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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from Andres Leonaldo in Anything and Everything on SM Development   
    Hello guys,   I have been playing Soccer Manager for 7 years and I always see many managers buy young players under the age of 21, in many game worlds everyone tries to full his U21 squad with many players even me, but no one really uses any of those players in the matches. So my suggestion is to make U21 League in every Game world and whoever has at least 18 or 21 young players can participate in that league. By doing that the game will be more enjoyable and all these young players will be useful, for example in one of my teams I have over 100 young players and I don't even use any of them, but if we had a U21 league I will try them all and then the game will be even more realistic!
    What do you think?
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to antondrobnjak in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    It's unbelieveable they drop both BVB Sokratis and Piszczek! This game is going worse and worse and worse. Look at how many they are signing out...
    The story doesn't change.
    Forwards rise. Defenders and midfielders never get forwards ratings. Changing abuse of M(C)AM(RLC) instead of DM,M,AM(C) players (Dele Alli and so many like him). Quick rises for young players (Sule). Neverdrop players till few days ago. Players drop very soon after they rose unpredictable (Roman Burki). I've enough.
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from ombarcagunners in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    I don't think insigne will rise anytime in the future and won't play in the world cup. Matic will stay 93 at least until the end of the season and will play in the world cup and Kluivert is a hot prospect and he might join a big team next season, also he is a Kluivert 😛
    So I would say the duo for sure
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from Hfazil in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    I don't think insigne will rise anytime in the future and won't play in the world cup. Matic will stay 93 at least until the end of the season and will play in the world cup and Kluivert is a hot prospect and he might join a big team next season, also he is a Kluivert 😛
    So I would say the duo for sure
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from Marek in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Manolas-Thauvin!
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from aavf in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Manolas-Thauvin!
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from davidm92 in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    If you have so many good players and you are bored and won a lot of trophies and you want to change you should give Ronaldo for Salah.
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from thorgan lesar in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Something weird happened in a game world that has transfer window rules. Mario Rui had level 4 concern and the manager added him on the transfer list, so external clubs made offers for him and I made an offer maximum cash 5.9million. These few offers remained until the player reached level 5 and then, as usual, all the other clubs started bidding with max cash 4.9million, so I was the highest bidder. The strange thing is that after few days when all offers got accepted (including mine that was the highest with 5.9), despite the transfer window was closed, Mario Rui went to an external club that was offering 3 million. At first I was so excited because I thought I'm going to have Mario Rui in a very difficult GW, but when I saw this today I got depressed and I nearly broke my laptop 
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from Gaelgoir in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Kimmich might change position, he is always playing as a rb.
    If you want a good cb I say Varane of course, Real Madrid might win the Champions league.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to aavf in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    It's a bug, i've noticed it and tried to bid before but without success and got rejected before level 5, your offer wont get rejected
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to The punch in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    only +1 for firmino, sane rise too. 22 years old vs 27 years old so...
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to Hfazil in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Sane. Asensio needs more playing time
     
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to Sir Rahul in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    idk
    good stuff, keep
    probably sell
    no
    why tho
    McKennie
    Pogba/Jorgingo/Keita
    time to sell Iniesta
    yep
    85
    James
    stay
    no
    not really
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to aavf in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    I wouldn't, unless you really need the higher rating soon, Sane will rise and have a higher value than Higuain
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to geetay87 in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    I agree. Some players don't peak until they are in their 30's. I thought the game was judged on performances, minutes etc. I don't see why age should hold players back from getting deserved rises
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to Islelovesoccer in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    Players who should rise but might not due to age:
    Falcao - 91 to 92
    Fernandinho - 92 to 93
    Milner - 90 to 91
    Monreal - 90 to 91
    Aspas - 90 to 91
    Vardy - 90 to 91
    SM is ageist.
    I don't mind the game doing big drops to older players when they are clearly past their best. Zlatan for example, deserved his big drop, as did Xavi, as will Iniesta.
    But players who are performing to the same level as younger players, like Fernandinho is compared to Ter Stegen for example.  Both regulars in title winning teams in the best two leagues in the world.  Then they should get the same rating for their performances.
