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  1. I'll give it a go, hes just such an animal I want to milk him before he forces his way to Madrid etc.
  2. I've tried, he can only play on the left and up front. He's one of those players who will get a 6.8 average for the season but scored 16 goals for me, which is not that bad for a wide player? I just expect him to dominate with them stats.
  3. Okay this is what I'm starting the season with. I've also done away with More Urgent pressing, and gone for a split block with the front 4 as my press. Also I'd like to ask a question if possible. I'm going to go ahead and commit to a W(a) on the right, is it worth buying an out and out star for that role. Or could I use a player I already have who likes to cut inside, meaning they'll play like a winger and cut inside occasionally? That sounds kind of dangerous no?
  4. Yeah I did sorry, it was something I would change game to game depending on opponent. It doesnt help that over the seasons ive collected all wide players that like to cut inside.
  5. Okay how about this - I've won 3 games but they've all been 1-0 wins against rather poor opposition. Only thing that worries me is the left flank
  6. Also I wondered if you could clear something up for me, As you can see Gouiri is amazing stats wise and yet he has two conflicting PPIs in; "runs with ball down left" & "likes to cut inside from left wing" Does this mean every time he has the ball he will just choose the best option, or will the role I play him influence him to do more than the other. EG I have him on inside forward attack, so does he dribble up the left and then cut in, or does it mean he might do either one and cut in more often.
  7. Will give all this a try, Would you say Goncalves and Tielemans would be an effective AP and CM considering they both like to try killer balls, the only difference being Goncalves is looking more so to get into the box as he has 'arrives late in opponents area' as PPI?
  8. So long story short.. I'm about 3 games away from being sacked. Yes this is me, sitting pretty in 11th place. This is my 4th season, and I have finished in the top 4 the previous 2 years ( I promise I'm not that bad) Yes, wolves are ahead of me. These are the tactics I'm currently tearing my hair out to fix, especially considering it has served me well the previous 2 years. This year was supposed to be the title charge A few thoughts; I have stripped it back to its bare minimum - and if I'm completely honest usually I wouldn't even have shorter passing on as I don't like to restrict my players in taking the odd risk here and there. In my head (whether or not this translates I don't know) I try and have; runners, creators & scorers within the midfield and forward line. E.G. Gouiri (scorer), Silva (runner), Santos (creator) - in the midfield its more ball winner, goal creator and box attacker. E.G Ndidi (ball winner) Soumare (chance creator) Tielimans (box attacker). As you can see from the table - I draw a lot of games, and most of the time its because I cannot punish the average/bad teams in the league. Although the PL does get very competitive the longer it goes. The tactic on the right is when I go away to the big teams, and this has lead me to get royally slapped conceding 3,4,5 goals a pop. The Key Players A bad workman should never blame his tools, however there are certain times I wish I wasn't a football manager otherwise I think I would have punched one of these in the face during the season. Beautiful isn't he? Wrong - he's averaging around a 6.6 for the season and couldn't finish his dinner let alone a 1v1. The star man arrival in the summer - Netted me 6 goals this season and one of them was a hatrick. I use the DLF(a) because I just love his mentals Bought him because I like the balance of physicals and creation, understand he isn't the most creative player - but wait. Because this beast is right next to him! Can't knock this guy, hes like my baby. This is where it gets interesting - let me elaborate. I know what you're probably thinking about what I said earlier - This guy seems like the perfect CM(a), has great movement, finishing and traits to play the role of a devastating Lampard esque player However this is where it gets dark. So, I'd consider myself a pretty experienced player - I understand the basic concepts of making a tactic (I think) however I have convinced myself it is the traits on my players tripping me up and not the tactic. Let me explain; Inside Forward, Deep Lying Forward, Advanced Playmaker all have 'take more risk' as a coded part of their role - Tielemans likes to play killer balls, so does Goncalves - does this mean they can operate as an effective 2 man midfield especially when they have an IF(a) looking to take risks and a DLF(a) also trying to take risks? OR will they both be too busy looking for killer balls that I give it away cheaply and get countered. That's why I have played Soumare as his traits are a little more passive. Goncalves can play ST and would make an effective DLF(a) as he likes to play killer balls - do I drop the Summer arrival of Silva? This feels like a regular occurrence against 'bad teams' - very congested relying on fullbacks to whip in the perfect cross. I drew this game 1-1 vs bottom of the league AT HOME and yes I made sure to throw a bottle. I'm unsure if its my tactic, players & in game adjustments (or lack there of) that are killing me in this save. So I don't forget to mention - I would say most of the goals I concede feel like a flash in the pan. It feels like I'm keeping the ball nicely, creating some half chances and then suddenly im 1-0 down and fighting to get back into the game. Sorry for the long story, I am just out of ideas with this team currently and would happily listen to any advice and or suggestions about how to turn this sinking ship back around. So my friends don't laugh at me.
