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  1. It’s frustrating when a poor side that has spent 85 minutes defending suddenly starts to keep possession like 2010 Spain. The irony is that this is due to a low-risk mentality. Since when did trying to keep the ball just outside your own box become low-risk?
  2. Herrera spoke about how he had a more attacking role than normal, and this was something that they’d worked on for the Chelsea game in particular, presumably as they don’t track runs from deep well. Arguably he was a BBM on this occasion rather than a CAR.
  3. For what it’s worth, my interpretation of the roles is something like this in a 4-1-2-3: De Gea: GK Young: WB (s) - stay wide Lindelof: BPD (d) Jones/Bailly: CB (d) Shaw: WB (s) Herrera: CM (s) Matic: DM (d) Pogba: Mez (s/a) (I am still on FM17 so have never used this role, but to me it describes Pogba’s current role perfectly, on 17 I’d go with AP (a) or CM (a) with roaming) Lingard: TQ (a) (again, I can’t use this role in FM17 but it should give the best approximation of Lingard’s movement) Rashford: CF (s) Martial: IF (s/a) With the diamond formation, Rashford and Martial would be IF (a) (or maybe Ramdeuter for Rashford) with Lingard as a F9.
  4. Rashford’s PPM means he’ll be deadly against any team that plays a high line. Against a deeper defence, the build up needs to be different as through balls will be less effective. This is where the width provided by Martial and the full backs becomes important.
  5. Rashford has the PPM ‘tries to beat offside trap’ (from what I remember) so playing him with an attack duty will mean he won’t get involved in the build up. Instead he’ll always be looking to play on the shoulder of the last defender which is almost impossible against deep defensive lines. He needs to be on a support duty, with roaming and moves into channels enabled.
  6. I’d agree with this except for the Matic role and the centre forward. I don’t think Matic is a playmaker, more of a generic DM (defend or support), and the forward moves wide a lot - perhaps a complete forward on support?
  7. When you say ‘holding midfielders’ do you mean in the DM or CM strata?
  8. I’ve not come across either sadly. It would make a change from 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-2-3. As for the assymemtry in Solskjær’s tactics, I’m thinking of not having a right winger, but instead that player being an AMCR. In the 4-2-3-1 variant, Pogba would be an ACML. My worry would be that, as it’s not a ‘natural’ formation used by the AI, it could lead to unusual behaviour and could accidentally exploit AI teams by creating overloads that it’s not programmed to deal with.
  9. I’ve been thinking about this and I think the hardest thing to replicate is the positions of the front four (Pogba, Martial, Rashford and Lingard). Lingard plays from the right but moves inside and plays very central. Martial stays wide left whilst Rashford and Pogba gravitate to the left side. It leaves the team quite lop-sided which I’m not sure can be reproduced in the ME without playing an assymetric formation (which I’m always nervous of using as it feels like cheating. I know it’s not necessarily but because the AI doesnt use formations like this, it feels unfair).
  10. Do you mean against Spurs? If so, I’d say Young WB (s) and Shaw FB (s).
  11. Ironically, he did play on the left of a 3 yesterday as OGS matched up against Tottenham’s system. Im still on FM17 so doubt I could replicate his role from yesterday as my best guess would be that he was a MEZ (a).
  12. Pogba has mostly played as a no.10, with a free role which sees him drift to the left. So the shape is more of a 4-2-3-1.
  13. Those Stuttgart videos are frustrating. You’re not going to get a great representation of a tactical style if you use players who aren’t capable of pulling it off. A better approach would have been to match the style to a team that plays that way (and therefore has the right players) rather than hoping for a mid-table German side to play like Man City.
  14. Team shape in it's old format was confusing and often counter-intuitive. Linking compactness and creative freedom never made sense to me. It was incredibly abstract and made no sense in footballing terms. It looks like compactness will be managed by the line of engagement, defensive line and transition instructions, which is definitely a good thing. If creative freedom is also removed from shape, this is also a good thing and therefore it makes sense that 'shape' is now only an indicator of what you've selected in other settings.
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