Hey guys, I have been playing FM for years and really dig into the tactical side of this game. Tactics have a lot of new features this year but I still find something is confusing through years: The formation. Take the two most widely used formation as examples: 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1. We all know 4-3-3 in real life is interpreting as 4-1-4-1 in game. It is fine because if we look into the component of 4-3-3 in real-life. We would see 4 defenders, 1*no.6, 2*no.8, and three attackers, which are translated well into the formation in-game. But if we look into the 4-2-3-1 formation in-game, we would see 2*no.8 and 1*No.10 in the formation, which completely makes no sense if you know how 4-2-3-1 work in real-life. It should be 2*no.6 in 4-2-3-1, and one of them operate like a mixture between no.6 and no.8. In older versions of the game, we could see SI designed almost all managers who used 4-2-3-1 in real life would use 4-2-3-1 DM Wide in game, which I would say is a pretty correct interpret ation. However, in recent versions, they just set up AI manager using 4-2-3-1 with two center midfielders, and it makes this formation totally being interpreted wrong.
You might say it is not a big deal but think about its domino effect. For example, if a player is Natural in no.8 position, AI manager would use it as a double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1 Wide. Just think about some players like Dele Ali, Gotze being used as double-pivot, which would cause a total mess. That's why I think a lot of formation should be redesigned to reflect the real-life tactics and the role distribution as well. Maybe we could introduce some real-life football terms like No.6, No.8, No.10, those terms are used by real-life managers in practice. Want to know what do you guys think of this?