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    Beeen playing FM since CM97/98..currently on FM11 and trying to take FC United to glory

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  1. Any news on this as it hasn’t improved at all.
  2. My manager profile has a really low Media Handling rating, is this just to be expected as we cant interact with the media on this version or am i missing a way i can improve this?
  3. It may be a little premature and it might have taken me almost a year but i think i might have made my first successful tactic. Its been a rocky road and a real love hate relationships with the game the last few years as i have tried to come to terms with the games tactical side.i have read hundreds of posts, watched hours of youtube and still couldn't get my head around building my own successful tactic. I had loads of supposedly well thought out roles and duties, playing to the strength of my players, supposedly well thought out shouts to get the team playing exactly how i could see it in my head but nothing worked. The eureka moment came when i watched some YouTube clips on Guardiola, searching for that magic formula that he uses to creat such intricate football. Two clips inparticular showed me i had been thinking about it all wrong and making the very simple very complex. Firstly Thierry Henry spoke about how structured his system in terms of people staying in position to create space, the wingers had to hold the touch line, players were not allowed to cross on to the other side of the pitch, you had to trust your team mates to find you. He said the first two thirds of the pitch belonged to Pep, you had to follow his instructions, when his instructions got them to the final third then the players could move freely and use their imaginations. The second clip was Guardiola talking to fans at an event during his time with Bayern Munich. Again he spoke of simplicity, when they tried to analyse great moves on a screen and ask him about them he just spoke of the quality of the players, how they decide on the field the right pass and when to pass it. He also spoke about small tactical changes to deal with the opposition, not like the game of chess i was trying to lay out in my planning. With this in mind i started a new game, i was going to keep it simple, select the roles that got the movement i wanted and then let the players play them naturally, not with me piling on more and more for them to think about. FC United were the chosen team, predicted to come 9th and with a pretty average squad when comparing stats, usually lower half of the division i had wondered where they got 9th from! Anyway i decided to set up the formation that would fit the existing squad and just see what they could do before i start looking to improve it. As it turns out the first dozen games have gone much better that i could have ever imagined . As you can see we are top after 11 games only dropping 2 points to a late equaliser 7 games into the season, we have also won the first qualifying round of the cup 5-0 to a team in our division. The reason we went with this shape was that i wanted to use wide players and i had a lot more options in the AML/AMR positions than in the ML/MR positions. So ill talk you through why i did what i did as a result of the formation i chose and why i think it worked. Firstly i chose to go Attacking and Structured, firstly Attacking because of the AML,DLF/AMR combo, with these three high up the pitch I don't think its a shape that can sit deep without leaving gaps to exploit, also with these three players i can pressure the opposition back line early and hope the give us the ball back under pressure. With the quality of my defenders its better to be proactive and soak up the pressure. I went with two wingers as opposed to inside forwards because i wanted to make the space in the middle for my centre forward and midfielders to exploit, also as a result if they go really narrow i can go around the outside of them. I found that wingers act like the players Henry was talking about too, they hold wide positions but they do get into the box in the final 3rd, not moving inside too early and cluttering up space. The Deep Lying Forward has also worked great and in combination with 2 Box to Box midfielders behind him causes the defence all sorts of problems. If he comes deep and drags a centre half with him one of the midfielders overlaps and provides an easy throughball, if they don't come deep with him he can recycle possession and get back in the box or sometimes find good through balls in the channel between centre half and full back for the winger to run on to. He also still tries to run in behind sometimes and that keeps my play nice and varied. The Box to Box midfield option was pretty easy, i wanted to pick the role that got the two central midfielders forward and running into the channels created by the wingers staying wide, into the space left by the Deep Lying Forward coming deep and into the box to get on to the end of crosses. The other option would have been CM Attack but i wanted support duties on all my players baring the defensive trio to help keep shape, encourage a bit more ball retention and keep the players a bit closer together. Behind them i have 2 supporting Full Backs that provide support and the odd overlap when its safe, two standard Center Backs and a Defensive Midfielder screening them. I have no shouts and i have only 4 player instructions. Close Down Much More on the Deep Lying Forward, as im high up th pitch I don't want to give them time on the ball to spot a through ball to unlock me. Get Further Forwards on the AML/AMR as although i wanted them on support to keep shape and not try anything too spectacular i did want them getting beyond the Deep Forward. The last one i had was Distribute to Full Backs for the Keeper, I didn't want him launching big kicks to the forwards and loosing possession, i also didn't want to take the risk of giving it to poor footballing center backs at this level so i thought give the ball to the Full Backs would be safer. In game i have tried to keep my decision making simple too. I have only used shouts every few games and tried to do it if needed or an advantage can be gained. For example against a team with only one player on each flank i will look to exploit the flanks. If in struggling to break a team down i will go from structured to flexible, this will give them a little more creativity and let the Full Backs join in a little more. If they are sitting really deep and i still cant break them free i will either Look For Overlap or give my Defensive Midfielder a little more licence to join in by putting him on support. And that's about it, i tend to rotate my squad quite a bit as they are poor physically and i want players going into a match that can get through it but other than that nothing out of the ordinary. I may have gone on more than i intended to in this post and it may well be premature to say i have made a great tactic built its the first time i have had so much success so early with such an average team. If like me you have always struggled building tactics and your head spins trying to get your head round it just try keeping it really simple and you might be surprised. I am average at best at this game but at last i feel like i know how and why something is working.
