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  1. Indeed, this is someone else's work (even the naming of the tactic in the screenshots are the same). While it is good to have success and nobody minds a gloat thread (we have precious few of those this year), if you are using someone else's work the least you can do is credit them for it.
  2. Should do yes, although something weird is happening with your file that I do not quite understand yet.
  3. The only time I do not keep stuff apart is when I am adding a lot of players (as in my Africa database), since it is much harder to avoid duplicates. And players cannot mess up the league rules.
  4. It is in the top left. When you start the editor you have "file", "test competitions" and "database" in the menu panel. You can use this to test leagues you have run (gives you extra info compared to verifying, but I guess uses the same thing). Anyway you can add the league that is causing problems to the test and try to test it. When I did this, 16 teams (the ones you added to the league I think) were removed, which is the reason it is giving an error. I have no idea why those teams are being removed from the league though.
  5. I'll call it a weekend project then. I first need to find a team who are going to come against parked buses of various flavours to play as an example, that I do not find boring. It is fairly easy for me to write about things theoretically, but I want to show them in action too. I am not a fan of 442 for breaking sides down, i find it quite limited, particularly as you only have two midfielders to play with. That gives you less flexibility with what you can do with the midfield. One thing I could think of doing is to use attacking wing back and winger on one side. On the same side, have your striker move into channels. You could also have the midfielder on the same side play as a MEZ. This will drag many AI players to one side of the pitch (in principle), and this is your overload. You can use an AF(A) for the other striker, and a WM(A)/IW(A) for the other wide player. These players are attacking the space you are trying to create with the overload. You would probably want to have your other midfielder as a playmaker, probably AP(S) here, to link the two sides of the field and get the two attackers in on goal. So you see the idea? Trying to force the AI to lose its shape to deal with something you are doing. If it does not adapt, you have a dangerous 3v2 when you attack. Which will lead to chances. If it does, you have space for other players, which will lead to chances. Win win.
  6. You said it is a file you have transferred from FM19? Everything simply looks like it is wrong numbers of teams in divisions. It is always tricky trying to get multiple files to mesh together like this, because it is hard to track the errors. For example the number of teams in the divisions with problems highlighted here are not the same in the file as indicated here. You also have database changes in the files with national rules? Generally for something like this I would do each file separately. All DB changes and national rules of each nation its own independent file. It is then easier to keep track of it. In your case, it may be a problem of the order in which the files are loaded and read when you start a new game. Now I cannot remember from the top of my head how this order is decided. But in your case you need the database changes to be read before the national rules (I assume). So that is another avenue to explore.
  7. Breaking down defensive sides is challenging this year, because you cannot rely on the AI doing something stupid as much as you could in previous versions. Which I think is a good thing, by the way. For me, the key is creating overloads that force the AI to lose their defensive shapes, and then putting people into those gaps. Being attacking, fast, direct and taking risks is also important. The biggest difference you face is having to create space, rather than exploiting the space you are given. The latter is easier, which is why many people overachieve at the start of saves. The former, less so (as you find out), and takes some work. This actually is such a common problem I see on here these days that I am thinking about writing a guide to attacking defensive sides. It seems like something the community needs. If you post a tactic, I could give you some ideas of how I would try to break down a defensive side from that shape. There are a huge number of possibilities, but hopefully I could get across the general idea and it could help you invent other ways.
  8. If you run a competition test with "test competitions", and then go look at each of the competitions, all the newly added teams have been deleted. This is why you get the error. I have honestly not the first clue why it is doing that. It smells buggy to me. What happens if you create entirely new competitions and fill them with the correct teams and try again? This is a weird one for sure.
  9. What is there to patch? This is exactly what a DLF(S) should be doing.. The first post shows why, he is in an incredibly dangerous position . If he gets the ball from the guy who shoots, that is almost certainly a goal. In the second example look how he totally disrupts the defensive shape by dropping off (you want to run someone into that space to get on the end of the cross. The third example he also holds his CB for a second. If you had a central player running past him, he would be through on goal. If you think this is an issue, you probably do not want to be using a support role striker in this position, because it is functioning perfectly in all those examples.
  10. Without posting an example of the way you play against these lower sides, it is impossible to know how to make it better. However conceding 80% possession screams that something is drastically wrong with how you approach these games. Even if you are not always winning, you should be dominating weaker sides.
