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  1. Hi everybody, Introduction After a hiatus of a few years I started playing Football Manager again. I've been pretty active in this community, posting tactics etc. Anybody here still who remembers me from a few years back? Anyway, I am playing more casually now, and I didn't expect to be uploading a new tactic. But after finding a highly aesthetical style of playing that was actually very successful (well, at least for me) I thought I would share. General information It a set of three formations, all with the same tactical principles at its core. We are going for a high tempo short passing play, trying to outplay opposition in every place while looking for the perfect attacking move. It's an expressive and energetical style of playing. I love that there is lots of attacking prowess added from the deep, with fullbacks and a volante arriving at the opponents box, which is very hard to defend against. Formations look like this: This is my standard tactic used to start most matches with. This is very similar. I usually employ this formation to add more attacking intent. Finally the 3-3-3-1. With the formations above you can sometimes be outposessed by a 4-4-2, or face risky one on ones when playing against a formation with two strikers. If this happens or I expect it to happen I use this formation with three defenders to guard against it. Created and tested on patch 19.2.1. What players do you need? Generally you are looking for players with excellent passing, decision making, and off the ball. GK: we are using a high defensive line, so look for a sweeper keeper. DCs: We are using ball playing defenders, so their passing should be above average. At least one should be good in the air, and at least one should be pacey because we will be playing the offside trap. Wing Backs: they are attacking and defending both. Good players in these positions really make a difference, so it is a good decision to invest some cash here if you don't have the right players. DMs: One is a more traditional playmaker. The volante should have good attacking stats as well. Both need good passing, and should be adept at winning the ball back too. The tactics pose some considerable demands in the skills of these players. Witsel and Delaney have been fantastic for me, and Weigl doing very well too. AMC: an attacking playmaker that will be spreading the passes out to better positioned players, looking for deadly throughballs, and trying the odd shot or dribbling. Wingers: These are playmaker type players too. Should be good at one on ones, and at finishing ideally. They will get chances to score every game - the more they can convert the better. Forward: Despite scoring some for himself, he will be used to lay off passes, draw defenders, and create space for the other players. Don't expect him to score too much - your midfielders and Wing Backs will strike all the more for it. I let the assistant handle training and opposition instructions. Results The season has been crazy for me, with winning the league as well as the Champions League. Highlights were the 5-1 thrashing of Bayern Munich, and the 4-0 against Paris St. Germain. There were quite some draws during the second half of the season due to resting key players for the Champions League knockout games, and playing with backup players. I guess I was pretty lucky with the opponents I faced in the knockout stage. The Champions League final was nerve racking going behind in overtime, but managing to come back. With the penalties luck involved again. Somewhat stupidly I sold Raphael Guerreiro (which I would advise against doing if you are playing with Dortmund!), and brought in De Light. In winter I bought Milinkovic-Savic, which, again, was not the smartest move given I already have Goetze and Kagawa in that position. Other than that I only bought young players who are not on first team level yet. The Falcon Tactics v1: Falcon 4-4-1-1 .fmf Falcon 4-2-3-1.fmf Falcon 3-3-3-1.fmf Hope you enjoy. Let me know how it goes for you.
  2. Hi! So I've just started a new save with my team, United. Was given £90 million which is a decent amount but not amazing in terms of buying quality players. So my main goal was signing young players on cheap deals and improving overall squad depth, as I know the injuries are quite frankly overkill in this game. But I need some help in regards to how I set up my squad, I wanna try a 4-1-2-3, with one holding midfielder there to provide cover for the attacking left back, Shaw or Tierney. However most of my players are box to box midfielders and/or playmakers, which perhaps suits a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. My right wing options aren't great, Jesse Lingard and Jesus Corona being the two natural ones, Sanchez might play there, but I wanna use Martial on the left a lot, as an Inside Forward on Attack Duty. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get any good CB options, so I'm stuck with the current five, three of which are incredibly injury prone and another is Smalling. I like a CD (S) with a BPD (C) combination, reminiscent of Vidic and Ferdinand respectively. In the last few years I've always favoured direct wing play, but with a previous save that got yeeted, the approach was very inconsistent, and my midfielders, unless they scored, got **** poor ratings for some reason, as well as one of my two fullbacks getting a 6.2 more often than not. Feel like I wanna use the playmaking abilities of the likes of Pogba, Bentancur etc. (Mata was shocking in the previous save and I kinda intend to sell him on for some money) in the midfield, to play balls over the top to guys like Martial, Rashford, Sanchez etc. Perhaps Lingard as a 10 could work, with Pogba as the Mezzala, Bentancur as the deep playmaker, and someone like Fred or Herrera being the box to box. So yeah, what roles, formations and tactical approaches would you recommend? Cheers xo
  3. I am having a degree of success with my current formation but have some specific issues I was hoping you guys can give me some advise on. I play in a quite specific way in that I like to create a tactic and buy players who will then fit that tactic, as opposed to fitting the tactic to the players I have available. I also like to buy certain types of players so my formations are generally built around including players I want to play with. This can be limiting and I fundamentally understand that I would probably make better tactics if I was happy to compromise. This is all about me enjoying myself though and I am happier playing with a tactic that is less effective but includes players I like. I also quite like a symmetrical tactic, not sure why.. I just prefer that. The conception of my tactic was that I want to play a 4-2-3-1 with two advanced playmakers on the wing with full backs pushing on to give the width and runs from deep from an AM and possibly a deeper lying forward. The two CMs would just sit and provide a double pivot for the fullbacks. With four players in the top two strata a high block makes sense. This felt relatively avante garde as a tactical choice and might be fundamentally flawed but I liked the idea and wanted to try to make it work. My tactic is as below (apologies for lack of screenshots). SK FB(A)--CB(D)--CB(D)--FB(A) DLP(D)--CM(D) AP(S)--AM(A)--AP(S) DLF(A) Standard - Structured TIs - Higher Tempo, Pass into Space, Play out of defence, Push higher up, Offside Trap, Tighter Marking, Prevent GK Dist PIs - The forward and Three players in the AM strata all have close down much more and tackle harder PIs. When my team is stronger than the opposition the tactic is really effective and often sees impressive possession and pretty good conversion of chances. The opposition will also be starved of chances. This is really good when I am one of the stronger teams in the league. The problem I have is that when I am not the stronger team I am very prone to balls over the top to the opposition striker during Attack->Defence transitions. Specifically balls through the middle as opposed to out to the wings. The passes to the striker coming from either the middle of the park or the wings. I get numerous games where I lose even games because of this. I'm hoping for some advice on how to deal with this. The high line is the obvious culprit, the problem I have is that dropping the line deeper blunts the tactic (I have toyed around with only having one of Push higher up or Offside Trap as I believe they both push the D line up). Possession drops and the opposition starts to get many more chances due to the space afforded between defence and midfield. Any other advice on the tactic will be gratefully received as well.
