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  1. Ben, do we have any idea how long this will take to fix? It's just not worth me starting a new game as is. Is this an issue that appears for everyone? Can add a file if required.
  2. Not sure how many headers I score, however I do feel like a lot of chances are headed high & wide when it looks like it’d be easier to score.
  3. Just happened to me. Subs made 55 & 65 mins, also changed in and out of possession tactics.
  4. Well, that's that ruined then... https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51603039
  5. Hope so, issue has been raised in the bugs forum. Shame they've released an update to give more realism & yet this bug ruins it straightaway.
  6. Same issue, just seeing teams loan players with future fees as there's no budget. Transfers are showing as being able to complete immediately, not just in the next window.
  7. Same issue, just seeing teams loan players with future fees as there's no budget.
  8. Not sure if this is a bug/glitch or if it's intended, finding it frustrating so thought I'd log it here just in case. When given the option to select available 1st team players for the U23s, selecting the list view gives you the line-up with the amount of maximum minutes you're allowing your players to play in the upcoming fixture. When you change the minutes via the drop-down menu the screen reverts to the pitch view. If you have a lot of changes to make this can be quite annoying. Also, I'm not sure if it's me but this seems to select players for ongoing minutes with the U23 teams, can there not be an option to make sure they're only there for match fitness? I know you can do this by the availability drop-down menu further up the page but surely the list view is there to speed things up?
  9. Had similar issues before whilst trying to play as a team expected to win (Man City), especially when it came to anything other than a counter-attacking tactic. I started a new game, as Chelsea, and tried to think a bit more about how I wanted my team to play, who I wanted to score the goals etc. I lined up like this (R>L)... GK - SK-S RB - WB-S RCB - CD-D LCB - BPD-D LB - FB-A DM - DLP-S RCM - BBM-S LCM - MEZ-S RAM - W-S LAM - IF-S SC - CF-A Positive Shorter passing, play out of defence, and lower tempo. Couter-Press and counter. High defensive line, high LOE, and prevent short GK distribution. SC, LAM, RAM, & LCM set to press more urgently. How did it end up? Finished 2nd, got to FA Cup Semi-Final, CL Semi-Final, and won League Cup. Abraham scored 30 goals, with the Hudson Odoi, Pulisic, and Mount all getting over 10 from their positions too. The play was good to watch, and I was quite happy with everything from what was still a side with plenty of room for improvement. It got me wondering about whether a similar tactic would work with Man City, or had i just got lucky? I mirrored the formation as I felt this suited the team better, and I tweaked the midfield roles slightly. At Chelsea I used a BBM as I had to find room for Kante and his bursts through the middle, however with Man City I felt that I'd play better to my teams strengths by using an AP-A in the LCM slot alongside a MEZ-S on the right-hand side. I learnt the hard way in my 1st Man City stint that 2 playmakers weren't a good idea, it was too safe, so I changed the DLP-S to a DM-S. The only other change was changing my Winger (S) to Winger (A), this is really because it's usually the position I play Sterling and I wanted him to be more of a goal threat but keep some of the unpredictability that might come with changing to an IF-A, sometimes he'll go down the line and sometimes he'll cut inside. Also, because he tends to hold the width more it gives the CF and the attacking midfield more space to move into, or that's how I see it anyway! Haven't been able to get too far into the season but I won the Community Shield, and have won my 1st 5 or 6 games in the PL, scoring quite a few goals along the way. I anticipate I might need to tighten up a bit when playing some of the better teams, maybe changing the DM-S to a DM-D, or changing the Winger back to a support role, but so far so good. Hopefully this might give a few people some ideas. EDIT: This does seem to result in quite a few shots, although thankfully the feedback on the tactics screen doesn't suggest they're all hopeless ones from long-range. I'd say about a 3rd are on target, which I think is quite acceptable.
  10. Well, that went badly! Finished 3rd, 12 points off winners Liverpool but was knocked out of CL in Feb, lost the League Cup final, and didn't perform that well in the FA Cup. Got to the end of the season and was called into the office for the 2nd time, wasn't going to beg so decided to hand my notice in and leave by mutual consent. Made a few changes thanks to the advice above. I tried Aguero (when he was fit) as a Treq & he finished the season with 21 goals in all comps, although I'm not sure how many were pens. Kept Sterling as W-A on the left, but used a Mez-S on the left hand side of my midfield. Experimented with a RPM on the right hand side, however with De Bruyne there he seemed to shoot from distance far too often therefore I kept him as a DLP-S to try to rein him in a bit. As for the DM position, again, I toyed with the HB but it seemed as though it made me muchless defensively solid through the centre so I resorted back to DM-D. In defence, I changed my LB from WB-S to IWB-S, but I didn't notice a great deal of difference... I think Mendy may have some traits which class with that role and duty, which I'm guessing probably isn't ideal. In addition I swapped the BPD role from Stones to Laprote. I didn't quite have the guts to give Ederson the SGK-A role, and kept him as SGK-S. I didn't change the instructions too heavily, I added WBIB and BME. I'm not sure either worked as I really wanted them to, WBIB seemed to reduce crosses a bit, however quite often I'd find teams lined up very narrow and packed the box as expected, yet I ddn't see much expression from my players other than trying a shot, dribbling into a sea of bodies, or playing it out wide for a cross. I toggled Play Offside Trap on and off depending on who I was facing and their lineup, but found when I didn't have Prevent Short GK Distribution on my team lacked the bite I desired... possibly due to Aguero and his Treq role not being able to be a part of the split press? Anyway, I think my team probably was more of a threat going forward, and Aguro did finish as my top scorer, with the changes made, but it obviously came at a cost. Defensively we weren't as solid, and we didn't have as much possession (I wasn't initially worried about giving up the ball if it meant I could be more dangerous, however I do want to maintain some sort of control). The most frustrating thing I found was that my players were supposed to be some of the best finishers in the league and yet I was near the bottom of the table for chance conversion. I was having a lot of shots, not really from stupid distances, more from around the 18yrd mark than 35yrds, but they were either blocked or rarely on target and it all felt a bit rushed.
