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Complete 4-3-3 Tactics Final

Tactical overhaul, two tactics included (433 DM and 433 AM).

By Updated on May 06, 2017   399308 views   66 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - Complete 4-3-3 Tactics Final
Greetings to all fellow football managers.

This is a two tactic set up with different formations.

The aim is to employ possession and attacking football with lower/higher tempo depending on the situation.

  • The highest possession I have achieved is 75%, the average after a full season is 60%.

  • Awesome average passing success rate of 86%.

  • With the tactics I have won all possible titles during 8 seasons, including a quintuple (5 titles) in my third season, an incredible septuple (7 titles) in my seventh season and a sixtuple in my eighth season. The Premier League was won 8 times consecutive, the Champions League 4 times (3 consecutive), breaking almost every competition and club record in the process!

But lets get down to business:

The two tactics have slightly different team and player instructions and different mentalities.
Which one to use and when?

  • The 433 AM or also seen as 4231 is a more attacking formation, it is best employed when the opposition uses more players in defensive positions and less than 3 players in attack (including AMR/AML/AMC/ST).

  • The 433 DM is the classic version aimed more on controlling the ball anywhere on the pitch. It is generally a more defensive formation. Appropriate time to use it would be when the opposition uses more than 3 players in attack (including AMR/AML/AMC/ST).

  • If the opposition is using exactly 3 players in attack it is important to decide which one to use depending on the quality of the opposition. If you are not sure go for the 433 DM because it is more balanced and I recommend it for most matches.

*This is just a guideline and doesn't mean that the tactics won't work against specific formations, use them however you think is best.
*Both tactics are created for attacking possession football, if u need a waste time defensive tactic better find another one and put it in the third slot.

The tactics have set pieces routines for every aspect and though I am no expert in them I believe they are good enough.

About the player positions: 433 DM

  • Goalkeeper - defend: Any good goalie will do. Suitable wonderkids: Donnarumma, Ederson, Rajkovic.

  • RB - Wing Back support: This player will run wide to provide support for the Inside Forward and also provide crosses. Suitable wonderkids: Henrichs, Bellerin, Lirola.

  • LB - Full Back support: A less attacking full back, who will cut inside and cross less often in order to combine with the Winger. Suitable wonderkids: Grimaldo, Gaya, Shaw.

  • CBs - CD defend: Typical offside trap setup. Suitable wonderkids: Rugani, Laporte, Zouma, Varane, Marquinhos.

  • DM - DLP defend: Holding midfielder providing defensive support. Suitable wonderkids: Maia, Bazoer, Neves.

  • MCR - BBM support: You need a player who can defend and attack. Suitable wonderkids: Renato, Dele, Cook.

  • MCL - AP attack: A very technical role,acting as an advanced playmaker he will provide the link between midfield and attack. Suitable wonderkids: Bernardo Silva, Ante Coric, Odegaard.

  • AMR - IF attack: Cuts inside and provides creative passes, dribbles and also shoots when in good position. Suitable wonderkids: Lemar, Ousmane, Ounas.

  • AML - Winger attack: A wider attacking option to provide more unpredictability, he will dribble more to the wide and provide crosses, he will also shoot when in good position. If you have a right footed player, teach him PPM (trait) to "cut inside from the left wing". Suitable wonderkids: Mbappe, Pulisic, Martial.

  • ST - False 9 support: He will link the two wide players and also provide the finishing touch. Any good striker can work. Suitable wonderkids: Origi, Kuki, Eggestein, Dybala.

  • 433 AM differences

  • MCR - DLP defend: Holding midfielder moved to CM position.

  • AMC - AP support: This is the player acting as a playmaker and providing the support between midfield and attack.

  • ST - Advanced Forward attack: More advanced striker, because of the player behind him.
*The listed wonderkids are only a few to provide some ideas for your team, there are many more good options on the market.

  • If u get a red card remove the AMR or AMC

  • The team training I use is balanced with average intensity, choose match tactics as preparation during the preseason and when the tactics are fluid switch to defending positioning for away games and attacking movement for home games. For individual training just train your players for the appropriate positions.

  • No opposition instructions or put "Show onto weaker foot" on AMR/L MR/L and WBR/L

  • I like to train my attacking players to use one-two passes, which helps a lot in creating chances in some matches. Train your MCL (AMC in 4231) , AML, AMR, and ST.

  • Team talks are important to keep morale high, try to encourage your players and be less harsh in away matches. If the morale is low, a good way to lift it up is to arrange a team meeting.


Please provide feedback on how the tactics work for your team!
Thank you!

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Discussion: Complete 4-3-3 Tactics Final

66 comments have been posted so far.

  • Den1s's avatar
    For the fans of the more attacking 4231 formation, the tactic is coming soon, after I complete at least 1 season of testing. Meanwhile try the new version v5 of 433.
  • Den1s's avatar
    @RossFitz I am actually testing a 4231 formation, moving the AP in CAM position and the DLP to CM, but it becomes too attacking and balancing the other roles is needed. Tell me if u have any success in that.
  • RossFitz's avatar
    Was wondering can you switch DM for a CAM and if so what role would you recommend? Cheers
  • willybroadband's avatar
    This might be my favourite tactic I've used for FM17, dude! I've used the first 3 versions with great success.

    Thanks man. I might give the 4th version a go, too.
  • Den1s's avatar
    @Tamiflu Hi there i have not tested it with 2 wingers, but if you'd like to try you can set the IF to Winger attack with the same instructions as the AMR, and change the left back to support like the right back (and put the same player instructions), so they will not run into the same space.
    I would enjoy feedback if that works for you :)
  • Tamiflu's avatar
    Hi, can i switch the IF to another Winger? it's because i really enjoy the 2 wingers crossing to the Striker, can you give me some tips on how should i do it?
  • EL-TEV's avatar
    Hi, thanks for answering! you are right, and I certainly will try it out Den1s to see how it suits my team :-)
  • Den1s's avatar
    Hello thanks for the comment, there are differences in the team instructions like removing pass into space to allow mainly the creator roles to play riskier passes and removing retain possession to increase directness a little, it is also affecting only the attacking players. Work ball into box has been removed as well, but I put shoot less player instructions instead, so its probably only increasing crossing a bit. Also changed some of the instructions for the CM.
    I had success with both versions (v1 and v3), you can try and see which one you like more for your team, in the end its all about watching and enjoying your team style right?
  • EL-TEV's avatar
    Hi Den1s, I am a great supporter of your tactics! Was just wondering whats the main difference between the first, second and third version? I am using version 1 and its very effective, but do i need too update it to v3?
    Thanks for great tactics, 3rd in the league with Everton first season, won EFL Cup and ready for quarter final i the FA Cup :-)
  • Den1s's avatar
    @Liisandroo read above the screenshots
  • Liisandroo's avatar
    What trainings do you use during the preseason and then during the season
  • jamison's avatar
    i only joined the site to say these tactics are brilliant. very good work.
  • Den1s's avatar
    Thanks for the feedback, I will consider it but I never had problems with scoring over 80-90 goals in the league and 30+ in CL. Has the tactic become fluid for your team, they could be still getting used to it?
  • Hydrogen07's avatar
    I am playing Pompey, I have to concede this tactic has a good defensive line, I got 5 consecutive draw games (even when facing with big team like Ars, ManU) then I find there is a lack in attacking with this tactic. It's really hard to find a way into the box with winger, just cross and header, what a poor attacking style.
    So I try to use AP instead of Winger and it works really good (with a right OI)
  • Den1s's avatar
    Read the description above mate
  • ilyes92300's avatar
    There are three different tactics which to choose?

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