OverviewThis has been my favourite tactic to use in football manager for a long time and I have used it in FM11 12 and 13 with huge success in all different types of leagues high to low. I have taken multiple teams from 2nd to 6th tier divisions in various countries and taken them to the top of Europe with this tactic. This tactic works best with fast players especially on the wings and brings plenty of goals.
This tactic is generally an attacking tactic with a control mentality, but there is excellent balance between defense and attack. Very rarely do I find myself being punished by a counter attack and theres always plenty of options going forward, the given roles create good angles between players and results in some very nice attacking football.
Key roles and player typesDMC - Deep-Lying Playmaker - Support - a key position in this formation and makes a big difference compared to having two players in the MC position, the deep lying playmaker controls the passing in the game and in the DMC position is always there to stop that opposition midfielder who roams forward. Key attributes: Passing, Tackling, Creativity, Positioning, Teamwork.
MC -Box-to-Box Midfielder - Support - supports in midfield and key in getting forward and supporting the strikers, scores plenty of goals for a midfielder. Key attributes: Acceleration, Passing, Anticipation, Decisions, Off the Ball, Work rate.
ST - Complete Forward - Support - In a support role often finds space between the defense and midfield and links well with everyone, gets lots of assists and goals. Ideal would be a very well rounded player with good attributes all over. Key attributes: All Physical attributes, Teamwork, Passing, Finishing.
ST - Advanced Forward - Attack - The spearhead of your attack, chases down defenders and puts pressure on them and as long as he has good speed will find himself in countless one on one situations. Key attributes: Acceleration, Pace, Anticipation, Off the Ball, Finishing.
Recent seasons with tactic
First season with Antwerp, expected to challenge for title and won the league by 12 points.
Third season with Antwerp, predicted 12th. Finished 2nd, competed and held my own against teams with far stronger squads than mine and qualified for the Champions League.
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I hope you find this tactic useful and please do post your results :).