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    Israel Assistant Researcher

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    New York, New York

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    Man Utd, Hapoel Ramat-Gan

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  1. It seems like a good setup. In terms of Israeli football standards this squad is not the best right now but not far from it at all, and in a season or two the gap in quality between us and the league will be significant, even more so as I'll progress. The money you get from qualifying to a European group stage makes recruitment much easier as the league is very weak financially. So it's maybe a bit too conservative for (most of) the domestic games so I won't change much, but when I'll play in Europe next season I'll definitely take some of your points, also depending on the squad I'll possess.
  2. I think I'll try Jackson feeding Bertolini, Thanks Most of them don't have any traits (though I think Di Stantatonio has a 'Gets into opposition area' PPM, Jackson has 'Play with back to goal'). As for preferred feet, most of them are right or right only, apart from Montano and Bertolini which are left. Hozez (on the bench) is a left but has a strong right foot. Anyhow, I'm curious to know what your idea is. Might get through January to more or less clinch the league then I think I'll be able to start implementing something new.
  3. OK, will try that. And I'll really appreciate an analysis, thanks! I hear you. Say I play Bertolini as a F9, which role should I give Jackson then? AF would be the best? Thanks!
  4. First of all, want to thank your for your replies, some good insights there. He has 13 for off the ball but only 10 for dribbling so I guess I'll stick with the DLP? He doesn't have to be playmaker, I thought of Mezzala on support but does that work in a 442? He was a very good at this role when I played 3 in the middle. I grew up on United and always loved the direct style of play, don't really care for possession tbh, so that was one of my reasons to go with 442. And also Mike Bassett! This is a good point. As I said I prefer a more direct style of play, also I believe it fits the team as I've got a fairly pacey squad. I made some tweaks based on your opinions but still haven't had the chance to actually play, busy week at work. Looks like this now: So I wanna show you my team And this is Hozez again, he's the 12th player and can do either flank: Here is what I'm not 100% with. Shapkarov has 16 for passing and vision which is why I thought WP is better for him. I have no problem giving Di Santantonio another role, not sure which one though. Another thing, in this setup my fullbacks are not being fully utilized, Montano is more attacking but as you can see he's pretty useless going forwards and on the other side I have Meir who could be great on the overlap but for now given a limited role. Also, should I prefer Hozez to Radocaj, he's left footed (but a strong right foot)? Maybe give him the IW role and then let Meir utilize the space? I'm really open to any suggestions, please tell me what you think.
  5. So, I'm currently in my third season with Hapoel Ramat-Gan, started in the Israeli 2nd tier. Have to say I'm a very experienced player (playing since cm01/02), but I was never a tactical genius, I'm better at building and managing my squad, keeping everyone happy and that's how I get good results. Anyway, I got promoted first season, played a 4-1-2-3 wide and wasn't too happy with it, after 7-8 league games in the second season I switched to a 4-4-2 , went on a Leicester-esque run (8 points dropped between November and April) and won the league. Now i'm almost half-way through my third season. I managed to get to the CL playoffs, lost to Celtic, then managed to get one point from a group with Marseille, Celta Vigo and Lokomotiv Moscow, though I wasn't really outplayed and with better luck could maybe get 7-8 points. In the league I'm almost perfect, 14 wins and 1 draw in 15 games and now with the EL fixture congestion out of the way I should be cruising to another title. But, I'm not too happy with my team's attacking play. Seems lacking over the past 2-3 months, my strikers are hot and cold and we've been very lucky to win easy games on paper. This is my setup I have some very good players but I feel I'm not getting the best out of them. Meir is a decent attacking wing-back, good on the ball and decent crossing. Radocaj is a traditional right winger, very quick and good crossing. On the left I have Montano who is a terrific defender but going forward he's poor, 6-7 crossing and dribbling which is a shame because in front of him I have Shapkarov who's my one of my best players and as a WP he cuts inside, so the space for an overlap is there. When he arrived he was a right footed central player but I retrained him to be a WP on the left and he's doing alright, but felt he could do better. Reason he's not playing in the middle of the park is Mekonen and Di Santantonio. Mekonen is an excellent ball winner, good tackling, strong, hard working but very average on the ball. Di Santantonio is a very all round midfielder, he can play just about any role in the middle and he's been my best player since the first season. Up front I have Jackson who hit 31 league goals last season from the f9 role. He's a tall, strong, all-around striker, only weakness is his 9 for passing (and a 'plays with back to goal' PPM which I can't get rid of). Bertolini came in this season, he's very quick with great finishing and off the ball but also got 5 for jumping, 7 for passing and a weak right foot. On the bench I have Matan Hozez who I got this season and still couldn't find a role for him: I thought about switching to a 4-2-3-1, Shakparov as a no.10 and Hozez on the left, but I'm reluctant to do so because I have 2 great Israeli strikers on the bench and I want to give them enough game time. Now when I read back it was maybe a bit of a long post so sorry for that. I'd appreciate any advice. Would you select different roles, line the team up differently? Go for that 4-2-3-1? Thanks!
  6. Looks awesome! Is there any way to view player ratings and body language in the same panel?
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