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Other tactics Guardians - Creating defensive fortitude The Magnificent Four - Strikerless crying havoc ___________ Han Solo - Asymmetric strikes back In my previous attempt at tactic building the emphasize had gradually shaped into creating solid defensive structure. This time around I’m looking to smash scoring charts. Considering that my previous tactic would average 2-2,5 goals a game at the end of the season, I will define “goal bonanza” tag achieved if I’m able to average 4+ a game this time. As I don’t have a squad full of Ronaldos to achieve it, I will create a heavy-attack system, which would require to sacrifice some defensive form to be able to excel in scoring department. So I will be perfectly fine as long as I outscore the opponent. Here we go. Against Real Madrid in Champions League group match A routine league game Tactic will arrive soon.
Hi all, First, I wish you a terrific holiday period and merry Christmas! Hope all is well Second, would really appreciate some advice on the tactics I am running with my Chelsea squad in the '20-'21 season. I'm trying to achieve a 4-2-4 tactic that has at its core (1) an aggressive defensive style, with a high level of pressing/closing down, (2) on offense, creative attacking play with multiple goalscoring threats. To that end, and with the help of Chelsea's significant financial resources , I've stocked my offense with what I consider to be a fairly potent force: Insigne, Dybala, Pulisic, and Asensio. It's a fairly effective tactic, but my squad launches a significant amount of long shots. Our offense shoots more than anyone in the league, and yet with a mediocre shots on target %, I feel like we still have room to grow. I've attached my tactic, the TIs, and screenshots from a recent game. Any ideas as to how to fix this? Given my formation, I don't feel like my attackers should be isolated or desperate to shoot, and yet sometimes these guys will throw up outrageous shots (see Asensio's try in the screenshot, when he clearly had passing options available). A few ideas I've thought of include (1) slowing down the pace (but don't feel like I should have to), (2) adding the "Shoot less" PI - but that seems overly heavy-handed, (3) Would moving Dybala to a striker role help? Thank you for any help here!
Disclaimer INTRODUCTION Hello again football manager fans! Artisan here with another one of my tactical recreations . After a long hiatus and not touching FM16 due to personal commitments, I decided to pick up FM17 about a week ago and start working on recreating tactics. But less about me and more about the tactic. See links below which helped me create this tactic in addition to watching a few matches. http://spielverlagerung.com/2017/01/02/beyond-the-business-model-rb-leipzigs-football-philosophy/ https://www.sofascore.com/news/story-rb-leipzig-tactical-analysis-hasenhuttls-side/ Results from my Test The tactic was initially created with Arsenal before finally testing and refining with Southampton. The results in the screenshot below show how potent the formation can be. I will be tweaking to improve defensive capability. A lot of goals were conceded late in games when fatigue set in. The players performed to expectation with Ward Prowse (Keita Substitute) bossing the midfield and my forward players grabbing a lot of goals. It should be noted that I have not created any set piece routines. If anyone knows of any that works, let me know and I will test and include. TACTICAL INSPIRATION A raging bull at full pace running through the prairie causes the earth to shake and is a menacing site for anyone to behold. It is in many respects an unstoppable force of nature that after seeing red only has one thing on its mind...Destroy. It is not surprising that a team associated with the image of that beast tries to emulate the bull’s fierceness. It is not surprising that a team with the ambition to become the next big player in German football tries to establish a catchy identity". Redbull take the concept of gegenpressing to new heights with their ferocity. To the tactically uninitiated, this might look like gung-ho pressing with no regard for team shape and structure. On the contrary however, they work as a collective unit to isolate and force players into areas where they pose little danger before swarming to win the ball back or forcing the opposition into a long ball. RB The Philosophy RB Leipzig play a very narrow fluid counter pressing 4-4-2 hybrid that often resembles a 4-2-2-2/ 4-2-4. As mentioned before they don't go gungho with pressing. They instead set tactical pressing traps with specific triggers that when activated put the team into what I like to call raging bull mode. They do this by forcing the opposition fullbacks into clearing the ball to the congested centre and also forcing the wingers into the less dangerous wide areas. the video below illustrates this [video=youtube;_dBtD63LQ6Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dBtD63LQ6Q[/video] So how do you emulate