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  1. Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!

    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14 (updated)
    "How to get the right reaction!"




    After many years since Wolfsongs teamtalk guide came out and has since sort of become obsolete, I decided that I would share with you my approach that I have when managing my squads during the all important team talks pre-game/halftime/post game..

    A very important thing to remember is that your experience (Sunday League/Semi Professional/International) plays a vital role in the effect your team talks have, especially in your first season in charge, well mostly the first 6 months or so!

    If your players are not reacting at all, or worse, negatively to your team talks in your first season with Semi Pro experience when managing Manchester United (which will 95% of the time happen) then I suggest not doing any team talks until you have won a cup or finished the season... The more your squad get to know you the more they will react!

    This can be increased by praising players after good performances, making you one of their favoured personnel is a must for as many players as you can in your squad! This is an important part that a lot of people do not even consider!

    Important notes so far:

    • So, do not expect positive reactions in the first season, maybe only closer to the end! So be patient..
    • If you are getting negative reactions from your players at the start of the game, either get your AM to do the talks or say nothing at all! Sometimes saying nothing at all spurs the team on to do better, especially if you are down at half time!
    • Keep in mind your manager experience in relation to your team you select at the start! Choosing Man City/Real Madrid and setting your experience as Sunday League is not a good idea
    • Praise players and hopefully you will become one of their favoured personnel

    Ok, so lets get into the actual team talk options...

    (please note that these are for 2nd year onwards and for at least Professional experience from the start, these can also be used in the first season with any other experience lower than Pro, but you might struggle to get the correct reactions, just try it, if it works, that is great, if not, do what I mention above)


    Pre-Match teamtalks:


    If your player had picked up a rating of around 7.4 and over the previous game, maybe he scored a goal or two or defended well, he will now have an option (over the defualt ones) that say's "I want to see more of the same from you" if this is an option I suggest using it 99% of the time!

    If the player played really badly the game before, rating below 6.0 you should be able to say that "you expect better" from him today, use that if you have this player starting again!

    This however, can only be done once you have selected the "full team's team talk" which brings me to the main part of the thread so far:

    Bigger opposition
    (when you are not favorites for the match)


    Home/Away:
    (this is my own little trick I use and have implemented with great success)

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

    "Just go out there and relax and play your natural game, the result will come"


    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-q.p.r.-v-wolves_-home-tactics-team-talk-2.png

    this relaxes your players and if you do lose, will not affect their morale that much!

    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"


    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-q.p.r.-v-wolves_-home-tactics-team-talk-3.png

    Now this most of the time adds and motivated to most of your players who are already relaxed making it a double impact team talk which works 100% of the time, well for me as seen in the red box on the right hand side.

    I also suggest using the following, especially when away from home:

    (calm/reluctant/passionate)


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    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"

    "There is no pressure on you today"

    this should take the pressure off your players, especially away from home




    Smaller opposition
    (when you are favorites for the match)


    Home:

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

    "I expect a win"
    "Come on lads, we are favorites, lets show them what we can do"
    "Let's give them a performance they are expecting from us here"
    "A team such as ourselves should be winning this game without any problem at all"


    Away:

    "Let's do it for the fans
    "Let's give the fans something to cheer about"


    (see overall team talk box, I selected the assertive a team such as ourselves...)

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    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"

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    (see individual team talk drop down menu's, I used I have faith and got a few more good reactions out of my players)

    Last edited by Raikan007; 19/11/2013 at 07:45 AM.

  2. Half time teamtalks:
    Half time teamtalks are the most important to me, this can really change the course of the game for good or bad! I am hoping these suggestions will put you on course for the latter...

    When it comes to half time and a player of mine has made a mistake and has a rating of under 6.0, I normally sub the player as I have yet to see in all my years a player that has made a mistake and on say 5.4 turn his game around and improve and end up with a match rating of say 7.9, never!.. Then I also give him a warning after the game (or fine him if it was really bad or happened more than once)

    Keep in mind the opposition you are facing, the score line and the player ratings and most importantly, player morale! If its below good then I suggest using options like you have faith and not try and be aggressive and say you are not happy as this will most likely only make it worse!