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    Hosein ElTimimi got a reaction from The punch in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    I had Bakayoko and exchanged him with Fernandinho.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to The punch in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    +1
    stay and keep Fernandinho
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to The punch in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    stay, and no
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to Sir Rahul in Rahul W's rating predictions   
    keep unless you are impatient
    that +13 should cover him for a while 
    idk, monolithic would know
    he could but needs a move
    now that China seems to be confirmed I'd say -2. you can expect him to drop like a stone like Xavi.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to speegs619 in A Guide for Newcomers   
    Re: A Guide for Newcomers (Every Human Manager's Nightmare: The Unmanaged 4-4-2)
    EVERY MANAGER’S NIGHTMARE: THE UNMANAGED 4-4-2
    Inevitably throughout the course of a season, every SM manager is going to have the dreaded (or welcome, depending on how you look at it) fixture against the unmanaged side that plays the basic 4-4-2 formation with the default settings. In this case, this is when you, the human manager, really have to do your homework.
    As I said in an early post, this is when looking at your upcoming opponent’s last fixture report and full match report is a necessity. This will give you all the information that you need in order to try and do the best that you can according to what the opposition side has to offer. There’s no need to fight an opposition side that you know nothing about when all of the information is right there for you to use to your advantage.
    The key factors that will lead to success against the unmanaged 4-4-2 is your squad’s defensive capabilities and ability to control the tempo of the game, two factors that go hand in hand on the pitch. By speeding up the game against a side that may have players that are “not match fit” and applying pressure on an unmanaged opponent side that cannot make substitutions during the course of a match, you can feel pretty good about your chances of at least coming away with a draw.
    The question is how do you apply that pressure and attempt to knock down the seemingly impenetrable fortress that the 4-4-2 formation (at least if you ask fans of the English Premier League) presents. In knocking down the walls of this fortress, as a manager you have to have the right balance between attackers and defenders and pick a system of play that is mindful of the strengths of the unmanaged opposition side.
    So, in this post I will attempt to break down a strategy that you can use that will be more successful that not when attempting to defeat the monster that is the unmanaged, generic 4-4-2 side.
    1. In selecting a formation, there are three formations that can be used to combat the 4-4-2 which will pose problems for the unmanaged opposition side. They are: 4-2-2-2, 4-3-3, and the unconventional 3-2-2-2-1.
    Both the 4-2-2-2 and 4-3-3 are formations that will give you good coverage in the back.
    In the 4-3-3, you will always designate one of your midfielders as a defensive midfielder (DM), which will give you an additional defender, thus really giving you 5 players charged with doing the defensive “dirty work” for your side. You will then have at least 5 offensive players attempting to penetrate through the opposition’s defense. With a tactical adjustment discussed later, however, you will soon turn 5 attackers into 7.
    On the other hand, the 4-2-2-2 gives you the option of placing 2 defensive midfielders in front of the back line, thus giving you 6 players to defend your end of the pitch. However, this will seemingly weaken your attack as you will only have 4 players in an attacking position. But like the 4-3-3, with a tactical adjustment you can easily get the number of your attacking players back up to 6.
    In the unconventional 3-2-2-2-1 formation (which is very similar to a 3-4-2-1), you will have 3 players across the back, but you can designate 2 defensive midfielders in front of the back line which will now give you 5 players charged with defending your area of the pitch. This would seemingly leave you with only 5 attackers to harass the opposition’s defense, but with a tactical adjustment, this number can easily be brought back up to 7.
    2. When selecting a tackling style in preparing for an unmanaged 4-4-2 opponent, it is always best to opt for HARD tackling. Often times you will be facing these opponents in the middle or the end of a season. The first team members of the opposition squad have played every minute of every game thus far for their side so there will be several members of the starting eleven that will be starting the game in a “not match fit” condition. This is your opportunity to pounce on a weakened opponent, and challenging for each and every ball is the way to take advantage of this dying beast.
    3. In choosing a style of play, it is always best to choose an ATTACKING mentality if your sides are relatively equal (within 1 average rating point of one another).
    If the other side has the advantage by 2 points in average quality, a DEFENSIVE style will be more suitable.