this in FM17? A lot of you probably think "just select closing down much more", and to a degree you are right. You however though have to couple this with opposition instructions. See image below. The opposition instructions are what complete the triggered press 1. Vertical and Horizontal Compactness Narrow shape with a high defensive line forming a difficult to penetrate central block of players. This reduces the space the opposition have in central areas and reduces the distance players need to cover when closing down. The shape also means that second balls can be easily won which is paramount to Leipzig's strategy. You will need fast defenders due to the high defensive line . If they are good in the air also then great>Virgil V Dyk was amazing in my test [video=youtube;8zbKkCPV2wE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zbKkCPV2wE&feature=youtu.be[/video] 2. Counter pressing Trap The team allow opposition central defenders some time on the ball and use angle pressing runs to force the ball out wide. As soon as the ball is sent wide, the team isolate the wide defender and swarm before wining the ball back high up the pitch. This is a risky tactic against teams that play long balls. As soon as the ball is won, a counter attack is sprung with direct passing and fluid motion The first two lines of the 4-2-4 shape act as a unit. The way the players move and position themselves, follows certain group tactical principles; outnumber near the ball to generate pressure and direct the opposing build-up, guard the rest of the pitch to outnumber opponents in zones the ball could be played into, defending goal-near zones only when superior in numbers. The image below shows the teams stats in the Bundesliga for 2016/17 season. You can see that on average, despite them playing direct and with men behind the ball, they still have more possession than the opposition on average. The clip below shows how isolated opposition attacking players can be before the team swarm, win the ball back and launch a counter attack. Giroud had absolutely no chance in this situation [video=youtube;mlKoAwFjEf8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlKoAwFjEf8&feature=youtu.be[/video] 3.Fluid and Direct Players are fluid and are given a certain degree of freedom in the attacking phase. When the ball is won in the high up, the team will use smart movement to work the ball into the opposition goal. If the ball is won deeper, it is played direct to the forward players with the compact shape allowing second balls to be won. If possession is lost high up, the team will work hard to win it back by forcing the opposition into aimless long balls. [video=youtube;QKS_f3MfQOI]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKS_f3MfQOI&feature=youtu.be[/video] Team Shape in Football Manager As I have mentioned in previous posts, being able to completely recreate a real life tactic in FM is almost impossible. The first major problem with recreating Leipzig's tactic is balancing pressing with team shape. Another issue is the difficulty in re-creating the support and cover principles that result in the “see-saw” movements of the formation. Generally speaking, when the attack focuses on one side of the pitch, the other side of the formation should fall back to cover. Despite the limitations, I feel I have created a tactic that is very successful and true to the nature of the Leipzig's style of play. The tactical setup is seen below. If you have read this far then you are a star. Type "woop" in the comments if you did Key Players I have highlighted some key players that make the formation tick. You must make sure you have the right players in every position, but these positions are particularly important Roaming Play Maker (Naby Keita) He has been described as a hybrid of Iniesta and Kante. In my opinion, definitely an exaggeration but from watching him play, you can see how people can get carried away. He is the industry in midfield able to break up plays and set up attacking moves. Let's make it two woops' In my test Ward-Prowse was my roaming playmaker who bossed the midfield similar to what Keita would do. See quick clip below. The team press the opposition defenders forcing a long and aimless ball that my team can easily control. Ward-Prowse then controls the attack [video=youtube;EJkNof_joP4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJkNof_joP4[/video] Shadow Striker (Timo Werner) He will link play with wide and central players and be a constant presence in the box to score goals. Work rate and team working ability make this player difficult for opposition defenders to deal with. In my test I played Steven Davis in the position [video=youtube;y5mStuww9us]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5mStuww9us&feature=youtu.be[/video] Red Cards I usually just take off the shadow striker and keep everything else the same Conclusion As with all tactics, there is room for improvement. This one particularly against teams that use a big target man and pacey wingers chasing the knock on. Despite this, I believe this is a great tactic and will serve you guys well. Finally, happy managing Leipzig Counter Press by Artisan_BBC9BC95-F815-4FF5-84DA-1E8901B54C90.fmf
