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  1. Quick transitions from front to back quickly has been amongst the key principles of my recent efforts with RB Leipzig, and I was fairly successful in the first season too, winning the Bundesliga... not with defensive football but with fast aggressive football played on the front foot. My approach was to combine higher tempos with narrow, top heavy formations as I wanted bodies forward to receive those quick vertical passes and to overload/isolate the opposition defence.
  2. To be honest, I rarely use player instructions preferring to shape my tactics with roles and duties. For example, if I'm thinking about maintaining a structured defence then I'll likely be more conservative with my choice of roles/duties (particularly if I'm playing at a higher mentality). If I want a vertically compact defence then I'll raise my defensive line or, for a horizontally compact defence, I'll use the 'force opposition wide' team instruction. I might use the odd PI if I want to emphasise, or dial down, a particular aspect of a player's performance but I tend to do this in g
  3. Thanks for your interest, however, the thread/topic was designed to be a one-off analysis of the tactical principles I've been applying lately and not a 'series' following the progress of my save. I've considered expanding on how I prepare for games, how I analyse my opponent and then tweak the strategy - but this feels more suited to a thread of its own. In truth, I can't see me adding any more to the original post here but I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. I've also been thinking of starting a save in which I'll attempt to implement these principles at a team ill-suited
  4. Firstly, thank you I appreciate the positive feedback. Unfortunately, I no longer have a subscription to BT Sport so I don't get to watch as much German football as I'd like, but I do find the evolution of the German game over the past twenty years really interesting. It seems like the national footballing identify has collectively moved away from disciplined sweeper systems of the late eighties and early nineties; from employing three at the back and rigid man-marking, to take on a more innovative approach generally played at a higher tempo with pressing as one of it's core values.
  5. Potato, Potahto I took my definition from the Stevie Grieve quote in the opening post, and that still makes sense to me. But whatever your preferred definition, my over-arching point is that I like to approach the game with a set of principles which only change subtly over several seasons. I do, however, make tweaks to formations, player roles, duties, etc. based on my next opponent (although I'm definitely not saying that I make changes for every game!)
  6. Thanks. The focus on our attacking 'tactics' rather than the 'strategies' employed (formations, players, roles and duties) was intentional; this is because I'll frequently make changes to our 'strategy' as we come up against different opponents with different strengths, weaknesses and strategies of their own. As outlined above, our attacking principles are to have numbers forward and to use these players in order to isolate or disrupt the opposition defenders. We may try to isolate the opposition in 1-on-1's by stretching play and overloading down one side - for example, we may set
  7. Introduction I really enjoy reading through the Tactics, Training & Strategies forum, the quality of some of the posts is exceptional and a visit to the site often inspires me to experiment in my own games. So, I thought I'd share some of my own tactical ideas, starting with the offensive approach I'm applying in my current save with RB Leipzig. I hope you find the topic interesting. I’d like to open with a quote about ‘tactics’ and ‘strategies’ taken from a popular podcast… That particular episode of the World Football Index Tactics Podcast (entitled Strategy & Tac
  8. Pretty close I mostly used an MEZA, WS and IWBs on that right side... a player's decision making seems to be much better in this year's match engine; in the GIF you can see the IWB momentarily check inside (twice) before opting to hold their position in support of the winger. By design, the winger is my designated 'wide' player on the right, an WB on the left. Lyon are one of the best sides in Ligue 1 so I tend to play on an 'attacking' mentality with the tempo dialled down. I also play wide in attack because I aim to stretch my opponents defence and create gaps. It's gr
  9. An excellent read I too prefer a (purposeful) possession based approach and appreciate it can be a challenge implementing this style of play at lower levels but, as you're demonstrating, it's not impossible! I'm looking forward to your next update.
  10. It sounds like you know how you want your players to perform and, for me, visualising a style of play is the hardest part of putting together any tactic - once you can picture the patterns of play in your mind it simply a case of watching games to see if that is replicated out on the pitch. Does the AML 'stay wide' in the transition like you hoped? Are the players you expect to get into goal scoring opportunities doing so? Does your set-up take advantage of the right-sided overload (e.g. can you create a 1-on-1 opportunities on the left through a quick switch of play)? I would never say
  11. Inverted wingbacks can be really useful in achieving a 2-3-5 or 3-2-5 attacking shape; for example below my Lyon team are using different methods of creating width down each flank - with the full back on the left flank and the winger on the right. The inverting right back allows our RCM to progress through the right half space and join the attack. This set-up provides some variation in our build-up patterns and we can flood the box when the ball is out wide (see GIF below)
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