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  1. Hello fellow FM lovers. I've been playing FM since the 06 version and I've never tried the dafuge challenge. This year, after much reading, researching and playing, I decided to give it a serious shot. I read many threads about Lower League football, but I would like to start another discussion only about the tactical aspect of these leagues. Do you guys play the long ball with fast paced strikers? Do you try to build a team around possession, short passes and flair? What are you looking for in a player? When I started the challenge I wasn't sure about my tactical aproach and wasted all the preseason in tinkering around a possession based tactic, only to change it one week before the first competitive match. I've been playing a "Leicester" type of tactic, but of course I lack the quality to execute it 100% correctly. What are your experiences on this subject? I think that everyone's experience can help others like me with little or no past tries in LLM.
  2. I am playing as Torino and I need some serious help. 8 matches into the season, and my record in the league is 5W-2D-1L, and we are placed second. You would think this is good, and result wise it is, but my issue is that I am using almost half an hour on each match, tweaking and adjusting my tactics almost every fifteenth minute (game time) trying to grind out victories. My main problem is that I am conceeding too many goals, and I have problems scoring against teams that are, on or below, my level. I just want to be able to play through a match without fiddling with the tactics all the time. Being a family man, I don't have that much free time I can spend on the game. I wan't to be able to play at least seven or eight matches on each hour long session, less than 10 minutes on each match in other words. I'm using a flat 4-4-2, mainly so I can accomodate Immobile, Zappacosta and Joel Obi in my starting line-up. But with Zappacosta out for half a year, Obi being able to perform as an AML/AMR and Immoible largely being dissapointing, I am willing to drop the 4-4-2 for a 4-1-2-3 (1 DM, 2 CMs). Attached are my tactical instructions (I used to have "work ball into box" and "look for overlap", but since I struggled to score against teams that were laying low, I dropped those), So can someone give me some general pointers, I would highly appreciate it. How should I be playing with a team that is supposed to finish around mid table in Serie A? What does those different things really mean. I am not really into reading several pages on tactical theorems and frameworks (because of time constraints, I have two toddlers!!), so I need general pointers, simply explained to me. Thanks in advance for all replies.
  3. Arsenal have only played one match with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryian, so I know calling it a 'New Look' maybe premature, nevertheless, after analyzing the stats from the Everton 5-1 result, I want to see whether I can replicate this in FM18. (I haven't actually tried this in-game yet, so this is only theoretical at the moment.) Formation / Shape From what I could make out watching the game and from the team line-up, Arsenal appeared to have set somewhere in the middle of a 4-4-1-1 / 4-5-1 / 4-4-2. Looking at the average heat maps (below), I've interpreted how these would be represented using in-game player roles and team instructions Average Player Positions / Action Zones / Attack Sides: The first thing I notice is how vertically compact Arsenal appear, which looks more like a 2-8-0 with the ball. I've interpreted this as a 'Very fluid' philosophy in game, with most players adopting a very similar mentality. So what is the mentality? Well looking at the action zones, to me, this appears to be leaning towards a defensive mentality overall. However I don't think this is a true representation, mainly because Arsenal were 4-0 at half time and then really slowed the pace down in the second half (which finished 1-1). With this in mind I think a standard mentality is probably a fair representation as a primary tactic and use defensive to see out a lead. Defensive line, I'm not sure about this because looking at the average heat map, the CB's look quite deep and isolated, Not sure whether this would be achieved by the use of the defensive line or individual instructions. Although I'm worried that running a deeper line will impact the on the overall compactness for the block of 8. Tempted to go with a slightly deeper defensive line. Feedback on this would be appreciated. Narrow width with stay wider instructions for the WBs and sit narrower instructions for the ML/MR positions. Player Roles 33 - Cech: GK(Defend) 6 - Koscielny: CD(Cover) 20 - Mustafi: BPD(Cover) 24 - Bellerin: WB(Attack) 18 - Monreal: WB(Attack) 7 - Mkhitaryian: WP(Support) 8 - Ramsey: CM(Support) 29 - Xhaka: DLP(Defend) 17 - Iwobi: IW(Support) 11 - Ozil: Enganche 14 - Aubameyang: Poacher Build-Up It's clear that Arsenal prefer a short passing approach to build up play, therefore I will play out of defense and use shorter passing. With 80% of shots coming from with the box, I will also work ball into box. Other Team Instructions: Low Crosses Dribble Less I hope to post some in-game results (with Aubemeyang and Mkhitaryian signed-up) soon, to compare and tweak the tactic. In the meantime I'd love for feedback on my interpretation above, particularly on the positioning of the defensive line.
