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  1. Back again! Things are going well enough but I think I can do more. I was thinking about tempo. As far as I understand it tempo is basically how quickly a player will look to move the ball on when he receives it. I think I can easily spot that so I looked at the team shouts and thought up a couple of ideas: If they are playing high tempo I was select "mark tightly" and "stand off oppenents". My thinking is that as they will be looking to pass quickly anyway it is probably more efficient if I try to regain possession of the ball at the recipient's end of the pass. "Marking tightly" means I'll be close to opponents making it difficult to pass to them. By standing off I won't waste effort trying to harry them. If they are playing low tempo I "Harass opponents" so that they don't have time to think about where they are going to pass the ball. This is in combination with playing high and narrow to really squeeze on the opponent. Do I understand tempo correctly? Are those shouts sensible?
  2. Ah thanks Siron that's exactly what I needed to know! I'm in the close season right now but I can't wait to apply that to next season EDIT: Start of the second season is going well - I'm playing with defensive line and width, along with counter attack strategy with good results. I've also discovered the joy of the "pass into space" shout! Really useful when I want the guys in the middle to get the ball to my wider players in space rather than trying to be intricate between themselves.
  3. Thanks for the responses guys that taught me a lot. Based on your advice I changed the system to this: I decided against a DLP in midfield because I don't have anyone to play the role, and when I tried it the fellow drifted all over the place. I think I will trust the player to make the right moves. I thought I was being smart by setting a CD to stopper so that he would challenge anyone in the AMC position, but I can see that was a bit silly now! I see how it might work against a lone striker with no AMC as you suggest - I'll keep that nugget of information in my pocket in case I face any lone strikers. I also added "hassle opponents" to the team instructions, alongside "push higher up" and "narrow". I replayed the game and there was much less of the Rooney Van Persie interplay so that was definitely problem solved there! However, the high narrow hassle strategy was just too offensive away to Man U and they had the lions share of the game ( although I fluked a 2-1 win). For the second half I tried to switch to a more defensive approach which involved the following changes to the TI: Play higher changed to sit deeper No more sitting narrow (as they could get around the outside of me easily) No more hassle opponents Changed to a counter attack strategy to lower mentality a little. This actually worked quite well. What I'm wondering is what is the thinking behind a deep line as a defensive approach? For example I know now that with the high line the idea is to compress the space and hassle the opponent to win the ball back quickly. Thanks again - I feel like I'm close to figuring it all out for the first time since....well since cheat tactics stopped being an option!
  4. Nearly at the end of the season now and I've more or less settled on this as my main approach: It's been very successful, and I'm pleased with that but I am struggling against certain setups. I recently played Man Utd away and I couldn't figure out what tweaks I needed to apply to counter what they were doing. This save is about learning for me, so I have saved before the match so I can try and learn what I need to do when faced with this opponent. A ran through the match and tried to note as much as possible about how Man Utd were playing. I am playing on Classic Mode if it makes a difference. Formation mirrored mine - a 4-2-3-1 Right winger was sitting deep almost like he was in a 4-4-2. Normal width Very high line? Interplay between Rooney (AMC) and Van Persie (ST) was a big problem. I am playing high and narrow, shouldn't that deny them space? Although Rooney is in the hole he is being picked up so its not like he's unmarked. My pass completion is appalling. I think their very high line is neutralising the attacking threat of my supporting CM, the AP, the IF, and the ST. By the 20th minute I was 2-0 down already. I made the change of pushing my d-line even further up to compress Rooney out of the game, and to exploit the flanks to get around the congestion in the middle of the attacking third. I changed the right winger to a winger from an IF. I also got the defensive CM to man mark the AMC. Things slightly picked up after this. Half time it was 0-0. My pass completion had risen from 63% to 68%. My possession was still appalling at 43%. At this point I was kinda out of ideas so I just let the match run out. I had plenty of shots in the 2nd half but no clear chances. I think I need a plan b which is less attacking, but I don't want to change formation or the roles too much. So I guess team instructions are the way to go but what to use.... My plan a is high and narrow (I think that's a high press?), and my plan b needs to be a "Low block" but I have no idea what that actually means :o Any thoughts appreciated!
  5. Using that tactic I got a 4-0 win at home to Chelsea, then another 5-0 win in Europe then a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham. The thing is I had no idea what made me do well in the first two games, or what was going wrong in the West Ham game. I figured the best thing for me to do is reduce the number of variables and simplify the game for myself. I had already read the 12 steps post, but today after reading through the whole thread itself I found something that may help me achieve my aims: Nobody told this guy he was wrong, so I'm assuming it's ok. Using this idea, I decided to go for a Balanced mentality coupled with a standard strategy. Then I'd change up my approach by changing the balance of Defend/Support/Attack roles. That simplifies the game for me and hopefully with fewer things to change in my tactics I will be able to see the wood for the trees. Does this sound like a reasonable approach? With that in mind, I came up with this as my basic starting point: I played 1 match just to see how it looked (I won 4-0 but they had 2 men sent off), and decided I needed the following two team instructions added to my base: "Play narrower" Because there were big gaps laterally between my attacking players that limited passing options. "Exploit flanks" Because I have a winger on one side and a WB pushing up on the other I want to use the width that they provide. When I want to go more attacking I will put the leftback on attack duty. When I want to go defensive I can't decide on a good change of duties - any ideas? I have a couple of specific questions: If I want my striker to move laterally into space in the channels or flanks what instruction should I give? I'm thinking "roam more"? If I change that attack duty in midfield to a support per llama3's post, where would be good for another attack duty? I'm thinking the most logical place would be the striker, but then I would have to rethink his role, correct? Thanks for your help guys, I'm really struggling. I'll go with what I have above and report back with my experiences, hopefully positive ones! EDIT: One more question - how do I encourage my team to switch the ball from flank to flank in an effort to find a free player?
