I recently started a new save for my Real Madrid team, but rather than try to recreate their tactics or any number of other modern tactics, I figured I would see how Los Merengues would get on using the tactics and formation of a truly legendary team - Brazil from the 1970 World Cup. (Not to mention how I would actually get on trying to imitate said tactics!) Here is the original:
I started delving around this forum for in-game tactics, but could only find one (old) topic here, in the FM12 section, from November 2011 http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/footb...0-4-2-4-a.html
Using this as my starting point, and also realising that C.Ronaldo (who would play my "Jairzinho" role) favours the left side of the pitch as opposed to Jairzinho's favoured right, I decided to mirror the Brazil formation thus:
Of course, if you have a decent right-sided Inside Forward (and there are plenty) then simply swap my "mirrored" tactic back to the original. I do highly recommend whichever Inside Forward you use, they have a high Finishing stat as the position in this tactic is expected to score a lot of goals.
The next challenge came from using the in-game tactical screens to re-create the original team - and of course then win some matches!
I started with the (right sided) C.Alberto / Jairzinho roles - taken in my team by (left sided) Marcelo / C.Ronaldo. As you can see I have set Marcelo with an Attack duty and Ronaldo right up the pitch as an Inside Forward. Whilst on the screenshot above it appears C.Ronaldo is level with the Forward line, in matches he is actually slightly withdrawn, just like Jairzinho. As an example, note the position of number 7 (C.Ronaldo) on the 2 heat maps from matches below:
Next was central midfield. Clodoaldo rarely ventured forward and so I have set his position as a Ball Winning Midfielder with a Defend duty. I originally tried a Defensive Midfield position, but thought that was too deep. Gerson's position I have set as a Deep Lying Playmaker / Support as he did venture forwards whilst still having defensive duties. (Note the relevant heat map positions in central midfield above).
Rivelino (or the so-called "false winger") is my AMCR position set as Winger/Support.
Now to Pele and Tostao. Whilst the positioning is relatively straight forward (a centralised Trequartista role for "Pele" and a Deep Lying Forward for "Tostao") in game this is much more difficult, especially when bringing the "Jairzinho" role back into the equation. Remember that most goals came from Pele and Jairzinho, not Tostao. After much experimentation I eventually settled on the following tactical settings:
- the overall Team tactic is to have Focus Passing down the left flank
- the DLF is set to "Support" so he will come deep and free up space behind for both the Inside Forward and Trequartista
- the DLF and Treq. are further set to "swap positions" in the individual player tactics.
Still not ideal, but the nearest I have got to the original yet.
In terms of results, the following speaks for itself:
No losses, one draw (in pre-season) and goals a-plenty.
Obviously I am only a few months in yet, haven't won anything and I'm sure the game's AI will start to cotton on soon, but I am very pleased with the current form.