After spending a decent amount of time in league 6 I managed back to back title wins to get into league 4 but it's become apparent after a season and a a half it'll be a real dog fight to stay in there.
I'll point out what I've been doing and see if any of ye can help me.
I have 2 teams I alternate between for my games: Both teams play 4-4-2 they are also both rated 82 as a team.
In order for chemistry to be good the entire team is made up of one nationality. I have an English team and a Brazilian team. (helps with fitness as I generally don't sub players)
Tactically I haven't changed the defaults for player instructions but I have customized the team tactics. Everything is set to 50, Defence is Cover,Build up and chance creation are both Organized.
Admittedly I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to player/match tactics yet so this might have room for improvement, with the current tactics I find that I have a good balance all around for the time being.
In terms of how I play:
I have no idea how to use the right analog when I have the ball so I don't even try to use it. (help needed with this)
When defending I try to track back with the CM/midfielders and let the AI take care of the defenders when the opposing team is on the ball. I find this is the best way thus far to pressure them off the ball.
In attack I generally try and cross the ball into the box from the wing, shoot from outside the area or try and get a through ball into one of the attackers. (I don't really have the skill atm to dribble my way into the box like Messi)
There are times when it seem like the opposing team is reacting twice as quickly to my team in terms of their reaction times to gaining/losing the ball. (This can even be case against players that are worse statistically than mine)
Rooney can apparently outpace Raheem Sterling when he's playing against me.
Currently I'm working on the Premier league SBC to get 87 Harry Kane as I feel that's the best way to strengthen my English team.
All help/advice appreciate.