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Hi Guys, Haven't posted in a long time hope everyone's doing well. I've been playing FM since '11 or '12 and one thing I've never really been able to grasp was the way you can use team mentality to influence matches. More specifically, to use it proactively. As pointed out numerous times before, mentality is basically a measure of risk. But, it also sets a baseline for many settings like how far the defensive line gets pushed, how fast/slow your team moves the ball around, etc. My mistake has always been trying to create a "style" of play that is heavily based on whichever mentality setting fit the bill. This resulted in a lot of "grind it out" type of seasons, even with big clubs / excellent players. It would not be uncommon for me to win the Bundesliga with Dortmund, for example, while having scored maybe 50 or 55 goals. And it's not a surprise considering that most of my tactics are created around the "counter" mentality, or sometimes defensive. I recently started a new save as a long term project with Wolves. And for whatever reason I just stopped trying to be a slave to the name of the chosen mentality. I'm now using mentality like a throttle. Increasing it when we need to take more risk and dominate, and decreasing it when we need to cool things down. And you know what? It's working brilliantly. I just wish I had done this sooner, but I am incredibly stubborn. Do you guys play this way too? Or do you mostly just set a mentality and stick with it? Just curious!
I am playing with TSG Hoffenheim, Budesligua. After I qualified for CL last year (3rd), these year's expectations are 1st KO round in CL, EURO Cup through 1st division and semi-final in the German Cup. I won't discuss about tactics. I am at a turning point, where TSG Hoffenheim looks like it is developing into a competitive club and AI interaction is radically changing the interaction between other clubs and mine (I think so). In the League, I have lost all three games at home, against Bayern Munich (0-1), Mainz (0-1) and Furth (1-2) and in 6 games I am 14th/18, WDL=1-1-4, F-A=7-9. Bare in mind that I never managed a big and competitive club, I always try to create one by myself. 1. I am failing to be consistently competitive, every season. Whenever I play in a European competition, I struggle in the League. 2. Maybe this season, my approach to football tactics and style of play might need a radical facelift. I am not sure how though. 3. I loose against less competitive clubs at home in games that I dominate. I think that my narrow pitch helps them to "park the bus". 4. I noticed that I play better away, in wider pitches. During previous seasons, I was always sticking to narrow width. Mainz and Furth park the bus and scored by counter attack, while I was battering them on their side of the pitch with crosses, shots attempts in and out their penalty area, headers and I hold the ball, pass it around and cross it, regain control etc. I always end pushing forward a lot, because it seems impossible to score otherwise and my opponents score on the counter-attack and this is how I end loosing. I don't seem to have any luck in scoring at the moment! So, I am wondering, how do Bayern and Dortmund score 3-7 goals against small teams at home or away and I manage last year's 3rd best club and I cannot even win Furth by 1-0 at home? What is these teams approach and winning mentality? PS: Is is a disadvantage that my 1st team squad has average age of 21yo?