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  1. It gives you the option to play different blocks on different mentalities. If we weren't able to alter the DL and LOE then the mentality would define where on the pitch your defensive block would be and you'd be stuck with that. For example, all Very Defensive tactics would be low blocks and all Very Attacking tactics would be high blocks. In one of my saves I play a high block (Much Higher DL/Higher LOE) with a Cautious mentality, as my players are poor technically, but my defenders are quick. This works to mitigate any weaknesses in my players attributes. The thread that @Zemahh me
  2. I'm already playing on a cautious mentality, so players will naturally be more risk averse and disciplined anyway. I still want players to be able to make their own decisions in certain situations. Not at all. Cautious is a mentality, not a Team Instruction. The mentality you choose will alter your default TIs - consider it a way to decide how much risk you want to play with. I like to consider what I want my tactic to do when I choose a mentality, then use TIs to impart the style of play I ultimately want. I want to do this using as few TIs as possible, so it's easier to tweak when th
  3. Sounds similar to a tactic I was using recently. High possession, but with low creativity as my players aren't great and a high press to prevent opposition time on the ball. I used a 4-3-3 DM wide, though. Not dissimilar from what you'd like in the 4-1-4-1, but it allowed for natural triangles in possession and more advanced players for the press. Here's a screenshot of my tactic: I opted for a cautious mentality, but used a much higher line (my defenders are absolutely rapid, but with no aerial ability) and a split press for my advanced players. This was largely influenced by exampl
  4. Using TMs and a SSa could be a useful release valve for you when you're hunkered in to see out a result. Both will naturally sit deeper in the defensive phase, while your players will still look to hit your TM quickly to relieve pressure and the SS will look to break beyond. Not too dissimilar from how you seem to be set up currently. Could be worth trying out, give it a go and see how it works.
  5. Is it compromising your defensive play in terms of results? If you're winning games and the team are playing well, I wouldnt recommend making drastic changes. Both are on an attack duty, so their primary intention in matches will be centred around the attacking phase. As it stands, they're not going to be showing much interest in the defensive phase at all. You could raise their individual pressing instruction if you want them to be a bit more of a nuisance off the ball, but that will result in them being more leggy for those runs you want them making.
  6. He's a fantastic playmaker. Looking at his attributes, he's clearly most suited to attacking duties. He can't tackle, nor does he have the aggression, bravery or concentration to be willing to put them in. So a support duty would mean the game passes him by, as he'll be looking to contribute in defensive transitions that don't suit him. Get him in an attacking duty (perhaps either IWa or WPa) using his fantastic playmaking skills coming off the left - his pace and work rate will really help him out for this. He looks like he'll graft to make those chances for your team and is good en
  7. What is the acceleration of your defenders like? If they’re quick, I’d consider raising your defensive line up a notch to compress the space in front of your defence. The opposition players playing those through balls will have less time to pick the pass and your players can recover using their speed.
  8. It can vary. Players have a hidden value for versatility, so that will affect how quickly they’d adapt. It’s also important to give the player game time in the position you’re retraining in. If they’re being played in different positions each game, that will slow the process down. In my save, I’ve recently retrained a natural left back to play at centre back. He started with no ability whatsoever at centre back, but is now accomplished. It took about 6 months to get there and he played every game where available at centre back, even when he didn’t have any familiarity.
  9. In fairness, that does look like smart movement by the No 2. Your WB is pegged by him, forcing the midfielder out and then you’re overloaded on the flank. I’ve used a similar formation recently. If I recall correctly, I had my WBs PIs set to Close Down More. That way they would normally be the ones to engage in those deeper positions. Could be worth a try.
  10. I’ve just spent the best part of 6 months playing a left back at centre back. He had no familiarity in the position initially, but has been excellent there, with an average rating of 7+ because of his attributes and how my tactic is set up to emphasise his qualities. With training and constant game time at centre back, he’s now accomplished in that position and I have the best defence in the league in terms of goals conceded. If your player has the attributes to work in the role and the role fits your tactic, you’ll be fine to use the player there.
  11. This is great advice, but it's important to note that there's more than one way to skin a cat. I've played two LLM saves so far in FM21, but have used completely different methods to protect myself from crosses. Save one with Buxton in the VNN saw me inherit a squad with a couple of good options at the back with good jumping reach. I trialled plenty more players in pre-season, signed a few more centre backs and eventually settled on a tactic with a back three that could sit in a mid block and repel most aerial threats easily. This is the pretty standard way to deal with crossing threat -
  12. June 2021: Youth Intake Preview I'm quite pleased at the prospect of a new 'keeper. Denys Pervov, the veteran Ukrainian, has been excellent so far, but is getting on in years. Someone to take over the mantle as number one in a few years would be very helpful. Two more forwards would be welcome. Paatelainen and Ehrnrooth are 28 and 25, so it would be nice to have some youthful back up for my only two striking options.
  13. April/May 2021: An incredibly solid start to life in the league. We'd be unbeaten, but for an 85th minute goal conceded from an indirect free kick on opening day. Beating odds on favourites for the league title, Ilves, late in the following match, has paved the way for an incredibly solid unbeaten run. Tactically, we don't aim to blow teams away, instead looking to hold as much of the ball as possible in the opposition half and patiently carving out good opportunities to score. Our two deep midfielders and inverted right back are the league's ball hogs, sitting comfortably in a
  14. April 2021: Pre-season/Finnish Cup So we crashed out of the Finnish Cup at the group stage: This doesn't bother me too much, as most of the first few games were spent dabbiling around with trialists at centre back and assessing how my tactic was fixing up in different phases. Eventually, we confirmed our two new centre backs, Paulo Martins and Ítalo. We're a shocking side defensively in the air, so I thought it was necessary to sign a few more options who are quick across the ground to allow us to maintain a higher line. I'd rather build on the speed we have in the squad, t
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