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  1. I juts want to add a quote of Tony Fallows regarding the man marking issue: It's worth reading these 2 threads: Tight marking seems weird Things you may or may not know about marking
  2. Is there an issue with this website: http://thechalkboarddiaries.com because it loads only a blank page.
  3. Limited defenders - who simply tackle and clear - in a Central Trio are redundant as a central trio needs to have very clever, talented and versatile defenders. For instance Bielsa has often converted midfielders into versatile defenders: Javi Martinez. Pep Guardiola, too, saw the sense and converted Javier Mascherano into a centre-back for Barcelona. The most important attribute for the central defender is his positioning, if it isn't nearly perfect it's tragic.
  4. I found an interesting tactical analysis that I'd like to share here: Barcelona: Possession Catenaccio or Possession *Zona Mista? Worth the read. *When Rinus Michel's Total Football had beaten Helenio Herrera's Catennacio, Enzo Bearzot created a modernised version of the old Catenaccio as the antidote for the Total Football, i.e. Zona Mista (or Mixed Zone): the main difference with the Catenaccio is that the primary defensive tactic was Zonal Marking instead of Man Marking (in fact a mix with zonal and man marking).
  5. The beauty of Football Manager is that you can contribute to the improvements and development of the game by giving constructive feedback and reporting bugs because SI Devs really listen to their customers. One of the reasons why I love this game is because SI's After-Sales Service. Imo, its the best "pound for pound" After-Sales Service of the world! The Sugar Ray Robinson of the games industry! That's why imo SI will never have a serious competitor. Competition is what drives products on, but even without or very less competition SI devs are passionate to do their best (every year) for giving us the best football simulation game and therefore they don't rest on their laurels! Anyway, in order to avoid misunderstanding I'd like to specify that I'm not trying to be clever with anybody. Remember that PATIENCE is one of the greatest virtues. Impatience or frustration will not help any situation. Arnold Glasgow: "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open". I know its hard to be patient, but try to develop it because its really important, among others, to achieve personal peace, to avoid making poor decisions and quick judgements. Patience & Tips On How to Develop It How To Be Patient FM is my favourite game although the last time I've played it was 3 years ago... After really enjoying for about 1500 hours of gameplay on FM 2010, I said to myself that the next time I'll play FM again is when the sliders will be removed and replaced by a new tactic system even though I was nearly addict to this game: patience is a bitter plant but bears sweet fruits...It's worth the wait because patience pays off. But guess what? I decided to wait yet again. There are more important "issues" and/or "bugs" in REAL LIFE.
  6. "Work Rate" is the fighting spirit, or in other words the GRINTA, that is so traditionally associated with Juventus teams. For instance, Carlos Tevez lives and dies by the grinta.
  7. I'm back after a week, and I see that my last 2 posts in this thread have generated a very instructive discussion about the fluidity/mentality structures in FM. I'm going to make a good cup of coffee and read all the interesting posts in this thread again! Thanks for everybody
  8. LoL And yet I'm asking many questions. Like wwfan said "It is a guide designed to get you thinking, not a list of hard and fast rules" So, I'm thinking... I'm a little bit confused about how to translate my football knowledge in the game since I've read this guide and wwfan's interpretation of Barça . We all agree, that it is possible to play a Very Fluid system with a lot of specialists IRL, right? My concern is to understand why this isn't possible in FM? The correlation between specialists and rigid systems, made in this guide, is confusing me. Why did wwfan actually suggest a limited amount of specialists for each philosophy? wwfan did translate Pep Guardiola's Team in FM in a Counter Rigid strategy with a lot of specialist. Now, is it legitimate to say that he could also have translate it in a Control Fluid strategy with a lot of generic roles? In other words, does this guide implies that "a Very Rigid system with a lot of Specialists roles" is almost the same as "a Very Fluid system with a lot of generic roles" in FM? Why does the translation contradicts real life terminology? I would like to have more clarification on the reasoning behind this guide.