  9. will give all of this a go, thanks for the advice.
  10. 3rd season with Leicester City and struggling to kick on and challenge for honours. Usually comfortable with a 433 - suits my team very well. Few points Want to play quite a free-flowing passing game which is why I opt against shorter passing as I have very creative players like Tielemans, Santos etc. I opt to try and play wider as I have two wide players that like to cut in, so I want to make sure they have space to cut in. Really struggling to creative consistent chances even with overwhelmingly creative players - Tielemans DLP(s) for example has 19 vision, 17 flair, 17 passing, 17 decisions etc. Gouiri is my best statistical player and is good enough for CF(a) Left flank is where I concede 50% of my goals Currently I rank 19th in the league for 'Clear Cut Chances' created on the season, my xG is very poor, I actually out perform it. Consistently draw or lose to the bottom teams in the league.
  11. I see, that makes sense as it got so bad at one point I had to put 'close down less' on both my CB's as they would get sucked into marking the striker leaving space for an IF to hit or something.
  12. Thanks for the reply. I'll give it some tweaks - to be honest I don't truly understand the pros and cons of the tight marking instruction I have just always had it on. The LOE is something I change, but usually its in relevance to my defensive line as I try and keep it some what compact.
  13. Hi all, Reverted back to the classic 4-3-3 but just having some trouble getting some consistent form together to mount a title charge. I'm working on two tactics; first one is my go to tactic that I play 75% of the time as im Napoli (one of the better teams in the division) and my second tactic is for when I'm playing a Juventus or something - (just beat Milan 1-0 away from home). I'll post them and walk through my thinking with roles & instructions and if I have misunderstood hopefully someone smarter could add some input. MAIN TACTIC I always struggled to keep the ball; Shorter passing | Work ball into box | Fairly Narrow | Play out of defence I use 'Be more expressive' along side WBIB as a nice situational pairing against the bad teams. Without the ball A lot the goals I concede feel like I'm playing prime Barcelona - I just had Verona score a goal where they passed it around the midfield 30 times before eventually playing a defence splitting pass behind Koulibally to lose 2-1 at home. Therefore; Counter press - to win the ball further up the pitch; as I already have a lot of bodies up there I feel like it is a good idea - I also use a split block on my players instructed to close down more rather than the team instruction. Higher defensive line - I have CBs with good pace, anticipation etc and use it to camp teams in their box. I occasionally concede chances to the ball over the top (but who doesn't). A few roles that may stand-out Manolas on CD(c) - Koulibally has this annoying tendency to be out of position and/or charge out of position - his concentration is 8. So I figured having a fast aggressive CB on cover to sweep up his mistakes and also cover for the FB on attack was a good idea? Fabian DLP(d) - I have always been more old fashioned and had either a DM, HB or Anchorman on defend in my saves, however I noticed I gave away the ball a lot in situations like; I cross the ball, opposition defence clears it, it would fall to my DM and they would either lose it or use the ball poorly, so I moved my best playmaker into that position to help recycle the ball with more effect. I am unsure about the Mezzala, Winger and WB combo - Is this an overload? They all have instructions to either stay wider, run wider with the ball etc. I have usually used two 'inside running roles' such as IF, IW however I like the idea of W stretching the pitch although I am yet to find the perfect player for that role (currently playing a left footer there) I switch from a BWM to a BBM if I feel like I need a little more going forward from that position ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ AWAY TACTIC (TOUGH TEAMS) Mentality - Attacking - I've always played my best 'counter attacking' football on higher mentalities. With the ball Hit early crosses - I like to whip the ball in behind the defence to my AF (who is super fast) Run at defence - I want my players to travel with the ball as my AP, IW and W are all great dribblers however I don't know if I am handicapping myself as; am I sacrificing fast transitional passes? Playing wider - Want my players spread out to encourage a more direct passing style without the team instruction Without the ball Distribute to flanks - That's where I have found the most space for my attackers when playing against tougher opposition as they usually push their fullbacks up. Distribute quickly - Counter attacking mentality although I flick this on and off in game if I feel like my GK starts kicking the ball away needlessly. Counter instruction - obvious reasons Regroup - I want to suck the opposition in and then transition into my attack so I opted against the counter press - I still use the same split block with my attackers although writing this I wonder if that is counter intuitive? The LOE is something I tweak depending on the highlights I am seeing, although I never put it past standard especially on such a high mentality - but the idea again is to suck the opposition in and hit them with a quick transition I know this is long, so thank you for any help you can offer - I hope I explained it all!
