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  1. Thank you. I suppose what I ideally want is the two IF's to be the major goal threat, with the deep forward dropping off to play them in and create space. My other thought was to have the amc as a shadow striker, to create interplay between him and the striker. I thought this may muddy the waters too much, with the ss and if's all occupying the same area. Same reason as I didn't use an advanced fwd as I didn't want the front 3 all clumped together in the box. In theory, I wanted the trequartista roaming around looking for space but as you say there is too much similarity with the dlf and th
  2. Cleon, is there anywhere that all of your postings/articles are collated together? Always an enjoyable read. I'm currently trying to get a 4-2-3-1 to work with my Blackburn side in 2019. I had an idea in mind, which I'm finding hard to implement (in terms of it playing how it does in my mind). My main strengths are my wingers, who although less effective as inside forwards are playing that role within my system. They are both quick, one is good on the ball, the other not quite so technical. I'm going the route of my striker coming deep, the IF's advancing on and having them played in - with
  3. On the topic of wingers, I have strong wide players who on both sides are far more suited to playing as wingers (neither great on the opposite side). Am I right in thinking that a FB is the best player to have behind? aware of the problems created by having a 'predictable' attack and poor combinations, so would the best way to go be a W(a) with a FB(s) and W(s) (or even DW?) with a FB(a)? The players in question are quick, skilful dribblers so to me more suited as wingers than wide midfielders.
  4. Excellent thread as ever, brilliant at helping to understand the ME and how to react to the opposition. Also beginning to inspire me to an attacking, high pressing 3-4-3...need to think about how to implement the roles. Wondering whether to fill the team with roles that naturally press and if I could finally use a BWM successfully. Just as a first thought thinking along the lines of... SK (D) CB (X) CB (S) CB (X) DW (S) BWM (D) RPM (S) DW (S) SS (A) DLF (S) DF (D) Main thing I'm wondering initially is will my front '3' all be coming from too deep and will the cm offer enough prote
  5. so did you find that most games you were changing to the higher tempo/-retain possession, due to the large amount of teams playing with advanced wingers/inside forwards? I've enjoyed utilising the excellent ideas from this thread, had some decent results with a 4-5-1 but have greatly struggled with possession when making the above amendments. That may be down to the formation than anything else, as it tends to play out in a counter attacking style when playing faster and not trying to keep hold of the ball so much.
  6. after the first few friendlies, I'm sorely tempted to delete this thread! The midfield is killing me at the moment, I've dragged the wingers back and am contemplating changing them to wide midfielders. As it stands, the players are still extremely unfamiliar with the tactic and Alvarez (the F9 and main man) is injured for 4 weeks. Fletcher is injured too, so I'm looking very light up front. edit to add that Alvarez, the focal point of the team, has broken his foot and is out for 5 months. This leaves me with Danny Graham. *hurls laptop at wall*
  7. It's been done before, I know, but I'm aiming to if not recreate - reinvent the tactic used by the great Hungarian side of the 50's. An exciting, attacking, fluid 2-3-3-2/4-2-4 formation based on a deadly striking trio including the (at the time) revolutionary deep lying forward/false 9 pulling the strings and causing havoc in the oppositions defence, leaving them unsure of who to mark. The original tactic relied on the extraordinary skill, creativity and flair of their players. Especially the deadly forward 3 of Puskas, Kocsis and Hidegkuti. So, of course, the natural choice of team to try
  8. another small m.e. issue I don't know if has been noted, players winning a tackle well and then just standing back and allowing the opposition to pick themselves up and retake the ball.
  9. Other than the issue with crosses, which is well documented, I'm finding problems with players just running through my whole team. I'm playing 3-4-3 diamond, so obviously have a lot of players in the middle. Yet the opposition are repeatedly able to pick up the ball in the middle of the pitch and dribble past everyone, largely unchallenged, some of my players even choosing just to stand back and admire the run.
  10. My favourite ever tactic was on fm14, a 3-4-3 diamond possession tactic I introduced in my 4th season with Sunderland. It was a very potent attacking tactic, which I set up: Very Fluid, Control SWK (D) CB (X) CB © CB (X) A ADP (A) CM (S) AM (A) IF (A) F9 (S) W (S) with get further forward and free role TI's: Short passing, retain possession, play from the back, work ball into the box, play wider, higher line, hassle, offside, lower tempo, roam from positions. In 15, it's not translating quite so well...but then I don't have as good a team. I had it very fluid as due to the natu
  11. In fm14 I achieved success using a 3-4-3 diamond with AML and AMR, IF(A) and W(S) with get further forward and free role. This sounds as though I should get mullered on the flanks, but this wasn't the case. It made lovely passing triangles and some great football. Is the defensive problems of playing with attacking wingers more pronounced in 15?
  12. Thank you. Do you think changing the mentality to counter will be sufficient? I think I have the centre backs who are capable, though I'm toying with going to a stopper/cover combo and dropping the offside trap. Possibly just asking to push higher rather than push much higher. The DMC role is one I'm really struggling with. As I'm not sure which role would best suit the Cattermole role I described above. Disciplined in defence but very high closing down and contributing to attacks. Thinking maybe setting to DM and changing PI's accordingly...also unsure as to who to set to roaming. Thinking
  13. Thanks for the advice, had missed the other thread! I was unsure at the lack of attack duties, but had used theories/ideas on very fluid possession based tactic, though the flaws you have pointed out are the clear problems I have been facing. I was worried that due to my weakness being attacked on the wings that having my IF's on attack would leave me even more exposed. However, I see that with support duties they are instead coming inside to try and shoot from range (not what I want) or look for through balls which is pointless as there is no-one to get ahead of them. Hopefully changing fro
  14. Also, by using 'very fluid' is this actually discouraging my full backs to bomb on past the IF's? Also, would instructing the IF's to 'narrow' actually damage my attacking options by strangling space?
  15. I'm trying to replicate this kind of football as best I can with Sunderland, as Poyet is trying to get us to play similarly, just without the constant pressing (it's more based around keeping the shape, dropping off when the other team has the ball in defence and pressing more aggressively in the middle, mainly through Cattermole and Larsson while Colback is a little more reserved). Trying and trying to get this right, have had some excellent results but 14th and really struggle to create enough chances in most games. The main problem however, is constantly being hit in behind, particularly b
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