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  1. Is playing a CAM (as an advanced playmaker) a big no no when I've got my AML and AMR as inside forwards?
  2. How would FM play on this? https://www.very.co.uk/lenovo-ideapad-y520-intelreg-coretrade-i5-processornbsp8gbnbspramnbsp1tbnbsphard-drive-amp-128gbnbspssd-156-inch-full-hd-laptop-with-2gbnbspnvidianbspgeforcereg-gtx-1050-ti-graphics-black/1600281368.prd
  3. Playing a 4-1-3-2 at the moment and wondering what role works best alongside a poacher? Have been using a target man recently but no longer have any players at the club who suit the target man role... was thinking about using a DLF or trequartista?
  4. Probably my save on CM03/04 where I did about 60 years with multiple clubs, was mainly Sunderland though.
  5. It has been Hughes probably about 70% of the time. It would have been more often but he's suffered several niggling injuries throughout the year. To be honest he's been a bit of a disappointment, he's played in 24 league games, contributed 0 goals and 2 assists. Pass completion rate of 80% and averages 7 tackles won per game. He's a fairly clean player though having received 0 red cards and only 2 yellows all season. I don't think I'm using him properly though, might invest in another midfielder this summer and play him as the central midfielder - defend.
  6. Well I've changed the central midfielder's role to "CM - defend" and it has worked wonders, we have actually won 3 of our last 5 away games. I haven't altered any of the team instructions just yet as for whatever reason they seem to be working really well. Looks like we will finish 8th with two games to go, not bad considering its our first season in the top flight! Thanks again.
  7. I'm Wolves and we are currently enjoying a rare season in the Premier League following promotion in my first season. We are currently comfortably ensconced in mid-table and should have no fears about a potential relegation battle at the end of the campaign. What is concerning me however is our dreadful away record. We have won just two of our 12 away games so far and have suffered several heavy defeats. My tactics: I'm playing a 4-4-2, attacking mentality with flexible team shape: Are there any flaws in the tactic the experts on here can see? Or is it perhaps just a case of needing better players? Thanks in advance.
  8. Does shorter passing work with a high tempo? I always use short passing with lower tempo and direct passing with high tempo. Has anyone had success by using shorter passing with a quick tempo?
  9. 2016/17 Review Transfers It was a struggle to get players to join the club during the summer which I found surprising considering we were gearing up for a first ever season of Champions League football. We had bids accepted for Gino Peruzzi and Eder Alvarez Balanta but whilst the former considered our offer before deciding to join Southampton the latter wouldn't even allow me the courtesy of offering him terms. Come January I was desperate for a right back and thats probably why I ended up paying a little over the odds for Inter's Elseid Hysaj, he's certainly proven his worth since he joined the club however. Domestic Cups Our Capital One Cup adventure began in the 3rd round with a 2-1 home win over Stoke, however Burnley knocked us out at Turf Moor in round four with a comfortable 2-0 victory. We fared a little better in the FA Cup, overcoming midlands rivals Derby 3-1 at Pride Park in round three before a fine 2-0 success over Southampton on the south coast in round 4. A difficult trip to Sheffield United greeted us in round 5 and our second string XI couldn't defeat the Blades over the 90 minutes as we conceded a last gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw. A poor performance in the replay at the King Power saw us go 2-0 down before a late fight back culminating in two stoppage time goals saw us win 3-2. We were perhaps unfortunate to draw Liverpool away in the quarter finals and the ruthless Reds ended our cup hopes with an easy 5-1 win. Europe As we finished fourth last season we had to get through the best placed play off to secure our position in the group stages of the Champions League. Our opponents were French giants Lyon and the players did the business in the home leg by securing a comfortable 2-0 win. In the away leg were fortunate to only lose 3-1 and thus make it through to the next stage on away goals. Leicester's first ever Champions League group was a difficult one as we were drawn alongside Juventus, Schalke and PSV Eindhoven. The group kicked off with a dour 0-0 draw in Holland against PSV but in the next game we showed our quality to upstage Juventus 6-1 at the King Power Stadium! A 3-0 loss in Gelsenkirchen soured things slightly and there was more disappointment on matchday