  14. Started a save with Lazio - I've always played either 4231 or 433 with most clubs I've managed. However Lazio just don't have the players that fit or the budget to drastically change. So I really need to make a 3 at the back work. Few things; 1. Wing backs are really strong going forward. 2. Lazio are notoriously a quick hitting transition team which is what I have tried to emulate. 3. Have really strong CB's aerially. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
  15. First of all the general mentality of a player on attack and support is different. Also as mentioned - if you hover over the overlap box it explains that the player in front will hold onto the ball and await the overlap - could slow down transitions or discourage him from playing a central pass, or switch of play. I personally tend to go for a fullback or wingback on attack duty depending on roles on that flank and create the natural overlap rather than use to instruction.
  16. I don't think there is an exact method to simply stop the cross - It's how most 'bad teams' score their goals against the better sides from what I've seen. I've found in my experience conceding from crosses is more down to your actual players rather than the tactic. A few things you could try; Examine your games on extended highlights and watch how the opposition get in a position to cross the ball. (are they dribbling around your fullbacks, is the pass out to the opposition winger too easy) Examine your attributes if your fullbacks have poor; positioning, tackling, concentration & bravery - they're most likely going to cost you goals. CBs need good - positioning, heading, jumping reach, anticipation & bravery in order to deal with crosses into the box. GKs need good aerial attributes. If your players are poor in these areas then you would be vulnerable to any team that is capable of pinning you back in your box and working it wide.
  17. That isn't truly how mentality works - think of mentality as 'risk' & 'intent'. A cautious mentality for example means your players are less likely to try a defence splitting pass which is something you require to counter a team. So for example on my current save with Dortmund if I am playing against a top side in the Champions League and my goal is to counter attack them. I would go for instructions such as; Positive/Attacking mentality A compact combination of defensive line and LOE such as; Standard DL - Lower LOE. Higher tempo Fairly wide/wide I would also use early crosses & pass into space as potential in match tweaks. Also I would be careful of how you use the counter press instruction as the idea behind the counter press is to win the ball high up the pitch - with your instructions, roles and formation you might not have the volume of bodies in the right positions to achieve this. You would be better of using regroup to lure them into your press and hit them from there. I've found counter press works better against worse teams where I am controlling the game in their half of the pitch, and personally would suggest you assigning your 'front 4' specific pressing instructions rather than team set ones as I've found players just charge out of positions.
  18. Hard to advise without the profile of the strikers, personally if you want to play with two wide players like you have on attack, youd want someone who will create space for them, so ideally a support duty.
  19. Sorry for the late reply. Jesus has the player trait "comes deep to get the ball" - "likes balls played to feet" - So asking him to be a player that runs channels etc may be problematic. It isnt the DLF role more the actual player that may need tweaking here. So Jesus may help with the attacking transitions with his stats and traits in a role like DLF.
  20. hmmm. What I would do is strip the TI's down. Take work ball into the box off - This means your players are more likely to play the killer pass when it opens up for them right away. Take low crosses off - Man City will have good enough players mentally to make the correct decisions of what cross to use. It sounds like you want that double pivot in midfield - which means you could use two support duties. I personally would use a DLP(s) - Mezzala (s) ----> you'd need your fullback to offer your width as you play wingers that like to cut in.However would suggest WB(s) rather than an attack duty as your flank would be exposed. Also Jesus is probably good enough to play DLF(a) which could help with your attacking transition.
  21. It all depends on the players traits sometimes. City have enough quality players that can fulfil your needs in a Mezzala (a) paired with a DLP (s). KDB has all the requirements to play as your Mezzala(a) both mentally and technically. However make sure the flank he is on is not exposed - usually by setting your winger and fullback on support duties. I would personally turn your DM into an A(d) or a HB(d) allowing your two creative players maximum freedom. What exactly is your issue, can't score goals? concede too many?
  22. If your sole goal is to absolutely absorb possession and play a patient, probing, attacking game then I would recommend: Lowering mentality to balanced As you already have the play out of defence instruction there no need to ask your keeper to distribute to CBs or FBs. I may be wrong but I believe the AP (s) would have roam from position as an auto instruction, and with a CM (a) it could leave you vulnerable in the midfield - id suggest a DLP (s) with the CM (a) or Mezzala (a) Also playing narrower also helps retain possession I would also consider if you like the position change suggestion, change your IW (a) to a support role, and play your LB or FB (a)
  23. I can't speak for others but for me personally I like to watch the game on extended highlights (sideline) view - I know I lot of people love the 2D (myself included). For example - one of my recent saves with Napoli I was watching in 2D and noticed Mertens was missing what seemed to me as solid goal scoring opportunities - until I realised 75% of them were headers. Mertens standing at 5ft 6 has no chance - leading my to switch on low crosses. But to answer your question directly for me a (CCC) is an open shot on target in the box. If I see various high lights of shots on target in the box then I know my tactic will soon produce a goal.
  24. First away game comfortable 2-0 win. Just dropped my LOE to standard, made me more compact with the tools to hit them on the counter. Working a treat so far
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