I drew the fashionable 3-4-2-1.
A couple of things immediately jump out.
Defensive Wingers will be mandatory.
The tactic is naturally narrow
I've never used defensive wingers so this will be a learning experience. Will they track back on "support" or will I need one or both on a "defend" duty to stay sound at the back?
I need to mitigate how narrow the tactic will be by default with both team instructions and player duties; picking duties that will push the player wider to support the DWs and free up space in the middle.
So here's version one of my tactic:
Counter : Structured - I'm using counter not because I expect to counterattack with three men forward but because I want to slow things down and make my attack more methodical and possession oriented. I think the use of defensive wingers suits this style as they'll often start off deep during transitions. Slow it down and build up from the back. Likewise, structured should give myself passing lanes and a bit more space in a congested formation.
Play out of Defense: This reduces passing length across the board and should help counteract defenders passing long with a counter mentality. I believe I have the passers along the backline to play this way, but it will be something I'll be keeping an eye on during friendlies.
Play Wider: The tactic is naturally narrow so I'm going slightly wider to reduce congestion in the middle.
Dribble Less: Standard TI for me in FM17 as losing the ball on a dribble seems to equal an instant dangerous counter for the opposition. I only take it off if the opposition starts racking up cards.
When possible I'll increase my d-line to make my possession more suffocating, but with a slow backline I need to be careful on who I do this against. If shots on target becomes a problem I'll add in work ball into box.
I have two playmakers which might be a problem, but structured and their spacing away from each other should help. I wanted a DLP because it suits the player very well and he'll be an immediate passing option for my CBs. I used an AP because I've found they often drift wide which should help support the DW on the left side. Also he should be in position to send through balls. I'm not sure if the CM-A is too aggressive, but he should overlap the AP and make a nice through ball option (though he is a poor finisher). I may be flexible with the duty based on the opponent and in-match circumstances. I picked an AM-A to pair with the AP as I think he might end up drifting wide too, giving the right-side DW a passing option as well as a through ball option for the AP and CF. A shadow striker role is another possiblity. A CF seems ideal, but not sure I have the player for the job.
That's version one of my tactic. Would love some feedback. I jumped into this as a learning experience.