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The Better Half's Deep 4-2-3-1

A split symmetrical counter approach. Whilst trying to keep possession and play compact, denying space between our 3 blocks, we still try more risky passes and utilize more width when attacking.

By on Oct 26, 2013   65856 views   1 comments
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FM 2014 Tactics - The Better Half's Deep 4-2-3-1
In this tactic we play on the break. Whilst trying to keep possession and play compact, denying space between our 3 blocks, we still try more risky passes and utilize more width when attacking.

The Defence
Looking at the defence, it’s pretty straight forward and the only thing I would recommend tweaking is the stopper/cover roles. When up against formations using a single FC, it’s a great choice but as soon as the opponents play with 2 FC or even worse, with an AMC behind them, it’s better to use either both players on Cover or both on Stopper
We use a Ballplaying DC, one Central Defender, one Fullback on support and one the right flank, a much more adventures and attacking Fullback. Like in the screen beneath, he provides width both with and without the ball and burst forward.

The Centre Midfield
Here, we sit with one Deep Playmaker on defend duty. He is setup to play a more direct game and to close down further up in the pitch ON the left side, we have a Ballwinner on support that gets forward more often and keep a shorter passing game can connect better with the players around him, actually letting the Playmaker hit those t-balls. This way, he can concentrate on getting forward and provide movement instead of getting isolated from the match after having played a more direct ball from deep.

The Front 4
Here, we sit with an AMC on support that have been given the orders to roam and find free space. Within this, he is told to act like a mobile link-man by reducing his risky passes, letting him hold up the ball, move with it and keep a shorter passing game, all this to able his teammates to get into good positions.
The FC is a False nine and he is also told to roam and keep a shorter passing game,. He often links yup with the AMC and drags the DC’s out of position before getting back into the area.
Out on the right flank, we have a defensive winger that holds his ground. Now, don’t be fooled by the labeled Defensive Winger”. It basically means that he puts in more effort for the team. This player should have great movement and crossing.
On the left flank, we use a Wide Target Man. He should be a mobile and strong( agility is important) player. He cuts inside and roams from this position when seeing fit.

How to install the tactic in FM 2014

1. Put the downloaded file into this folder: Documents > Sports Interactive > Football Manager 2014 > tactics
(If there is no 'tactics' folder, create one).
2. Start your game and go to your team’s tactics screen.
3. Click on the little arrow located to the right of your starting tactic name, move your mouse cursor over “archived tactics” and select the tactic from the menu.


Tactic created by TheBetterHalf.

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Discussion: The Better Half's Deep 4-2-3-1

1 comments have been posted so far.

  • mcswifty's avatar
    Been playing for hours and hours on end,
    ever since I had my full version of FM14 released from Steam.

    My first job was to find myself a general possession tactic, a sort of middle ground to play the ball around and just keep the score - I found that in Barca's Tiki-Taka.
    Then I needed an offensive tactic, that was to be my goal galore tactic.
    For that I found in a 4-2-4 tactic, with a Tiki-Taka touch.
    Then finally, I needed a defensive tactic, that could both keep its defensive back solid, as well as go up and a counter maybe give a goal or two - this tactic was to be my defense against the major teams in whatever league I played.

    Now this last tactic has yet to appear for me, I've tried 5-6 different formations with counter, and they all seem to fail on me.
    Now I try yours here, and it does look good on paper.
    So I decided to use it as a starter tactic, so my team could get used to it from start.
    My first 4 games, (friendlies) go by like this...
    1-0 (win)
    0-0 (draw)
    2-2 (draw)
    2-0 (win)

    Then the league games start, and then it just falls apart on me.
    1-2 (loss)
    1-1 (draw)
    1-1 (draw)
    0-3 (loss)
    0-1 (loss)
    1-1 (draw)

    ...At this point, I see come to terms, that either I am doing something completely wrong, or this tactic just doesnt like me. :D
    Do you have any additions or changes you might have made to it since you uploaded it?

    Yes, all players was in the green, as in they they were comfortable in the positions.
    Yes, all players were at 95% or higher condition for the matches.
    No, I did not change any of your player/team instructions.
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