  4. So I started my save with Bilbao and at first I played with 4 in the back, 1 as DM, 1 as MC and 3 wingers with 1 striker. It didn't satisfy me so I switched to 4-2-3-1. Issue is, when I play against smaller teams I can't score, and when I play against big teams, they score against me quite a lot. Smaller teams are scoring as well. I tried to tweak it out but I found myself in a loop hole. What do you suggest I should change? EDIT: I lose a lot of balls in the middle section.
  5. Hi Guys I'm trying to emulate Mourinho's 14/15 Chelsea What would be your advices about Player Roles and Team Instructions
  6. So I've started a new game after testing out some tactics with a previous save. I've started a Possession based 4-2-3-1 there are no shouts except for: Possession Short passing Offside trap Low pace Depending on the opposition either exploit the center, or the wings. started with cleaning up the team a bit, sold Elneny and Sanchez(since you can't offer him a new contract) . bought Kasper Dolberg, Mathijs de Ligt and Thomas Lemar. what i want to create is: slow paced possession build from the back creativity clever trough balls I've let the assistant handle the friendly matches because i want players to get fit. and not focusing on tactics. i've played a few games now; (watched them all extended) Chelsea community shield. Neutral p0-0 win (they played without Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez) Bournemouth Away 2-2 (played deeper, defending wingbacks because of the fast paced counters they play) Liverpool Home 3-1 ( fantastic game, possession wise, chances created, and defending) Manchester United Away 1-2 (this was a Stalemate although they hardly created any real chances, finally score the 1-0, Pogba gets a red card in the 60th minute, they score the equalizer from a killer [blind] pass, in the 94th minute Giroud shoots, hits the aluminium, the ball rolls against De Gea, into the goal 2-1) Chelsea PL Home 0-1 (Alexis Scored a rebound goal) (we have the majority of possession, Chelsea get hardly any chance. their leftback (i think it was Azpilicueta) gets a second yellow. but we can't seem to turn the game around. Buducnost Home 2-0 i played a complete B-squad (we had 65% possession, 30 shots far to few CCC's, first goal came from a direct free kick in de 70th minute or so (thanks Lemar) (worrying, but playing a very small league club so understandably they park the bus) Southampton Away 0-0 (this is where is started to notice the problem, because i play slow paced possession football, there is great build-up from the back. but no real chances. the wingers either throw the ball terribly in the box, or go inside (as IF) and get stopped by the wall of defenders) parts of what i want to see works the ball is distributed to the the center back or the wing backs, they build up to the midfielders, to the Advanced play maker or wingers, into the box and either a chance is created or it is defended. the opposition either plays a long ball which is defended by the center back and picked up by the midfielders or striker/winger. then the build-up starts all over again. i have the striker and wingers to press more same with the ball winning midfielder the center backs don't press much and don't close down (i don't want fast strikers or wingers break on a deep ball i play with a offside trap the full backs are one defense because I've noticed the wings to be weak (I've noticed way too many goals come from low crosses into the box to the near post) most touches and combinations go between Ozil and Ramsey / Xhaka what i want to achieve is, just like the actual Arsenal is to play slow paced, possession football, with trough balls around the opposition box. but now there is too much played to the wingers that either go wide (Winger support) or go inside, and run with the ball (IF support/attack) i want them to take time and look for better passing options or, play back and shift the play to the other side of the field. please let me know if i need to give additional information! the general setup is: So I've been tweaking my tactics a bit. to get a bit more depth and dare in the game the first match was against a Sky bet 1 team so a good opportunity to try it out a simple 4-0 victory with some B-squad players. although I'm not happy about the possession % The next match was a great test to tweak some more a Home game versus West Ham as you can see they have had a great run. time to end it. I watched the whole match again and did some on the go tweaking. tighter marking on Sakho and Obiang. the first 2 goals came from corners so that's not all tactics. during the second half, I switched the wingers back and put Lemar as a Raumdauter since Zabaleta was winning every duel. i changed Ozil back to a playmaker role instead of Trequerista, and Ramsey to Box to Box midfielder West Ham created nearly nothing, and most of West Ham's attacking situations we're created from own mistakes or loose balls Seems like the tactics are coming together now, except for the following problem; I seem to own home games, and mid-tier away games.. but I could use some help tweaking for teams parking the bus. playing 5-2-2-1 or 4-4-1-1 any suggestions are welcome
  7. Help with replicating man utd 3-5-2 and/or 4-2-3-1 for the 17/18 season? Could someone point me in the right direction? I have started with Man Utd, attempting to replicate Mourinho’s 17/18 system. I’ve used a 4-2-3-1 wide with my team playing controlling, structured football by playing out of the back. We get stuck in and stick to our positions with little creativity. My team has a typical GK (Dea Gea), 2 defenders (Bailly & Jones), Wing Back on Attack (Valencia) and a Complete Wing Back with support duty (Shaw). Matic acts as a Central Mid (Defend) and Pogba a Mezzala (Attack). Rashford the Raudmuter, Mhkitaryan a Trequartista that roams around, Mata as a advanced playmaker (support) whom cuts in and Lukaku, a complete forward (support) who drops deep to link up play. Seems accurate, doesn’t it? However, I'm losing badly to big teams, and barely scraping thru wins. Oddly enough, this tactic leakes in lots of goals! (Mourinho is a master of defence) I’ve also been asking myself some questions: • Should Pogba be a RPM, AP or a Mezzala? • Should I place both central midfielders in the DM strata, with Matic as a DLP (D) and Pogba as a Segundo Volante (Attack)? • Is Matic more of a CM (D) or DLP (D)? Any help or advice appreciated, thanks 🙏!
