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  1. Mandy42

    Dream Job

    I remember being nervous, my hands clammy, worrying I might drop the phone. It's against my ear ringing, be sods law if he didn't pick up. I was huddled in the corner of what I hoped was a secluded corridor, moments earlier I had been sat at a circular desk being given news my ears didn't really believe, words that I had to fight to stop my jaw hitting the floor. The other occupants of the room had wanted to press ahead, get the social media storm started, make public announcements. My response, a rather undignified, "I need to call my dad" Out in the corridor, time stood still, then suddenly the other end of the phone came alive, "Hello," "Hi, dad, it's me, you ok? I didn't wake you did I?" He works nights as a postman, I am continuously amazed at what he puts his body clock through. "No you didn't and I'm fine, you?" His tone became slightly wary, unsolicited phone calls from his first born son were not unheard of but they stretched to being quite rare in the age of Whatsapp. A door further down the corridor opened and a head popped out, glanced both ways before stopping on me, the gaze became questioning, accompanied by a gesture that I should come back inside. "Yeah I'm fine, look I can't talk long, I just thought you might like to know before everyone else, I've got a new job." "Your leaving Halifax? What for?" "I'm the new manager of Chelsea." Time froze again, I held the phone against my ear to ensure that I hadn't given my dad, a life long Chelsea supporter, a heart attack, before I quickly added "Look I have things to sign, I'll talk later, start thinking if you want a box or not." I hung up with a grin, though in truth my hands were still clammy and I wiped them on my trouser legs as I went back down the corridor and into the interview room.
  2. So my Valencia "Nemesis" died a death, this might seem stupid but when I reread my previous Chelsea thread (where I had first come up with the idea) I noticed that I should have taken over Sevilla not Valencia and getting it wrong bugged me... I lost all interest in the save and just couldn't motivate myself to continue, thus back to the drawing board! After at least 10 minutes consideration and a trawl through the forums I have decided upon 2 saves, running concurrently to try keep my interest and variety up. Yes I hear you cry, I struggled to keep my teeth into 1 save, how will I manage with 2, well, you may well be right but lets see what happens shall we. You can all shout "I told you so" at the end of the thread :P So save number 1, yes I am returning to Chelsea, I fancied a self imposed transfer embargo save, but didn't intend on buying the FM20 game when it came out (because I'm cheap) and because I don't always buy every years edition, and because I didn't really want to wait for the game to become available to jump into the save. Thus I have taken advantage of This update by Lazylen in order to use the current Chelsea squad in FM19, hence using the future squad, but in the past! I figured I wasn't going to play as myself in this save, that manager portrait is taken from a 3D generation of a real portrait picture, it looks somewhat like him but there you go. I obviously gave him International Footballer status, when it came to the badges, I found an article indicating that Frank started his Pro license in March 2018, thus as I am starting in June 2018 I have only given him the A licence, will be interesting to see if this stops me from being able to manage European games like it would in real life. When it came to style I bumped up attacking and dropped defending, increased working with youngsters, determination and motivation. I am sure he knows not very much about goalkeeping so they all got dropped. When it comes to goals for this save I really am not sure but some possibles are: Play and develop youngsters, must have at least 1 academy player in the match day squad for every game. Survive the transfer embargo without getting sacked Stay and be successful as Chelsea manager as long as possible, getting sacked would end the save Only job I would consider taking that would make me leave the Chelsea managers job is an England national team job at any level I may take a concurrent International managers job if offered one to build experience and reputation. My dislike of David Luiz has not dissipated and I am very offended by this indication from my backroom team! Also turns out that the transfer embargo didn't need to be self imposed after all! Fantastic editing This save is being run concurrently alongside Around the world, hitting it from the back, nice and slow
