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  1. My answers to your questions will reveal my ignorance, so apologies for that in advance... - I didn't realise that a mezzala on attack wouldn't help with defence. - I geared my recruitment to find players who'll be mustard in the box on corners, and good corner takers. Often this is how I get goals. I had no idea that "play for set pieces" wasn't compatible with possession football. - I wasn't aware that BPD/SK on support weren't compatible with possession football. - Tight marking because the AI suggested it... My team is predicted to finish solidly mid table, so perhaps patient possession football isn't a tactic that I should be using. If you could give any advice, especially on player roles, that'd be fantastic!
  2. Thanks for the reply, those are good points. Could you please elaborate about the flaws of my tactic? I don't have a good tactical sense yet, so I'm really keen to hear how more experienced FMers think.
  3. That makes sense! So if I want to play down the middle, I should focus play down the flanks? There's a perverse logic to this, so I'm gonna try that for the next little while.
  4. I acknowledge that's usually the case. So what kinds of tactics create space in the middle, whereby you can successfully exploit the middle?
  5. Is this enough info? Feel free to rate my tactic! But please bear in mind I'm just a humble beginner ; )
  6. I'm using a 5-4-1 Diamond WB formation, aiming to play through the middle. But for match after match, the match report says that focus of our attacks have been down the flanks. This isn't ideal, because I've only got wing backs out there, no wingers/wide midfielders. What would cause this to happen? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the input y'all, it's much appreciated! I'm really trying to develop a deeper tactical sense of what to do when, but I'm still very much at the "thog make fire" stage. I want to find someone who's written/made videos about this sort of thing in depth. Do you have any recommendations?
  8. My next opposition has a strong, tall CD with good heading. I want to set my similar CD to mark him when defending corners, but not during the rest of the match. In the section for setting up player instructions on corners, there's an option for man mark, but I can't see any way to choose who is being marked. How do I choose who is being man marked on corners?
  9. Hmmm. I think my team doesn't have the quality to go toe to toe with them, so I'm thinking sit deep and hit them on the counter. I hate inviting pressure though, I prefer to take the attack to them. DM powers - activate!
  10. I have a match coming against Borussia Monchengladbach, and they're the classic control possession, work ball into box, play out of defence, high pressing team. My question is how to play against them in a broad tactical sense. I know a lot depends on who's playing, but generally speaking, eg should I play a fast counter attacking style, etc. Thanks!
  11. So I stumbled across a lovely little player, only one fly in the ointment - as you guessed, he dreads playing in big matches. Just as long as I don't put him in cup finals, am I good? Or is this a trait that'll be a more overall problem?
  12. Have you ever had this message? If so, did anything happen?
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