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  1. In tactical theory, a patient build-up play with shorter team passing range, it is suggested to use "techniqual No. 10", with means the lone striker should be in support duty. At the same time, there should be several players in deeper area with 'get forward up' PI, this is called 'Overlapping movement partnership'. To see more at https://www.guidetofootball.com/
  2. I think you should not consider this problem alone as how to set the three, it is more about the whole play system. In general, if you play in a more dirct way, it is better to set the strikers into attacking duty, so as to form the so-called 'direct movement partnership' according to the tactic theory (https://www.guidetofootball.com/tactics/attacking-structures). While if you play in a more patient way in build-up play, you should consider strikers with support duty and maybe AM with attacking duty, so as to form the 'overlap movement partnership'
  3. But it may also depend on how the opponent team defend. If they defend deeper, even with DM, the space your AMC can use maybe limited.
  4. Hi, you want to build up patient build-up play, but your tactic seems not patient enough. If you want the set AMC as the main creator, you should not use another DLP, as DLP will also play risky, creative passing. Instead, a standard defensive CM with shorter passing is better choice. In such way, the deeper players will make more safe and short pass to Mata, can left the creative work to him. Other things may help "patient build-up play" maybe to chose higher mentality and shorter team passing, so the defenders will pass shorter than in a balanced mentality tactic, to further fucus play on Mata. Also you may set the FBs to more offensive role to give more attacking and passing choice for Mata, and for the whole team.
  5. https://www.football365.com/news/what-we-learn-from-passingcrossing-statistics I just found an article wroten in 2017, that Sterling in Man City, who has the completion ratio of crossing of 7.5%, on the other side, Mahrez (Leicester) has the crossing completion ratio of 28.1% that season. So as I see, this is mainly the tactical issue, not the game engine. Even for the top players, your can not expect a rate more than 30%. Some people complain about the low crossing success rate, maybe they just don't want to give up shorter passing style. For shorter passing tactic, crossing is never a main attacking mode.
  6. There are two different situations: 1, crossing is blocked by defender; 2, can crossing into the box but can not be touched by the striker. Your situation seemed more like the first. So my suggestion is that, try to change the whole passing system, that means, using more direct passing TI, this will change the whole tempo and how your players behave when they have the ball. Fullbacks on support or defend role, to make more 45° crossing. Also, try to use more crossing TI. On the other hand, if you use shorter passing as team instruction, for example Tiki-Taka style, there is little you can do to improve crossing success rate. If you search for the real match average crossing success rate for some Tiki-Taka team such as Man City, you may find it is also very low.
  7. For me, it is not 'Klopp' style. If you want to attack fast, the most important thing is to use long passing, maybe combined with wider attacking width, and frequent dribbling, also you need an attacking striker role. If you use shorter passing, it will be not fast even if you use highest tempo, as passing style is the core "attacking style", not the tempo. Of course your tactic may still works, but it is more like a mixtured style tactic, not Klopp like.
  8. It may now included in the TI "be more expressive/deciplined", see the official online manual "Creative Freedom is closely tied to your overall Team Fluidity. Be More Expressive increases the overall fluidity score, whilst Be More Disciplined reduces it. " -
  9. The Barcelona games are always a joy to watch (despite defeated in ECC this season), and there are many posts in the forum already, talking about Barcelona tactic, just here to mention a few: https://community.sigames.com/topic/219564-the-barcelona-style-my-interpretation/; https://community.sigames.com/topic/421360-terminate-fm18-handbook-on-pep-guardiolas-barcelona-433-and-the-tactic-pack/?tab=comments#comment-11091496 https://community.sigames.com/topic/397755-peps-barcelona-very-fluid/?tab=comments#comment-10696523 While by watching some match vedios of Barcelona on internet, I recently got some new ideas and realize that people may make some mistakes when interprate Barcelona tactic in FM, this inspired me to write this article to show my idea, and always welcom for suggestions from you guys. Ok, let's start with some real matches, for example the 14/15 semi-final in between Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Camp Nou. In this match, Barca play a rugular 4-3-3 as they most times did. I was curious to see how they build up the game, and find something interesting to me: First, they do play short passes but, they do not play slow. On the contrary, they play very fast, both by passing immediately instead of keeping the ball on feet and wait, and by dribbling to create space. So I think some traditional idea about tiki-taka: short passing, slow down and restrict from dribbling, may be wrong, at least not for Barca. So what is the problem? No. 1, play short passing with slow tempo and less dribbling may make it "too slow", so it is hard