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Hi all, In the last couple of weeks I've discovered that my holy grail of football tactics lies within the total football inspired by cruijff and guardiola. I'm trying to emulate this kind of football in FM. I'm not trying to copy an exact tactic 1 on 1, but it's more about the philosophy behind the tactics. Lately I've been reading a lot of articles about Guardiola's philosophy and I was wondering: When I'm emulating his ideas into any fm tactic, what instructions do I absolutely have to tick? I guess I'll have to play very fluid, control. And further on? - retain posession? - work ball into box? -play out of defence? -high defensive line? -high pressure? My question in short is: what are the basic instructions that you would use every time while forming every cruijff/guardiola-inspired tactic? Note: I have learned a lot from the topics of Özil to the arsenal about his fantastic ajax and barca tactic. But I'm not trying to emulate exact tactics, I'm trying to emulate the bigger picture, the philosophy (gosh, I sound like Louis van Gaal right now).
I am currently playing a Manchester City save and I am struggling a little. Tactically, I find FM17 (and FM16) more difficult than previously. I have had injury issues, but I still don't think thats the problem. I have won my first 5 games in a row, but honestly through a lot of luck - we've played small teams and been fortunate in terms of opposition red cards & penalties etc. just about scraping the win. I am not confident going into a tough run of games, I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions as to how I can improve my tactic. I opted to aim for a fast, attacking strategy whereby we remain solid at the back but when we win the ball back we do so with urgency and exploit some space the opposition leave at the back. I am certain on the formation I want to play as I have set up my squad around this, so I think the only changes I could make would be in terms of team instructions/player roles. Any help is appreciated.