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  1. This. I have tried fm20 multiple times but just can’t get past the issue of central play. I loaded up fm18 with a similar tactic I used on fm20 and it is night and day. More movement from the lone striker, 10 yard passes from edge of the box for a goal opportunity etc. The long shot issue is annoying but I can take that! i just hope that fm21 manages the ultra defensive tactics from AI and lack of central play and movement.
  2. For the first time ever, I wont be buying on release day - not until I can see that the central attacking play has been improved within the ME.
  3. Does direct passing mean more long balls or can it be used to break down defensive teams and still play good looking football (nice passing etc)
  4. Can shorter passing + pass into space work? If so what type of play could I expect? Would like to see good short passing but with some through balls when able in the last third
  5. So - you used a cautious mentality to play more attacking football? I have never tried this but could be the difference in me throwing this game in the bin or actually enjoying it. When moving to cautious, did you change any of the roles? i.e to make them more attacking or just leave them as they are - trying to understand how you can penetrate defences - I can see why a lower mentality would increase possession......
  6. One of the big things I have learnt is the importance of team mentality - more so than ever before (in terms of other versions). Playing attacking against lower ranked teams has had a real effect on results and the forward play - adding shorter passing and PoD has seen some really good football, inc a 3-0 win against Man City. If Im closing a game out - drop it to balanced or positive. Im now seeing mentality as shifting gears as opposed to using a mentality to define a style - that's the team instructions and roles.
  7. Generally going well. Still trying to figure out the B2B role and whether a Callirero or CMs would be better suited. Also I change between the IWB and FB roles on the right side, depending on each game. Still can get frustrated by the striker role - have kept with the f9 position with TQ behind but open to suggestions as to whether other combinations would be better - I want the Lone striker to be a goal threat but also not be isolated and be able to link play. The AMC role is better than I have seen - the TQ role seems to have a good balance between attack and link play. Overall, I would have preferred a 4-1-2-1-1 formation but Ozil just cant fit into that system - at the end opf the season, I plan on offloading him and get players in better suited to the overall system I have in mind. Just a quick question - when we talk about a split block - do we only add close down more to the front 3? Or also tight marking?
  8. In terms of the split block - I have the f9 and wide players on close down more but it wont let me increase the TQ? Have never tried the callirero role in any of the saves - might test it out. I have tried shorter passing on its own and it seemed to again slow the play down so much (I know it effects tempo) that teams were regrouping quickly and shutting off attack lanes.
  9. Hi all I have bene playing FM for a long time but FM19 and FM20 has got me stumped. For a long time, I have struggled to get any tactic going and this in turn, has led to me not getting past pre season before getting frustrated with the game and going back to a FM18 save. The main frustration I have is attacking play - getting the front 4 firing, scoring and getting decent match ratings. The tactic is.... As you can see, I have started with very little tactical instructions. The thinking is, less is more. I want to play entertaining football with good passing and movement - however, in the past, using possession instructions like shorter passing, play of out defence or work ball into box just creates beautiful passing in front of the opps defence but little or no penetration. I am hoping that with the right roles, duties and intelligent players I can create space for good shorter passing naturally, without diluting the attacking speed and play. I have tried an AMC on support and attack but this had little impact, often being marked out of the game or being bypassed to the wings, especially against 1 man or 2 man DM systems. Likewise, the Lone striker has been tried on AF, CF(S) and (a), DLF (both duties) with little consistent impact. I am trying a combination of TQ and F9 with the hope this will generate some movement of packed defences. The F9 role is not something I have tried before and hope he will come deep to interact with the team but also provide some attacking penetration at the same time. I have tried to create a bit of space for the AMC. The inside forward to offer some attacking penetration but a winger to allow some width on the right hand side. Pepe in this role will cut inside at times given his PPM. I have a B2B midfielder alongside a DFPd. I have chosen an IWBs on the right side to help fill in for when the B2B makes those runs forwards, whilst allowing width on the left with a WBs. I would be grateful to anyone to confirm whether my thinking is on the right track given my past issues with the game - please don't take much notice in who is fulfilling the roles - I plan to make some changes to players over the season but want to know from a tactic perspective whether I am getting it right - or any suggestions, success that people may have.
  10. The thing is, whatever tactics you employ, the lack of movement and central play is clearly broken. The low blocks that every defence employs means the ball goes where there is space, namely the wings. This stops the lone striker, amc etc from having any impact apart from linking play. Look at real life football, even in matches like this, the attacking side will find some space or the striker will show movement to open space to get a shot on. the rest of the game and ME is superb but this for me just completely stops any enjoyment. would be interested in seeing what people’s views are on the most balanced ME as well. FM 18?
  11. Unfortunately I completely agree with you, I have given up on fm20 due to the ME. i am giving FM19 a go as I never really got into it, how did you find it as an ME? from memory I had some good saves with Fm18, the best I think was fm15 or 16, can’t remember exactly which one but remember buying Depay who was amazing for my spurs team.
  12. Has the AMC issue within the current ME been recognised as an issue officially or more what some ppl are finding based on certain tactics etc?
  13. I’m looking to go down the route of using a 4-4-1-1 formation that in attack will move into a 4-2-3-1 formation. In some of the games I have seen, space is used more effectively probably because it is not so too heavy from a starting position. i have always preferred the 4-1-4-1 formation but found in this version that it is just not as effective attacking wise as previous versions, more owing to the lack on lone striker movement which I believe is an ME issue. I will be looking at getting rid of Ozil at the end of the season. Too inconsistent and lazy for me.....
  14. Ok thanks, I’m certainly going to look at this as a base formation to see if that helps with movement and space. From memory the formation in the tactic screen is one that is the defensive shape so makes sense to use duties to shape the attacking shape.
  15. Now this is something interesting - using a different formation but using it to morph into a 4-2-3-1 when attacking. I would see keeping largely the same roles (with some of the suggestions that ED has made for midfield and right back but with maybe 2 IW (one with an attack duty). Would be interested to see what your tactic is? How is the AM and lone striker set up? I would see it as positive or even attacking to help with the attack transitions?
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