This tactic uses a modern, fluid 4-2-3-1 formation, and is designed to balance a stout defence with attacking flair. This is a tactic for attack minded managers, and it is ideal for teams who possess pacey, creative attacking midfielders.
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Use common sense with stats when picking players. The DL and DR must be able to cross and dribble well as well as the usual defensive stats.. The MCL should be an all-rounder who can attack as well as defend. The MCR should be more defensive, a long shot ability is a bonus. The AMC is the creative link in the hole, so creativity, technique, passing are essential. The AML/AMR's will cut inside, so shooting/composure are as important as dribbling, crossing and technique. The ST can be changed from Advanced Forward to Poacher or Complete Forward depending on the type of strikers you possess.
I use AsstMan OI if he has high Tactical Knowledge (15+). If not, use your own if you have the nous, leave alone if not. 'Work ball into box' is useful if players are shooting from distance too often.
My pitch size is the Champions League maximum, 105m x 68m, but even at smaller away grounds this tactic performs well.
This is a base tactic to work from, not a definitive 'use and you'll be as successful as Alex Ferguson' tactic. It can be for some people, if it all clicks with their own style and the players they have, but generally it will need tweaking, and that's for them to do, not me, it's their team, they need to watch and see what's not working and what is.
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