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Hi all, I'm interesting on your approach in creating tactic to total underdog teams. Team, witch media says, that will be last in their (lowest) league, board talking about brave battle against relegation, and most attributes are lowest in the league - so it's difficult to find the way, playing system (too slow to counter, worst technically to posession, weak to defend - in compare to other teams all, let say, between 20th and 17th in 20-team league). What are you doing in this case? Transfer - ok, but let say, that in the moment it is not possible. So you have to work with this players, witch you have in the squad. I understand, that tactic should be balanced and logical, and mentality affects all other, like tempo or passing. But - would you in this case setup more defensive and support roles on the pitch? Or lower mentality (defensive?)? Or maybe you have any other ideas? Write me please about your approach in case like this :-) Thanks and greets!
I read a post from last year about a guy who tried a save where he built a lowly team, sculpting everything but focusing on a couple of specific elements. He made sure he only kept players with very good mental attributes determination composure concentration team work work rate I always liked the idea of using what I like to call the 'underdog stars'. Players that might play for teams in the bottom half of the table and seeing where I could get with them. So I did 'create-a-club' using Crystal Palace as my base club (they had a nice enough squad and wage budget so I wouldn't have a ridiculous amount left but just enough to fix any problems). I picked my players based on the above attributes Team consisted of: Goalkeepers Lukasz Fabianski (someone I consider to be massively in underrated) Tom Heaton Rob Elliot Caoimhin Kelleher Defenders Pablo Zabaleta Daryl Janmaat Christian Fuchs (really rate this guy) Eric Pieters Maya Yoshida James Tarkowski Conor Coady Richard Stearman Rob Holding Midfielders Jack Cork Aaron Mooy Darren Fletcher (fantastic character and leader, still got enough 2 or 3 years before he can come on my coaching staff) Ruben Loftus-Cheek Joe Willock There is an another one and I can't remember for the life of me who it is...... Attacking Midfielders Pascal GroB Matt Ritchie Marc Albrighton (a player I think has proved himself time and time again) Diogo Jota Isaac Success Strikers Teemu Pukki Billy Sharp Laurent Depoitre Peter Crouch (still one of my favourite players, what a legend!) I have been through the staff as well. All three teams recruitment, coaching, medical and made sure they have good attributes in; motivation, level of discipline and determination. Mutual termination for anyone who didn't and filled the gaps Its going ok so far. Only had two friendlies games. Beat the Under 23s 2-0 using 4-2-3-1 wide and control possession but goals came from a free kick and a long shot, loads of possession but not many chances. Lost Albrighton to injury for a few weeks too. Then faced a team called Ponon, tried a different formation of 5-2-1-2 WB and I was 2-0 down in 20 mins, too much space between the defence and midfield and they hit some good long shots. I changed it at half time back to 4-2-3-1 wide, was giving Ritchie a rest but GroB filled in nicely at AMR grabbing himself a goal, Billy Sharp grabbed another and Joe Willock come on as sub with 10 mins to go and grabbed a great winner in 91st min. Mental attributes coming up good there. I'm getting a little worried about creating chances once the league starts, defence is good but need more link between midfield, wide players and strikers. I'm interested if anyone has any advice. Maybe a tactic they think I should try, another player to strengthen the squad, set piece routine, etc. I will keep you updated with how it goes as I progress through....
Hello guys. I come here with great pressure on my head. I am currently managing harrogate town in Vanarama National League. We have been drawn in a FA Cup (or trophy) 3 round match against AFC Bournemouth who are currently in Sky Bet League One. Now, obviously we are huge underdogs but I wanted some suggestions so that we can hope for the best results and keep our supporters happy. The reason I am posting this thread is that I have noticed whenever we have to play a match against such a big team, the players play their worse game like clearing the ball to an opponent, doing own goals, getting red cards, and giving penalty and thus making the match impossible to win. I certainly don't hope to win but I also dont want to accept my defeat if players play in such a manner. Quick replies are always appreciated.