  8. INTRODUCTION It's rare to see a system in football manager built around the philosophy of Jose Mourinho. The less than glamorous tactician has an unfair reputation in my opinion. Despite the guarantee of trophies wherever he goes, many prefer to emulate the more exciting coaches like Klopp or Guardiola. With this in mind, I decided to attempt to replicate Mourinho's successful 4-2-3-1 with which he continues to use with great success. However, it is important to stress that this system is not a like-for-like, rather it is a Mourinho inspired system; therefore you might see some player roles and instructions that you might not agree with. However, I'm open to having a healthy debate on anything I've presented below. I'll jump straight into the system below, talk a bit about Mourinho, and then how I replicate this philosophy in game. To get the obvious out of the way first, we play with a control mentality and a structured shape. I want to ensure that the structural integrity of the shape is maintained. I will tailor my instructions via each player so that they know what their responsibility is. With a structured shape, we are more disciplined in defence, e.g., we're less committal going forwards and there's more space for us to operate in. So let's look at some of the key characteristics of a Mourinho system and see how I have tried to slide these into my setup at Barcelona. I will talk about the instructions Mourinho uses and note observations against them, so I can reference these from my tactical instructions. IN DEFENCE AND TRANSITION FROM ATTACK TO DEFENCE Arguably one of the best defensive coaches of the modern era. Mourinho typically builds his team around a two-man midfield. His system typically deploys a deep playmaker alongside a more defensive midfielder who is tasked with winning the ball back and releasing it to more creative players. At Manchester United, this responsibility has predominately fallen to Matić and Paul Pogba respectively. [Observation 1] When in their defensive shape, a Mourinho side will utilise a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation with the central attacking midfielder staying with the striker in order to have players available for the counter attack, should his team turnover the ball in an advantageous position. The wide attackers will fall back in line with the central midfielders in front of the defence to create two solid banks of four. [Observation 2] In the early phase of defence, the aim is to shift the opposition out wide when they have the ball since it is easier to defend the flanks. This is due to the limited options to progress the ball compared with the central areas and the natural player match up (1v1 or 2v2). A way of achieving this is by having the two furthest central attacking players block the passing lanes for progression of the ball through the central areas and to put pressure on the defence. Moreover, when the play does get out to the wide areas, this is where the overloads become more effective. It is less detrimental to your shape by overloading the wide areas than it is in the middle, simply because there are fewer passing lanes for progression of the ball (since the side of the pitch blocks passes in that direction). [Observation 3] When it comes to pressing the opposition the two key objectives are to reduce space for wide players and reduce the time on the ball for central players. In wider areas space is reduced by tightly marking the wide player and closing down aggressively. Increasing numbers out wide will reduce the space the opposition can move into. To reduce time on the ball for the central areas an aggressive approach to closing down will achieve this, however, with more and more coaches increasing numbers in the central areas, this can cause your shape some problems if you're not closing down intelligently. Furthermore, tightly marking the central players will lead to an increase in interceptions. [Observation 4] The defensive line is neither deep nor high, usually situationally adapting. So let's look at some of my tactical instructions and relate these back to the observations above. [Observation 1] To achieve some defensive solidity, and to match the asymmetry of the midfield two, I use a Central Midfielder with a Defend duty and a Deep Lying Playmaker with a Support duty. This gives me the solidity in front of the back four, with a risk averse two who will be the first line of cover should the opposition turnover the ball and break the first lines with a counter attack. [Observation 2] When playing against two wide men on each flank, e.g., a left back and a left winger, I will instruct my attacking wingers to specifically man mark his opposite to increase our chances of ball turnover. We want to be winning the ball in the central midfield or out wide. We don't want to rely on the last man of defence to make the last tackle. Since the wide men track their opposite number, this brings them down in line with the central midfield pairing and giving us what looks like a 4-4-1-1 [Observation 3] I use the opposition instructions to show the defenders out wide, so the left sided central defender is shown onto his left foot, and the right sided onto his right foot. With the passing lanes into the midfield covered by my central attacking midfielder and my striker closing down the defence, the ball is moved out to the wider areas where you can safely press with more numbers with less impact on the defensive shape. Moreover, the central midfielders are instructed to close down more, increasing their determination to move into the wider areas when the opposition progresses the ball here, creating 3v2 overloads against the opposition wide men. [Observation 4] Wide players are closed down always as defined by the generic opposition instructions. Additionally, my wide attacking wingers are set to man mark their opposite number when the opposition plays with wingers (most teams in Spain). Hard tackling is also instructed against the opposition central midfielders. Similarly to the central defenders, the central midfielders are down onto their outside foot, e.g., the left central midfielder is shown onto his left foot. This is to try progress the opposition build-up down the flanks. Simplistically, we play with a very conservative back four. We have two Central Defenders with a Defend duty, and two Full Backs with Support duty. Ahead we use a Central Midfielder with Defend duty and a Deep Lying Playmaker on Support. We aim to get into our shape quickly. Forcing progression of the opposition attack down the flanks if we can, where we create overloads in an attempt to win the ball back before the opposition can get a cross in. If the ball is progressed into the middle, we are quick to close down the opposition midfielders in an attempt to win the ball back before it progresses through to my defensive line. With these observations my defensive team instructions look like this: Defensive Line Defensive line is set to normal Use offside trap enabled Closing Down Closing down is set to sometimes, but this is governed by specific opposition instructions Tackling No specific instructions at a team level My player roles and instructions for the defensive players: My defence is pretty standard. I want my central defenders passing it short to my central midfielders or our wide to the Full backs. I don't want them hoofing it the field so that is why they're set to pass it shorter (since we use mixed team passing). My Full Backs have a few instructions. Fewer risky passing to help control the safe possession when they receive the ball in deeper areas in the build-up. I don't want them spraying fancy cross-field passes to players where there is a high-risk attached to the pass. I need them up supporting play, but also very mindful of their defensive responsibilities so we allow them to get further forward, but we keep the support duty to ensure their starting position is deeper in line with the defence. EXAMPLES OF OUR DEFENSIVE PLAY In a recent game against Real Madrid we came up against a stubborn 4-4-1-1 system. Below is an example of our defensive shape in action. The backline is relatively flat around the midpoint of our half. Playing with a control mentality and a normal defensive line it is slightly higher than normal. My Trequartista (the midfielder circled) is covering the inside of the pitch as he moves the midfielder towards the wide areas with the ball. My striker, meanwhile, is occupying the central defenders to ensure a pass isn't easily recycled. In this particular passage of play, Marchetti plays the ball into the winger, who almost instantly has my left back on his toes, who wins the ball back cleanly. In this next phase of play Madrid have just won the ball back and are looking to progress. My Advanced Playmaker highlighted positions himself between the ball carrier and the central midfielders. Moving the ball out wide where the player is already being tightly marked. With the alternative being a long ball forward, the player attempts a high-risk pass into the winger despite the presence