  3. For Chelsea fans, the end of the 2015/16 season could not have come quickly enough. A disastrous campaign from start to finish had seen the sacking of a manager who had been thought of as a legend, the worst league finish in a generation, the first season without European football since 1996, and the fans practically falling into civil war over whether to point the finger at Mourinho, the players, which players, the coaching staff, the board, the pies or even each other. For those who somehow don’t know, the season had begun with a loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield, a 2-2 draw against Swansea and a 3-0 loss at Manchester City. Things had only gone downhill from there, with Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector (who would play a total of one minute between them all season) being signed on deadline day, the club equalling its previous season’s number of league defeats by the end of September, and Mourinho being sacked by Christmas with the club teetering above the relegation zone. Guus Hiddink had been brought in to steady the ship, and while the club had risen to tenth, there hadn’t been much to speak of, except for ruining Tottenham’s title challenge in a match where Mark Clattenburg had seemingly left his red card on the train. The club had originally had Antonio Conte in the frame to take over, but the Italian had announced at the eleventh hour that he would be taking a sabbatical from football after the end of the season. Some people, namely Sun journalist Sid Collingwood, suggested that it was because he didn’t want to be at a club where the manager’s shelf life was shorter than that of the meat pies. The club turned to another, unexpected option: former player George Spencer. *** Spencer had played for Chelsea from 2001 to 2012. Making his debut in a baptism of fire, the midfielder was thrown in at the deep end by Claudio Ranieri when six first teamers refused to travel to Tel Aviv for a UEFA Cup game citing safety fears. Although Chelsea would lose 2-0, he barely put a foot wrong and was rewarded by being picked for the return leg. He almost made a big impact at 0-0, but he saw his shot, having beaten Hapoel keeper Elimelech, cannon back off the post and be hacked clear of an onrushing Hasselbaink. That was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise insipid display as Chelsea limped to a 1-1 draw and bowed out of the competition. Spencer pushed on, however, and became a semi-regular face in the first team under Ranieri. He played in the 3-0 win at Old Trafford and both back-to-back 4-0 wins against Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal. 2002/03 would see Spencer get more opportunities, and he played in all of Chelsea’s FA Cup matches as well as the 2-1 win over Liverpool on the last day of the season which secured Champion’s League qualification for the following season. The so-called “Russian Revolution” brought a plethora of new players into the squad, but Spencer was still a semi-regular presence as Chelsea tried to establish themselves as regular title challengers. The club fell short, as Arsenal went the season unbeaten, although Chelsea would gain some measure of revenge by knocking them out of the Champion’s League in their own backyard. Spencer’s reward at the end of the season was to be picked for England’s Euro 2004 squad, and he scored against Croatia and in the shootout against Portugal, although the Three Lions were eliminated on penalties. Ranieri was sacked at the end of the season, with Champion’s League winner José Mourinho coming in. Mourinho, who dubbed himself “a special one” kept the faith with Spencer, although Frank Lampard and Tiago were often picked ahead of him. He did, however, make 17 appearances from the bench and win a Premier League medal. There would be further disappointment in the Champion’s League, however, as the infamous “ghost goal” saw Liverpool eliminate Chelsea in the semi-finals. The following season saw more glory in the league, with Spencer picking up a second winner’s medal, but more disappointment as another semi final against Liverpool ended in defeat, this time in the FA Cup, and in the second round of the Champion's League against Barcelona. Spencer's career hit a snag in the 2006/07 season as he picked up an injury against Charlton Athletic early in the season and spent much of the season on the treatment table. He did make a return late in the season, but by then it was too late to stop Manchester United from winning their first title since 2003. He started the following season with a point to prove, but despite being in top form, was overlooked by Steve McClaren for England's Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia... which England lost 3-2 and failed to qualify. Under Grant, Spencer was almost ever-present in midfield, as Lampard and Ballack both saw their season hampered by injuries (and, in Lampard’s case, personal problems), and Grant preferred to play Michael Essien at right back. The Blues lost the title to Manchester United, the league cup final to Tottenham and an FA Cup fifth-round tie to Championship side Barnsley, but made it to the Champion’s League Final after giving Liverpool a taste of their own semifinal medicine. Sadly, the trophy would be decided in the cruellest way possible; John Terry’s slip taking the shootout to sudden death and Anelka’s miss handing United the trophy. Lying flat on his back from exhaustion and despair immediately after the match, Spencer was hauled up by Gary Neville (who hadn’t been picked), who told him, “I’m almost certain you’ll get another chance.” Neville would be proven right four years later. 