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Mr Phalanx

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  1. The fourth tier of Danish football(3.Division) has suddenly appeared as a playable league. After 8 seasons with Tobermore United in Northern Ireland, I resigned and headed to the worst club in Denmark. At the start of the save, only 3 leagues were playable in Denmark: - Superliga -1. Division -2. Division. Now in 29/30, I have just landed a job at Varde IF in the fourth division of Denmark. Is this normal?. Do unplayable leagues in certain nations become playable as one progresses in the game? Is this only unique to Denmark?
  2. FBs as the wide center backs in a 3 atb system that focuses on compressing space in your penalty area? No way. Have you had any success with this? Wouldn't there be big holes in the defence? added 0 minutes later FBs as the wide center backs in a 3 atb system that focuses on compressing space in your penalty area? No way. Have you had any success with this? Wouldn't there be big holes in the defence?
  3. Having WBs and DFBs on the same flank makes sense on paper. In reality, it is suicidal. Their starting position is already low enough. This will invite too much pressure on a defence that is almost never compact even with a narrow width. And transitions will be much slower on a low mentality. Concerning width. There needs to be a way to adjust the defensive width. The option isn't available on FMM. I prefer to squeeze space in my area. This can only be achieved by narrowing the width of the back line which also affects the positioning of the wide midfielders. Sit back + narrow defensive width will create a big lump in front of the goalkeeper.
  4. The wide midfielders in my 4-4-2 do not come down to help the fullback or come inside to compress space in the penalty area. Even telling them to sit back and not press all over doesn't work. This leaves a huge gap for the opposition to exploit. Starting to think defending in this game is somewhat pointless. I just want to hold on to a slender lead sometimes without going gung ho every time. Player instructions are needed.
  5. In my previous save, I had a freak as a striker who helped me take my terrible Armanford side from the pits of Welsh football to the top. He still remains the most terrifying center forward I have ever managed. He was a poacher but not just an ordinary poacher. One that loved to move into the channels. This trait made him a very unique outlet. Poachers prefer to stay central. It doesn't matter if they are paired with another striker or alone. They stay in the middle, waiting for the perfect moment to pounce on a through ball. This striker I'm talking about preferred to move into the wide areas to receive. I play hoofball in a low block, so I was always looking to hit it over the opposition back line. A poacher staying central would have to battle it out with the CBs. But my poacher could drift to the flanks to receive comfortably. This trait made chance creation very easy because he always escaped the two centre backs who could easily intercept the long balls. Has anyone figured out any role which has a default 'moves into channels' trait? I tried AF. But AF stays central to receive then runs down the channels with the ball. The combination of a poacher's role (staying high up the pitch and not contributing to build up ) + the 'moves into channels' trait makes him a perfect outlet for long balls.
  6. I've noticed my wide players don't join the team to defend the central areas. They sit on the flanks while the defence is getting hammered by the opposition. The only time they contribute to defending is when the ball is on the flanks. Winning the ball on the flanks is nice but I want to them to sit narrower and defend the half spaces to deny central progression. I play a 442 and because the wide players keep hugging the touchline, there are always big gaps in the middle. Compactness is important for me. I've used all the roles(Winger, wide midfielder). The inverted winger is not a good option because while I want them to sit narrower without the ball and compress space in the middle, I also want them to run wide after winning the ball and stretch the defence. I thought a narrow width would work but there isn't any difference. Can wingers with high teamwork make this happen or it's just something that is impossible in FMM?
  7. Detailed end of the season stats. Some of us care about our players' ranking in certain metrics such as passes completed, blocks, distance covered, chances created. Detailed team stats are needed too. Mee and Tarkwoski rank high in blocks and clearances. Even higher when compared to certain teams. This is indicative of Burnley's defensive style. Arnold and Robertson rank high in chances created. This is indicative of their reliance on their full backs for goals. Having these stats available will help to confirm my tactic and the various roles in it.
  8. More options in the tactics. Defensive width is needed for horizontal compactness. Line of engagement is needed for vertical compactness. I hate how anyone can easily walk through my two banks of four and take shots. The players aren't close to each other even with a Contain mentality + narrow width.
  9. Yeah. It's the worst of the worst. Did one with Tobermore United just a week before this post. They are definitely the lowest rated team in N.Ireland. The board's expectation was improvement of the team. Not a mid table finish, not a top half finish. Just improve the team. Got promoted and relegated twice. Although, I believe it's much harder because I'm not pressing all over. Gegenpress is a cheat code in this game. But I chose not to follow the way of the high press.
  10. A "no signing" challenge in leagues with the lowest reputation has made LLM more interesting for me. I swam down to the trenches of Europe to save the worst club in Ireland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Too bad the San Marino leagues don't exist. I'd love to go deeper. It started when I figured out the formula to quickly improve any lower league squad. - Offer players to clubs - Sell them off for a decent price - Gather the cash - Lure free agents + decent players around who will obviously improve the team. The fact that I could just apply the formula and send my team to the top of the table with one transfer window ruined it for me. I love a slow, gruelling journey. I needed to sweat and bleed more. Trusting the kids in the worst club in the last division of the nations with the least reputation is insanity. But a challenge is always welcome in times like this. I was almost losing interest in the game. To make the game tougher, I added a defensive system to the restrictions. Old school 4-4-2 without gegenpressing on steroids. I do not plan to use kids only. I'll use the available players. I want to ram my way to success without making any purchase. Any new addition to the team will be a youth player. This suicidal mission has made me focus on training, tactics and in-game management. It's a tough world down here in the trenches, but it's been very engaging.
