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Holland 74' Total football by Rode93

The FM 2019 tactic that comes closest to that game! Tried to recreate the tactics of Ajax by Rinus Michels that revolutionized football in the 70s.

By on Feb 21, 2019   53054 views   8 comments
Football Manager 2019 Tactics - Holland 74' Total football by Rode93
I tried to recreate the tactics of Ajax led by Rinus Michels, which revolutionized football in the years 70 '.

It was really difficult because, that team did not have a real form and a real form, in fact the team departed with a 4-3-3 but during the course of the game was transformed into a 4-2-4 or even in a 3-4-3.

So to simplify the whole I decided to use all 3 modules, to be used in different situations, to match in progress and for each game a different start.

Game Principles

Non-possession phase

Very compact team and collected in a few meters to be aggressive and do not leave room for opponents, with great sacrifice by all even attackers who return to facilitate the conquest of the ball, once recovered ball the players find An unloading passage on a free companion, and ready to set the counter-attack.



Both in 4-2-4 and in 4-3-3 the defense is very high ready to trigger the offside trap, compared to the 3-4-3 have a slightly wider defense so as to induce opponents to play the ball centrally.

The team is compact and aggressive.


In 3-4-3 the defense is very high ready to trigger the trap of offside, in this case the defense is very tight in order to make the opponents play on the bands and induce them to cross so as to exploit the strong point of our central defenders in the high balls.


4-3-3 / 4-2-4

The center is enlarged and backs rise close to the line of the midfield, the director lowers.
This way you create 5 switching options for the goalkeeper.

In the building the goalkeeper is the first director, the players always look for the best position to receive the ball..


The two stations widen, the free remains behind the penalty area, the director Mobile always chooses the best position.

Finalizing and re-starting

4-2-4 / 4-3-3

Ball on the headband, ready-to-overlap quarterback, midfielders and attackers, attack the created blanks.

Central Ball, the two midfielders are found free to give a solution to the companion, the two backs in overlap, the exterior attacking towards the center.


In 3-4-3 the free plays a fundamental role in the reconquest of the ball, it acts almost like an added midfielder and helps the team in offensive situations.

In this case not having backs the attack takes place mostly in the central area with filtering passages to seek the attackers.

How to use the 3 modules and toggle them:

My advice is to use the 4-2-4 as the main module between the 2 is the most balanced, it is also the only one that completely allows the gearbox in 4-3-3 or 3-4-3 using the 3 changes available.

In General We will use the 4-3-3 or 4-2-4 when we know that the opposing team suffers a lot of opponents attacks.

Instead, we will use the 3-4-3 when opponents have physically strong attackers, or even a defense that undergoes very central attacks.

These tactics wear out the players at the energy level, better to have spare parts for each role.

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