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  1. This, of course depends on your overall mentality and playing style. My advice would be to simply observe the different behaviour of the roles in your setup to conclude which fits better, depending on what you want to achieve. A CM-d will close down so, depending on your closing down instructions, might not be the best cover. It all depends though. Better try it in-game to see how it turns out.
  2. Cleon How's an "attacking player" defined? Would it help to train him in a deeper position? I've been under the impression that positional training also improves attribute needed for that position, but for all I know those improvements might just as well be random.
  3. Wow. Since I've seen Simon play several times this year (being a Djurgården supporter myself) I'm really glad he is so highly rated by the scouts. Have you also looked at Daniel Amartey (-94)?
  4. Being a swedish supporter of the rosanero shirt, this is about the happiest sight ever on these forums. Superb job mister!
  5. Nope. If I remember it right, determination responds to in-match events apart from making up a player's personality. As stated by Cleon.
  6. Nice one, but I do wonder if the DLFa really is a good interpretation of how Lewandowski plays. From seeing Lewandowski I don't believe he runs from deep positions that often and I also am a bit sceptical to the DLFa's involvement in play generally. Certainly, none of Tottenham's strikers possesses similar abilities, so it would be hard enough to emulate anyway; maybe you should look to another striker role or DLFa might actually be perfect. Also, playing your striker in a support role will make him a better passing outlet for you DLP. Right now, seems his only option will be to hoof it behind the opposition's back or try to reach the APa or right back -- who in turn could turn up isolated. Strikers will also have to be the first ones to initiate pressure on your opposition: do any of the Tottenham strikers possess the high work rate and teamwork required? Long term, the most interesting thing would be to hear your thoughts on training. I haven't played FM14 yet so i really don't know the scope and depth of training yet, but certainly training should be focused on a lot of fitness and attacking team wise, adding some individual training focus on roles to shape the individual player into specialists? Futhermore, I believe that one of the cornerstones in Klopp's tactics is the ball-playing defender and his ability to initiate attack. Verthongen should be ideal either as stopper or defend.
  7. Regarding bababooey's comment on fluidity, I'm not too sure whether rigid philosophies are better for lower league sides because their players' lack of skill and flair will make it harder for them to create inside a system with less creative freedom. I think making the whole team defend or attack is exactly what you would want to do with a less skilled squad, as you players aren't good enough too handle things on their own. They will need help from the other players to create and defend. This is probably a matter of taste though, and not a universal solution for any team: your formation is also decisive for you choice of philosophy.
  8. Ok folks. I wanted to write something here because I have been playing Arsenal for about a month of IRL time now and, I have to say, with the closing of the january transfer window, it's all looking pretty amazing. I play a 4-2-3-1 wide and with CMs, looking like this (from right to left): G(d): Szczesny (who else?) WBR(s): Sagna CD©: Koscielny BPD(x): Vermaelen WBL(a): Sanches Mino DLP(d): Ekdal/Cirigliano/Arteta DLP(s): Arteta/Ramsey AP(a): Cazorla/Douglas Costa AP(s): Wilshere/Cazorla IF(a): Podolski/Oxlade-Chamberlain TQ(a)/DLF(s): Jovetic/Giroud Setup: Style: Balanced Strategy: Counter Passing: Shorter CF: Default Closing down: Press more Tackling: More cautious Marking: Zonal Crosses: Default Roaming: Default Shouts I use are of course relative to opposition and weather conditions, but my primary ones are the following: Retain possession Pass to feet Work ball into box Push higher up Stay on feet This combination of shouts ensures my midfield is tight due to the high DL, and so the opposition will have a hard time working the ball through the middle. Usually when I'm up against a similar midfield, I will shout 'play wider' to play the ball down the flanks; sometimes combined with 'look for overlap' in an attempt to support my wingers and stretch the opposition. Two new signings have found their way straight into the starting eleven and I'm proud that they have done so in a delightful fashion: Albin Ekdal (avg.r: 7.15 so far) and Juan Sànches Miño (7.20). Albin is an extraordinary central midfielder who will recycle possession both in the tackle and aerial battles, use his smartness to pass the ball and also lead the team with his fine mental stats. All this for €3m. He is a great signing for any