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  1. Decent overall performance using Argus343IF101 and SUS version in last 5-8 minutes of the game. From interesting team stats : we were the best dribbling team (1st in Serie A), but with one of the lowest conversion rate (15th in Serie A) and tackles won stats (17th in Serie A). Good job @knap
  2. FM20.1.4 (beta) FM20.2.3SympathyforthedevilKnapZaipVOL2P108FACC First season, without making any transfers in the winter window. I prefer to start most of home games on positive mentality (and switch to attacking eventually). Away on balanced (eventually switch one up or down, depending of the result). Because fast winger have many opportunities to cross, i used Bellarabi on the right side, and Bailey on left, but without changing their main tactical roles. During posession play they give another option for wide defender to pass, being positioned in at the edge of the box, during counterattack they act like classical wingers. @knap Very good job
  3. What do you think about defending in wide areas of the pitch, when playing in 442 formations? Here's an example of leaving some free area for wide opposition players, just before losing two goals from crosses. Against some world class wingers, like Jadon Sancho it could be very costly. Maybe assigning specific player marking for my ML and MR, to avoid exposing my wide defenders on 1vs1 against pacey dribblers? Played with 20.2.3Wulf442DLKnap101ECFA. Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid 2-2.pkm
  4. It's not so easy to implement in a team suffering from a central defenders shortage, also requires new position trainings for most forwards. You have to display opponents tactical formation during gameplay and control it strictly, to assign effective marking settings for your players. Probably your main goalscorer won't grab a golden shoe award These are disadvantages. The advantages are more important. Top notch defensive play (see the attached pic below). Enjoyable to watch, you can see many players involved in offensive schemes. Very powerful set pieces (you can see it also in attached pkm file). Competitive against more powerful teams even without big signings. Lyon v Real Madrid 2-0 (final Ligi Mistrzow 2019-20).pkm
  5. In my Juventus save very succesful was the combination of two mentalities, with a bit of tweaking during the matchplay. I decided to pick Oxford 41221 tactic, but with lower defensive line. All matches i started with cautious mentality as default, unless the assistant recommended a change (mostly switching to positive in home games against mid-table oppontents, or worse). When i watched a match, mostly i paid attention to the shots statistics. When i saw after 15-20 minutes that my opponents getting a shooting opportunities too easily, i lowered mentality by 1, even to "defensive" in some away games. Maybe it wasn't the most entertaining football on Earth, but gave my many crucial victories, and definitely the best record of away wins in Serie A. Maybe it's just a coincidence, but finding the best partner for my offensive midfielder (Dybala) made me the biggest difficulty in Oxford tactic. Even Zaniolo didn't exceed the average rating of 6.90.
  6. Reffering to the tests from MRL site, i started a new game with Legia Warsaw using two tactics as a set, depending on where the match is played. I chose Oxford 41221 for matches at home, and Argus 352 for away games. As you see, the results were very good. The main disadvantage is the need to have a fairly flexible squad compositon, because you need to fill many positions, I had difficulties in deciding which individual training should i choose for a specific player, for example when he is playing as a DMC at home, but as a WBL away. I can also recommend using "mentality masterplan" by Optimus (mentioned a few post ago) for learning about the basics of mentality changing during the individual match. Sometimes it requires many changes in one single match, but it's very useful tool in reading the match properly.
  7. Currently i also use Sicilian 4222, with mixed results. At home we're able to dominate Liverpool in CL (qualified from the group including Liverpool and Real Madrid) but in away Bundesliga matches, sometimes our defence is shattered into pieces. I started to change mentality and defensive line for those matches. In a result we won at Munich, without giving Bayern a single CCC (0-1, using cautious mentality and standard defensive line), but we lost in Paderborn and Lepizig.
  8. How many CCC are created by your rivals ? Currently i'm playing with Inter, using ARGUS 352. I've spared nine points in the last three away games, but the defensive play was really awful. From one side, 5-3 win on the pitch of my fierce rivals look impressive, but giving them 7 CCC to score makes my frightened in the perspective of another difficult matches.
  9. I'm not sure, if it's a matter of ME, or planned in the tactic ideas, but both wingers play often very narrow, going straight into 16m box, instead of attacking on flanks. It looks strange, because for example Julian Brandt from Leverkusen don't have any PM, that could explain it. Team instructions in possesion are set to fairly wide attacking width, both wingers play with "stay wider" instructions... hmm... maybe i don't observed something, that i should ? Let's look at the stats : Main right winger is one of the worst crossers in the starting eleven, even with "preffers pass" trait, many places below such deadwood midfielders like Lars Bender and Sven Bender
  10. Do You recommend mentality changing, depending on the result? Currently, i'm also playing with Bayer, but in away matches i have many problems in lead defending. For example, last match... Three goals conceded, right after two goal lead :/
  11. What do you think guys about transforming more offensive and intensive tactics into more defensive ones? I mean easy changing tactic set even in the first half of the match, when playing 3 difficult matches in the distance of 7 days. I've tested some solutions during two seasons with Juve. 1) at home or easy matches starting with Beowulf 4231 press, then when leading 4411 Beowulf press, further changing mentality from attacking to cautious and saving some fitness points for further games 2) mostly away starting with Beowulf 451 press, then when leading Pilgrimage 451 cautious In these examples i don't have to use the sub bench to quickly, and i can go back to more offensive ones, when losing the lead. Maybe someone has some better ideas for energy and lead saving, throughout the whole match, not only last 10-15 minutes like SUS solutions. Sometimes for me, playing more cautious and economic is more important than winning 7-0 at home against the league outsiders but risking an injury for my best players.
  12. Can't wait for the direct version of this tactical setup, like Route66 in FM 2018. It worked incredibly effective, and enjoyable to watch with all of these fast attacks, like Real Madrid played in the Mourinho era. What's also important, 442 formation suits well for many teams.
  13. IMHO, defending is much more difficult after the 18.2. update. Before the update i lost about 0,7 goal per match, from 0,6-0,7 opposition CCC per match. After the update - 1,7 gpm from 1 opposition CCC per match. From one of the best defending teams (even in Champions League, where we've reached big final) with defenders like Glik, Jemerson, Lucas, Sidibe and defensive midfielders like Doucoure and Fabinho i became mid table outsider, eliminated in 1/8 CL final by Porto, with 5 balls in my keepers net during 60 minutes). Also Bordeaux hit me with 4 goals at Matmut Atlantique. Something that can't happen earlier.
  14. Yes, i observed something called "reputation effect" too. For me it's much easier to win matches against the big Spanish trio than against outsiders. I've won both matches vs Real Madrid (1:0 at home, 2:1 away), both matches vs Barcelona (2:1 at home, 2:1 away), grabbed 0:0 draw vs Atletico away, but lost many points after really awful matches vs Alaves, Betis or Las Palmas at home, where they created similar number of CCC to my team. I'll try some mentality or specific team instruction changes for clashes with underdogs. Maybe more patient attack building, to avoid long balls ping-pong, which was the main cause of more than a half goals lost at home, or against weaker opposition.
  15. Already played 25 matches as Bilbao Manager, made some abservations about the tactic. Winning ratio looks good, and i'm close to qualify for CL, and keep my main players like Laporte, Iturraspe and Williams in the squad. Strange is, that - comparing to the other La Liga teams - we're playing much better football away, than at home. Let's look at the home/away stats. At home we're losing goals after opposition counterattacks, and the situation looks different, when playing abroad. We're creating many chances, but our conversion rate is very low, even with players like Aduriz, Raul Garcia and Williams up front. At the end, one curiosity, Barcelona in possesion table is placed 14th, with 49,6% score <wow>
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