Got stuck a little bit trying to find the right system for my team to play. It happens sometimes, and I tend to find something that works eventually, but this time I'm struggling, so I look to you for some inspiration.
How I Want to Play
For start, I'd like to acknowledge the general flavor I'd like to have for my side. In attack, I like to advance the ball from back to front quickly. I'm playing in the Serie A (more on that later) and I like to play with some width to exploit the fact that quite a few sides play a narrow formation. Not quite Pulisball, but vertical play for sure. In defence, I like to be as aggressive at time, pressing on the front foot with a high block, but I wish to be more flexiable here. I want to be able to play with a deep d-line and more defensive support from my advanced players. Think Mauricio Pocchetino combined with Diego Simeone. They are obviously different coaches, but I think they share some similarities and at times use players with the same profiles. This kinda set my "club DNA" - Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Teamwork and Workrate. I concede this is very specific, and it will take time untill I have the squad to implement it, but that is the direction I want to move towards.
First of all, it is important to say that I play without the first transfer window. Now, usually, when I'm stuck I try to look to how the club play in real life for a starting plan, but this time I don't think it will work, since I'm playing with my 2nd team, Inter Milan. In short, their season is awful and their squad, while boasting a lot of talented players, is unbalanced. When talking about Inter, obviously the key player is Mauro Icardi, who I'm sure many of you had success with him. He's a poacher if you ever seen one. Not quick, strong or particularly good technically, but he got 17-18 for Finishing, Anticipation, Composore, Descisions and Off The Ball, so you he's good for dem goalz. No other player is on his level right now, but looking at the squad, a certain Gabirel Barbosa sticks out. He has the potential to be atleast as good as Mauro. He can play as a striker, a more creative, round type that will complement the fox-in-the-box that is Icardi, or as a right-sided winger of sorts. Obviously not a run-the-line winger since he is left-footed and a poor winger, but a great inside forward or even a wide playmaker. In terms of club DNA, the only player scoring 15+ in all attributes is Gary Medel, your typical South-American ball-winning midfielder. Another one who caught the eye for me is Ever Banega, who have 11 for Bravery, but 14-15 for any other attribute. He is Regista of sorts. The above players are those who seem to me like they can fit my system well or be that one player who is very good so you can accept the fact he isn't perfect. This is the whole squad (keepers excluded):
Notice how Icardi sticks out like a sore thumb. As I mentioned, I can expect some players, especially attackers, not adhering to every attribute in the DNA perfectly, but Icardi looks like my worst in current squad, which is something to consider.
What I Got
In terms of formation, I lack the dept and quality in CBs and WBs to play 3 at back, so I start with a 4-something-something. Also I want to play with width, so diamonds and christmas trees are out the window. Inter squad look best equipped for a 4-1-2-3 or a 4-2-3-1. The latter seems like a better pressing formation. Icardi could have a lot of support from the AM trio, with Gabigol on the right and Medel as a more defensive-minded midfielder. Banega is the odd-one out. He doesn't fit well as one of the central midfielders, as he isn't very good defensively. He can play as a central attacking midfielder, but his lack of mobility, strenght and off the ball movement makes me think like he can be easly taken out of play by a DM. Within a 4-1-2-3 he can play as a Regista, with Medel as an advanced BWN to create that Pirlo-Gattuso relationship. Barbosa on the right in a similar role but Icardi's now seems not fit, as he not really a striker who can create constantly for himself and in a 4-1-2-3 will lack that support from the AM/s.
Looking on mentality and instructions, Control seems like a good place to start. Quick tempo, high D-Line and clossing down and width. To this I add More Direct Passing and Prevent Short GK Distribution. I will decided on Shape as I get everything else sorted, something I've taken from OTTA post about Team Shape.
So, I have some ideas, but I still feel unsure about how to execute them. Looking for some feelings about my initial set up and how even how you would set up this squad to play the sort of style I wish.