2008-09 brought another setback, as Scolari froze Spencer out of the side during the early part of the season to the point that, by January, there was speculation that he might join Mourinho at Inter Milan. No such move materialised, and Spencer would get back in the first team after Scolari was sacked a month later and replaced by Guus Hiddink, who guided Chelsea to an FA Cup and third in the table. Carlo Ancelotti guided Chelsea to a league and cup double, although things fell apart in the second season, but Spencer found himself frozen out once more under Andre Villas-Boas. When Roberto Di Matteo became manager, Spencer was brought back into the fold. The blues faltered in the league, but continued their FA Cup and Champions League campaigns. In the latter, Spencer played in the second leg against Napoli as Chelsea overturned a 3-1 first leg deficit and scored a vital goal in the quarter final against Benfica. He also played in the defensive masterclass at the Nou Camp, in which a ten man side came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and advance to the final. Then came what almost everyone agrees was the club’s finest hour, as the Blues recovered from a late Bayern goal to get an even later equaliser and beat them on penalties in their own backyard; Spencer had been down to take the sixth penalty if the shootout had gone into sudden death. Spencer started 2012/13 knowing that he would have to start thinking about retirement. He believed that he could probably play for another couple of seasons, and was still in Di Matteo’s plans for the season, until it ended abruptly at Loftus Road. Midway through the first half, Spencer ran into the QPR penalty area looking to pass to Hazard, but was chopped down by Ryan Nelsen in an obvious foul which was ignored by the referee. A post-match assessment found that he had broken his ankle, effectively ending his season and forcing him to retire. For the following three years, Spencer continued to work on his coaching licenses, which he had begun studying in 2011. He also appeared occasionally on Sky Sports as a pundit. Meanwhile, with Di Matteo being sacked in November and replaced by Benitez, Chelsea eventually finished third and won the Europa League, although Spencer was not impressed by the Spaniard, accusing him of “playing chicken with Tottenham”. Nor was he impressed with the referees that season, suggesting that their failures to send off opposing players for offences such as Aguero’s stamp on David Luiz and Suarez's biting of Ivanovich, constituted dereliction of duty. Spencer had hoped to become a coach at Chelsea under Mourinho, but the disastrous 2015-16 season had put paid to that. With Antonio Conte’s 11th-hour withdrawal from the role, Chelsea announced on 3rd May 2016 that George Spencer would be taking over as manager as of 1st July.
  4. I'm new so I don't know how much this has been discussed here, but I have seen older threads about the women's game from a few years ago. I understand that SI say that the Women's game needs to bring in Championship level crowds before they consider scouting it. Is it me, or does anyone else think this is an excessive number expected? Most of the women's teams play at lower league grounds, and so will never bring in 20k+ crowds regularly until we see the teams being treated as separate entities to the Men's game. However, in the last two years, we have seen games reach Premier League crowds. England are doing really well and it's an exciting competition. Not everyone is going to want to play it, but can I point out how little interest I have in playing about 80% of the leagues on the Men's game. It would help give the game a boost, with a proper collection of players and NextGen's that aren't generated as 'Alan' or 'Mike'. Surely SI can make enough through all their games to do something small, even if it's a small challenge or mini-game alongside the men's league. Would it not be possible to have a possible selection on the 'New Career' menu where you could pick 'Men, Women or both'? What do people think? What do SI say now, knowing how much the Women's game has grown in the last 24 months? Or are they not really interested?
  5. Hello guys. I'm starting a season with Chelsea and I plan to have a team playing a football similar to Klopp's. I intend to have an aggressive football, coming fast to attack, taking possession of the ball as a consequence instead of being a slave of it. I want my team to attack mainly with the two wingers and the attacking midfielder, besides having the support of the two midfield and fullbacks. For this I have many doubts to put together a tactic that works like this. I'm in preseason and the tactic is currently like this. I need your help with tips and suggestions. I played Football Manager for over 2 years and I can never develop tactically. Sorry for bad english. Thanks in advance for your support.
  6. Hi everyone. I'm an unpublished author who suffers frequently with writers block, when I suffer with writers block I play football manager (no I've not got through 10 seasons yet!) I'm sat here at work on my night shift yet again unable to coax any words out for my novel. A thought hit me, is there a place where people write about FM, basically can I combine my two passions together (because regaling my wife, friend and in laws regarding my management success does not seem to interest them!) The answer it appears is yes, there aren't just career threads but a fiction forum as well! Fantastic. I intend to keep my fictional writing to my novel so I've chosen this forum to entertain you all with the ups and downs of my management career. I have come to this decision later than is maybe conventional? I am at the start of my 2nd season, but the journey I went on in my first season was so enjoyable (which inspired me to want to write about it) that I will treat you to a trip back through time. This will either get my creative juices flowing and be a roaring success, or turn out to be frustrating procrastination and die in a fire. Is your breath as bated as mine?