of my defender. Sasic is closed down quickly and ordinarily would have probably lost the ball here. However, we're playing Madrid so have to expect that at some points in the match they're going to beat the man or pass when it seems almost impossible to do so. However, because of the high closing down and structural discipline, when the pass is made into the midfield, my Deep Lying Playmaker (with closing down more activated) makes a good interception to win the ball back for us. All the while my Central Midfielder maintains his position in front of the defenders as a second line of defence if the pass is successful. During this game we made 62 interceptions across the pitch, most of which in our own half. IN ATTACK AND TRANSITION FROM DEFENCE TO ATTACK The defensive shape and team instructions allow for more efficiency in a quick transition from defence and counter attacking. With the shortest distance to goal on the counter being through the middle, an efficient counter system would require at least two central players in attacking positions during the defensive phase, with a supporting wide player along one flank to join in if progression through the middle is restricted. At United, Mkhitaryan and Lukaku are usually the furthest forward when the team is defending. Sometimes the left sided attacking midfielder will be somewhat advanced. [Observation 1] With Juan Mata operating more as a playmaker a lot of the slower and more patient build-up was directed to the right side of the pitch. United created overloads on this side with Pogba and Valencia supporting Mata and Mkhitaryan in the attack. Furthermore, with the approach directed to guide the ball towards one flank with clear overloads, this frees up the player on the opposite side to almost inevitably be free for a quick break. [Observation 2] This season it appears that Mkhitaryan has more confidence from his manager and this has shown with his free role to create and dictate play from the central areas. He is registering high chance creation and assists already. This free role to roam and be less involved in the defensive side suits his style. A similar role has been afforded the number 10 at Madrid and Inter. [Observation 3] So let's look at some of my tactical instructions and relate these back to the observations above. [Observation 1] I leave my Trequartista and Complete Forward high during the defensive phase. This allows our transitions from defence to attack to be quick and sharp and triggers good counter attacking opportunities with Raumdeuter being fairly advanced, too. With the team instructed to pass into space, we look to progress the ball forwards quicker than we would if we passed into feet. [Observation 2] We have also adopted an Advanced Playmaker on the right. With our right sided central midfielder and right sided winger being playmakers a lot of the ball and progression is down the right flanks. This leaves the Raumdeuter with more space to exploit. And given his pace, acceleration and dribbling, he takes full advantage of this. He is currently second in the scoring charts. [Observation 3] My Trequartista is there for attacks. I afford him the freedom to dictate the game from the middle. I'm less concerned about his role defensively, which is just as well, given he is assigned a role that has less emphasis on defence and more on offence. However, this does not mean that he is ineffective defensively, on the contrary, he is key in the first phase of defence in moving the ball into wide positions. When we transition to attack, if we're quick enough to break into a counter then it is usually through my Trequartista that play progresses before the ball is switched out wide to my Raumdeuter. At this point we usually trigger a 3v3 or 3v4 attack, of which we're usually favourites to come out on top. When we progress with the ball we have a natural inclination to progress to the right with quick switches to the left when the Raumdeuter is in space and 1v1 situations. We are comfortable on the ball and happy to play the patient game looking for clear openings. Typically, this will see us dominate in the possession and passing stats for most games. With these observations my offensive team instructions look like this: Passing Exploit the middle Play out of defence Pass into space Passing Directness Mixed passing Creative Freedom Be more disciplined My player roles and instructions for the defensive players: My Central Midfielder is instructed to pass it shorter as he needs to keep things simple. His prime role is ball winner and defence protector. I don't need him doing anything fancy. Alongside him is my Deep Lying Playmaker. He has a bit of freedom but not too much. He is instructed to close down more to keep up the pressing when the ball moves into the middle of the pitch and to help support the overloads on the flank. My Trequartista doesn't have instructions as it isn't really needed. My Advanced playmaker is instructed to sit narrower as I want to really congest this side of the pitch and draw in the opposition to the half-spaces where he will be operating. My Raumdeuter is instructed to shoot less, purely because of the positions he can get into. I need him to be more decisive when he is in the box and to only shoot when it is a high chance shot. My Complete Forward is instructed to move into channels to support the build up and to move the defence with him to open up spaces for the on-rushing players behind him. EXAMPLES OF OUR OFFENSIVE PLAY In the next passage of play I will highlight how out players use the short passing abilities of my playmakers to move the ball about and manipulate the shape of the oppositions. I will show the intelligence of my Raumdeuter to isolate the right back and subsequently unmark himself to break free and score a simple goal. To set the scene, my Central Midfielder makes a short pass into my Deep Lying Playmaker. This is a common pattern between the two. My left back has the attention of the opposition winger and my Raumdeuter is in-line with my striker, pressing the defensive line back. My Deep Lying Playmaker now progresses the ball into my Trequartista. He is a very technically gifted player and is the key creator in the side, both scoring and creating goals. You will notice that my Raumdeuter has now drifted into space in order to move into a better position to attack the ball. All the while the defender who was meant to be watching him is now ball watching. My Trequartista wastes no time in playing a first time pass into space for my Raumdeuter to run onto. Who has this time unmarked himself and snuck in behind for a very nicely worked goal. This is one of the more simple patterns of play we create by overloading the right and central sides of the pitch before playing the ball to the left side where my Raumdeuter will have isolated the defender. The supporting Full Back is key in occupying the attention of the winger to ensure there's little in the way of obstacles. Here is another example from the same game, where my Raumdeuter actually scored four goals. Again, play is moved from my Advanced Playmaker on the right, into my Trequartista. My Raumdeuter is running in behind the defender, and waits for the pass to come in from the Trequartista. A really simple, yet effective pattern of play. IN CONCLUSION I've tried to keep this fairly brief without going over the top with examples and images, so if anyone is curious about how I've setup or why, just drop a reply and I'll see what I can do to answer anything. It's a really simple system and one that is very effective. Finally, I have posted our results from our season so far. We're defensively strong and offensively potent. I have also included the complete team instructions and opposition instructions, since I've already posted the roles and player instructions above. Team Instructions Opposition Instructions Results so far Thanks for reading, Ciao
  9. Hi everyone, I have a problem which I can't figure out regarding my main strike. He has relatively very high finishing, heading and first touch. while not a great dribbler or passer, he is obviously natural as a poacher or advanced forward. His role is just scoring goals, nothing beyond this. While I surrounded him with lots of support players, he's just ending all the time with poor match ratings (<6.6). I tried all I can in order to prevent his isolation by ordering him to move into channels and roam from position (BTW - what's the difference between them?) but nothing seems to be working. He doesn't get many score chances within a match. My full lineup: P(A) W(S/A) AM(S/A) AP(S) DLP(S) BWM(D) FB(S) CD(D) CD(D) FB(S) GK(D) My game plan: Standard / Control Normal / High tempo All players but the defenders are closing down more Wide Normal defensing line Play out of defense Pass into space Mixed / shorter passing Be more expressive Would be much appreciate for any suggestion or idea you can think of, manly regarding on how can I get him the ball so he'll do the only think he knows - to score - more often. Will be happy to provide any deeper necessary details.
