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Has anyone noticed that their team scores more goals when they watch the highlights vs commentary? I just made a joke team with crazy high stats and they get ridiculous scores (12-1, 11-0, etc.) when I watch them, but when I just do commentary, their scores are modest and not out of the ordinary - they even had a draw.

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Has anyone noticed that their team scores more goals when they watch the highlights vs commentary? I just made a joke team with crazy high stats and they get ridiculous scores (12-1, 11-0, etc.) when I watch them, but when I just do commentary, their scores are modest and not out of the ordinary - they even had a draw.

This is a joke. Isn't it?!

There is absolutely no difference and you can't compare a commentary game versus a non-commentary game as each match is different, like a snowflake.

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This is a joke. Isn't it?!

There is absolutely no difference and you can't compare a commentary game versus a non-commentary game as each match is different, like a snowflake.

I wouldn't think so either, but my experience has been consistent for the past ten games or so.

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I wouldn't think so either, but my experience has been consistent for the past ten games or so.

There is absolutely, and without exception, no impact on the match based on the highlights mode you watch.

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Has anyone noticed that their team scores more goals when they watch the highlights vs commentary? I just made a joke team with crazy high stats and they get ridiculous scores (12-1, 11-0, etc.) when I watch them, but when I just do commentary, their scores are modest and not out of the ordinary - they even had a draw.
I wouldn't think so either, but my experience has been consistent for the past ten games or so.

Sorry, what?

:lol:

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Is it beneficial to increase match prep before a big game? I've lost two champ league finals in a row and I'm looking for ways to improve how my team hanldles big games/cup finals etc.

Absolutely do extra match preparation for the Champions League Final. It's the biggest game in the world.

Losing a day of normal training is worth it.

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Absolutely do extra match preparation for the Champions League Final. It's the biggest game in the world.

Losing a day of normal training is worth it.

Match prep doesn't really win you games, the boost you get is negligible and not great at all.

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I know there is not a definitive answer to this but what is a good mentality to build a possession tatctic around?

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I know there is not a definitive answer to this but what is a good mentality to build a possession tatctic around?

This is just imo but any from Defensive/Counter/Standard.

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Match prep doesn't really win you games, the boost you get is negligible and not great at all.

I find it seems to make quite a bit of difference. Especially when wishing to tighten up the defence

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Can I set my tactics up so that my forwards have lots of creative freedom, with my defence having none?

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Can I set my tactics up so that my forwards have lots of creative freedom, with my defence having none?

You could use PI's for your defenders like pass it shorter, fewer risky passes, hold position, stay wider, etc. (if they're not greyed out), and do the opposite for your forwards. But you'd still need to know how you wanted them to play. Arbitrarily assigning more risky passes, move into channels, roam from position, etc. might create situations on the pitch where no space is available and even the most creative player won't actually have the options to work with so that they can be effective.

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Can I set my tactics up so that my forwards have lots of creative freedom, with my defence having none?

No and there's not really a need to. If your defenders seem to be ignoring your instructions (clearing the ball long,etc.), it very likely has nothing to do with creative freedom.

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What's everyone's thoughts on whether lower league players can pull off the more 'complex' roles such as raumdeuter, wide playmaker, complete wingback etc? Are they too technically poor or is it all relative to the skill level of their opponents?

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What's everyone's thoughts on whether lower league players can pull off the more 'complex' roles such as raumdeuter, wide playmaker, complete wingback etc? Are they too technically poor or is it all relative to the skill level of their opponents?
If you find players that have attributes fitting those roles I guess they can pull it off as well as any other role.

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What's everyone's thoughts on whether lower league players can pull off the more 'complex' roles such as raumdeuter, wide playmaker, complete wingback etc? Are they too technically poor or is it all relative to the skill level of their opponents?

It's all relative, IMO. Dribbling and through passes are arguably an even more prominent aspect of lower league play.