  11. I have never understood the use of a Car(S) in tactics that have 2 wide players already. Are you using it purely to cover, or as a deeper lying wide player to disrupt the AI shape? If the former, you it is just weakening your middle to solve a problem you could easily solve in a better way. The setup you have in the second tactic you posted (the last set of tactic, when favourite) does not have a nice midfield. Each player is isolated from the other midfielders, and I struggle to see it being consistent. The 4123 is so flexible for breaking down defensive sides (I am not sure if you ever had to do this, mind). For a tactic that is designed to do this, you should have fixed roles for the midfielders. You should alter them depending on the formation you face, or what you see on the field. For example, an AP(A) in midfield against a team with 2 DMCs is going to be out of the game. No space being made for him in your current tactic, and he makes no space. Against defensive sides, creating overloads is important, and that means changing roles can happen a lot. For example, against the two DMC formations I described before, I may use a MEZ(A), W(A), FB(A) (or WB(S/D), whatever is working) on one side. Couple to a DM(S) and a DLP(S) (who are deep and away from the congestion caused by the DMCs), and an IF(A) on the other flank. The aim is to force the AI to overcommit to one side, lose shape, and be vulnerable to cross balls to the IF(A). You can think of hundreds of other ways to do things like this. I guess my point is do not think too rigidly for tactics to break down defenses. Chances are they will not work for every formation you face. Flexibility is key in these situations. For the first tactic, I would be tempted to use a TM(A) and a W(A) too. Then give PIs for the two wide players to track back with their respective fullback to give extra defensive stability. Attack duty then means they look to get forward quickly in a transition, which would let them link nicely with the striker. I would tend to use a BBM or CM(A) as my runner in that central midfield too. Get 3 players running at different locations around the TM and profit.
  12. It seems that there is less to exploit in this ME compared to previous, so super tactics are no so effective. From what you describe it sounds like you struggle to break down defensive sides (do you perform well against the big sides?). If you ever get past the rage quit and reinstall, there are plenty of people who could offer advice on that and on how to continue the development of your tactic.
  13. Leicester are an example of the whole becoming greater than the sum of it's parts, and the absolute importance of momentum in sport. They won because they had the perfect players to play the way they were playing. And they believed in what they were doing, and that they could do it. This also happened to coincide with a bit of a transition for the other big clubs, leaving a chance. Teams also did not take Leicester seriously as a threat until it was far too late to do anything about it. The example of teams overachieving is pretty common though (Leicester is just at the very extreme of this). Sheffield United are doing it this year, and that is tactical as we can all agree their players have not all become world class overnight. The important thing is the synergy between tactic and players. If you have a tactic that perfectly suits your playing squad, and allows you to get every ounce of effort from them, then you will do better than expected. This can negate players being individually worse than the opposition. The biggest advantage of having excellent players is that they can overcome dodgy tactics to win games on their own. A moment of magic leading to a goal can be the difference between a win and a draw.
  14. They did. Possession as a defensive tool (endless fast sideways passing). Pressing intensely when lost the ball. Very high defensive line. Occassional bursts of very direct football. They played pretty much the same style, and differed mostly in Barcelona being able to do it better because they could choose their players and train them to play this way all the time. Spain had less flexibility and played a little toned back Tiki Taka. Personally, I find all Tiki Taka to be boring. Whether than is Spain or Barcelona or whoever. The endless sideways passing is dullness personified to me. Sure, the players are super technically proficient to pull that off, but that does not make up for it. Tiki Taka was a defensive strategy at heart, and the endless recycling of possession. Ugh. No thanks. I'm very much a direct incisive fast paced football kinda guy. I very much like watching Jurgen Klopp's teams, for instance. This is all personal preference though, we can happily agree to disagree on this one.
  15. Depending on what you mean by "exploit", you could be right or very wrong. If by exploit you mean exploit coding in the ME, then no this is not the only way to win consistently against the AI. If you mean to follow scout reports, watch a game, figure out what the AI is doing and change your tactic to take advantage, then you are spot on. The latter is what happens in real sport all the time. I do not think you really know how fluid football tactics are in the real world, how quickly they evolve and become something new. No offence, but it is utter nonsense to say teams only ever play one way, ever. They absolutely adapt to what is happening around them. All the time. Any manager who cannot adapt is a bad manager. Just look at Tiki Taka. It was originally unstoppable and nobody could stop it (and teams tried many things). Then eventually teams started to realise the being really direct against it worked. You will now notice nobody plays the Tiki Taka of late 00s Barcelona (not even Guardiola, he has changed). Football evolved to something new. We will see the same thing with the Gegenpress over the next 5 or so years. Liverpool currently look unstoppable, but sooner or later someone will figure them out. This is not just me trying to make a point with a single example. "Inverting the pyramid" is a wonderful book detailing the evolution of football tactics. Del Bosque's Spain played like Guardiola's Barcelona. They in no way resembled the Spain that came before... Spain used to be an even bigger international football failure than England, if you can believe it.
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