The habit that became an obsession. The sequel that turned into a trilogy. For once more I proudly introduce you, my view of 4-2-3-1. Things haven't changed a lot for this tactic since its last release. Generally happy with the tactic overall, didn't had many problems except the bad finishing of my strikers, but that's not something for the tactic to blame. Our goal is an attacking and dominant football. Only used with Panathinaikos so far. In most matches for European Competitions a changed the tactic a bit, but this will be analysed later.
A classical, attacking 4-2-3-1. MCL is the main playmaker, the man that 9/10 attacks the ball will come over him. Needs help from MCR and AMC tho.
A small descriptions for players' duties.
GK: Goalkeeper/Defend [No comment]
DR/DL: Full Back/Support [Our defensive backs have first responsibility to defend. So therefore it's important to look first at their Marking,Tackling,Passing and secondly their Crossing.]
DC: Central Defender/Defend [We have our defence playing really high up, so we need fast defenders.]
MCR: Ball Winning Midfielder/Defend [Many times he will have to run for two in the midfield. We need also good passing cause he will assist as much as he can MCL. Crisetig was amazing last year in this role.]
MCL: Advanced Playmaker/Attack [Our team's mind. Creativity, crossing, flair, dribbling some of the important attributes. Optional here is long shots.]
??R: Inside forward/Support [Quick player with good crossing, and a good finishing may be useful.]
AML: Winger/Support [Also a quick player with good crossing, cause his first option will be to pass.]
AMC: Attacking Midfielder/Support [The practically second playmaker. Passing, flair, dribbling some of the important attributes.]
SC: Poacher/Attack [Everyone is playing for him. Quick player with good dribbling and finishing. Last year was Yaya Sanogo, Niang and Fierro. This year?]
Attacking philoshopy for a team looking to score in every opportunity. I also use long shots a lot, but you can reduce them. Useful shouts are: push higher up, get ball forward, work ball into box.
Superleague's final standing the two seasons I had the team. (On first season I took over at 16th fixture)
First season results
Second season results
Against MU (Away) I used 4-1-2-2-1 with counter and rigid philosophy.
Against MU (Home) and Ajax, Zenith I used 4-2-3-1 but with counter and balanced philosophy. The base was this tactic.
Versus Lyon (Home) I used 4-2-3-1 with control and balanced philosophy. Away I used 4-2-1-2-1 (2DM->????? DLP/S-Anchor Man/D), counter and balanced philosophy. Base was once again this tactic.
Against A. Villa (Away) I used 4-3-2-1 (3?C-AP/A-BBM/S-BWM/D) with control and balanced philosophy.
In those matches I used to assign DR/DL as FB/Defend, and also experimenting with SC as Defensive Forward/Attack, and AML as Inside Forward/Attack with AMR as Winger Support.
In any match that wasn't mentioned I used 4-2-3-1 UA.
Third season results
After downloading the tactic you put it here:
C:\User\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2013\tactics
Don't forget that every team is different and has different needs. You may need to change the tactic depending on your players and team needs.