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  1. Mourinho's teams weren't simply counter attacking machines. When in possession they quickly sent the ball towards the final third and moved in order to open space tp then pass the ball to a player running into that space. Strikerir does mention he is trying to replicate the Real Madrid team but the inside forward has usually always been a second striker in Mourinho's teams. In Madrid the strange combination of Ronaldo's natural gifts as a striker and Benzema's nº10 like talents inverted the order when it came to who scored goals. on the subject of Viktor Fischer I took a look at his attributes and his physical attributes are indeed not good enough especially his lack of Pace and Balance.
  2. Edmilson was most definitely a Half-back. Xabi was a key player as a DLPs. Deco moved higher up the pitch almost getting into the box so I would say either Box-to-box midfielder or CMa. I think you got the attacking trident right. I don't know about the side backs, they weren't all that good and Barcelona only really lift off as a truly dominant team when they signed Alves and Alba so I have kind of forgotten about them. I disagree with your PIs for the inside forwards, both Ronaldinho and Messi played narrow and while the wingbacks pushed higher up the pitch. In many ways this team played like a prototype of guardiola's Barcelona, the one crucial detail that differentiates both teams is the role and position of Messi who was yet to be deployed as a false 9. I hope you manage to build the team you want, good luck.
  3. I have a confession to make. I am not used to playing direct football. I tend to favor a high line and a more possession hungry strategy. Because of this I have been tinkering a lot with my tactics during pre season and even now I am not 100% convinced with my tactic. The first thing I noticed is that while my wingers did backtrack they gave away a lot of fouls in dangerous areas so I moved them to the mid strata and adopted a 4411 in defence. Because they are both in attack duty I still get the 4231 shape in attack but they don't commit as many fouls while in defence. The starting eleven is only provisional and will vary match by match. I have chosen the cautious mentality because it offers some further solidity when compared with balanced mentality. More direct passing is an instruction based on Mourinho's belief that the team that has the ball has fear. It is meant to make my team efficient on the ball. Pass into space is an instruction that makes my team more direct and works well with my three attacking roles (why would you pass into space if no one is going to move into that space?), Hit early crosses seemed to me as a bit of an overkill but I have mostly faced stronger teams this pre season and it is a good instruction against teams that play a high line, Because my players aren't genius footballers with mental attributes off the roof I have told them to be more disciplined something that also aims to imitate Mourinho and lastly I have increased the tempo because Mourinho's teams are known for their quick movements on the ball. Distribute quickly + counter + regroup is the combination that best results in quick counter attacking football and Unai Simon while not the best distributor has enough ability to pull off a long kick or a good throw to my more advanced players. The Lower line of engagement is meant to make our defence tighter and invite the opposition to concede space behind them and the combination of mark tighter + get stuck was devised to get the ball back quickly without breaking our defensive shape. This will most likely crash and burn against a parked bus but is working well enough against both better and similar teams. I will most likely update this by the end of the season.
  4. Thank you for the correction, I was under the impression it also affected midfielders, is there a page or topic were you found this information? just to check if I am not wrong about other things.
  5. Well, in FM the position of players while the team is in possession is determined by their mentality, a few traits and the attributes teamwork and off the ball. Teamwork makes players drop deeper to receive a pass when the team is building from deep so a player with lower teamwork is bound to be higher up the pitch when in build up. The problem with that is that teamwork is an important attribute for teams playing positive possession football so it's not something your midfielders can do without. Focus play through the middle would increase the midfielders mentality but I have never tried building a man city tactic so it could have some unwanted consequences.
  6. Hi, Those are some very general questions that require long answers but for now I will try to answer them in the simplest way possible. 1.- You are thinking the wrong way, it is not about finding roles for players but finding players for the roles. IRL you can't accommodate 11 players in such a way that they are all doing exactly what they are best at, why would you be able to do so in FM? 2.- By looking at his attributes and traits. Would you ask Van Nistelrooy to link up play? Would you tell Kante to try to make a pass into space through two defenders? Would you have Messi as a Target Man? 3.- If you hover the cursor over an attribute there will be a little explanation. take your time reading through all of them or better yet, look at players you like and know well in real life and see the attributes they excel at, this will give you an idea of the attributes a particular player needs. 4.- I think of the way I want to play and then work the attributes needed from there. think of what your players would need to play like that IRL.
