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Hi everybody, The main goal of this tactic is to produce a style of football that is both entertaining and successful. The idea was to take the fast pace and high energy of Jürgen Klopp's approach, and pair it with loads of fast short passes. It is highly dynamic. When out of possession we are pressing intensely high up the pitch. When possible the players will pass into space, for the fast paced attacking midfielders to exploit the space behind the defensive line. If not possible, your team will move the ball around quickly to create openings in the opponents defense. To build the tactic I decided on a few core ideas I wanted to implement. The whole tactic is derived from these axioms. It is fantastic how from just a few main decisions, the whole rest of the tactic falls into place to support these decisions. I'll walk you through the core ideas below, and try to explain what else necessarily has to follow to make them possible: Core idea 1) High tempo one touch football. For this we need triangles. We need always at least two players placed close to the player with the ball. So I had to find a formation that brings passing options in all areas of the place. The attacking shape of 3-3-3-1 is excellent for this. The DM is part of the defensive line when in possession. He builds a triangle with the DCs and allows the wingbacks to push forward. The lopsided shape was built around the same idea as well. If you stack players in a vertical line, you don't get triangles. Place one player slightly off the vertical line, and you have triangles. Another necessity with this approach: the attacking width has to be narrow to accommodate a short passing game. For this you need players with good passing, off the ball, positioning, first touch, technique, decisions. Secondary skills are anticipation, composure, flair, and vision. Core idea 2) high energy pressing high up the pitch. We need narrow width again for this. At least one player must be able to put pressure on the player with the ball, and all the short passing options should be blocked. This forces long balls and/or errors. If the ball is won high up the pitch, a quick counter attack will take place. We are using a higher line of engagement, and not a much higher line. The idea behind this is to have a bit of space to exploit when the ball is won. The lines must be close to each other to block out vertical passing options. Thus we need a higher line of defense as well. The downside is that this will create space behind our defense. We employ three techniques to deal with the problem. a) The offside trap. Pretty logical and self explanatory b) A sweeper keeper to gather long passes behind the defense c) Fast paced defenders. At least one of the DCs needs pace, or you can get punished by fast attackers. Core idea 3) adaptable styles of attacking. Depending on the situation, your team will use pace and pass into space to counter attack quickly. If your opponent plays deep and defends in a structured way, we attack with more patience. The ball is moved around quickly. This forces a lot of running on the opponents and tires them out. Also, any positional errors that will occur when the defense moves horizontally, and we will quickly try to capitalize on it. I have had a fantastic first season with Dortmund with this tactic: Download tactic: Unique 4-2-3-1 (3-3-3-1).fmf I hope you enjoy the tactic as much as I do. Please let me know how it goes for you.
Hi everybody, Introduction After a hiatus of a few years I started playing Football Manager again. I've been pretty active in this community, posting tactics etc. Anybody here still who remembers me from a few years back? Anyway, I am playing more casually now, and I didn't expect to be uploading a new tactic. But after finding a highly aesthetical style of playing that was actually very successful (well, at least for me) I thought I would share. General information It a set of three formations, all with the same tactical principles at its core. We are going for a high tempo short passing play, trying to outplay opposition in every place while looking for the perfect attacking move. It's an expressive and energetical style of playing. I love that there is lots of attacking prowess added from the deep, with fullbacks and a volante arriving at the opponents box, which is very hard to defend against. Formations look like this: This is my standard tactic used to start most matches with. This is very similar. I usually employ this formation to add more attacking intent. Finally the 3-3-3-1. With the formations above you can sometimes be outposessed by a 4-4-2, or face risky one on ones when playing against a formation with two strikers. If this happens or I expect it to happen I use this formation with three defenders to guard against it. Created and tested on patch 19.2.1. What players do you need? Generally you are looking for players with excellent passing, decision making, and off the ball. GK: we are using a high defensive line, so look for a sweeper keeper. DCs: We are using ball playing defenders, so their passing should be above average. At least one should be good in the air, and at least one should be pacey because we will be playing the offside trap. Wing Backs: they are attacking and defending both. Good players in these positions really make a difference, so it is a good decision to invest some cash here if you don't have the right players. DMs: One is a more traditional playmaker. The volante should have good attacking stats as well. Both need good passing, and should be adept at winning the ball back too. The tactics pose some considerable demands in the skills of these players. Witsel and Delaney have been fantastic for me, and Weigl doing very well too. AMC: an attacking playmaker that will be spreading the passes out to better positioned players, looking for deadly throughballs, and trying the odd shot or dribbling. Wingers: These are playmaker type players too. Should be good at one on ones, and at finishing ideally. They will get chances to score every game - the more they can convert the better. Forward: Despite scoring some for himself, he will be used to lay off passes, draw defenders, and create space for the other players. Don't expect him to score too much - your midfielders and Wing Backs will strike all the more for it. I let the assistant handle training and opposition instructions. Results The season has been crazy for me, with winning the league as well as the Champions League. Highlights were the 5-1 thrashing of Bayern Munich, and the 4-0 against Paris St. Germain. There were quite some draws during the second half of the season due to resting key players for the Champions League knockout games, and playing with backup players. I guess I was pretty lucky with the opponents I faced in the knockout stage. The Champions League final was nerve racking going behind in overtime, but managing to come back. With the penalties luck involved again. Somewhat stupidly I sold Raphael Guerreiro (which I would advise against doing if you are playing with Dortmund!), and brought in De Light. In winter I bought Milinkovic-Savic, which, again, was not the smartest move given I already have Goetze and Kagawa in that position. Other than that I only bought young players who are not on first team level yet. The Falcon Tactics v1: Falcon 4-4-1-1 .fmf Falcon 4-2-3-1.fmf Falcon 3-3-3-1.fmf Hope you enjoy. Let me know how it goes for you.