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  1. Hi everyone, I'm currently playing as the team I support, Aston Villa. So far it has been a struggle, despite currently being 3rd in the league, my front three are really playing below par and can't get into games, very rarely scoring or assisting, with most goals coming from midfielders long shots, corners or free kicks. I'm playing the tactical preset gegenpress with a few alterations and my only first team signing has been Joe Lolley to play inside forward on the right. Tactic We are consistantly failing to create good chances against any team and all of our games are very close in scoreline Fixtures Here are the stats of Grealish, Lolley, Abraham, Hogan and Kodjia Jack Grealish Joe Lolley Tammy Abraham Scott Hogan Jonathan Kodjia And here is how I'm setting them up, I've messed with how the forward plays a few times, as pressing forward hasn't really worked out and left them pretty isolated, I've also noted that all of my front 3 are being caught offside a lot every game. Here is how I'm setting my front three up Striker Inside Forward - Right Inside Forward - Left Any help and advice would be much appreciated, if any more screenshots or information is needed then please let me know. Thanks
  2. So I utilised the Data Editor on FM18 for the very first time and have created all of my friends, assembling a team known as the Coventry Villains. If you're interested to follow my progress my YouTube channel is MrDeanGenie. The following link will take you directly to the playlist of the series: (The first video is what I find to be the best tactic if you're using a lower team in the Premier League/Championship). Many thanks!
  3. So! I've been playing Aston Villa, my favorite team, and have been completely crushed in three different saves. I've followed tips from three different youtubers, I've spent hours looking over my team and trying to build tactics around it and I keep coming up with 8-9 game loss streaks punctuated by one or two draws and maybe a win if I'm lucky. I can post screen shots if needed, but I'm getting tired of constantly losing.
  4. ANY SUGGESTIONS?!!! In my 3rd season with Aston Villa and already pushing for a top 4 spot but will more likely get a EURO qualification if i don't sign a class centre back in the January window. At the moment i'm playing Elphick and Holgate. Holgate is progessing really nicely as a ball playing CB but Elphick is so accident prone..... Any suggestions for a CB that can partner with Holgate and provide a solid defence? about 15-20 mil to spend, pacey would be preferred... cheers
  5. Background So I’ve been playing FM for years now, ever since first stumbling across it back in the good old CM days. I’m also a Villa fan so naturally every game my first career is Aston Villa. Now as if that alone doesn’t make me a big enough glutton for punishment I also every year try to recreate a very specific tactical philosophy - a 451 / 433 counter attacking hybrid which keeps things tight and attacks with lightning pace down the flanks. Don’t ask me why I do it. Partly it’s because it’s just become a thing I do, partly it’s because my fondest memories in recent years are of Villa playing this way (yes there haven’t been many). Think O’Neil’s side at their best with Ashley Young bombing down a wing, or the brief glimmer of Lambert’s competence that saw Weiman, Gabby and Benteke form a potent attacking triumvirate. It also plays into what I like to do on FM which is keep clean sheets and score goals from dazzling wing play, counters and crosses into the box. Sometimes this has had more success than failure and yet here I am once again returning to the same tactical conundrum. “The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” - Albert Einstein I didn’t have a great time of things on FM16. I just couldn’t get to grips with the game, which, when coupled with a not too great Villa team; wasn’t exactly a recipe for success. My failures - which were numerous - did teach me a lot of valuable lessons about the way I was playing the game wrong however and I was insistent that I would learn from them and set about FM17 with a plan in mind. So what were my mistakes? Formation - For some reason I’d always started out trying to build a 451/433 hybrid by setting my team up as a 433 (41221) and then trying to force the players to defend as a 451. After spending much time on these forums I realized I had it the wrong way round. Your formation on the tactics screen is how you defend, as such I’d set up in a flat 451 and try and make the players attack like a 433. Team instructions - Cleon’s excellent counter attacking thread on these forums has taught me that less is most certainly more where team instructions are concerned - especially counterattacking. Taking my time - I’m a busy man, when I sit down I want to churn through games. That means highlights on key and the inevitable frustration when I see seemingly random things happen. I vowed to change my approach this year, that means highlights on comprehensive and 2D camera to fully analyst every aspect of my tactic. Players - For years I was used to stumbling across a great formation and filling it with the best players, but i’ve learned