I can't be the only one who absolutely fucking detests the 3D match engine. It's so clunky and unnatural. Too many times I have seen my players just stand there and wait to be tackled, or simply dribble the ball right into a patch where they are quite blatantly going to be surrounded by 3 players with no way out. Not to mention the amount of times a player looks like he has been severely fouled only for play to go on as normal because it was, in fact, a perfectly legit tackle.
It does my fucking nut in. Having said that, it's hard to see what you need to do to improve your performance in a match on the 2D engine as you can't see exactly what is happening.