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  1. As with Boss' suggestion above, the Bundesliga is fun and the teams are all quite talented. Try Leverkusen, Schalke or Hertha as a few out of many who would be a fun long term save in that league.
  2. I have been playing Hertha Belrin in the Bundesliga on my last few long term saves, great league with 5-6 teams who all challenge regularly. Good luck holding onto Heinrichs, Tah and Havertz as in my 2026 save they all turn out brilliant and all got lured to bigger reputation clubs overseas, which continues to be the main challenge playing a bundesliga save. Offer them contracts EVERY time one of the big teams shows interest, even if you only gave them a new contract less than a year ago, its the only way i managed to hold onto my young talent Ive won 5 titles and finally wont eh CL last season, good luck with Leverkusen they are a fun team and one if have been looking at
  3. Whats the most effective way to stop your FBs chasing wingers who cut in from the wing into mid pitch and exposing your flank? Even on low closing down settings they seem to chase after guys like a dog after a tennis ball, anyone found anyway to at least minimise this behaviour?
  4. CB - Jordan Torunarigha from Hertha Berlin is a stud and relatively unknown. I play Hertha and even though i have bought numerous upgrades he still plays and plays well. Not sure what he would cost to pry away from them but he is worth a shot.
  5. Wonderkid Alli Diallo has been rock solid for me, and I play Ezequiel Barco at CM/RPM and he is awesome there with his speed and dribbling
  6. Benteke and Davie Selke (Hertha) have both been great for me
  7. Just restarted my season with Hertha Berlin after struggling with my 4-1-2-3 and found this thread. Really should have looked at your posts earlier Cleon as I generally steal an idea or 2 off you every couple of years Going to try this formation with the same roles, we have lots of winger types at Hertha so should be ok there, just need to find myself a good Segundo on the transfer market. As always thanks for sharing your wisdom you always help slow me down from the click click click style of game i always start out with and then your posts make me think, analyse and slow down - which generally leads to greater success.
  8. FM15 regardless of ME cringe moments has rekindled my fire, 13 and 14 i barely played, couldnt stand them, but suddenly in 15 I am 5 seasons into a save with Hertha Berlin and loving it. Key for me is playing different leagues. I am a Gunners fan but I rarely use them. In the last 5 or so years/releases I have played AC Milan, Fiorentina, Real Socieadad, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Liverpool and now Hertha. I think in FM16 it will be time to take a mid table French team to the top
  9. I am playing as Herha in Germany and am using the following guys who have been solid; John Brooks Nicklas Sule Joe Gomez Chris Smalling Wimmer
  10. Bosnian\Irish Not sure why I thought that... He is a great player regardless.
  11. In order of awesomeness for my saves; Malcom - this guy becomes worldclass Balanta - obvious Depay - monster at LW/AML or STC Tielemans Lucas Silva - great BWM and goal scoring mid Dybala Muhamed Besic - Irish BWM I bought in my last save and he was a rock, alternate to the usuals.
  12. I played 1/2 a season with this as mentioned above and wont he CL final, I have now played a full season and the table below speaks for itself. Won the PL, FA cup and CL final again. 32-3-3 with 137 goals for and only 32 against.
  13. Just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU I do like to build my own tactics and had up and down success with a 4-1-2-3 which I persisted with for 2 seasons. I then decided to give this tactic a go and although it didnt 100% fit my personnel it was magic. Beat Real Madrid to win the CL final 4-1 and have had a great run of results over 1/2 a season so far with it (beat Barca 5-2, ManU 4-0, Tottenham 6-0 etc) The attacking movement is the beauty of this tactic and it has shown me that players like the WMa can be attacking and at the same time seem defensively responsible, also its nice to see the CMd and CMs also contribute to both facets of play even though they sit quite deep. It is a joy to behold the players all linking up on attacks as the defense turns to attack after the BWM get you the ball back. They key to getting this tactic humming for me is a quality CDc (Balanta is a stud here) and quality BWM (I even use Ozil as the BWMs with good success, in fact i would recommend an attacking CM here) good wide playmakers dont hurt either. ANyway, as I said wanted to pop in and say thanks and recommend this tatic to all to try, even if you dont use it long term it gives you a nice insight into what you can do with roles.
  14. Nice thread, very well thought through. This is what I am also trying to do in my Arsenal save with Sanchez and Depay on the left. Some thoughts; Maybe distributing the ball to Gibbs would be better so he can quickly move forward and play it further up to a 'roamed and found space' Sanchez? With 'Close down More' on I would be tempted to tell my central defenders to close down less, but thats just the way I like to play, I dont like them being too agressive With the striker role - this is an interesting one. Will a T/a get in Sanchez's way? He is supposed to float in the gap between D and Mids sort of where we want Sanchez to run. On the flip side his role is about supply, so he should play Sanchez through a bit. I guess you could tinker with a supply role like you are or a AF/a role where we tell Aguerro to push the D deeper by playing off their shoulder, this gives Sanchez a chance to play Aguerro through or if the D retreats it gives Sanchez room to run. Great Idea setting Ox to 'cross to far post' I hadnt even thought about that, thats a great tip, thank you. BTW how awesome is Ox as a W/a - total beast.
  15. Also of note; Ozil is annoyed I have him on AML training but this only comes out after the Bellerin sale, its like the events culminated for him into a mega tanty but the game gave me ZERO ability to determine it was coming. In my eyes I was selling a fringe u21 who would never break into the squad for a good sum of money. Bellerin isnt a visible favoured personnel either. Anyway I will upload this save to the other forum... whole thing seems stupidly over the top for me though, how the hell was I ever supposed to see that coming?
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