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What kind of players are you looking for in general to play this type of football?

And specifically for each position or strata or so?

 

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22 hours ago, kaffekatten said:

What kind of players are you looking for in general to play this type of football?

And specifically for each position or strata or so?

 


Honestly, beggars can't be choosers. I was looking for the best all round players I could find, but ultimately working with what I had available. My most effective strategy was sniffing around the academies of the big clubs I find that they produce very good quality players, but are also very wasteful and struggle to find opportunities for their young players.

I eventually settled on a structured, medium block 3-4-2-1 which was solid but also easily created a 3-2-5 in attack. I hope to find time to eventually write a thread about it, but it's again very FM2018 specific.

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Hopefully you'll get a chance. 

Can I ask what roles you are choosing for the 2 CM in the 343. Would be very interested to know. Cheers

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Interesting video about use of similar defensive shapes when you're faced with a mismatch :thup:


 

On 12/07/2021 at 14:48, woodyy2r said:

Hopefully you'll get a chance. 

Can I ask what roles you are choosing for the 2 CM in the 343. Would be very interested to know. Cheers


I use a Defend and a Support role. Most commonly either a Ball-Winning Midfielder (Defend) and a Box-to-Box Midfielder (Support) or simply a Central Midfielder (Defend) and a Central Midfielder (Support). Note that nobody in my squad, even right the way up to the Premier League, was high enough quality to be a playmaker.

You do need one of them getting into the space ahead of the midfield and connecting with the attack as that's one of the weaknesses of the 3-4-2-1 variants. I found work rate and general dynamism to be more important than positioning given the midfield pivot is often outnumbered 3v2 and does have a 3 (or 5) man defence behind them.

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