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Playing as Borussia Dortumand, just finished my 3rd season with them in the year 2026. Won the league by a point my first season but the following two seasons I have lost out by 7 and 4 points. By home form is good only losing once and drawing two in my most current season. I seem to be losing out on vital points away from home, this season out of 17 games I won 8 drew 5 and lost 4. Scoring 28 and conceding 21. Compared to Bayern who won the league with an away record of 13 wins 2 draws and 2 loses. So as you can see my away form is letting me down. In the German league I have found that I come up against a few different formations, 4-4-2, 4-5-1 and 4-2-3-1 are quite common. The year I won the league I went with a 4-2-3-1 but wasn't completely happy with it. The following seasons I have went with a 3-5-2 which I think suits by team better but I think it needs improved or adapted for the away games. I line up as such..


3 Central defenders with the middle one set to cover the other 2 just standard defend.

2 Wingers (ML + MR) at support.

In the middle of the park I have a DLP (d) AP (a) and a BBM (s)

up top I have a TM/ ADV F with a poacher both at attack.

I tend to play direct, work ball into box, drill crosses, wider, hassle and higher tempo. This is by standard/starting way. Another set up is perhaps more of a counter attacking style which done quite well at the end of the season when I used it more which was Direct, pass into space, clear to flanks, drill crosses, run at defence, play wider, hassle and higher tempo.

As for my players I have a good squad with my main starting 11 all 3.5* +

Looking for any ideas where this may be improved for away games where I seem to concede quite a few. So my defending may be the main problem. Is the 3 at the back not the best? the high line perhaps causing problems? Tried to explain it as best as I could but would like to hear some thoughts or ideas that may help me. Cheers.

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Maybe set the outer centre halls as stoppers so they will close down wingers? Especially when you yourself have wingers and not defensive wingers. I play this formation as Aberdeen and I've found I need to have my wingers set as defensive wingers or there just isn't enough cover, not ideal for a side like Dortmund and the players you have admittedly.

I'd try setting the outer centre backs as stoppers and see if that helps any

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