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So after deciding to start a new save on FM17 before FM18 comes out, it was time to have some fun trying to figure out what team to pick and most essential what style of football I what to implement in the long term. S. C. Braga was the team and the tactical inspiration came from ... José Mourinho! Why? Well, I've wanted to successfully implement a 4-2-3-1 this year and I as was reading through a topic here, I noticed @Cleon mentioned that he always used two DM's instead of two CM's when using a 4-2-3-1 and I thought: "Is this the answer to make it work?" And BAM! Cambiasso and Stankovic instantly came to mind, all Inter's team was just showing up So I digged a bit deeper into the system (main sources: http://www.italianfootballdaily.com/calcio-tactics-through-time-jose-mourinhos-inter-milan-2008-10/ and http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/05/23/inter-bayern-champions-league-final-tactics/) and started taking away some conclusions about the overall system: Fairly conservative side: low-ish tempo and closing down and a deep-ish block; Counter attack based; Except for Milito, everyone tracked back; Here I had mentality sorted out: Counter. Shape is where I'm having must trouble deciding with either Flexible or Structured and I change between the two. Formation wise a deep 4-2-3-1. Next it was the players roles and duties. Starting with the back four they had: Julio Cesar: incredible reflexes, was there to stop shots coming in. A Goalkeeper - Defend for me; Lucio and Samuel: two straight central defenders, so Central Defender - Defend; Maicon: the bombing full back on the right side. Would go up and down the right flank all day long. Role chosen Wing Back - Attack; Zanetti: words can't really describe Zanetti, but he was used to maintan the balance of the back four, being more cautious when the team was on the attack. I went with Full Back - Support with the PI's: Dribble Less, Pass It Shorter, Fewer Risky Passes and Sit Narrower; Onto the midfield now. Let me just say that even though this a deep 4-2-3-1, I use one AMC as I felt it replicated Sneijder role better; Cambiasso: fantastic reader of the game would be in charge of covering up the right flank when Maicon went forward. Would also launch counter attacks from the back plenty of times. Decided to go with a Defensive Midfielder - Support with the PI's: Hold Position and More Direct Passes; Stankovic: the other pivot who had a bit more freedom to venture forward. Scored a couple of goals too. Again a Defensive Midfielder - Support with the PI Get Further Forward; Eto'o: the 30 goals last season man came to Mourinho's and he decided he would play in the ... right flank! He had the work rate to come and defend and, obviously, was great when going forward, cutting in a being almost a second striker to the system. To replicate I decided to go with a Wide Midfielder - Attack with the PI's: Sit Narrower, Roam From Position, Close Down More and Tackle Harder. PPM's here would also be vital I think. Im going with Move Into Channels and Gets Forward Whenever Possible as the essential ones for now; Pandev: another forward moved to the flanks. He didn't do as much as Eto'o and was a "keep the balance player". A Wide Midfielder - Support with the PI's: Close Down More and Tackle Harder; Sneijder: one of the last number 10 in modern football but didn't neglect his defensive duties. I opted for a Advanced Playmaker - Support with the PI's Close Down More; The lonely forward was Diego Milito, a clinical finisher, a true number 9. Always ready to break defensive lines aswell as carry the ball forward. Advanced Forward - Attack seems the best option to replicate that. All put together: I had no TI's at first but decided to add Play Into Space to try and maximize counter opportunities and Play Fairly Narrower as after watching a couple of games I felt players were a bit too much far apart from each other resulting in a lot of lost balls. Why post it here? Well, first of all I really like the discussion when it comes to try and mimic some real life setting. Secondly, even though it is bringing me some good results, it's failing to do what it should do best: beat better teams than us. So far, I've only lost to Porto, Sporting and Benfica which makes sense from a quality of players point of view, but makes me angry that we aren't capitalizing against this teams. And in the Portuguese Premier League, if you lose 6 games, you're pretty much out of the title discussion So any advice on this would also be awesome!