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  1. I’m trying to execute the modern attacking movements from managers like Pep, Arteta. Mostly Arteta as I’ve been following his progress with the Arsenal. When in possession up in the opposition’s half, they try to have at least 5 up front, 2 in front of them to recycle possession and a 3 man weary of counter-attacks. WB/IF/F9/Mez/IW would make sense in this case. WB and IW with width stretching the defense. IF, Mez in the half-spaces and the F9 up top. In front of them, a DLP and the IWB with the two DC with HB in the middle splitting them. Short passing would be the only Team Instruction on a Control Mentality. Would this work? What other instructions or roles are needed to better enforce this style of play?
  2. Thanks for the suggestions fellas. I think I'm shelving this game for a while. I can't seem to make it work and have been seeing unfair match engine replication where my CB's can't win a single header over a long lofted ball while the opposition nails it 9 times out of 10. It's crushing that a game I love so much over the years has become a chore, stressful and I don't think I'm that casual player that knocks in a 4231 Gegenpressing template and then spacebar. Unfortunately, it's come to that point.
  3. In my mind, encourage triangles when he drops deep during the build up phase before the final third. Well, the role combination was to have a clump of players in the same space for the overload? Cheers for the responses!
  4. I'm looking for the F9 and MEZ(A) with to be in the box when the WB(S) advances towards the bye-line while the IW(S) makes a late run? It sounds like to encourage more forward runs into the box, a shift in mentality to Control is required? Thanks for the suggestions, will give the CM(S) a shot with PI's. By moving into the same space, would you mean the right half-space? Here's how I'm hoping my players to attack the box.
  5. Hi, I had Hit Early Crosses on to encourage quick crosses/passes from my wider players instead of working it to the bye-line and cutting back across the box. It was a tip from the genius that is @Rashidi that playing Narrow encourages inwards passing freeing up space for the wider players in advanced areas. Playmaker on the MCL with Focus Down Right Flank was to focus passes for the overload on the right before switching it to the MCL thus making the switch to the free IF(A) or WB(S). Nope. The way I play the game is I would impose myself on the opposition instead of worrying about them. Although not strictly, I sometimes would swap my MEZ(A) to a CM(A) to simplify the player's game if he's under-performing. Also increase the risk with Control Mentality, add Pass Into Space if I'm forcing a result. The players at my disposal don't have contrasting traits, in fact, they have none aside from Gets Further Forward for the WBL(S) or Runs With Ball Through Center from my MEZ(A). With regards to the roles and duties, it's fairly straight-forward. I'm looking to overload on the right before releasing my goalscoring IF(A). To supplement that, I have the MCL on DLP(s) with a Stick To Positions instruction to help secure the left flank when my WBL goes bombing to the bye-line. The F9 with the added Moves Into Channel will drop deep supporting transition or offering an out-ball when under pressure. Aside from that, the IWB(S) would drop in that hole where the MEZ(A) leaves as he becomes the width on that right flank while my IW(S) on his opposite foot with Tries Tricks, Dribbles More Often and Cuts Inside drag players around. BPD on DCR becomes that extra direct ball when the opportunity arises. My problem largely has been conceding goals and being thoroughly inconsistent with building plays. I'm barely 3rd in Ligue 1 with the position only separated by a point among the top 5 leaving PSG out since they are worlds away from everyone. I hear you about Hit Early Crosses, will try and unpick that. Reason I went with it in the first place was when I see my wide players bombing down the flanks, most commonly my WBL(S), they'll errr on the ball before cutting it back across the box leading up to use being hit on the counter. Maybe the Low Crosses is also a result of that. Will removing them both. Like the above, my decision about making the MCL a DLP(S) was to facilitate my WB(S) bombing forward and covering the space left with his Stick To Positions PI. Also, I'm hoping that the Focus Down Right instruction would force the ball right before coming back to the DLP when in advanced areas of the pitch and release it to the IF(A)/WB(S). Overlap Left was essentially to make that WBL(S) behave like a WB(A) with the extra mentality boost instead of the barrage of instructions a WB(A) has. Also having two Attack duties on the same flank would just be too unbalanced in my mind. Theoretically, the DLP is covering for the vacated space left. I'm all about not giving the opposition time and space when they loose the ball and seeing the fight and hunger to win it back. I feel like my players are well enough to execute the Counter-Press instruction. Will give it a shot with unpicking Hard Tackling and Tight Marking for a less aggressive approach. Thanks guys for the wonderful inputs. Really appreciate it. Have put the game off for a few days to take a break and get back at it with fresh eyes.
