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How to shut down opponents in away games on Football Manager

Advice by Knap on how to see out away games in Football Manager. Ideas by an expert tactician for a SUS (shut up shop) tactic. These tips specifically apply to FM 2022.

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With regard to Away games it depends upon your own risk factor.

I am gung ho and prefer to attack and perhaps win 1 game in 3. If risk averse, then use a defensive tactic and perhaps draw all 3 games.

As a defensive formation I would use 4141, as it has a DM and protects wings, and KINGSTONIAN 4141 would be my choice.

I use 3 defensive lines; standard, higher, and much higher. If AI are going for balls over top then standard, but if AI goes attacking you can leave at higher or much higher.

The LOE (line of engagement) can be adjusted with or without DL (defensive lines) adjustments. The simple answer is just drop LOE.

I use cautious, positive and attacking mentalities.

For a SUS these are ideas to use.
  • Use 4141 formation
  • Remove pass into space
  • Stop WB runs by going to defend or no nonsense FB
  • Use Defend on DM (or HB) or most defensive MC
  • Change mentality to positive/cautious
  • Add Time wasting
  • Change from counter press and counter and full SUS would be to regroup and hold shape

I tend to judge what to use by how the game is progressing as you may just to want to control game rather than a full SU.

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