  10. Okay so this is my first FM game so I'm definitely a noob but I keep hitting a wall with every tactic I create. Basically they work for a while, in my first 3 seasons with my team in the swedish top division I've finished 3d, 1st and 3d again but the one i finished first I reloaded and replayed a lot of games. In my first couple of season I'd play 442 and do a lot of low crosses because that was basically the only way my strikers could hit the target, or I'd play with 5 at the back and basically just hope I kept a clean sheat and could score one goal. That worked for a while, then I started losing or drawing almost every game so started playing 4231 wide and with that I'd dominate possesion every game but my strikers could never create a clear chance, so then I created the one you see here and at first it was amazing, I'd score 3 or more in nearly every game and rarely let in more than one. This was during the fourth and current season and I managed to win a domestic cup and make it through the playoffs and into the Europa League, beating a Portugese team 4-0 in the process, but then of course i hit a wall. Now I'm drawing or losing every game even against bottom teams in Sweden. I'm also suddenly letting in a bunch of goals, when at the start of the season i only let in one goal in my 7 first games. I haven't changed anything about the defensive line-up except now I don't tell my wing backs to attack anymore, so actually I'm even more defensive now. My 2 major problems are: - When attacking sometimes my players only get as far as the opposing backline, then they start passing the ball around between them unable to find a through pass. The opposing team barely has to do anything except keep 4 defenders standing in front of their penalty area. - When they do get it through and create a clear chance, most of the time they blast it over or shoot straight at the keeper. They're not the best strikers in the world obviously but they are probably as good as I can get in this league. For the record I had the exact same problem with much better strikers when I tried playing with Liverpool and with a different system. Basically I have to create maybe 10 clear chances in order to score one goal. I know it seems stupid to blame bad luck or something, but I seriously don't know what to do. I can't tell you how many games I've dominated with this tactic, created many chances and been better in every way only to lose cause the game decided that one of my players should give away a penalty, make a terrible back pass or just for the opposition to score from the only chance they created. Maybe someone can tell me why my tactic is terrible and exactly what's wrong with it, but it just seems like every time I find a tactic that works I get maybe 10 games where it works and then I automatically start getting bad results. I get that oppositions can start adapting to your game, but I don't think i've had a single match this season where I didn't dominate the opposition and didn't lose because my players an incredible amount of chances and the opposition scored from one or two. And I should mention that it's not my keepers fault, who's one of the best in the division. I try to switch up my tactics to my old 442 or a wider 4231 but this one is definitely my best one and I still always dominate games and should by all logical means win, but somehow I don't. It sounds stupid but it feels like once you start doing too well the game just goes "nope, make a new tactic." Please tell me why I'm wrong about that, but that's how it seems to me. I motivate my players through team talks, I have one of the best squads in the league, I make my strikers practice shooting more. Nothing works. Like I said I'm very new to this so maybe there's some huge obvious thing I'm doing wrong. Sorry the images are in Swedish but I assume you people will know what the instructions are. My 4 attacking players are all instructed to move forward, play more risky passes and to make runs so that they can receive through balls. The striker is a false 9 or a deep lying attacker, the middle player in the 3 is an attacking playmaker and the other two are attacking midfielders. Also I just realised the instructions say for my players to use the sides, usually I tell them to use the middle, I don't know why I'd changed it there Oh and sorry about my whining haha.
  11. Current setup GK-d: Distribute to defenders WB-a: Cross more often, run wide with ball, more direct passes CD-d: Pass it shorter CD-d: Pass it shorter WB-a: Cross more often, dribble less, more direct passes CM-d: Pass it shorter, close down less CM-s: Pass it shorter, close down less AM-a AP-a: Roam from position, move into channels AM-a: Get further forward CF-s: Move into channels, roam from position Thoughts behind team instructions: Play out of defense: maintain possession, although with my defenders' tendency to panic when trapped and pass it straight to the opposition, I'm thinking of removing that Lower tempo: relic from season's past when I saw passes go everywhere Float crosses/early crosses: forwards are great jumpers with high anticipation Expressive/roam from positions: goes hand-in-hand with very fluid - want my players to move around into open spaces and give them the freedom to create chances. Once I went to these instructions, scoring improved drastically Shorter passing: maintain possession I got my fluidity and team instructions through a bit of trial and error. I went with this one game and it worked, so I stuck with it. This past season was my most successful to date, finishing 4th in the EPL. I was second in the league in goals with 85 but was tied for 13th in goals allowed with 64. While most of the time I was scoring enough for it not to matter, I never felt comfortable with a two-goal lead and when I wasn't scoring, I rarely scraped out 1-0 wins. My tactical knowledge is decent but far from thorough and I lack the ability to diagnose what is and isn't working to adjust in-game to make a difference. It seems like I gave up a bunch of goals on crosses, defenders getting pulled out of position, and a ton of stupid mistakes (wildly sending the ball from the corner into the center of the pitch, right to an opposing player is one of our favorite moves). I realize this is a top-heavy, attacking formation, but are there any adjustments -- through team or individual instructions -- I could make so that it was more solid defensively? Changing formations probably isn't in the cards as I have no (good) wide players on the roster. I've experimented using supporting roles in the AMC strata but it hasn't seemed to make any difference defensively. I've used two CM-d's before, but it seems to create a big gap between them and the AMCs. And I'm in the market for better defenders but I seem to have as good as I'm going to get considering I don't have a ton of money to spend on world-class talent.
