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  1. the selling of players is definitely different on this FM, my selling tactics that have worked on the previous FMs are not that effective on FM15. I have also noticed that is similar with loaning out, good youngsters willing to go on loan dont get any loan bids inspite of me using all tools available (offering to clubs, with or without wages, listing them on devolpment list, talking to them etc. )
  2. You could mix it up a bit, but it is not a big problem with having two wide midfielders both on WM(a). WM(a) offers varied approach, they run into space, dribble, make thru balls, cross and shoot, they do little bit of everything. It would be a problem if both were on W(a) as the winger has a more one-sided approach. I do change sometimes the left WB on attack and the left WM on support, however that is a riskier approach and in the case of playing a WM(s) I really think that it is more suitable to have a "wrong footed" player for the side i.e. a right footed player on the left WM(s) position in order so make the "cut inside" more natural so that the wing back shoots ahead and overlaps.
  3. Its a bit of personal preference of choosing formation to fit a counter attacking style of play. Like you said in a 4411 if rigid then you might isolate the AMC and ST, since players in the AM strata behave as forwards, not as midfielders. I play the 4411 as standard. And as a counter attacking variation of it I play 4141 as a counter tactic. DLF(s) WM(a) DLP(d) CM(a) WM(a) DMC(d) WB(s) DC(d) DC(d) FB(s) This is the formation. What i want to achieve with it is very fast attacks, no long build up play but i don’t not want any long balls either from my back four, because such wasting of possession would mean inviting too much pressure in the match as a whole. I want to play out of defense, they pass around a bit find a winger or the DLP and then the attack begins. After two more passes from there the attack usually ends. When the attack ends i want the team to get into a defensive shape, to fall back. the team instructions to achieve the above that i use are: mentality: Control/rigid play out of defense drop deeper stand off opponents the back four has individual instructions to pass it shorter, the wide midfielders to run more with ball, the DLF to roam from position it is a defensive counter tactic since for the majority of the time i just defend and I rarely develop attacks that involve more than the wide midfielders, the central attacking midfielder and the DLF. All my attacks are carried by four people, sometimes the WB(s) gets up too but not that often.
  4. About the Target Man: it is probably better to use a strong player when playing a lone striker but in addition of being strong he needs to be also technically good and quite creative, he needs to be able to do more then being a areal target. You maybe have this kind of player, i don't know. The second thing is to give this player the instructions to do this double role of both linking play and finishing. A target man is very static, he stands centrally upfront and waits for the balls to be played to him. He could play this dual role of both linking play and finishing but only if has a striker partner near him. So what you need is a player capable of playing either, Complete forward, Deep lying forward or trequartista, a false nine could also function but then you need to think little bit different about who is going to be your primary goal treat because a false nine would not be that. About the coaches: Apart from attribute Attacking the coach for attacking training needs to have good attribute in tactics, determination, motivation and discipline + man management. If a coach does not have continental license is probably better because then they have opportunity to develop further. A coach with the highest license has very little improvement potential.
  5. yes that is exactly so about Jonathan, because in your tactic if you want something to happen on the wings you must have someone like Jonathan on the wing back regarding the posts i think that is important not to waste someone good at man marking on the posts so i put two of my worst players defending wise there, the idea is to prevent them from trying to man mark when they lack the ability to do so
  6. Yeah there is a problem with zonal defending corners, the issue is known by SI but its a miss and unlikely to be fixed in the FM14, see more here http://community.sigames.com/showthread.php/386248-14.3-Corners In spite of the limitations of the tools we have I still try to think logically about corners, inspired by real life football take Zlatan Ibrahimovic as an example, he is imposing and big guy but quite crappy at marking and tracking people in defensive situations, so how do you use him in a defensive set piece situation? IRL both in the club and national team he is covering the near post. That is the best position for good jumper and header that is bad at defending. His job is to clear all underhit and bad corner crosses, he guards a place, position on the field rather then a person. So as I always have a big guy in my attack I put the big guy on the near post, the far post is harder to aim for so there i put some small guy from attacking midfield to be around and make a clearance of a low ball in case something slips thru One another thing that does not function in FM is the specific instruction to man mark small or tall guys. That leads to some funny situations where your best headers leave the penalty box and man-mark some tall guy that lurks outside so what i do is to take the best seven man-markers (guys with high man-marking attribute and solid concentration) and put them on man mark, the worst player defensive wise is put on the edge of area. I think it is crucial to have someone guarding the edge of area as this guy will take on short clearances and engage the opposition in case they back-pass to the edge of area, without the player on the edge of area you will invite extra long pressure on your goal so its vital I rarely concede on corners but my teams are usually better defensively than offensively, with more defensively orientated fullbacks and defensively oriented central midfield. That Jonathan guy that you showed would be something I would put on MR AND put someone more defensively skilled behind him as a fullback.
  7. 1. The first advice is not to make too drastic changes from one game to another, your players need to settle to a certain style. 2. As you mention your tactic is really predictable, you sit back with six players and attack with four and all the time the same four players, the two wingers, the striker and the AMC, 3. Drop deeper to a rigid tactic on defend means that the gap between the attacking four and the rest of the team will be massive and the outcome of it will be long balls from your backline, You must first decide what you want from your team (apart from winning), do you want to control possession? Do you want to play counter attacking transition football? When you decide this it is easier to build up a logical tactic. If you want short passing game and you also want your backline to participate in it you need to compress the space between your lines, you must also think about having suitable players for this kind of football. defenders with low composure, totally crappy technique and first touch and bad decisions, will not play the short passing game well - I think that composure is the most important attribute for defenders that you want to be playing short passing game It would be easier to give more advice if you tell what you want to achieve with the tactic.