  4. I've hardly ever listened to the AM's advice because i mostly manage lower leagues! Do you?? .... When do you think it's best to listen to their advice? before important matches etc? Or do you take it all with a pinch of salt ! Or does it depend on their stats????
  5. So, we've revamped tactics. There's a lot more you can do, and a lot more the AI can do as well. Let us know what works for you, what doesn't. What's too effective and what we can improve. Is the game too easy or too hard? We've got lots of tweaking ahead I'm sure and want as much info as we can get...
  6. Let's say you examine your team and come up with an idea what are your best players and how do you want to play. For instance, best players of my current team are a quick and skillful winger (AML) and a target man (ST). So I develop a formation (formations) that include best uses of those players I can come up with and I basically build the tactics around those 2 guys. Recetly I found this article on the web: http://www.guidetofootballmanager.com/tactics/tactical-styles It's kind of appealing, but do you find it any good? What do you do regarding TI's after you identify your best assets? How do you adapt width and other settings? For instance: building the team aroung a target man > play narrower? around a winger > play wider? Thanks!
  7. Hello all, I need HELP regarding BIG GAMES! I haven't usually had this problem with past FM's but in FM17 I have struggled to get my teams to perform in big games when it matters. I know that this can come down to player attributes and traits but are there any general things you do prior to/during big games that help your team turn up and perform? Example of a big game...Last Day of the season going for the title; Play Off Finals Etc... Would love to hear people's opinions about readying your team for a big game + whether other people have this problem regularly?..
  8. Intro, So I'm currently playing with Liverpool and so far its a successful save, my 4-1-2-2-1 formation is creating goals all over the place for a number of players, I'm currently playing without an out and out striker as Klopp likes to play this way with Firmino (who is in fine form playing as a false 9 btw) and currently having so many good attackers I'm having to rotate between Origi, Sturridge and Firmino. My tactics I feel are very nearly perfect, being 3rd in my first season with only one signing (25m julian Wiegl) and only 2 points off top place, BUT i can't seem to get the best out of Sturridge, and he's kinda playing like he does irl so I'm curious as to how you guys would help him improve and what tips you more experienced players would give me. Brief Summary and pictures below, *Get the best out of Sturridge currently playing as a poacher in a 4-1-2-2-1 formation. Sturridge stats.html Sturridge.html
  9. Hi I am playing currently the dafuge challenge and I find myself in the championship atm. I have in my team a fair share of center midfieldes and strikers so I think that the best tactical shape would be a 4 3 3 but I don't have that much experience with that kind of formation. I know that I want my right and left defenders to go up and be an option but I don't know what kind of playstyle I want so any suggestions you have in your head so that I can inspire myself? So far what I want from this tactic: I want both fullbacks to be an option during attacks I want to keep possesion until a clear options presents I want a lot of movement uptop. Everyone defends. Ok so I went up with this formation: Player Role and duties The top 3 close down much more and tackle harder I have left and right striker move into channels when the team has the ball. The midfielders close down more and the goalkeeper tries to not waste the ball so he slows the pace down and sends it to the full backs. The full backs both have the get further forwards and stay wider. Team instructions Stats after first match. I'll keep playing 6 more matches to see if we play like we want.
  10. Hi FMers So I'm in my first season with Saint-Ettiene and I've seen an old pattern emerge with strange heavy defeats where the opposition literally scores every highlight, got so bad I had to sub my keeper, but then the next game the team plays well and wins with a clean sheet. I lost 5-1 to Bastia and 7-0 to Lyon. My tactic is conservative on top of it as it is ultra possession focused. The tactic is a 4-1DM-1-3-1. Is it the asymmetrical formation doing this or is this the worst case simulation just happening at an unfortunate time?