    Team talks are quite unpredictable as well as every player has hidden attributes that can effect the outcome of team talks! keep that in mind!


    If your player played well in the game before and did not start the "Pick up where you left from" teamtalk is available for your substitutes coming on at half time, you could consider using t
    hat at this point!

    When you are not worried about the outcome of the game:

    (this usually is when you are not even considered to feature in the game i.e. City vs Bradford/Telford etc)

    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-norwich-v-man-city_-home-tactics-team-talk.png

    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"


    these options will be used when you are really underdogs and are not too worried about the result at the end of the day..

    When your players are playing well and above expectations:

    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-ht-good-talk.pngRaikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-ht-good-reactions.png

    Using I am "pleased with the way things is going" is most probably the most widely used option and it does work, I suggest sticking with it!

    I suggest only using "things are going well.." if you are only say 1:0 up against a weaker team like West Ham..

    But, a lot of you probably wonder what would happen if I clicked on "you might be winning but that can all change" or "don't get complacent out there" as you are probably too scared to get a negative result, I was and am still sometimes! BUT I can tell you that it works when you are playing against SMALLER teams, do not use this approach when playing against BIGGER teams otherwise you will end up upsetting most of your players!


    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"



    When your players are playing badly and below expectations:

    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Assertive/Aggressive:

    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-half-time-bad.pngRaikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-ht-bad-reaction.png

    When you are meant to be the favorites and are looking to win the game and your team have not performed well enough in the first half, using aggressive/assertive "I am not happy with your performance" is also probably a very widely used option and it should be used to get your player's fired up as you can see from their reactions (2nd SS) after I had told them I was not happy!

    then:

    (individual)
    Calm/Passionate:

    "I have faith in your ability"


    Always seems to then motivate the players as well which is a good combination and can also change a negative reaction from the hair dryer treatment you gave them just before to a positive reaction!

    You will also notice that when you talk to players individually, especially when giving the player horns about his performance, a player you crapped out just before that may suddenly get a positive reaction. This is down to the player not feeling like he was being singled out and is a bonus if your team are playing poorly.

    Substitutes teamtalks:

    If you have a young player or a new player in the squad, using "no pressure" is a good idea to use as young players do not have the experience like older players do

    If you are losing bringing on a player that could potentially change the course of the game, saying "expect a performance" or that "you have faith" is a good idea to use
    .


    Last edited by Raikan007; 11/03/2013 at 07:43 AM.

  3. Full time teamtalks:
    Very important piece of advice:

    You need to remember and keep in mind what you said to your squad from the first whistle.

    If you said to them pre-game against Chelsea "Just go out and relax " and at half time you said "I expect to see a much better showing" and at full time you lost 3:0 you cannot go and aggressively say "You were not good enough"
    Keep that in mind otherwise you are going to have a tough time!


    When you have a good win or good draw (regardless of home or away or opposition)

    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

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    "Well done, that was a good win for us"

    When your team have played well and won the game convincingly, using passionate/calm and "well done that was a good win for us" is the best option

    If you came away with a good draw when you were meant to lose, using calm/passionate and "I'm very happy with the result and the way you played" is a good option.

    If you only say won 1:0 against a weaker team like this, I would use assertively "That was a bit of a let off..." I did not highlight it as sometimes your players react badly..

    But this depends on what you had said to you players at Half time and Pre match! You need to keep in mind what you said to them to avoid upsetting them.. for eg:


    When you have a bad loss or bad draw against
    S
    maller opposition


    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Aggressive/Assertive/Passionate:

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    When your team have performed badly, make your feelings known! Use aggressive mostly and say "you were not good enough" this usually fires up the players for the next game and motivates them to do better!