to create score chances; No. 2, try to play "safer" doesn't mean it is really safer, because when you focus too much on keeping the ball on feet, stand there and wait, it is easiar for the defending side to rob the ball, or to organize their marking system, if that, you may also found it hard to find free passing space for your teammates. In both way, you may loss the ball. So in my idea, people should pay attention on bulding up the balance between keeping the ball and attacking, too much on keeping possession TIs, for example the combination of short passing, dribbling less and low tempo, may be counterproductive to the possession, especially when against sides with high pressing urgency. Second, they do use high line in defence, but not with high pressing urgency. Their mid-fielders and defenfers place high up the pitch, but mainly to restrict space with a compact defending shape, they rarely take risk to leave their defending shape to press. Their foreward three may pressing more urgent occiasionally, and only when they succeed to force the ball possessor to stop play (may be back to Barca goal) , the other Barca players will pressing up to sorround and cut off connect between the ball possessor and his teammates. There may be no proper TI in the exist game engine to simulate this kind of temporal pressing, but I will attribute the defending style mentioned before as: high defensive and engage line+normal pressing+marking+tackling harder. In my opinion, risky defending TI doesn't mean you can rob the ball back better. The problem is, too risky defending setting, such as a combanation of high line and pressing, may make you vulnerable to fast side, as they may beat your defence by dribbling and fast passing. Also, pressing may fail when you can not afford enough players compared to the opposite team in particular zones. In both ways, you may be in risk and it is no help to win back possession. Third, proper roles combination will help to keep possession. The most important role I think is the DM player (Busquets). He never dribbling, roamming or play risky passes, but simply to deliver ball to forward midfield teammates. When Barce in possession, he always give a recycling choice for the team, and when lost possession, he will protect the CDs well, so I think the best interpratation in FM is the Anchor man. Another interesting role in Barca tactic is the DR/DL players. Instead of crossing from byline, their prior job is to support the midfield to cycling/recycling the ball, they sit narrower, and mostly narrower than the wingers. Beside the foreward three, at leat one CM and one fullback (usually Alba on the left) will try to get into the opposite zone to score, this should also be considered when build up the tactic. So, as analyzed before, the final screenshot of the tactic is as below. The mentality can be changed when facing different opponents, also depend on home/away. Some PIs I will give is: Pressing more for CF player (maybe also godd choice for wingers); Marking tighter for WB and IWB; and sit narrower for WB. When facing teams with high pressing/risky mentality, I may also change the SK into defending role and use low risky PI, just to avoid stupid mistakes. The foreward five may be changed for special purpose, for example, to the below two screenshots. It is helpful to strengthen the possession and attacking risk from the middle pitch, or to restrict the opponent buld up play, especially when they have one or two DMs (In that case, if we don't place enough players in that area, they may just passing short and waste time if they play with low mentality). But be carefull if the opponent play with high tempo and combanation with wings/fullbacks, they may overload your WB/IWB to make risk, so consider the first tactic. For now, I have test only about 10 matches without OI, against both top and weak opponents, with different tactic styles. The result show that with this system, the average possession is between 60%-65%, and shooting chances between 15-30, at the same time, defence is solid too. So I think it works well, but still need to test more. Most importantly, it looks really like how Barcelona play in real life, so this is exciting! So guys, welcome to try it and wait for your suggestions to further improve it.
  10. I think it is also very effective to watch the full match video for the first 3-5 minutes of every match. It is easy to know the opposite team's pressing urgency and attacking build up speed by this way, which is most important.
  11. For Liverpool specific, they usually use high line and urgent pressing, so tiki-taka may not work well against them. I think fluid counter-attack may be a good choice against them, maybe you didn't have luck.
  12. It is similar to the "creating space" concept told in tactical theory.
  13. I think whether you can keep possession also depend on how the opposite team choose their tactic, especially the pressing urgent. Despite this, maybe you can try setting more players to move forward, as to provide enough attacking support and overload in some final third areas. Another suggestion may be effective is to use more dribbling to increase the tactic risk. Even with higher risk, if everything go well, you can still keep high possession.
  14. It is very interesting and I think it will work well. Only concern is that without players in AF positions, can the wingers or CMs restrict opposite to build up play from CDs effectively, how about the possession ratio?
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