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  1. It is really encouraging. I will try later.
  2. Well, we can not directly know the opposite tactical change of course, despite the formation change, but we can know if we are lost control of the game, or if any new threat emerges. And what we have to do is to deal with new threats if any happened. I think it is important because it is about the tactical philosophy everyone need to think about. So how we decide how to play? I think it is important to consider the opposite tactical choice instead of just what we want to do. With my current Man Utd save, I have won all the 20+ season games in current season without conceding a single goal. I do not have a fixed tactical approach but always adjust during different opposite and match situations. Sometimes pressing or marking, sometimes not. Also with different attacking choices. So I think it is important to make adjustment according to the match situation instead of depending on the scores, and it really works well if one understand how to make adjustments.
  3. In my opinion, people should not change tactics according to the scores. We should only change mentality and tactic settings when it dose not work well. If the opposite change, we may change. If the opposite didnt change, and our tactics work well, dont change just because we are leading the score.
  4. I know that it is suggested teams with tall players can try straight passing, try to get more corners and free kicks, and deeper defense. Actually it is hard as in straight passing, we loss possession quickly, and can hardly defend for long before conceding a goal as the average ability of players low. And the players are not fast enough, or with poor technique and first touch (Maybe average value about 7-8 for the strikers and wingers) so it makes long passing ineffective. Also I can not loan more players as we can not afford any more salary... So it is really hard, I will wait and see if anything improve, and try to avoid drop in the delegation zone.
  5. As looking for new challenge, I start a new save as unemployed. I try to apply for the manager position for several teams and got the job at Macclesfield Town ( England sky bet league two ). I soon realized that it is the weakest team in the league, some of the main problems listed below: 1. Nearly all kinds of abilities far below the average level, including speed, technique, mentality... The only ability above the average is jumping and, age... 2. No transfer fee and no room for salary (Although the salary level is already the lowest in the league) 3. Only three players can play the CM/DM role with good familiarity, two of them age above 35, the other one is loaned from other team, also weak in ability and will leave in winter. 4. More than half players in the last year of contract but we dont have enough budget to renew the contract. 5. No potential young players in the U18 team ( All reported below 2 stars ) It is really challenge job, and I am trying to avoid delegation at the first season. ( In real world, Macclesfield Town is now at the last position of the league ) After trying a few strategies, I now play a 424 tactic, with narrower width and shorter pass, as to try to control the possession a little bit more, as I found we can not resist long if letting the opposite control the possession. Sometimes I try a higher pressing tactic but it does not always work as the average mobility of the team is too low. Now 1/3 the season past, I managed to lead the team out the delegation zone but can hardly improve any more. So I could like to ask, what we should do with the really weak team like Macclesfield Town. What should be the proper tactical philosophy for such a team? Also, what long term developing philosophy should we insist for such a team? Anyone can help?
  6. If you have read the Guide to footballmanager you should have some basic ideas. It can be break into mainly two parts: How should I attack? and how should I defend. For example, if your players are fast with good stamina and working rate, in principle you can try high pressing when in defence. If your defenders and midfielders are tall, strong, with good concentration and marking ability, in principle you can try defend deep. If you have good wingers or wide players with good crossing, and strong forward and CM players, you can try play wide. If your attacking players have good technique, passing, off ball running you can try play narrow and more short passes. If your attacking players are fast and with good dribbling ability you can also rely on dribbling more team instruction to attack. It is all about the basic ideas of how you want your team to play, but it should change with different opponents, and adjustments needed if your opponent make tactical changes. The adjustments is very important but I found people usually ignore it. For example how should you do if opponent are fast and easily break your pressing? How should you do if the opponent pressing hard and make your short pass ineffective? I dont suggest to decide your tactics by just watching several friendly games, as how your tactic perform is strongly depend on particular opponents. In my opinion, people should study more on how to deal with different situations instead of focus too much on yourself team tactic settings.
  7. As expained by many people, the line of engagement (LoE) is about where your players start to press the opposite. I don't like this explaination because it can lead to misunderstanding and uncertinty. For example, if use a high line of engagement, your forward players should start press in high position, but will they leave the high position to go back and press if the opposite already get the ball very close to your penalty area? I try to understand in a much simple way: the line of engagement decide the starting position of all the forward and midfielder players in defence, while the defensive line (DL) decide the starting position of your defenders when out of possession. And the pressing urgency decide how strong the they tend to leave their starting defending position to press the opposite. So this should be easier to understand. The team shape (Fluidity setting) is removed. I think maybe the designers just want to avoid some misunderstanding and tell us what team shape really is. It is more about the defending position choice of your players, than what they behave when in possession. So leave the attacking choice to player roles. If you seperate the DL and LoE with large distance, it is similar to 'structured', while if you set the DL to be close to LoE, it is more like 'fluid'.
  8. Ah, thanks. Here we call it fluidity system. Actually individial mentality bar also disappear. But now we can use defensive line and engage line to adjust the position of different players in defending. Maybe that is more or less similar to the old team shape setting.
  9. As the title, I dont See any change In team shape setting. You can still set 442, 4231 or 4231 with DM, things like that. So what is the difference? Did I misunderstand anything?
  10. Yes, your example is very easy to understand and makes sense. We all know that how the players perform is determined by both mentality and other team settings. What I actually want to ask here is that what kind of player performance can only be adjusted by mentality, not by any other team settings? Passing? Out of ball movement? Now I tend to believe that mentality has more influence on the attacking behavior than defending, as you said, the passing choice, and things like that, which makes the mentality setting irraplaceable. While the defending behavior can be well adjusted by the pressing urgency, Line of defensive and engagement settings, no matter what the mentality is. (Though I believe that the team setting can only work in the 'range' limited by the mentality.) To be more extreme, if we consider that even the passing choice and other attacking choice of the player can be adjusted by Individial settings, then the importance of mentality is reduced. So mentality is no more a concept can not be replaced. So what is really mentality? What is the significant of it? So to me, it is not the 'core style' as described by guide to footballmanager. It is just a starting point of tactic setting, and it gives the max and min limit of the range how far we can go when going team settings. No more than that.
  11. Maybe freekick is another different thing? Maybe the defensive line setting has no affect on the position you take when defending a freekick?
  12. No. It is a different thing. Usually I can prevent from being caught by long ball contorattack. In my opinion, if you can give good passing and possession, then opposite get little contourattack oppertunity. I just want to know how defensive line affect. I think that even the defender stand in similar position when in possession, more cautious mentality may do better to resist contourattack as the players tend more on run back, rather than try to get the ball back immediately.
  13. I think we should never adjust the tactics depending on the scores. What really matters is how the opposite team play. If your tactic is just proper to win your team some advantage against the opposite, then do nothing. If the opposite team change, then it may necesary to do some adjustment depending on the situation..
  14. Can you put a link here about that article? I think the defensive line in the team instruction screen was descriped to be the position of defensive line out of possession, not in possession. Actually about the position in possession, I have tested several different combination of mentality and defensive line, repeating watching the same game, with same opposite team, same team shapes for both, but never see something really different. That is why I ask.
  15. Thanks. Actually I also do the same thing, watching the game. That will help.