    When you have a good loss and display against
    Bigger
    opposition


    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Calm/Assertive/Passionate:

    Raikan007's Teamtalk Guide Fm14: How to get the right reaction!-ft-not-bad-vs-good-opp.png

    Calmly saying that "you were unlucky today" or that or that "you were happy with what you saw out there" when you lose narrowly or were in complete control but just could not break down the opposition and end up drawing, these options are good as your team actually played well, despite the result and should be told so! This will 99% of the time get a positive reaction from the players

    Last edited by Raikan007; 05/03/2013 at 02:34 PM.

  4. great threat again ! really nice to have people that bother to take time to help others who are struggling or just lazy

    keep on going mate!
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  5. Good job =)
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  6. updated, thanks guys

  7. I used that of the team but with the individual it is better still thank you =)
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  8. Very good thread. Just shows that all parts of management are important, not just the right tactic, but also the ability to motivate your players in any given circumstance.
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  9. HT teamtalks have been done!

  10. ok full time updated! all finished for now!

    anyone finding this useful?

  11. Great thread, really useful.
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  12. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    ok full time updated! all finished for now!

    anyone finding this useful?
    I think most of us find it useful

    Can you do a small write-up on the substitutes? I never seem to get any motivation out of them when I talk to them before they go in.
    Last edited by Shyftyy; 05/03/2013 at 02:46 PM.
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  13. Thanks you good job ^^
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  14. Quote Originally Posted by Shyftyy View Post
    I think most of us find it useful

    Can you do a small write-up on the substitutes? I never seem to get any motivation out of them when I talk to them before they go in.
    thanks mate

    I have started it on the Half time page! I am about to leave and will finish it up properly tomorrow when I get back
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  15. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    thanks mate

    I have started it on the Half time page! I am about to leave and will finish it up properly tomorrow when I get back
    Awesome. Thank you!

  16. What previous experience you use when you start a new save or what is your reputation (is there even such thing) in your save? I never seem to get good reactions from almost everyone although I use similar team talks than you do (common sense gets you quite far).

  17. Raikan, what iam going to say when i a favorite and win the game but play not so good? Great guide!

  18. I think when i win with 1-0 against a poor team.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by SS19 View Post
    What previous experience you use when you start a new save or what is your reputation (is there even such thing) in your save? I never seem to get good reactions from almost everyone although I use similar team talks than you do (common sense gets you quite far).
    If I manage United (as I always do when the new FM comes out, its Professional)

    If I manage other teams its mostly Semi Pro..

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Eltonde View Post
    Raikan, what iam going to say when i a favorite and win the game but play not so good? Great guide!
    When you have a bad loss or bad draw against
    S
    maller opposition


    Away/Home:

    (team talk)
    Aggressive/Assertive/Passionate:



    When your team have performed badly, make your feelings known! Use aggressive mostly and say "you were not good enough" this usually fires up the players for the next game and motivates them to do better!

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Eltonde View Post
    I think when i win with 1-0 against a poor team.
    see above

  22. Thank you so much! I didn't know that individual talks could be that important. My team is like totally transformed on the playground!

    Nevertheless I've got a question. Sometimes some of my players get the notice "a l'air trop sûr de lui" (I'm French and I don't know the exact translation of this, but it might be something like "seems to be overconfident"). I hope you see what I'm talking about. So the question is what to say when it happens (half-time and full-time).

    Thanks for your help.
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by flokocha View Post
    Thank you so much! I didn't know that individual talks could be that important. My team is like totally transformed on the playground!

    Nevertheless I've got a question. Sometimes some of my players get the notice "a l'air trop sûr de lui" (I'm French and I don't know the exact translation of this, but it might be something like "seems to be overconfident"). I hope you see what I'm talking about. So the question is what to say when it happens (half-time and full-time).

    Thanks for your help.
    cheers mate, glad its helping

    you mean under body language?

    I would say that that they can do better

  24. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    you mean under body language?
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    I would say that that they can do better
    I've just tried this, it seems to work when the player is below 7.0, but above he thinks it's unfair. Any idea ?