The Raumdeuter also isn't a technically demanding role relative to the winger or inside forward. He's a mobility specialist who relies more on off the ball movement than technical ability.

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What's everyone's thoughts on whether lower league players can pull off the more 'complex' roles such as raumdeuter, wide playmaker, complete wingback etc? Are they too technically poor or is it all relative to the skill level of their opponents?

Bit of both. My Strathspey Thistle side has an AMC that my Assman insists is an Engache. I'm not even sure what that is but I follow his advice and the player is the best in my team now.

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Bit of both. My Strathspey Thistle side has an AMC that my Assman insists is an Engache. I'm not even sure what that is but I follow his advice and the player is the best in my team now.

An Enganche is a static playmaker who doesn't defend. Useful for older players who can't run any more but still have their mental and technical attributes.

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An Enganche is a static playmaker who doesn't defend. Useful for older players who can't run any more but still have their mental and technical attributes.

I know what it is really, in terms of the in-game descriptor. The fella performing the role for my non-league side is a 19 year old. He ought to be marked out of the game but the oppo part-timers lack the footballing intelligence to do that effectively.

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I have a good regen (for Vanarama Conference) but my assistent and several other coaches say he's a "fairly inconsistent performer". Can this improve over time?

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i accidentally cancelled a PPM i trained for one of my player. just wondering, how long will it takes for him to be able to learn PPM again ?

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I have a good regen (for Vanarama Conference) but my assistent and several other coaches say he's a "fairly inconsistent performer". Can this improve over time?

I think as with being 'injury prone' this can change with time provided they don't get injured, or in your case, that they perform well for a decent period of time. In a settled team that is familiar with your chosen formation and style, (assuming you have a balanced tactic) being managed well (choosing correct mentalities etc game to game) resulting in good runs of form, games where players have low ratings should be few and far between!

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I think as with being 'injury prone' this can change with time provided they don't get injured, or in your case, that they perform well for a decent period of time. In a settled team that is familiar with your chosen formation and style, (assuming you have a balanced tactic) being managed well (choosing correct mentalities etc game to game) resulting in good runs of form and games where players have low ratings should be few and far between!

Injury proness never changes. Consistency can though.

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Injury proness never changes. Consistency can though.

Is that a feature just to FM15?

I only ask because I still use 14, and have specifically noted players develop the injury prone status in the coach report and have had players that did have it, lose it when they go for a long while without getting injured.

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Is that a feature just to FM15?

I only ask because I still use 14, and have specifically noted players develop the injury prone status in the coach report and have had players that did have it, lose it when they go for a long while without getting injured.

Injury proness as always been fixed. The attribute (its hidden) cannot change at all.

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Injury proness as always been fixed. The attribute (its hidden) cannot change at all.

In which case perhaps the changing notification means they have become considered even weaker at something else rather than improved ^^

Thanks Cleon :thup:

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What's the contribution of a Defensive forward (S) in attacking moves? I have a 4-1-4-1 and I'm torn between a DF(S) or a DLF(S).

(should I even consider attacking duties?)

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If you look at scouting reports occasionally it will say that the player is prone to injury. :)

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Anyone any ideas whatsoever on this new Brendan Rodgers 3-4-3 formation? It's incredible to watch, if not a little soft at the back - though that could easily be the result of having the positionally deficient Martin Skrtel marshaling the back 3.

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What's the contribution of a Defensive forward (S) in attacking moves? I have a 4-1-4-1 and I'm torn between a DF(S) or a DLF(S).

(should I even consider attacking duties?)

Deep Lying Forward on attack duty has worked well for me in this formation.

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Why does my DM get so many yellow cards?

This is my setup (control/fluid)

Of course some players get more cards than others but, in general, every player that I use as a DM gets around 15 YC per season. It's a lot.

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Why does my DM get so many yellow cards?

This is my setup (control/fluid)

Of course some players get more cards than others but, in general, every player that I use as a DM gets around 15 YC per season. It's a lot.

Tackling is a bigger part of his game than any other position.

