Glad the forums are back again, aren't we?
Well, back to bussiness: I'm not a tactical genius nor anything like that, but I feel this time I've created a REALLY good tactic. It's a 4-2-1-3, the formation looks like this:
It has 2 DMC, yes, but don't get it wrong: the tactic is attacking and produces beautiful football. And yes, it is the same formation which Spain used in the World Cup (with Busquets and Xabi Alonso as DMCs, Xavi as MC, Iniesta as AMR, Villa or Pedro as AML and Torres or Villa as ST). The tactic relies on a short passing game, with control strategy. The aim is to make a beautiful passing game, creating spaces and having always players in the box waiting for crosses or through balls. The philosophy is fluid, with more roaming and more creative freedom allowed, that helps players to move more freely around the pitch, making better off the ball movements and letting players with high decisions and/or flair shine in the attacking and transition phases. Crosses are set as drill crosses because they seem more effective in 11.3, plus they're better to keep possession that float crosses.
And what about the tactic defensively? Well, it is set to close down a lot, aiming to win back the ball as soon as possible. It is also set to zonal marking, as I feel it is better when using a high closing down approach, plus I don't see my players making stupid things when the opposition's players roam or swap their positions.
The tactic doesn't use the near post corner exploit, but I still get a lot of goals from corners using just the default set up.
I think the tactic is quite balanced: it has 3 players on defend duty, 4 players on support duty and 3 players on attack duty. That tries to guarantee that all areas of the play are covered: defensive phase, transition phase and attacking phase. So now let's go to each player's role:
GK: Goalkeeper - Defend
RB: Full Back - Support
CB®: Central Defender - Defend
CB(l): Central Defender - Defend
LB: Full Back - Support
DMC®: Deep Lying Playmaker - Support
DMC(l): Anchor Man - Defend
MC: Central Midfielder - Attack
AMR: Inside Forward - Support
AML: Inside Forward - Attack
ST: Advanced Forward - Attack
I like the way the 5 men in the midfield are set up beacuse:
a) You have wingers, so you don't suffer in the wings.
b) You have 2 DMC which makes the tactic more solid defensively.
c) You can press up on the pitch (with the 2 wingers) and down (with the 2 DMC). Plus, there's always some in the middle of the midfield (lol) which is helped either by one of the DMCs who goes up to press or one of the wingers who goes down to defend.
d) You always have at least one midfield waiting in the box (usually 2 or 3) for that cross or through ball.
e) You have a playmaker, someone to dictate tempo and organize.
f) You have two midfielders capable of scoring many goals (AML Inside Forward - Attack and MC Central Midfielder - Attack).
OK, I think I've spoken enough about the tactic so I think it's time to answer the FAQ:
What match preparation should I use?
I set Team Blend on Very High until everything in the tactic is fluid and my players are blending well together. Then I leave it to my assistant. But that's just me, do as you wish.
Is this tactic plug and play?
Yes, I use it always, home and away, against world class teams and against underdogs.
Do you use opposition instructions?
No, I don't use any. I wouldn't advise to use any, but do as you wish.
What teamtalks should I use?
I use ZeroSea teamtalks at the begging and in half-time, as I found them really useful, just say "You have faith" to every single player both at the beginning and in half-time, if "You have faith" is not able, then use "You can make the difference". At the end of the match I say "disappointing" to players with 6.4 rating or less, pleased to players from 6.5 to 7.4, and delighted to players with 7.5 or more rating, whatever the result is.
What pitch size should I use?
I use normal with good results. But you may try a different size, bigger or smaller, maybe it works better.
Why does everyone have long shots set to rarely?
Because players make too many long shots if you set them on "mixed" or "often". I think it is a 11.3 ME issue. For example, I had Van der Vaart, whose Long Shots attribute is 19, so I try to set them on "mixed", but anyway he still played better with long shots on "rarely". Having all players longs shots on "rarely" doesn't mean that you aren't going to see a single long shot, it just means that players will not waste possession with silly long shots going nowhere.
Do you advise to make any tweaks?
The only tweak I'd advise to make if it fits your team better, is to put the AML as Inside Forward - Support and the AMR as Inside Forward - Attack. I wouldn't advise to put both on support nor both on attack, as you want to keep balance.
What attributes are needed for each player?
Obviously, the ones highlighted for each position in the game! :-) Flair, pace, decisions, stamina and work rate are good bonuses whatever the position is. But I'd advise to just search for the ones which are highlighted, except from long shots, I don't ever look for that attribute.
Why don't use a stopper-cover combo in the defence?
Because it isn't necessary as we're playing without a high defensive line and we have 2 DMCs to help the back four.
Does every single player have to be "natural" in his positions?
Judging from my experience, no, the minimum is "unconvincing", I think is enough with that. But don't forget to train new positions to your players anyway.
Should wingers match their foot with their wing (ie right footed on the right wing)?
Well, they're set as Inside Forwards, and the game's description says that it is better to play them with opposite foot to their wing. Still, I must disagree a little bit, I've tried right footed players in the right wing as Inside Forward and they played brilliantly. Think, for example, in Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo or Muller. Left footed or right footed, it doesn't matter much as long as they're good. For example, it is better to play a good right footed AMR rather than an average left footed AMR. But if both are equally good I'd go for the left footed.
Should I use any shouts?
After running a little test about shouts I'd advise to use retain possession, pass to feet and hassle opponents if you want your team to take less risks and have more possession.
What can I expect from this tactic?
Good results if you have the right players, but don't expect to win every single match by three goals difference or more.
Example of results with this tactic, first games with Tottenham, 11.3 squad, not a single transfer and players haven't get used to the tactic yet. Still, amazing results, including a 0-1 win away in the North London Derby and a 3-0 home win over AC Milan. I just lost one time, but had a lot of injuries and an amazing bad luck in front of the keeper. I also had good results with this tactic playing as Espanyol and Liverpool.
Download link: http://www.gamefront.com/files/20580859/Tristan%27s+4-2-1-3.tac
It took me a lot of time to create this thread, so please be respectful and don't spam. And, of course, if you have any questions regarding the tactic don't hesitate to ask.
I can't wait to see your results! :-)
GO TO POST #15 FOR V2 OF THE TACTIC.