  11. 1st of all, thanks to you both for the feedback. I agree with you on the playmakers being overkill, I have tried several roles and duties there but nothing seems to have really stood out, therefore I think I've just fallen into the trap of playing Silva in his supposed preferred setup. I have toyed with the Mez before so I'll definitely go back and give that another shot alongside a more progessive midfield. My star performer is Bernardo, who is actually my top scorer, and hopefully the changes made won't has too much of an effect on his performances. @Experienced Defender, can I ask why you feel I should change the LW to an IF? I understand this will increase the % chance of a cross, but I usually have Sterling there & I thought my having him as a W instead of the IF it may make him vary his movement slightly so he doesn't always cut inside. Also, with an IWB behind would this not reduce the width too much, causing congestion in the middle? As for my ST, I've never tried using a Treq up front, always in the #10 role, so I'd certainly be intrigued to see how that would play out. The suggested changes to the defence make sense, when I've tried the Mez in CM before I did use an IWB behind. Would you still recommend using a BPD if the CB has 'Tries Long Range Passes' as a trait? Whilst someone like Laporte is obviously very good at it I don't want him launching it long all the time. In terms of instructions, I did only use slower tempo and prevent short GK distribution infrequently so I can understand why they're not needed, and your explanation of using something like WBIB and BME makes sense. Is there a particular reason why you would choose Offside Trap too?
  12. As the title suggests, I'm having a go at one last FM19 save before the new iteration comes out. I want to do something a little bit different to usual, I've spent the majority of my time this year with York City, my home town team, or with PL teams expected to struggle like Brighton & Newcastle, both of which made great saves. However, as I'm not going to be playing for too long I figured I'd go for Man City and see what life is like at the top. So far I'm genuinely finding it much more difficult, which surely shouldn't be the case?! Previous saves have resulted in me playing more direct, counter style tactics but obviously Man City are much more possession based. Whilst results haven't been bad, in Jan and 4 or 5 points off the top but in 4th, I've not managed to get the team playing as I'd really like. I understand opponents will sit deep, I've tried to factor that in to my tactics. I'm defensively the best in the league, but I need to score more goals. With my current set-up goals are very much shared around, however I want Aguero, or Jesus, to be my main goal threat, scoring a greater % of our goals. Apologies for the lack of screenshots but I currently line up as follows (4-3-3 with 1 DM and 2 Wide Forwards):- R>L Ederson (SK/S) Cancelo (FB/A) Stones (CB/D) Laporte (CB/D) Mendy (WB/S) - Have also tried (IWB/S) when Silva plays as a more adventurous role Fernandinho (DM/D) De Bruyne (DLP/S) Silva (AP/S) - Have also tried (MZ/S), and both roles on (A) too Bernardo (IF/S) Sterling (W/A) Aguero (DLF/A) Team instructions:- Positive Pass short Play out of defence Slower tempo (Sometimes) Counter-press Counter Higher LOE Higher DL Prevent short GK distribution (Sometimes) Player instructions:- Aguero, Bernardo, Sterling, and Silva to press more To reiterate, what I'm really looking for is to become more of a goal threat, with a higher % of goals coming from my ST, whilst remaining quite solid at the back. I'm not looking to recreate Pep's style so 60%+ possession is not the goal unless it helps me achieve my other aims. I've seen a lot of people comment regarding a high amount of crosses per game, I understand with an FB on A and a W on A I'll have plenty too, however I want to keep a healthy balance... hopefully with the right tactics my players will have plenty of passing options and be able to make better decisions. Any help with this would be much appreciated.
  13. All dependent on other roles etc. From reading around, as well as trial & error, I’ve found AF works much better in a more direct, counter type tactic. Some advice I’ve seen on here seems to put Treq with a P, or PF/A, forward as a good alternative.
  14. Interesting thread! I always end up coming back to 4231. I’m currently playing with a very similar setup, I have the same roles but on slightly different mentalities. My FB is on Attack, with a MCL on Defend, & then my AML on Support. Not as aggressive with a much higher line, or by closing down much more... one notch down on both. Seems to work ok, the football maybe isn’t quite as good as I’d like but I’m getting results. It’s coming to the end of the season so I might put into effect some of the elements you’ve mentioned above during preseason & see how I get on.
  15. Has anyone used the Steam Link App to play FM on your tablet or mobile? If yes, how have you found it? Just seen Apple have blocked the app for iOS, but apparently it’s still available on Android devices.
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