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High-scoring Attacking 4-3-3 Wide

High-pressing, intensive 4-3-3 wide tactic for FM 2019. Plays attacking football, scoring lots of goals while keeping clean sheets.

By on Nov 14, 2018   358992 views   7 comments
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Football Manager 2019 Tactics - High-scoring Attacking 4-3-3 Wide

This tactic is proving very successful on my Chelsea save. I started the save on the beta and am currently in 2027/28 so there are lots of re-gens about. I've not tested it from the start of the game. The tactic is continuing to be successful on 19.1.1.

The tactic is based on 4-3-3 wide with inside forwards. Originally the deep-lying playmaker was in the DM strata, but has been pushed up to centre midfield to get better performance.

The underlying philosophy is based on Gegen-pressing. Out of possession, the players push up and aim to win the ball back as quickly as possible by pressing intensively. When the ball is won back, they look to counter quickly down the flanks. They defend narrowly to stay compact and make the tactic defensively sound.

The wing-backs support the attack and cross the ball from the byline. The Mezzala's sit either side of the deep-lying playmaker and also move into wider position to help on the counter. The inside forwards play an important role in picking up the ball and then driving into the box. As well as scoring goals, they also pick up a lot of assists. I have an excellent home-grown regen who plays as an Advanced Forward and scores plenty.


I play on Football Manager Touch and do not bother with any opposition instructions. I've also kept the set pieces at pretty much default.

Match Stats

The tactic results in a lot of touches in the opposition box.

This leads to lots of shots, many of which are on target. All players (apart from the Advanced Forward) and told to shoot less to try and reduce the number of shots from outside of the box. The sheer number of shots and chances created results in some very big wins.


As well as some very big wins it is also tight at the back, keeping lots of clean sheets.

I've currently been playing it for two seasons. The first I was unlucky not to win the league as City also had an excellent season. Yet I still scored 99 points, scoring over a hundred goals while only conceding 19. I also cleaned up all the cups (including the Champions League).

In my current season, I am clear at the top of the table. After 19 unbeaten games I have already scored 55 goals and shipped only 6.


The tactic is proving extremely successful in my save. As I said in the introduction, I am using it well into the future with a strong team made mostly from re-gens. I'd be interested to see how it does with a 'real' team at the start of the game.

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Discussion: High-scoring Attacking 4-3-3 Wide

7 comments have been posted so far.

  • kylejames's avatar
    Very good tactic. I used this with Hellas Verona, promoted to Serie A via the play offs and sitting comfortably in the top 10 and could qualify for Europa League.

    If you are one of the weaker teams in divison you will have great success against bottom half teams as well as some of the top 10 clubs however I wouldn't recommend this tactic against the big boys as I often I get rolled over quite easily by the likes of Napoli and Juventus, I can still nick the odd goal though.
  • amaljo's avatar
    Training ???
  • Dite De Molay's avatar
    I see that you're using 3 CM (MEZ/DLP/MEZ), I have in mind to change it into (MEZ/DLP/BBM). Do you think it still will be suitable and in work with this tactics??
  • CAE's avatar
    The tactic seems to be working better than ever on 19.1.5.

    1st in league with Man Utd.


    Same base tactic as posted here, few tweaks to set pieces which are neglected in this hosted version.
  • munse's avatar
    When i download i get a fmf file that i can't read it ingame therefore i can't use any tactics, does someone know how to fix this?
  • davinmboir's avatar
    amazing tactic. I can defeat Man City with this strategy. Thanks for sharing.
  • peterbolam78's avatar
    Gave it a run through as Newcastle, no transfers, and it's good against equal or lower teams at home, against top teams, I was torn apart regularly,the base of a very good attacking tactic is definetly there, but not as defensive for smaller/average teams
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