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  1. I'm having a lot of success with this exact combo, it's not a problem at all. They don with either a Hb behind or a dlpd. They don't just disappear up the field, they play the ball to each other. It's best against teams that sit deep, as the AP(a) will run through with the ball himself and create something when nothing is on.
  2. Spain is by far the best place to get an affiliate, as south American players get nationality in 2 years.
  3. Course it's cheating - where's the fun in it. That said, a new version of the game often has some intricacies to learn, so I might do this a bit to test some new tactics and learn before then starting a new proper game.
  4. No, you're right on the Mezzala, but not the Carrilero. Carrilero is like a B2B mid, but just doesn't go as far in either direction, he shuttles between defence and attack rather than box to box.
  5. All fair points - but as I said, it's an attack minded formation, and it's based on pressing hard and controlling the game. It works nicely at breaking worse teams down and the defensive side works by not giving the other team a chance to attack the weak points. By making it a 4-1-2-3 rather than a 4-2-3-1 you're leaving more scope to be more attacking in the roles you use than if the players were pushed further up the field. Coutinho isn't defensively minded, but he still has 11 for tackling I believe and his pace means he still presses well and does his fair share of ball winning.
  6. I'm not sure what your point is - the wide attacker isn't going to help Coutinho defend no matter what his instructions are, and similarly the CM isn't going to help much if I get overloaded on the wing, even if he's more defensive. With a DM on playmaker he isn't anchored to that spot, so he's helping defend the CM areas too. It's an attack minded formation, the benefits of giving Coutinho the freedom outweigh the negatives. As I said earlier in the thread, I've had problems against teams with pacy wingers or the Chelsea formation, so I'm not using it there, more in games I expect to dominate.
  7. Running a season on sim might help give you some ideas for this - in my game the engine did a good job of emulating Jose - he came 5th and didn't get the sack. If you're honestly trying to copy what jose does, I don't see how you can justify anything but the lowest tempo.
  8. Just a thought I've have which I'll try later - does anyone use "swap positions"? I've done it with Mane and Salah to get them to switch wings now and then, but might work well with Salah and Firmino (or at least more like real life).
  9. Where's coutinho? That's a key issue! I agree with the above on the wingers to inside forwards, it took me a while to get the best out of Salah and Mane there but it worked after a couple of months. I first started by playing them on the sides you have them as opposite sides wasn't working - found they crossed for each other like that but from narrower positions and I got some tap ins. I then switched to opposite sides and they got more from cutting inside when playing better, and also created space for my full backs to overlap. I also use a f9 up top, which helps create space for the IFs to move into. I have had the issue with this sort of shape where I get ripped apart by teams with pacy wingers countering, usually away to united or chelsea but stoke too even. 3 at the back does help with these games. You may get better results from better CMs - I train Coutinho to play there usually and aim to ditch Hendo after a year, he gets decent ratings but not sure why as he just isn't very good. If you can make it to season 2, then Keita will be quality in the role you're trying to get Hendo to do.
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