  11. After release I posted the following feedback: "I know that Beta works with .tac and "final" uses .fmf I'm suprised that FM duplicated all my tactics, I have .tac and .fmf version of all my tactics. But these .fmf versions are fake! I can't load them them and as you can see their size is too small. (I loaded a beta save and saved 'Diana1' tactic and as you can see its size is much bigger than any other. And also Diana1.tac vanished, which is not a big deal, I'd delete it anyway)"
  12. Under "Responsibilities", you have the option to instruct the youth/reserves teams to play with the same tactics as the first team. However, if you have 2-3 (slightly) different formations that you alternate for the first team (one offensive for home games, one a tad more defensive for away games, but pretty much the same shape), then the other teams in the club will use the tactic that the first team has "set" at the moment. Could it be possible to implement a feature that makes the teams use the tactics the same way, ie play a certain way at home, and more defensively on the road, but still using the same instructions and formations as the first team. Maybe if one could have the opportunity to "mark" a certain tactic as "home" and another as "away", or in another way deliver this message "down the ranks" at the club? -M
  13. Hey guys, don't be too harsh to me, new here. I've been playing the game only since 2014, however I've picked the game up relatively quickly I would say, I've won a few good trophies, the prems, the champions cups but I don't consistently win trophies and build teams to the best of their abilities, sometimes I just believe it's almost a fluke. Therefore I've decided to come to the forum on tactics to ask you guys, how do you guys defend best. "Attacking wins you games, defending wins you leagues and trophies" - Sir Alex Ferguson, Like this great man once said, it's true. So how do you guys win trophies and defend so consistently and what is the best way for you guys to find defensive problems within your tactics Kind Regards Oliver
  14. I'm trying to become familiar with the whole match plans tactic. However I find my formation changing from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 with my AZ save during matches, even when i use the instant result option. I have not included the tactic into my matchplans so why does it change automatically, and when i change it back to a 4-2-3-1 does that mean my match plans are then thrown out the window?
  15. Hi everyone, this is a series from my blog, hope you find this useful I will post the stuff relating to the tactical journey in this part of the forum. For the full story check out my blog Part I: Creativity, Intelligence, Technique - A Club Strategy As my Italian swear-word vocabulary is vastly improving, along with developing predilections to specific types of pasta, one could say I'm settling in quite nicely in Florence. Still, nothing beats my appetite for football at the minute. Since that infamous phone call at 4 in the morning after which I've learnt I'm now the manager, I'm taking things as seriously as one possibly can. So yesterday I called Ottaviano (yes, we're pretty much pals now) to discuss the broader strategy of the club and to propose my vision on the future of this fantastic new member of the Calcio scene. In the last meeting we've decided upon some generic principles: play an attractive style of football, focusing on entertaining fans as much as possible focus on developing and ‘nurturing’ local talent and prioritize keeping them at the club over financial gains to not play defensive football and to have the liberty to improvise in all club matters Apart from point 2, everything else is still widely open to interpretation, so I've decided to propose an all-encompassing club strategy that would clarify the finer details. One of the beauties of running a football club is that there are hundreds of elements that contribute to what we see on the pitch, from infrastructure to fans, from coaches to youth recruitment. Having a clearly defined common goal is crucial in that sense if there is any hope of achieving anything in football. Whilst I'm no Cruyff to come in with some revolutionary idea of football and shape the club from top to bottom to achieve a specific style of football, I am similarly inclined to believe that there are a few areas of quality that influence how efficient a football team is both, collectively and individually. In my vision, the club will work to educate these values and qualities in footballers from the youth set-up all the way to the senior team: Creativity Football can be perceived as chess or maths in a sense, however even there you have figures capable of more complex actions which can 'unlock' the game. To define this word in the football context is hard, however my interpretation of it is based on the players' individual ability to find solutions in complicated situations and the team's ability to manipulate the de-facto situation on the pitch to its' advantage. Intelligence Intimately related to Creativity, football intelligence is perhaps even more un-quantifiable than the latter. A player's understanding of the situations of play, his ability to make the right decision at the right moment, his ability to anticipate the opponent's move, all these are indications of a high element of cognition within the parameters that the football game sets out. So yes, a matter of the brain as well. Technique Imagining what you can do without the means to do it...means you're just imagining it. In this context, the above two qualities are far less effective if the player/team can not perform them technically, so it's crucial if not natural that the third and last concept of our DNA relates to the feet more than the brain. All in all, and resonating with the 3-point philosophy we have set out initially, these are the attributes that training will focus on throughout all levels, wel... in FM terms: