Ive been messing up with this for a last few days and I think I figured out how I want to set up my team. I also read Cleons text about this tactic and I dont agree with most of the things, but maybe he didnt want to recreate the exact tactic but to create tactic inspired by that. After watching some games my opinion is that the team shape needs to be very fluid. Bayern players arent allowed to relay on improvisation and expressiveness which this team shape encourages. Even though, the reason why I think this is the right decision is the defensive line in the build up phase, they are stepping up in the midfield and very fluid does exactly that. Also very fluid encourages mobility and maybe some position swapping and I love that to. For mentality Im also quite sure, it should be counter. Its, not uncommon that Bayern defender plays a direct pass, or a long ball, passing of central defenders is the most direct on whole pitch I think. Passing of others is short and most of the times the ball goes backwards from advanced positions. I think counter is the right choice here. these are the things Im sure about, now, when we talk about player roles I have some concerns. For Xabi Alonso role I decided to use HB, he often goes in between two defenders in build up and I like how this role went in FM. Side defenders are Inverted wingbacks, they step inside of the field and with HB and central defenders they are the main players in buid up play. One central midfielder shifts up and down the field, for me, its B2B. Striker needs to be on support, in defence his closing down is very high and in attack he moves into channels but also rarely plays risky passes. My choice here is to experiment with DF(S) and put him move into channels PI. Muller is when I ask my self is this or not 4-1-4-1. He is making a lot runs from deep, most of the times he is the most advanced player on the field. He also rarely plays with the ball, he rarely plays through balls and dribble. I think this is impossible to implement from CM strata. I tried AM(a), and I was happy with he played in attack but then how to make him run in defence, specific mark instruction on opponents MC? And now which is the hardest to implement in FM is side midfielders. They are playing high up the field, in line with Muller and Lewa, they are very wide and almost never participating in the game. They are here to stretch opponent and give width to the team and run into space or into the box when cross is played from another side. Their passing is conservative, they do not cross a lot. I really dont know how to implement this role, I was trying with WM(s) and gave them PIs: stay wider, get further forward, dribble less. In defence this was good but then in the attack they were most of the times too deep. Then I tried WTM(a) role which was not bad in attack, it was closest to Bayerns play but in the defence, its better not to talk. I want your opinion on this and sorry for my bad English.