  7. so for years I've been a huge fan of the FM games, but I always seem to face the same issues - poor performances/inconsistencies with my strikers. I have trawled through forums, read advice pages, watched YouTube videos and I still don't seem to notice an improvement. I am currently doing a save with Chelsea (as I figured how hard could it be to get world class players scoring). I have no concerns with my team, we play nice defensive play and concede few goals. However for me Higuain has struggled with just 3 goals in 11 and Giroud has 2 in 7 games - I have tried every combination of roles/mentalities/formations but still seem to get nowhere. Only a decent few games in the Europa league has salvaged Higuain's average ratings. When I score they seem to be only from set pieces or from midfield. I am creating large numbers of attempts on goal - 20-30 and i am happy with the percentage of these shots being on target (usually 40-50%, we are not continuously wasting build up with long shots) however I never seem to get any clear cut chances unless I win a penalty!! I am currently using the default vertical tika taka as this is still providing the best results for my team, only player instructions are for inside forwards to shoot less often (to encourage passes to my strikers). I alternate between positive and attacking mentality usually unless i want to hold onto a win where I may drop to a more cautious mentality. I have made occasional attempts to play with an AMC and changing one of my CM's to a DLP (or something much more defensive) however I am finding that this leads me to be too vulnerable at the back still. So I have finally taken the hit to my self esteem, signed up to this forum and would really appreciate any tips or feedback for where I could be going wrong. please help!!
  8. Welcome to the FM18 Chelsea Club Thread Unlike previous versions of the club thread, this year's post will leave out the analysis of the club's squad, tactics, transfers, etc. Instead, the discussion of these topics by those who are managing Chelsea is what will fill the thread. To those of you who may be looking to take control of the club for the first time, or the first time in a long time, I leave you with this: The appointment of Antonio Conte has brought success and change about equally and rapidly. Though the squad is thin at the start, the squad isn't short of quality by any means and the room available is an opportunity for those who'd like to tailor a talented squad to their playing style and vision. With the financial backing of a mega-money league TV deal and the pocketbook of well-known owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea is ready for you to take control and continue to guide the club to more of the success it's grown accustomed to in recent years. Club Info Transfer Budget: £64M (Minimum Expectations) - £83.3M (Highest Expectations) Wage Budget: £3.02-3.46M p/w Current Wages: £2.67M p/w Club Philosophies: Play Possession Football, Play Attacking Football Key Players: Eden Hazard, N'golo Kante, Thibaut Courtois, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta Hot Prospects: Charly Musonda, Tammy Abraham, Trevoh Chalobah, Callum Hudson-Odoi Potential Formations: 4-2-3-1 (Wide), 4-1-2-3 More To Follow
  9. Hey guys, So I'm a relatively long-time player of FM (since around FM08) but if I'm truly honest, the only save I've had large amounts of success in was one where I used a downloaded tactic. I've recently purchased FM18 and trying to create my own success and tactics this time round, and I'm really suffering the steep learning curve. I've read all the guides and threads I could find about my issues (including an embarrassingly large amount of the www.guidetofootballmanager.com guide) and I still can't nail it. With that in mind, I would appreciate any tactical feedback you can provide me. I've started out with my supported team, Chelsea, and wanted to try and play possession attacking football, mostly because I like the style, because Sarri is known for a style similar to this in real life, and because, well, Abramovich specifically asked for it in my meeting at the start of the season. After some tinkering, this is what I've settled on, followed by the results it has achieved: From these results what seems immediately obvious to me is the tactic seems to be very successful against better teams (I actually tinkered with it a bit for the City game, so ignore that as an outlier). We have beaten Monaco and Barcelona twice each, as well as Arsenal in the league. It's obvious that the tactic struggles (sometimes desperately) against lower (and probably more defensive) teams. I tried to counter any teams that I thought might park the bus with a similar tactic that aimed to open as much of the pitch space as possible (sitting very deep, playing very wide, etc) to attempt to get Hazard, Pedro, William and Morata in more space to play up front: This worked for one game against Watford, and even that wasn't a breezy affair. However against Southampton, as you can see, it was business as usual, and we got fairly hammered. Southampton created 5 clear cut chances, whereas I created zero, and we lost 2-0 having VERY few of the highlights in the game. I've tried to cut down on long shots since we scored absolutely none of them, so I added Work Ball into Box, and when that failed, I had to individually add a player instruction (PI) to every attacker and midfielder telling them to Shoot Less Often. Other than that, I haven't assigned too many PIs to the players. I've told Pedro to mark tighter and tackle harder to try to get him to track back when we lose the ball since Fabregas is in an attacking role and we'd be outnumbered on the right hand side otherwise. As for the frustrating part of this post, I have no idea why we aren't creating chances, or why we're conceding so many against lower teams. I've tried (believe me I've tried) watching the full games, and I just can't seem to put my finger on what's going wrong, other than we're getting fairly smacked all over the pitch (possession, shots, chances, you name it). I would LOVE any feedback from this community to help me diagnose what's going on here and how I can improve my tactics to start winning games regularly and consistently. Thanks for all responses! If you need any more screenshots or samples from me, please do not hesitate to ask.
