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  1. What happened to George Mendieta? Would have been nice to see a certain G. Mendieta in a legendary Özil to the Arsenal Benfica side.
  2. Seems like I (almost) found the magic formula when it comes to Possession Football. Went 37 straight matches unbeaten in the first season with Portuguese Second Division side Gil Vicente -- only to fail embarrassingly at the final hurdle. However, it was a spectacular season and a great platform to build on. Our football was heavily inspired by Özil to the Arsenal's Benfica: The Tactic Nothing mind blowing there. The midfield trio is blatantly copied from Özil -- I also tried CM-A but MEZ-S worked better in combination with IF-S and WB-A. Control was the obvious pick for mentality. Structured Team Shape was chosen over Highly Structured because the mentality spread looks marginally better on the paper. Shorter Passing, Play Out Of Defence and Dribble Less contribute nicely towards ball retention, and Prevent Short GK Distribution forces opponents to hit long balls. Roam From Positions was the icing on the cake, when adding that instruction the system finally clicked. Player Instructions GK: Distribute to Centre Backs DR: Close Down More, Fewer Risky Passes DC: None DL: Close Down More, Fewer Risky Passes DMC: None MCr: Close Down More MCl: Close Down Much More AMR: Get Further Forward, Close Down Much More AML: Get Further Forward, Sit Narrower, Close Down Much More SC: Move Into Channels, Close Down Much More Fullbacks were instructed to play Fewer Risky Passes so they wouldn't hit stupid crosses every single time. AML was told to sit narrower and play in half-spaces so that the WB-A would get appropriate space down the left hand side. Closing Down was also implemented on a player level rather than team level. Gaston Camara Each and every man played their part almost to perfection, but if one player had to be singled out for attention, Inter loanee Gaston would probably be the main man. Although right footed, he played on the right hand side, being something of a hybrid between Winger and Inside Forward. Because of his footedness, he didn't have Sit Narrower PI, and behind him was Fullback rather than Wingback so he got more license to operate. He also unfortunately spent some time injured, and played only 27 matches. Despite that, he managed to score 15 goals and 7 assists with 64% Shots on Target ratio. Average ratings looked good across the board: As did possession numbers: We shall see what happens in the top flight!
  3. Hats off to Tiago Dantas, truly one of the all-time greats. Difficult to decide which play was more beautiful - the interception leading to the first goal or the through pass to Leão in the second one.
  4. What a beautiful 3-1-6 shape and always a pleasure to see Red ******** getting destroyed. On the other hand, how is Leão only Light-Hearted and his First Touch 14? According to the player attributes, it seems like Lisboa - what a name for a Benfica player - is the main man these days.
  5. Pirlo clearly has been browsing some material by Özil to the Arsenal.
  6. Don't adjust to opposition. Let the opposition adjust to you. That's what the arguably greatest ever Football Manager, Cleon, used to do.
  7. Could the classic Very Fluid 433 work with this set of players? Seeing that Leão can play MC position as well. Also nice detail that Leão and Elvis are these days known as Leão and Elvis instead of their full names. Just like in real life
  8. Had a regen named Remi Gaillard in Fm18, too bad he couldnt kick the ball like this.
  9. One of the best saves I had in Football Manager was with SPAL but that was Fm2007. Managed to take them from Serie C2 to Serie B. SPAL seem like a typical Italian squad consisting of deadwood and second-rate journeymen. In the long run, that is not sustainable. I suggest you build a whole new identity to the club and adjust accordingly.
  10. Just got sacked by Sunderland. What a refreshing experience. It seems quite uncommon to be sacked in Football Manager. There are numerous examples of dominating the footballing world with clubs like Sheffield FC or Woking. Am I the only one besides @looping who has gotten the sack?
  11. he must certainly be a great character since Morata and co praised him in public. Never seen that before. Who gonna replace Florentino, is it someone from the conveyor belt?
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