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Gasperini's 3-4-1-2 FM20 Tactic by RDF

Atalanta’s favoured formation the past 2 seasons under Gasperini has been the 3-4-1-2. RDF tries to recreate the system that made Atalanta a very popular side.

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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Gasperini's 3-4-1-2 FM20 Tactic by RDF
Atalanta’s favoured formation the past two seasons under Gian Piero Gasperini has been the 3-4-1-2. RDF has tried to recreate the system that has made Atalanta a very popular team is recent times.

One key element to Atalanta’s play is their positional rotation. They aim to create diamonds on the flank to create overloads in the wider area. Mainly the one of the two wider CBs will act as an anchor for the diamond, whilst one of the wingers/wing backs and central midfielders will be in the middle of the diamond either to receive the ball or create space. At the top of on the diamonds, a lot of the times, will be one of the strikers coming deep and into wider areas. By doing this, the opposition will start to shift over to defend the flanks and this can leave huge amounts of space for the AMC.

In transition, They will adopt the high-pressing system. Using a high pressing intensity alongside tight marker on some plays, the press on the opposition will happen the moment they receive the ball. As this is happening, the other players will tight mark closing off the passing lanes. This is an effective system when trying to delay the oppositions attacks and to pick the ball off opponents and cause errors. Using counter runs is in hope to be able to break quickly and effective if/when the ball has been won.

Using this system in FM20, RDF managed to win the league 1st season with Atalanta, scoring the 2nd most which was a little disappointment but was defensively sound for the most part. Atalanta managed to be ranked 1st in average possession with 61% and also completing the most passes in Serie A with 19,643. With this possession, Atalanta created 90 chances with only 2 other teams creating more chances.

The key players in the system where the two strikers. The AMC was a little ineffective but the two CMs were also key for the most part alongside the two wide men.

2 wider CBs - Ball Playing Defenders (defend)
CB - Central Defender (cover)
RM/LM - Wide Midfielders (attack)
RCM/LCM - Mezzala (support)
AMC - Advanced Playmaker (support)
STR/STL - Deep-Lying Forwards (attack) or (support for more fluid system)

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Discussion: Gasperini's 3-4-1-2 FM20 Tactic by RDF

4 comments have been posted so far.

  • draeger77's avatar
    Hi there..
    pretty new here but really like tactics with three CD and two strikers. testing this system with Cambridge United in the Sky Bet Championship since second half of the season and it looks pretty good. sure i have some matches where i get shot out of the stadium :) but as a newcomer in this league thats ok. My question is if you use any OI?
    Like this tactic really much
  • YAMS's avatar
    To be fair RDF I like a lot of it. It's very very refreshing to see a tactic by one of the main contributors not using the GG Press exploit.

    It's a pretty darm good reflection of how Atalanta play as well. You have the wide mids in the perfect position & with the Mez's it catches the sheer midfield 'abandonment' of their system really well.

    I would only possibly change the APS to APA or AMA to try to get him more involved in the final third. He's a little lost there but that's more to do with the trouble getting a no.10 to behave in a worthwhile manner in the current match engine.

    Nice tactic. Really nice.
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @Si49 haha feel free. I appreciate constructive feedback, plus it may help others anyway. As long as you keep in mind its a recreation lol so somethings are set to try and replicate some player movements and patterns of play
  • YAMS's avatar
    Interested in 'feedback' RDF?

    I'll ask this time before I post a tirade.
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