four when Schalke scored a 93rd minute equaliser to draw 2-2 in Leicester despite playing with only ten men at the time. A 2-1 win over PSV at home gave us hope of making it through to the next stage but I wasn't hopeful to be honest given that we had to play Juventus in Turin. Sure enough we were well beaten 3-0 but somehow still managed to finish in 2nd place with 8 points: We were drawn against Leverkusen in the last 16, a tie I was confident of winning. A fine performance in the home leg saw us ease into a 4-0 aggregate lead ahead of the trip to Germany which was lost 3-2 but a 6-3 aggregate win was more than comfortable. However when were drawn against Real Madrid in the quarter final I sort of knew our European adventure was coming to an end. Again the first leg was at home and we were the better team but a first half Karim Benzema goal gave Los Merengues a 1-0 win to take to the Bernabeu. We were outclassed in Spain losing 4-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate. Premier League I wasn't too optimistic about repeating last season's stellar performance after such a poor transfer window in which one could argue I failed to strengthen the squad. A poor 2-0 loss at Stoke on the opening day certainly didn't boost my mood. Our first home win arrived a week later when we took Norwich apart on our way to a 3-0 victory but a disappointing 1-1 away draw at Aston Villa on matchday 3 forced me to take a look at my tactics and change a few things. Suddenly the wins started rolling in but performances still weren't great. Southampton were beaten 1-0, Burnley 3-0 and Cardiff 1-0 before we were thumped 4-0 at Old Trafford. A 2-0 home win over Everton papered over the cracks as we lost 1-0 at Chelsea and 2-0 against Spurs at the King Power. When November began with another 2-0 loss, this time at Swansea I went back to the tactics board again. Already we were well off the pace in the race for a top four spot. Four league wins in a row helped raise spirits as we saw off Fulham, Newcastle, Watford and Leeds before securing a creditable 0-0 draw at the Etihad. A 3-1 home loss to title chasing Liverpool was perhaps expected but the team responded well to end the year with back to back wins over QPR (2-0 away) and Arsenal (5-1 at home). 2017 began with an easy 2-0 home success over Stoke before an exasperating 1-0 defeat in East Anglia against Norwich. After slaughtering the team in the press I got a reaction from the players and we catapulted ourselves into the top four with six successive league wins: Aston Villa (4-0 at home), Southampton (2-1 away), Cardiff (1-0 away), Manchester United (2-1 at home), Burnley (4-1 at home) and Everton (3-1 away). That Everton game was particularly satisfying as we were comfortably the better team and managed to win easily despite us having a man sent off with the score at 1-1. February ended with a 4-2 loss at home to Chelsea which was perhaps expected due to us missing both our first choice centre backs through a combination of suspension and injury. Once again however the team used that defeat to spur them on as we then recorded 7 successive league wins to ensure a third place finish in the Premier League with three games to spare. Those 7 wins in a row were against Spurs (2-0 away), Swansea (4-0 at home), Fulham (2-0 away), Watford (3-1 away), Newcastle (2-1 at home), Leeds (3-0 away) and Manchester City (3-2 at home). A spate of injuries struck during that run with the worst being sustained by forward Giovanni Simeone who was ruled out for 5 months with a broken foot. Our three games in May yielded four points as we lost 1-0 at Anfield, beat QPR 1-0 in our final home game before drawing 1-1 at the Emirates in a game we really should have won. Top Goalscorer: Andrej Kramaric (16 goals) Player of the Year: Gonzalo Martinez Finances
  10. 2015/16 Review After last season's mid-table finish I was hoping for similar this time round as the squad continues to take shape. Transfers Domestic Cups Our Capital One Cup campaign got off to an awkward start as we needed penalties to overcome lowly Barnsley in the 2nd round after a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium. Unfortunately we crashed out in the next round on penalties to Middlesbrough after a goalless draw in the North East. Like last season we fared better in the FA Cup and we progressed through to the fourth round after a 3-1 home victory over Fleetwood Town at home in the 3rd round. We then saw off Sheffield United (2-1) and Shrewsbury (2-0) on our way to a quarter final date with Manchester United at Old Trafford. In that game we chucked away a 3-1 lead late on to draw 3-3 but thankfully we overcame the Red Devils 3-2 in the replay at Leicester. So it was off to Wembley where we met midlands rivals Aston Villa in the semi