Howdy, What everyone has been missing over these last few years is a bit of nostalgia. Some of the more veteran members of the forum may remember my name, most of you won't. Back when Football Manager was more about managing a football team and less about social media and continual press conferences and the match engine nearly worked I had a series of ambitious saves. [FM10] The Rise Of A College Team - Team Bury FC, the legendary [FM11] The Ice Cream Dream, The Rise Of Icelandic Football, I'm Just Flamers From The Bloc.and Pastries, Bacon and Butter. What more could a man want?. Recently I had the urge to sadistically trudge through the management of a cold remote Icelandic club again so I fired FM11 back up to see what I could do. If you use your GoogleFu you will struggle to find many pointers to what works back in the older versions of the game. Luckily I am here to save you. The concept of this tactic when it was first born was simple. Score more goals than they do. If you have ever tried managing in the Icelandic second division you will quickly learn that defending isn;t a thing that your players can do. Therefore the best way to win is scoring a bigger number of goals than they do. So now to the meat and potatoes of this post. The tactic. Upper League Tactic - 2021 Formation The top part is the current iteration of the tactic which works with a higher level team and is not suitable for lower division side (think English conference level), the second part is a tactic for those lower league sides. The formation is pretty self explanatory, 4 defenders, 2 midfielders, 2 attacking midfielders and 2 strikers. Looking something a little like this: Player Instructions Unlike some of the newer versions of FM that image doesn't provide with all the details. So heres a breakdown of roles starting from the bottom (click to see Specific Instructions): GK - Goalkeeper - Defend DL - Full Back - Automatic DCL - Central Defender - Defend DCR - Central Defender - Defend DR - Full Back - Automatic MCL - Advanced Playmaker - Support MCR - Ball Winning Midfielder - Defend AML - Winger - Attack AMR - Winger - Attack STL - Target Man - Support STR - Poacher - Attack Team Instructions Now you have a pretty decent idea of the players and how they play we can move onto the team as a whole. This is a bit of an interesting one as this tactic is about the goals and the first thing you will notice is I use "Counter" as the mentality this is mainly to guard against complacency, if you are playing in a lesser known nation you can end of as a very big club for your nation very quickly. It also helps when you are playing against bigger teams as it allows you to launch breaks quickly. What we are looking to achieve is wide football with plenty of crosses for your strikers to get on the end of, simple law of averages. Cross the ball enough and you will score. You can find attached the download to the tactic, if for whatever reason it ever goes missing you can also download it here as well. Results All of the above is just words and pictures without some proof, I have no interest in showing you what this looks like when I take Man Utd to a Premier League title in the first season because let's be honest we should all be able to do that. What I can show you is this tactic beating Premier league teams with an Icelandic team, going 48 games unbeaten in the league, winning every game in a season. Previous iterations have won back to back promotions, the treble has been done before, we have been league champions for 8 seasons now. Historic Premier League Winners 2011 - Second Division 2012 - Second Division 2013 - First Division 2014 - Premier League 2015 - Premier League 2016 - Premier League 2017 - Premier League 2018 - Premier League 2019 - Premier League 2020 - Premier League 2021 - Premier League 2022 - Premier League 2020 - Champions League 2021 - Champions League 2022 - Champions League Lower League Tactic - 2014 This part is focused on the earlier version that is more for the lower leagues where players have less creativity and capability, it's expected you will generally have a much worse team and lower reputation to go with it. Formation Once again, the same formation, the only difference is with the central midfield players, the rest of the roles stay the same Player Instructions MCL - Deep Lying Playmaker - Support MCR - Ball Winning Midfielder - Support There you have it a fairly comprehensive post around scoring a shed load of goals and conceding several on the way. I would be interested if anyone can recreate this in a newer version and see how much the match engine has changed. If you have any questions please post them and I'll do my best to answer them. If you're curious how many hours I've spent in FM11, as of writing this post 1023 hours. 4-2-2-2 2021 attack (Magni, Mar 2021).tac 4-2-2-2 2014 attack (Magni, Nov 2018).tac