Learning how to play in Tactics, Training & Strategies Discussion Posted October 30, 2016 7 minutes ago, looping said: As a consequence, when I play against a team with 3 central midfielders, most of the times, I can't use my initial tactic (442)? Is that right? I am by know means an FM expert, so please don't take my advice at face value. That being said, my experience is that superior numbers in midfield go a long way. As all things FM, it is mostly contextual. It depends on the opponent and the way they play. Against weaker teams or teams that don't favor possession a 442 might very well work. Better teams that like to play attacking/possession football will have a field day with an extra man in midfield, especially if you close down more.