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The golden 4-2-4 (The last for FM19)

  1. The golden 4-2-4 (The last for FM19)

    Where to start?

    When building my tactics, the first thing I consider is my attacking movements. It is essential that my players to move into the right areas of the pitch to create some overloads and hence free up space for other players to attack. For that I relied on key principles and ideas from great managers namely Pep Guadiola and Mauricio Pochettino. Being a fan of possession with purpose and fast attacking, I wanted to incorporate these in my tactics. My choice was then to use a 4-2-4 as below.



    How do I want to attack?
    It is commonplace to see tactics with 3 strikers and to be honest they are quite successful as the AI is tricked. One principle here is that those tactics are very good at exploiting the space between the Center-backs and the full-backs just like Guardiola's City. For that to be possible, it means that I need to create width, again a principle of Pep Guadiorla. But at the same time, I want my players to be close enough to combine (one-twos) and unsettle the opposition (well executed by Pochettino's Spurs). So attacking wise, my team positional play is as follow:

    As you can see, it is a joy for a good AP/DLP to have so many players to aim for. How does that work? Well, as my team plays wide it means that the two IFs start really wide so that they can attack the defenders at pace. But as I don't want them to be too wide in possession I instruct them to stay central forcing opposition fullbacks to stay central and creating space for bombing WBs. As AI tends to defend very narrow, it is a joy to see amazing wing play resulting in a cross with 4 players in the box.
    I have also realised that AI can't cope with strikers on support duties so I decided to have both strikers on support duties. It helps combining with IFs and the AP.
    So it is a really good unpredictable tactic because your double pivot (formed by the AP and DLP) can hurt the opposition with the right pass (behind the defence, on the flanks).

    In Defence

    Defensively, I think defending with a good-old 4-4-2 is awesome as it covers all key areas of the pitch. Is it perfect? Of course not. We all know the weaknesses of defending with a 4-4-2 namely the space between the back 4 and the midfield. I take care of that using TIs (higher defensive line+ standard line of engagement). This means that we stay compact and high on the pitch.

    How does it look like in FM19?




    Results

    I have tested this tactic with Inter (a sleeping giant) in an online save. The results just speak for themselves. Good going forward and solid at the back. So why don't you try it?




    Training


    I can't stress enough how important training is for this tactic to be successfull. As mentioned earlier, your players need to understand wingplay, direct and patient attacking plans. I have attached my training schedules.
    My training is spilt into 3 phases: pre-season, Phase 1(P1) and Phase 2(P2)
    For a 5-week pre-season, I use the pre-season schedule for 2 weeks (no games during those weeks) and then switch to P1 schedules until the end of November. I then switch to P2 training till the season end.
    Make sure that your games are played on wednesdays and saturdays (if not it is going to mess up the training schedules).
    For wednesday and saturday games (in the same week), use 2 games schedule
    For home Saturday games, use H saturday schedules
    For away saturday games, use A saturday schedules
    For home wednesday games, use H wednesday schedules
    For away wednesday games, use A saturday schedules
    For free week (international weeks), use either free week (P1) or match practice(P2)


    Other issues to know

    When you get a red card, take off the less performing striker.
    I can't stress enough how vital it is to have pacey strikers (at least 15, think Callum Wilson), good AP with long shot and work rate (at least 15, think Bruno Fernandes), solid DLP with work rate (think Ndombele, Koke), good wing-backs with good crossing abilities (think Grimaldo, Mbabu).



    Thanks for reading!
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    Last edited by kessy; 2 Weeks Ago at 08:17 AM.
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  2. Hi, it looks great!

    Do you have a screenshot of the player statistics over the season? e.g. goals and assists for each position

    Thank you

  3. I think there are 2 schedules missing? (Wednesday)

  4. How about throw-in exploits etc? Do you use them?

  5. Quote Originally Posted by JoOSTAR View Post
    I think there are 2 schedules missing? (Wednesday)
    No it's complete. For wednesdays games only P1/P2 are used whether home or away
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Smiza View Post
    How about throw-in exploits etc? Do you use them?
    I use long throw-in routines, set up in a way that can end with a cross from my wing-backs or a long-throws to my striker who then turns and shoots at goal.

  7. I add the opp instruction on the tactic page.

    When I start a match, all the OI are gone..

    What i'm doing wrong?
    Last edited by wijnandfens; 2 Weeks Ago at 10:05 PM.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by wijnandfens View Post
    I add the opp instruction on the tactic page.

    When I start a match, all the OI are gone..

    What i'm doing wrong?
    Nothing mate...it is the same thing (for some reason) for me but it works. How is the tactic doing?

  9. Do you change anything when playing away against a tougher opponent?

  10. Wait thers's a dif tactic for saturdays and wednesdays?

  11. Quote Originally Posted by hothead_1 View Post
    Do you change anything when playing away against a tougher opponent?
    No mate same tactic!

  12. Quote Originally Posted by qwerty111 View Post
    Wait thers's a dif tactic for saturdays and wednesdays?
    No mate same tactic but different training schedules

  13. And when i play on tuesday and sunday?

  14. Quote Originally Posted by Bojinov View Post
    And when i play on tuesday and sunday?
    Sorry mate, my schedules are set only for wednesday and saturday games. If you want to use my schedules you have to set your save to wednesday and saturday games

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Bojinov View Post
    And when i play on tuesday and sunday?
    go to your game options and set games for only wednesday and saturday! you will have to wait until season ends if you are mid season!

  16. Quote Originally Posted by fullsynchro View Post
    go to your game options and set games for only wednesday and saturday! you will have to wait until season ends if you are mid season!

    can you please tell me how?




  17. Quote Originally Posted by nqqqj View Post

    can you please tell me how?
    Preferences 1.jpg
    Preferences 2.jpg

    Over to the right you will find "Match scheduling options"
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  18. Please don't take any offence but the training biz seems a bit too over the top for my preferred FM experience. I do like the sound of the tactic though so I might try it without

  19. Quote Originally Posted by kewellisthebest View Post
    Please don't take any offence but the training biz seems a bit too over the top for my preferred FM experience. I do like the sound of the tactic though so I might try it without
    Fair enough mate!


  20. Quote Originally Posted by DieSpaghettis View Post
    I honestly think those tests make no sense. I can accept that the Serie A is very defensive so I don't expect to concede a lot. Thus I decided to try it in the Premier league (Man Utd) because the tactic suits the current squad. This time I gave control to AI. I just set up the tactics and training. My assistant took care of everything else. Half way through the season, the results are attached. So to say that this tactic is way too open (both with a strong and weak team as per the fm-arena test) is really far from the truth.
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  21. Thought I would give you some feedback on a season completed with this tactic. Leeds Utd first season. The current players fit the tactic well, so I thought I would try it, with very good results as you can see.
    I havent implemented the training as yet, but I have made the adjustments to the preferences so if it changes over as you said next season I will try them.
    I really love how the majority of scoring is coming from the strikers as it should be, with good support from the Inside forwards and AP. Have not gotten very good ratings with the DLP but with the results as they are that isnt too much of a concern.

    Cheers.
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  22. Thanks for your feedback mate! Again it shows that the fm-arena test is flawed.

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