  12. I've been a long reader of this forum, but never really posted anything. I've read a lot of the posts here (most notably the Art of Possession Football by Cleon, amongst others) and took a few tips here and there. I've created a club on a Portuguese Premier League, using Nacional da Madeira (a very small team on FM with no budget for transfers or wages) and it took me a few years to make it a powerful club. On one of my seasons, I've managed to make a whole season without losing a match. I did a lot of experimentation with it for several seasons, until it was perfected to my liking. It relies a lot on the quality of the Wing backs (Pace, Stamina, Crossing and Marking) and also the decision making of the AMC (Decision, First Touch, Passing, Long Shots). I would like to point out that at this moment, I have a high quality team with great attributes, very determined and fast. For several seasons I played with a Defensive Midfielder instead of an Attacking Midfielder, but there was always lack of support in the middle for the Striker. So I tweaked it, and it became much more stable with an AMC. It should work well for medium-sized teams, but the small teams might struggle. Here's the tactic itself: Counter mentality might seem counter-intuitive, but it gives more stability at the back to compensate the high defense. Structured shape is great to encourage players to keep it simple. However, I do change it to "Fluid" when I'm struggling on a match, this does seem to push the opposite side to areas that they are not supposed to be. As you can see, the Defensive line is the highest possible, which congests the space on the opposite side. Width is stretched so that the players can find better spaces. The problem with high or low tempos was that the players would either loose the ball too often or just waste opportunities, so I kept it normal. "Work Ball Into Box" is due to the same reason, my attackers used to waste too many balls. I do like to Play out of Defence though, it keeps the possession more stable. However, due to the space I have at the back, I want my players to press as soon as they loose the ball. This makes the opponents rush or waste opportunities to attack. For a long time, I used to have an asymmetrical shape (just one Winger with Attack, the opposite winger on Support, etc.) but I noticed that many times, specially due to the Preferred Foot or Player Traits, this didn't always worked well, so I decided to keep it symmetric on both sides. Another thing I rely a lot is on Player Instructions. The more control I have over the players way of play, the better. So, starting from the back: Sweeper Keeper (Defend) - Fewer Risky Passes - Distribute to Full Backs - Roll it Out Goes out of the goal if necessary, doesn't waste possession, starts the attack from the wings and passes the ball to a nearby player if the wings are marked. Complete Wing Back Right/Left (Attack) - Shoot Less Often - Close Down More -Tackle Harder - Mark Tighter - More Direct Passes - More Risky Passes Keeps pressure on the wings, aggressive at the back and closing opposition opportunities, finds opportunities to start the attack and doesn't shoot as much at the front. Ball Playing Defender (Defend) - Shoot less often - Tackle Harder - Close Down Much More The Central Defenders always stay at the back, taking the ball away from the opposite attack as soon as possible. Very aggressive as well. Ball Winning Midfielder (Support) - Shoot less often - Dribble Less - More Risky Passes The main function of the Ball Winning Midfielder is to support the defenders, not wasting possession with dribbles but finding players to exploit the opposition Deep Lying Playmaker (Support) - Dribble Less - More Risky Passes Another midfielder to support both the Defense and the Attacking areas of the team Inside Forward Right/Left (Support) - Shoot Less Often - Tackle Harder - Mark Tighter I experimented a lot with this. I noticed that, due to the attacking mentality of the Wing Backs, I needed to have the Wingers more close to the center, but every time they were close to the area they were shooting from a distance. So, they are there to keep support to the Striker and the Wing Backs when necessary. They still shoot when an opportunity arrives, but not so often as before. Advanced Playmaker (Support) - Tackle Harder - Mark Tighter This is the team main creator. He's always there to support the Striker and the Inside Forwards, but also deviates a bit from position to support the midfield. Plays very close to the Central Midfielders when we don't have the ball, but is there at the attack close to the Penalty Area. Great for second chance shots, or when the Striker is marked heavily. Complete Forward (Attack) - Shoots Less Often - Tackle Harder - Mark Tighter He's the main scorer. However, many times he tried to shoot from a distance or straight away, so the Shoots Less Often does bring some stability to this. He's always at the front, ready to score. EXAMPLES: Defending from the front As you can see, all my team (except the CD's) are at the opposition side. They lost the ball, but the team is pressing straight away. The Wing Backs are coming back to their position, and the Central Defenders are ready to press the Striker right at the center of the pitch. Defending from the center Now the team is more evenly shaped. The back four are at their marking areas. The AMC is going into position to press the player with the ball. The other two midfielders are marking the opposition midfield. The opposition will either have to pass long, or stop the play. Attacking from the back/center The midfielder has several options to pass. When attacking from the middle, there's always at least two options to pass the ball. The Inside forward is finding position, and the Complete Wing Backs are getting ready to go forward through the wings. On another example, you can see that the CWB is already very high on the pitch. The AMC now has an option to either play to the Striker that has no marking, or send the ball to the wings. The Inside Forward is starting to push to the center, as the Wing Back is getting the flanks covered for the attack. Attacking from the wings The CWB has the ball. He's ready to cross. The Striker is there, but if he misses the chance, the Inside Forward is going there as well. The AMC is finding position to cover the hole. Defenders are always at the back in case the chance is missed. The problem Here is one of the problems of this tactic. Because we play so upfront, the CWB is going to mark the player with the ball. However, the opposite striker has plenty of space to attack. That's why the team as a whole needs to have high attributes on the physical side. So, this was basically the tactic that I used the whole season. It's based on attack and pressing. More often than not, my back gets a few yellow cards during the season, but you can always remove the option Tackle Harder and see how it works for you. The Wing Backs need good physical attributes, and the two Midfielders should be good at defending. I kept using this tactic the following seasons, but from time to time I had to tweak some options because the AI seemed to figure out some of the way of play (Specially the teams that park the bus). Also, the updates of FM kept me having to make some changes here and there. But if I struggle, I mostly change the shape from Structured to Fluid, and also add the option to Retain Possession and Pass Into Space. It does push the opposite team to leave their positions, and my team doesn't waste as many balls at the front but sometimes there's not much you can do. It worked out for me, maybe it will work out for you too.
