Hi all, after failing miserably with the Swansea 2-2-2-2 assymertric tactic on the latest patch I went back and tried out an old FM11 tactic by HBQ (from this site). I'd like to credit HBQ for this tactic, it's 100% his (apart form ticking corners to near post) but it has brought my rediculously weak Bournemouth Squad promotion to the Premiership and after 24 games I'm sitting pretty in 9th with a team I would expect to have been relegated 20th.
Link to original tactic thread: My Messi Barcelona Tactic
Formation: Its a 2-3-2-3 or 5-2-3.
DC's - Fast and physical are ideal as a high D-line is used.
WB's - These guys provide your width and link up with the STL and STR. I'd prioritise defensive traits over offensive so you don't get caught on the break so much.
CM's and DM - Ideally you need midfield destroyers here. The cm's and dm break up play and thread simple balls to the strikers / WB's. The key to your defensive success lies here.
STCL - This guy is essentially a Poacher. Matt Tubbs is still ripping apart teams at Prem level in this spot.
STCR - Essentially a winger. A more technical striker should go here.
STC - You need a creative technical striker here. This is the "messi" role and he will roam into space created by the other 2 strikers, breaking forward with through balls to either score or perfectly set up your supporting strikers. I use Jonathon Viera here who has scored 15, assissted 17 in 30 apps.
Viera in STC role:
Matt Tubbs as STCL:
When the tactic works best:
OI's: Leave to ass man or turn off
Pitch Size: Maximum
Match Prep: Teamwork
- You'll notice my defence is leaky and there are some rather embarrassing defeats in my fixture list. Being my first prem season this is a result of (1) Not having the correct players at my disposal (2) Probably employing the wrong team talks (3) Simply being overpowered by a far superior team.
- The amount of own goals the AI has scored for me is actually quite comical. Never before have I seen a tactic pressure AI defenders so much that they regularly conceede own goals.
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As with any tactic, you will need to let it bed in for a few games before it starts to work.
Edit: New defensive tweaks
Defensive Line: Dropped to the last notch of normal (before it changes to Push Up)
Keeper: Sweeper Keeper Defend
Defending Corner Set Pieces alteredMatch Prep: Defend Set pieces
I have found these tweaks make my defence more stable, stifle the amount of chances the opposition have and also creates more space for your front trio to cause havoc as the opposition is more stretched where they are pushing up more.