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    Tactical "maniac"


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  1. Experienced Defender

    My guide to hoofball

    As someone who likes long-ball football, I'll tell you how I would try to do it with a 442 (provided you have the right players): TMs P IWs BWMd BtBM WMs FBs CDd CDc IWBd GK Standard/Highly Structured TIs: lower tempo, go route one, play narrower, early crosses GK - slow pace down, long kick, distribute to TM IWs - get further forward, sit narrower BtBM - get further forward, more risky passes WMs - hold position, stay wider, cross from deep, cross to TM FBs - stay wider, cross from deep, cross to TM TM & P - close down more
  2. Experienced Defender

    Assistant analysis

    I sometimes just go to see what the Ass Man suggests, but rarely follow his ideas (ie. only if I agree with his assessment). Well, if you notice that an OP player easily skips past your player, then you certainly should decrease his tackling intensity. Also if your player is making too many fouls or has already been given a yellow card (because next time he might get a red one) It can be due to his CD level (in player instruction), but also with his attributes such as anticipation, positioning and concentration (in the first place).
  3. I can only tell you about Pass Into Space from my own experience. Whenever I use the PIS TI, my players do not pass into space all the time but just selectively, ie. when they see a good opportunity for such a pass. Of course, sometimes we lose possession following a pass into space due to either bad timing of the pass or good anticipation of an OP player who intercepts the pass. I know this is not a complete answer to your question(s), but I guess it might help you a bit.
  4. Experienced Defender

    Has anyone tried...

    It's true, and I absolutely agree with your description of the style of play, but it's still not defensive football in its most basic sense. Rather, it's patient possession football with occasional overloads that make a difference. Control, fluid, lower tempo, shorter passing, retain poss, play out of def... with a couple of more creative players allowed more risky (and a bit more direct) passes and roam from position, plus role types that naturally give them freedom to express themselves and add some flair in the attacking third.
  5. Experienced Defender

    Has anyone tried...

    If by tiki-taka you mean Barca's style under Pep, I don't think it was defensive at all. In FM terms, I would say it was most close to Control mentality.
  6. Experienced Defender

    Holding a lead

    There are two basic ways to hold a lead. If your players overall are tactically intelligent (off the ball, decisions, vision, positioning, anticipation...) and good technically (passing, first touch, technique etc.), you can better hold the lead by playing possession football and thus keeping the ball away from the OP. If not, then the better idea is to sit deeper and defend intelligently (here you can use OIs to good effect).
  7. Less compact than fluid. With Flexible shape, your distribution of roles and duties becomes more important, as it will determine how compact the team will be. Of course, it does not mean that other elements of the tactic are less important, as well as your players' characteristics. My personal way of thinking is - the more structured the shape is, the more support and the less attack duties are needed. And vice versa for more fluid shapes.
  8. I like this setup of roles and duties, very intelligently
  9. 12 as a minimum, not maximum. Because it's not a poacher or AF, but TM, whose main job is to bring others into play, especially if he has a striker partner or a SS immediately behind him. For a TM heading(15+) as a scoring tool is more important than finishing. Which of course doesn't mean finishing should be poor. To the contrary, the higher the better.
  10. Experienced Defender

    The Art of Possession Football

    You could try with Work Ball Into Box. But if you play with a higher mentality (control, attack or overload), your players will by default be more inclined to shoot more often and from various positions, including long distance. You can also try with reducing tempo, though Retain Possession reduces it already.
  11. Experienced Defender

    Has anyone tried...

    @kpsia518 Tnx dude, but I already tested my defensive 433 in a pre-season friendly and it worked well, as I won comfortably and kept a clean sheet. I didn't go with a Route One style, but direct passing. However, given that the OP also played defensively, I did not have much of an opportunity to test how counter-attacking would work, but since I won, I am pleased
  12. Or are perhaps TIs and PIs set in the wrong way (pressing, d-line, marking, roles, duties...)? When setting up throw-ins in the Set Pieces section, I always make sure to have (at least) four players staying back - both DCs, the fullback on the opposite side and either a DM (if I use him/them) or the CM on the opposite side. I also set at least 2 (often even 3) players to come short to the throw-in taker - the wide midfielder (or winger), a playmaker or a striker (and sometimes also the near CM). One player is usually told to Lurk Outside Area and the others are forward. If the throw-in taker has good Throw In attribute, I set him to the mixed throw, and if he is bad or average, then short.
  13. I'm a bit of fanatic when it comes to analyzing the opposition. First I look at the scout report in detail. Then at their manager's playing style and preferred formation(s). Then I go to their schedule and find a game they played against a team that is similar to mine at the same venue (home/away) as they will play against me and analyze comprehensive Match Stats, watch highlights of all the goals (both for and against them), clear-cut chances, half chances. Then I look at their passing combinations to see who is/are their main creator(s), to which side (area) of the pitch most passes tend to be made, action zones, focus of attacks, where are they making interceptions and which of their players did most of them, and so on... And I have to say that the man I learned most from about analyzing the OP is @Rashidi, ie. his YT channel BustTheNet, which I strongly recommend to all of you guys
  14. Experienced Defender

    4-4-1-1 Counter : big teams beater

    I'd like to help, but you first need to translate the tactic (roles, duties and TIs) from Spanish, because I don't understand
  15. It's not just about the formation. You can use (or play against) any formation in a number of ways, just as you can (generally) both attack and defend in many ways. You first need to analyze how each of those teams using a 4231 play and so you'll see where their strengths and weaknesses are. When it comes specifically to playing against 4231, a very (though not the only) important thing to do is neutralize their 2 MCs, because these 2 guys are the spine of any 4231 system.