composure, vision, concentration, decisions, anticipation, teamwork technique, first touch, passing, stamina The style of football I will be looking to play will evolve and develop according to the squad I will have at my disposal, however the focus will always be to exploit these qualities whether we play high tempo or low tempo, high block or low block, wing-based or exploit the middle... As for formations, I am inclined towards an asymmetric (khm khm) 3-4-3/3-4-1-2 as the skeleton of our shape, however I keep my options flexible in that sense. Almost fluid, actually... And when it comes to 'not playing defensive football', what we've agree that means is that I will by no means look to play 'the catenaccio' or 'long-ball' or any kind of destructive forms of football. The fans want goals, beautiful pro-active football, team-play and that's what me and the Prince want too.... This vision is of course, closely related to the infrastructure of the club and we will be looking to invest as much as possible in training facilities and coaching staff, or otherwise it will be practically impossible to shape up these qualities in our players through training. Developing local talent is the other key element of the club strategy, and it fits well into the overall purpose of the approach, as having a home-grown squad helps team cohesion on and off the pitch, as well as... of course, the input in the nation's development as a larger football set-up. In that sense we will have a strict signing policy: The club is only allowed to sign Italian nationals aged 21 or under Any player of a nationality other than Italian (except dual citizenship) that is brought through by the club's youth system is ineligible to play for the club This is the long term vision and the club strategy we have agreed on and while there are, of course a number of finer details of the ramifications it will have in day to day management (PPM training, Role training/re-training, tutoring, etc.) the direction is now clear and the club can move forward laying the foundations. The first few years will see us play in the amateur levels of Italian football, which will make it very hard to have a consistent squad with which I can start building blocks. The turnover of players will be massive, if I suspect correctly, so the short-term approach is to bring the club to a position of stability from where we can start building towards the above mentioned direction. This means one particular task, which will be accomplished by results and promotions to higher divisions: turn professional! (at all costs) If we can't keep or train players, everything else turns to ashes, so immediate results are needed with the bunch of kids I managed to gather around the city. In the next part we will be looking at the tactical aspects of our fresh experience in the Italian lower leagues
  16. I love football manager. The tactical depth is pretty good. I would love to see even more layers of tactical depth. For example, pressing. It real life, there is more than one type of pressing. Is it a general full team press as soon as you lose possession? Is there a particular trigger to set of the press? Does it start when a player miscontrols? Or when the opposition have possession in certain areas of the pitch. Or when ertain players receive the ball? Do you press with multiple players to the man on the ball, or aim to cut off the supply to possible team mates? Is pressing only done during certain phases of the game? Maybe just the first ten minutes? Or first twenty, to try and Crete an early goal? Which player is responsible for starting the press on your team and why is their trigger? How about offside tactics? There is more than one way teams implement their offside traps and it is fairly sophisticated and done through constant drills and repetition...do you select a centre back to lead, or does each player refer to the next players position and take lead from the closest full back to the ball? Attacking tactics in real life are also often the result of preset drills and runs. It would be amazing if the training could involve a training pitch to incorporate setting up drills for pressing, offsides, what type of runs for your forward plyers to make. I don't mean in general "run forward", I mean specifically what common runs should your forward make when our right full back has the ball in his own half? How do the likes of Jermaine Defoe or Michael Owen being a good example in his prime try to beat the offside trap and play on the last man? It was making the same curved run again and again, not even getting close to receding the ball nine times out of ten, but doing it again and again every time certain players had the ball in certain areas. All done through repetitive training. I would like to setup where and when these types of runs should occur. Should they run the channel, make a curved run to beat the opposition offside trap, drop deep, pull wide or stay central...but not just a generic command...I would like to have a pitch setup where you could create the drills and position players into certain situations, then drill and instruct exactly where from and to each player's common movements should be. The quality of your ideas to counteract your opponent and coaches quality, plus the ability of your players to learn the routines can then increase or decrease the likelihood of success in game. How many top teams just rely on stay forward, or hover around the edge of the area type commands during set pieces? The top teams use meticulous planning and variation during attacking set pieces, with players involved making very specific runs, off the ball blocks, dummy runs intentional offside positioning, adding attacking players to defensive walls, plyers peeling off of walls for a pass "down the side" The potential for tactical depth is limitless. I realise this will be of no interest to many people, but I would love to see various subtleties added to the tactical approaches possible.
