Hi all, just want to bring attention to a tactic I've been using religiously for about 5 months now, and it's so good it will genuinely guarantee you success, whatever club/division you're managing in. I originally downloaded a similar tactic, which was great but had weaknesses, and I've touched it up to the point where it's unstoppable now.
With this tactic, I took Barnet to Champions League glory by 2024 (dominating League 2, League 1 & Championship, gaining back-to-back-to-back promotions to the PL), no cheating whatsoever. I just did a season with Liverpool and won the title with 107 points! I have done a season with Huddersfield and finished 5th with this tactic. I have also won Europa League with Empoli in 2019, finishing 2nd in Serie A that same season. I walk most Fantasy Draft competitions, online or otherwise.
This tactic scores goals, a lot of goals. It does concede a fair few goals, but you will expect a strong goal difference in general. Forget about possession, this tactic focuses on the crucial areas of the pitch - the goalmouth.
It lines up as a 5-2-3 wing back system, as shown below with my Liverpool team:
It's very much a back-to-front tactic, and I have set the mentality at "Attacking". However, with this mentality, it is not necessary to implement long balls, and shorter passing will work brilliantly, as the forward thinking passes will be quick and accurate. A lot of emphasis is placed on winning the ball back in the opposition half, hence the implementation of the high line and offside trap.
In terms of the roles, I do amend some of them quite often, depending on the player playing there. The wing back roles I always keep as "Wing Back - Automatic" and this never changes. The back three I generally like to keep as BPDs, but it doesn't hurt to amend them to suit less technical defenders. The midfield two I change all the time. But the roles themselves aren't that important, but it's the actual individual instructions set to them.
What I'll do is go through every position, and explain what's required in each:
It is very possible to use a keeper who isn't good with his feet, but it is ideal for this tactic, and you can see from the instructions above I do place a lot of stock in the keepers playing the ball out from the back. For Liverpool, Karius fit the bill perfectly, so didn't need to buy a new keeper.
Wide Centre Backs (DCL/DCR)
For my centre backs, I do like a left-footer on the left, and a right-footer on the right, but this is not always possible, and not even hugely necessary, but it's my preference. These wider defenders, from a defensive point of view, are prone to leaving their positions to win the ball back as quickly as possible, but the gaps they leave, in case they fail to win the ball, will be covered.
You'll probably be confused as to why I'm asking them to dribble more. The reason is simply because when they do have the ball, they have so much time and space, that I'd like for them to bring the ball forward themselves, drawing opposition players closer to themselves, so it leaves gaps to pass forward to the attackers.
The wide centre-backs should be quick and good on the ball.
Central Defender (DC)
The central of the three, this defender needs to hold his position, to cover for the gaps that will be left by the marauding wider centre backs.
I like a tall player for this position, with good leadership skills.
In any wing-back system, the wing backs themselves are of course incredibly important, as each of them are required to do both a defensive and attacking role. However, with this tactic, I also like to have the wing backs help out closer to the middle of the park, whilst maintaining our width.
I have the roles set at automatic, so I'm able to give them very specific instructions, seven to be exact, which you can see above.
When the ball is on one side, the wing back on that side will stay wide, maintaining the width going forward, and trusting the midfielders and defenders to cover them inside from a defensive standpoint. The wing back on the other side however, will move inside to make almost a third central midfielder, one who will get into both boxes, whether attacking or defending. There are many wing-back cross to wing-back finish goals in this system.
Stamina is quite key for this position, but due to the energy expended from these positions, I almost always substitute both at the hour mark, meaning stamina isn't as important. General all-round attributes are useful for wing-backs here, pace not hugely important. However, due to the positioning requirements of both wing-backs, off-the-ball and positioning should both be at least decent.
Here is where the roles can be amended to suit the player you put out there, as long as the five above instructions are met and kept.
These players aren't here to be glamorous, and the central midfielders will normally have the lowest average ratings of the team. If you're strapped for cash, these positions do not require a huge amount of investment.
Teamwork, work-rate, positioning & stamina are required for this position, though good passing/vision does help in certain games.
Wide Forwards (STL/STR)
These will be your most important players, as they will get you the most goals and assists.
You'll notice I had Salah on the left and Mane on the right. When I started off this tactic, I did try to get right-footed players on the left, and left-footed players on the right. However, I noticed that neither player, whichever players I'd choose, even if they had the "cuts inside..." PPM, or the "avoids using weaker foot" PPM, they'd never cut inside to have a shot, always running to the byline to cross or shoot across goal. Therefore, it's an idea to have left-footers out on the left and right-footers out on the right.
I have the "Shoot Less Often" instruction, because with the "Attacking" mentality, players are prone to shooting from range more often. With this instruction, coupled with the "More Risky Passes" instruction, they'll play it closer to goal before having a shot.
As I mentioned earlier, there's an emphasis on winning the ball high up the pitch, hence the closing down and harder tackling instructions. Marking tighter effectively cuts off players opposition can pass to.
Pace is always great, but it's possible to change one of these positions to a deeper striking role, like a Trequartista, or a False Nine, and have a slightly slower player here. These guys will cross a lot, so a good crossing ability is highly recommended. First touch and Off the Ball are also really useful.
Central Striker (STC)
As you can see, the player instructions are the same as the wider players, and I even have the same role set. However, by default nature of playing centrally rather than out wide, this player will work differently to the wider forwards.
This player is often slightly less involved in the goal-scoring threat as the wider strikers, as crosses often bypass him to the back post, and much of the attacking play comes from out wide. Not by much, but it is normally less if all three strikers are of similar quality. Just to give you an example of the season I had with Liverpool, with Firmino playing the central of the three (Appearances - Goals - Average Rating):
It doesn't show the assists there, but Firmino only had 9, whereas Salah/Mane had 28/23 respectively.
But what you can see is that the scoring rate itself is pretty similar, even if the overall contribution isn't as great. Although many crosses to go to the wider players, the central striker does get on the end of quite a few. And he often gets the rebounds, or subsequent pull-backs from the byline.
The truth is, his primary role is to occupy the two centre backs, allowing the wider forwards to get into 1 v 1 situations with the full backs. If you happen to have someone who is pretty good at finishing, then he will also get chances and score goals. But from a general attacking point of view, he is there more to create chaos in the opposition defence, giving others the time and space to create chances, rather than to actually create the chances himself.
I have not had a single struggle with this tactic since I started using it, and all the suggestions I made are more of a guide, as I've tried many players that don't fit the above instructions at all and have still worked.
Try it out, and let me know what you think. Link is at the bottom.