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Apologies for opening another thread on the inability of defenders to deal with through balls or balls over the top but like others am experiencing this issue with regular frequency. 

In the PKM attached (70 min mark) we trade possession high up the pitch (in oppo box). But it seems as though my defence particularly my two CB's have totally gone to sleep. Celtic have no out ball other than to thump it long and Maguire instead of watching play and preemptively moving across and staying tight to the lone CF just holds a very odd position as though he never expects the ball to come his way. Having the defensive width set to narrow I am also not liking the massive gap between the CBs. Its only as you let the PKM play on that finally we adopt a narrow shape inside of our own box. Is the defensive positioning only applicable in our defensive third because it feels like that very often? 

I appreciate that the PKM is complicated by the AM charging through the mid and pogba losing his man totally but if Maguire was reading and watching the play this is 9 times out of 10 a routine defensive header? Hell even if he gets it wrong and it goes over his head at least from a positional sense he would have done the right thing.  

I can only assume a few issues are at play. 

  • Defenders aren't correctly marking players and anticipating outcomes correctly.
  • CBs think that having a 4 lane motorway between them is a good thing tactically :D 
  • Defensive play without the ball only seems to become effective in the defensive third

Anyway hope this helps. Thanks for creating another year of FM2020 to while away the time!

Celtic v Man Utd.pkm

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Honestly, wtf is this match engine...


Attached PKM


06:15 ROb Holding just stands there as a ball goes over the top - even though he's on BPD Cover - he then proceeds to ball chase whilst my other Centre Back (stopper) just stands in the box. 


Also, let's also ignore the 5 1v1s my team missed whilst i proceed to lose 4-1 


Thanks for the unfinished game SI..,.



Watford v QPR.pkm

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I'm seeing the same issues, after 60 hours have given up playing as the state of this year's release is disgusting.

Defensive AI is horrendous, no defenders seem to have the ability to read over the top balls and instead just stand square while the striker runs through the middle (and still misses 9/10 1v1s)

In Man Utd v Schalke:

Harry Maguire to A. Gomes in 43rd minute

Oczipka 34th minute

Jonjoe Kenny 47th minute

In Man Utd v Watford:

Perreyra 8th minute (X2)

Perreyra 78th minute

Doucoure 77th minute

All of these with one defender on 'defend' duty and one defender on 'cover' duty.
Have tried different tactics and different line heights and still see the same happening.

Most of my chances in these games came from long balls, despite me playing a tika-taka tactic.

I'm not saying these chances should never happen but it's far too frequent and effective and shows poor defensive AI.

Man Utd v Schalke 04.pkm Watford v Man Utd.pkm

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