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Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 / 3-4-3 Tactics for FM20 by RDF

Replicating Conte's 352 & 343 tactics for Football Manager 2020. Play pleasing yet defensively strong football in FM2020 like Conte did at Chelsea & Inter.

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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 / 3-4-3 Tactics for FM20 by RDF
RDF's The Godfather 352 / 343, a recreation of Antonio Conte tactics at Chelsea 2016/17 and Inter 2018/19.

Disclaimer: This is my own interpretation of the Antonio Conte tactic from past seasons. This will NOT bring guaranteed FM20 success as its made to replicate, correct players will be needed.

I recommend using this in the Italian leagues as it has only been tested in Italy so far. I also recommend tweaking, tweak recommendations will be below.

In 2016/17 Antonio Conte came to England to manage Chelsea, a very difficult job. Things didn’t start well, he began with 4 at the back but it was the heavy loss away to Arsenal that made Conte switch back to his familiar style he used in Italy. This was new to the Premier League. Being able to win the league with a style nobody in England was used to, deserves credit and will we try to replicate that masterpiece in to FM20.

We will also be replicating his very familiar 352 system that he trusts very much!

Conte created a system which makes Chelsea / Juventus / Inter play pleasing football whilst being defensively strong.

I will be bring two variations.
  • 2016/17 Chelsea
  • 2018/19 Inter
  • 352 Inter Mirror
  • 352 Inter Sweeper

The Conte Tactic Build Up

Fluidity - Conte teams have all been well drilled. Here, we achieve this by having team fluidity on Structured.

Starts with the GK. he will be instructed to distribute to CBs, Conte liked his team to play out from the back, but not overplay the ball! The aim is here that the two CBs split wide, your Sweeper/Central Defender will look to collect the ball, he will then have a few options, he can dribble, play in to CBs or to the Wing Backs. Your GK must be confident in possession.

Conte's teams doesn't push to the maximum, he likes to be compact, invite pressure, counter with space.

The wing backs will look to attack and defend. When attacking, they will give some width in attack. Both wide defenders will make forward runs often and when defending both of them will drop back in defence making it now a 5 man defence.

The central midfielders will cover a lot of ground. They need to be able to link the defence with attack. Both midfielders will almost act as box to box midfielders, whilst one aims to win possession more urgently.

The two wider forwards (or two forwards in 352 system) will look to move around to try cause the opposition headaches. the middle forward looks into spaces to be a focal point. In the 352 system, midfielders making forward runs will try to exploit the space.

Conte's 3-5-2 System






Conte's 3-4-3 System






Relevant forum thread with more details:

Antonio 'The Godfather' Conte 352/343


Tweaking Tips

  • Tempo can be altered. Either slower to break down defence or quicker to get ball in final third quicker.

  • Attacking width can be altered. To wider, this is to open more space but be careful, your team maybe be exposed to counters.

Opposition Instructions

I only use OIs against the top teams. I pick there best player (example, Neymar at PSG or Ronaldo/Dybala at Juventus) and use "never tight mark".

The Conte Tactic Results

3-5-2 Tested with Inter






3-4-3 Tested with Juventus






Conte Video Analysis




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