    You must keep in mind that the unmanaged 4-4-2 is locked in a normal mentality, so whatever route you take, you are already starting down the path of dictating how the match will played to the unmanaged opponent side.
    4. In choosing a passing style, it is best to use DIRECT passing when matched up against an unmanaged opponent in the 4-4-2. This ensures that your players will try to play passes up field whenever possible to your striker(s) in order to get scoring chances.
    Again, you are attempting to take advantage of an opponent in an already weakened state, and as discussed earlier, midfielders posses the ball the most in SM, so the midfielders will be the players most likely to be in a “not match fit” condition.
    5. In choosing an attacking style, when playing the unmanaged 4-4-2, your selection will depend on which of the three formations you choose from above.
    In the 4-2-2-2 formation, it is best to use a THROUGH THE MIDDLE approach in your attack, and preferably in an ATTACKING posture. This will provide for the 2 designated defensive midfielders (DM) joining the attack, accompanied by the two outside midfielders (AM, RM, LM, or Wing(s)) just in front of them. All 4 of these midfielders will now be looking to get the ball to your strikers in the match engine. When using this formation and scheme, it is best done when you have two highly talented forward players (CF or F) rated at 89 or better.
    In the 4-3-3 formation, you will always want to select DOWN BOTH FLANKS as the attacking style. Because you have designated 1 of your midfielders as a defensive midfielder (DM), you will have to account for this missing attacker who will be reluctant to join an attack, especially in a DEFENSIVE posture. The way that you do this is to enable your outside backs (RB and LB) to join the attack on the flanks, where they essentially become wingers. In order to be really successful in using this tactic, it is best to have outside backs that are listed as being both LB/LM and RB/RM, and preferably at a rating of 88 or higher.
    Finally, in the 3-2-2-2-1 formation, you will also want to choose to attack THROUGH THE MIDDLE. Again, this will provide for the 2 designated defensive midfielders (DM) joining the attack, accompanied by the two outside midfielders (RM, LM, or Wing(s)) just in front of them, and the 2 attacking midfielders in front of them. All 6 of these midfielders will now be looking to get the ball to your now lone striker in the match engine. When using this formation and scheme, it is best done when you have an extremely talented forward player (CF or F) who is rated at 90 or better, as well as skilled attacking midfielders (AM) who are rated at least the league average of 87.
    6. When choosing the tempo at which your squad will play for the match against an unmanaged 4-4-2 squad, it is best to play at a FAST tempo. Just as it was in choosing HARD tackling, you are seeking to take advantage of a weakened opponent who will most likely have “non match fit” players taking to the pitch.
    7. When choosing where to press your opponent, obviously keeping with the well-established theme here, you will be looking to press the opposition side ALL OVER the pitch in order to take advantage of their weakened state.
    8. Finally in choosing a play style, you will want to select COUNTER ATTACK, TIGHT MARKING, USE PLAYMAKER, and USE TARGET MAN (especially in the 3-2-2-2-1 formation).
    COUNTER ATTACK will enable your squad to play on the break when they regain possession of the ball. You’ll guide the weakened unmanaged side into mistakes and attempt to take advantage of those mistakes on a quick break out.
    By using TIGHT MARKING, you are not giving an already tired side a chance to dictate the pace of the game. You will be pressurizing the opposition attackers at every opportunity and will not allow them to make any aggressive runs at the back of your defense.
    USE PLAYMAKER will put the ball onto the feet of your most skilled attacking player at every opportunity, even on the counter attack. Moreover, if your designated playmaker is playing with a high morale and recent good form, the opposition side will not be able to keep up with his pace, thus allowing him to dictate how the match will go.
    Finally, USE TARGET MAN will put the ball to your striker in the best areas on the pitch in order to score goals. He will make aggressive runs toward the heart of the opposing side’s defense and often times he will be unable to track down and the opposing defenders will just let him go, giving him a fair share of 1 v. 1's with the opposition keeper.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to speegs619 in A Guide for Newcomers   
    Re: A Guide for Newcomers (Stretching the Opponent: The Long Ball)
    STRETCHING THE OPPONENT: THE LONG BALL
    Playing the long ball system is very defensive system that should be used when you are playing a much stronger opponent. This system has been used by me, as well as many other SM managers, with a surprising amount of success. This has often come at the expense of many of the stronger sides in SM, i.e. Man Utd., Barca, Chelsea, and to the benefit of many weaker lower division sides, particularly in Cup and Shield matches. Just so we are clear, however, this is an extremely defensive system, so you should not expect 4-0 wins. Rather, you are going for a draw, or even a 1 goal victory in an extremely tough match, either at home or away.