  4. Is there a way to turn off the assistant manager setting opposition instructions before every game? Feel like the set instructions are undoing my tactics at times
  5. If centre midfield support is the base line more structured shapes drop defenders and defensive mentalities lower and pushes attackers and and attacking midfielders mentality higher. More fluid would increase defenders and defensive midfielders mentality more towards the midfield support and decrease attackers and attacking mentality towards the midfielders too. I imagine structured shapes are more about winning individual battles and getting the ball from back to front quicker, potentially more open games. Fluid shapes are more about working together as a unit, shorter passing, more players involved in defence and attack. As a result I think getting the team mentality right would be more important on a fluid system or everyone will be too high or too deep in relation to your opposition at once. I defence I imagine a structured team to be more open to being passed through, big gaps between the lines. Fluid teams will leave too much space in behind them if they are too aggressive or give the opposition too much time on the ball if they sit too deep. I see it as a physical/work rate style v a technical/tactical style that would work best under each extreme
  6. I have read that many a time, it's more just an enquirer in to how people use it. I have unfortunately not become as comfortable with the tactics creator as I was with constructing tactical sets with the old sliders. I have to get my head around thinking in the new way and making the changes I could see I was making in the new system. I think the old guide of the tt&f days were so much more in detail you could be guilty of following them, building good tactical sets and being successful without really understanding why and figuring it out yourself. The ambiguity of the tactical creator makes it more realistic in football terms and the new guide provide some good guidance but I have struggled to fill the gaps in and get consistent results. I was going to do a thread showing my tactics, some games and the changes I make so I could get some better advice but can't seem to load any screen shots up. I love the game, love The tactical side of football but can't get my ideas working as I would like as I could before
  7. On problem I find when setting up team tactics is choosing a team shape. I want to be a good tactician that gets the best from my players and can adapt to different opponents and conditions, not a manager with a rigid philosophy that is boy plays one way. That being said I do have a preferred style, I appreciate good football and believe it should be entertaining nag for the fans as well as winning. I think my roll model would be Alex Ferguson, not as pragmatic as Mourinho or as purist as Wenger. With this year n mind would I be sound in looking at my players Decision Making, Off the Balland and Positioning stats as marker as how they could cope withe the relitive freedom they are given? For example lower league players with poor stats or a weaker team in a division making them more structured then increasing freedom as I sign better players? Or am I looking at it in the wrong way? I appreciate there is probably no right or wrong way to do it but the thoughts of other players would be welcome
  8. Great thread that I have followed the whole way through. I have tried to replicate something similar in my own game, setting up a base tactic, only making minor in game changes. Unfortunately I haven't had the same success, I'm trying to do it playing a 442 formation and I'm unsure if it's more difficult with a formation that doesn't control the game as much, or if my basic set up has some flaws in it that are preventing any kind of consistency. I'm not searching for anyone to give me a successful base tactic, that's taking all the fun and frustration out of the game! But I would like to know if you think it's possible with a formation I see as having to be more reactive as it has less control over the midfield.
  9. How important is it to have an attack duty in defence? I am trying to play 442 with a conference north side but find two attacking wide midfielders and two supporting full backs tends to works lot better than having a wide mid support and a full back attack down one side. Would this be because of the quality of players? If I get to the stage that sides decide to park the bus I could see that system coming into its own maybe?
  10. My point is that even if the full back is isolated they should just kick it out for a throw, it looks like the always try to pass back to the keeper but kick it out around the edge of the 18 yard box. It's the decision making of the players that I question
  11. Is anyone else having problems with defenders kicking the ball out for corners when much easier options are available? I'm doing pretty well in my game, 2 promotions in 3 seasons so it's not exactly spoiling my game but it's frustrating to watch. It's usually several times a game and every now and then you let one in from the resulting corner. Is this a match engine thing or are my players just that bad, Scottish 2nd and 1st decision. This is something that can happen realistically from time to time, and when under pressure but not as often and needlessly as it is happening at the moment
  12. How do people use mentality? I'm struggling to get it right, is it easier to stick with one mentality and change things up with shouts? If so how do you pick the starting mentality? Or if you are someone that changes it to match different oppositions and match situations how do you decide on that? I'm struggling to put together consistent results, I have read many posts and I feel I have a food combination of roles and duty's for my formation, I feel I just don't fully understand how the get the team as a whole on the right mentality per game. Any feedback is welcome, I just want to understand the game well enough to make it fun again
  13. When I'm playing and using one formation I save 3 variation I can switch between to respond to game situations or opposition faced. These are usually a defensive/counter attacking version to use against stronger opposition teams or seeing out a game, an attacking set up and a patient version. I like the sets and the versatility it gives my side, but now I want to change my approach, to be more adaptable with several formations. If I had 3 saved formations how much of a negative impact would changing mentality within each one during a game have? The other question is how do people adapt their approach? I know some just chance mentality, some just use shouts. Finding people's approaches would maybe help others that struggle to adapt, whatever method is used I see it as vital to success in the game, to stop those late goals going in, to break down those stubborn defences, to counter an oppositions setup. From reading great threads from people with far more understanding than I its obvious there is more than one way to skin a cat, I think it might help people struggling to find their own way to see them in one place. I do realise it with be match and situation specific but people usually have a trend, please share yours and maybe help people see the different ways they could go.
  14. WWFan I was wondering how you use the 3 saved tactic options, do you have 3 different stratagies and sets of shouts saved? Like in the days of making sets, attacking, defensive and somewhere in the middle for example? Or do you just have a basic set up and adjust to the game you are about to play?
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