  7. After unpacking my things and dealing with some PC updates I inmediatly opened FM19 and loaded a save in Spain with no other country to make things go faster. Just as my save loaded and I had edited my profile in exactly the way I wanted I clicked my way to the following page and shed a tear when I looked at this: What on earth is this? Is this the guy meant to bring new players to my team? As you can already guess this is not good enough at all. So I searched for someone much more capable for the job that was willing to work for us: After comparing and contrasting several options this ex-member of our staff is the best we can get. He could have a better personality and his formation is not even similar to ours but he is a good coach and has a great eye for talent so until our reputation increases or a better option is available I will be using him as our Head of Youth Development. When looking for a HoYD you want to look at two attributes before anything else: Working with youngsters and Judging player potential. This two attributes determine the ability and potential of the newgens he will bring. Next you should look at his personality since that will influence the personality of the newgens. His playing style also affects newgens so if you can try to find a HoYD which fits your philosophy. As you can guess the very best of the best are not willing to work for a relatively modest club like Athletic BIlbao so this man with balanced personality and a completely different playing style is the best I can get. With that sorted out I immediately checked the staff in my U19s, my B team and my C team and convinced the board to expand the number of coaches in my B team. I was pleased to find that I had several good coaches taking care of players in both my B and U19s squad which are those I am going to focus on. Better youth coaching means my youngsters will progress faster and further so every season you should look for coaches that might better your staff. After that came the tedious duty of organising my B team. You see, in order to properly focus on youth you can't just make do with the current club structure at any given club. While in real life competition drives a player forwards and it is therefore encouraged to have several players fighting for the same position in the youth squads, in FM the youth squads are full of dead wood who are never going to make it and are going to steal minutes from your precious wonderkids. If you are going to build a team of players by using your youth squads to build them you cannot be sentimental about it. The different squads must mark different stepping stones for your players who must get there by a given age. Those players who are not good enough to make the jump can be given a last opportunity by means of a loan to another club but that is it, if a player won't make it then he must be let go. Deadwood players cost money and take minutes from players with a future so you must get rid of them as soon as possible. Because my club has yet a C team I am moving all these talentless players there until I sell them or their contract runs out. I quickly went to my B team and chose a starting eleven formed by the strongest youth prospects I had. Sancet, Villalibre and Arberas are my brightest prospects which is good since it means I already have a defender, a playmaker and a striker for the future. At a club as Athletic player potential is most likely randomised so I have been quite lucky to have found eleven players with first team football potential. This eleven players where then reinforced by a fullback, a defender, a midfielder, a winger and a striker for a grand total of 16 players. Some may say that this number is too low but I want to maximise the amount of football played by my most promising players. Those players who had promise but had not developed enough to be part of the B squad went to my U19s squad where I again reduced the number but this time to 22, two players per position. By the time they hit 18 or 19 they will move to the B team whose coach follows a tactical philosophy almost identical to mine. This ensures I have two or three years to mould a player into a cog in our machine before he finds playing time with the B team. Our B team is currently playing in the spanish third division known as Segunda B and I hope they can move to the second division either this year or the next. This gives me a total of 38 youngsters to fight for a place in my first squad. I have not promoted a single player to the first team. Because we are not playing European competitions (which I aim to set straight this season) and because we already have at least two players for every position I decided that my 3 squads were set and done. In my next post I will finally be talking about tactics and my first team.