    In using the long ball system you are making a conscious effort to keep the ball out of the middle of the pitch and away from both your own and the opposition side’s midfielders. Your objective is to get balls from the back line to your striker(s) in the shortest amount of time possible. Moreover, the long ball tactic is extremely useful in helping to establish width in your attack by stretching the opponent’s defense across the entire width of the pitch because no one can be absolutely sure where the ball is going to end up.
    You should also be mindful that using this tactic will keep you behind in time of possession, so it is best to employ this tactic when you have both an above average goalkeeper and defenders because you do not want to concede too many goals. What I am hoping to do here is to offer you some tips on how to make the long ball effective, but the manager should remember that this tactic is used when you are clearly going to be the outclassed team (when your squad is outclassed in average rating by 3 or more). You can also use the long ball to great effect when your midfielders lack quality, meaning their average rating is 87 or below.
    1. When setting up for a long ball system, you should use a formation that has a lot defenders and more than one striker. This leaves you with a few options to choose from: 4-3-1-2, 4-1-3-2, 5-2-3, 5-3-2, 5-3-2 Defensive, and 5-3-2 Sweeper.
    2. In selecting a tackling style, you should alter it from a normal defensive posture, and select a HARD tackling style. This will allow you to keep constant pressure on your opponent. In using the long ball system, your goal is to try and keep your defense compact when the opposition side has the ball and limit the space that is available between and inside the side lines. Hard tackling enables your players to attempt to close down the opponent as soon as they receive a ball on their foot.
    3. In terms of selecting an attacking style in a long ball system, this varies according to where the match is going to be played. If you are the weaker side in a home match, you should always assume the VERY DEFENSIVE or, at least a DEFENSIVE posture. Your goal is to defend the home turf, so to speak, and you are looking to secure at least one point for a drawn game against a much stronger side.
    On the other hand, if you are the weaker side in an away match, you should always assume a NORMAL mentality. Here your objective is to attempt to steal a point away from a stronger side that by rights should win the match handily because they are playing on their own pitch. Therefore, you have lost nothing if the result is not in your favor because you were supposed to lose anyway.
    4. Obviously when opting to play the long ball system, when you have to choose a passing style for your team, you will be selecting LONG BALL.
    5. For attacking style in the long ball system, it best to choose either a MIXED or DOWN BOTH FLANKS attack.
    A MIXED attack will at the minimum assure that your defenders and keeper are not randomly punting the ball down the field in the hope that one of your players will run onto it. They will at least attempt to look for the open man downfield.
    If you select DOWN BOTH FLANKS, the majority of the balls that are sent long will be down either the right or left hand side, which will give both your outside backs and outside midfielders time to run onto the ball in the match engine. It will also place your striker(s) in a somewhat wider position than they would normally play so that they too can attempt to run onto a ball punted up the pitch.
    6. In choosing a tempo or pace for the long ball system, it is always best to select a SLOW tempo. This is useful for enabling your defenders to pass the ball back and forth between themselves along the back line as they look for the open man downfield.
    Selecting a SLOW tempo will also enable your keeper to get touches on the ball as he will obviously be the player who is relied upon to punt the ball the farthest distance downfield, especially because - as strange as it may sound - your keeper will be designated as your PLAYMAKER in this system.
    7. In choosing where and when to pressure your opponent, it is always best to press your opponent only in your OWN AREA in a long ball system. This is because if you press all over or even in your own half, pressure will be coming in the middle third of the pitch, leaving no one downfield to receive the long ball forward.
    By choosing in your OWN AREA your defenders will be relied upon to do the majority of the pressing for your side while freeing the striker(s) and outside midfielders to receive the long ball.
