Snootch Posted December 1, 2020 Share Posted December 1, 2020 (edited) I am struggling massively in FM21 having started the first 5 matches of the season completely winless with Aston Villa. They are a worse squad than I am used to managing and as such I cannot for the life of me figure out what I would like to achieve with them, and it shows on the pitch with repeatedly disjointed, lifeless performances. What I know: The team is 19th for Decisions and Work Rate, and 17th for tackling This would lead me to believe they are ill-suited to a pressing game The team has average flair and vision The midfield has reasonable passing, vision, and long shot ability There are no "natural" strikers in the squad There is an abundance of decent wide players Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley are by a distance the best players available On the one hand, what I know about my team would lead me to believe I ought to avoid a pressing, high intensity tactic because they have neither the work rate, tackling, nor aggression to achieve it. On the other hand, with their low owrk rate and decision making, I don't know if they have the discipline or concentration for sitting back and defending for long stretches of time. My original approach was to create a 4-4-1-1 that emphasized regrouping, soaking up pressure, and running with the ball long distances in an attempt to cause damage on the counter. This has led me to my winless start with only two goals scored from open play. My (new) theory: - Approach with a Brendan Rodgers at Swansea-esque approach that emphasizes controlling possession as a means of defending. - Find a way to create openings for my wide players as that is where most of my team's attacking quality lies. Starting template: The idea here being that we seek to control possession similar to the default 4-2-3-1 setup, with overlaps occurring on either flank to create overloads for the wide players and our AP staying in the hole finding those openings. If we lose the ball we attempt to counter-press, and failing that we retreat into our compact block to ensure we have numbers behind the ball. Would anyone be able to critique this setup / suggest improvements? Does my re-think make any sense? Or should I continue to focus on listening to my assman and making a direct counter attack work? If so, how? Edited December 1, 2020 by Snootch Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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