Cheers charisma_charisma! That was a really good advice.
Tried in just one match with more direct passes instructed to the DF d, as charisma_charisma advised.
I started with the formation and TI's I've posted in the OP. I only added more direct passes to the DF d (remember my problem was him not contributing in ofensive phases as much as I would like, mainly because he was holding the ball to much and only playing simple passes backwards).
QPR was going to start the game in a 4-4-1-1 formation which could be problematic because of the n.10 and the superiority in midfield. As it turned out, it wouldn't be a problem because, on the contrary, i had superiority in midfield (2 mc + df d) and the reduced space and time that both QPR's n.º 10 and striker had.
So, the game. By the 40th minute I was already up 4-0. QPR scored in the last minute of the first half.
I only made changes after half time, around the 50th minute, because QPR changed to a 4-2-3-1 with a really high defensive line. During those first 5 mintues of the second half, QPR started to dominate possession and creating some chances. That's when I chickened out.
So I changed mentality to counter, added pass into space and swapped the DLF a to a Defensive Midfielder, with Anchor Man role (surprisingly it became Cleon's art of counter attack. With great results.)
- The result and team formations
- Stats (note that most QPR's shots (and goal) were long shots, which I'm happy with.
- Interceptions (I guess most of them come from all the running of both central midfielders)
Some replays (all from the 1st half, because the 2nd half was a "different" type of game) where we can see a couple actions and situations I was hoping to create:
1. - The first goal. DLFa working has I was hoping, stretching the play upfront.
2. - Interception from the MC s (in front of opposition attackers and n. 10, leaving them to defenders with not much space due to the slightly higher defensive line); nice pass from the DF d to the DLF a who, in turn, passed for the MR to finish wide.
3. - Great pass by de DF d. Here I believe it he made it due to be instructed to do more direct passes. I get the feeling that before he would hold the ball (and eventually loose it) or make a simple pass backwards.
4. - DF d helping the central midfielders getting the ball back.
5. - Another example of the DLF a strechting forward while we maintain presence in the area with the DF d rushing forward to the goal and both central midfielders appearing almost unmarked on the edge of the area. DLF a decided to cross for the DF d.
6. - DF d acting like a Target Man, being used by the defenders to get the ball forward straight from defence. And again, instead of making a simple pass to any of the central or wide midfielders, the DF d decides to pass to the other striker. I still feel he would pass backwards hadn't he been instructed to make more direct passes. In the end, it was a well worked play with another great assist from the DF d to the DLF a. This time he scored.
7. - Another example of the DF d helping the central midfielders.
There is another situation which I find interesting. With both central midfielders, if the n.10 or a striker gets the ball which went through the central midfielders, we recover the ball many, many times because:
1- The defenders get the ball back because they are pushing up;
2- The central midfielders get the ball back, or intercept a pass, because they are running back;
3- The player with the ball, because doesn't have space or time, either misplaces the pass or takes rushed long shot.
I will try to notice a couple of those situations to post.
Thanks for your help!