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  1. I would just like to say thank you. Your approach is very nice and I think I found the balance I was looking for. As I like the same style of play that you do and I also player with lower league teams, I am still adapting the basic tactics to fit the squad I have and to the exact way I like but the results overall seem very good, I think we are on a good way.
  2. I think it has something to do with more presence on the final third, including more shots on goal. That´s why this role was used on older versions when you wanted a more adventurous central midfielder on support but the Roaming Playmaker was too demanding and the Mezzala didn´t exist. I believe that on more recent versions they adjusted the BBM a little bit and now he still moves to the final third, but is a little bit more balanced on attacking and defending, as a real BBM usually is.
  3. I read once (here at the forums, I think, but I couldn´t find the source) that the BBM and the Carrilero (among others) have some specific movements and instructions that we cannot access and change, and that cannot be replicated by any other role, even with PIs. You can do something quite similar on some cases, but a MC on Support with Roam from Position still would behave differently from a BBM, for example.
  4. I did some tests on older versions but the Carrilero has some "under the hood" movements that we cannot replicate. And I think you cannot choose "stay wider" PI on central midfielders. I think the nearest role is the BBM, although it is not the same.
  5. I was asking myself this question these days. I decided to move the striker to a more support/movement role because I think on a proactive 4-3-3 it is harder to use a pure goalscorer on the centre. Usually when the buildup starts he will be already around his final position and will not move so much to open space, which can cause problems when playing against a packed defence. It would be different if you were playing on the break and a running/goalscorer would be more available to run on goal from a deeper position.
  6. I have been using a 4-3-3 for a season and a half and I agree with @13th Man, I also don´t like traditional wingers on this formation. They can work, of course, but their most successful rates with me have been when they enter inside the box and kick to goal instead of crossing. They tend to isolate the single striker and, when you are trying to be the proactive team opponents will usually crowd their box with players so the crosses will bounce and return. However I prefer a balanced duty pair, that is, one striker in attack and the other one on support. So I would try PF-A/IF-S or PF-S/I
  7. I will explain my point of view. I think there are many different kinds and ways of playing defensive football - even Guardiola´s one may be viewed as that. But let´s think for a moment about a classical setup of defensive football - "defend deep, absorb pressure, strike quickly at the counter". These three sentences resume the basic strategy of the team, that is, this is what the team is intended to do when entering the field. You hire players, choose roles and duties, instructions, everything well. There is a lot of work on this. Then you go into a match, the other team scores at t
  8. I have been testing a three tactics system: a Positive, direct, intense and high press one, another one that is almost the same as the first but on Balanced mentality - to reduce risks but keep attacking when we are winning - and a Cautious one to use at end of the matches. Normally I switch between the first two ones during games according to what is happening on the pitch.
  9. I disagree. For me the goal of playing defensive football is to extract the best possible performance from players which are capable of playing defensive football. And when this style is chosen, the manager should be aware that his margin of error is lower and should have, for example, a B plan. I also don´t think that defensive football is just to stack 11 players in front of the goal during 90 minutes during a whole season. There are many different ways of playing it. I also disagree. For me, park the bus is yes used by small teams against bigger ones, but only because they ha
  10. Maybe this is an attribute issue - that is, maybe your team is not attribute-suited to invite and absorb pressure and frustrate opposition teams all the time. When you play defensive football your mistake margin is very, very tight, all 11 players have to be concentrated during 90 minutes and, if only one does a single mistake and you suffer a goal, everything falls apart. That´s why I really think playing a defensive style is much, much harder than attacking in FM: It is different from real life in which managers can train the players on more specific ways, something that is not truly possibl
  11. And just to compliment here and add another examples, if you use an attacking 4231 with a split block, with the four players upfront pressing, you can also be high defensively solid, as you will allow your opponents less time on the ball and make it harder for them to build up and create chances. Less chances = less goals. On the other hand, if you play with a low block and invite too much pressure from opponents maybe you are not defensively solid at all, because they will attack you, park on your field and don´t let you create anything until they score. Sometimes for a weaker team
  12. Ah, ok. Then I think it is even easier. As a starting point, maybe Balanced or Positive Mentality + Shorter Passing + Narrow/Extremely Narrow Width (maybe Be More Expressive), Distribute to Full Backs and Centre Backs, maybe Counter-Press, Higher Defensive Line. You can add Higher Tempo if you play on Balanced or want more quickness on Positive. I think a 4141 DM Wide or a 5212 are perfect for this kind of playstyle, then you can balance roles/duties to balance quickness, movement and possession.
  13. I am also not fan of a slow possession football, but it could be a quick possession football (something FM calls "Vertical Tiki Taka"), that is, quick shorter passings. But as I am playing with a lower league team and my team does not have enough power for possession, either quick or slow would not suit it. So I am trying a "direct attack style": press upfront, recover the ball and then attack direct and quickly, using the roles/duties to reinforce the speed. I will play at least one season and then evaluate if it is doing well.
  14. Balance is always the key, I think. If you choose lower mentalities, you will have to adjust them to be not too passive. If you choose higher mentalities, you will have to adjust them to defend smartly and avoid leaving unnecessary spaces on the defence. On past versions I think it was easier to start on a Balanced mentality, now for me it looks a little bit dull, when I use it I have to set it up very specifically or the team looks like it doesn´t know how to play or what to do. During last season I used a counter attack strategy on positive mentality with great success, we finished 2nd
  15. I would set up a little bit different, specially on a lower division (or with a smaller team) and considering a quick, proactive style. I always think that Wingbacks are rare to find on those teams, they are not good enough to be more adventurous and always let my defence exposed, so I prefer fullbacks. Although the wingers may lack some support, specially the attacking one, this is a fast attacking setup and his role is to put the ball quickly into the area, so it matters less than on a possession style for example (in which he would hold the ball more and would need more support).
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