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Complete 4-3-3 Tactics

Three complete FM 2017 tactics for every situation with the same 4-3-3 formation. Tested with Chelsea over 7 seasons, but should work for lower level clubs as well.

By on Feb 06, 2017   Feb 20, 2017   31949 views   7 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - Complete 4-3-3 Tactics
Greetings to all fellow football managers.

This is a three tactic setup for all situations with the same formation (4-3-3).

I have improved them over 7 seasons with Chelsea, although its a top team I believe the tactics can work for lower level teams as well.

The aim is to employ possession and attacking football with lower/higher tempo depending on the situation.

  • The highest possession I have achieved is 75%, the average after a full season is 60%.

  • Awesome passing success rate of 87%.

  • With the tactics I have won all possible titles during the 7 seasons, including a quintuple (5 titles) in my third season and an incredible septuple (7 titles) in my last season.

But lets get down to business:

The three tactics have slightly different team and player instructions and different mentalities: Counter, Standard and Control.

When to use each one is pretty intuitive but I'll give you some tips:

  • The Counter one is used mainly when trying to protect a lead, but if you play a lower team you might be using it against the top teams.

  • The Standard one is the one you will be using the most, starting the games, most short odds matches or in most away matches, where you want to start more cautiously and assess the situation. If its going good you just leave it for the whole match.

  • The Control one is your attacking style, it is used when you need a goal if you are trailing or going for a draw. Play it on in second halfs or late in the game if your standard tactic doesn't produce. It is also good for starting games against weaker teams or teams with defensive formations, or in second legs for cup competitions if u have lost the first one.

The tactics have set pieces routines for every aspect and though I am no expert in them I believe they are good enough.

About the player positions:

  • Goalkeeper - Sweeper support: Any good goalie will do, but good footwork and rushing out are a bonus. Suitable wonderkids: Donnarumma, Ederson, Rajkovic.

  • LB - Full Back attack: This player will stay wider to provide support for the inside forward in attack and provide crosses from the byline. Suitable wonderkids: Grimaldo, Gaya, Shaw.

  • RB - Full Back support: A less attacking full back, who stays narrower to provide more defensive cover and crosses mainly from deep. Suitable wonderkids: Henrichs, Bellerin, Lirola

  • CBs - BPD defend + CD defend: Typical offside trap setup with one of the players allowed to make riskier passes. Can work with 2 CD also. Suitable wonderkids: Rugani, Laporte, Zouma, Varane, Marquinhos.

  • DM - DLP defend: Holding midfielder providing defensive support. You need a player with good tackling, marking, positioning and passing. Suitable wonderkids: Maia, Bazoer, Neves.

  • MCL - CM support: Basically a box to box midfielder who doesn't roam from position. You need a player who can defend and attack. Suitable wonderkids: Renato, Dele, Cook.

  • MCR - AP attack: A very technical role, he will provide the link between midfield and attack. A player with good dribbling, passing, vision and technique is needed. Suitable wonderkids: Bernardo, Coric, Odegaard.

  • AML - IF support: He stays narrower and provides creative passes, dribbles and also shoots when in good position. The required attributes are the same as the AP, but the inside forward needs to be quick. Suitable wonderkids: Mbappe, Pulisic, Martial.

  • AMR - Winger attack: A wider attacking option to provide more unpredictability, he will dribble more to the wide and provide crosses, he will also shoot when in good position. You need a fast player with good technique, dribbling and crossing. Suitable wonderkids: Lemar, Ousmane, Ounas.

  • ST - False nine: He will link the two wide players and also provide the finishing touch. Any good striker can work. Suitable wonderkids: Origi, Kuki, Eggestein.


  • If u get a red card remove the AML or ST

  • The team training I use is balanced with average intensity, choose match tactics as preparation during the preseason and when the tactics are fluid switch to defending positioning or defending set pieces. For individual training just train your players for the appropriate positions.

  • I don't use any opposition instructions.

  • I like to train my attacking players to use one-two passes, which helps a lot in creating chances in some matches. Train your MCR, AML, AMR and ST.

  • Team talks are important to keep morale high, try to encourage your players and be less harsh in away matches. If the morale is low, a good way to lift it up is to arrange a team meeting.


Please provide feedback on how the tactics work for your team!
Thank you!

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Discussion: Complete 4-3-3 Tactics

7 comments have been posted so far.

  • Den1s's avatar
    @Liisandroo read above the screenshots
  • Liisandroo's avatar
    What trainings do you use during the preseason and then during the season
  • jamison's avatar
    i only joined the site to say these tactics are brilliant. very good work.
  • Den1s's avatar
    Thanks for the feedback, I will consider it but I never had problems with scoring over 80-90 goals in the league and 30+ in CL. Has the tactic become fluid for your team, they could be still getting used to it?
  • Hydrogen07's avatar
    I am playing Pompey, I have to concede this tactic has a good defensive line, I got 5 consecutive draw games (even when facing with big team like Ars, ManU) then I find there is a lack in attacking with this tactic. It's really hard to find a way into the box with winger, just cross and header, what a poor attacking style.
    So I try to use AP instead of Winger and it works really good (with a right OI)
  • Den1s's avatar
    Read the description above mate
  • ilyes92300's avatar
    There are three different tactics which to choose?
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