the hard way that you just can’t do that anymore on FM. There’s no point playing a counter attacking game where your defence will constantly be under pressure if your centre backs are Micah Richards and Jores Okore. Likewise there’s no point in Gegenpressing if your front man is Rudy Gusted. Instead it’s about horses for courses, getting the right kind of players to suit the tactic I’m trying to implement. “I love it when a plan comes together” - John “Hannibal” Smith Despite dropping down a division I was excited to get my hands on Villa on FM17. After all there’s been a complete overhaul of the squad, one that would seem to play into the hands of my desire to create a counter attacking 451/433 system. After a few seasons of trying to create this system I had a good handle on what was needed to make it work: A strong defensive core - The team will be sitting back deep. That means we’ll be under pressure a lot of the time. As a result strong defenders - both physically and mentally - are a must. In Elphick, Chester and Jedinak I was confident I had the defensive triangle to do just that. In Amavi, Cissoko, and De Laet I also have hardworking fullbacks who can defend and attack in equal measure. Pacey widemen - The wide men really do make this tactic tick. They not only need to be lightning quick to take advantage of the counter, they also need to have a good work ethic, be decent dribblers and capable finishers. I find converted forwards are great here and in Kodjia, Ayew, Adomah and Grealish I was confident I had good options. A hold up man - For O’Neil it was the physicality of John Carew, for Lambert it was the all round game of Benteke. A lot of pressure is put on the lone striker in this formation. They need to hold the ball up and find a way of creating chances whether that’s through skill or sheer physicality. I had Kodjia (a sort of Benteke lite) and Ross McCormack a prove Championship goalscorer who could also create. Again I was happy with what I had to work with. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin The key to getting the tactic right this time around was preparation. I needed to carefully think about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. I came up with a few key concepts that I wanted my tactic to fulfill. A low block, getting men behind the ball. Keeping the shape at all times, making it hard for the opposition to score. Breaking with pace. Using the flanks. I had an idea of what this might look like in my head but it wasn’t until reading Ö-zil to the Arsenal!’s excellent Wales thread that the plan really cemented. Ö-zil to the Arsenal! talks a lot in that thread about using Structured / Highly Structured team shapes to cause deviation from the baseline tactic. It was a revelation. Previously I had it in my head that I needed to go Flexible or Fluid to encourage the players to break position, but after reading the thread I realized I could do it with Structured using the correct assignment of duties. What I ended up with is was your see below. The formation is pretty standard, a flat 451 in defence. But the key here is using the right duties in midfield in conjunction with the Structured shape to create the 433 / 41221 shape when we were attacking. So let’s look at it in a little more detail. First the set up. I’ve opted for the Counter mentality because, well, duh! I’m trying to build a counter attacking tactic. I chose Structured to ensure the team kept it’s shape, but also so that I could use duties to create the hybrid effect. In terms of Team Instructions I remembered Cleaon’s lessons from The Art of Counter Attacking thread and kept them minimal. I started with Direct Passing, Exploit the flanks to create the dynamic wing-focussed attack I wanted. However this quickly became Exploit the flanks only as aI realized on the counter mentality Direct passing wasn’t doing anything for me. In terms of roles I also kept things very Vanilla. Again this harks back to Cleon’s Counter Attacking thread which opened my eyes to the way in which playmakers can slow down a potential break, and the likes of BWMs can break the defensive organization of my team. What I settled on was: GK (D) - Pretty standard FB (s) - The more defensive of my full backs, tasked with keeping things tight. CB (d) x2 - Again nothing thrilling here, I want them to keep their shape and do the simple things well. WB (s) - Normally I’d go FB here but in Jordan Amavi I have a potent attacking weapon who I wanted to overlap the attacker like Matt Lowton had in Lambert’s Villa. I added Dribble more, run wide with ball, cross more often PIs W (a) - My right winger was a winger. I wanted him to stay wide and run at the defence, creating chances but getting the occasional goal too. On an attack duty (especially on Counter which is quite narrow) I find they make for good auxiliary attackers. The attack duty combined with Structured mentality should also be emphasized, creating the kind of hybrid sideman / forward I wanted in a 451 / 433. B2B (s) - The right central midfielder I decided would be a B2B. There was space for forward runs due to the winger next to him, and with one up front I knew I needed some late arriving support from midfield. CM (d) - In the centre I have