Mr Hough FM12.2 Tactics.
Here is my New tactic for FM12.2. formation is a 4-1-2-2-1 with advanced wingers and a lone striker.
When i was making this tactic i had various problems with defence and the DM position. What i found was that the DM was going to high in his position when all i want him to do is sit in front of the back 4 and protect that area just in front. What he was doing was venturing too far forward and leaving a big space in between the midfield and defence.
I mainly seen the problems when the opposition plays with an AMC. I found that the AMC had loads of space and my central defenders where closing him down as opposed to the DM closing him down which was not good as then the central defenders stepped up to close the AMC the lone opposition ST had loads and loads of space and i was getting killed by through balls.
I managed to fix that though and he now protects the defence how i want him too now.
I have found playing a high defensive line with no tight marking the best too go on this patch, What tended to happen when i was playing tight marking was that my defenders where getting too close to the opposition and they where just getting out ran all the time. With no tight marking and a high Defence line the opposition will still look for the long ball but because my defence is a few yards off the opposition ST it gives the defender time to get the ball and recycle possession to my team. Great tactic.
I like the play of the tactic and this particular formation is pleasing on watch, Great attacking because it's hard for the Opposition defenders to pick up the 1 attacker so i find that he has alot of space, If you are using a great striker i can imagine it being devastating and goal records will be rewritten.
The way the Striker plays is very clever in my opinion, He plays like a target man and an advanced ST all in one. Target man Receiving the ball early and laying off to the supporting midfielders or playing it wide to the wingers to advance onto goal. Advanced forward looking to break the offside trap and running at goal.
The 3 midfielders are key to the tactic though. The DM has to be a DM. That is important to the tactic. The CM's on the other hand can be attacking defensive or a mixture of both. I suppose it depends on your team and how you want to play.
Although the wingers play more like inside forwards you can use natural out and out wingers there, I played Bale in my tottenham test and he scored 15 goals in 15 games and also had 15 assists so again it depends what you have on your side and who you want to bring into that position.
Fullbacks are also key, They support the wingers and you will find alot that if the wingers run out of space they will often pass the ball back to the fullbacks who are approaching the 30 yard mark, This is a good and bad thing, Good for support but bad for the opposition counter, Try and get pace in these areas Pace and Positioning is KEY here.
All in all though i am very happy with this tactic. It is my first on the new patch and although i think this is good i am hoping my next one is better.
As always feel free to comment and leave any remarks about the tactic you like.
Match Prep has been set to Defensive Positioning with the Workload being Average - You can change this however i prefer it to be Defensive.
Maximum Pitch Size.
Team Talks - Use whatever you feel work the best for you.
Training again same as team talks Use the best that you have found for you.
No Opposition Instructions.
if you get a man sent off take off one of the outer strikers to replace him
Remember that al tactics need a period of 3-4 games for the players to gel, This one is no different, I would suggest about 10 games for a proper evaluation of the tactic