  10. Hi all, First, I wish you a terrific holiday period and merry Christmas! Hope all is well Second, would really appreciate some advice on the tactics I am running with my Chelsea squad in the '20-'21 season. I'm trying to achieve a 4-2-4 tactic that has at its core (1) an aggressive defensive style, with a high level of pressing/closing down, (2) on offense, creative attacking play with multiple goalscoring threats. To that end, and with the help of Chelsea's significant financial resources , I've stocked my offense with what I consider to be a fairly potent force: Insigne, Dybala, Pulisic, and Asensio. It's a fairly effective tactic, but my squad launches a significant amount of long shots. Our offense shoots more than anyone in the league, and yet with a mediocre shots on target %, I feel like we still have room to grow. I've attached my tactic, the TIs, and screenshots from a recent game. Any ideas as to how to fix this? Given my formation, I don't feel like my attackers should be isolated or desperate to shoot, and yet sometimes these guys will throw up outrageous shots (see Asensio's try in the screenshot, when he clearly had passing options available). A few ideas I've thought of include (1) slowing down the pace (but don't feel like I should have to), (2) adding the "Shoot less" PI - but that seems overly heavy-handed, (3) Would moving Dybala to a striker role help? Thank you for any help here!
  11. Jose Mourinho's 04/05 Chelsea Introduction For many years in the Premier League, a certain formation was KING. In the very words of Mike Basset, "4-4-f@#$ing-2". That was until José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix came to the England during the 04/05 season. Before arriving, Mourinho had just won his first Champions League trophy as a manager with Porto. Mourinho played a 4-3-3 system that worked so well because most English teams were still fixated on playing 4-4-2, which Chelsea’s system worked brilliantly against. In the very words of the man himself, "Look, if I have a triangle in midfield – Claude Makelele behind and two others just in front – I will always have an advantage against a pure 4-4-2 where the central midfielders are side by side. That’s because I will always have an extra man. It starts with Makelele, who is between the lines. If nobody comes to him he can see the whole pitch and has time. If he gets closed down it means one of the two other central midfielders is open. If they are closed down and the other team’s wingers come inside to help, it means there is space now for us on the flank, either for our own wingers or for our full-backs. There is nothing a pure 4-4-2 can do to stop things". Essentially, a 3 vs 2 situations in central midfield. Let's have a look at why Chelsea was so successful in 2004/05. Resources http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/01/25/teams-of-the-decade-13-chelsea-2004-06/ https://chfootballtips.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/chelsea-200405-tactics-under-jose-mourinho/ http://chelseaindex.com/the-modern-4-3-3-mourinhos-recreation-of-a-dominant-side/ Tactical Principles The System: Defending well Score Goals Dominating play Transition to Defence: immediately pressure the ball, stop the opponent getting organized into an attack. Done by hassling, closing down and challenging opponents for the ball. All passing options must be closed down by marking players and shutting off the passing options. (close down more, use tighter marking & get stuck in) Transition to Attack: Get the ball moving towards the opponent's goal, as quickly as possible, before the other team has done its job of marking and closing down. Resting on the Ball: Keep possession (retain possession?) Mourinho is famous for his 4-3-3 formation for 1st tenure at Chelsea, thanks for the illustration http://www.zonalmarking.net/ Translating into Football Manager 2018 1) Mentality and shape As with most Special One teams, counter-attacking at pace, defending as a team, and pressing the players out wide (having forced them there with a congested midfield) are the foundations. Thus, the mentality chosen is... Counter And the shape chosen is... Very Fluid. Mourinho's 04/05 players saw all of them partaking in attack and defense as a solid unit. 2) Formation Obviously, the 4-3-3. We'll come to player roles and instructions later. 3) Team Instructions In the example of Mourinho, we can use team instructions to hassle opponents to win back the ball (close down more, play narrower) play fast counter-attacking football (higher tempo) 4) Player roles and Instructions Roles: Goalkeeper, Defend (Cech): Cech had an aerial presence in the box, a trait which relieved the pressure of his defenders as they knew that he’d rarely succumb to a mistake. Cech was also a great shot stopper and was one of the main reasons, Chelsea only conceded 15 goals all season. Central Defenders, Stopper and Cover (Terry & Carvalho): Carvalho would usually cover for Terry while the latter would go up the pitch to hassle opponents. John Terry was a dominant figure and a real leader in the Chelsea team, he was one of the key players as he provided leadership whilst also winning everything in the air and tackling. Carvalho possessed great pace and a great ability to read the game which worked very well with