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My team is playing with 4-4-2. I note that they are struggling against 2 strikers. I know that my central defenders are not good enough to cope with them. I have tried to recreate a three-man defensive line with one FB tucking in without ball which I have seen in real life. However, I failed to recreate it. Is it really possible in FM?

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Playing a Limited Full Back can help - otherwise simply going 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 is the best answer for this type of problem. Marcelo Bielsa famously always uses a spare man at the back - so if his opponents play 2 up front he uses 3 centre-backs etc etc

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Pulling one of your CMs back to DM and setting him on Half Back role helps, he drops back to create a back 3. Make sure he has minimum closing down instructions and ease off tackles so he becomes the spare man back there.

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Pulling one of your CMs back to DM and setting him on Half Back role helps, he drops back to create a back 3. Make sure he has minimum closing down instructions and ease off tackles so he becomes the spare man back there.

Yeah I have thought about it, but I don't want to change formation as it doesn't suit my team.

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You can ask a full back to sit narrower possibly (I cannot remember if the option is possible or not)

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You can ask a full back to sit narrower possibly (I cannot remember if the option is possible or not)

Does a Limited Full Back has low closing down on deflaut?I don't want him charging forward or drifting wide against a winger.

Also, does it make sense to has a Defensive Winger or Wide Midfielder covering that flank?

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It will have a default level of closing down (same as centre-backs) - a DW or WM can help but it is pointless to play a Limited Full Back & Defensive Winger on same flank. It is crazy.

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It will have a default level of closing down (same as centre-backs) - a DW or WM can help but it is pointless to play a Limited Full Back & Defensive Winger on same flank. It is crazy.

Yes there would be no penatration on that flank.

But with FB tucking in, there is no one defending that flank if I have an out and out Winger, so it is quite tricky.

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Precisely - you need to decide how you want to prioritise it, and indeed why you want to play with a "tucked in" full back. It may not suit your team.

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Finally I made it. Changing to an asymmetric 4-4-2 is an answer for what I want. My three CDs are effective against two strikers and the DW really drops deep to cover the hole.

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Interesting tactical quirk there. Nice to see something a bit different.

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Interesting tactical quirk there. Nice to see something a bit different.

I am also surprised at how great it is. Before the change, my CDs were constantly beaten by 2 strikers. It is a completely different game after the change. I thought a narrower formation provide better defence in the expense of attacking but it doesn't. Actually it create space for my DW and DF.

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