team in any league. And only 23 years of age. Likewise: Sànches Miño, €4m. Young, and with bags of potential to be a starter for many years ahead. Versatile, though lacking somewhat in speed - although this is easily amendable with some focus on quickness and off the ball training. These signings, however, led to the loan-departures of Coquelin and Frimpong whom I did not consider ready to bear the team this year. Loans will problably be prolonged for the next season. The board is generally happy with my parformance, occupying the 1st place in the Premiership while at the same time giving the youngsters a chance and playing attacking football (BTW, I owe alot of this team's style to a number of highly productive moderators on these forums). Possession was a hard nut to crack at first since I do not usually play possession football, but I think that now in the latter half of the season and with the introducion of the counterattacking strategy along with the pass to feet shout, we are finally on our way. A final in the League Cup against Newcastle is also secured while the fifth round of the FA Cup will see Arsenal face Nottingham Forest. The Champions League saw us pitted against the likes of Juventus, Schalke and Montpellier. While I thought this would prove a difficult challange, we managed to beat Juve 3-0 at home and draw 0-0 away, which ultimately sufficed and qualified us for the second stage of the tournament. So, what will the future look like for my Arsenal side? Arteta, Rosicky and Cazorla will be vital tutoring my younger midfield talents: Cirigliano and Toral. Don't know the potential of Toral, really, but I would imagine that with some training on his passing and technical abilities at first he should then be able to fully bloom and make himself useful as an advanced playmaker. Also, youth developer Liam Brady had 17-year-old Leon Goretzka signed, whilst I was responsible for signing Gennaro Tutino -- only 16 -- from Napoli on a youth contract: a coming star in the IF-role. This was all in january. Next summer will see the entering of my future trequartista Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar) into my ranks. Being only 19 and with plenty of technical ability already, I opted to let him finish the whole season with AZ in order to get the playing time necessary. I am hoping to be able to increase Maher's flair attribute in the coming years seeing as it is only 12 at the moment, but this could be done with the right tutoring and training, aye? EDIT: Oh, I'm also looking into signing Nathaniel Clyne for 2013/14 when summer comes. I want some english lions roaming the right flank! Fast - and a severely good crosser at that.
  9. Much credit to you for being patient and taking in the advice given! A lot of people seem kind of disenchanted when things go wrong. For me, friendlies have often proved to be important to learn how different players and formations respond to instructions. I think there's no way to overstate the importance of pre-season to a new manager: that's really the time where you have the opportunity to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. And also to develop less emotional attachment to some areas of how one thought the game was supposed to be played! If you don't want to experiment too much during the season -- have a thorough pre-season.
  10. It all depends. However: because of the high default position of the wingers in the 4-2-3-1 and the presence of three central midfielders, i would definately go 'play narrower' and 'exploit the flanks' to minimize space for their midfield and make use of the space they leave on the flanks when their wingers aren't tracing back. If the pitch is narrow i will not play narrower and you might not because the counter strategy is already kind of narrow. Depending on their defensive setup, you should consider whether to play into space or to feet. Usually when I'm under pressure but still need to keep the ball and not waste possession, I will use a direct play whilst also passing to feet. When playing a narrow game, I'm always wary of the space which I leave on the flanks. Combined with a high defensive line this is possibly dangerous because their wingers will be able to run for the byline and cross the ball. If you're on the counter this shouldn't be a problem, though. You might want to close their wingers down often to prevent them from crossing. Hope this will help. Remember: hard to penetrate the middle, but you could definately find space behind their wingers and use your own wide men and fullbacks to challange their defenders. If you want your fullbacks to overlap more, shout 'look for overlap' and your wingers will have their mentality slightly reduced and hold up the ball until the fullbacks run from deep. This might or might not help your own possession depending on the pressure being put on your wide men. Hope this will give you some ideas. Personally I will also use this strategy against the 3-5-2.
