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  1. Is strikerless in itself OP or exploitative? I have seen various iterations of it this year and all of them seem to get extaordinary results.
  2. Why not drag the wide players into the ml and mr positions and play them as wma? They will get into space and you can customise them into doing whatever you want.
  3. Why the play out of defence if you want to play counter-attacking? Would that not slow the transitions down? As you said in an earlier post, defenders on high mentality will still pass it out from the back, it is on lower mentalities they tend to hoof it without that instruction.
  4. Four seasons in with La Real. Finished 2nd, 1st and 2nd, they have a great squad from the start, maybe a tad overrated, but hey ho. Managed to pick up Ousmane Dembele on a free and got Nuno Mendes in, other than that the core of the team is still Zubeldia, Merino and Oyarzabal. Managed to sell Januzaj, Isak and Sergio Gomez (who I picked up on a free) for a combined total of a around 230 million. Would recommend!
  5. That is an insane record by Inter. I agree with the notion that the top leagues are more competitive this year and it is more difficult to coast through. It will be interesting if you are able to knock them of their perch, certainly something to keep the save interesting going forward.
  6. I contributed with some post a couple of months ago, but since then I have continued the save all the way up until the end of the 2030/2031-season. This is my Milan-side of 2031: We finished the season strongly and ended up securing The Treble! We used a 4-2-3-1 for most of the season, but it never really seemed to click, so I changed the style of play into a 4-3-3 Tiki-Taka to great effect. I am now considered a legend at the club after winning 5 league titles, 2 Champion Leagues, 1FIFA Club World Cup, 3 cup-titles, 4 Supercoppa Tim-titles and a UEFA Super Cup. Wha
  7. 1. Iniesta did not constantly try through balls, so he should be on a support duty (mezzala) or you could have him as a B2B-midfielder to keep him closer to the DLP and get those passing triangles going. The other thing I would change would be the AML - Both Villa and Henry played more as a wide poacher, so either a Ramdeuter or an IF-A would replicate it better. In terms of the instructions, Guardiola has always favoured width in the attacking phase to create space in the middle, so maybe play wider with exploit the middle could achieve that effect? Also, Barcelona did not counter much, inste
  8. It should work, probably suited to a Tiki-taka setup. The 3 up top needs to be quite aggressive, and you also need the fullbacks for width. Maybe a balanced/positive mentality? Watch the RPM and Treq closely, there is a risk that they will occupy the same space if play is congested.
  9. Personally, I would not sell for less than 150m. You should figure out how much a replacement would cost, if you are looking for a similar skillsett, or use the money to rejig your squad.
  10. I would definitively hold out for top dollar. Does he have many years left on his contract? If so, you can probably reject it and his unsettledness will pass.
  11. Just to keep the save interesting. There is not really that much of a difference, other than the 4-3-3 being a bit more solid, as you said.
  12. I think Treq is a good choice - It will see him float between the lines and be both a creator and goalscorer.
  13. Changed back to a 4-3-3 Results have been promising:
  14. Have a look at teamwork, work rate and stamina for those who will start most games, if the attributes look good it has a decent chance of working.
  15. @Gee_Simpson I use this for seeing out games: If I am down a goal, I usually increase the mentality to attacking and change the IF and SV to an attacking duty. Against top opponents I use oppossition instructions on a few key players. If the other side is creating loads of chanches while I struggle, I tend to switch to catious and tick pass into space.
  16. Then I would just keep it as is. Depends on the players, as you say the 4-1-2-3 is better balanced, so it easier to make it work. The challenge with the 4-2-3-1 is that it is top heavy, so it is easy for space to congest, that is essentially why I opted for two DMs instead, to have more space for Bruno to thrive in, and for better progression from deep.
  17. There is not really that much of a difference between a PF and an AF, other than the former being more aggressive out of possession, so that is up to you. If you play a striker with low workrate and stamina I would probably play him as an AF.
  18. Does not look bad at all (4-3-3)! Couple of suggestions: Even though both defenders are suited to being a ball playing defender, having two of them often leads to giving away possession needlessly. The most glaring thing for me is the shorter passing. You say you love prolific striker, yet you tell your players to pass to the nearest team mate and into feet, even though you have a lot of players aggressively moving into space. Personally, I would leave the passing on mixed and add "pass into space". The last point: You want a striker who looks to get in behind, yet you try to pin the oppossiti
  19. Is that because he was playing as more of a creator? I have used the 4123 a lot this year, often playing a direct "Fergie-style" type of football, and I have almost exclusively used an Advanced Forward to great success - On my Milan-save Greenwood scored a goal a game in that kind of setup. The striker does not have to link play, you can use more aggressive roles in midfield, such as a mezzala to bridge the gap, or supporting wide players.
  20. Yes. In your case, there is no need to have higher tempo, more direct, higher line of engagement, more urgent pressing, etc, if you are already playing on a higher mentality, such as "positive". Why? Because that is already part of the mentality you have selected. Secondly, by activating counter press and counter you have already made sure that the team will press high up the pitch when losing possession and to play fast and direct with bodies moving forward when the opportunity presents itself. Also, if you are struggling with tactics I would strongly recommend to only adding one TI at th
  21. Sure, they are both quality players and Kimmich is quite versatile as well, although having him and AWB could be considered overkill. I had plans to move Lindelof on and upgrade the CB-position and Skriniar would have been one of my main targets. Putting all that aside, I think it also provides some realism, as IRL a manager cannot always decide who the club brings in.
  22. I think Regista is a really good role for big teams as they get the space to dominate - They will create key passes all day long. You also have the perfect player for it in Sandro Tonali. I consider my own MDF a 3 as well, since the Treq drops really deep and attacks the space by either dribbling or passing forward with intent. Finally, many consider the treq to be a role for lazy players, but I had Bruno in that role and he came second in the league for distance covered per 90, so it all depends on the player you use.
  23. Yes, I tend to keep things simple, it makes it easier to change things - The only PI is "dribble more" for the Advanced Forward. There are no long throws-exploits, but I have spent time setting up some set-piece routines that are quite effective, but nothing out of the ordinary, really. I have used either Camavinga or Gardner as the regista. Pogba is the first choice volante, Fred as backup and sometimes I use McTominay. I also use Fred as a wingback sometimes, as he have excellent attributes for it, and I also use Scott as a central defender. Also, I just had a board takeover, and they
  24. Third season, perfect season! Changed tacticts midway as I wanted to replicate how Solskjær has set up the current team, it worked to devastating effect. I have only added three players to the original squad (Camavinga, Bellingham and Farinez), so it is worth persisting in youth, guys! Also, Andreas Pereira will never be sold after he smashed home the winner in the Champions League-finale in the 119th minute, love him to bits! As for next season, I have arranged the future transfer of Kylian Mbappe for a cool 190 million
  25. Gutted, 103 points was not enough, Juventus had a monster season.
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