In terms of blocking passing lanes, I'm having a lot of success allowing opposition centre backs to have the ball and closing off all other options.
My current set up is below is a hybrid 4312/433 set up.
Very fluid, standard or counter
Close down more, push up higher, prevent short GK distribution
FB(a) BPD BPD FB (a)
Cm(s) CM(d) b2b
AF (a) f9(s)
My 2 forwards are assigned to man mark the opposition full backs, creating a 433/451 shape in defence.
- never close down, never tight mark on both opposition center backs
- always close down and always tight mark on opposition midfield
- no passing options for opposition defenders who either:
A) go long due to lack of ball playing attributes (composite, vision, passing etc.) Gifting possession to my compact organised defence
B) carry the ball into midfield, leaving space in behind for my two forwards (who are man marking opposition full backs) to break into when we recover possession.
I've used this system 5 times so far with slight tweaks to my full backs (change from attacking to defending depending on opposition)
I've rotated Mane and Origi in the advanced forward slot to great effect. Mane especially, starting wide due (to his man marking role) has been fantastic! Cutting inside and getting into the half spaces which are being left by the defenders who we've managed to lure out!
Will post some screens and examples this evening which include 11-1and 5-1 wins Vs Newcastle and Chelsea with most of the original LFC team in place.
In FM and real life, Centre backs are usually a teams least comfortable/creative players.
As the AI begins to chase games by increasing mentality, their centre backs are begining to take risks creating even more opportunities and gaps for me to exploit!