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  1. Okay, I'm an idiot and didn't realize you can now do this. I'm a long time FM player but I didn't play FM18, and only recently purchased FM19. Just saw this feature today. Not sure whether it was implemented in this year's edition or last year's, but thanks SI, and my apologies too. One step ahead of me as always.
  2. Hi all, Been enjoying FM a lot this year outside of the excessive long range shots. One area I'm really having difficulty is when I come up against the big teams. For a bit of context, I'm playing as Leicester City. I started off with Leeds for a couple of years, before moving to Leicester. They weren't in the best of positions when I arrived, flirting with relegation. After a tough first year, I managed to push into the Europa League spots in my second season and finish 7th behind the 'big 6'. The following season was pretty similar. I'd find that I'd beat almost all of the teams below me, but my record against the big 6 was horrendous. Pretty much all losses, with the odd draw at home. My latest season is shaping up to be pretty similar, and I'm struggling to imagine how I can crack the top 4 if I can't take any points off those top teams. I've not had a problem breaking down defensive teams in this year's edition, but I'm really struggling to form a cohesive, defensive unit that can grind out a draw or pick teams off on the counter. I find that no matter what tactic I employ or system I use, within 10 mins I'm down 2-0 to a set piece and/or a long range shot. There's been games where I manage to play these teams close, but in the last 10 mins they just always seem to find a way, no matter what I do. There's been other games where I just get blown away 5-0. Man Utd are probably the toughest team to prepare for. They have world class players in every single position, and if they all fail, I cannot stop Pogba from single handedly beating me. I won't post my tactics as I'd appreciate learning more about the mentality of players better than me when facing better teams. I'm sure I'm doing things wrong, but I'd rather learn more about these points: - How do you prepare to face these teams? Do you research them, if so, what do you look for and how do you apply this knowledge? - How do you tend to set up? Without knowing specifics, are there any important areas of the pitch that need defending and how would you do this? - How do you deal with these teams that can beat you in so many ways? They have taller, stronger players who can win headers on set pieces. High attritbutes in long range shooting that feels unstoppable unless you specifically counter. Ruthless finishers who bury the first chance they get? - How do you deal with your inferior players making stupid mistakes in these games? I feel like I can spend ages preparing for a game, only for my CB to play a killer backpass and give away a free goal to the opposition. - Any general tips on systems that you can play vs these big teams? I apologise if my questions are a little clunky, I'm just really struggling to understand defensive tactics in this years edition. Nothing I put together seems to work. Thanks in advance.
  3. Followed, very interesting. Good luck next year.
  4. I'm currently in the final season of my contract and I would love the option to go to the board to inform them that I will be leaving when my contract expires. This could obviously go one of two ways; amicably (i.e. Guardiola with Bayern Munich) or perhaps they'd take the news badly and opt to fire me on the spot. This could depend on your relationship with the board and level of success you've achieved with them. A knock on effect of this discussion could perhaps be that they'd be less (or more?) likely to sack you, knowing that you are leaving the club anyway. Maybe they'd even try to bribe you to stay by offering you a bigger transfer/wage budget, stadium, etc. Depending on your reputation and profile as a manager, the media would react and other clubs could potentially court you prior to the end of the season (once again, Guardiola with City). I've wanted this feature for a long time, as it would add some clarity to your position in the final year of a contract, when you aren't interested in staying with your club. Currently, you're something of a lame duck till the end of the year, turning down contracts and having no real communication with the board about what will be coming next.
  5. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    Lost 4-1 in this game. Basically a hat-trick of long range goals from Lucas Torreira (2 long range goals and the third bounced off the bar and bobbled on the line for a forward to tap in). Seems to be especially prevalent vs the 'big teams'. Presumably because by design they have more shots and possession in prevalent areas, but not for me to say. Arsenal v Leicester.pkm
  6. darthlemon

    Own goal should've never gone in

    Two backpass own goals in one game here. Fairly frequent (vs real life) but this is the first time I've had two in a game. Leicester v Huddersfield.pkm
  7. FM 19 in a nutshell. ice_video_20190107-000846.webm
  8. darthlemon

    [19.2.1] Defending Throw-Ins Set Pieces still an issue

    Conceded virtually the same goal 3 times in this game - short throw in, hoof up to the far post, goal. Newcastle v Leicester - 3 throw ins.pkm
  9. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    Another stoppage time long shot. I feel like this happens way more late in the game and way more against the 'big' teams. Is this because of higher long range attributes? Or some sort of ME compensation to ensure the big team's win rate matches what it 'should be'? Either way, PKM attached. Tottenham v Leicester 2.pkm
  10. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    Another PKM here - this one is a 3-1 win which has 2 long shots and 2 set pieces. Highlights the lack of goal variety I've been experiencing in most games. Leicester v Brentford.pkm
  11. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    Literally my 3 most recent games. Brighton - winning but concede a late long range shot. Chelsea - concede another free kick. Stoke - concede another free kick. 3 games. 5 goals conceded. 1 long range, 2 free kicks, 1 corner and a massive 1 goal from regular open play. Leicester v Stoke.pkm Chelsea v Leicester.pkm Leicester v Brighton.pkm
  12. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    Few more from my current season. Worth noting that the Burnley game was earlier in the season - I've been tweaking my tactics throughout the year in a bid to stop long shots, so the other replays will offer slightly different testing value. With the tactics changes - whilst I've seen a slight reduction in long shots, a lot of the goals I see are still long range/free kicks (i.e. the Southampton replay which I won 2-1; 2 free kicks and 1 long range). I don't agree with people saying tactics are the reason for long shots/free kicks. We often see bad tactics in real life- we don't see multiple long range goals per game as a result. Defensive teams also allow attack teams to shoot from range knowing that they're unlikely to be successful. The amount of free kicks flying in are also completely unrelated to tactics, for obvious reasons. It just so happens that the Digne game the other day - but how many of those games happen in a league in one season? Maybe once? In this current version of the game it seems to happen once a gameweek. Burnley v Leicester.pkm Tottenham v Leicester.pkm Leicester v Southampton.pkm
  13. I'm curious - what tactic should I employ to stop players scoring 3 free kicks in one game against me?
  14. darthlemon

    Long Shots

    3 games, 9 long range goals for you to enjoy! (including a Pogba hat trick of free kicks) These are just the most 'bang for your buck' replays. I could upload a hundred different matches tbh. Viva la FM19 What a time to be an FM player Leicester v Arsenal.pkm Liverpool v Leicester.pkm Man Utd v Leicester.pkm
  15. I've tried a load of different things. I've used half backs, anchor men. I've tried a higher line of engagement and pressing. I've tried attacking more, defending more. Lots of stuff which I've already forgotten. But one thing I want to say in regard to the 'it's your tactics' thing - think of tactically inept managers from real life. Do their teams concede 3 long range shots in a game? Do they conceded them almost every week without fail? Their teams can be carved up and humiliated, but it's not a case of 'bad tactics = long shots automatically conceded!'.
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