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  1. (You can skip the story and go straight to the questions). So, as a seasoned ever-since-CM3 player, few years ago I gave up on FM, considering it way too complicated and not fun anymore. I have no patience for training routines, team talks, media management: I want fun, realistic, yes, but fun. FM wasn’t giving it anymore. I tuned out. ”Try FMC/FMT”, they said. „It’s simpler and more to the point”. I did: it wasn’t. Press conferences again, team talks again, no option to train a new position (too fun, I guess) and still the ridiculous fluidity/philosophy concept, which I NEVER got. I gave up again. This year I gave it a go: it’s WAY better. I’m impressed: the fluidity setting is (finally) gone, I can give most of the secondary task - such us transfers, I just pick a target and let the director do the rest; realistic, no? - and concentrate on next match. Sadly, again I fail to understand the game. It’s kind of funny so many years in, but still I have very little idea what I’m doing. And it seems simple enough: covering all areas of the pitch, enough runs in, some holding, adjusting to the opponent. I recall two very influential FM reads: one by @Rashidi about covering areas and defensive screens (EDIT: I think it was this one: http://www.addictedtofm.com/working-title-tactical-design-i-player-roles/), and other one about winning possession: https://www.passion4fm.com/win-possession-adapting-match-tactic/ These make you think: oh, so THAT’S what it’s about! and jump back to it, but then reality kicks in and you lose the match. Couple questions: 1. DEFENSIVE SHAPE: the width option is clear: expose flanks, middle or standard. I’m lost at pressing and the d-line. The passion4fm read would instruct me to press players in vulnerable, excluded zones, like a lonely wing back, a CM or CB if facing more numbers in my respective line (3 CMs would overpower and press 2 CMs, or at least one, a winger would press a wing back, having own FB behind to cover the line). I probably did it wrong, but sometime it worked. In FMT19 it doesn’t. Which opponent players to press? And does it influence the... ...line of engagement? I have no clue. I noticed that pushing it creates a gap between defence and midfield, and since there’s no DM there it’s huge. Still, the opponent doesn’t use any AMs. So, a problem or not? Where do I start to press? Which block do I choose? There are many texts and videos on HOW to implement stuff, but rarely any on WHY and WHEN do it. When push high, when stay low? When leave the gap, when not to? 2. Covering areas: two CMd’s cover the pocket, but not the enemy pocket. CMd + CMs cover own pocket (if the supporting one has right stats), but again there’s not enough pressure on the enemy pocket. I need to make a forward press more. Right or wrong? A line consists of: ML MC MC AMR, so there’s a gap on under the AMR. Would a BWM in the right MC spot cover it? Speaking of BWM, would it also cover other areas around him, like both pockets? 3. An AF and winger on the same side: they’d both make runs down the same flank, no? 4. The opponent has 4 defenders and 5 midfielders in flat lines. I’m playing 442, which leaves me at 2 vs 3 in the middle and 1 vs 1 on both wings. I set the attacking width to more narrow to reduce their advantage. Right or wrong? 5. Accordingly, since I’ve narrowed the attack formation, players are closer to each other, making shorter passing more natural, right or wrong? 6. However, my idea for the game is not to retain possession, but score goals, being firm favorites. Therefore, I leave the passing option at “standard”, ready to switch it down once I score one or two, maybe during the second half. Right or wrong? 7. It’s the 70th minute, and I still haven’t scored, time is running out. I need to go direct. Should I leave the „more narrow” on, or go “standard” or “more wide”, since the players should be fuhrer apart from each other? See, it’s stuff like that. I know what stuff means, but have no idea how to use it and when. Please don’t tell me to go read @Cleon‘s in-depth analysis of options, I really have no time to go through all this, despite it being an amazing read. I really don’t want to dig that much in, hence why I consider FMT the only option for me these days. Thanks for the replies and patience. EDIT 2 - my current setup 1: False 9 (s) Adv Fwd (a) Winger (s) Cm (s) Cm (d) Winger (s) FB (s) CB (d) CB (d) FB (s) Swp GK (d) and 2, the experimental one: Pressing Fwd (s) Adv Fwd (a) Wide Pmk (a) Cm (s) Cm (d) Wide Mf (s) Fb (s) Cb (d) Cb (d) Fb (a) Swp Gk (d)
  2. Welcome to Caixa Futebol Campus, the highly-proclaimed academy of S.L. Benfica boasting state of the art facilities and an abundance of talented young players in Football Manager 2018. The objective of this thread is to discuss youth development, with an emphasis on instilling an dynamic & adaptable style of play that progresses as the team develops. Disclaimer: the topic of Youth Development in Football Manager has been well documented over a number of years, the purpose of this thread is more application in relation to developing a tactical approach. Overview of Youth Development in Football Manager Defining a Playing Style Class of 2018 Developing Current Ability Training Ground Thank you for reading! I'd also like to thank @Anaconda Vice for the Emilio Sansolini kits.