a defensive central midfielder. My anchor man, there to make tackles and mop up the danger. Again with a structured mentality his duty will be emphasized, creating depth when we attack which will form a defensive triangle with the two centrebacks. CM (s) - Now I wanted a DLP here but decided a modified CM would do the same things but without attracting the ball. As a result I gave him more risky passes, dribble less, shoot less PIs WM (a) - The other wideman I wanted to offer something different so we weren’t one dimensional. I tweaked the WM role to create a pseudo Inside Forward. It would not only offer me a goal threat but also enable Amavi to overload outside. With the CM (d) to cover and the more conservative CM (s) on that side I was confident I wasn’t over committing. I added Cut inside Pi to get the desired movement. DLF (s) - The striker needed to score goals and play in others, especially without a playmaker or a traditional number 10. With this role they’d hold up the ball, hopefully before playing in one of the sidemen and charging into the box. I also experimented with a CF (s) which worked just as well. “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.” - Oscar Wilde. So I had my tactic. Now I had the daunting prospect of a season in the Championship. I didn’t want to overhaul this squad, I quite like it in fact, so I only made one addition in January - a Turkish midfielder who was used whenever Jedinak was suspended. What you see below was achieved without signing wonderkids or underrated stars. So how did we do? Well we won the league, comfortably in fact. We only lost 5 games all season. 2 of those were home and away against Reading who had our number tactically. 1 was at home to Wigan where I’d rested too many players and they scored a wonder goal. Then there were two late on when we were trying to get over the line - both of these were the fault of me rather than my tactics as I took completely the wrong approach to media / team talks. So we won the title with a pretty decent Villa side. Big whoop! But the biggest surprise was how we did it. The tactic worked. It played out as a 433/451 hybrid, we scored from crosses, we attacked down the flanks. But most of all we kept clean sheets. Lots and lots of clean sheets. Over the course of a 46 game season we kept 32 clean sheets. 32! And only conceded 16 goals overall. 16! It was by far and away the best defensive record I’ve ever had on FM and quite frankly a joy to watch. Teams just couldn't break us down and were limited to long shots or half chances. The end result was unsurprisingly the best defence in the league, one that was 23 goals better than our nearest contender. Going forwards the wings were deadly. Player of the Year Kodjia weighed in with goals (19) and assists (10) alike from the left wing, Ayew (despite missing chunks of the season through injury) added 8 goals, and McCormack (again injured) got 17 goals. All in all we finished as 9th top scorers with 61 goals. And I’d say that tally could have been higher had I focussed on developing a Plan B for when teams parked the bus against me. What next? To be honest I just had to share this with you all and thank these forums for playing a massive part in making it happen. I stopped, I stepped back and thought about things logically and it worked. Now we’re Premier League bound. I think the tactic should do pretty well up there as the big teams come at me and leave space in behind. I’ll probably have to strengthen though, but for now I’m just gonna sit here and savour the fruits of my labour.
  6. So I decided to get back into it with FM17 and Villa, hoping to get back up first time of asking. So far it has been something of a mixed bag. I'm trying to play a 4-2-3-1 Wide since I do have a couple of players that can occupy that winger spot. Now, granted I don't really have the best team in the world to play with here, and I lack passing skill from the looks of it, but I find a couple of issues really holding me back. Firstly, let's take a look at my results so far: The issues I see are: 1) My attacking players seem to lack options as we transition into the attack. Quite often they have to wait for support and dally on the ball until the oppositions gets back into position and dispossesses them. My set up looks like this: In this case I have set up for Standard mentality since I'm up against a fairly evenly matched Derby. De Leat is set to Defend, but usually Motta plays the RB position with an attacking FB role while Awey plays Support on the RW position. 2) The gap in front of my defensive line is often exploited by the opposition and they can oftentimes play some rather neat tiki-taka stuff without my lads getting really stuck in. My boys seems to be pulled out of position quite a bit leading to their attacking players often findiing themselves open in my box leading to goals. As you can see, placed shots in the box is something of an issue: 3) I really seem to struggle to defend against my opponent countering or attacking down the wing. Sure, I see the gap, but what to do? Any ideas as to how to evolve this? Need some more wins. My right side is a bit weak against crosses or through balls:
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