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  1. Don't know. Maybe someone has already tested the different approaches. I usually go for the same strategy: promote the best youth player so he can train and be on a mentoring group (if needed) and set him as available to play for the youth squad. If I get a chance to play him on a cup game or on the final league games, I will.
  2. Never tried to play it that way but you can find some threads here with hoofball/direct/catenaccio guides/experiments.
  3. I don't know if hopes for a good season at Arsenal should be that high. You look at their defence and don't see any big names. None of those players are top10 on the league (maybe except for Tierney at LB?). Even for the most defensive midfielder they only have one option and it's Xhaka (Elneny and Partey are more forward thinking - although with everybody fit, I would pick Partey). So it's difficult to build a team when defence it's not up to standard... Best style for them? Probably defend in numbers (5-4-1 or something similar) and then hit on the counter as they have fast players upfront (Pepe, Laca, Auba, Martinelli, Saka,...)
  4. It all depends on the other team formation. One thing I like doing prior to choosing my team's formation is to look into other team's formations across the league and also the attribute comparison screen. You get a clear view of the league you are in. For instance, I'm on a save where most teams play with just 2 CMs or 2CMs and a DM. I know my CMs will always have someone close to them, but if I play a DM, their CMs or even their DM will have to chase him. So i picked him as DLP. He has space and every time he has the ball, they will create holes on their formation. One other thing I do sometimes to make this even more expressive is give him the Dribble More PI. Now they really need to chase him all over the pitch and while they chase him, he eventually gets forward and moves into better positions. You can also take a closer look into the game. See how other teams on your league are scoring goals. On FM20 WBs moved freely on attack on the final third as wingers rarely tracked back, so they had time and space on the ball and so crossing was a big part. Looking into the image you posted: LB (5) will find a lot of space and can put in a cross for RW (11) to finish as he only needs to beat the opposition LB in the air (and most of the times FBs are not that good in the air).
  5. You can also set them to train with the senior squad without promoting them.
  6. I would say this is quite a difficult thing to replicate on FM. Why? 1. Piszczek was their RCB, but he's not exactly a CB, so he played way closer to the line, more as a FB (D) (speaking on FM terms). 2. Should Durm be WB or WM? 3. Dembélé's positioning is also odd: He's definitely not a CM, but he did however drop to that space. MEZ could do, but looking at the heat map from that game, I would go with RCAM, but don't exactly know which role. 4. Reus is also barely a striker as he drops to the wing, more like a T-A on LST or a IF-A starting as LW I would probably go with something like: GK: SK-S RB: FB-D RCB: CD-D LCB: BPD-S LWB: WB-S CDM: DLP-S RM: WM-S CM: CM-S RCAM: AM-S (?) ST: PF-A LST: T-A or LW: IF-A Heat Map from WhoScored
  7. Just by looking into one game, I would say it's not easy to separate what's the model and what's the strategy... Still, I would say @TheGreatest reply is a good starting point. Let me just add: Van Ginkel (MCR) as DLP-S so he doesn't fall behind the other CM; Gotze as T-A as is role is primarily a creator. Regarding his position, you could probably have more than one tactic, one with him on the right (RST or RCAM) maybe on another role, then one on the left as T-A. Intrigued about the wingers. Sometimes seems both are narrow, sometimes it seems the RW is closer to the line (it makes sense, since Gala has one player wide, so having W and FB very wide would create a 2v1 on the wing, or push one of the central midfielders outside and open up space inside). I would say to instruct the LW to play narrow if you have Gotze as LCAM/LST on T-A. On the defensive side, seems quite strategic regarding Galatasaray's lack of width. To recreate on FM, my ideas are: - Opposition FBs with no tight marking but close down - Opposition CMs with tight marking and close down - Starting on Positive/Attacking, LOE set to standard or even lower so they let the CBs have time on the ball and pass to FBs (here is the part you can't replicate on FM... because the trap means they don't press the CBs when they get the ball from the GK, but they press when it's a backwards pass) However, if they were playing against a traditional 4-3-3, for instance, the opposition wingers would pin the FB not letting them press the opposition FB.
  8. It can still be about personnel rather than tactics. You have Canales and Fekir on midfield on a mid table team. Don't know if they are good enough unless you clearly dominate ball possession.
