Playing on world class and it's tough but I like it. Feels vey realistic to me.
It's taken me a while to be any good tacitly against the cpu but I feel as though I have made a breakthrough.
Got sacked at Bournemouth after getting them relegated and ended up at Southend in league 1.
Bad start with them too, tried going legendary as people are saying it's easier than world class but lost 5 in a row culminating in a 6-0 defeat at Preston.
So I went back to world class and concentrated on sorting my tactics out.
I tried many formations but in the end I settled on a flat 442.
I was conceding goals through the centre so tightened my two cm's closer together and set custom tactics to be more aggressive with shorter but quicker passing.
The team doesn't press to the extent that they lose shape but they do win the ball back quicker than previous.
The pressing comes from my mid field and front two which limits the cpu's passing options.
I keep a very rigid back four, a higher line but with conservative interceptions for the two cd's so they don't lose shape and I don't allow the fb's to overlap unless I need to depending on the game.
I find I am now creating many more chances and went unbeaten in seven winning five in a row before a sloppy loss to Bristol Rovers.
May even still have an outside chance of the playoffs if I can keep winning
I previously had the habit of setting my wide men to 'get in behind' as it seemed like the right thing to do but I eventually realised that when my cdm's were winning the ball they had no one to pass to as the wide men were to far away. I was gifting possession away to quickly.
At first I thought it was the cpu aggressively pressing me but in actual fact it was my poor tactics.
By limiting my wide men's runs and instead of looking for that killer through ball out wide or over the top, both of which were high risk and often gave possession away I can play quick one two's and play in triangles. Moving the ball quickly and effectively through the opposition.
It's not Barcelona, far from it. But it is satisfying when you tweak your tactics to work for you.
It really does feel like the beautiful game when it clicks.
So it's early days for me and a seven game unbeaten certainly doesn't mean I have found the holy grail of super tactics or anything but my tweaking does make me realise where I was going wrong.
Tactics seem to play a bigger part than ever before this year and whilst that may not suit everyone. It suits me.