    8. Finally, when selecting your overall playing style, you should select MEN BEHIND BALL, PLAY OFFSIDE, and USE PLAYMAKER.
    MEN BEHIND BALL is necessary so that all of your players maintain their numerical advantage against the opposition’s attackers. You will have a concentrated block of defenders, both backs and midfielders, between the opposition and the net so that you do not concede any goals.
    PLAY OFFSIDE is the least used option in SM, but it is used in the long ball system so that your defenders will play higher up the pitch in a compact defensive line in order to try and catch the opposition’s attackers in an offside position. When they are caught offside, this will result in a free kick and another chance at getting a long ball forward. Moreover, in PLAY OFFSIDE, your attackers will attempt to beat the back line of the opposition’s defense at every opportunity.
    USE PLAYMAKER enables you to put the ball on the foot of your most important player as much as possible during the course of the match. In this very defensive system, you will be designating your goalkeeper as the playmaker. This assumes that your goalkeeper is the one player on your squad that can punt the ball the furthest up the pitch, so you obviously want to give him every opportunity to do so in a long ball system.
    Finally, using TIGHT MARKING is an option that you could use in the long ball system, but it is not a necessity in order for this to be successful. It is useful in the defensive end and when pressing in your OWN AREA. However, marking too closely in other areas of the pitch will draw your players’ attention away from looking to receive the long ball when it does come forward.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to speegs619 in A Guide for Newcomers   
    Re: A Guide for Newcomers (The Counter Attacking Style)
    COUNTER ATTACKING: THE DEFENSIVE TACTIC
    A counter attacking or defensive system is used in SM a fair amount of the time, especially when managers are up against a much stronger squad than their own. One could also use the defensive system effectively against a team that they are equal to in terms of quality as well. However, making use of this style will rarely result in long-term league success as it usually results in low shots on goal tallies and a lot of drawn games.
    On the other hand, organizing a defensive system is a lot easier than attempting to organize an attacking system. Your squad will not have many supplemental tasks; they only need to concern themselves with the most important basic task at the moment – preventing the opposition from scoring. Your squad will guide or encourage the opposition into making mistakes rather than trying to force errors. While this style will assuredly cut down the number of goals that the opposition side scores, when your team does win the ball they will have a much longer distance to go in order to reach the opponent’s penalty area and you likely won’t keep possession for very long. Therefore, you should be prepared to accept a lot of drawn games and/or 1-0 wins or losses if you use a defensive system for any extended stretches of time.
    1. When choosing a formation to play in the defensive style, it is best to use formations that place numbers at the back and/or assume a defensive posture.
    In a four-back system, the best formations are: 4-4-2, 4-4-2 Diamond, 4-3-2-1, 4-1-3-2, 4-5-1 defensive, or 4-2-3-1.
    When using a 5 back system, the best formations are 5-3-2, 5-3-2 Defensive, 5-3-2 with Sweeper, and the 5-4-1.
    2. In terms of tackling style, it is always best to choose TIMID, SOFT, or NORMAL tackling when playing a defensive system.
    TIMID or SOFT tackling ensures that your players will only challenge for the ball when they are sure that they have an excellent chance of winning it from the opponent. Your defenders are going to get beat from time to time, and more often than not they will get beat if they go in for tackles with reckless abandon. Therefore, HARD tackling is not an option in a defensive system.
    NORMAL tackling can also be used with some degree of success when playing a defensive system. In this case your players will only go in for balls in which they feel that they have at least a 50% chance of taking it away from your opponent. There will not be the reckless slide tackles that rarely come up with the ball and only result in a yellow or straight red card.
    3. Obviously if you are committed to playing a defensive system for the match, you are choosing a DEFENSIVE mentality for your team.
    4. In choosing a passing style, there are two viable options available to you in a defensive system.
    If you are attempting to play for the lone goal and a clean sheet for your keeper, then it is best to use LONG BALL. There will be a more in depth explanation of this style in a later post. However, needless to say, attempting long passes a majority of the time is there to be used so that both your defenders and keeper are looking to clear the ball out of your own end at every opportunity. This is a surefire way to relieve the pressure the opponent is placing upon you.
