Wide players in FM19: How to harness them in your ball-hogging side

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Like watching your wingers bomb up and down the touchline, getting crosses in? Or your full-back beguiling the entire opposition, manoeuvring his way into the box unmarked? Well stop reading right here.

We’re looking for passing and moving, people. No player can move without passing first.

That’s how I developed this spectacular tactical system.

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FM19 Guide: How to defend with a high line

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It looks like you’ve got enough men back. The next thing you know, someone ends up ghosting behind your flabbergasted defence. Your first instinct is to blame your players, but the game’s animation often makes players look slower, or less alert, than they actually are.

Your next instinct might be to change your centre-backs; either in personnel or roles.

Nothing wrong with this at all. That said, without suitable protection, isolated centre-backs in a high line will always end up focusing primarily on the space behind them. To stop your enemies playing any football, the centre-backs must focus on keeping their positions! Continue reading

FM19 | Sacchi’s 4-4-2 | União | Part 4

This is my fourth season in charge at União da Madeira, taking them from Portuguese Third Tier up to the Primeira Liga in my first two seasons. After a respectable lower mid-table finish last season, I was looking to make improvements and finish in the top half this time around. If you haven’t already, you can read previous editions by following the links below.

This time around I decided to switch up my tactics. Taking inspiration from Thomas Paine’s excellent piece on Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side, I decided to take a punt on a fluid 4-4-2. Seeing how well he had done with a less fancied side over in Italy, I attempted to replicate his success over in Portugal. I was not disappointed.

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Serie A saga: A busy summer at Lazio

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In my last post I gave an overview of the Lazio squad and which players I would like to retain, dispose of and keep for the medium term. Rebuilding this great club would take time, patience and no small amount of financing. Their last Serie A win was in the 1999-2000 season under Sven-Goran Eriksson, although they won the Coppa Italia in 2012-13 under the guidance of Vladimir Petkovic, beating fierce city rivals Roma 1-0 in the final.

In this post I will:

  • Provide an overview of our summer transfer activity
  • Review the tactical systems for the new season
  • Discuss season objectives

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FM19 | The Box To Box Midfielder | União | Part 3

União are back in the top flight for my third season in charge. Today we’re going to have an analytical look at my Box To Box Midfielder, Rúben Oliveira. We’ll see how the Match Engine emulates the role of a BBM, and how effective they can be in the right situations. If you haven’t read the previous editions you can check them out here.

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A difficult second season in Serie A?

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In my previous post I reviewed our first season in Serie A, in which we managed to survive by finishing in a respectable 16th place, despite the odds being against us.

My aim for the “difficult second season” was to have a more comfortable campaign, by using the increased funds to bring in better players. Our transfer business was included in that post, with a number of defensive reinforcements arriving, supported by some excellent loan signings in midfield and attack.

In the post I will look at:

  • A summary of the second season in Serie A
  • Brief match review of a home game against Napoli
  • Club reinforcements
  • Managerial approaches
  • Assessment of summer signings

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Serie A: Survival or slaughter?

In my previous post I wrote an analysis of Trieste’s first five games in Serie A, and how we had got off to a very disappointing start and lost each encounter. I looked at a couple of matches in-depth and saw some worrying patterns that led us to struggle in matches, and made some restorative attempts to tighten up and concede less opportunities.

In this post I will look at:

  • Progress of the full Serie A campaign
  • A quick overview of club finances
  • Adding a philosophy
  • Upgrading our backroom staff
  • Scouting improvements to give better quality to targets
  • Summer recruitment

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