  8. Both your keepers are excellent for a low block. They are not as good when playing in a highline because their rushing out is lacking but they do have an excellent one on one. However you play you are right to choose Herwitz, he has the better attributes for both kinds of keeping and his mental stats help him as a sweeperkeeper even if his passing is worse than Stefan's. I had forgotten to talk about goalkeeper distribution. There are two keeping attributes that determine distribution. Kicking (how far he can send a ball with his feet) and throwing (how accurately he can distribute the ball with his hands). Additionally, distribution is determined by strength (how far he can throw) and the typical mental attributes of a playmaker (vision, teamwork, anticipation, decisions) I want my keeper to throw the ball long like Reina or Smeichel. Your keeper needs throwing, strength and vision above all else. The other playmaking attributes help. My keeper has a poor reading of the game, is he going to give away possession whenever he has the ball? if your keeper lacks mental attributes I would have him pass to the fullbacks (the safest option that still retains possession most of the time or if he has great kicking I would have him distribute over position defense. A keeper with good kicking and a target man with Bravery and Off the ball make for some good route one football.
  9. Have you ever been forced to choose between to goalkeepers for your first team? Perhaps you are lucky enough to be struggling with the choice between to wonderkid goalkeepers. Maybe you have lost your first choice keeper and are now searching the market for a substitute. Have you ever thought about what your tactics demand from your keeper? Lets start by enumerating and explaining the attributes of goalkeepers: Aerial Ability: how high in the air he can reach, what the other players call jumping reach. Jumping reach only affects a goalkeeper when heading the ball outside his own area, Command of area: how likely is he to attempt to intercept a cross. The higher the attribute the more likely he is to attempt this. Careful, this attribute has nothing to do with how successful he will be. Communication: communication is an interesting attributes in that it affects the defense. A higher attribute means a boost to a defenders mental game while a lower can work against him. Eccentricity: how likely is he to attempt to dribble, rush out to challenge someone to a one on one or dwell on the ball. This attribute is a double edge sword. A higher attribute means he will close down a striker that has bypassed your defense more often and sooner, but it also means he might try to to dribble that very same striker. Handling: how well can a goalkeeper catch the ball without dropping it. A higher handling ability results in fewer parries and overall a safer time for your defenders since rebounds are reduced. Kicking: the distance (not accuracy) a goalkeeper can kick the ball. The higher the number the further it will go. Accuracy is measured by vision, technique, decisions, anticipation and teamwork like any other player. One on ones: how well he deals with situations where the striker is in front of the goalkeeper. The higher the attribute the more difficult for the player to score. Reflexes: how well he reacts to shots. The higher the attribute the sooner and better he will move to block or catch the ball. Rushing out: will your keeper rush to face a striker or claim a loose ball? The higher teu attribute he better he will be at making the call. Careful, he still needs pace and acceleration to pull it off. Anticipation and decisions also play a part. Tendency to punch: how likely he is to punch and parry catchable balls. So is this a bad attribute? Not exactly. Imagine if Karius had deflected Bale's shot with his fist, Liverpool would not have received a third goal and might have very well scored themselves into extra time. If a goalkeeper is bad at handling this could be his lifesaver. Throwing: how accurate a goalkeeper is with his hands. This time it is distance that is determined by other attributes, in this case strength. Now that atributtes are covered lets talk about sweeperkeepers. Sweeperkeepers are special in that they need to be good at goalkeeping but also be comfortable on the ball (technique, first touch, passing) and have good vision (vision, anticipation, teamwork, decisions). I have a decent keeper with good technical and mental attributes and a better keeper who is not comfortable on the ball, who should I use as a sweeperkeeper? Go for the guy with comfortable on the ball, the other guy will concede stupid goals by passing the ball to the opponent or dwelling on the ball too much. Your keeper should be determined by your defensive line. A high line means there is going to be space behind your defense so he needs one on one, rushing out, pace, positioning and reflexes. When playing a low defensive line there is going to be space on front of your defense so the goalkeeper needs Aerial Ability, Command of area, reflexes, handling and communication. Isn't handling important for a high line? Not as much, the goalkeeper in a highline must first and foremost be able to deal with one on one situations against players who have left the defenders behind. The goalkeeper in a low defensive lines often finds himself surrounded by both his defenders and the opponents forwards and shouldn't just parry balls to whoever is nearby for that person could be an opponent striker who has suddenly found himself with a very nice chance against an open goal. All keeper attributes are important for all keepers but to me handling is most important for a goalkeeper who must generally deal with crosses and long shots. You mentioned reflexes twice, why? To me reflexes