  6. Thanks - in a way that's a positive response because what you are saying are the weaknesses match up with what I thought were the weaknesses. Although I didn't pick up on the CM(a) being a problem. I had the lone striker in a support role because I read that it was necessary in a 4-2-3-1. I was hoping that the "push higher up" instruction would help to close that big gap between the midfield and defence - do you think that is not going to work?
  7. Hi everyone, I'm basically looking for some pointers regarding my tactic(s) and adapting and improving them. A bit of background about me - I've been playing FM since Champ Man 95/96 and have always played using tactics downloaded from other people. That is until the days of exploiting the ME left us. Since then I have been cycling through trying to creating my own tactics, getting frustrated, staying away from FM for a couple of versions, before getting hooked again and starting the cycle over! I've probably read every major guide ever written on this site but my main problem is not being able to recognise why I play badly (or well). For me the difficulty of the game comes from trying to figure out why I am playing badly or well (and usually failing), whereas I think the difficulty should be about finding solutions to why you are not playing well. This time I have started again as Tottenham Hotspur on Classic Mode. It's the end of February and I'm 3rd and one point off top. I'm not sure if that is good going or not, but it's not been particularly satisfactory for me as basically I have been chopping and changing formation and tactics all season. I've realised that if I want to be able to buy suitable players in the summer transfer window then I'm going to need to solidify how I play. Following the 12 step guide I have devised the following two schemes. Going toe to toe with opponent: Team instructions: Retain ball - because I'd like to play a possession game Push higher - to close that gap to the midfield. This is one setting where I believe I can read the ME. If I see attacks against me are exploiting the space behind my defence I know I should stop pushing up. Sitting back and counter: Team instructions: Retain possession - I don't want to give the ball away any more than necessary. Play narrower - To make me compact I believe I have the players to make these approaches work. Eriksen is excellent in the AP role, as is Lamela at IF, Vertongen at CD, and Sandro at CM. So there is a good spine there. I've imposed a 3-4-3 rule on myself regarding duties, so I always have 3 defend, 4 support, and 3 attack duties. In the Counter approach I have switched one attack duty from midfield to the AP position. This is because I didn't want any of the deeper midfielders running off. A couple of things are niggling at me here. First, I have no attack role in defence, which goes against the 12 step guide. I am adverse to having one fullback on support and one on attack, just because it feels imbalanced to me. I'm most likely wrong on that. Second, I feel like playing an AP in a counter strategy is wrong, because the creativity will probably come from the deeper midfielders as that is where I will most likely be winning the ball, if not further back. That could be completely spurious reasoning though - I have no idea. I guess what I'm looking for is some feedback on these two initial approaches, and whether they make sense tactically. They do in my head, but I've already established that that has nothing to do with what actually happens on the pitch Then once I have them sorted I need to figure out a rigid approach to analysing my performance, because the "hit and hope" tweaks that I make right now are just as likely to make things worse than improve things...
  8. I was just wondering if there is a way to influence the improvement of attributes of youth players when playing classic mode? I am successful at making them improve their ability in general by giving them game time - I always have one youth player on the bench who gets 15-30 minutes if I'm doing well. However without training to influence which attributes improve won't I just end up with a load of "jack of all trades" players?
  9. Quoting myselft here but I just wanted to say after watching some games it seems the problem was that player's were not getting enough passing options, mainly occuring on the wing. This lead to either losing possession by being tackled or hoofing the ball in hope. I changed the style to "rigid" and changed passing from "shorter" to "normal" and all is good again
  10. This has been a great tactic. However now I'm an established top prem side after about 4 seasons it's lost it's effectiveness. I thought this might be down to teams setting up more defensively against me so I tried switching to "control" but that didn't work. Continentally, where I don't have such a high reputation, the tactic works a lot better. Any ideas at what I could look at tweaking to help here?
  11. How much of a role does match rating have in the improvement of players? It seems to me to be very important in my limited experience.
  12. How much of a role does match rating have in the improvement of players? It seems to me to be very important in my limited experience.
  13. I can't imagine that FMC is that much different under the hood than the main game, you just cannot affect things in so many ways (tutoring, focusing on specific attributes etc), neither can you see in detail how the player is training; you just have to go by the green or red arrows on the attribute screen. Very interesting point about FM Genie - I did not know that! To be fair I don't usually use it but in this case I wanted to be sure about why this player wasn't kicking on. I'll try determining the range of possible values for professionalism and ambition by looking at the media/personality type as you mention near the start of the thread. Many thanks for the response! EDIT: Analysing his personality says that his ambition is definitely 20, inconclusive on professionalism though. Maybe FMC has a random element thrown in to "replace" the missing features.
  14. I can't imagine that FMC is that much different under the hood than the main game, you just cannot affect things in so many ways (tutoring, focusing on specific attributes etc), neither can you see in detail how the player is training; you just have to go by the green or red arrows on the attribute screen. Very interesting point about FM Genie - I did not know that! To be fair I don't usually use it but in this case I wanted to be sure about why this player wasn't kicking on. I'll try determining the range of possible values for professionalism and ambition by looking at the media/personality type as you mention near the start of the thread. Many thanks for the response! EDIT: Analysing his personality says that his ambition is definitely 20, inconclusive on professionalism though. Maybe FMC has a random element thrown in to "replace" the missing features.
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