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  1. I thought it was conventional wisdom to use 1 playmaker in a team at most but I see a lot of people using a playmaker and a TQ in the same side. Does this lead to the same problems as having AP and DLP in the same team, for example? Also TQ is a role which doesnt get involved defensively, if I want to press would I be better off using a customised AM?
  2. All the time I see people saying "there are no players holding in the midfield" or "an ideal combination should have one holder and one runner" something along the lines of that. So far, what I think is: Holder: DLP(s/d), CM(d), BWM(d) Runner: B2B(s), CAR(s), BWM(s), CM(a/s) Not sure about the other roles like MEZ and AP though. How are these properly classified?
  3. Having played a few more matches, I have spotted some slight problems in my setup. I feel that my players tend to take long shots more often than I like, kind of impatient I guess like taking one dribble and then shooting when they could pass to someone else making a run. Also, although I do have a high line of engagement, I feel that we aren't proactive enough in the transition phase, like when we lose the ball the opposition can play through our midfield more than I like. I feel like for the long shots I might use work ball into box to alleviate this, I did see that it balances out unn
  4. @Experienced Defender thanks for the advice. Not home atm but my instructions iirc are Shorter passing, Play out of defence, Be more expressive Higher defensive line, Higher line of engagement, Offside trap Positive mentality
  5. Hi guys just want a little feedback on my tactics. I am currently lining up like this: DLFat IWa AMsu IFat DLPsu B2B WBsu BPDde CDde FBsu My thinking behind the midfield is that this pairing allows me to inject more dynamism into the middle, while a relatively conservative right back can fill the gap. However, this does bring up the issue of being defensively unstable. Does the creative benefits of using a B2B outweigh the defensive risks? Or would a 4231 strictly require
  6. Ok so another week has gone by and I've had tbe chance to play this tactic for a few months in game. A problem I have seen is the lack of penetration from central areas, leading us to be overly dependent on the FBatt to provide delivery into the box. Since I am looking to play in a possession style, shouldn't the center of the pitch be most involved in the play? Would more mobile roles like BBM change this?
  7. Does anyone find the results of preseason kind of misleading? In a number of saves I have got great preseason results but that doesn't necessarily translate to the same success in actual games. Does the low tactical familiarity as well as low match sharpness make the preseason only about increasing fitness levels and not bout judging the quality of your team? Would it be possible to evaluate the success of tactics based on how the preseason goes?
  8. In your opinion, what attributes could determine if my players are good enough to counter-press? Was thinking positioning and decisions, anything else? BTW, just found out I can up pressing intensity on opposition players using OIs. (eg. increased pressing intensity against CBs, FBs, WBs and CMs). Would a combination of those and a split press work?
  9. Hi guys so another update, I've done more matches this week and results have been good. The DLF and IF get a fair share of goals now. I still have one question though regarding my out of possession TIs. I have found that using a standard LOE and split press allows the opposition defence a lot of time on the ball, and by the time my forwards press at the "standard line of engagement" opposition midfielders can already provide passing options for them to play out of the press. I have thought about changing my instructions to high LOE and high defensive line but given @Experienced Defender's advi
  10. Hi guys, so I made the modifications and tested my new tactic over the weekend and glad to say it is working well so far. This experience has allowed me to pay more attention to how the players are interacting instead of fully focusing on the results. Changing AM to support allows the ball to run through him more often and allows the ST to focus more on scoring. I have noticed something else though. Pushing both full backs up the pitch means that there is little penetration in the center of the pitch when the ball enters the final third. I was thinking as a tweak I could alternate between a co
  11. @Experienced Defender one more question, will the DLFat and IFat get in the way of each other? IFsu has looked good for me recently
  12. I'm not sure if this is going to help but I have made some slight changes to the setup. DLFsu IFsu AMat IWsu CMde DLPsu WBsu BPDde CDde FBsu So basically what I have done is change the duty of the IF and FB from attack to support. What I am aiming for is for the IF to remain engaged defensively (have seen people saying IFat doesn't even make an effort to press) and changed my FB to support so he doesn't try launching shots himself and rather looks to support the forwards. The AM now is prett
  13. Hi guys I have been trying to run a 4-2-3-1 and one of the main problems I am having is that the front 3 are static at times, especially playing against low blocks. My current setup is this: DLFsu IFat AMat IWsu CMde DLPsu WBsu BPDde CDde FBat Mentality: Positive Shorter Passing, Play out of Defence, Fairly Narrow Counter-Press Higher Defensive Line, Higher Line of Engagement, Use Offside Trap I have put a split press on the front 4 and Roam from Position for DLF and AM.
  14. Just curious, I am actually trying to do something similar with my united save with regards to the tactics (building around Bruno like the team does irl). How do you usually line up in a 4231 wide, or have you switched to another formation? Pondering over what roles Bruno and Pogba have to play, still split over 4123 and 4231 currently. By the way Gomes was fire in my save, scored a first half hat trick in my first Europa League game vs Ludogorets, sad we didn't tie him down in real life.
  15. By the way I still can't shake the idea of a 4231 JUST in a situation where I have no specialist defensive midfielders in my team but hopefully be able to achieve similar things to what I'm doing right now. DLFsu IFat AMsu IWsu DLPsu CMde WBsu BPDde CDde WBsu SKsu I have only really changed the midfield three as I want to get a similar result from this setup. I do want to keep DLP as a primary creator. I chose the generic CM role as I can modify it to be more defensive rather than shoehorn a BWM in. As for AM I m
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