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The Aim

Inspired by people like @Mr U Rosler I wanted to create a realistic tactic that met the following, in order of importance:
 
- Defensively solid
 
- Realistic shape
 
- Different types of goals scored
 
- Players breaking from deep
 
- Goals and assists spread through the team
 
If you want a tactic that is going to try and 'game' the ME, play with 3 central strikers and win games 7-4 then move along because you're in the wrong place.
 
If you want to be solid defensively and enjoy a 1-0, then read on :)
 
 
The Tactic
 
This has been a work in progress since the game released and as mentioned I've taken a lot of inspiration from others. Shout out to @Mr U Rosler, @burnum and others trying to create realistic tactics.
 
The basic shape with TI's and player roles is shown here:
 
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- I don't use OI's at all
 
- The only additional PI's I'm using are 'shoot less often' on every single player
 
 
The Results
 
Here is a screenshot of results since using the final tactic:
 
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As you can see we are absolutely rock solid defensively. I'm so pleased with the team shape defensively. We don't score massive amounts of goals but when you keep this number of clean sheets, it almost doesn't matter. We have only conceded 2 goals once and that was with a completely rotated team in an EL game against Sporting.
 
The 0-1 loss against Everton was incredibly unlucky. We dominated the game and had a goal disallowed, they scored a late goal from a corner to win it - just one of those things.
 
We have played Chelsea 3 times so far, and conceded 1 goal in over 270 minutes of football.
 
 
The League Table
 
Here is a screenshot of the league table around the halfway stage:
 
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6 goals conceded in 18 games :)
 
 
 
The Stats
 
Here is a screenshot of my player stats, as you can see goals and assists are nicely spread throughout the team. Really pleased with this.
 
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Misc Notes
 
- The BWM(d) will never get great ratings. I'm not worried about this because he does his job on the pitch. 
 
- The CF(s) sometimes has off days and isn't going to score 40 goal a season. he often plays the role of decoy or creator.
 
- The only real weakness is the ball over the top. I have weighed this up against the benefits of playing a higher line and offside trap and it's a calculated risk.
 
- Training. I do Team Cohesion and Match Tactics until they are significantly high at which point I switch to Balanced and, you guessed it, Defensive Positioning :)
 
 
Caveats
 
- For consistency, all my tests while coming up with this tactic have been with Arsenal. I do not know if this will work with lower teams, or even ANY other teams. All I know is it works with this Arsenal side I've assembled. I welcome feedback from anyone else.
 
- Because I'm happy with the tactic in my long term save, I'm probably not going to provide updates and tweaks to this tactic as others do. I just offer it 'as is' and welcome other people to tweak and feedback if they would like to. I hope it offers people a platform to build on to create defensively solid teams.
 
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Edited by robbo877

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On 1/21/2018 at 15:55, MichaelMiki said:

I tried it, and i like it :D Good job

Thanks for the feedback! What team did you use?

 

On 1/21/2018 at 19:06, cobrauk said:

Can you show transfers also? Was thinking of making an Arsenal save and you made some good ones

I'm away from my FM laptop at the moment, will post a screenshot shortly but if I remember rightly I basically bought 4 midfielders as I wasn't happy with the depth there.

I sold Sanchez, Elneny and Coquelin.

I bought Perisic, Mahrez, Milinkovic-Savic and Goretzka.

Perisic and Mahrez were bought specifically because they are perfect inverted wingers in this formation.

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On 1/22/2018 at 00:42, robbo877 said:

Thanks for the feedback! What team did you use?

 

I'm away from my FM laptop at the moment, will post a screenshot shortly but if I remember rightly I basically bought 4 midfielders as I wasn't happy with the depth there.

I sold Sanchez, Elneny and Coquelin.

I bought Perisic, Mahrez, Milinkovic-Savic and Goretzka.

Perisic and Mahrez were bought specifically because they are perfected inverted wingers in this formation.

I used Red Star Belgrade :D It worked very well

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13 hours ago, coax73 said:

what about training ?

I read somewhere that although your assistant may recommend fitness training during pre-season, it doesn't actually improve conditioning in the way you would expect and thus is not worthwhile. I believe this came from @Cleon so a valid source, though I cant find the actual quote right now.

So what I do is focus on Team Cohesion and Match Tactics during pre-season. Once tactics are all fluid and team cohesion is well into the green, I switch to Balanced and Defensive Positioning and take my assistants advice on when to increase or decrease the load based on frequency of matches - seemed to work well.

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I have tried this with atletico but found it hard to get a consecutive streak of clean sheets. Which surprised me, considering their squad and the weak league. I did win the league and the champions league, but won the treble in my first season also with a 4-4-2. 

Will try this with united or Arsenal soon and hopefully get a more solid defense going

thanks for posting! 

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I've had some decent success with this tactic, made a few minor tactical changes to fit my team but that aside its working great

 

Thanks @robbo877

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

 

I'm on a little hiatus from FM currently, playing Kingdom Come but will be back shortly and will be revisiting this tactic to see if I can get the same solidity with a lesser team.

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