  9. "Since the "European Champions Clubs' Cup" tournament changed name and structure in 1992 and became "UEFA Champions League", no club has managed consecutive wins, with Arrigo Sacchi's Milan being the last club to successfully defend their title, in 1990". I'm one of those customers that would like to have this kind of difficulty level in the game (especially when we play with Top European Teams). The more realistic the game, the more enjoying it is (as far as I am concerned). NB: If you win without encountering resistance or difficulty then victory is devoid of merit. "To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory" Pierre Corneill in Le Cid (1637)
  10. The in-game descriptions needs a lot more clarification For instance, let's take Barcelona's style of play (Pep Team): wwfan wrote a thread (in 2011) about his interpretation of Barça that argued Counter was the most natural strategy for them and that they were far more rigid than fluid (in FM Language). Now, in this guide he makes the distinction/difference between specialist & generic roles: in short, the more specialist roles, the more rigid the tactic. So, in order to replicate Barcelona's style of play in FM accordting to wwfan, the best choice seems to be a counter/rigid strategy? Hmm, can we conclude that the most natural choice for Borussia Dortmund is a Control/Fluid strategy in FM Language? This seems to be in contradiction with the in-game descriptions. Logically, after reading the in-game descriptions, my first choice for Barça is Control & (Very) Fluid: SI's description of the Control mentality is the one which matches more with Barça's Possession Football. As Barça is a team were the collective is more important then individuals, the fluidity should be Fluid or even Very Fluid. To tell you the truth, even though wwfan's guidelines are his own interpretation and not hard & fast rules, that does not prevent me from being confused: Are the in-game definitions of the different mentalities & fluidities clear enough? Can we actually rely on/trust them or, like for the roles, do we also need to guess and get experience before really understanding how each mentality & fluidity works in detail? Remark: I'm not arguing whether wwfan is right or not. I'm addressing the subjet of the lack of clarification of the in-game descriptions. I don't know if I'm clear enough, but using the "words" Counter and Rigid for Barça's Tiki-Taka Style of Play sounds really strange for me... To conclude, I believe that we need to understand how a game is actually conceptualised to be able to translate correctly our football knowledge in a game. Am I wrong? [*] Versatile Players Sacchi describes/confirms that (Pep Guardiola's) Barcelona is a team that attacks as a unit, and defends as a unit. So, we should translate this in FM by a Very Fluid system. But, when he says that football is not a sport of specialist, is Arrigo Sacchi implying that Barca plays (a Very Fluid system) with a vast majority of Generic Roles, or in other words with 0-1 (or 2) specialist? I don't think so... First of all, What is a specialist? A specialist is a player who is great at one aspect of football. But, does that necessarily mean that he isn't good in multiple aspects of the game? Does that mean that a specialist is not a versatile player? So, its not about specialist or generic roles. Its about their abilities of beeing able to play in multiple positions. Its about the versatility of the players. What did he actually meant? He meant that the future of football is the pitch being inhabited by players who display attributes of midfielders. --> Pep Guardiola during the pre-match conference of Manchester City-Bayern München: "It is not easy to play good without midfield players. I love midfield players. They are the most intelligent players. If I had my way I would have 1,000 of them in my squad." --> Pep Guardiola’s use of Philipp Lahm "Philipp Lahm is the most intelligent player I’ve ever coached. He understands the game. Not all players do. A lot of players understand his position. Philipp can play in all positions. Football is a game where people move and you have to decide in one second what’s going on in your position as well as all around the field, and what he decides in that moment is right”. Now, lets have a look: In Real Life, Barça has at least 3 specialists: Messi is a F9, Iniesta a DLP or AP, Xavi a DLP. --> regarding to this guide we should opt for "Standard" or "Rigid" in FM. Daniel Alves is a CWB, Piqué is a BPD and Victor Valdes is a SK. If you regard that those roles are also specialist roles than we have a total of 6 specialists. --> regarding to this guide we should translate this in FM by "Very Rigid" in FM. Did the Pep Team played in a more Rigid system In Real Life? Of course not! The Pep Team had a fluid, expressive, and proactive system that focuses on team work. Remember, Arrigo Sacchi insist in most of his interviews that the collective is more important than individuals! When Sacchi said "Football is not a sport of specialists.", I think that he actually meant "Football is not a sport of individuals". Check this article in which Sacchi gives Real Madrid Galácticos as an example of a reactive system were the individual became more important than the collective. Sacchi puts the emphasis on Teamwork. So, again, its not about specialist or generic roles, because both can play collectively. Its all about creating a tactic/strategie in which the collective/whole is more important/greater then individuals. The secret is a Well-Balanced Team that only can be achieved by teamwork regardless of the type of roles. Finally, does FM (or this guide) has the same definition of a specialist? If philosophies in FM's ME are coded like this, then it seems that FM/this guide confuse specialists and individual players. Is this interpretation implying that a player becomes more a individual player then a team player when we increase his creative freedom in FM? Don't you think that a player with a lot of creative freedom can still remain a team-minded player? Although, Barça players has a lot of creative freedom, they remain a very structured and organised team in which the players bear in mind the teamwork. Barça play football as a unit nevertheless they have the most extreme specialists... So, it seems that the use of the word specialist is misleading, isn't it? The real question is: Is it possible to play a Very Fluid system with a lot of specialist in FM? According to this guide's "no hard and no fast rules" the answer is No.
  11. I know you already told me. But I wanted to know were exactly you found that information in the game as the last time I played FM was FM10 Thanks again!
  12. Thanks Cleon, but I did ask the wrong question. I wanted to ask which attributes are trained in the general training. Were do you see in the game which attributes are trained?
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