    On the other hand, if you would prefer to keep possession of the ball when you do win it, SHORT passing is the best option. If your side can string together a high number of passes in succession, then that is less time that the opposition side has the ball. The opposition’s offensive rhythm will be disrupted and this helps to further limit the number of shots and scoring chances they can get.
    5. An attacking style really has little effect when playing a defensive system, however I have found that using a MIXED or DOWN BOTH FLANKS approach is quite effective in scoring the lone goal.
    In a defensive system the idea is to prevent the bad pass, poor control, or losing the ball in a tackle, which is 50% of the way to conceding goals. Therefore, MIXED attacking will enable your team to look for the best area on the pitch in order to begin an attack. When your side is careful with the ball and makes the most of their opportunities with a balanced attack, the opposition can’t score.
    Choosing to attack DOWN BOTH FLANKS in a defensive system is also used to some degree of effectiveness, especially if you are using a five back system (5-3-2, etc.). Your outside backs will be playing in a high and wide position throughout the match, providing width against the opposition team’s back line. This will create space for your striker(s) and 1 vs. 1 opportunities for them as the outside players attempt to get crosses into the area.
    6. When selecting a tempo or pace to play a match in the defensive style, you should always select to play in either a SLOW or NORMAL tempo.
    The SLOW or NORMAL tempo distributes the responsibility of “taking care of the ball” among every player on your side. They will always be in control of what they are doing so as to prevent mistakes, which can result in scoring chances for the opposition side.
    7. In choosing where to apply pressure to the opponent, it is always best to press ALL OVER the pitch in the defensive style. This will keep your opponent off of the ball in all areas. Moreover, if you have already chosen a SOFT or even TIMID tackling style, the least your side can do if they cannot win the ball is to control the situation by controlling the attacking side’s options.
    8. In playing style, you also have a few essential options to consider when playing a defensive system. You should always play COUNTER ATTACK, MEN BEHIND BALL, and TIGHT MARKING. Never utilize a PLAY MAKER or TARGET MAN in the defensive style.
    COUNTER ATTACK is used because your side is always on the defensive and your entire strategy is an attempt to strike back at the opposition when they are in weakened position, i.e. they are weak at the back because their defense was spread out to support the now defunct attack.
    TIGHT MARKING is also a must in a defensive system because again, you are attempting to control the opposition side’s options. Moreover with timid or soft tackling, your defenders will be patient and restrained and more able to guide the opposition into committing turnovers.
    MEN BEHIND BALL is utilized in a similar fashion because the attack will always be coming in front of them and within eyeshot. Your defenders will repeatedly force the attackers into the least dangerous space and use self-restraint in order to buy time so that the rest of your defense can reorganize itself.
    Using a PLAY MAKER and TARGET MAN are not necessary in a defensive style because all of your players will be attempting to clear the ball from the danger area at all times. Moreover, when you are on the counter attack, your players will be constantly looking for players that are in open space. There will be relatively few defenders between your squad and the opposition’s goal; therefore the ball will be given to whoever is in the best position at the time of the counter.
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    Hosein ElTimimi reacted to speegs619 in A Guide for Newcomers   
    Re: A Guide for Newcomers (The Attacking Posture)
    THE ATTACKING STYLE
    The attacking system requires your squad to get the ball, maintain possession of it when you have it, and get high quality (not a high quantity) of scoring chances on the opposition side. The basic task that you assign your squad in the attacking style is to threaten the back of the opposition side’s defense and to score goals.
    The attacking style, however, does not apply when your opponent has the ball. Your squad must always be mindful of countering what your opponent has to offer. Nevertheless, if you extend the attacking tactic throughout your whole squad, you will easily see an increase in the number of goals that your squad scores, but it may or may not pay off in terms of favorable results in the long run unless you utilize this tactic in the proper way and in the right situation(s).
    1. In terms of a formation, basically any formation that places 3 or 4 players at the back can be applied to an attacking style.
    One should not use a formation that places 5 players at the back in an attacking posture, except in one instance. That is, when you are prepared to use offensive players in the 2 widest positions along the back line. In this case, and in this case only, you will be providing width in your attack, stretching your opponent’s defense to account for the additional firepower in your side.