is the number one stat for a goalkeeper. A goalkeeper must place any part of his body between the goal and the ball. The attribute that determines how soon he reacts to a shot and therefore how well he can deal with it is reflexes. Think of the 2010 world cup final. Robben is in possession and has beaten Casillas who is on the floor, all he has to do is shoot and he will do what not even Cruyff could do by giving a world cup to the Netherlands. He lobs the ball ever so slightly. And Casillas raises his leg just enough to deflect the shot. Spain went on to win. Those were Casillas' reflexes doing at work. A knee jerk reaction to a shot. Think of Ochoa saving Neymar's header in the 2014 world cup just before the ball crosses the goal line. He failed to collect the ball (aerial reach, command of area) or grab onto it (handling) but his reflexes earned him, an admittebly shortlived, worldwide fame. I am sure you can come up with your own examples where every other attribute has failed but reflexes saved the day. I am not saying that reflexes alone make a good keeper but to me it is the first attribute I look at. If you don't have good reflexes for the level of football you are playing at there is no way you are keeping for my team. I hope that you find this post instructive. It is simply my way of looking at goalkeepers, if there is any question ask away. If there is any critique, critique to your heart's content. I am writing this because I am not sure if I am going to have the fortitude to write for my "The Special Way" topic after a 700km journey by car and I don't want to completely break the promise to write about football manager.
  10. You are right he could very well become the best midfielder in your save. I would be more concerned with his lack of flair, it will hamper his attacking game. Other than that there is nothing to worry about. 12 determination is a bit too low, he will not fullfill his potential. I would inmediatdly have him mentored to raise it. Where I to field him I would place a defender with a strong aerial game behind him to make up for his lack of heading ability, jumping reach and height. Does stats make me think of Redondo.
  11. To celebrate my friend and I managed to leave the hell of driving through Genoa behind I would like to talk about the 4231, which I intend to use as my main formation during this save. As far as English football is concerned the 4231 was born with Eric Cantona in the 90s. The DLF kept getting deeper and deeper until he could no longer be considered a Forward and thus the n°10 is born. The south American continent emploid the formation much sooner where it evolved from the Brazilian box in search for wider attacking options. It is perhaps the most flexible formation known today and can be tinkered with to serve both an aggressive and a defensive side. Like the two formations it was born from it achieves to reduce space in the center through the defensive square of two defenders and two holding midfielders. Packing the center of the final third means that opposition attacks are funneled to the wings where the only two avenues of attack are the skillful dribbling of an inside forward or crosses. The formation can be then divided into a defensive unit of 6 outfield players + keeper and an offensive unit of 4 players + midfielders (who form part of both units) This sets up two possibilities. The first is to play a high defensive line and use your advanced defensive unit to choke the opposition and lay siege to the opponents half. The second (the one most explored in this project) is to close gaps, concede space and use the attacking unit to hit them on the counter. Because it is a lone striker formation and because of the way I am setting it up my other players have the job of providing the ball to my forward and because of the two holding midfielders one of my wings needs to be quite aggressive which has some implications for the other roles. Gk Wba - CD - CD - Wbd Car Bbm Ifa. Ams. Ws Pfa This is a possible role set up of his time at Inter. Who is the playmaker? The carrilero of course. Anyone who has seen them play knows that Cambiasso was the playmaker. Why doesn't Cambiasso have a Playmaker role? He doesn't need a playmaker role to be a playmaker. Toni Kroos is a playmaker because he has 20 passing, 18 vision, 17 anticipation, 18 decisions and 18 teamwork along with the traits dictates tempo and likes to switch ball to the other flank. Giving him a Dlps role doesn't make him a better playmaker, it just makes him a ball magnet with the minuses and pluses that entails. Isn't the right flank too risky? Not with Cambiasso drifting wide to close the gap. If you want a very attacking combination in a flank you absolutely need the midfielder in that flank to be more conservative. The carrilero has the additional instructions to move wide which makes him an ideal cover. You are going to need some individual instructions to make this tactic play like Mourinho's Inter but the two points I wanted to make have been made. A playmaker doesn't need a playmaker role and a very attacking flank requires a conservative midfielder. If only I could use that formation. Alas, I lack the players. The modern game has no Cambiasso, try to think of a single midfielder with his defensive capabilities and passing range. So what tactic will I be using? That will have to wait, despite my feat of remembering the attributes and traits of Kroos he is my go to n°1 playmaker who I always bring back to Bayern. Of course I am going to remember my beloved. I have no idea what attributes SI has given to the players at Athletic and can only make an educated guess from seeing them play IRL. And like I said, before we go into tactics I need to talk about the club structure and the backroom staff.
