LHurlz Posted January 14, 2021 Share Posted January 14, 2021 (edited) I've joined the dark side and turned to a formation that I usually despise - the 4-2-3-1. It's been a mixed bag with this tactic. We beat Spurs, held Man City + Arsenal to draws (great results), but also got held to draws by Leeds, Swansea and West Brom (not great results) and as a consequence won't be playing in Europe next year after consecutive seasons of European football featuring a UEFA Conference League win. The idea is to press efficiently using a split block and to try control possession once we have the ball, but without tapping it around sideways/backwards for the sake of it. That attitude may lend itself more to a Positive mentality but with an already top-heavy formation and a team that's only Top 7/8 quality it may be a bit ambitious. Any advice is greatly appreciated, I feel that we're not far off a proper top 6 push but just can't quite get the wins/consistency needed. We were 7th in the league for xG and also 7th best for xGConceded (we conceded roughly 9 more goals than the stats suggest we should have), so maybe coming 10th is not an entirely fair reflection of our performances this season. Key Points Split block being used (closing down more applied to front 4) Current CM(s) has no PIs, but does have Arrives Late in Opponents Area and Tries Killer Balls Often PPMs. (potentially problematic?) Front 4, full backs and CM(s) already trained or being trained to Play One-Twos. Have noticed the DLF(s) coming very deep at the beginning of transitions, particularly when Lucas Testa (screenshot further down) plays there. Potentially due to his extremely high work rate. Ben White, right-sided CD has PPMs Brings Ball Out of Defence and Tries Long Range Passes. DLP(D) has Runs With Ball Often PPM, in process of trying to untrain it. Have noticed that we have conceded a good few goals from diagonal passes, often in behind my FB(A) who has a poor marking attribute but is otherwise a world-beater. I have a few players in my squad who I feel are great candidates for the Shadow Striker role, feel free to let me know who you think is best, so this role is non-negotiable and I would like to build my tactic around extracting the most from it. Shadow Striker candidates: Edited January 15, 2021 by LHurlz Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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