John Terry. Carvalho also had a great passing ability which helped him find teammates further up the field. Wing Backs, Attack (Ferreira & Cole): Both full backs would get forward to support the attacks and provide width on the flanks, they would also be expected to get crosses into the box for teammates. Defensively both players were great in 1v1 situations and stopped many crosses coming into the box. Anchorman, Defend (Makelele): Wasn't this role made after him? Makelele played a vital role in Chelsea being as solid as they were defensive. Not only would Makelele protect his back four by making interceptions and crucial tackles, but he would also sit back when Chelsea had the ball, which allowed Frank Lampard to roam further forward which crucially led to him being a goal outlet. Box to Box Midfielder, Support (Essien/Tiago): Tiago/Essien would support attacks in the opponents half from a deeper role, often trying to break up play and stop any potential counter attacks from happening. Essientally (see what I did there?), they were the workhorse of the team. Central Midfielder, Attack (Lampard): Goal outlet for the team. Would provide goals and assists. An attacking BBM. He will readily surge into the final third to support the attackers. Winger, Attack (Robben and Duff): Both these wingers were lively down the wings with tons of energy and lightning pace to beat their man on the wing. Both wingers would regularly cut inside creating space for fullbacks to overlap and get crosses into the box. (Note: You can't set Wingers to cut inside in the AML/AMR roles, so I added the PI Mark Specific Position to allow them to move inside) Complete Forward, Support (Drogba): Didier Drogba was the definition of a complete forward in modern football, he had ridiculous strength, great movement off the ball, was quick and was a great finisher of the ball. PIs: Gk: Take Long Kicks, Pass to CF WB: nil CD (Stopper): Close down more, Tackle Harder CD (Cover): Tackle Harder A: Ease off tackles, mark tighter BBM: Get further forward CM (A): Move into channels W(A) right side: Roam from position, Mark M (L) W(A) left side: Roam from position, Mark M (R) CF: Shoot less often, move into channels, pass it shorter APPENDIX: Based on the tactics request thread I created https://community.sigames.com/topic/422441-request-for-tactical-replications/ more to come in the month of December. Mourinho 04/05 tactic is requested by @Ellandroadhero so a shoutout to him. Happy FMing and hope you have a good time! Oh yeah, and here's the link to the tactic: https://tinyurl.com/y9qatleq ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ FIN -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  12. Hi all i was curious, I had an inbox message to say that the board have announced plans to build a new stadium (2027) however, it has tbc next to all possible bits of info on it; time taken, seats, roof, under-soil heating, and about 5 more, but now I've lost the bit of news 7months ahead of the "announcement" I still have no indication of when this might be. Can anyone help me find some information related to this? I don't believe it's a bug, just a conspiracy!!! Lol
  13. Hello Guys!This time I present to you my version of Conte's Chelsea Tactic! Antonio Conte has made a revolution on the premier league, creating a 343 and Exploring the strengths of his squad!Shocking everyone with his methods and his personality, Chelsea is confortable on top of premier league playing well and destroying all opponents!! It's a 343 with high intensity and high mobility taking advantage from the spaces on the pitch and playing as a Collective force! Match preparation: Offensive/deffensive Movement deppending on the opponent that youre gonna face and of course deppending if you are a top league club or an underdog. No OI's What do you need: GK - A Normal Goalkeeper, the best you can Get! Wing Backs - Fast, Good Positioning and Off the ball, Teamwork and Work Rate. The higher the physical attributes the better! (ex: ryan sessegnon, Jetro Williems,Quadrado, Cancelo...) DC's - Strong players, with the capacity to mark tight and tackle! They should also be fast if possible! (ex: Süle, Calum Chambers, Mauricio Lemos, Jorge Mere...) Deep Lying Playmaker: A strong player but also with some pass skills and technique in order to start creating your game. (ex: Bazoer, William Carvalho, Matic,....) Box-to-box midfielder:: A monster full of stamina and covering the whole pitch! (ex: Kanté, Pogba, etc...) Wingers: 2 Inside forwards cuting inside, fast players, also capable of dribbiling, and also scoring! (ex: Hazard, Corona, Brahimi, etc..) Defensive Forward: A guy capable of pressing, scorings, helping the team in the diferrents moments of the game! A complete Forward also works well here! (Ex: Diego Costa, André Silva, Vietto, etc...) The video above was made by me and it's about how did I build this tactic, its main principles and movements, I Highly recommend you guys to take a look so you will understand a little bit better how does the tactic work! Tested on Chelsea, Leeds and FC Porto and I managed to achieve many impressive campaings! Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/file/bvjwt3kg9f2g2jr/343+Conte's+Chelsea+by+Mister+Vitz_EDF14B76-A61B-4005-9D83-AD6BE83B566C.fmf Hoje you guys enjoy it!
