After your last comment @Experienced Defender, I am not gonna lie I was a little flustered. But then i got to thinking about the purpose of playing this game. The purpose was to have fun while managing a team, tactically, financially, in the transfer market. Not finding the right "Formula".
So i went back to the drawing board during that last season, read up on a lot of blogs, understood the kind of football i want to play.
The football i wanted to play was a good passing football, where the balls move across the half spaces. maybe switching laterally from one wing to another. I also wanted unpredictability in the final third. I also dug deep to understand the roles I want to set and what I want those roles and players to do. So, the following is my new tactic. (will post screenshots once i am at home). I Hope now I have found the right "tactic" instead of the right "formula".
WB(S) BPD(D) CD(D) FB(D)
- Lower Tempo - I want players to make the right pass, as on higher tempo I was making mistakes which lead to disastrous counterattacking. Also, passing is standard, as I want a combination of both short/direct. (Against bigger teams i go more direct)
- Work Ball into box - this is the only other instruction i have. This leads to me playing in the other teams half around the Box. Which is a dangerous area to control. (Against bigger teams i do early crosses to release my CF, IF)
Counter Press, Distribute to Flanks.
Standard defensive line and LOE - this helps me to attack the other team in the middle of the pitch. it also means less goals as my wb, fb werent fast enough to defend for a higher press.
Urgent Pressing, Offside Trap.
FB(D) - This full back is still young, so having him on support was always disastrous. this way this full back stays in position and doesnt run up the field too much. also allows for balance as the other WB is on support so is out position alot of the times.
CD - DE - This player is the heart of my defence, rarely caught out of possition
BPD - De- This player knows how to dribble and assists in making plays from the back. But with defend duty doesnt venture out of position too much.
WB Su - this player is quick, likes to attack, and is in his prime so is able to defend well higher up the pitch. (on bigger games he is on DE)
BWM (D) I opted for BWM out of all options because this role assists in my game play. This player attacks the opposition, pesters them into giving the ball, and as soon as he has the possession, transfers the play into a more creative player. He also holds position so I almost always have 4 players behind the ball. As I am leicester, a lot of teams come to us to win, so this player helps in breaking their momentum.
Mezz(A) - I understand that this player is a half winger. So him pairing with my IF would make more sense as they could switch. But i have him on the right side because my Winger as the trait cuts inside with the ball. This makes for a very interesting play, as some times my Winger would be higher up his flank, and the Mezz would be in the middle connecting the play, and other times they would switch. This makes my team unpredictable in attack I believe and adds another layer when attacking the box.
BBM (S) - this player does all, arrives late in the box to score 14 goals last season, links play between the MEzz and the IF and helps the BBM in defense as well.
IF(A) - this player is my hazard, with 15 goals last season. and the rotation player with 7 goals. he is available inside the box for crosses, likes to cut inside the box and is an amazing dribbler. this player has single handedly won me matches by being the POM.
CF(s) - I know its advisable to go for DLF (s) in this kind of set up, but I liked the instructions of CF more. This player wasnt a top scorer in the team, but was always reliable. I think the three players fighting for this role had a total of 27 goals last season, So i think this role works well in the team.
Using this formation and tactic, I took Leicester City into Uefa Champions League by finishing third. It was a season full of surprises, loosing to Liverpool 3-0 in the first game and drawing to New Castle, i thought another season of midtable mediocrity awaits me. but then the team started playing well, coming back from 2-0 down, beating united and arsenal 3-0 and 4-1 respectively. drawing and beating chelsea. The only two teams I cant cope with in any way are liverpool and Man city.
Going to start the next season soon, should be exciting. I think i should stick with the above tactic as it has worked well last season, or would it make my predictable?