  8. I like set pieces. Offensively I like to create diversions of some sort. I have had a lot of success with the tactic of delivering the ball to the "wrong guy". I'll put my best headers at the near post and to attack from deep and put the shortest guy to attack the far post where I play the ball, I then just love it when he puts it away. another tactic that I use is to play the whole game the ball on the far post to my best headers only to switch the focus in the 89th minute and play the ball to the near post to my forward, it has happened quite a few times that I have managed to score with this approach However my primary set piece tactic is to try to put the ball to the far post and from there I expect the ball to be passed to my unmarked striker on the near post, the is the best tactic, since the focus of the defending players is on the ball and the immediate goal treat they often leave the secondary treat totally unmarked, if the ball somehow gets from the far post to the near post then it is almost a certain goal. Free kicks I feel are very difficult to control as a manager as we do not have so many different options, you can put one player to attack the keeper, one to disrupt the wall and that is it,
  9. I watched Salzburg a couple of times in the group stage since they played against a Swedish team and i think that tactic they use i pretty simple 4-2-4, very rigid the four upfront are 3 on attack and one on support, the rest of the team sits deep and never comes in attacks except on set pieces, they play direct and fast the best thing to make this work on FM is probably to make 4-6-0 tactic with two players in AMC and on two on the wings and the defensive midfielders in DMC, probably DLPs, as they seem to put a lot of thru balls if you watch the ajax games you see perfectly how the team "splits" when they have the ball, when they defend they look as a whole unit but when they take the ball the four attacking players separates from the "team body" and they run in line, without roaming, just straight forwards runs
  10. No, you should not change the CM(a) to AP(a), you need someone making forward runs from central midfield, APs dont make forward runs in the same way a regular CM(a) does, anyway a CM(a) is very creative role, give Lewa the instruction to "shoot less often", he does not have the stats for long shots so try to restrict his attempts.
  11. Begin from his form stats. What do you see there? I see the following: 1. He loses more than 50 % of the headers. The question is, do you know why this is so? Do you want to play like this? 2. In half the games he has 4 or more shots - that would be enough to score if those were good shots - i assume he takes stupid long shots or some forced shots from difficult positions I think that the lost headers and the off target shots for Lewandowski are down to your playing with attacking mentality.
  12. I played a similar setup only difference the IF on the left was a winger in the ML position. my roles were different but the duties were the same as in your setup. I also played Balanced/standard, TI: play out defence. In game i was adjusting pressing and d-line according to the match developments and i sometimes changed the mentality in game, ranging from attacking to counter for brief periods of time. Now the most interesting was the position of WMR(s) in order to get him more inside i had my MC player on the center left (like you) this made it possible for the Wide midfielder to get narrower which i already instructed to get narrower and to cut inside with the ball. What i never had the chance to test was a left footed player there, i think that a left footed guy in there would be even more perfect for the role of "false 7" The WMR(s) played long thru balls, crossed (but not that much), held the ball and played it wide for the DR and got late in the box. He was basically acting as an AP(s). In some games I added some defensive instructions too, like "mark tighter" , "tackle harder" as the guy i played there was a fancy DLP (good defense + creativity + technique and decent pace) - with the "mark tighter" and "tackle harder" I added some dimensions that a DW has, but did not restricted the creative freedom that a WM(s) has I enjoyed the tactic and the football produced. The constant struggle for me was to get enough players in the box when attacks developed on the left side. Because when the left winger had the ball all i had in the box was effectively the ST and the AMC with the WMR arriving late and the DR pushing forward but wide
  13. Do you always play Control/Balanced? In every match? My experience of the game is that you need to be responsive to the on field happenings. If by playing control/balanced style you can’t achieve your primary goal (possession, nice football and victories or whatever) then you need to change it. If you were good in the first season, and not so good in the second, and even worse in the third, then it is because you failed to adapt/change your tactic according to your primary goal (possession, nice football and victories). But, BUT it also so that you might have got away with it if, IF you were masterful in the art of motivating and man management. In this sub forum "Tactics and training" I think that the majority of the master tacticians as well as the rest of the visitors and contributors to this forum are generally average or below par when it comes to man management and team motivation as problems are often solved by changing and adapting the tactic. You don't seem to be awful with man management but you do not seem to be masterful either so as your players get overconfident and complacent coupled with the pressure to achieve has obviously led to some kind of vicious cycle where they don't perform as the could and should. For me it is harder to improve my teams performance by some motivational stuff and mind games so when i see that they don't perform as i expect, i tweak the tactic and/or change players. I never change my personal goals, I always strive to keep my vision but I reevaluate my approach to it from game to game and from season to season and I let my ass man to do the team talks and I offload unhappy players in the very split-second they show that unhappiness to me or the press. Of course I see the players as only instruments for achieving my own success which is not that humanely and it is not how it works (or should work) in real life but this is a game.
  14. the tactic you describe resembles the most a 4-4-2 diamond with wingers (4-1DM-2-1-2) I imagine this being a very fluid tactic with the IFs sitting narrow and roaming, the player in the AMC position is a regular AM the DMC is a regular DMC, the WMs run wide and hug line and the full backs are regular fullbacks You will be able to get enough players in attack the problem is the defensive balance you might struggle against three-man-midfield formations
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