  13. Long-time reader, infrequent poster. I thought I ought to share this league and cup double winning tactic having benefited from the insight of so many people on here. I built this tactic having taken the Arsenal job two years into the save following Wenger's retirement. (I started the save unemployed before getting the job at Swansea City and winning the Europa League and European Super Cup) Fortunately, the squad was pretty much in tact with only Monreal sold by the time I took over. I wanted to play a controlling style of football with emphasis on possession, pressing and fluidity - an attempt at emulating the 'Total Football' utilised by Michels/Cruyff. PS - I'm posting this tactic a season after I won the double. Since winning those pieces of silverware I also bagged the League Cup before losing the Premier League to Chelsea on goal difference last season - three goals, to be precise. *sob* I set my team up as follows: I find that when my team attacks and reaches the final third it becomes a 3-2-4-1 of sorts with my left back often overlapping the inside forward. The combination has proved fruitful and that is shown by the number of assists from the left wing area. The most common types of goal I score tend to be through balls from Ozil, WIlshere and Coutinho to Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain or crosses from Davies headed in by Giroud or finished by Ozil. Obviously there are several other types but these two seem to crop up quite a lot. I rarely score from outside the area though and would like to add that as another string to my team's bow. I haven't tweaked the Fluidity setting at all so far but do vary my side's mentality quite frequently in matches. I start most games with Control but have sometimes used Counter when playing difficult opponents, particularly away from home. If I'm looking to shut out a match, having secured a lead, I will switch to Counter or Defensive and adjust my other TIs accordingly. Usually I do this by adding Retain possession, Much lower tempo and Waste time. When I'm chasing goals I switch to Attacking and employ Higher tempo and Much higher defensive line to try and compress the opposition's space further and use the ball more urgently. If I'm really desperate and in the last 15 minutes I'll go to Overload and use Much higher tempo, Get stuck in and Shoot on sight. (I'm still tweaking my tactics for chasing goals and try different combinations as I play more of the save) Team instructions: I settled on these TIs quite quickly having read through a series of really useful posts (linked to below) but some variations that I've used in the past, with differing success, are Pass into space and Use offside trap. The latter requires a change in PIs for my centre backs from Stopper and Cover to Defend and Defend. Player instructions: GK: Goalkeeper (Defend) - Pass it shorter // Default role for the tactic which I use for Szczęsny and Mannone. However, when I use ter Stegen I employe him as a Sweeper keeper (Support) because of his unique skill set. I have found there isn't too much difference between the two roles but there are moments when an SK is particularly useful in a team playing with a high defensive live. This includes intercepting long balls sent over the top of your defence and instigating counter-attacks. DR: Full back (Support) - Run wide with ball // I used Sagna here until he got a bit too old and then switched to Stones last season. I prefer tallish full backs in this position as they don't get forward as much as the left back and often deal with aerial clearances from the opposition. DRC: Central defender (Stopper) - Mark tighter // I use Koscielny and Vermaelen here who are getting on a bit but have great mental stats, useful for tutoring younger players, and can still get the job done. DLC: Central defender (Cover) - Mark tighter // Eventually I'm hoping to make Dier a Ball playing defender with Cover duty as he has the required skills and gives me another creative option from deep. My first choice until recently was Nkoulou but he's upset I rejected an offer from Monaco and his performances started to drop. DL: Full back (Attack) - Run wide with ball // A really important attacking outlet for this tactic, as odd as it seems to say for a defender. Constantly provides overlaps and crosses into the box for Giroud and Kane. I use Davies and Gibbs presently but used to have Bernat who was one of the best performing players in the Premier League for the two seasons I had him. Average rating was 7.38 in his final season with us before Real Madrid bought him for £36.5m - kerching! MCR: Central midfielder (Support) // I try not to have more than one PI for each position as I have quite a lot of TIs for this tactic and don't need any in this position. Wilshere is really good from deep and gets further forward to support the attack when I use Attacking or Overload mentality - has scored some crucial goals at the death. Ramsey is the other player I use here and he brings distance shooting and long range passing qualities I otherwise don't have. I'd like to be able to play both at the same time. MCL: Central midfielder (Defend) - Mark tighter // I like tall players here as I've noticed a lot of what they do is dealing with aerial clearances from the opposition's defence when I have them under the cosh. Enriquez and Rodwell work well in winning the ball in the air and laying it off to one of the attacking players to start another attack and keep the pressure on. However, I got Bender in this year as he was available for a good price and he brings a more physical defensive presence - a couple of times his challenges high up the pitch have led to quickly taken goals. I play him as a Ball winning midfielder with Defend duty. AMR: Winger (Attack) - Get further forward // Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott give me width, pace and crosses from the right hand side but their main threat is running in behind defences and finishing in the corner. Ox scored 28 goals (all competitions) in the season I won the double. I instruct them to Stay forward in Set pieces and they have picked up a good few goals, corners and free kicks by attacking on the break. AMC: Advanced playmaker (Attack) - Roam from position // I have Ozil - the Kings of Assists. Basically, he's brilliant and scores goals as well as creating them. In the last two seasons his average rating has been 7.67 and 7.41 with Cazorla relieving him when he's rested. AML: Inside forward (Support) - Sit narrower // Coutinho and Rotariu are becoming really good in this position and it's fun to see them pick the ball up in the final third with lots of options available. Davies running down the left, Ozil and Giroud in front of him, Ox to the right and Wilshere square. One of the main strength's of this tactic is the consistent overload it creates down the left hand side and, touch wood, will continue to be a reliable supply of goal-scoring opportunities. ST: Advanced forward (Attack) - Shoot more often // Default role for the tactic but I always put Giroud and Kane as Target man (Attack) because of their skill set and it's really useful to have an aerial threat up top. Giroud has scored 29 and 24 goals in the last two seasons with Podolski also banging in a few before he was sold. (Got old and fell out with me) The added height also gives me extra protection at defensive set pieces which is useful in a team with quite a few short players and particularly when playing the likes of Pulis / Alladyce. Thanks for reading and I hope I've included everything that's needed. Feel free to ask any questions about the tactic or pass on some advice, best of luck! Recommended reading: How to Play FM14: A Twelve Step Guide How to Play FM14: A Twelve Step Guide [Ext] Shouting Strategies: Defensive Counter-pressing; Or Why Aggressive Is An Absolute Pre-Requisite In FM14 Football Manager 2014 Staff Requirements Youth In FM14: Getting 5 star regens How To Develop Youth In FM 2014
  14. So I have Arsenal in the FA Cup and I'm very nervous, I've beat every team in the league at least once BUT Arsenal so to have them in a cup final which i really want to win is an issue, they play a 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders and 3 attacking midfielders. I've played 4-1-2-3 all season and beat the likes of City, Chelsea and Spurs, with a false 9. Can anyone recommend any tips for me to come out on top, ill post the previous games between me and arsenal for you guys to look at. Thanks in advance.
  15. Dear members, I have made an agressive attacking tactik by reading cleons the art of attacking football. It worked very well when Im playing at home, but Im struggling winning away games. My team is top favourite to winning the league. My team is very strong if you compare to other teams. But when I play the away game its like my players dont do anything to stop the strikers or the wingers. My opponent are always aggresive against me. They score goals from the wings or they have fast strikers. This is my team formation and instructions: My best striker has an injury, but normally I play with him as a complete forward on support duties. I also change sometimes my AMR to a raumdauter. If Im playing away I use these instructions and mentality: - Standard mentality - Tempo: normal - Closing down: sometimes - Dribble less - Pass into Space - Defensive line: Normal Look at my away games: Im also struggling to different kinds of formations like: 4-1-2-2-1, 4-4-2 or teams with same formations as mine. If you want more information, please ask me.
