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  1. Have a very merry Christmas and joyous New Year all managers! Stay safe stay happy.
  2. As other users had and will repeatedly mention - players do not play in isolation. Football is a team game. For example, if your DLP being a playmaker role, has no other players in space and available for a pass. His passes will very likely get intercepted, resort to passing back to the keeper, or not pass at all. This may result in his low match ratings. Hope this helps in your tactic creation.
  3. As shown in your latest setup, I think you now better understand the idea of using pivots. Kudos to @pheelf for the explanation. The CMde and BWMde are now acting as your pivots to hold the team formation and shape together during transition and attacking.
  4. This screen alone is pretty self-explanatory. The reddish squares on your MCL and MCR clearly indicate there are issues with their roles and duties. It is obvious there is no player playing as a pivot in your 4231, which essentially is a 2 pivot formation. IMHO your whole setup is rather unbalanced too. Hope this helps you to understand what is wrong. Many a times, the game does tell us where the flaws are if we know where to look.
  5. If I understand your post correctly, you wish to play low pressing urgency on a high/mid defensive block. I'm afraid this is going to be very challenging. Because IMHO this will lead to opponents often overrunning your defensive line with counterattacks and over the top balls from deep.
  6. Keep up the good work! DLPde is a good choice at DM, I am just curious on your decision to use DLPde instead of HBde or REGsu? I am guessing it is to keep the players in a strict 2-3-5 formation during attack.
  7. Player Preferred Moves. Or also known as Player Traits.
  8. I have tested and found that all the preset tactics do work. Problem is they require suitable (actually very capable) players to make them work. Arguably, some users believe that having good players can produce results in any tactic. My testings have shown otherwise but that is another can of worms up for separate discussion. My findings are that without suitable players to fit the specific roles/duties/instructions in the preset tactics, they fail to produce good results. Especially the individual PPMs, they tend to mess things up quite a bit. Hence it becomes easier to create our own tactics
  9. I used Balanced mentality only because your original setup was on Balanced. Every mentality can play possession football, it all depends on how the tactic is setup. Mentality is merely how much risk the team or player is told to take or avoid. Less risk on defensive mentality, more risk on attacking mentality, and respectively in between. Most importantly, different mentalities require the players' roles/duties/instructions to be setup differently if you wish to achieve results. Yup. Yes you got half the concept right. The respective positions and movements that the other playe
  10. Keeping the above setup intact as much as possible, I suggest trying the following changes (Balanced mentality only) to improve on your overall offence and defence: Add player instructions pressing intensity more urgent to AML, AMC, AMR, STC If you must have a playmaker (I understand many users are obsessed with playmakers, and must have at least one or more for some reason), change AMC AMsu to APsu Contrary to the beliefs of many other users, I do not feel that the AMC position is flawed or impossible to play well. It feels more difficult to make it work because it is ve
  11. This is because DLP drops deeper while the MEZat goes wider and surges forward. This creates space allowing the DLP to do his playmaking thing. You can also use MEZsu instead of MEZat to keep him closer to midfield, however this may blunt your offence. In this case, you may choose to change AMR Wsu to Wat. However it may throw the balance of the right flank off and require adjusting the role/duty/instructions of your RB, CMR, and DM. There are many ways to skin the same cat, you can also choose to change the DM HBde to DMde to help occupy the space vacated by the MEZat. But again to balance th
  12. As different position/role/duty occupy and move differently on the pitch, the changes aim to create space for each position to link up effectively during the 3 phases of play, ie defence, transition, offence.
  13. By keeping your above setup intact as much as possible, I suggest trying the following tweaks: Add player instructions pressing intensity more urgent to STC, AML, AMR Hope this helps.
  14. Based on your above setup and making as few changes as possible, I suggest trying the following changes: Add player instructions more urgent pressing intensity to STC, AML, AMR, MCR If still find difficulty in scoring, change either F9 to DLFat, or IFsu back to IFat If RB is not competent enough to play IWBsu, change to FBsu instead Hope this helps.
  15. Seeing how exasperated you are, based on the above screenshot of your setup and keeping it as similar as possible, I suggest making the following changes and see if there is any improvement: Add player instructions pressing intensity more urgent to AML, STC, and AMR. Hope this helps.
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