marko82 Posted December 3, 2020 Share Posted December 3, 2020 (edited) Hello guys, I've been playing FM for 20 years and as much as i love the game in last couple of iterations I've been suffering immensely. With introduction of massive effect of the roles and constant need for tinkering with tactics, FM became really frustrating for me so i always gave up after endless trying of different stuff. I've read a lot of articles by great masters of this game like @Cleon, @Rashidi, @Ozil, @Experienced Defender, and it became my obsession to read every night before sleep about roles, width, defensive lines and I've gone for the approach of not caring for the results, just trying to make a tactic that's eye pleasing so i can at least enjoy watching games until I get sacked But on FM 19 and 20, i couldn't even do that, or if i did it lasted a couple of games until some bogey tactic (at least for me because i didn't know how to counter it) came around and there was no chances or after 20+ shots on target and 2-3 clear cut chances they scored on the counter and won 0:1. Couple of weeks ago I've taken a different approach. I made a simple tactic with basic formation that every player on any level of competition can understand, that presses pretty hard, doesn't have a lot of TI's but the main thing is that you can change it slightly according to the opponent without overthinking it. The perfect formation for this was of course 4-4-2, that every kid that starts playing football learns very quickly. My version is slightly more modern than the plain old ''two wingers running and crossing the ball to the big guy so he can put it down for the fast guy'' because that kind of football on the higher levels is ancient history and you easily get stopped by almost any team Maybe someone has already done it and i missed it on the forums, maybe I've just accidentally found a ''hole'' in ME, but the roles and TI's are pretty logical and it doesn't look as I am exploiting the ME because even if i wanted to, i wouldn't know how I'm not saying I invented the wheel, it just helped me enjoy this game again, so maybe it can help you think differently when making your own tactic. So, without further ado, I present you the tactic for the lazy manager that plays nice simple football and wins a lot: The Wide Midfielders have PI of ''sit narrower'', and both of them have a trait ''cuts inside''. Pellegrini on the CM-su has a PI ''take more risk'' because i wanted to emphasize his really good passing, but you can use it without it. I use roles for strikers that have PI ''move to channels'' to further stretch the defenses, but I've noticed that Advanced Forward tends to be isolated against different teams, so i opted for this combo. The beauty of 4-4-2 is that you can use any role that suits your strikers, just make sure that you have one support and one attacking role and both with ''move to channels'' either by putting it manually or them being already encoded for the role. Basically what this tactic does is: Wide midfielders cut inside or go near the wingbacks to supply them and come to the positions almost in the AM strata leaving space for wingbacks to cross or pass, CM-su supplies all of them them with through balls, and DM-su acts like a holder in defense, and joins CM-su in possession phase. Strikers do their thing because they have a lot of options as WBs and WMs overwhelm the midfielders and fullbacks. You can sometimes play DM-su as second CM-su, depends on the opponents formation, but this is the ''safer'' option. What i see is really nice pressing, lot of passing options, very good defense, shots and chances from 6-7 players in the team. Opponents very rarely catch you on the counter because of the high line, but they generally don't have a lot of opportunities. You can go more defensive by putting wingbacks to fullbacks, strikers to pressing forwards on support etc. Lots of options that don't kill the balance instantly when you choose the ''wrong'' role. These are the results since I've started using this approach, the draws are a side effect of a hectic schedule and heavily rotating not so deep Roma squad: I'm really enjoying my save now, not just because of winning, but even in this draws we played really well, just missing chances. Now I know for sure when a team is better than mine, rather than me not doing a tactical puzzle well. So tell me is it a ''fluke'' or the solution has been all these years under my nose and i just overcomplicated things I'm still on FM 20, so if someone tries it on new ME, please leave feedback. Edited December 3, 2020 by marko82 6 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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