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4-4-2 Diamond inspired by Conte

We all want to win and this tactic does the job. Inspired by Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 system, it allows you to dominate the midfield and press high on the pitch.

By Updated on Feb 06, 2017   75036 views   13 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Tactics - 4-4-2 Diamond inspired by Conte
For a long time I have wanted to share my tactic, which I have been using in Fm16 and now adapted and improved it to a Fm17 version, so fasten your seat belt, for here it comes.

I have chosen to manage Juventus as the players fits my tactical ideas and I wanted to bring them back in the top on the international stage. After missing out on the champions league trophy against Barcelona in 14/15 and not won the competition since 1996 I solved their problem with my winning tactic.

The tactic is all inclusive: Player instructions, Opposition instructions, set pieces, team instructions etc.

Training settings:
Main Focus: Fitness
Intensity: Average to high.
I start with high and then after 2 weeks to a month of training I switch it to average. Then I just leave it on Fitness and average for the rest of the season. It works, everybody were satisfied/happy, didn't receive one complaint.

The idea about my tactic:
Well I'm big fan of the 3-5-2 system as Antonio Conte used in his time in Juventus. But I simply couldn't make it work, so I changed my tactic to a 4-4-2 Diamond. Which will allow me to dominate the midfield but still have width as my wing backs create. This will not only create variation in the game but also make it difficult for the opposition as they are outnumbered in the midfield, so either they cover the wing backs and then their will be plenty off space to play through the defense or they will try to match my midfield which then of course means more space and time for a cross.

The overall philosophy of the team instructions is that I want to stress the opposition, win the ball high on the pitch, make it difficult for the opposition to close down my team, get a lot of balls into the box either through long throws or crosses which will keep the opposition under pressure throughout the game, control the midfield and play aggressive. I have selected the "standard" mentality as I want to achieve a balance between stressing the opposition and not exposing my own defense. If the game is under control and the team needs a little extra boost to go for a win I will change the mentality to attacking during the match.


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Discussion: 4-4-2 Diamond inspired by Conte

13 comments have been posted so far.

  • famedaking's avatar
    No player instructions?
  • rzkmt's avatar
    i also use very similiar to this tactic,the different is, i am using 2 am,and lone striker,since the am is playing in the space between opposition cb and fb,it will make the opposition deff playing so narrow,so it creates space for my wingback to exploit. I play with everton, and seamus coleman as my wb is selected to world team of the year
  • Gordy28's avatar
    What about Match Prep? Do you leave that to assistant?
  • Metis's avatar
    @Haerup Thanks! Really nice tactic
  • Haerup's avatar
    Metis I will add it to the post

    Edit: The link is here to the opp instructions:
  • Metis's avatar
    Can you post OP instructions? They are not included if you already have OI's set from another tactic. Thanks
  • Haerup's avatar
    Big red - Yes you can use Advanced forward and there should be opposition instructions in the file
  • Big red's avatar
    Does it still work with Af as shown instead of tm that's in download also is there any opposition Instructions?
  • druss29's avatar
    This a good tactic to play against anyone playing 4-4-2. Great thx
  • Haerup's avatar
    Nickya, sorry for the mistake it should be corretcted now
  • Nickya's avatar
    fmf tactic and your post tactic isn't the same. Why?
  • Flaviochi's avatar
    Conte is a very good trainer, I love him and alsow Simeone!
  • DiciannoveDue's avatar
    Looks good! As a Conte-lover I will give this a try.
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