Ok, played my very first friendly yesterday (all B team, a handful of starters) after getting a new (and quite sucky) team, and got creamed 7-2. Considering I played a team that's been around a while, the fact that I managed to score 2 goals and keep them in the single digits should be something to be proud of I guess. The fact that nobody got hurt (including some old geezers I threw in to build up their firm) is also something to be thankful for. I see where you all suggest the long-term approach towards HT. The reality is that when you start a new team and there already exist established teams in your league, the short term approach doesnt exist. You are going to get killed for the first two seasons until you start selling off the kids you started training. Now, onto tactics. Or "How do I make due with the crap that I got" Scenario 1 - How to deal with a 'inadequate' GK, but a 'Passable' defense. Do you pull the WB's in and play them Defensive to somewhat protect the GK more? Do you have one MF play defense? Do you: <a> Play 442 with a MF back and WB's Defensive <b> Play 442 with a MF back and WB's In <c> Pack the defense with a 541 and try counter attack <d> Play a 343 with a MF back and WB's Defensive and have one of the F play to the middle. <e> Something else more logical. Scenario 2 - Getting goals seems to be a matter of owning the midfield to get chances for your forwards. If you're MF isn't too good, what effect does Counter-Attack have? Do you play a 433 and have the MF and F play defensive and just hope that the guys in the back have enough passing skill to loft enough balls forward to get a few goals? How do you deal with a mediocre midfield? Scenario 3 - Do I make peace with the fact that for the first 2 seasons I'm gonna get shellacked and just ignore all results while ammassing the cash I need to buy the right players / hope the big boys get promoted?