  12. With coaches good at training the mental attributes (which are the most important ones) the right individual training role and a training schedule that allows the player to develop that attribute it could very well reach a value of 12. Depending on your tactic concentration may not even be that important an attribute when defending if you have players to cover for him. You might pair your SV with a DM or an Anchorman or have a stopper behind when using a lower LoE. When in possession concentration helps a player make decisions but it is not the most important attribute for a SV. You claim he has the potential to be a world class SV. Could you send a pic of him and the tactic he is meant to fit in? Depending on his attributes you might not even need to raise it up to twelve.
  13. Very good question. I am going to guess you know that mid slots are more defensive than attacking mid slots and that your formation of choice is roughly your defensive shape. That being said you can't expect a lazy winger to track back even when placing him in the mid slot. The main attribute that decides that is workrate and it turns out to be most important for wide players. I believe teamwork also plays a part to a lesser extent. A second thing to consider is that by sitting deeper in defense the player will take longer to reach the final third. I don't usually utilize a low block when out of possession so I can't say for sure but I dont recall ever having problems with the attacking midfield strata when defending apart from one time I used a very technical but lazy AP with CSKA Moscow. To answer your question I think I will first try the Attacking midfield slots with specific position Marking and will drop them to the mid strata when I fill the situation calls for it. The great thing about formations is that by choosing tie correct roles you can get a 4231 shape out of a 4411, a 451 a 433 wide and even a 442 (some are trickier than others but it can be done) A piece of good news, I miscounted the days in my previous post and will be returning home the day after tomorrow so I can start a day earlier than I thought. The first thing I will talk about is the proper structure of a club focused on Youth development and the backroom staff.
  14. Being Basque myself I have a great deal of love for Athletic Bilbao but I have never managed them in FM. Why? Because I disagree with them on the subject of Oriundos (players of Basque descent but south American nationality). Currently we don't sign them while I think we should. Going any further would result in a rant. A Bilbao save is always special. The Basque only policy means you can only sign players with Basque nationality or 16 year old Spanish players. This means that you must focus on youth development in order to achieve anything. My longest in fm19 must have been a youth focused CSKA Moscow where I played a high pressing aggressive style of football. In that save no youngster with less than 3'5 star potential ever got as much as a glance from me. When playing with Bilbao you must look at all you players because you don't get to be as picky, you either sign them when they are 16 and haven't been contracted by their club or they are part of your youth intake. Because players aren't guaranteed to reach the full potential you must develop any youth with a modicum of talent. Bilbao are an aging squad. Susaeta, Raul Garcia, Aduriz and Beñat all need a replacement. Some of them are evident, but others are yet to appear. The good news is that the squad is not too incompatible with the style of play I want to give them. The 11 I will try first are: Goalkeeper: Unai Simon Defenders: San Jose, Iñigo Martinez. Fullbacks: Yuri, De Marcos. Midfielders: Iturraspe, Beñat Wingers: Muniain, Susaeta N°10: Raul Garcia Striker: Williams. I have not make a decision yet regarding the roles and still have some tactical issues to think about until next week but this should be my strongest eleven. The youngsters have varying potential so I can not speak about them as of now. This is pretty much all I can do without my PC so unless I think of something important that needs to be said I won't be posting again until the 31st of July.