  16. Hi everyone, So on FM16 I used this tactic for Manchester United, except in control mentality and with working the ball into the box, and had incredible success. I also man mark any strikers (unless there are three), or any wide attacking midfielders. I do the same tactic every game, only changing if I need to protect a lead/come back from a deficit late in the game. I am in my second season right now, finished 3rd in the league after a 10 game winless run towards the end of the season and did not do well in the cups. Right now, I am 8th in the league right now, 11 points out of first. I am dominating possession in just about every game, but I do not seem to be creating many chances. I concede many goals off of long balls to the strikers and the wingers, especially on my right side. I feel like with the talent I have, I should be doing a lot better but I can't quite figure out what to change. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
  17. Hello, I have been thinking of what to do with the FM17 Beta and have decided, rather unimaginatively, to take over Arsenal for a season or two to get used to the game, like I've done for most versions of FM. In the past I've opened threads here at this stage to unleash my tactic ramblings, most notably Özil + 10, a tactical exercise on FM14 with Arsenal, and this should be the FM17 version of this, basically. Although I want to keep my writing much shorter this time. Please notice THIS IS NOT A GUIDE, this is not meant to teach anyone how to play the game, in fact I'm routinely pretty unsuccessful whenever I attempt these short careers with big teams. This is more like a brainstorming exercise to trade some ideas with other people either also managing this club, or attempting to play similar systems. For now as I'm writing this I don't have access to the Beta yet, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what Arsenal are like and don't expect to be massively surprised by how the players are like in the database. I've identified the following strenghts and weaknesses in the side: Strenghts - Excellent creative ability, technique, ability to keep ball and operate in tight spaces - 2 particular world class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - Generally highly complete players throughout the squad, capable of performing more than a specific role - Quality players at rushing from deep in Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin - Pace upfront, specially in rotational players like Theo Walcott, albeit it should be difficult to use this pace as we'll have many matches where the opposition park the bus - A quality forward for holding up the ball and creating space for others in Olivier Giroud Weaknesses - General lack of aggression, physicality, height which could be highly problematic in a highly physical league - Lack of reliable goalscorer and clear penetration outlets in the area - Some older players at the back that, whilst it's a stretch to call them "slow", might be unable to operate a high line at a truly world class level Therefore, my initial idea for a system is this rather standard 4-2-3-1: GK - GK/D: Cech DL - FB/S: Monreal DC - CB/D: Koscielny DC - CB/D: Mustafi DR - WB/S: Bellerin DMCL - DM/S: Xhaka MCR - BBM/S: Ramsey AML - IF/A: Alexis AMC - T/A: Ozil AMR - WP/S: Cazorla ST - DLF/S: Giroud Control Very Fluid Reasons: - I want to maximize my strenghts as much as possible by playing Alexis and Ozil in their preferred positions and building the team around them. - Likewise I just want to play my better players as much as possible, and I see this as the best way to fit in all 3 of Ramsey, Cazorla and Xhaka whom I believe should be my 3 strongest midfielders (although I will need to go through player profiles in a bit more detail when I get the game). - "Very Fluid" is something I haven't tried in a very long time and generally stay away from, but considering just how complete all my players are (all offensive players are both capable of creating and scoring, defensive players like Xhaka and the fullbacks are very capable at attacking) it seems to fit. Also I've been inspired by @LPQR's success with Stuttgart with a very fluid 3-4-1-2. - Alexis, Ozil, Cazorla and Giroud, all being highly gifted players, should be able to play in the demanding, adventurous, high-ish-tempo game of the Control mentality, in the tight spaces around the area. - Different roles and dynamics between each wing to encourage variety, stretch the pitch, and open up different angles of attack. - No TIs or PIs at the beginning to start with a simple base, and then add things as I react to what I see happening on the pitch. Possible problems and tweaks: - This is a very attacking setup and I need to be extremely careful to be sure I'm not overcommiting players forward. Depending on how this plays out, if Bellerin and Ramsey both run forward and Cazorla is too high up, I could be caught out on the counter with a 4-6 split, only 4 players remaining in defensive position which can be too few. - If the opposition decides not to go for the counter but to try to pin us back by pressing aggressively and beating us at our own possession game, we don't have a good defensive shape to deal with this with the wingers high up (depending on whether on FM17 AMR/AMLs still don't track back to MR/ML positions). This may necessitate a change of formation for these matches, whether a 4-3-3 with Ozil shoved to the right wing and Cazorla pulled back into MC, a 4-3-1-2/narrow diamond with Ozil behind a Alexis/Giroud striker partnership, or a flat 4-4-2 to defend with 2 banks of four. - I'm undecided whether the more cautious Xhaka is most needed on the centre-left to cover for Alexis' attacking role, or on the centre-right to cover for Bellerin's runs - I may need to switch my DM/MC's left-to-right. I went for this initial option as I see us creating some serious overloads down the right wing with Bellerin, Cazorla, Ramsey and Ozil; we'd lose this if I move Ramsey centre-left (also he'd probably run into Alexis' space). - There may not be enough attacking outlets for goalscoring, beyond Alexis (my intended primary threat), the odd goal by Giroud and rare late runs from Ramsey. A possible solution might be to move aside Ozil to the wing, and introduce another runner from AMC. - Conversely, whilst I trust the superb creativity of my players, it may prove to be too much to ask from them to break down packed defences from such advanced positions. "Drop deeper" looks a very good TI to add (beyond opening up space to playmake in, this would also aid with our slow-ish defence, and to help us unleash our pacey attackers); possibly I could also lower the tempo or mentality. - I'm intentionally starting without any possession-oriented TIs, to avoid our team becoming too addicted to sideways passing, but our best game is obviously with the ball on our feet and I will watch closely to see if we're not too direct. Very good odds I'll add "play out of defence", if not enough then also "pass shorter". - This initial gameplan isn't great to take the best out of my squad depth, as I see Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Iwobi, mostly all as best fitting for alternatives to Alexis' role, and there's no clear Cazorla substitute as WP. I'll need to either readjust my plan to all these players, or hit the transfer market to sort this out. - Beyond Giroud and the CBs we don't have much aerial threat on set pieces - I might consider a short corner routine if I feel we're wasteful on them. Ideas and comments are welcome.
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