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  1. But just as the creator of the original tactic warned that theirs wasn’t plug’n’play, neither are these...I make adjustments game on game, and regularly throughout each game too.
  2. Can't promise they'll work for anyone else, but these work well for me 47 Away.fmf 47 Home.fmf
  3. I can upload my away version of the tactic which gives me more defensive solidity if you want? Though its efficacy might be dependent quite specifically on the particular players I have, I don't know, but you could give it a go if you want?
  4. Wow. What beautiful football this can play. Or a derivative of this tactic, anyway. Like you say: it's far from plug and play, and I found it didn't have enough penetration for me, so I changed the wide attacking midfielders to IF(a), the forward to CF(a), and the central midfielder to an RPM(s), and found that it both did little to stop the beautiful passing but also gave it a bit more oomph in the final third. My away from home version of it has the forward as a CF(s), the central midfielder as an RPM(s), and drops the AP(s) in the attacking midfield slot back to a central midfielder playing CM(s), while dropping the LoE and DL back just to higher, which I found gives it a bit more defensive solidity while not sacrificing too much going forward. I'm in 2047 having played the same save with the same team since the day the beta came out - just selling off my older player and buying new hot prospects to train them up, and normally changing tactic every year to get something new - and I hate dribbling and just want passing, so I've long since given all my players PPMs only to 'Run with the ball rarely', but to 'Play short simple passes', 'Play one-twos', 'Look for the pass rather than the shot' and 'Like the ball played into feet', which means the IF(a) doesn't run with the ball and instead contributes to all the fluidity and roaming happening around them, creating some beautiful football. Thanks man, much appreciated. This tactic (or, like I say: my very close derivate of it) has rekindled my love of FM21
  5. Yeah, I think he'll turn out okay, but I've another Englishman in front of him in the pecking order just now. Have higher hopes for this kid...
  6. Won the title in 2020/21 and 2022/23 too, but the screen's not big enough 😂
  7. Sort of ex-Gooner here, but I stopped being bothered about which team wins in football about 15 years ago, and just enjoy watching it without affliation now. Still play as Arsenal as my first save though, and I haven't strated a new one since this on the first day the beta was available. Might seem boring winning year in year out, but I re-invent the team and the tactics every season, selling my best players every few years and just bringing new youngsters through...until they get good, then sell them on 😂 I have a transfer budget of over £1bn, but I don't want to spend it and much prefer unearthing hidden gems to suit my club-DNA of tiki-taka total-football type stuff. The winning's not why I play the game, either; I play to create weird and wonderful tactics - a la your / our 3-1-2-3-1 - and then sit back and watch beautiful football that's pleasing to the eye. I've been tempted to jump ship and get a job at Inter (when it becomes availalbe) to start again, as I've always loved Inter since CM '93 Italia, but I just love every new crop of kids I bring through and the football they play at Arsenal too much. Only just signed Laws from Benfica (where he came through, believe it or not?!) and those were his first goals. Nice way to say hello at the Sir Sidewinder Fandachamp stadium (our new stadium which has been named after the stupid Champo pseudonym which also dates back to the 90s!)
  8. First league match at home using the IWB(s)s, and playing my full second string as they were already getting awkward about their game time, and it's 7-0 by half time. Think this might be working...
  9. Yeah, I’m warming to it more and more too. I’ve built my squad (over 23 game years, now) to have specialists respectively in wide full-backs but inside forwards, not the others way round, but I’m forcing them to suck it up and just become the wide wingers and inverted full backs I now want them to be. You’re right though, IWB(d) I find as that pleasing hybrid you speak of, even getting wide to deliver crosses when the opportunity’s there, which is something I really didn’t expect before I actually tried them. The defensive solidity is where they earn their corn though; it’s an excellent role. I play the below, and try to keep PIs to a bare minimum and let the players' attributes / PPMs / tactics do the work. Always used a CF(a) in this tactic, it works a dream, and never had any success with F9. I find that without the DLP and AP in central midfield the tactic lacks bite away from home, but the IWB(s)s have given it a new lease of life, for sure.
  10. Oh man, I am such a derp. I've been using this shape - the 3-1-2-3-1 in your original post - on and off for over 10 game years, since late last year, but found that for tough games(especially away) it was too easily caught with balls over the top and / or teams just playing two or three strikers against me (as I had only one centre back, obviously). I was controlling most games in the opponent's half, so it wasn't too much of a concern until the latter stages of the Champions League or similar. You see, I'd been using WB(s) in the full back slots, not the *FAR* more sensible (and intuitive, really 😂) IWB(s) that you use. Having changed to your suggestion my tactic is purring again, loads more successful, and creating the sort of beautiful football I play FM to see. Thanks man (Can't believe I was playing a WB(s) either side of only one CB though, haha!)
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