  9. Not OP, but I've started playing 4-4-2 recently and I opt to man mark the most defensive midfielder with one of my strikers. Also helps with narrow defending since opposition CBs have their first central passing option blocked.
  10. FB-A + IF-A on the left is risky, such as MEZ-A + W-A on the right. Feels too attacking. Where are you losing possession? Who's missing more passes? How are you conceding goals? Btw, Turnbull's physical attributes would make him a sub at most for me. He'll be bullied off the ball easily.
  11. Just to recreate how you want to play, and be reminded you never talked about winning games, so I'm assuming that's not your goal, only recreating the style: Cautious Mentality, Narrow, Play out of Defence, Much Shorter, Dribble Less, Be More Disciplined (so they won't stray from what you are asking them to do). Work Ball into Box seems too much, but it's an option. I have some doubts on tempo... High tempo will likely increase some risk taking, so more forward passes or even out of play. Lower Tempo won't help with one touch passing. Since this is based on a lower mentality, I would probably risk higher tempo and see how it goes. I would leave "Take More Risks" PI only for advanced players: either Wingers, F9, CAM,... This way, when you lose the ball you have all your team behind it. Try to have every player on a support duty (maybe with the exception of 1/2 players upfront)
  12. Nothing too spectacular. Most interesting things I've seen: Italy almost with 2 DLPs (Jorginho and Locatelli). Difficult to recreate Spinazzola's movement - WB-A / IWB-A ? Germany with a "false" back 3 - Ginter played too far right and advanced against Portugal, almost like a RB and even on defence, it seemed like Ginter and Kimmich were defending the same space. Nice interchanging between the front 3. Belgium switching between 3-4-1-2 with De Bruyne (or 3-4-3 with a False 9) and 3-4-3 without him. France trying to find a way to fit everyone, sometimes playing a 4-3-3 (with Pogba-Kante-Rabiot in line), sometimes resembles more a 4-4-2 with Tolisso wide on the right Mbappe on the left and Griez upfront/AMC. Right now, 4-3-3 seems to be the formation of the tournament: already through are Denmark who played 4-3-3 most of the game, Italy always on 4-3-3 and Czech Republic on 4-3-3. Only Belgium on 3-4-3/3-4-1-2. Trending the WB pushing very high, inverted wingers/inside forwards (Denmark and Italy with a combination of both IW - Damsgaard/Insigne and IF-Braithwaite/Berardi), one deeper midfielder. On FM terms, I would say SK-S // FB-A BPD-D BPD-D WB-A // DLP-D // CM-A BBM-S // IF-S IW-S // CF-S. Positive Mentality, Play out of Defence
  13. You can check on the UEFA Press Kits: Christensen played the first 15 minutes of the match against Wales as RCB then his average position in each 15 minute interval was always in front of the defence until the 60 minutes, suggesting he played as CDM ; then he played as RCB and CB (after Andersen was subbed in) for the remainder of the match.
  14. I would never use 3 atb without wing-backs. Especially if I'm not a dominant team (say Ajax in Holland or Porto/Benfica in Portugal). So drop them to WB and you can even set them on a attack duty, especially the one around the BWM. About the midfield, I would check the passing statistics and view the game. Check who's missing the most passes. Usually it shows who doesn't have passing options and so where you should change. I don't have much experience with CAR role. Seems quite good on the description (defence-attack connection and horizontal shuttlers), but I've always thought of them as more of a cover for WBs and it's very rare from me to play with 3 atb. Still, don't know if they are better than having a DLP/RPM/AP with stay wider and they are not as aggressive as the BWM-S which I really like (although I don't like the BWM-D, i prefer to switch to CM-D)
  15. In contrast to the overlap instruction, the underlap doesn't wait on someone to make a move, it just increases the likelihood of the widest player trying to find someone making a run on the inside, either the winger, wing-back or a midfielder. With those roles, it'll be difficult for Chilwell to underlap Mount. For that to happen, Mount should be a W/WM/DW and Chilwell a IWB. To replicate Chelsea's pattern is not easy. Probably with a mix of Early Crosses, Underlap and Pass Into Space.
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