  3. I'm just curious, does any of you guys name your tactics? I've started giving mine names instead of using the numbers like 4-4-2 wide or 4-2-3-1 DM My basic 4-4-2 is called operation-fundamentals and my direct counter attack is called Hail Mary. What have you called some of yours if you have?
  4. I was wondering about the pre-match analysis of the upcoming opponent. Very often there is the case that the opponent team plays a completely different tactic then shown in the analysis (for example 4-2-3-1 in analysis and 4-2-2-2 or 4-3-1-2 in the match). How am i supposed to create a match plan without knowing the tactic? Also why the analysis only contains the formation, not the playing style offensively and defensively? The analysis also is not better with a tactical analyst as a scout. Is this a known issue? Best regards
  5. Hey all, i was wondering if there is any way to prevent crosses. I tested a lot with Barcelona (in 4-1-2-2-1), but my striker always had the same amount of headers (4-6 per game) and shots (6-8 per game). I put him as every possible role, but always with the same result. I also tried Attacking Style 'Narrow' and 'Center', played with Inside Forw. and Advanced Playm. on the wings, put the wingers into 'winger-striker' position. I tried with and without 'Work-inot-Box', 'Overlap' and so on. So i tried pretty much everything to focus on slowly playing in the center of the field. I changed the player-role of my midfielders but this also doesn´t change anything. I also tried without winger, just 'wingbacks' and 'inside-fullbacks' with the same result My question is, is there any way to prevent crosses?
  6. Something we see more and more in modern day football is teams having different formations depending on whether they are attacking or defending. Many teams playing with a 4-3-3 in attack defends with a 4-man midfield. The teams playing with a 3-man defense often revert to a 5-man defense when defending. I can see how this can be exploited for example playing 3-4-3 in attack and 5-5-0 in defense, but I think this could be interesting nonetheless. An alternative to full formations could be a PI that tells the player to go from a winger/wide midfielder to a full back in defense. I think this would be really interesting and would reflect better how teams are set up nowadays. What do you guys think.
  7. Hello guys. I am a long term fan on the football management genre and have been playing football manager series for many years now. I've always been having fun - transform some youth players into stars, find some exiciting prospects where nobody would look, make your striker bang 50 goals in a season - you get it. Over the years things have changed, I have a job now and I can only get some hours of playtime here and there but I still have fun. I've been playing the touch version only for a while now (maybe since 2014) as it helps me feel I get more progress without having to invest so much time into it. Anyways... this year I feel competely disgusted by the game. I am struggling so hard at it that I even switched to some older versions just to fulfill a bit of my cravings. Strikers don't score, midfielders shoot the ball into the stands everytime they get the chance as they are ********, goalkeepers give the ball to the opposition and so on. I've been browsing the forums for solutions, watched youtube guides - everybody has suggestions - increase this, decrease that, use this role, use that role - tbh nobody has any idea what they are talking about - the game just seems that it's in a quantum mechanics state where you never know what to expect. Now I do get that realism requires complexity and that is a characteristic we really appreciate about FM but why on earth do I have to watch the game in full mode my whole preaseason just to be able to understand that two of my roles don't work well together. I've been looking at analysis - literally nothing useful there - plenty of buttons and checkboxes but nothing relevant really. Who has time for this? It seems to me that the game is becoming more and more of a full time job instead of something that gives you some joy. Regarding tactics - I am a guy that thinks procedurally both in real life as in games. It works - you know that if you follow this approach you slowly get the results you want. But in this year's version of the game the tactics are utter nonsense. You need to spawn 10 save games or hit reload 10 times on a match just so you get enough tweaking variations that you start to understand the underlying mechanics. And that does not even work the next game - you need to do that again and again. And keep in mind I am playing the touch mode... So, since this thread is about tactics, I would really appreciate some procedural approaches on how to get the best tactics and roles for your team, how to tweak from match to match and how on earth to get good stats out of your best players. Cheers, Robert
  8. Can you load in tactics for the switch that you have downloaded? I see the option for LOAD, but it finds nothing.
  9. Am I able to view a brief explanation of certain settings within tactics, like you can do on the PC version? For instance, in the picture below I am hovering over defensive line but it does not explain how this actually works.