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Why does my DM get so many yellow cards?

This is my setup (control/fluid)

Of course some players get more cards than others but, in general, every player that I use as a DM gets around 15 YC per season. It's a lot.

Perhaps the higher levels of closing down in the system cause him to overcommit a little and he is forces into rash tackles as a result? His aggression high? PPM's?

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My fullbacks seem to get me into a lot of problems by, instead of tackling or playing zone, they just run right past the winger when he comes running towards them with the ball.

They look like my four year old son..Any way to stop this?

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My fullbacks seem to get me into a lot of problems by, instead of tackling or playing zone, they just run right past the winger when he comes running towards them with the ball.

They look like my four year old son..Any way to stop this?

Have you instructed them to man mark other players? I haven't seen anything like this.

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My fullbacks seem to get me into a lot of problems by, instead of tackling or playing zone, they just run right past the winger when he comes running towards them with the ball.

They look like my four year old son..Any way to stop this?

Too high closing down, tight marking or perhaps manually set man marking setting on players other than the wingers.

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Do you have closing down "always" set on your opposition instructions for the players they are charging towards? My defensive issues really calmed down after I cut way, WAY back on the OIs. Keeps so much more shape, and players dont go charging out of position to attempt to win the ball, only to get bypassed by a quick, silky winger.

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Ok here's a question: You need to win away from home to qualify for the KO stages of the CL, and the opposition gets a man sent off. They go 41220 with 2 inside forwards and no striker or attacking midfielder in the centre. What do you do?

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Hello. So I'm in control of Scotland's U19 team and I'm trying to get the team through the qualifiers for the European U19 Championship. However I don't seem to have the ability to rest my players at all. Is this normal? I've never handled a national team before so I'm not sure what the deal is. This is FM 15 btw.

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Ok here's a question: You need to win away from home to qualify for the KO stages of the CL, and the opposition gets a man sent off. They go 41220 with 2 inside forwards and no striker or attacking midfielder in the centre. What do you do?

Probably sit deeper, draw them out, then attack the space they leave - especially down the flanks. A good creative deep player could also do the same, forcing the IF's to come at you, or the central midfielders to leave their defensive positions.

Hello. So I'm in control of Scotland's U19 team and I'm trying to get the team through the qualifiers for the European U19 Championship. However I don't seem to have the ability to rest my players at all. Is this normal? I've never handled a national team before so I'm not sure what the deal is. This is FM 15 btw.

What do you mean, don't have the ability?

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What do you mean, don't have the ability?

I mean, I simply don't have the option to rest my players on the U19 National Team, but on my club team I can choose to rest players for 1-3 days or a whole week.

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I mean, I simply don't have the option to rest my players on the U19 National Team, but on my club team I can choose to rest players for 1-3 days or a whole week.

Do you mean rest from training? Because it's not clear if you mean rest from selection, rest from training or a conversation option.

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Do you mean rest from training? Because it's not clear if you mean rest from selection, rest from training or a conversation option.

Oh, sorry. Yes, I mean rest from training.

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Oh, sorry. Yes, I mean rest from training.

I don't imagine there are many circumstances when you would need it on international duty, but can you rest players the day after the game at least? Perhaps this should go in the feedback thread if you cannot do this.

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I don't imagine there are many circumstances when you would need it on international duty, but can you rest players the day after the game at least? Perhaps this should go in the feedback thread if you cannot do this.

When there's two days between matches I feel it's viable to rest. I can't rest players the day after the game either so I guess I'll just have to be smart. Thank you for your help.

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When there's two days between matches I feel it's viable to rest. I can't rest players the day after the game either so I guess I'll just have to be smart. Thank you for your help.

No problem. Report it in the feedback thread and hopefully we can see what we can do about it.

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Any tips for defending corners? im always conceding on the near post? i have a man on the post

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Any tips for defending corners? im always conceding on the near post? i have a man on the post

2 / 3 men zonally marking the six yard box does the trick.

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