final and we were comfortably the better side on the day, easily winning 2-0 to progress through to Leicester's fifth FA Cup final. Unfortunately the omens weren't great as the club had lost the previous four: The wait for success in the FA Cup goes on... Premier League The campaign started with an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Villa Park against Aston Villa but the team soon got into their stride as we powered past a good Spurs side 3-0 in our first home game. We were unlucky to lose 3-1 to Everton at Goodison to end August but we soon put a run of wins together to comfortably ensconce ourselves in the upper echelons of the table: Cardiff (3-1), West Ham (1-0), Norwich (1-0), Swansea (1-0), Newcastle (2-0) and QPR (3-1) were all beaten before we finally lost again 3-0 at Manchester United who were already looking unstoppable at the top of the league. The players responded to our second loss of the season with a fantastic 4-0 thrashing of West Brom at the Hawthorns, we then drew 2-2 at home against Arsenal and ended November with a 2-1 home win over Stoke City. December started with a 2-1 loss at Anfield but again we responded with a win: Southampton were defeated 2-1 at St Mary's before we won back to back home games over Watford (4-0) and Crystal Palace (2-1). 2015 ended with a 2-1 loss to Man City, a 3-3 draw against Chelsea and a 1-0 win over Aston Villa. New signing striker Giovanni Simeone had only managed three goals all season up to this point but he would go on to score another 20 over the second half of the season. However we were dealt a massive blow during those Xmas fixtures when we lost both Matty James and Jorge Enriquez for three months apiece due to injury leaving us desperately short of options in middle of the park. I tried to bring in Sulley Muntari on loan for AC Milan but he couldn't get a work permit whereas the signing of Chris Smalling for just £2.2m from Man Utd was a no brainer. Our first three league fixtures of 2016 were all drawn against Everton, Spurs and West Ham which allowed Arsenal to close the gap on us (we were fourth) to just a couple of points. January ended with back to back home wins over Cardiff and Swansea as we remained in the hunt for a Champions League place. A 0-0 draw at Norwich didn't help our cause but a late Jamie Vardy strike earned us a much deserved 2-1 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park much to the chagrin I'm sure of Arsene Wenger. A 1-0 away loss at QPR was hard to take but once again the team showed their character by responding to defeat by win our next game - this time we saw off league leaders Man Utd 2-1 at the King Power Stadium. March began with a 5-0 rout of hapless bottom of the table West Brom before we put in probably our performance of the season to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates. At that point in the season we looked odds on to secure at least fourth place but back to back draws against Stoke and Liverpool allowed Arsenal to leapfrog us and we were now fighting it out with Man City for the final Champions League place. A 4-1 hammering of Southampton on April 9th seemed to put us in pole position but we then put in probably our worst performance of the campaign to lose 2-0 at Watford. Another 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace in our next game meant we were still in fourth place with a 3 point lead over Man City although the Citizens' were still odds on to pip us to the final Champions League place as they had two games in hand. On 1st May we played our biggest game of the campaign when City came to Leicester in a game both sides were desperate to win. We played fantastically and actually walloped moneybags City 4-1 in front of our jubilant supporters. City won their two games in hand meaning on the last day of the season we were both level on points although we enjoyed a slightly superior goal difference, that is where the good news ends however as we had to go to Stamford Bridge on the final day whereas City took on struggling Crystal Palace at Eastlands. We needed to match Man City's result to secure fourth place and my nerves weren't helped when news came through that Kevin Volland had handed City the lead. Remarkably though we scored first against Chelsea and although they levelled the game early in the 2nd half Marc Albrighton put us 2-1 up before we withstood a late siege to seal a remarkable 2-1 victory and a place in the Champions League for next season. Top Goalscorer: Giovanni Simeone (23 goals) Player of the Season: Giovanni Simeone (Average rating: 7.33) Finances
  11. If passing is set to more direct. Is it suitable for GK distribution to be set to take long kicks? Or better to have it set to take short kicks.
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