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Hello, people! I have posted before asking for advices on how to replicate 17/18 Hoffenheim in FM 18. You guys helped me A LOT and, after testing and tweaks, I created this: I've tried to not only recreate Nagelsmann's playing style, but also to adapt it to the italian way because, well... I am managing in Italy, so I focused in some main characteristics: - A pacient building focused in my DC and my DM, these two then choose if we remain pacient or if we try to be more direct; - Something similar to Hoffenheim's vertical positional play: when attacking, my WBs turn in attackers, acting almost in the same line as my Strikers, stretching the field, but still forming a back 5 when defending. Against weaker or bus parked sides, I use another tactic with my CMs as AMs and make six near the box; I am almost where I wanted to be with this tactic, but still feel we have too many crosses with too little effectiveness. Look at these examples: I think we are creating chances, making overloads and changing side quickly, shooting well, behaving very good defensively (althoug some times my WBs run like crazy to the middle of the pitch chasing a player, and I don't know why because I'm not telling my players to man mark), but we are crossing A LOT! And only having a tiny % of headers from them (even with Dzeko and very good crossers!). Contextualizing: I've started with CWBs support to have the effect of attacking with four players, but identfied two problems: we was crossing too much and when one CWB was getting to the byline, the other was not touching the box as much as I needed to also receive crossings or getting rebounds, and this way we have less people there than we should. So I changed to WB support with the "sit narrower" PI and got what I needed without loosing width. But in the support role they aren't as aggressive as I needed and not formed the front 4 line that I wanted. So I tweaked my WBs to attack and it finnaly worked as I wanted! I knew we would ending up having much more crosses with this configuration and was ok with that, because Dzeko (and Schick as backup). But I think 45, 61 is TOO MUCH! I'm also not happy with 35, yet could live with, but the other stats are frustrating me! And I didn't was capable of lowering these numbers. Tried to lower mentality and not saw any changes in crossing, so I'm starting to talk that this is a problem with the roles of my CMs and STs. Am I in the right way? What can I do in my case? (Sorry for my english)
Hi, mates. I've been trying to replicate the Hoffenheim's playing style in my Roma save and, studying Hoffenheim's games and looking at the way other people are translating Nagelsmann's tactics to FM, I see a common problem: people always try to replicate the team's combination of possesion and verticality with higher tempo and shorter passes. But after watching a lot of games, I tough that a team with lower tempo, but more direct passes (probably medium, don't decided yet) would be closer to real life. They usually have a lot of possession in the fist and second thirds, and only when the opportunity rises, they change to a more vertical play with long passes -- mainly from Vogt, de ball playing defender -- to one of the wingbacks or to the target man. They then change the mentality and don't waste time trying to score. What do you guys think? Have you ever tried to make a tactic with lower tempo and a more direct passing? I almost always see only the opposite of it, higher tempo and shorter passing. Thanks!
Hi, guys. I´m having some serious trouble reconstructing Nagelsmann´s 3-1-4-2 tactics he uses at hoffenheim. I´ll explain each part of the tactic I chose. The problem I have is, that even with various tweaks, whis formation doesn´t seem to be working for me. Against bigger opponents I usually concede 20+ shots and even against weaker opposition I´m not having enough shots. I have no idea why this tactic doesn´t work, because it worked for me on FM17 absolutely perfectly. Team instructions: Very fluid + roam fr pos - Hoffenheim´s formation play is very fluid, with a lot of interchanging and roaming from positions. Close down much more + higher tempo - One of the pillars of Nagelsmann´s tactics is high pressing and counter-attacking with pace play much narrower + exploit the middle - In the defensive phase, hoffenheim wing backs tuck in to defend the centre of the pitch and they are happy to let a few crosses come in, because of their air supermacy due to having 3 centrebacks. In the offensive phase, especially when pressing and getting the ball high upfield, they like to play through the two strikers through the middle. short passing + work into the box - If they fail to counter-attack quicly, they are fine with patiently controlling the possesion through ball retention Attacking mentality - But, even when controlling the possesion through ball retention, their play is often very vertical, that´s why i chose attacking mentality, cause of it´s effect on verticality of play Player positions: The key in defense in Vogt, who´s carrying the ball forward out of the defence playing a pass either to wing-backs or one of the playmakers The most important position is probadly the DLP, who is controlling the game, and i theory, should have often have a clear passing lane to most of his teamates Then there are two CM, who are roaming in the middle of the pitch, but when team is deep in opposition half, they are waiting to break the lines, I should have mezzalas there, but in the FM engine, they are not doing enough defensive work, that´s why I chose AP and CM with roam from position and move into channels Complete wingbacks are providing width and are often seen dribbling along the sideline to either cross, or pass the ball to one of the playmakers In the attack, Kramaric often drops deep to help the team with recycling possesion, while kwhen the ball gets to Wagner, he holds up the ball and then passes it to of the 5 onrushing teamates. I tried do everything like Hoffenheim does, but it´s just not working. That´s why I´m asking for your help to help me tweak this tactic and it functional.