  25. Quote Originally Posted by flokocha View Post
    Yep

    I've just tried this, it seems to work when the player is below 7.0, but above he thinks it's unfair. Any idea ?
    do not say a thing then

  26. SMcManus84's Avatar SMcManus84
    First Team
    Never really had a problem with team talks, but one thing that always baffled me was for example -
    Managing Man U, beat city 5-0 Rooney gets a hattrick, I passionately tell the team they played really well, they all react well but Rooney "seems to lose focus" why do ya reckon that is? Doesn't have to be Rooney or utd so it's bot just a specific thing, it seems to be like that for most strikers.

    Cheers

    Steve

  27. Without raikan guides at least 50% people would give up with this game.

    This guide is one of best i ever seen on this forum...teamtalk is one of the most important in footbal.
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by dinho80 View Post
    Without raikan guides at least 50% people would give up with this game.

    This guide is one of best i ever seen on this forum...teamtalk is one of the most important in footbal.
    thanks mate

  29. Quote Originally Posted by SMcManus84 View Post
    Never really had a problem with team talks, but one thing that always baffled me was for example -
    Managing Man U, beat city 5-0 Rooney gets a hattrick, I passionately tell the team they played really well, they all react well but Rooney "seems to lose focus" why do ya reckon that is? Doesn't have to be Rooney or utd so it's bot just a specific thing, it seems to be like that for most strikers.

    Cheers

    Steve
    that is hard to give an exact answer for.. did you give him a individual talk after you gave the overall teamtalks as mentioned above? maybe give him a bit of a negative comment to fire him up for the next game, seems a bit complacent...

  30. SMcManus84's Avatar SMcManus84
    First Team
    Nah just overall team talks, I'll try that and see if it changes anything, perhaps your right and it's just complacency.
    It's not causing me an issue with the players morale, it remains high, I just domt like it.
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  31. Wonderful guide as usual from Raik.
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  32. Quote Originally Posted by Zaffarano View Post
    Wonderful guide as usual from Raik.
    thanks mate

  33. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    ok full time updated! all finished for now!

    anyone finding this useful?
    What do you say pre match playing some a team who equal as you and rivals?

  34. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    If I manage United (as I always do when the new FM comes out, its Professional)

    If I manage other teams its mostly Semi Pro..
    Probably makes a difference. I always start with Sunday league footballer.

  35. Nice guide Raikan
    I Should definitely use this!

    I normally use this before a game (When managing a bigger side):
    Aggressive: I expect you to win the match.
    then
    Passionatley: I have faith in you...

    Normally come out with a win or draw
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  36. An excellent guide Raikan. One quick question though. What sort of team talk do you give to a player who is always showing he is complacent or un-intrested?

    I would consider dropping him for a few games, but he is the leagues top scorer by at least 5 goals and my best player.

  37. will use this guide with leeds next season i the premier league great guide mate
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  38. (I will update this tomorrow properly as I have done it quickly as I am leaving my office for footie)

    You're done, Raikan. You can remove this now
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  39. Quote Originally Posted by cragswfc View Post
    What do you say pre match playing some a team who equal as you and rivals?
    Aggressive: I expect you to win the match.
    Passionately: I have faith in you...

    or

    Passionately: for the fans
    Calm: I have faith in you

  40. Quote Originally Posted by fletchdt View Post
    An excellent guide Raikan. One quick question though. What sort of team talk do you give to a player who is always showing he is complacent or un-intrested?

    I would consider dropping him for a few games, but he is the leagues top scorer by at least 5 goals and my best player.
    thanks bud!

    I have not experienced this much at all, I never have this problem so I am unsure as to what to say, I do not want to give you advice when I do not know myself

    the only thing I can suggest is after giving the full squad team talk, leave him alone!

    then after the game, if he has played well, praise him and if badly say he needs to improve or his finishing was woeful etc..

    keep communicating with him, say he might be dropped to the reserves, see if that wakes him up

  41. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    the only thing I can suggest is after giving the full squad team talk, leave him alone!

    then after the game, if he has played well, praise him and if badly say he needs to improve or his finishing was woeful etc..

