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  1. Yes, I think that looks good (or better at least). But you should try it out and see I would also probably keep counter on, don't see why you wouldn't. And I'd also be tempted to play a normal 4231 instead of a 42DM31 with a team like Atleti but, again, see how the results are. I think you might be lacking penetration still but try it!
  2. The go to thread for TQs in a 4231 is of course this, worth a read: TL;DR is that a front 4 of: AF IFs-AMs-TQa Works very well (with one holder and one support/runner behind). Your tactics instructions are a little off, personally. I can't tell whether you're looking for it to be a counter attacking tactic, or patient possession, so I'd have a reassess of that as well. I'm using a 4231 at the moment, sometimes switching to a 42DM31 with the DLP/BBM or DLP/VOL combo. I use a front 4 of: P (sometimes AF) IFs-AMa-IWa The AMa get
  3. Some other ideas for roles which clearly exist irl but don't exist in the game: Playmaking fullback e.g. Trent Alexander-Arnold. Of course CWB can function like this but it ought to have the ball-attraction and built in risky passing of the other playmakers. Perhaps having Wide Playmaker available from the Wingback position..? Half-space players in the AM slot- Kevin De Bruyne, Havertz, Mount to name but a few, are players which ideally would sit in the position an aggressive Mezzala would find himself in, but in the AM slot. You can only fill this position if you use 3 CAMs- the w
  4. 100000% agree on introducing some king of wide-back role. Not sure if Libero makes the most sense though. In some corners of the Internet I've used the term "elbow back" to describe this, so interesting to hear the German term. They should have introduced this back when Sheffield United came up to the Prem- overlapping centre-halfs are basically just an aggressive version of the role Azpilicueta has played for Tuchel/Walker has played for England etc etc. The closest I've come to replicating is using an IWB on defend. Playing a back three on FM is painful at times because the pl
  5. Seems like a clear CWB-A to me, know? Very high and wide in build up, runs into the box to finish moves. Generally my view is that a) tactics being geared specifically to squads available, b) tactics being highly reactive to opposition and c) tactics being relatively simple (e.g. no highly complex JdP systems) means that Euros recreations are fun but not on the same level as club recreations. Having said that, England in the group stages were something like: FBs-BPDd-CDd-FBs VOLs-DMd IW-AM-IW CF The Declan Rice role could be a DMd
  6. Just to try and help on this as well, some questions to ask yourself. Nothing set in stone, just to help at all: 1) How fast are your defenders? Faster defenders are probably a prerequisite to a high line. 2) How good in the air are your defenders? Aerially dominant defenders are probably a requirement of a low block (defending near your goal) to stop crosses coming in. At least one aerially good defender is probably also needed for a very high line (to stop balls over the top/flick ons). Similar to what @phnompenhandysaid about narrow/wider defending (do you want the opposition to
  7. The only things I could think of that you're missing are practical examples perhaps. Take defensive line. A very simple example would be that if your opposition in the upcoming match play with fast forwards, then you might not want to play a high line, as they will be able to kick a ball over the top/through for their fast forwards to chase or dribble through. The flipside of that is that if you don't have fast defenders, you probably don't want to play with a high line either. Maybe one way of thinking about it is if you're opposition forwards are faster than all your defenders, don't pl
  8. Absolutely- Bielsa has his whole -1 in attack, 1 extra in defence, so it's usually very easy to predict what formation he'll use against a certain opponent. He always matches them in midfield in theory but in practice it's often a 1 DM 1 CM/AM combo instead of a double pivot e.g. 3313 vs 343. It would be an interesting FM challenge to always follow this formula for a campaign!
  9. There is no right answer! (As @Jack722 has rightly pointed out) I just wanted to give one example of: "same style, different formation" would be Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig. He has used 343, 4222, 352 (and more I am sure, but I am not an expert in RB Leipzig). But the RB Leipzig tactical identity stays the same throughout (although obviously occasionally they will sit back and defend or slow the pace down etc, like all teams do). This might make sense if you play an offensive/intense style and think that the main reason of switching tactics from your 5212 would be because maybe a playe
  10. If you're playing strikerless then I've been using the following front 3 in a strikerless 343 system (although i think it could translate well to a 4atb if the rest of the roles are suitable): SSa-AMa-SSa And it provides some absolutely beautiful goals. The type of player you play in each role massively impacts things though (i.e. traits like dropping deep, killer balls). The central AM will do everything from pressing as a false 9 at the tip of the attack off the ball, to dropping deep to collect, play a 1-2 and then finish the move off after the SS plays the pass. However, I have f
  11. Look- there are plenty of things about that tactic that one might normally say aren't ideal e.g. no width on the right hand side, no defensive cover on the left hand side, 2 BPDs is probably overkill, extremely aggressive system not typically ideal for a lower league team etc etc. However, there are actually quite a lot of things I like about this tactic. It reminds me very much of some of the Red Bull systems that have been employed. It completely packs the middle of the pitch (4 midfielders plus supporting target man will drop deep and the IWB will maraud through the centre as well), so
  12. So, the first thing that comes to mind is that you're first in the Bundesliga in May, and rule no. 1 for tactic creation imo is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Having said that, by the sounds of it the 4231 is what got you this success and wanting to switch to a 442 is the issue? My go-to 442 looks something like this: CFa-CFs WMa CMs CMs WMa FBs CBd BPDd FBs On a balanced or positive mentality, and then I go from there. I would then tweak the roles depending on personnel- for example I would not play two attacking centre mids as CMs as they will both n
  13. Like Bielsa's crashed and burned with Leeds? Or do you think there are specific differences between the two styles which mean that Pep's would fail with such a team as Leeds and that Bielsa's would succeed? I'd also point out that Mourinho by his actions and words very clearly wants a specific type of player as well. Note also that Mourinho had the highest net spend of any Manchester United manager since the start of the Premier League era, and also has a net spend of ~£130mn at spurs, which iirc is far higher than Poch's was. This is not to get into an argument about various managers buy
  14. Just resurrecting this thread as I have been trying out this tactic (with some slight tweaks) on my current Journeyman save. I took over a just relegated NEC team so for our first season in the Keuken Kampioen division I thought the squad had a number of characteristics to play a style of football like this: -Exceptionally technical players -Strongest team in the division -Lack of pacey strikers and/or attacking mids (1 pacey attacking winger). I just want to say that the tactic has worked phenomenally well defensively. I struggled with 2 things which led to connected cha
  15. Been playing a lot with various front lines in different formations looking something like: ST-ST 10 Although it might usually be a no-no having all three of these duties on attack, in the right set up (namely relatively counter attacking and/or possession based systems) it can work wonders just having a front 3 let rip like that. My favourite combination at the moment is: DLFa-AFa SS And then depending on the rest of the tactical set up and/or the opposition I will sometimes tell the strikers to stay wider, split strikers. This leaves so much room
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