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Sudden losing streak and other inexplicable bad results

Started on 10 March 2013 by enf91
Latest Reply on 10 March 2013 by patrick1
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This happens routinely. It happened in FM2011, 2012, and now 2013. My team does spectacularly for the first half (or so) of the season, then suddenly loses 7 games in a row. For the life of me, I can't figure out what's going on. I'll give you a few examples:

FM2012: 2nd season Unterhaching: near 1st place most of season, end up 3rd place (lose playoff to Hertha)
next season: no change in tactics, minor change in players. Get to 3rd or 4th place midseason, hit losing streak, end season in 10th

FM 2012: 1st season Chieti: dominate C2B
2nd season: in midtable by midseason, end up 14th
3rd season: same
4th season: challenge for promotion most of season, end up 6th (lose playoff)
5th season: stay around 8th for most of season
6th season: make few changes to team, stay around 12th whole season (if few changes to successful team, why so bad?)

FM 2013: 1st season Chieti: same formula as usual (Einstein's definition of insanity, I know): start best players, pick up a few great, low salary free transfers to strengthen squad, max fluidity in 3 tactics (1 standard, 1 attack, 1 defense to get players used to various instructions)
1st half of season: hover around 5th-6th place, even challenge title at some point. earlier, might lose 4 out of 7, but would have 2 wins.
MAKE ABSOLUTELY NO CHANGES
7 game losing streak

I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. I'm frustrated that tactics, players, etc. that worked PERFECTLY earlier in the season are now collapsing in a heap. The seven-game losing streak in 2013 is happening at the SAME TIME (analogous) as an equal WINNING streak earlier. My job security has gone from "very secure" to "insecure" and I have no idea how to fix it.
Change up your tactics and formations, the other teams get used to them so they are more prepared when they play against you again.
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