  14. Currently managing Chelsea in 2023 and won almost every trophy so far but the board will not sanction a new stadium to be built however they did expand it in 2017. Is there anyway to make them build a new stadium? Thank you.
  15. UPDATE: Finally got round to adding screen shots to make it easier for everyone to follow! Inspired by @Cleon and @Rashidi's guides and blog entries and more recently @Ö-zil to the Arsenal! series of fluid and very fluid tactical posts: 1) https://community.sigames.com/topic/352148-universality-in-football-manager-2015-very-fluid/ 2) https://community.sigames.com/topic/373859-arsene-wengers-invincibles/#comment-440604 3) https://community.sigames.com/topic/373361-arrigo-sacchis-4-4-2-very-fluid/ 4) https://community.sigames.com/topic/372887-johan-cruyffs-3-4-3-diamond-very-fluid/ and particularly this one: 5) https://community.sigames.com/topic/390163-playing-style-structure-a-modern-4-1-4-1-very-fluid/ (updated version of 1 above) I set out to convert my very structured/structured 4-1-2-3 Chelsea playing possession football based on Cleon's "Art of Possession Football" guide to a very fluid version of the same style of football. I've been trying to seriously take Cleon and Rashidi's advice in just watching the match and trying to figure out what's not working and what's working and how to create or attack space but haven't really come to any conclusions about where my tactic is working/not working. So after resisting for 2 weeks and watching half of my season's matches in full, I have come to these forums to seek enlightenment! I would like to show you how I set up initially based on Cleon's "Art of Possession". BEFORE: Shape: Structure/Very Structured Mentality: Control DLF(S)/F9 Costa/Embolo IF(A) AP (S) Hazard Willian AP(A)---BBM Tielemans---Lewis Cook DM(S/D) Matic/Mikel WB(S)--CD(D)x2--WB(A) Rahman--Terry/Zouma--Azpilicueta GK Courtois TIs: Lower tempo, Wider, Higher defensive line, Close down more, Tight Marking, Prevent Short GK distribution, Shorter passing, Play out of defence, Roam from position. NOW: Shape: Very Fluid Mentality: Standard FW: CF(S)/DLF(S)/F9 - Costa/Embolo/Luan AML: IF(S/A) - Hazard or Raum(A) - Pedro or W(S) - Malcom AMR: W(S) - Willian/Cuadrado or IF(A) - Kenedy MCL: AP(A) - Tielemans/Fabregas/Oscar MCR: BBM - Cook/Hojbjerg/Oscar DMC: DM(S/D) - Matic/Thiago Maia LB: WB(S/A) opposite duty of the AML - Rahman/Targett RB: WB(S/A) opposite duty of the AMR - Azpilicueta/Mayke DCx2: Ball playing defs x 2 TIs: Normal tempo, balanced with, slightly higher defensive line (lower to normal vs fast teams), Use Offside Trap, Max closing down, Tight Marking, Prevent Short GK distribution, Mixed passing, Play out of defence. PIs: FW: Move into channels, Close down much more. IFs: Sit Narrower, Close down much more. BBM: Get Further Forward WBs: Sit narrower, Run wide with ball based on Guido's defending vs crosses guide (https://strikerless.com/2015/12/23/dealing-with-crosses-in-the-fm16-me/) DCs: Close down less Comments and observations: - The style of football I am trying to play is total football/gegenpressing and possession football. - I was tempted to emulate @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!'s 4-1-4-1 but then I felt that Hazard suits the higher up AML positions as an Inside Fwd (and Kenedy on the AMR side) and to save me from having to retrain him into a wide left midfield position. - From watching matches, I felt that my final 3 attacking players were often isolated from the midfield duo of my AP and BBM hence why I have the 'Get Further Forward' PI on my BBM. - I've feel that when I play Cook/Hojbjerg as CMs instead of BBMs they tend to play better and get more on the ends of attacking moves and passes more. Why is this the case? But I've seen people play and post tactics on here with an AP-BBM-DLP/DM trio in the 433 midfield with success. I've read somewhere in one of Ozil's tactical guides that the BBM is just the same as CM but with roaming as a PI on. Is this a possible reason why? - Willian was my best player and played consistently better than Hazard as a right wide AP(S) in my structured control system before I made the switch. Hazard was often underperforming no matter whether I tried him as IF(A) or (S). - I got rid of Willian as an AP(S) in the new very fluid system as such fluid systems should have 0-1 specialist roles according to @wwfan (I know, I know... I have read the numerous debates on how the generalist/specialist debate is just a myth and @wwfan came up with it to help newer players understand the TC and how it works and he did disclaim that not every thing is hard and fast rule but it does make sense: more specialists in structured systems, more generalists roles in fluid systems as the efficacy of specialist roles in more fluid systems are lessened). I have switched him