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  1. I'm trying to make one or two changes to my 4-2-3-1 tactic on my Barcelona save, and would be really keen to get some advice. Although I'm winning matches, I'm taking a lot of shots, often without scoring too many goals. In particular, my strikers are under-performing, and I was wondering whether there are any changes I could make to bring them into the game a bit more? Here's my tactic, and 1st-choice side: And to illustrate the problem, here are my top goalscorers: My top goalscorer, Messi (no surprise there), is scoring at 0.79 goals per game. Ansu Fati is next, knocking in 0.61 goals per game. On the other hand, my two out-and-out strikers, Fábio Silva and Antoine Griezmann, are scoring at 0.3 and 0.28 goals per game, which is obviously pretty low for the front man on a team 15 points clear at the top of the league. I get that when Messi and Mbappé are on your team they are going to score most of the goals, but I still think I'm getting a pretty low return from the lone striker. What can I do to put them in a better position to get on the score sheet? Any tips very gatefully appreciated 🙏🏻
  2. Turns out all I needed to do was wait - with 5 months left on his contract he dropped his wage demands by 600k!
  3. I appreciate this is very much a first-world problem, but I'm really keen to hear other people's thoughts: I'm about to go into the year 2022 on my Barcelona save, and the final year of Lionel Messi's contract. He's currently earning £1.2m per week, but when I tried to offer him a new deal the maximum the board would allow me to offer is £625k (even though I've got a spare £2m in my wage budget). Unsurprisingly, Messi said no. Is there any way that anyone can think of that I could persuade him to sign a new deal? Seems a bit daft to let him go on a free when he's still knocking in 30+ goals a season.
  4. Hi All, I'm trying to make my own pan-european league with relegation. My idea is to create a new division at the top of each of the major European nations (eg above the Premier League in England), with the teams in that competition qualifying for a new continental league competition, and the bottom sides being relegated back to the Premier League. I was wondering whether there would be any way of processing the results from the continental competition into the top-level domestic competition. For example, if Man City beat Barcelona in the continental league, could they also be awarded three points in the domestic division? I'm told that this is not entirely dissimilar to how the divisions in the NFL work, although that doesn't really mean anything to me. Any thoughts on whether this is possible? Thanks! Tom
  5. I'm not sure whether this would count as a 'feature' per se, but I do think it's an area of the game that could be looked at, and I'm not quite sure you'd classify it as a bug. Here's the problem: In my Liverpool save I've got a 19-year-old player who's earning 10k a week, and has five years left on his contract. However, he's also got 4* ability (and I've won the league 3 years in a row - so basically he's potentially in Messi/Neymar territory). Obviously, for one of the best players in the league to be earning 10k p/w is a bit daft, so I've tried to offer him a new contract. However, while his agent wants £200k p/w, I was only thinking of offering 80/90k (because having a teenager on that sort of money is just daft). Obviously, the agent rejected my offer. But when you think about it, that was a pretty stupid thing to do. I know that a lot of this sort of thing in football manager is quite subjective, but the fact is that if you offered anyone on earth an 800% pay rise on a contract for the same length of time, they would not turn it down. They just wouldn't. You'd have to be utterly barmy. I could understand if he had 2 years left on his contract, and was holding out for a move elsewhere, or had a release clause he thought someone was likely to trigger, but he doesn't. He was given the option of 70k extra a week free of any extra commitments (and an agent's fee, and substantially increased bonuses) and he turned it down. Who the hell would do that? Obviously this example is a little bit specific, although it is an issue I've experienced with quite a few players; and not everyone will be in a position where they don't have to sell because they've got £500m in the bank, but I'd be really interested to know whether anyone has seen this happen at other levels of the game (I imagine it must) and whether there's anything that can be done about players being open to more realistic pay rises in this sort of situation, because it just doesn't make sense.
  6. Yeah, going for IF. Rotating him with Riyad Mahrez TBF he's absolutely killing it at the moment, even though he's (apparently) not very effective in that position.
  7. Lads, need some advice. I've just signed this lad from Gremio, but I want him to play as an AMR. I've been re-training him since January but he doesn't seem to have made any progress at all. Has anyone ever seen a position re-training take this long? Is it going to end up being a bit of a lost cause?
  8. Poor old Will Hughes. Charlie Austin must have had a stormer!
  9. You know you've had a good weekend when...
  10. Right guys, transfer dilemma of the day: Krasnodar want £50m+ for him. I've got £80m in my budget, and £250m in the bank. I think I'd probably use him as an AM playing off the striker. Worth a punt?
  11. Well not really. Suarez was going to be bought anyway (he was obviously a good deal). I'm not sure you'd find too many reds arguing that Carroll was worth £35m XD
  12. Strangely, I don't think I'm going to buy anyone yet. He was keeping Firmino out the side so I expect I'll give him a run and then promote someone from the youth team. I'm slightly wary of all the occasions when LFC have sold someone in real life and then basically wasted the entire transfer fee straight away (Carol for Torres, Aquilani for Alonso, etc). I also HATE spending big money on wages, and anyone you spend £50m+ on is going to ask for £££. Rather save it for a rainy day
  13. Not sure how much he'd be available for, as he was already with the team when I got the job, but Wrexham's Tyler Harvey is a 30+ goals a season striker when you play him as an AF.
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