Nilsens successful tactics with Brann are built on defensive stability and dedication. His team let in only five goals at home in the entire season, and lost just a single game in Bergen. He utilizes the players physique, and values stamina, work rate and teamwork more than anything. Some fans and pundits accuse him of playing a boring brand of football, but no one can argue with his results and the extraordinarily short amount of time it took him to reach the top three of Norwegian football.
The FM17 TacticThis tactic is well suited for underdogs who's looking to keep it tight at the back, and who would much rather win 1-0 than 4-3. The main attribute you want in all your players is work rate, teamwork and stamina. The defensive players are crucial to the tactic. Perhaps the most important player, the anchor man, should have excellent anticipation and positioning, and good tackling and strength.
The goal of the tactic is to keep the ball, take few risks going forward and not letting the opposition create any chances. The optimal game is one where both the amount of goals and shots on goal is 1-0. Some call it boring, but it brings results and can be an excellent way of over-performing with an inexpensive squad.