  10. Hi people of Football Manager. So, I have this save with Micronesia. Of course, many people haven't heard of this nation and probably haven't played with them either. So simple background info, it is and island, micronation in Oceania. I have this database I created called the "ConIFA World Cup" In real life, it is totally different than the way I made it. All the Non-FIFA nations in FM19 are in this new cup. I made a save with the very small, tiny, and obscure nation of Micronesia. When the tournament started, I won my group with many suspecting that we would make it out, but later, we were drawn against. So I did the save before you play method, and kept losing. So I went looking for unbeatable tactics for small nations like Micronesia, or San Marino and the like, but to no avail. Could someone find, or make a tactic for small, unskilled national teams? ConIFA World Cup.fmf
  11. I thought I start my own topic to get my head around a working 5-4-1 diamond tactic for my Lazio Roma-team first season. Any help or suggestions are welcome! This is what I wanna accomplish (in italic what I think suits best): Goalkeeper: Has to stop the ball and get as much clean-sheets as possible. Nothing to fancy. Goalkeeper - Defend 3 Centre-backs: The central defender has to cover, not sure to use defend or stopper mentality for the other 2 centre-backs. I'd like them to build up the play from the back to the playmaker in DMC-strata or to the wing-backs. Just clean and simple short passes. No risks, keep possession is important. Central defender - Stopper / Central defender - Cover / Central defender - Stopper 2 Wing-backs: The wing-backs have to provide width to the formation. They have to cross the ball into the box. Play 1-2's with the MC's. Keep possession rather then try risky passes. They have to travel back to defend when we don't have the ball. Complete wing-back - Support 1 Defensive midfielder: He has to be the playmaker of the team. The one that gets the attacks started with great passes. Has to provide defensive cover as well. Not sure to choose which playmaker. Deep-lying playmaker - Defend 2 Central midfielders: These two have to be allrounded and run up and down the field. Also supporting and covering the flanks. Box-to-box midfielder- Support 1 Attacking midfielder: Has to support the lone striker and provide him with through balls. Present in the box for any crosses. Not sure which role to use. Attacking midfielder - Support 1 Striker: Has to be the main goalscorer. Lay-off passes to any runners from deep if possible. Not sure which role to use. Poacher - Attack Team-instructions: Attacking football with lots of chances from crosses and through balls into space. Counter when possible. Mid-press is best for my formation I presume. Not sure which instructions to use. None
  12. Hey everyone, I just started play FM19, I played for 40 hours without any problems.. however then I download a module for logo and skins and it was still working. Then I downloaded some tactics input them, play with them without problem.. and then the update happened and this is what I got in the tactics window Then I uninstalled the game, removed all skins and its still not working.. I can't even go into the tactics within the game.. It should be a display bug .. but I have not idea how I can get it back ... Thanks a lot, ADDNOTHIING
  13. My team's squad harmony has been zero since the mid first season. I hired a motivational coach but it's still same thing. How do I go about this
  14. How is this realistic? What is the best way to actually try and score? 7 draws and 7 0-0’s doesn’t seem right...
  15. Hi Has the second and third tactics been removed? If not how do I add them? Historically I would have 3 tactics I would call upon. My assistant keeps telling me we don’t have a backup tactic and would struggle if our main tactic doesn’t work. How do I add another? Thanks
  16. Hey guys, Currently experiencing some bugs with my tactics screen. I normally have player status info, condition/match sharpness & average rating showing next to the players' names on the right hand side of the screen. However, they keep disappearing after each game & do not come up on the "insert column" here when I try to replace them. In addition, my Assistant Manager now only says to send the players out without saying anything extra during pre-match team talks. If you click this option though he will give a totally different team talk. This doesn't happen during half time or post-match talks. Cheers
  17. This is the first game of Football Manager 2019 that I've played (I got the game at Christmas) and I'm playing with a friend, who swapped Middlesbrough into the Premier League in the place of Huddersfield. I've played FM18 a bit and did a similar save over the summer with more success. However, with a slightly different squad and different signings, tactics and opposition, I've encountered significantly more problems. My team generally creates a lot of chances and I have one of the highest chances / game ratios in the league. I made significantly more attacking signings than defensive signings but this is a defence that conceded less than 1 a game over the first 20 in the Championship this real-life season, so I figured that it shouldn't be too leaky. Attack wise, I brought in Josh King for £20m and Collin Quaner for £8m who are good goalscorers yet appear to be missing lots and lots of chances. At the back I signed Bilbao's Inigo Lekue who has proved extremely useful in an attacking WB spot, but not so well defensively. Otherwise, I signed winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou for LW and Michel Vorm for GK. This has left me with 5 points from a possible 39. I've attached the tactic I used, a 5-4-1 formation with relatively attacking wing-backs. Originally, I was using a lot of different tactics, foolishly trying to desperately find a system that worked and I ended up shipping a lot of goals. However, following back-to-back points against the top 6 I was feeling hopeful. Sadly, in the next few games the 4-2-4 system I was using failed against more level opponents as I was creating very little. I've stuck to the attached system after my performances have improved but I still cannot pick up any points. I've tried moving about my line of engagement but if I bring it too far down, I cannot score a goal but if I put it further up, opposition AMs roam freely in the gap. My team has been saddled with injuries but I strongly believe nothing would have changed if they'd been fit. Is there any way I should tweak my tactics, completely overhaul them or just persevere with what I've got? Should I be playing more defensively or more attacking i.e. play to my strengths or protect my weaknesses? Were my signings a poor decision and who should I look at in the January transfer window (the date is 28th November).
