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So I have a different question here. As I was trying myself as a more, lets say Benitez type of a manager (being concerned with all kind of details and micromanaging the hack out of every team) I came across an understanding, that Determination, Workrate and Pace are among the most rewarding attributes in this game. I mean, I always build my team based on those 3 attributes. Never under 15 in determination. Ive been doing so for the last 10 years at least (in FM era) and always had success. But the question is how do you create a tactic based on average players attributes in a team. I mean if my strikers are among the strongest and tallest strikers in the league, how do I channel that info into action tactically speaking? Do I play a more longball oriented style of football? Or for instance, if my players have the best conmposure in the league? Or Anticipation? How do I use that as my teams strenth? Any help?
The Premise: My plan is to translate Aitor Karanka’s 4-2-3-1 come 4-4-1-1 into a workable Football Manager tactic and further my knowledge of the Football Manager Match Engine and football tactics at the same time. Why Karanka and why now? Firstly I am a Middlesbrough manager, for my sins, and now is the appropriate time due to the fact that Boro now appear on the FourFourTwo StatsZone app (with 10 games to trawl through). All this makes it much easier to gather together real life highlights and matches now they are in the Premier League. Some Boro fans may wonder why I’m looking to replicate Karanka - some might says it’s dull and defensive - but I’m a big fan his system and the team he has built plus it should be possible to build it within FM. On recent editions of FM I have found myself tinkering with a simple tactic until it works and forging ahead until it stops working. This will be my first attempt to do something like this and I intend for it to be in depth. It won’t be a quick process and I may not touch it for a while before continuing with it at a later date. My initial plan is to blitz the set up before the full release of the game and start building things in game on Friday. This save will run concurrent to my other personal games. My intention is to pay attention to detail and take my time to analyse, reflect and act on what I have seen. Much of my research has been done on this forum and the in-depth Lines and Diamonds resource. First I plan to lay out how I see Karanka’s real life tactics working out before applying it to the FM tactics creator before playing specific attention to important players and in roles within the tactics. Hopefully I should have got through this in time to get started on Friday with actually playing the game. Hopefully by the end of it I will have built a reliable tactic for the Premier League and guided Boro to safety to set up a long term save with my favourite club. Much more likely is that the tactic bombs and I get frustrated and fired in February. At least that will give me a chance to do some analytical writing. Latest Update: The defensive roles in my starting tactic. Contents: