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Hey ladies and gentlemen: I'm currently running a save on FM Touch 17 with a team called Real Kings in the South African First Division. The team is pretty bad and picked to finish last in the 16-team division, but has two good strikers and a good AMC. I've chosen to run a narrow 442 diamond. Unfortunately I am at work right now, so I can't provide a screenshot of the tactic, so text will have to do at the moment: GK(d) CWB(a) -- CD(d) -- CD(d) -- CWB(s) HB(d) CM(s) -- BBM(s) AM(a) DLF(s) -- AF(a) I use a Defensive mentality because the team has low mentals (Aggression, Teamwork, Work Rate, etc.), and I don't want them doing any kind of closing down, but I want them solid in defence. Team Shape is Structured to keep creative freedom and roaming low. I didn't start with any TIs set as a base because I wanted to keep things simple, but lately I've had to use Close Down Less. I'll explain why in a bit. PIs: -GK: Distribute quickly and to HB -CBs: Close Down Less -Front 3: Close Down Much More THE PROBLEM The back four pretty much seem to defend like I want, a solid line of four that stays rigid and stays with strikers even if a full back/CWB goes out to close down a winger. The front three are awesome. They open space for each other, and having the right CWB venture farther forward gives the DLF another option and opens up gaps in the opposing defensive line. The problem is the central diamond, especially on defence. Now, with this formation, I expect to be bombarded by crosses, and I think this setup can deal with it most of the time unless we're playing a quality team. However, what I didn't expect was the central four to drastically shift to the left or right to deal with attacks on the flanks, leaving unmarked opposing central midfielders in the middle. I expect and want one of the CMs, and maybe another player, to move to the flanks to deal with a threat, while the other mids stay central. I don't want all four of them doing that. We've given up goals in which an opposing winger or fullback will draw my central diamond to the flanks, then whip a pass to the central zone outside our own penalty area, where they make easy long shots or cause my CBs to have to deal with unmarked deep runners and playmakers. I thought with Defensive/Structured the team would be quite rigid on defence, but apparently that's not the case here, so I tried the TI Close Down Less. The problem still happens. Going Fluid would help bring the team closer together and help cover central midfielders, but even on Defensive I find the defenders come up more to support attacks, leaving us more exposed on the counter. And it still doesn't solve the problem of the central four shifting too far to the flanks like a wolfpack. The result - especially lately since the AI has started to respond to my tactics - has been results like 2-5 or 2-4. Any advice would be most welcome!
Hey guys, I am playing a 4-4-2 diamond in my Palermo career for a few seasons now and I am starting to have some issues down the flanks, even though I have very good full-backs. I know that defending the flanks is the biggest flaw of this system, so I am thinking to add more strenght to this specific area. I just got destroyed by Sampdoria 5-1 and I noticed that every single one of their goals came from the flanks more or less. My question is this: How can I instruct my 2 CM's to close down their respective flank alongside the full-backs ? What I basically want is that my CM's to start pressing in tandem with my full-backs when there is a threat down that specific flank.
I've been playing FM since the original Champ Man but the last couple of years I've found myself struggling. In the latest game, I've opted to go for a gegenpressing style in a narrow diamond formation for my Man Utd game. However, the team is severely underperforming on all fronts. We draw most games against even the lightest opposition. In particular, we seem to have a lot of shots on goal but we barely score - something that shouldn't be a problem for the likes of Rooney, Ibrahimovic, and Rashford. At times my defending has also been atrocious. I've added my formation and team instructions. Can anyone see where I might be going wrong?