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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. My trusty old 8GB iPhone 5c!
  4. Discipline

    Ditto here too, and I'm pretty positive it's since the last update dropped.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?!
  9. Rebuilding/investing

    Quintessential fallen giant clubs: Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Leeds.
  10. No Interest In My Managerial Services?

    I've suffered similar. National reputation with two league wins and a cup to my name (admittedly L1, VNN and the Checkatrade, but still) plus promotion to the Premier League and no one will touch me with a barge pole. I even got turned down by a bankrupt L2 Sunderland!
  11. Reduced Interest In The Premier League

    Cheers for the replies. Sadly it seems to have reinforced the gulf between the bigger clubs as they are still spending ridiculous sums while I'm doing manual searches for cheap International strikers (bloody Brexit).
  12. I tend to put them on the subs bench for 'easy' games. Also, in England at least, the Christmas period is good for the youth getting a runout due to the sheer volume of games and player fatigue.
  13. Struggling To Sign Players

    Heh, I took Stockport to promotion in my second season in my current save. I wouldn't worry about loans, very few worthwhile players will be available to you. Scout, scout, scout - you will eventually uncover players who are interested - aim for ones whos contract is running down. Don't be afraid at that level to consider giving grey players from your reserves a contract. I've found some absolute gems in there and it's really handy for plugging gaps in your squad. Keep checking on them, because they will change regularly. Unless he has random stats, build your side around Danny Lloyd. He'll do the business as either an AF up front, or an IF on the right wing.
  14. The first thing I consider is: When is the next game? If the next game isn't until the following week, I go solely on form and position. In conjunction with the first question I will consider: What are my player's condition? Any players who have less than 90% condition are automatically dropped. Players who I might need for a midweek game are likely to get dropped to the bench, unless they have high stamina. Once I've filtered my starting eleven by condition, I will then look into current form - if I've not noticed anything especially bad over the last few games, I will more than likely try to keep the same players in the team. If I'm aware of a particular trait of the forthcoming opposition I might change a couple of players (e.g bring in quicker, but less regarded forwards against a team with slow DCs), but this is rare. I guess I'm a bit of Mourinho - I have my favourites who I will use above all others, barring injury or fatigue.
  15. Best Underdog Team To Manage?

    Burton Albion?