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  1. Oh I'm aware of the Youth Setup attribute. What I'm wondering is if there is another *hidden* attribute that is in play that leans certain clubs towards better intakes overall. For instance certain clubs outside the game are noted for having success at bringing through youth players, Crewe for example. Or Dinamo. Is this reflected in the game, or is it just a combination of Youth Setup plus luck/randomness?
  2. I've been pondering this for a while - some clubs seem to produce a better youth intake consistently than others with similar level of facilities. For instance Spurs always seem to have great intakes, but Liverpool never do. Leeds seem to regularly produce some good youngsters too. Is there a hidden attribute that weights youth intakes higher for some clubs? Or am I just seeing something that isn't there?
  3. Not a *major* thing, but James Bree seemed to be missing from Aston Villa in my post-update save.
  4. Favorite French Club?

    LOSC. I started following them after a save in FM09 - I think I'd read about a new hot prospect called Eden Hazard in World Soccer magazine. They've been my second club ever since. Allez Les Dogues!
  5. Quick, get that contract offer to Mata!
  6. Who Has Been Your Worst Signing?

    Every LB I buy. Seriously, one day I'll get one that doesn't look amazing on paper then turn in a season of underwhelming performances.
  7. I think I will - my journeyman career has stagnated and I'm starting to itch for a new beginning, so I might as well wait for a new update.
  8. Help Tweak A 3223 Tactic [eme]

    I just wanted to revisit this thread to say thanks for the help in tweaking the formation. As suggested, I changed the second CM to a BBM and changed the striker to an AF. I kept the mentality at Attacking for the most part as it kept teams on the back foot and only dropped it against the better teams. The changes had a great effect. In my first full season in charge: I won the League, the EFL Cup and the Champions League. I was 15 minutes away from doing the Quadruple too. In the season just started I've now also won the Community Shield and the European Super Cup. All this for a pretty modest outlay (by Man City's standards): £70 million combined for Kenny Tete, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and a couple of regens. Im going to have to try it with a weaker team to see if it's the players or the system that makes it effective.
  9. I've been a LOSC supporter for about 10 years now and they certainly are in flux at the moment (well, they have been since their title winning side got dismantled by the big guns). They might actually be an interesting side after the update too, as they have a new owner and have brought in a few intriguing prospects.
  10. My trusty old 8GB iPhone 5c!
  11. Discipline

    Ditto here too, and I'm pretty positive it's since the last update dropped.
  12. I'm hoping you guys can help tweak a tactic I'm toying with. I'm Man City and have a pretty decent squad, plus with good transfer budgets I thought it was a good opportunity to experiment. The aim is to be defensively solid, but with some free-flowing beautiful football. Tactical aims: IFs tuck in when attacking, drop wider when defending. WBs provide the width in attack, then make a back 5 when defending. BPD moves into the DM position when in possession to create a more traditional 1-2 midfield. DLF drops deeper to create space for IF runs. I've used Counter Attacking with an Attacking mentality as I want to try and replicate the style that Chelsea seem to be using under Conte. I want transitions to be quick and forward looking, but wanted to keep possession which is why I used Short passing rather than Direct. So far the results have been... well, not bad, but not quite what I was hoping for. Defensively it's been very solid and we are creating lots of chances each match, but the goals scored has been low; my strikers have been especially poor. Does anyone have any suggestions to tweak it further? Or is there some basic error that I've missed when setting it up? Let me know
  13. When To Sub Players?

    If the game is going to plan I will sub players who are sub 80% condition around 65 mins. If things aren't going to plan I'm quite happy to make tactical subs at half time.
  14. Well he hasn't exactly set the world alight in 5 years! I know he likes a midfielder, but that is a seriously unbalanced squad! I'm not sure where the striker collecting came from though. I suppose I should have done my research before accepting the job, but after scrimping at poor clubs I couldn't resist the urge of throwing cash around.
  15. I thought I'd post here about my experience of taking over at Man City, and also open it up for everyone to discuss their tales of 'interesting' team building by the former manager of their club. So.... it's February 2021, after a meteoric rises through the leagues via Stockport, York and Hull, an up-and-coming Uruguayan coach (me) gets offered the chance of a lifetime at Man City after Pep gets the boot. On the first day I sit at my swanky new desk and survey the situation. The team is 6th, in the EFL cup final, into the knockout stages of the Europa Cup, but out of the FA Cup (a bizarre 5-1 thumping by Rochdale). Not bad I think. There is £107m in the transfer budget, pretty good, shame the window has closed. Let's review the squad that the petrodollar has provided... *stunned silence* So I have *double checks* one LB and no RBs, not even anyone who could be a makeshift cover. I have the original CBs from 2016. Lets check midfield. *facepalms* I have 8, eight! lightweight creative attacking midfielders with, er... Bruno Zuculini and Sergi Samper as the CMs. Upfront? *deep breath* Oh, ok... So I have NINE strikers. Icardi, Iheanacho and Berahino look ok. Dutch regen looks not bad. Ancient Aguero and Bony on HUGE wages is less good. Pep! What were you doing?!