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  1. I think if he’s caught out of position from time to time then your doing it right! It means he’s far enough in the attack and isn’t the screener. How do you setup the roles ahead of him? Do you find it matters in how it allows him to get into the box? Im aware the general idea is to not have playmakers or players in the DM slot for him to shine. I’ve mulled about trying a 541 before, just so I could try a WTM to hold it up then lay it off to the Libero as a late runner.
  2. It's usually easy to get it to act like a DLP of sorts, which is one way that it could work. But I can never manage to get it to work like a B2B player as mentioned in one of Cleon's threads here. I just tried it on an old save, and even though the player had Gets Into Opposition Area, he'll still look to probe and play the killer ball, or hang back when he could make a run into the box or at least edge of the area. Any advice?
  3. Honestly did not seem straight forward to me, but oh well, SI can't fix everything. I might just try Ligue 1 for my next save. Can you recommend teams with veterans? Somehow I'm enjoying playing 35 year olds in this year's FM.
  4. I’m aware of the 2 new signings each season rule, my 5th season in Italy now. But the confusing thing is, I bought a non-EU player (let’s call him A) last season. I didn’t have a non-EU slot, so I loaned him out expecting him to get it next season. However, I bought another non-EU player (let’s call him B) at that end of season, expecting B to not get the slot and loan him out. But when the transfer window opens where A returns from loan and B gets transferred in, player B gets the non-EU slot instead! So basically, the newer player gets the non-EU slot, instead of a play
  5. If you’re unsure, I suggest starting with making your wingers more aggressive by giving them different roles, and changing one IWB to a CWB or WB. You’re playing on cautious, so you can actually afford to play really aggressive roles, because the team plays with less risk on cautious mentality.
  6. If you’re trying a tactic out, I suggest using a big team save to see how the final product should look like. Then once you understand how it should work, it’s easier to understand what you need to do with Crystal Palace.
  7. Of course it’s possible. It’s because there are actually hidden team instructions with each mentality. For example, attackers have more direct passing and defenders have shorter passing on positive, and vice versa on cautious. Positive mentalities will also have higher defensive line and LoE by default. So if you’re aware of this, it’s much easier to tweak things with team instructions as it will just change certain things. Whereas changing mentality will literally change everything.
  8. @stopazricky dude I don’t think this thread is constructive at all. People are giving their answers and you already have a set idea in mind, no matter what people say. If you like using all the TIs that’s fine, but you don’t need to be validated or counter other opinions here. It’s a single player game, play however you want.
  9. @Vega09 your real test will be 4231 and 433: formations that play with 3 forwards. Good luck!
  10. I suggest looking back at games where you lost, because that’s usually when you can see what needs to be fixed.
  11. If you mean shielding, during defensive transitions it will be the CMs who will shield the CBs and slow attacking opponents. If you mean direct balls to the space outside, I believe Stay wider only applies during attacking phase, and the CBs will tuck in anyway. So what actually helps to stop that when you lose the ball is counterpressing and more aggressive pressing because they’ll stop the opponents from having time to pick out the pass. It won’t stop all the balls, but it can be enough to slow them down. He’ll just keep it simple and pass it on then hold position. If you like t
  12. Having a DLP or any players with dictates tempo might ‘ruin’ your tactic a bit, as they’ll look for the DLP first, who will then launch those passes. But DLP with higher tempo might work? As he’ll slow the tempo down once in awhile which can give variety. Playing out of defence also will slow the game down, as they’ll look to pass to each other or the midfielders. In positive mentalities attacking players by default have more direct passes and defenders shorter passes, so this instruction will slow the game a bit. BUT try it for 2-3 official matches (not preseason) and see how it pla
  13. This was how the tactic started actually! Mezzala behind the DLFs. But one issue I faced is that the play on both sides become predictable, and I had to play around with instructions depending on who I'm facing to create chances, which is tiring. A straight through ball was also easier to intercept by the defender and GK. So it was very vertical movements, which can work brilliantly but easily stopped. But when I changed the DLFs to the same side as the APs, both on the left flank now, they both started combining and create unpredictable plays. On the right flank, I'll instead see the AF,
  14. Made a 352, felt pretty good about myself. Won the league early in my 3rd season (34P 34W 2D 1L 95G 13C), then lost 0-3 on aggregate against Arsenal in the CL semis. Similarly, lost in the first knockout round last season against Chelsea. For reference, this is the tactic. The only PI is for the left defensive winger to take more risks. I don't think I've changed any team instructions at all this whole season, except for increasing the LoE against a super deep team (twice, both against the same team). This is just because they were playing a deep 5-2-2-1 DMs and wingers, and the
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