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Yeah, you can pretty much do anything. I think this is the kind of situation where the depth of this game is truly amazing, it make it so much more involving than something like Fifa or Pro Evo (and that's from someone who just bought PES!).
In my view, the available players should determine the different strategies you set up as options (if you don't have a tall striker who is good in the air, there's not much point going route one, if your midfielders are small with good technique then short fast passes would work well, etc), and out of those you should choose the ones you feel are most effective against the opposition you're facing. As the opposition becomes more familiar with your favoured strategies, you just start using different options.
I tend to have fast, small strikers, and a midfield full of great passers with pace on the wings. The best strategies for the squad are possession football, counter attacking and all out attacking. The best formation depends on which players are available. To begin with, I used 4-2-3-1 possession most of the time. After that became less effective, I switched to 4-4-2 counter. Next, I started using an attacking 4-3-3. Then I switched back to the first strategy.
For specific games I'd sometimes switch to a different formation or strategy to surprise them, which can make a huge difference. Even using the normal strategy there's a lot of little tweaks you can do to improve performance and counter the opposition's strengths. It just depends how deep you want the game to be!
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