Is there any way to change Pirlo’s first preferred formation to 3-4-1-2 to mirror Juventus’ formation in real life?
In the official version, AI run Juventus has 5-2-3 WB W formation with Cristiano Ronaldo on AML and Dybala on top. (with Morata on the bench). This results in Cristiano Ronaldo barely scoring, and Juventus immensely struggling in the league. Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer on AML since a few years ago, and Dybala is not a striker for Juventus. If you watched any of Juventus matches this season, you would notice right away that this formation and the resultant players’ positions are not even close to any of the formations used by the team.
In the beta version, AI run Juventus had 5-2-2-1 WB formation with Cristiano Ronaldo on top. This resulted in Cristiano Ronaldo scoring around 30 goals per season competing for the top scorer just like in real life, and Juventus was one of the most formidable opponents you would face in Serie A. Although not perfect, I thought this, at least, represented Juventus well in terms of goals and standing in the league.
FM editor does not let me choose 3-4-1-2 as Pirlo’s preferred formation in real life.
Every time I purchased FM (since 2011), the first thing I did was to simulate the leagues where Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi played and see how closely the results resembled the real life. I think this is the first year the game is seriously lacking in this respect, and that takes away much of my enjoyment of the game.