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Challenges Badge of Honour #3 - The Possession Cup


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Would you like to try this 'Possession Cup' challenge?!   

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  1. 1. Would you like to try this 'Possession Cup' challenge?!

    • Yes - I'll start a new save now!
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    • Probably - will likely start this fairly soon
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    • Maybe - will have a think about it
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Intro:
This is the third badge in this year's 'Badges of Honour' series. The concept is inspiringly explained in @Titjes post <here>

Challenge:
Can you ‘out-Pep’ Pep?! Can you beat the ex-Barcelona boss? Can you out-pass the passing-professionals?! 

In real life, Liverpool won the 2022 Community Shield, but only had ~40% of the ball against possession masters Man City. Can you do better - by both dominating possession AND winning Liverpool’s first cup of the season?!

This is a one game challenge - taking charge of Liverpool, your challenge is to:

  • both [A] maximise your possession % against Pep Guardiola's Man City in the 1st season’s Community Shield,
  • plus [B] still winning the cup (in normal time, in extra time, or on penalties). 
  • note - no incoming transfers / loans frees of any kind - you must only use the existing Liverpool squad!

This should be a fun & short challenge - with the opportunity to try new possession and pressing tactics.

Scoring:
To earn your "Possession Cup" badge, you need to manage Liverpool to [A] have at least 60% possession during the entire match, and [B] win the Community Shield - in normal time, extra time, or penalties.

  • Results - you should submit your possession % (a screenshot of the match’s main screen) on this post + then you will be added to the leaderboard.
  • Rank - the higher your possession %, the higher your position on the leaderboard.
  • Deductions - any opposition red cards reduce your score by 5% - so 65% possession with one opposition red card gives you a 60% score (65%-5%). This means the leaderboard leader isn't someone who got lucky with 3 opposition red cards!
  • Tie Breaker - if there is a tie (two Vibe players have the same possession %), then the primary tie-breaker is 'the more goals Liverpool had, the higher on the leaderboard'. If this is also equal, a secondary tie-breaker is the 'more shots on target, the higher on the leaderboard'.
  • Winners - you must win! You can not get your badge nor a place on the leaderboard if you lose the cup (in normal time, in extra time, or on penalties).

Rules:
The same as last year, with two differences in bold below:

  • No unlockables (inc. no editor)
  • No cheating (but reloading is allowed  for this one challenge)
  • Own formations (that also means don’t steal a tactic and change one instruction)
  • Any badge and reputation;
  • Any database (if you want to attempt this after the winter 2022/23 data update)
  • Any incoming transfers, loans, frees, etc,  are not allowed (to keep it to the original Liverpool squad) 
  • You can attempt the challenge multiple times, but only your top score will be on the leaderboard;

A note about re-loading. For this specific one-game challenge, it is acceptable  to reload your save (including any friendlies & the Community Shield match) as many times as you wish. As it is unlikely you will both win the match AND have +60% possession in the Community Shield on your 1st attempt!

Good luck!
 

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This was an fun badge to test - here was my successful effort … winning 2-1 with 70% possession. 

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Some more screenshots for some fun

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+400 successful passes for us, while Man. City had <100 🙂 

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I played six matches in total - four friendlies (reloaded after the first friendly) + two attempts at the Community Shield match.

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If you want any suggestions, here are 3 top tips 🙂 with Gifs as examples!

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Tip #1:
The obvious tip - keep the ball!

Here’s our tika-taka 15 pass move in the opening 45 seconds from the 1st half kick-off.

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Tip #2:.
The less obvious tip - press! Don’t let the opposition keep the ball!

Here’s their 2nd half kick-off … I’ve paused the gif twice so you can see the lack of passing options for the opposition DLC + later their GK … in both cases they kick it long where we win the 1st or 2nd ball.

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Tip #3:
The one I kept forgetting - remember to set most of your set pieces to a ‘short’ pass!
 

 
Good luck! 🙂 

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3 hours ago, DanEnglish said:

This was an fun badge to test - here was my successful effort … winning 2-1 with 70% possession. 

