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Samurai Elite 4-1-4-1

Let me share with you this 4-1-4-1 style tactic for FM 2017, which was inspired by Bayern Munich under Guardiola.

By on Mar 03, 2017   21237 views   15 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - Samurai Elite 4-1-4-1
Those who have followed Bayern Munich matches can remember the sheer domination which can be achieved with this formation. Of course it is not a full simulation of it, but my best try to translate it into the language of FM.

The players are in fairly deep positions, but due to the pressing method it transforms into a 4-3-3 when attacking. All 4 midfield players are making forward runs which makes the opposition defence under constant pressure. Although the lone striker will be the main scorer, the wide midfielders are also represented in the scoreline very often. There is no restriction on whether the WMs should be left or right footed since they are not instructed to either cut inside or to hug the line.

!Important! Play on Control mentality at home and Standard on away matches.






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Discussion: Samurai Elite 4-1-4-1

15 comments have been posted so far.

  • Sixy78's avatar
    Hi Guys this Guide also Helps out, it opens your mind a little, to the smaller things which you tend to oversee,,,http://sport6ix.sportsix.net/2017/03/15/football-manager-2017-guide-to-creating-the-winning-tactic/
  • mosey246's avatar
    It dosent seem to work for me,counter seems to work better
  • zyndar's avatar
    Because playing on Control on away games could be too risky, particularly when you are the underdog.
  • mosey246's avatar
    Why do we need to change the mentalitys
  • zyndar's avatar


    Testing 1 small tweak to add 'More risky passes' to the wide midfielders.
  • DocZ's avatar
    In the 1st season with Bournemouth, with some minor changes (a few individual instructions), it's working pretty well.
    2nd place so far.
    Best attack and goals dif!
    Really good tactic!
    Thank's, mate!
  • zyndar's avatar
    Train as WM or leave it to the assistant manager.
  • I.D.E.A's avatar
    Individual training for WM?
  • zyndar's avatar
  • zyndar's avatar
    Update from my current save. Media prediction is 20th. I am sure this hot streak will end soon, but great start here.



  • zyndar's avatar
    This is Gunzo skin.
  • PRJ's avatar
    Looks good - what skin are u using?
  • zyndar's avatar
    About training:

    General training is Fittness - High in the first 2 weeks of pre season and then Team Cohesion - High until the end of August, Balanced - Medium afterwards. Match preparation (bar fully on the left) is Match Tactics until it gets fully fluid, defensive positioning afterwards (set the bar 2 ticks from the left).
  • zyndar's avatar
    @blackarmor: yes it is. Using it in my Forest Green Rovers save in my 6th season (2nd in PL). Will post screens later tonight.
  • blackarmor's avatar
    Looks good. I'll give a try in the my 2nd season with Nottingham Forest and see how good this is.
    By the way, is this compatible with the recent update (17.3.0)?
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