of my wide men, hopefully without sacrificing any of my other players' output.
  3. Looks like Tanganga hasn’t received an upgrade? Is this intentional?
  4. The trick to this game is to play an unrealistic 4-4-2 with two AF (A) up top, and two attacking wingers. Werner is no exception.
  5. All I want is a vaguely realistic tactic, that gets results, and suits two creative midfielders, a strong striker, and a goalscoring winger.
  6. On the bright side, I never have to worry about the opposition scoring from them either.
  7. It's been a problem for multiple instalments and keeps getting worse.
  8. In my experience, players will play forward passes more often. Counter-attacks are still broken though, because one-on-ones never go in. Wingers are still very selfish when at tight angles too, though slightly less so than before.
  9. Ajer from Celtic becomes quite good and can be gotten for £20m if you work at it.
  10. Are you not seeing your opponents get a lot of chances on the counter-attack? You've only got your centre-backs staying deep, your fullbacks and midfielders are all playing very aggressive roles.
  11. When clubs make loan offers, their training facilities should be shown. I make sure to loan my young players to clubs with good facilities, but it takes a few clicks to find that out - when there's ten clubs coming in, that's a fair chunk of time.
  12. I generally try to make sure that the players who perform best in training get to play, and that those who perform worst don't; during matches, I prioritise subbing off players who look complacent. Do players 'get the message' when the manager does this, and work harder in training/on the pitch as a result?
  13. Here's the latest iteration of the tactic, and this one actually isn't dreadful. I've 'tested' it into early January - I've had my assistant managing the games, but using this tactic and starting XI whenever possible. Not ideal, I know. With some good transfers, and being there to manage rotation and substitutions, I could probably get more out of this tactic. Against the kind of teams I should be beating, it does get results. From games against teams below me in the team, I've taken 25 points from 13 games, which, while not great, is definitely better than what I was managing before, and probably a good enough ratio for top six. The problem is the big games, where I've taken 7 points from 7 games; if you look at my games against the traditional 'top five', that's down to 1 point from 5 games. Overall, it's left me 8th, with 32 points from 20 games. I did go through in the Champions League, losing 2-0 to Barcelona twice, but taking 10 points from my games against LOSC Lille and Dynamo Kyiv. On the bright side, it does get a lot out of Ndomeble and the front four. In about 30 games, Ndombele has 15 goal involvements, Lucas has 18, Lo Celso has 8, Eriksen has 15, and Kane has 21. All of them are averaging above a 7, with Eriksen the lowest with 7.13, Lucas the highest with 7.43. Now I need to start thinking about a second tactic to challenge the big teams, but I'm not really sure where to begin. I've never been able to set up good counter-attacking football, even on earlier FMs when I was actually good. EDIT: As for Aurier, he's got 9 assists, so I like how it's looking with the right flank. Hasn't been caught out on the counter too often, though Aurier does seem to get dribbled past a lot, it's usually when he's in the right position and with cover behind him. EDIT2: Played on a bit, took 1 point from 10 games, got sacked. ****ing hate this game.
  14. The idea behind the lower line of engagement is to draw the opposition out slightly before pressing them, to try to open some space in behind for Son and Kane to run into as soon as we win the ball. Playing wider is with a similar idea, to make the opposition defence spread out wider, and to create more gaps in the defence to attack. You're right that the press doesn't make too much sense though, 4-2-3-1 does lend itself to a higher line of engagement. I'll try that, and using the split press as well to get the attackers pressing without drawing the defence out of possession. I'll keep an eye on the right flank to see how well Dier does at covering that area. I do like having two quick, attack-minded players down that flank to provide a more direct alternative to the creative-focused left side. Trying to focus on the centre-left channel, moreso than on the wing, which is why I didn't go with a winger there. In watching, my players quite often roam between the centre and the left touchline, which is what I'm going for. With Kane, I don't want him dropping off to support too much. There's a lot of support mentalities in that area already with Maddison, Lo Celso, and Ndombele, so I'd rather keep Kane higher up pipping the defence back. One of the few good things I've seen with this tactic is that space can open up on the edge of the box because Kane and Son push the defence back. Aurier just bombs forward a lot, there's often space for him to do so with Son getting into the box and the ball over on the other side. I haven't seen this exploited by the opposition too often, but I'll keep a close eye on that.
  15. Simply put, to get my two playmakers on the ball moving into the final third, to create overloads on the left, and to free Kane and Son to get in behind and onto the end of balls from the creative players.
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