  11. If you've had any success with a gritty, defensive, and satanic brand of football, please share your experience
  12. TERRORISMO ON FMM Had some success with a RIGID 4-4-2 setup earlier this year. Took a team in the lowest division in Wales to the top division. Strong finishes in the top 3, 4 league titles, a few cups, and a qualification to the UCL group stages where I lost narrowly to Bayern, Sevilla and Dynamo Kyiv. We went unbeaten in a season too. You can see I placed emphasis on rigid. I made no room for creativity or intricate play. -Contain mentality. -Commited tackling. -Deep defense line. -Narrow width. -Disciplined (in terms of creative freedom) -Sit deep/Own half (switched between these two) These were the base instructions for the rigid setup. Pure terrorismo. You can tell these instructions are for blocking space and frustrating the opponent. But I added more for transitional threat. -Long passing. -High tempo. -Early crosses -Shoot on sight. The Formation 442. DFB NCB NCB DFB WM CM BW WM TM P The Roles You can tell from the back four that I was in for blood and bones. I used Wide Midfielders instead of Wingers or Defensive Wingers. Wide Midfielders contribute to defending more without leaving too much space behind them. The other two are good for transitions but not for defending as a unit. They are happy to dribble to the touchline and cross. But Wide Midfielders consistently lay off to teammates ahead of them because they care about the team's defensive shape. Ball Winner and CM. It worked well. One was the ravaging wild dog. The other, a simple man who was did his job well. The strike partnership is the obvious one. The Players Playing terrorismo is not for the faint-hearted. You'll watch long highlights of opposition teams constantly banging the door of your defence. You'll have balls hitting the bar 200 times and your keeper saving shot after shot. But fear not. It'd be less terrifying when you have the right players. This tactic made me focus on the defensive aspects of the players. For the first time in FMM I wasn't looking for technicians, passers or any of those fancy players. I was looking for bulls, Spartans, speedsters walking towers, and anyone who was happy to hack down anything in his sight. Aggression, tackling, strength, Ariel, positioning, were key stats for my most defensive players. High Decisions will always be useful too. I didn't use scouts for this. Specific searching is the way to go. Narrowing down to stats above 11/12 helped me find the situable players for terrorismo. Many of them lacked in other areas but they had high ratings in the specific stats suitable for their roles. My backline consisted of men on hard drugs. I even played full backs as wide midfielders due to their defensive nature. It helped in winning balls on the flanks. The only player with a degree of technicality is the CM. He's the all rounder. He had good passing and technique but he could switch to a mad man when the situation required it. The key player for scoring is the poacher. The poacher scored a lot because all attacks ended up at him. The target man racked up assists because he layed off to him many times. The poacher is key. He must be strong, fast, and a good finisher. Same with Target Man but with good teamwork. How Did We Play and Score? As you can see from the setup. It's a low block with aggressive tackling around the area and less intense pressing all over. We had possession in the 30s but more shots, more goals, more yellow cards, plenty offsides, and most importantly, least goals conceded. We also won many penalties. As I said earlier, the poacher is key. He scored the same goal numerous times. Long ball from the defence to the poacher after winning the ball in our area. All he does after that is run into space and shoot. He scored 5 in a match in the same way. He's the outlet. We were always absorbing pressure from our opponents but that one time when we win the ball and send it over the opposition defence to the poacher. A goal is bound to happen. We defended in a very narrow 4-5-1. This is because the TM dropped to defend with the team. The poacher was always hanging around the last man. I was lucky to have a poacher who had a "Moves into channels" trait. He made chance creation very easy in a rigid setup. We scored from crosses to the TM too. Conclusion Buying the right players is key. The above system is to block space and defend for long periods. I valued clean sheets more but I knew the goal was going to come because I had a superhero striker. Ariel, movement, pace, strength, shooting, technique. He was built like a target man but I made him a poacher. He's what Vardy is to Leicester. Proper gunman. But with immense strength and the height of a tower. My back 4 had Ariel's above 13. You have to be specific with the stats. Even the goalkeeper's basic stats were very good. You can't build a tactic like this with small, weak players. Even my CMs had Aerial and tackling above 12. Much emphasis on physical stats, height and stamina for almost every role I know it's hard to play defensive tactics on a long term. Maybe the Welsh division is just a weak league. But I got good results in the CL playoffs and narrowly lost to Bayern, Sevilla and Kyiv. Beat Everton in a friendly too. I was able to stop the TNS' reign of terror in Wales with terrorismo. Quick One on Pressing Pressing all over is the default way to press in FMM. Most tactics have players swarming the opposition higher up the pitch. But sit back/ own half ensured we kept our shape and it's why we scored many goals from long balls over the top. Less pressing drew our opponents to our box and opened gaps behind their defence for my superhero striker to exploit and score. You will also concede goals. I conceded 16 goals in 32 in my best ever title winning season. Conceded 18 and 20+ in other seasons. But i always ended up with the highest clean sheets and lowest goals conceded. My poacher scored 41 that season too. But goals will enter. That's for sure. You're defending in front of your goal. You'll concede own goals, penalties, free kicks due to the raging BWM. Red cards and yellow cards too. It's dirty football. It will be frowned at in the football church. But with the right players and specifically a superhero striker. You'll definitely have positive moments that could lead to trophies. I haven't tried it in a top league. I did it in Wales. So I can't say if it's effective when playing in tougher leagues.