i made a couple of conclusions regarding tactics in this game.
all my fm life, i loved to play the 4-5-1 with inside forwards and even a 4-2-3-1 with if and an att mid/treq
i think that everyone likes "football champagne"
but in this year version, football champagne with world class players leads to score, yes... but also leads to your opponents playing football champagne in your own half, and often you end losing
i remember in my first year of my monaco save, using a 4-5-1 and losing a match 7-5
this isnt tennis, and even if i'd won that game, i would be moaning. i dont like 4-3, 5-2 or this stuff... i like 3-0. this is the perfect result for me
playing a 4-4-2 seems to be more balanced, but without an att mid, you create little football, you play the Falcioni's style of Boca Juniors... Ball to the air, and see what happens... obviouly your goals will be most pizzas or crosses.
then, i gave born to my creature, first i thought on a formation that is strong defensively. took the falcioni idea of 2 lines of 4.
but gave every player individual instrucions to close down on almost same point of the slider... i wanted a team that get all together but the striker and the att mid, that sits a lil be upfield
results start to come more consintently, conceding dropped dramaticaly, 1-0 2-0 and 3-0 started to appear more often...
although some times i lost games 0-1 i never get scored more than twice with this tactic, and concede 2 were a very rare thing
won 3 champions leagues in a row... and with more talented players, like bale at left mid, or messi as att mid, i started to have more possesion on majority of matches
now im winning easily almost every match, due to the quality of my players, but when i had a more normal squad, my team still won despite in most matches dont having possession and being shot from far very much
so my conclusion is that a 4-4-1-1, or at least mine, is far better with middle ranked teams, with top teams, you wont win by 5-0 every match, but ull concede very little... and i like that
FM13 was made to Falcioni's or Bilardo's more than for Guardiolas... and pushing very upfield with defense in this game, appears to be just suicidal... or at least to conceding more than acceptable
for mid table teams it seems that death of inside forwards came!!!