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  1. I'm with you Footix. I play the Touch version on the Switch and am constantly getting frustrated. I'm not sure I understand how to build an effective tactic that will bring sustained success (beyond about half a season). The only reason I keep going back to the game is because of threads like this. Others are having success so I keep trying to get there myself.
  2. By "sustained" I mean more than 1 or 2 seasons. I'm assuming the answer is yes but, so far, that kind of sustained success at the top level has eluded me . I've had saves with Fiorentina and Milan (along with lots of other saves that have been short lived). With Fiorentina, I finished in a Europa League spot in the 1st season (board expectation: top half) and qualified for the champions league finishing in 4th place in the 2nd season (expectation: Europa League qualification). With Milan, I was expected to qualify for the Europa League and finished 4th. I've also got an ongoing Solihull Moors save that I dip in and out of. Won the National League in my 2nd season and challenged for promotion to League One in the 3rd and 4th seasons despite being told to fight against relegation. I'm satisfied that I'm able to choose a system that suits my players as I've over-achieved (initially) in multiple saves. However, Solihull Moors aside, things start to take a very familiar downturn after 1 or 2 seasons. The tactic/system stops being as effective. Fair enough, the opposition adapts. They start parking the bus leaving almost no space in the final third. Again , that's understandable. So I'll start tinkering with roles to try and drag defenders out of position. Maybe have the striker come deeper, maybe a full back overlapping an inside forward. Maybe move an AM back into central mid and have him attack from deeper in the hope he'll find more space. None of this stuff seems to work and the downward spiral picks up pace. I tend to respond by getting more cautious and moving my LoE and DL back in order to draw teams out and create space that way. However what I end up seeing in game is the opposition defence playing really tight whilst their midfield and attack knock it around in my half like absolute champs. I've had the likes of Spal and Frosinone do this to me. This is all while I've tried to restrict space by narrowing the defence and bring the DL and LoE closer together. I'll then go the other way and play a more attacking and intense pressing game with my DL and LoE both pushed higher. Again, no improvement. I'd post pictures of tactics but the same pattern happens regardless of the system I'm using. I know that, if I stick it out with the Moors save, if (when?) I work my way up to a big job the same thing will just happen there too so why bother? If you've made it this far (apols), any input or general pointers would be gratefully received. I know the game isn't broken or the outcomes predetermined but it really feels like that sometimes. Just want to understand how to go about dealing with these downturns. TLDR: I don't understand where I'm going wrong and its doing my nut in
  3. I'm playing FM19 Touch on the switch. I scout the next opposition but find the reports to be of limited use. It's all very broad and generic. What I'd like to be able to do is, at the preview screen where you can see the two teams' formations immediately before kick off, have a look at the opposition players' attributes to determine where their weaknesses are but as far as I can tell, that isn't possible. Clicking on one of their players doesn't do anything. On the full PC version, you can go to a team's fixtures and see how they set up in recent games. Again, that isn't something you can do in Touch. That leaves the only option of going to the opposition's squad before a game and having a look at their players but that then requires you to remember everything you've seen when it comes to playing the actual game which isn't realistic. For example, you'd have to remember which of the two possible right backs was slower or made poorer decisions. I know you can look at any team's tactics overview but there's no guarantee that they'll play that formation against you come game time. I don't expect to know in advance how a team is going to set up against me obviously but once i do know right before kick off, I'd like to be able to get some useful info on things such as whether they've got one full back that's a weak link for example. Am I missing something fundamental? Any tips on how to scout the next opposition and try to take advantage (beyond trying to memorise their entire first team squad's attributes) would be appreciated.
  4. Thanks for the reply. I'm looking to play a patient style that pulls defenders out of position to create space to exploit. At the start of the season I had my striker as a deep lying forward to try to drop into space and pull defenders with him but playing against DMs just meant he'd be dropping into a congested part of the pitch. I thought I might be isolating my poacher striker but didn't realise the attack duties had that kind of impact.
  5. Here's the image with player roles. Again apols for the rubbish picture quality.
  6. Morning folks. Apologies in advance for the rubbish picture quality. Had to take a photo on my camera of the screen on my switch so I could show you what I'm talking about. I'll post another picture showing player roles in a reply to this. I was hoping for some advice. This will be familiar to most i expect but i start off the season well to the extent that the board quite quickly give me a new contract, challenging for top 4 etc. However it quickly starts to fall apart and I've had a few saves now so I can see it coming a mile off. The goals dry up and suddenly my team can't defend and we end up getting hammered by the likes of Frosinone ffs. The above set up has the LB on attack as he's an excellent crosser. The AML is an inside forward so that the LB can advance into space. The lone striker is a poacher, the theory being that he'll stay on the last man forcing the defence to back off hopefully creating space for the inside forward AML. The AMR is an out and out winger getting to the by line and also attacking the far post when the ball is coming from the left. The MCR is an advanced playmaker to provide attacking support centrally and from deep. Everyone else is defending. All this can be seen in the next picture below. I know the AI adapts so I'll sometimes keep the LB on defend and have the AML act as a winger as well to shake things up. Balanced is the default mentality. I'll change it depending on the opponent and maybe add stuff like counter and lower LoE if I'm playing Juve for example. On past saves I've changed the formation or other things but without really understanding what I was doing. Some changes have been quite drastic whereas I'm hoping to get a better grip on what's going on because if I blindly stumble on a solution, it'll only ever work until the AI adapts again. Then I'd be back to square one. Any advice/guidance would be helpful. Please bear in mind I'm on FM touch on the switch (the touch forum looks like a ghost town hence why I'm here). I'm told the match engine and AI are the same but I can't do shouts for example and other features such as team talks are missing too. Cheers
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