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4-5-1 Possession

A possession tactic for mid-low teams

By Updated on Jan 30, 2013   25939 views   1 comments
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Hi Everyone,
I wanted to create a tactic for mid-lower teams to play attractive possesion football, without having huge budgets or already high class players.
I have tried it for 2 full seasons with St.Pauli in Bundesling and AEK in Greek Superleague. I have not tested at all with bigger teams but please feel free
and give me some feedback.

I used Classic tactics because it just feels better. With teams about the same or weaker or even a bit stronger I have averaged about 500 completed passes per game.
Obviously with much stronger opponents that number goes down drastically to about 300-400 but I still think that's a good number.Unfortunately this tactic is a bit
weak on the counter attack versus teams that have really fast wingers-strikers feel free to tinker with the tactic and tell me how it worked.
And long shots are still a big issues but I have found it is practically impossible to fix this since it's ME related and I have tried with more than 15 tactics, you can try
to tone down creative freedom but I have found it has an impact on Key or Killer passes and the ability for the star players to just do their own thing.
Here are some screenshots

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This is the Formation pretty basic 4-5-1

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I chose this passes stat because it's against an opponent at least 2-3 times better than my team and still got about 300 passes and won.

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These are my shots again in the same match vs OM

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And my fixtures with my St.Pauli team. I chose not to upload AEK fixtures because except my European matches the Greek league is quite easy and not competitive and can't compare with top Leagues

GK = Classic GK

FB= believe it or not this is THE most key position for this tactic so try to spend money for a good all around fb since there aren't many of those, at least cheap ones.
Look for : Speed Stamina Tackling Work Rate Passing
High Class Example = Dario Srna

CB= Again classic CB BUT! very very important he must have AT LEAST 12-13 pace acc. If you can't find a perfect CB sacrifice a bit strength or marking or heading stats.
Without Speed he will be extremely weak
High Class Example = Kyriakos Papadopoulos

DM= Aaahhh... The good old no nonsense DM. He is there to cut down opponents everywhere and give a 5 meter pass at most.
Look for : Strength Stamina Marking Work Rate Team Work Decisions Tackling Passing above 12 and speed not a priority but always good

Right CM = The two CM's have pretty much the same job but the right one is a bit more creative and attacking
Look For : Creativity Decisions Passing FirstTouch Technique Team Work and Speed(this means PACE and ACC both) over 12
High Class Example : Toni Kroos

Left CM = The lefty is also quite creative and an accomplished passer but can hassle and tackle when needed also tries to stay a bit more back
Look For : Work Rate Team Work Speed Passing Decisions and marking-tackling above 11
High Class Example : Bastian Schweinsteiger

Wingers = Again, Classic stuff. The good old selfish flamboyant pacey guy.
High Class Example : Frank Ribery

Striker = This one is a bit tricky like the FB.By no means you should use a striker that is a dedicated Target Man or a dedicated Poacher.
You need high technique flair and agility and at least 14 Speed and decent-good Passing. He will be a type of False Nine
High Class Example : well... Messi. And Neymar

Feel Free to give me feedback and tell me what hasn't worked for you or something you changed and worked much better
Have fun :)

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