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This is my first proper game of FM18. I have been playing around with FM18 but not started a serious save yet since I bought it. I missed FM17 completely so quite a few new features that I will need to get used to. The purpose of this thread will be to; To develop my own tactical system Analyse games to see what is going well and what is going wrong Get assistance from the FM community to improve my tactic and hopefully at the same time help others out who are starting their own saves. Team The team I have selected for my career save is Nottingham Forrest. A club with an amazing history, once conquering Europe and being feared by teams across England and Europe. Now struggling to really establish themselves as promotion contenders. The plan with this save will be to just go with the flow. If I get sacked, I will stay unemployed until another club picks me up. If I do well and get offered new jobs, I will consider them. Squad Analysis Looking at the Nottingham squad, I see a couple of positives; Great options in central defence Really strong central midfield options (Bridcutt and Osborn are the standouts) Good options upfront with Zach Clough, Kieran Dowell, Barrie Mackay and Daryl Murphy And some negatives; Lack of quality wing backs or full backs which are going to be extremely important in a system without wingers (this will be my priority) Lack of quality central midfielder to play the Carrilero role and provide support to the wing backs. Lack of transfer budget to dramatically change the team without getting rid of players first. I need to sign; 2 Wingbacks A Carrilero (Industrious, hard working midfielder in the mould of Ramires in the Benfica squad of 09/10) Eventually, I'll also need a DLP-D to give me more options in building attacks, but for now I'm happy with a DMC-D Tactical Vision So as my username suggest, I’m a SL Benfica supporter. One of the great teams that I enjoyed watching over the years was the 4-1-2-1-2 formation we utilised during the days of Oscar Cardozo, Javier Saviola, Javi Garcia, Angel Di Maria, Ramires and lastly but most importantly Pablo Aimar. I will be utilising a 4132 as I believe it will be a more accurate reflection of how Benfica actually played during the 09/10 season. It also provides me with more options to change things up in the game without actually compromising my tactical vision or system. Essentially, the AMC will push back into a MC position and his role will change to accommodate being deeper (likely changing to a roaming playmaker as I still want him to be the focal point of the team). I plan on utilising 2 new roles in FM18. I will be utilising Ben Osborn as a Mezalla with a support role (MCL). He has all the attributes to make this role work and I see him playing a similar role to Di Maria. On the MCR position, I’ll be utilising a Carrirelo – Support to try and replicate the Ramires role and provide the freedom for the wing back to bomb up the wing and support the attack which will be crucial to the success of a tactic that lacks width. The Carrirelo will be the protection to the space the wingback leaves behind. The DMC and MC positions are arguably the most important in the team. The DMC will be the ly bridge between defence and midfield. Linking up and recycling possession. Allowing the team to transition from defence to attack. The MC will be the heartbeat of the team. Whilst I still expect him to contribute to the defensive phase, more important he will be responsible for creating chances and linking midfield with the attack. He will constantly be looking to push the team forward and fashion out chances. The strikers will be a classic big man / little man combination. One quick striker capable of utilising the channels to create space and fashion out chances for his colleagues. The big man capable of dropping deeper and holding up the ball whilst the midfield moves into attacking positions. Specifically ill be keen to look into his link up play with the AMC, MCL, MCR and DR. I want the team to play with the following emphasise Aggressive closing down with the Carrilero and Mezalla and forwards pressing high up the pitch Overlapping wing backs / full backs Creativity provided by the MC and False 9 (Aimar and Saviola in the Benfica squad) Quick transitions between defence and midfield to launch counter attacks (sometimes skipping midfield and going straight to attack) Stay compact (fluid team shape to promote compactness) Inspiration for my tactic (Zonal marking analysis of Benfica) http://www.zonalmarking.net/2011/04/09/benfica-4-1-psv-overlapping-full-backs-crucial/ http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/03/02/benfica-the-most-attactive-side-in-europe/ The Initial Tactic Bear in mind that this tactic has not yet been trialed, but here is what I'm thinking. I would also look at alternating the Mezalla from a support to attack role and left wing back from attack to support to vary my attack. In terms of PI's, I want the MC to push further forward to link up better with the False 9 (creating the Aimar / Saviola Combination) The Mezalla will be asked to run wide with the ball and play more risky passes The right wing back will also be asked to play more direct passes to encourage forward play The Carrirelo will be asked to shoot less often (I want him to do the basics well, nothing else, nothing more). He needs to be focused on protecting the flank when the right wing back bombs up the field. Team Instructions are listed in the screenshot above. Look forward to a constructive discussion. Next post will analyse my first competitive game. Also thank you to Rashidi for his posts on 4132 on his blog ad youtube channel. It gave me the inspiration to start this.