to a Winger on Support duty now but I feel that it makes no sense since my striker is a deep playing one (see below) and won't be in the box to receive his crosses. Am I wrong to play Willian as a Winger then? Inside Fwd doesnt suit him because he is right footed. - I'm not sure what to put my roles and duties for my midfield trio and final third attacking trio anymore as they no longer perform as consistently or in the way I would expect them to compared to my structured system. Could it be that my players dont have the right mentality to play a "Very Fluid" system and I should take it down a notch to "Fluid"? The reason I am adamant about it being able to work is because my team is the highest ranked team in the Premier League for "Decisions" and thus should be able to play intelligent and possession football. - My FW is usually a supporting striker role. F9 works beautifully with Luan but neither Costa or Embolo have performed consistently either with DLF or CF(S). I tend to play them as DLF(S) when AMR and AML are both Inside Fwds and as a CF(S) when at least one AMR or AML is playing as a winger. - As my FW is usually a supporting/creative striker role, I thought it would make sense to exploit the space he creates when dragging out the opposition's defenders with him by setting Hazard on IF with an attacking duty. However, I find that he is often not doing much to contribute to the match and hardly getting any touches in. - I am holding most of possession with many shots taken but less than half on target usually and I concede at least a goal a game on average due to being hit on the counter with my high defensive line and playing the offside trap. During half time of course, I select to work into box if I see that I have low shots on target and long shots making a fair share of my total shots. That's all I can think of right now in terms of comments and observations. Please let me know what other information you require in order to help you suggest where I could improve or tinker with and see if it makes a positive difference. Thank you! @Cleon, @Rashidi and @Ö-zil to the Arsenal! I am particularly looking forward to your responses!
  16. Goodmorning, I've noticed that when I start a new game picking the leagues in the following order: Holland, England, Spain and Germany, that I miss Bertrand Traore at Ajax. He's currently at loan from Chelsea, but the lad played already in The Netherlands for Vitesse. But he isn't included when I select the leagues in that order. But he will only show when I put England first. Which is odd, since he already played for a Dutch club and currently playing for a Dutch club - Ajax. It is odd that he ain't included in the Dutch database and that Ajax is missing a player who is of good use in the game. I hope this minor thing can be adjusted. Kind regards, Postduif
  17. Hi all, This would be my first post, so please be patient with me.... Where to start? Im an avid Chelsea supporter and happy watching them play under Conte's 343 system. Naturally i would want to duplicate as much of this system as i could in fm2017. Below are the details in my attempt and maybe some of you could give me some insight if im going in the right direction. This is my formation. Off the bat many would argue that Hazard and Willian should be out wide as inside forwards. This is the first problem i encountered: playing them as inside forwards with no PI's would often leave them and the wingbacks in the same area of the field. Bringing them to the center with a PI of "move into channels" worked better. if anyone knows how to make them work in tandem i would appreciate your insight. So, this was the first thing i tackled when creating this tactic, player positioning and roles. I left the team tactics alone (standard, flexible and no TI's) The only change i would make is when playing Matic with Kante, i would use Matic as a CM of defend duty. In terms of PI's only my two AM have "move into channels" - rest are bog standard. After the 5th game i wanted more procession and settled on Control, Flexible for team mentality and shape and below as the TI's For matches i dont use any opponent player instructions as i feel my formation, TI's and PI's should be able to defend properly without needing any specific instructions. Now for the results: Some good wins there against City, spurs and Arsenal. Im not breaking any records but that was never my intention. I welcome your thoughts and comments and thank you for taking the time to read this.
  18. Hi all I am a new starting youtuber who is football mad! Please could you give this a watch and if you enjoy it press subscribe, prior to this episode I have been very busy and episode 2 is going to be an exiting one! Any feedback/constructive criticism is welcome Thank you
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