  15. Having talked about tactical Periodisation in my last post I think the best way to talk about Mourinho's tactics is to talk about the four phases of the game. Transition from defense to attack: Mourinho's teams like to give their fullbacks time to go higher up the pitch so the goalkeeper often passes the ball to the back four. From there the ball will reach the midfielders who will find a forward pass to put the ball in the final thirs. Transition achieved. Mourinho's teams do not play hoofball but are very efficient in their transitions to reduce the number of mistakes they might make. Offensive organisation: Mourinho's typical attacking unit consist of a wingback, an inside forward, a striker, a n°10 and a winger. The ball is passed horizontally and a successful attack ends with the striker or inside forward taking a shot. The n°10 usually possesses a good long shot but this means of scoring is secondary. Transition from attack to defense: while this approach has varied depending on team and year Mourinho's teams are most known for their swift regrouping. The front players will usually press the back line to force a long ball but will end up regrouping for the defensive organization phase along with the rest of the team. Defensive Organization: Mourinho's teams, ever since his time with Inter, defend in an aggressive, compact, low block that aims to restrict space in their own half while inviting the opposition to maximize the space they leave behind them. In Port his approach was different. He used a high offside line and relentlless pressing in a mid block. Apart from this four phases of the game Mourinho's teams also utilize set pieces heavily. When he won the Premier League back in 2015 his defenders scored more goals than some attacking units. Lets talk now about the kind of player Mourinho likes for each position. Goalkeeper: before anything else Mourinho likes shot stoppers. He has no time for the time wasting sweeper keepers. A keeper's main duty is stopping the other team from scoring and nothing else. Defender: Mourinho likes tall defenders who are strong in the air and possess great marking ability. This is not to say they don't need some level of technique. If you happen to be a Smalling type of defender you will be forced to make long especulative passes and give away possession, which would be counter productive. So a Mourinho defender can't be just a mountain of a man with no finesse but he doesn't need to have the technique of Beckenbauer. Fullbacks: Mourinho has always played with a more conservative and a more adventurous fullback pair. His more adventurous fullback often overlaps with the inside forward but must not forget his defensive duties. Midfielders: when Mourinho plays an inverted triangle or a diamond he places an anchorman at the base who is tasked with helping the defense and giving short simple passes to the other midfielders. He will also play a more offensive midfielder like Lampard with a box to box midfielder. The solidity provided by the anchorman allows these two to venture forwards. When Mourinho plays his 4231 he plays two holding midfielders, a more defensive one like khedira or Cambiasso next to a deep playmaker like Alonso or Fabregas. When he wants to be more aggressive he switches the deep playmaker for a more adventurous Box to box midfielder who will go further up the pitch and link with the n°10. Winners: Mourinho is known for playing strikers in wide areas and instructing them to play narrower. This inside forward usually bags as many almost as many goals as the striker along with some assists. The other winger provides with on the other flank and is much more traditional in his behaviour during the attacking organization phase. Both wide players must drop deep to help when the team is out of possession. N°10: the most technical player on any Mourinho side. He must possess good vision, excellent technique so he can work in tight spaces, a good longshot and the work rate to help the team when out of possession. Strikers: Apart from Benzema (a very peculiar striker regardless of the team or manager he plays for) Mourinho's strikers are physically powerful players who concentrate on scoring goals and battling for loose balls and crosses. Whether by strength or by speed a Mourinho striker imposes himself thanks to his superior athleticism and scores from inside the box. This covers both the base of his tactics and the kind of players he likes but does not paint a full picture. The true strength of Mourinho lies in identifying and exploiting the weaknesses of the opposition and in retaining enough flexibility in his systems to adapt to each challenge. Next post I will finally talk about Athletic Bilbao.
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