4132 Explained This formation is one of the best defensive systems in the game, surprisingly it can also turn into a good camping system, even an attacking one. With the addition of more roles in FM18, we now have the option of doing away with the central midfielder on support and going with the Carrilero. This is a simple role in midfield, meant to keep the ball shuttling between defence and attack. A hardworking role when applied to the right players, its one that can shore up narrow systems. We shall avoid going into the history of this role, what we will be doing is applying it to a specific formation and giving it several flavours. It's a role used in systems that are narrow and can even be used as part of a 3 man trident midfield that features 2 central midfielders and a holding defensive midfielder. Here though we are focusing on a variant of the 442 diamond - the narrow 4132. The narrow 4132 is a system that has obvious weaknesses. The lack of an attacking midfielder makes it a challenge to control the zone in front of the opposition goal, however its conservative midfield allows it to soak pressure and hit teams on the counter. It can also turn itself into a fairly good system that camps in the opponents. Understanding how to work the space on the flanks is the key to making this system work. When played on lower mentalities, defenders tend to tuck inside during defensive transitions putting a greater burden on central defenders to clear the ball when crosses inevitably come in. This is a necessary side effect of playing defensively. Here we want to make sure that we address how our players as a unit handle crosses. Defensive Aspects The 4132 has a solid backline, the absence of advanced wingers lends more pressure to defending its own flanks. Here what we want to do is focus on getting several attributes sorted to iron out certain risks. If we opt to play narrow we need to deal with crosses. Central defenders will then have to have good positioning, anticipation, concentration, jumping reach and heading. Once again, I recommend that you assess your own team vs the league as the requirements can easily be met when playing on any level. At conference levels you would be looking at securing players with at least 9-11, in these attributes. I have used the 4132 consistently at lower league levels and have applied the same rationale to choosing players. In midfield we will use 3 players to help control the middle of the park. These players need good positioning, composure, passing, tackling determination, work rate, bravery, concentration. This would be the lowest denominator of attributes we would consider, other attributes can only enhance their attacking efficacy which is certainly an option if you have those kind of players in your squad. Don't forget a carrilero can still be a dangerous passer of the ball if he has good decisions, vision and flair. By ensuring we have the right combination of players we should do enough to secure the flanks. It would be prudent at this time to reinforce how the carrileros will defend midfield. They are not expected to play like box to box midfielders, so we can expect them to marshal the area between defence and attack. Attacking Aspects The attacking aspects depend on the kind of variation you want in attack. Here we will be looking at 3 styles of attacking play to develop: We want to see wing backs attacking the flanks, delivering crosses Deep lying playmaker launching defence splitting passes when we are defending deep and trying to counter CM(A) working together with the Carrileros to create overloads dragging defences around and unlocking passing options for the wing backs Wing backs launching heat seeker passes from deep directly to the front 2 to launch quick transitions.
Consistency is possible, I have a few simple rules: Win Midfield - Its always the first thing I look at, if they are winning the ball there, its always a good sign, player selection is vital Make sure you protect your flanks. If and when I need to pull my CWB to a FB, I know I am sacrificing something going forward, here I look at my AMC and my F9 to see if they can act as pivots. The F9 is really important as he links up play. I rate OTB highly and having the right players who can do movement off the ball helps. There is nothing wrong playing a CF up top, but if I choose to do that I know I am going to depend even more on the fullback on his flank to get up, the danger of using a CF on attack is that his influence extends to only around the penalty area, and thats the real reason why I value OTB so highly.
I have started a season with Perugia in Italian 2nd tier, season went okayish, I have reached the goal of top table finish arriving 9th. However there are some issues with my tactics, most of all that I have hard time scoring goals. I use counter strategy in a flexible shape. The formation is asymetric 4-1-3-1-1, with AMCR and STCL. Next come roles and duties: GK - goalkeeper / defend RB - wing back / support (duty changes to attack occasionaly) DC - central / defend DC - central / defend DL - full back / attack DMC - deep laying playmaker / defend MCR - central midfielder / support (with the RB on attack duty becomes defend duty) MC - central midfielder / attack MCL - central midfielder / support AMCR - shadow striker / attack STCL - deep laying forward / support (often also defensive forward / support) As I finished the season with 2nd best defense and only 16th best attack, I think I need to risk more, I'm not sure where though, as the play itself looks fine, we would just need more presence in the box, but I'm not sure where to get that. I mean which player / role change to obtain that. I'm also hoping improvement will come from transfers I have lined up, as AMCR and striker weren't good enough (only 2 and a half star each). I would however welcome any opinions or tips how to improve this system, whether there is some obvious flaw I don't see etc. Thank you guys!