Having played the new game for a solid period of time and read various forums, I am starting to understand how the new game differs from previous version. My results and squad management have improved in response to the greater emphasis on morale in 2013.
However, I think my biggest weakness that I need to correct is dissecting the next opponent. The occasional scout report advises on what match prep to use (currently tactical knowledge 8 so getting a better rated scout solely for next opposition reports is high on my agenda).
Honestly though, I currently approach match days with perhaps a far too simple approach. I look at form, morale and betting odds and choose a strategy based on that. I have the same formation but use counter, defensive and attacking in 3 separately so I have 3 strategies of the same formation being learned.
If I'm an heavy underdog I'll choose counter switching to defensive if I score or attacking if I need a goal.
If I'm heavy favourite I go through the same process but start with attacking dependant on opposition form etc....
Basically, I'm not just sticking with a default strategy is my point. But, analyzing the opposition for weaknesses is still a mystery for me. People talk about exploiting slow full backs with quick wingers.....that's all very well and good if there is sizeable difference in speed but what if your managing a newly promoted team like myself who has an average squad?
Even forgetting what team you are, what are the processes which people go through pre match (can be days in advance if that is your way of doing things) in order to understand fully what the opposition is likely to play like, what players are the danger men etc etc etc.
I don't utilize opposition instructions or shouts at the moment simply because in the past I have never received any benefit. Plus, the formation I use utilizes zonal marking so personally I think giving out further instructions overcomplicates things.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.....quite happy to follow links if that is better. I will keep searching in the meantime though!