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  1. A few bits to unpack here. Firstly, Martinez, Mbappe and Rashford are all quick forwards, suited to breaking into space behind opposition defences. None of them have great aerial capabilities or are massively creative. Your choice of Advanced Forward and a left sided Inside Forward does suit your options. You'll want to try to create that space for them by dropping off slightly when the opposition have the ball. Then you can win the ball back in midfield and look to launch passes quickly to get your men in behind. I'd suggest having a look at the player comparison of Rashford and Mbappe. I had a quick check on one of my saves and their hexagon is almost identically shaped, but with Rashford being inferior in all but aerial attributes. There's no doubting that Rashford is a great player (and a wonderful human being), but Mbappe is simply better at what they both do well. To have a squad option like Rashford is fortunate, as he can fill in a few positions. For me, Mbappe doesn't make a great winger as his crossing, passing and work rate aren't fantastic. It's not a role that looks to bring the best out of him. I think you have to pick two from Mbappe, Rashford and Martinez each game and try to avoid shoehorning them into roles that are unsuited. Then I'd have a look at seeing what you can do with the right wing position, perhaps see if you have a creative player who can fire your guys passes and crosses. Having that quality rotation option will be really useful for you throughout the season.
  2. Is it just me or did there used to be a tab that compared different statistics for each of your formations? I've been looking for it and can't find it now. It had information there, such as time spent using each formation, shots attempted/conceded and when goals were scored for and against in different time periods of a match. Can anyone shed any light on where this tab might of gone? I can't find it for love nor money!
  3. The formation as shown on the tactics creator should be how your players line up in the defensive phase. Therefore, your choice should be a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1. In order for this to shift into the 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 in the attacking phase you have to select roles and duties to facilitate this change. For example, looking at the movements you'd like your back line to make, I'd suggest your RB as an IWB(D) or FB(D) and your LB as WB(A) or CWB(A). The RB will theoretically stay back and narrow as part of a three man line with your CBs. The LB will push into the midfield line to provide width on his flank, or even advance to the byline. I had a quick play on an FM Touch test save I have with Bayern to find some basic examples of how duties affect movement between phases. I don't know enough about Fiorentina to offer suggestions for which roles you'd actually need to mimic their real life tactic, but these principles should help you discover the positional shifts between the defensive and attacking phases. I tried to pick roles that are similar to the ones outlined in the articles posted in the OP. The simple 4-4-2 in the tactics creator is here: These examples come from a Champions League group stage tie against CSKA Moscow, who play in a defensive 3-3-2-2. Here is an example of build up in the defensive third. My RCB(D) Boateng has the ball in the centre of the pitch flanked by Kimmich at RFB(D) and Hummels at LCB(D). Alaba has moved forward into the midfield line creating a 3-5-2 shape. Alaba and Gnabry are pinning CSKA's wing backs deep early in the build up: The next example is deep into the attacking phase. Again, the three man back line is holding position. James, the left sided IW(S), has pushed into the box to support Lewandowski and Muller, whilst Alaba and Gnabry maintain the width. This is a clearer example of 3-4-3 appearing: Finally, here is the line-up straight after a CSKA kick off. You can see we are lined up in the basic 4-4-2 shape: I hope this helps!
  4. I'm curious about this. I was hoping to draw up a financial template for a save based on this article by Chris Darwen: https://www.thehighertempopress.com/2016/04/fm16-how-to-balance-the-books/ I know it's possible to find the amount of season ticket holders on the General info screen for a club, as well as ST prices and average ticket price. It doesn't seem possible to find an expected attendance until the report the day before the match. Does anyone have any idea if there's a more advanced forecast for attendances or is it only the day before a given match?
  5. Enjoyed watching Betis v Barca the other week, they've got a pretty cool squad. Can I also give this a go?
  6. It could be an attribute issue. Poor Decisions, Teamwork and Vision would affect if they'd go for the shot or the pull back.
  7. Blimey, I had no idea. I gave his articles their own bookmark folder, they were so entertaining to read just on their own. He essentially changed the way I feel about and play the game. Very, very sad. R.I.P.
  8. I've checked and some of the attributes have been moved into different categories. The most obvious changes are part of the goalkeeping category split, but there is no longer a category for set pieces and crossing is now a part of the attacking category.
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