FDBC6AD2-5EB9-4621-9BBE-A58DB1C7DBAF.thumb.png.36b565e34fa66899ae2939051c57601c.png

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Some more screenshots for some fun

EFA6BDA5-924A-4398-8F2F-9BE424E37550.thumb.png.d159a3b62a0cf38437700dfe5052bb7d.png

+400 successful passes for us, while Man. City had <100 🙂 

32F8F5DA-484B-4FAF-8DD4-11EDF99E872C.thumb.png.c2757a1a2ffebd8860df60b0e744a142.png

I played six matches in total - four friendlies (reloaded after the first friendly) + two attempts at the Community Shield match.

C6F4D212-D919-46B7-AD43-B3EACBCC026A.thumb.jpeg.d188132c4fd8f6c3bd3f3e2ef0443157.jpeg

 
If you want any suggestions, here are three top tips 🙂 with Gifs as examples!

  Reveal hidden contents

Tip #1:
The obvious tip - keep the ball!

Here’s our tika-taka 15 pass move in the opening 45 seconds from the 1st half kick-off.

6CA99C16-799F-43B3-AACA-89688DEC7603.gif.1b5b31036489f84e1c10f84dde08a2ad.gif

Tip #2:.
The less obvious tip - press! Don’t let the opposition keep the ball!

Here’s their 2nd half kick-off … I’ve paused the gif twice so you can see the lack of passing options for the opposition DLC + later their GK … in both cases they kick it long where we win the 1st or 2nd ball.

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Tip #3:
The one I kept forgetting - remember to set most of your set pieces to a ‘short’ pass!
 

 
Good luck! 🙂 

Thank for you tips... I almost cleared the 60% mark first time around. 59% and 1-0 win... gonna try again

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23 minutes ago, Varf on fmm said:

Done. Not chasing great scores but completed. 62%

Congratulations on being both the first to complete the first three badges AND currently topping the leaderboard on all three! 🏆

… at least until someone else beats your 62% possession Community Shield win!

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2 hours ago, DoneHisCruciate said:

It was interesting trying out different tactics for this one. Finally ended up with 73% possession—won with a penalty shootout. 
 

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Good job!!! 
PS jeez, how do you guys can get your possession so high…

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23 minutes ago, Varf on fmm said:

Good job!!! 
PS jeez, how do you guys can get your possession so high…

On your match detailed stats, I noticed:

  1. Passing - you had more successful passes than me, so that’s good  
  2. Pressing - but Man. City have ~170 successful passes against you, but in my match they had <100.

This suggests if you can improve your pressing / counter pressing, then your % possession will improve 🙂

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5 minutes ago, Lagom said:

Not my proudest FMM moment, but it’ll do for now 

 

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You are on the leaderboard, as you had 60%+ possession and won … but have reduced your leaderboard total to 58% (5% deduction) as the opposition had one red card ! 

Looks like it was an exciting game!

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48 minutes ago, DanEnglish said:

On your match detailed stats, I noticed:

  1. Passing - you had more successful passes than me, so that’s good  
  2. Pressing - but Man. City have ~170 successful passes against you, but in my match they had <100.

This suggests if you can improve your pressing / counter pressing, then your % possession will improve 🙂

I went all in with pressing… might be the tactic itself. I went with 4-5-1 flatEC46E443-CA23-4B0A-B88A-0CC5096D3632.thumb.jpeg.b56c7e08a0f03fec0dff0ed4182b8ed4.jpeg

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1 hour ago, Varf on fmm said:

I went all in with pressing… might be the tactic itself. I went with 4-5-1 flatEC46E443-CA23-4B0A-B88A-0CC5096D3632.thumb.jpeg.b56c7e08a0f03fec0dff0ed4182b8ed4.jpeg

Yes it’ll be the formation then - where the players are positioned 👍 

Edit - @Varf on fmm - If you look at the opposition’s detailed player stats screen - you’ll see which of their players completed the most passes in the match - that should guide you about who to close down more (typically it’s their 2xDCs and DMC - especially if you don’t have anyone in your AMC position)

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59 minutes ago, DanEnglish said:

Yes it’ll be the formation then - where the players are positioned 👍 

Edit - @Varf on fmm - If you look at the opposition’s detailed player stats screen - you’ll see which of their players completed the most passes in the match - that should guide you about who to close down more (typically it’s their 2xDCs and DMC - especially if you don’t have anyone in your AMC position)

Thanks mate. I might try it again ;) 

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