  11. Regarding the flourishment of the trequartista: perhaps a slower tempo would allow him and the rest of the team to search out the creative passes better. Your team is attacking and fluid with a high tempo, which means there will not be alot of passing the ball around, looking for the right pass. I would personally go rigid, balanced, short passing and leaving settings on default. Maybe shout 'play wider' to give the team more width, hence space to run into. This will hopefully give your team time to rally into offensive positions and your skillfull players to pass the ball around. In my opinion, Chelsea aren't really built to play a fluid game because of their many specialist players.
  12. Following the discussion from the Understanding Your Tactics-thread - which for anyone is highly recommended reading - you should really think more about what you want your player to do in that attacking position. A TM(s) role might be suitable for Falcao, but perhaps you will want him to be somewhat more advanced to threaten the opposition. A poacher role I wouldn't recommend as it will have him run with the ball and attack the opposition with runs, hence be more isolated and less involved in play. Nonetheless, he is a monster in the box, but that doesn't mean you will want to have him run for it at every possible time when playing him as a lone striker. Rather, a DLF(s) role will see him come deep for the ball but also get inside the box at times, while also playing the ball to running wingers or inside forwards.
  13. With a control strategy you will probably never have the kind of consistent possession you are looking for. This strategy means your team will try to attack more often and, depending on the opposition's style, give the ball away in attacking positions. Possession means carefully passing the ball when it's won, so you will probably want to change you strategy to standard or counter. Your teams ability to pass the ball and keep it withing the team is however decided from the composure, decision attributes, among others. Winning the ball on the right time is also essential, as well as your players being in the right positions. No easy solution as you can tell. You will have to consult your analysis screen to determine how you are doing and work it from there. Also, there are numerous threads discussing the topic here. Your shouts should also be important. Reatain posession, pass through defense, work ball into box and pass to feet are shouts that could, depending on your overall structure, lead to possession. Or losing the ball early in the build-up phase. You will have to watch and analyse your own team: there's probably no one miracle cure.
  14. You are certainly right in your intrepretation of the discussion, Snurre. I (now) tend to look at the TC as a kind of institutionalizing a certain way of play, laying out a framework for my players to work within and certain goals to obtain -- very much like real life institutions. As I indulged myself even more in the mysteries of the TC, I found that shouts will of course have a different outcome on the way I play, depending on the current strategy being used. From the example in the OP post: with my Chelsea team I like to counter from a deep lying defensive line. Hence, in my rigid control strategy, I will often 'stand off more' and play zonal, launching attacks with a mixed passing style. The 'stand off more'-instruction will not suffice however as I like to play even lower: coherently, I will instruct the team to 'drop deeper'. This shout will not apply, though, when using my balanced standard strategy, because that will already cause my team to hold the defensive line to my satisfaction. BTW, this is a great post wwfan! I have some suggestions and/or remarks if you will allow. For my Chelsea team mentioned above I play a narrow 4-2-3-1. Often launching attacks from deep, I use both my wing backs on a 'support' duty so to give them the opportunity to cross early and also deliver through balls in front of my lone striker (I am very much satisfied to be able to say that Torres is now again scoring every other game). They support my attacks alot and crosses from byline also at times. I see lots of assists from both deep and around area from them. I suppose that your advice on attacking instructions for defenders are really meant to say 'lots of forward runs', correct? Am I breaking some kind of rule here? Moreover: what is your take on ticking the 'counter attack' box even in standard strategies? I tend not to do so as I am quite satisfied with retaining possesion and passing the ball into space but I sometimes play with the thought of whether it would be effective or not. Thank you so much for explaining the ways of the game as I too struggled some to get results out of this one. Now, however my football is very pleasing to watch -- when I'm not to stubborn to alter my tactics despite bad conditions!
  15. Very nice thread! I opted to strengten the center of the pitch, bringing in Yttergård Jensen (Tromsö), Petrucchi (Man Utd) and CB Galeano (Indepediente) using most of my transfer budget. I had a £ 2,5 million offer accepted for Albin Ekdal but he chose to play for Udinese and a higher wage in the end. Would have been a great signing to replace Pedretti in the end, though. Thinking of selling Kalou after first season if there's the possibility to bring some cash in, considering his high value. How about it? Oh, and also I'm looking into buying John Guidetti or Macheda in a season or two - perhaps out of a loan deal.
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