Weaker teams seem better suited to attacking mentality and stronger teams to positive.
When using Leicester as a testing team I regularly had a 25 point variance from season to season when testing exactly the same tactic. This is using holiday mode. Makes working out when you actually have a good tactic tricky.
Perhaps testing in holiday mode is not effective any more or there are so many factors outside of tactics affecting performance now (morale, form, luck etc) its clouding results.
This is mitigated somewhat by using a top team but you’re still looking at 15 point variance using a top team.
REPUTATION IS KING
Its much easier to play as a team with a low reputation as teams are far more open, reputation adjusts mid-season which is why many people report a drop off in performance in the 2nd part of the season when their previously effective tactic stops working now opposing teams are set up more defensively.
My approach is to create a tactic, first and foremost, which can deal with defensive opponents but is versatile enough to also be effective against teams that do come out and play.
So in terms of producing a tactic which can be used by a variety of teams at different levels, I’ve concentrated on getting something that works consistently well with a top team, shows promise with a weaker team on the basis that those players using weaker teams will improve them via recruitment and be rewarded with a tactic that responds well to an increase in player quality and also becomes more suitable as your reputation increases and teams operate more defensively against you. So a tactic that is future proof if you like.
Attributes needed for each position:
Wingbacks Stamina, Crossing, Passing, Work Rate.
Centre Backs Tackling, Jumping Reach, Acceleration, Marking
Mezzala Off the Ball, Passing, Vision, Technique.
Pressing Forwards Off the ball, Finishing, Technique, Composure.
Couple of key roles to be aware of.
Half Back - Although he doesn't have playmaker status he will be on the ball more than any other player. So think of him as Deep Lying Playmaker. Passing, Vision, Positioning, Tackling
Enganche - They operate much more defensively than you would imagine. They break up play a lot, often in their own half before passing forward to the Strikers or Wingbacks. I made the mistake of playing 'little wizards' here, the small, agile link player wondering why they were not as influential as i thought they should be. Better to think of them as disrupters. Tackle - Pass - Run - Support. I'm favouring a more physical type > Tackling, Work Rate, Passing, Vision
Left Wingbacks to take right corners.
Right Wingbacks to take left corners.
Left Wingbacks to take left throw ins.
Right Wingbacks to take right throw ins.
No set piece exploits
If you're experiencing a lack of chances created despite having 60% possession, switch to Higher Tempo instead of Slightly Higher tempo.