tigerking Posted September 27, 2020 Share Posted September 27, 2020 (edited) I've got a tactic that's been working splendidly in the league and the champions league. About 75% of my games use this. However, my other tactic, the one that's been nice for me in the past, is a 4-3-3. In the last season-and-a-half, it's not worked well. This is the one I'd like help with. Against good teams, it produces a lot of 0-0 or 1-1 ties, or narrow wins off the counter. Against bad teams, it produces a lot of 0-0 or 1-1 ties. My biggest problem is that I really struggle to create chances and score with this tactic. There's games where I dominate possession and shots, but don't create a ton of chances. I'm playing as RB Leipzig and one of the better teams in the Bundesliga (generally top 2), so most of my games I'm favored in, though Bundesliga teams play pretty aggressively in general. Things I've experimented with a lot: Mentality. For the 4-2-4, I've found Balanced by far the best. In this one, Cautious seems good against the good teams, though I haven't found a pattern that works well vs the bad teams. Cranking to the mentality sometimes helps and sometimes makes it worse. Pass Into Space. I've found it better to turn this on against better teams, but I can't tell if it's good against worse teams. The DM role. It's always DM-D, BWM-D, or DLP-D; BWM-D seems to look the best, but Tyler Adams has grown in my game to be not only an amazing ball winner but also have pretty good passing and vision. Feels wrong to tell him not to use that, so I switched him to DM-D. DLP-D in same games I'm dominating seems okay especially if I turn down the tempo, but it seems like the tactic is less cohesive even though the DLP gets good ratings. The MCL role. I've tried CM-A, MEZ, and AP. AP feels awful in this (it's the one constant, every year), and I've got great players for that role; I think AP just works horribly with very high tempo? Mez sometimes creates some nice overloads, but then it feels like we're missing a guy centrally, so I've found just a simple CM-A (often with more aggressive passing) works best. Work ball into box. This tactic always looks worse when I turn it off. (Unlike my 1st tactic, which usually looks better with it off). Things I've experimented with a bit: The FB roles. WB-S seems better than the FB roles I've tried. WB-A seems to help, but not on both sides. CWB seems sort of suicidal without a back 3. Tempo. I like setting this to max, 1) because Leipzig play like this in real life and I like sticking to IRL tactics when I can, and 2) because a lot of players on the team have the Plays 1-2s trait. But I've found sometimes the 4-3-3 works better on one tick lower than max tempo. Team Width and passing. Slightly better performance with shorter passing and narrower. Narrower definitely seems more helpful on wider fields. When I'm winning but struggling to score, wider seems slightly better, though sometimes we just give away the ball a ton. The formation. People meme 4-2-3-1 (2CM, 1AM) but I haven't got it to work at all. I have great players for a 4-2-3-1 (2DM, 1 AM) but I could not get it to work at all (I was mostly trying BWM-SV and an AM-S). I've also tried a 3-4-3 (drop the DM to CB and move the FBs to WB strata), but the pressing felt awkward. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can make the 4-3-3 a little more aggressive to stop dropping points vs lower teams? Edited September 27, 2020 by tigerking Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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