  17. Hi everyone! Everyone knows that there are 2 main types of marking - zonal and man marking. Man marking can be achieved by setting the TI "Use tighter marking" and adding PIs like "Mark Specific Player/Position". However how can zonal marking be set in the tactics?
  18. KennedyBakircioglu

    FM17 - Edit kit size in tactics

    Hello, Can someone advise me which panel and what piece of code I need to edit to increase or decrease the size of the kits/icons on the tactics screen, see below..
  19. (FM17) Started with Wimbledon and got promoted in the first season to the Championship. This was quite unexpected by me and the board and as a result I've had a tiny budget for the squad and have the lowest wages in the champo.. However, I think my tactic should be working better, as I made it to deal with a relegation battle in league 1, only for it to get me promoted, so I thought it would work against better teams. The tactic gives me lots of possession (about 55% average), but my players never seem to finish our chances. As a result I went on a long streak of not scoring, although the goals have started to come in, but I'm still on a long losing streak and now the board need me to get 8 points from 5 games. Any help is appreciated
  20. I am currently playing a save with two other players and are experiencing an issue in which during a random point in the game, the tactics tab disappears and the assistant manager takes full control. Having completed around 6 games between us, the tactics tab have been removed randomly (and twice its never actually appeared during the game) . This means that we are unable to change anything when the tab disappears and reduced to watching the assistance manager make dire changes to the squad without any control. We are unable to navigate through the menus on the match engine and there is simply nothing you can do to make changes to your squad or instructions. When your match feed appears from your AM and asks you to "go to tactics". The tactics screen shows with no options to do anything. Just to note, during these matches We Are the manager of the team and some matches allow us to make changes until a certain point. Time wise, we have lost the tab randomly at around 35, 45 and 60 minutes and even 0 minutes. This is frustrating as we can't manage the team. We can however, manage the team as normal outside matches at: pre-match, post-match and during the week. I am playing through STEAM. I am creating the game and joining through STEAMs services. I have lowered my graphics performance settings and removing any skins.
  21. I believe that there is a major tactical feature that should be in the future iterations of Football Manager, and that feature is a second tactical screen for the defensive shape/structure of a team, in addition to the typical tactical screen that we currently have today. In real life, teams have a structure, width, and shape that they take up out of possession, often different to their formation in possession. Usually, when a team loses the ball, they try and win the ball back quickly in the spaces. However, when they fail to do so, and the other team recycles possession around the back, the defending team usually drops back into their own half and take up a defensive structure, often different from their formation in possession. For example, in the Champions League final, juventus lined up in a 3-4-3/4-2-3-1, but when they would drop into a 4-4-2 without the ball. Another example is Liverpool playing a 4-1-2-2-1 in possession, but dropping into a 4-1-4-1 when they fail to win the ball back through gegenpressing and need to revert to structure. This screen would allow managers to create a defensive structure, with instructions on the areas of the pitch that they would want to see their team tighten up out of possession, and the areas of the pitch that they would want to see their team press. Additionally, there could even be triggers for the defending team to press, like when a certain defender/midfielder receives the ball, or the ball is in a certain area of the pitch, the entire team presses. An example of this might be Atletico Madrid of the last few years, who defend in a 4-4-2, restricting passes through the middle, and vigorously pressing the ball when it is on the wings, or collapsing into the middle if teams attempt to play through the middle. Another well documented case is Liverpool's pressing when in shape: a 4-1-4-1, focussed on compressing the centre, and with Firmino starting the press on his own to force the defenders to play a high risk ball through the centre/over the top, or to play a low risk ball to the wings, which then triggers the whole Liverpool team to press the wing (initiated by Lallana). I feel this addition would bring an increased depth to the tactical side of the game, and I'm curious to see if anyone else echoes this sentiment, and also to see what SI's position on this is. I'd love to see your comments here, or on Reddit:
  22. Hey guys! So I've been having a pretty successful save with my Juventus team. I'm in my second year and we did the treble last season and lost to man city in the champs league final 3-2. I've been playing in a 4-3-1-2 with Pjanic in the hole behind the two strikers. The tactic works great except it struggles a bit when I play a team in a 4-3-3 (really a 4-1-2-3) with a deep lying player right in front of the CB's. I suppose that deep lying player in the opposing half is neutralizing my AP who is one of my most important players. Any suggestions on how to counter this while still keeping a two striker system? Any help would be appreciated!
