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On the search to develop a 3rd solid tactic, one which I can regularly start with that doesn't concede much because it's hard to break down, keeps the ball fairly well and creates many chances against most teams in the EPL I decided to try if I could make a 4-5-1. Given that my team is strong for the division and that my flat formation needs to give time to my players to get in dangerous positions (and therefore needs a patient build up), my initial approach against most teams should be one of Control. If I need a goal desperately, I can switch to the more aggressive 4-4-2 which has an attacking mentality. If I want to play against the better teams in the league I have my counter attacking 4-3-3, which I may switch to 4-5-1 in the future if this formation performs well for me. I decided my team shape should be Fluid because I want to decrease the space between the lines to provide for greater unitary interaction and I want to see more vertical movement from deep. I also believe my players are mentally strong and have good positioning, decisions, teamwork, work rate and off the ball movement, which should make them more successful in a fluid setup. I don't fully understand shape but I think I have this idea right. Tell me if not. Anyway, the main point of the thread is to firstly offer my tactic as open for criticism and secondly to help me pick my forward's role. Bear in mind I have four options at the club - Ibra, Martial, Fellaini and Depay - two target strikers, one creative and physically gifted tricky dribbler who's only OK at finishing (Depay), and a fast striker who isn't very good at passing or creating but is probably the best finisher I have (Martial). I realise these might not be ideal players but I'm keen to learn how they could individually be made to fit in my setup to suit their strengths whilst preventing their isolation from the rest of the team. I created his tactic mid season so my team's familiarity isn't great, and tested it in an away game against Swansea, a mid table team which defeated mine earlier in the season due to their high tempo short passing game. My team came away with not just a 2-0 win, but some very impressive match stats, unrivaled by my prior matches as I have been experimenting through the season. I suspect I may be onto a real winner here, but I did not get a good performance out of my striker, leading me to believe he had the wrong role. Hence the thread. The tactic image you see was how I set up the team to play against Swansea. Take a look at the tactic and a) tell me your thoughts about my team instruction and roles and duties choices. b) tell me what forward role you think is suitable. I will then use a team selection policy based on that role. My overall idea for the tactic was to make sure it had decent possession, had high chance creation, low opponent chance and goal concession and a high number of shots and most of them on target. So basically: domination! My objective with the TI's was to give my team an edge in possession, help the team decrease the space between the lines, stretch opposition defences by making good use of my wide players and not waste chances. Ideas for defensive phase: GK distribution: slow, low risk and short to full backs Back 4 provides solid base, nothing fancy CM(D) plays a key role in screening with tackles and interceptions and providing a recycling outlet with short simple passing. BBM and WM(S) offer additional support from midfield whilst a fast winger and very creative player are available for transitions and attacking movement during a turnover Transitions and creative objectives: Build from the back Focus buildup down the flanks, moving ball infield for relief and switches of play Ensure multiple potential runners from deep Don't rush or waste possession unnecessarily but allow some tempered room for risky creative play Attacks: Goals and assists from almost anywhere in midfield and attack Attack as a balanced unit No players isolated Finally I want to mention that I have not set any PI's except for the goalkeeper.