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I was reading an article FC Barcelona posted on their twitter account (https://www.fcbarcelona.com/football/first-team/news/2017-2018/barca-valverde-style-fcbarcelona) on how they've been playing recently under Valverde. Barcelona are lining up in their typical 4-3-3 or 4-1-2-2-1 with Messi given more of a free role through the middle with Deulofeu and more recently Dembele playing more on the right than on the left. The wingbacks, in this case, Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo are running up and down the flanks giving the team some width. Sergio Busquets keeps his deep position on attack and on defence he slots in between the two centrebacks, Andres Iniesta still pulls the strings in the midfield with Ivan Rakitic providing more of an attacking support while still being solid on defence. On defence they have Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti playing an extremely high line wich sometimes goes over the halfway line. They are also pressing relentlessly to recover possesion as quickly as possible. So my initial ideal lineup was this Goalkeeper (defend) - roll it out, distribute to centrebacks WBR - Complete Wing Back (attack) DCR - Ball Playing Defender (defend) DCL - Ball Playing Defender (defend) WBL - Complete Wing Back (attack) DM - Deep Lying Playmaker (defend) MCR - B2B (support) MCL - Advanced Playmaker (support) AMR - Inside Forword (support) - sit narrower AMC - Advanced Playmaker (attack) - get further forward, roam from position, move into channels STC - Deep Lying Forward (support) - roam from position TIs - Retain Possesion, Shorter Passing, Play Out Of Defence, Work Ball Into Box, Look For Overlap, Play Narrower, Much Higher Defensive Line, Close Down Much More, Low Crosses Will update after I finish pre-season with some more screenshots and how the team got on in terms of results and actually playing the way I want them to play. Any criticism is appreciated!! Cheers! P.S. This is my first analysis/go at a tactical recreation if anything is out of place or needs more info feel free to tell me.
Hi everyone, I would like to ask for your constructive feedback on how to replicate the real-life Messi role and how to get the most out of him (possibly two separate things). So far I have tried several roles on him, mostly on a 4-4-2 similar to what I think Valverde plays. -As a False 9, paired with a CF(att). In this case, he gets a lot of assists but doesn't score much. Also, he doesn't dribble as much as I would like, although I have "dribble more" enabled, but either passes or shoots from far away (with shoot less often he doesn't shoot at all) -As a Trequartista in attack, paired with a CF(sup). In this case he scores like crazy, but he doesn't return to the middle so much as he does IRL. -As a Trequartista in AMC paired with a CF(sup) upfront. Now sometimes he gets lost in the game. I know it could also mean it is a matter of general team tactics, so I would also like to hear your experiences. PS: I know Barcelona is not a really difficult challenge. I just want the fun of replicating Messi, so please don't bomb me with such messages. Thanks.