  18. I've been searching for a re-creation of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham tactics from this season. I'd heavily appreciate it if someone helped out. Thanks :))
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  20. I have decided to begin FM19 with my team, Tottenham. I am a massive fan of Pep's style of football, so have included some of his ideas as you can probably tell, however, it's not meant to be a recreation of City by any means. Haven't play any games with it yet, but I would appreciate it if you could make any suggestions as to what I can improve/fix, as I am pretty new to the franchise.
  21. In no small part down to the emergence of the trend of a 3-man defence across Europe this season, I believe a revision of the player instructions of DCs may be due. Currently, the Libero is the only role that allows the defender to adopt a midfield position when the team has possession. However, whilst a Libero ventures forward and steps into midfield in possession, he adopts the role of a conventional sweeper in defence - he "drops behind the defensive line, aiming to sweep up through balls, pick up extra attackers and make goal saving tackles, blocks and interceptions. His exceptional athleticism and reading of the game enable him to cover for defensive errors, take possession of loose balls from a deep position and secure possession.". Significantly, this means that in order to play with a central defensive player who steps into midfield when in possession, you are limited to only being able to deploy a Libero - a player who also adopts the deeper role of a sweeper in defensive situations - something which I don't believe is suitable to or realistic of certain systems in today's day and age. Therefore, I think the addition of a 'Get Further Forward' player instruction to Central Defenders and Ball Playing Defenders of all duties would be greatly beneficial. This would allow for greater choice of and control over how the DC acts in the defensive phase - for example, a Ball Playing Defender with the 'Get Further Forward' instruction would act as a Libero would in possession, but as a normal DC would on whatever duty they are deployed as when in the defensive phase. I believe this is only realistic, as not all central defenders who roam into midfield in possession are necessarily sweepers in defence. In basic terms, this would allow for a realistic 'hybrid' of a Libero and Central Defender/Ball Playing Defender that exists in many 3-man defences in 2017 - a defender who ventures forward into midfield in possession, but remains as a DC in defence, rather than a sweeper.
  22. Opposition instructions let you respond to opponents when they are on the attack. You should also be able to target the opposition when you are on the attack. E.g. player is slow, so try to knock the ball past him Player has poor agility and acceleration, so try to kick the ball over his head (or try to pass it in behind) Player is tired, so run at him a lot. These instructions could be applied at the same time as the current opposition instructions. And so forth ...
  23. Is there a chance that a Tactical editor could be installed in-game within the editor of course. For example it would be nice changing Pochettino's tactic in game from a 4-2-3-1 to a 5-2-3(wide) formation I know this could be done in the editor but 5-2-3(wide) isn't even a formation option. And if you try and change it something like a 3-4-1-2 you can only do it as an attacking/defensive formation and not a preferred formation, something which is increasingly infuriating.
  24. I have searched the forum, but I was unable to find any suggestion in these lines. After having success in FM and becoming a well-known manager, I'd like to see the AI using my tactics! It is an improvement if it is just the shape with context (defensive, attacking, etc). Why? 1. Managers copy each other a lot 2. Successful managers are heavily studied and their patterns are mimicked throughout football For instance, if I am getting a lot of success with an asymmetrical 1-2-3-2-1-1, I would like to see some managers using it too.
  25. Instead of having to click through Left/Right & Direct/Indirect/Wide/Deep - why not design your routines and then have a single screen where you can assign each set piece - just like the tactics screen itself? Having to click through 8 screens and load each set piece routine every time individually is a real waste of time....instead of having a list of scenarios with drop downs to pick each loaded set piece routine.
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