  23. Here's my formation, roles and main squad: southampton Here's my team instruction: instructions So guys, i'm into my third season with Southampton, so far so good, i won PL+FA Cup on my first year, and i won all of the trophies (5) on the second season including CL, and my squad is based on 17.3.1 update so yeah there's Gabbiadini and i also managed to get Gary Cahill and Moussa Dembele (Frenchman striker not the Belgian midfielder) on my first season so there's maybe not too much changes on my Soton squad. And i've been playing with 2 tactics (the other one is 424 Wide with Winger) and 4123 (Inside forwards) being my main tactic, well i'm wondering if there's any advice or tips which can be applied to my 4123 tactic since it's sometimes inconsistent with chances (too much long shots, and struggling when facing defensive team) I've succeeded (luckily) on winning trophies but i don't believe in "dont fix it if it isn't broken", i believe that changes are needed to be made because i won't spend big on transfer windows like other PL clubs so i'm looking for any "tweaks" which maybe can help my tactic becomes more effective in the next season. Here's my result from the past 2 seasons My first season: 30W 4D 3L 72 goals 10 conceded. My 2nd season: 2nd season table I'd like to play possession+attacking football but also taking caution in the defending because i really avoid being conceded more than any teams on the table . And somehow i really need those advice from more experienced FM player like you guys because i just love to learn something "new" about the game and also if there is any tactical principality that maybe i've quite misunderstood on this game because i need to maximize the effectiveness of my tactic and my players. Are there: any player roles needed to be changed? team instruction to add/remove? any player instruction to add? or any of your insight on how to improve this tactic! Thank you
  24. In my Real Madrid save I wanted to create a system that achieved the following: High defensive line, with offside trap and quite narrow for high possession; Intense pressing from front line, semi-intense from midfielders/full backs and not so much from CB's; Tackle hard to try to win the ball back as quickly as possible; To keep the ball as mentioned, but as soon as gaps emerge to attack the opponents quickly; A fluid front 3/4 to confuse the opposition defence and draw them out of positions, to create the aforementioned 'gaps'. So far the results have been largely mixed: The game against Manchester United we were admittedly unlucky because we dominated the play and just struggled to find that killer final ball; and this is a common problem I feel. The first leg away to Barcelona shouldn't be considered because we played a different, more conservative, system, however in the home leg we played my system. We were 1-0 down at half time and with a kick up the backsides we managed to dominate the second half. Now the problems emerge: against Valencia we really, really struggled to break them down and, similarly to the game against Manchester United, couldn't find that final killer ball and couldn't really stamp our authority on the game in regards to possession. We only achieved 51% possession in this game. The game against Girona which, on paper, should have been domination, was so, so, so poor. The first half we lost 1-0 and created NOTHING and that isn't hyperbole. Again the same problem occurred: we couldn't dominate the ball and couldn't find that killer pass in the final third. We only drew 1-1 due to a Sergio Ramos header after putting 6 men up front, overload, and go route one. We should have lost that game. Finally, the game against Bilbao was better, but not as dominant as we should be. The system: I have very few Team Instructions because I feel the attacking mentality achieves a lot of what I want to by default. Player instructions: GK: Distribute to CB's; RB: Shoot less often; CB's: Shoot less often; Close down less LB: Shoot less often; RCM: -- LCM: -- RW: Close down more; Mark tighter; Roam from position CAM: Get further forward, Close down more, Mark tighter; Shoot less often LW: Close down more; Mark tighter; Roam from position ST: Close down more; Mark tighter; Roam from position Any help or two cents anybody can offer would be much appreciated. I don't often write on these forums because I like to figure stuff out for myself but I have really struggled tactically with FM18 to replicate the play style I want to achieve within the game. If any further questions are needed, just ask
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