    keep communicating with him, say he might be dropped to the reserves, see if that wakes him up
    Never thought of doing that. I'll give that a go and see if it works. Thanks for your help.
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  42. Great guide, much appreciated! Still struggling occasionally to get a good reaction from those tight matches home/away where i'm playing a similar sized team and it could go either way. But hope I'll learn
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  43. I could also sugest using "delighted" team talks on players who perform better than the average of the squad. I.e average rating is 7.0 and your striker scored 2 goals with 7.7 rating. You give overall team talk "keep it up" and for the striker you use passionately and"delighted". Sometimes he will get looked motivated and inspired, or gained confidence or w/e. Also if some of your players perform worse than the average use asertively with "unhappy or proove a point". These also apply at the end of the match! If you have made a comeback, use "decisive factor" on your key players.
    Also for subs, use no pressure for new signed players or youngsters and "expect a performance" on your key players!
    These also have verry good results!

  44. Thanks for this Raikan! help me alot
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  45. Quote Originally Posted by Raikan007 View Post
    When it comes to half time and a player of mine has made a mistake and has a rating of under 6.0, I normally sub the player as I have yet to see in all my years a player that has made a mistake and on say 5.4 turn his game around and improve and end up with a match rating of say 7.9, never!.. Then I also give him a warning after the game (or fine him if it was really bad or happened more than once)
    I had this happen yesterday.

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    My central defender Leigh Franks made a terrible mistake in the first half leading to a goal. At half time I used the aggressive "I am not happy" talk and he ended up making some great stops, a great assist and shut down most of the corners with great positioning and heading. He went from a half time rating of 5.2 to 7.8 at full time.

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    As you can see there nothing that special about him. His personality is "Spirited" and I'm listed as his favoured personnel. I'm not sure what it is about this guy, his attributes aren't great, but hes a great player in my system normally with an average rating of 7.6 over 31 games.

    So I think some players can really turn around their performance in a match, but I would say they are exceptions to the rule. I would only trust this guy and maybe one of my other players to have a terrible first half and come out playing at their best after the half.

    (Great guide overall, I was using almost the same approach as you before I read this. It does feel a little dull following the same formula all the time, but you can't really beat it for raising morale. Becoming favoured personnel with your players helps a ton too!)
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  46. please ignore this idiot I do apologize on his behalf for being such a tool!

    please be informed that everything has been created by me from start to finish always has and always will

  47. Quote Originally Posted by Mordox View Post
    I had this happen yesterday.

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    My central defender Leigh Franks made a terrible mistake in the first half leading to a goal. At half time I used the aggressive "I am not happy" talk and he ended up making some great stops, a great assist and shut down most of the corners with great positioning and heading. He went from a half time rating of 5.2 to 7.8 at full time.

    Attachment 324385

    As you can see there nothing that special about him. His personality is "Spirited" and I'm listed as his favoured personnel. I'm not sure what it is about this guy, his attributes aren't great, but hes a great player in my system normally with an average rating of 7.6 over 31 games.

    So I think some players can really turn around their performance in a match, but I would say they are exceptions to the rule. I would only trust this guy and maybe one of my other players to have a terrible first half and come out playing at their best after the half.

    (Great guide overall, I was using almost the same approach as you before I read this. It does feel a little dull following the same formula all the time, but you can't really beat it for raising morale. Becoming favoured personnel with your players helps a ton too!)
    really glad to see that mate, as I mentioned, I have done it before and have yet to see such a turn around! congrats on that! I will definitely try it myself again!

    all the best, take care

  48. Can you give us information pre match for a derby game or is it same as bigger opposition

  49. Quote Originally Posted by SUPERRAB View Post
    Can you give us information pre match for a derby game or is it same as bigger opposition
    for the fans - passionate

    I am sure I covered it

  50. Great guide, has helped improve my teams morale and match performances. But we keep drawing too many games. The positive team talks seem to cause us to dominate possession and chances (even against bigger teams) but we dont take our chances. quit frustrating.

    If we're not favourites but should have really won i cant be aggressive and say i'm disappointed because we played well against expectations.
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