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  1. Excellent - I am glad you saw some better play from your changes. Well done. Remember you'll need to adapt regularly to see fairly dramatic changes like you just have. If I were you I'd watch games to see what is happening when your CWBs go forward - make sure you're not left too exposed. If you continue to do well and progress through the various Brazilian leagues you'll naturally become less of a favourite in matches so you'll need to make changes as a result and it is likely better teams will highlight your formation's weaknesses more effectively. Keep us informed!
  2. I think part of the issue here is that people don't realise that everything set affects the way you play. I get the feeling that when people set 'attacking' or whatever they think it doesn't mean anything. I've been guilty in the past of recklessly setting instructions just because i think they may add something when they don't.
  3. I love using three at the back and agree in that it is a good set up, in the main, at intercepting long passes. A very enjoyable tactic to work with! Firstly, I'd say you have a lot of specialist roles in your starting 11 so using 'Fluid' probably isn't the best choice. I'd recommend dropping that down to Rigid. With that Fluid setting you essentially water down the specific instructions roles like Regista and F9 have - asking them to adhere to a more universal instruction. They are both roles I love using and it is a shame to not let them perform as the role asks. You say that your F9 isn't
  4. Firstly, thanks for all the info about your choice of tactic. It really helps if people want to give advice to have all that! I'd say that, as you've already recognised, the most glaring problem is that gap in central midfield. Formations can work when that gap is there but given the roles you've got I can understand why you're becoming stuck. Firstly, your formation is fairly narrow going forward. In these types of set ups you'd expect support on the flanks for your full backs. You can have this without sacrificing defensive stability. I'd suggest looking at a more attacking outlook especia
  5. I agree with what you're saying (especially about Arsenal - hate that label they have managed to get themselves. Sorry Arsenal fans ). I have managed to get my teams to play out of possession in such a way that means not pressing as high up the pitch as Guardiola etc just in our own half.
  6. Further to the above post, the match finished with these stats: I didn't change from Defensive once. This idea that you can't replicate certain styles of play in the game is nonsense. No, I'm not so good as to be able to play like this against every single team I face but you have to realise that Guardiola/any other top manager isn't so stupid as to think that either. They will have to make sacrifices to win games at times.
  7. The first image was taken from my Brazil save. A quick search among Bayern's fixture list and I saw a 0-1 loss to Wolfsburg. I thought that'd be a good place to start and as you can see they have 63% possession and a 75% pass completion rate - as those are the two stats this discussion is focused on I will just quote those. The second image are the match statistics taken from Bayern's 1-0 loss to Augsburg in real life, match 29 (5th April) of the 2013/14 season. As you can see, the possession stat is actually lower by 5% however the pass completion is higher by a good 11%. Stats are fantasti
  8. Haven't had a chance to catch up with other people's contributions here or in fact write up my own as I have been and will be very busy unfortunately! I know that you're all waiting on the edge of your seats.... cough.... but rest assured I have got past the World Cup in my Brazil save and I do have an interesting tournament to report back on! Bare with me:thup:
  9. It isn't your players becoming abysmal it is the tactics countering that are more effective at stopping you playing your game. Think about it logically; there are a finite number of variables in play each of which will have different degrees of impact on the final result. The biggest variable, in my eyes, is the opposition's approach and the one that carries most weight with regard to the final result. Morale is delicate and two/three key player's morale can drop from the supposed mistreatment of another key player so it is down to the manager to handle that situation effectively. A poor run
  10. Take a look at a recent example: Swansea City, in their first season in the premier league, averaged 58% possession which at the time was third best in the league. Rodgers led them to 11th in their first season - by any standards: fairly impressive. As an established premier league team playing against any newly promoted side, regardless of what you think you know about them, you don't expect them to dominate possession. This could lead to a large number of outcomes but probably most common was that teams were frustrated and moved out of position to deal with this unexpected passing game and a
  11. But your ability to retain possession is independent from your ability to win it back. Counter as a setting has different implications when in possession and when out of possession surely. If, while using counter as a setting,you win possession (in whatever which way) then you're ability to keep that is just that. I understand what you're saying in that a lack of urgency in winning the ball back won't help your ability to win possession therefore maybe indirectly affection percentages but it is possible to dominate possession using counter.
  12. I couldn't comment without seeing your match/screen shots to be honest however if a team goes down to 10 my finger gets itchy to push forward more. This certainly isn't the right approach in some cases but it seems almost instinctive - perhaps the same applies to the AI. 10 men is obviously a disadvantage but the right tactical approach can give you a strong fighting chance - as you demonstrated well.
  13. Clearly you haven't tried it all. FM has too many variables for you to have tried it all. You've tried a lot of different options but clearly not the right combination - lets not be arrogant and assume our individual efforts represent the limits of FM tactics. A simple test is the following: Does Guardiola, in his FM entity, play the style of football (or as close to as possible) 'real life' Guardiola does? If the answer is yes (which in my opinion it is) then it is possible for us to replicate. Instead of ranting and raving, start a thread explaining where you're at presently with the tacti
  14. Bravery is putting their body on the line (John Terry diving in to stop a shot with his head); aggression is being forceful in the way they play (I see this as Yaya Toure bursting forward and aggressively keeping the ball and imposing himself - FM disagrees with this as an example of aggression as I believe Yaya's aggression is relatively low?). Put simply of course
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