    2. When choosing a tackling style, it is always best to opt for HARD tackling in the attacking style. This is to provide for all of your players aiming to win the ball from your opponent. Just as a great offense will beat a good defense, it can also be argued with merit that a quality defense is the best offense because you are effectively limiting the creative instincts of the opposition side.
    3. Obviously, when choosing your side’s mentality, you should use the ATTACKING mentality.
    4. In selecting a passing style, it is best to choose either DIRECT or SHORT passing.
    If your side has excellent strikers who finish well (rated 89 or above), then DIRECT passing is the best option. This will ensure that your striker or strikers receive the ball as quickly as possible from either the midfield or defensive players once it has been taken from the opposition.
    On the other hand, if you have a strong midfield and defense, SHORT passing is more suitable. This ensures that the players who are supporting the attack will make crisp, accurate passes to one another over short distances as they seek to get the ball to the striker(s) in the opposition’s half.
    5. When selecting the attacking style, it is best to tailor your attack to the strength of your squad and/or to the weakness of your opponent. If your squad is stronger than your opponent in the midfield (particularly your DM, CM, or AM) then THROUGH THE MIDDLE will provide the most favorable results.
    On the other hand, if your outside players (Wing, RM, LM, RB, LB) are your strongest suit when compared to the opposition, then choosing DOWN BOTH FLANKS is extremely viable.
    Finally, if your squad and your opponent’s squad are roughly equal on the flanks and in the midfield, then by all means select a MIXED attacking style. This will provide for an attack that is generated according to the situation that arises in the match engine.
    6. In terms of tempo or pace, when using the attacking style you can choose either a SLOW or FAST tempo with slightly different results.
    If you are interested in achieving the lion’s share of scoring chances as compared to your opponent, then without question a FAST tempo is best in the attacking style. However, this will result in a greater number (quantity) of shots "that go begging" for your squad, and not nearly as many shots on target – and there is a difference.
    On the other hand, choosing a SLOW tempo will not generate as many shots as your opponent, but your number of shots on target will be significantly higher. Choosing a slow tempo will still enable your squad to attack at every opportunity, but it will generate a higher number of quality scoring chances that allow your striker(s) to really test the opposition’s keeper because of the patient build up.
    7. In choosing where to pressure your opponent, always select ALL OVER when using the attacking style. This is an aggressive, force-the-error approach. In choosing to pressure your opponent on every area of the pitch, your squad will constantly be seeking to generate offense from their defense. This also does not allow the opposition to control the ball for any great length of time and greatly diminishes the number of sustained build ups they can muster.
    8. In selecting your team style, in the attacking posture you should always choose to COUNTER ATTACK, utilize TIGHT MARKING and PLAY MAKER at a minimum.
    COUNTER ATTACK ensures that your team will always be attack-minded, even when they are on the defensive. The moment that your squad regains possession of the ball, it is seen as a golden opportunity to go on the attack. Your opponent’s defenders may be too disorganized to stop a quick strike by your offense as the back line may be spread out after supporting what they thought would be a scoring opportunity.
    TIGHT MARKING goes hand-in-hand with pressing all over the pitch, as well as hard tackling. You cannot have the other two without this one. With tight marking, your players will immediately attempt to tackle the ball away from the opponents. It also ensures that your players attempt to get to the ball before the opposing attackers, essentially turning the tables and switching roles with them.
    All teams that choose to play the attacking style as described here must designate a PLAYMAKER. However, the good manager has to be sure that his/her attacking style corresponds with who you designate as your playmaker on the pitch. For example, if you choose to play this style and select DOWN LEFT FLANK for your attacking style, either your left back, left midfielder, or left winger must be your designated playmaker so that they can be relied upon to get a good cross into your striker(s) from the left flank. Similarly, if you would like to designate a CM or AM to be your playmaker, then you should have selected THROUGH THE MIDDLE as your attacking style.
    Making use of a TARGET MAN is optional in the attacking style. If you are playing a formation that has 2 or more forwards (F or CF) then do not designate one of them to be your target man. However, if you are playing with 2 or more forwards and one is rated significantly higher than the others (by 2 points or more), then by all means you should be designating the strongest forward as your target man.
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