  6. Because for heaven’s sakes, it’s becoming a little too ridiculous. Am managing Lille in Ligue 1 and have shipped in almost 38 goals halfway through the season. I’m not a beginner neither am I an expert but I’d like to say I have a good handle on the most advanced strategies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going on a rant here, just felt I could let out some after countless hair-pulling moments with the game. It’s gotten to the point where I feel like it might put my health at risk with the stress levels. Onwards with the setup... GK: SK (D) - Maignan DR: IWB (S) - Celik DCR : BPD (D) - Fonte DCL : CD (D) - Ahmedovic DL: WB (S) - Bradaric DMC: HB (D) - Andre MCR: MEZ (A) - Sanches MCL: DLP (S) - Soumare AMR: IW (S) - Ikone AML: IF (A) - David CF: F9 (S) - Yazici Play Out Of Defense, Balanced Mentality with Narrow Width. Focus Down Right Flank with Overlap Left to unlock the DL/AML combination, overloading the right. Shorter Passing, Hit Early Cross with Low Crosses. Higher Defensive Line with Standard LOE to maximize compression and harder to break. Counter Pressing with Counter for quick recoveries within the Narrow Width. Employed the Split Block with CF on Close Down More/Tight Mark, AML/AMR on Close Down More, Tight Mark and Tackle Harder. The league isn’t that much competitive apart from PSG of course but I’m seeing plenty of goals conceded over the top or through the defense. To counteract that, I would enable the Force Opposition Outside but has never been a convincing solution. My defenders aren’t all that terrible. Maybe a tad slow but monsters in the air which I haven’t seen them dominating thus far. Usually a misplaced header or got beat by their man waiting on that ball to land. Also, throw-ins are at default but it seems like the opposition always catches out my fullbacks with a through ball over the top after a short throw. My vision was to have the team using the overload/unlock and possession with intent. So far, I’m not seeing much apart from the high possession numbers. Please help, I would prefer it if I can find the enjoyment in this version. Thank you in advance.
  7. My apologies. When a FB on any duty is paired with a Winger and with the Look For Overlap instruction, will he still overlap? If my understanding is correct, the Fullback role crosses from deep and doesn't stay as wide as the Wingback.
  8. Thanks for the quickest response and am extremely honored to be graced by your wisdom. Have been reading up on your useful advices here too! Anyway, as the above with other role combinations, would be if they were on the overlap instructions still? Last, does the IW stay as wide as a winger before he starts to cut in? Thanks again!
  9. Hey all, it’s been slow and painful at times but I’m getting a good handle on the game after some reading around here. Just a few questions. I’ve been watching @Rashidi’s spectacular content and have been focusing on understanding the role of fullbacks and their overlap instructions. - If there is an inside forward or winger on attack duty in front of the fullback/wingback on support, will he overlap naturally? - Will a fullback on an attack or support duty with a winger, only overlap if the overlap instruction is given? Seeing in my understanding a fullback on attack would only cross from deep but gets forward more often. - Does the role at AML/AMR influence the choice of fullbacks or wingbacks? Ie. fullbacks for wingers and wingbacks for inside forwards or inverted wingers. Also for half-backs - I have one as my DMC supported my 2 MC’s in my 4123DM. Is it a good idea to have a deeper support role like the DLP in the MC slot since there’s a gap in the middle with the halfback splitting the CB’s? - How would a halfback split the CB’s in a 4231 with 2 DM’s? That’s about it for now, Thanks in advance!
  10. Hi all, have been lurking around here for the longest time and thought maybe I could ask for inputs on a particular style I’d like to achieve. A style of a manager perfectly fit for the values of my beloved club, the Arsenal. Now, I know Arteta hasn’t been with the club long enough and has probably settled more with a back 3 than a 4 but having watch all the matches, and from what I can gather from my very limited tactical nuance, I decided to adopt some of his principles and went with a 433 or a 41221. SK (S) : Leno IWB (S) : Bellerin CD (D) : Onguene BPD (D) : Mari WB (S) : Tierney DLP (D) : Tonali MEZ (A) : Willock AP (S) : Guendouzi IW (S) : Pepe IF (A) : Aubameyang F9 (S) : Lacazette I have mentality on Control. Off the top of my head, since I’m not playing the game now, the TI’s are Short Passing/Narrow Width/Play Out of Defence/Low Crossing/Hit Early Crosses/Overlap Left and Right In transition, the team will Counter Press and Counter. Out of possession, they’ll be on a Higher Defensive Line/Higher LOE/Offside Trap. The front 3 with the Mez are on Split Block with Auba and Pepe Marking Tightly. As you can tell by the the roles, the right side would be very dynamic in terms of movement between Pepe and Bellerin just like real life with Auba lurking at the other end with Laca dropping deep. Currently, I’m having a tough time deciding on what role Guendouzi should play to make the best out of this system. I am 3/4 way through the season and we are sitting pretty behind Liverpool in 2nd and narrowly got through to the Europa Cup Final facing United. I’m trying to replicate the Saka/Auba/Xhaka axis where Saka goes aggressively high, Auba tucks in and Xhaka acts as a center back so that would mean I’d have to use the Carirrelo role for Guendouzi but it’s going to be a waste for a player with his talent. Problems I’m facing is inconsistency with lower quality sides. I’m having trouble making the best out of my possession. Sometimes my players would dither too long and pass it all the way to the keeper again. Sometimes, I feel like my players aren’t getting in the tackle properly. It’s as if we’re trying to make any team that play us look like peak Barcelona. Next, balls over the top are a pain. I’m sure there’s no problem with pace at the back, Mari is no slouch too with 13/14 Pace and Acceleration. Lastly, how do I get my wide players to cut back instead of shooting when they get into the box. Too many times where they get into a good position and decides to shoot instead of squaring it for a clear player. Would love to hear your thoughts, shed any clear weaknesses or loopholes in the system, thanks for reading!
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