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4-2-4 Maldini Doesn't Tackle for FM 18

This is a Counter Attack tactic for FM 2018 based on the 1994 Manchester United and 2015/16 Leicester City.

By on Nov 10, 2017   33666 views   5 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Tactics - 4-2-4 Maldini Doesn't Tackle for FM 18
4-2-4 Maldini Doesn’t Tackle is a cavalier attacking system based on a sturdy defence and attacking line with blistering pace. You will concede goals but you will score an awful lot more.

Deeper analysis in the video below.



What to expect from this FM18 tactic

  • Incredibly attractive Counter Attacks
  • Low Possession (40-45% for most games)
  • Despite its focus on Pace and Counter attacks, is only a moderate “intensity” tactical system.
  • Counts as “Play Attacking Football” Board promise.
  • Huge threat from countering Set Pieces
  • Expect to be within a chance of Top Scorer
  • Very High Shots from inside Penalty Area
  • Crosses and Cut backs
  • Due to Defence composition, high scoring threat from Corners


Team Makeup

Four Defenders who all should be essentially Centre backs. Midfield with great all round stats with a defensive focus and an attacking four built on high Acceleration, Pace and movement.

ProTip: If your looking to hold onto a Lead or counter, go attacking and leave everything else as is.



Key Attributes and PPM's and per position

I know you're not able to click your fingers and buy Messi for your team but 'try' to get players who fit the roles with AT LEAST one of the required PPM's in each position and have them learn the missing ones asap.



GK:none
Aerial Ability, Command of Area, Communication

RWB: Get forward Whenever Possible, Tries Long Ranged Passes
Crossing, Tackling, Work Rate, Positioning, Anticipation, Strength, Height

CD/BPD: Likes to switch ball to opposite flank, Tries Long Ranged Passes (Low Priority)
Composure, Concentration, Positioning, Tackling, Bravery, Heading, Anticipation, Strength, Jumping Reach, Heigh

tFB: Tries Long Ranged Passes
Composure, Concentration, Positioning, Tackling, Bravery, Heading, Anticipation, Strength, Jumping Reach, Height

BWM: Dives Into Tackles
Tackling, Bravery, Positioning, Teamwork, Marking, Stamina, Aggression, Anticipation

DLP: Comes Deep to get ball, Tries Killer Balls Often, Tries Long Ranged Passes, Switch Ball to other Flank
Composure, First Touch, Passing, Vision, Anticipation, Positioning, Teamwork, Stamina, Balance, Work Rate

WG/IF Right: Knocks Ball Past Opponents
Acceleration, Pace, Dribbling, Off the ball.

AP/IF Left: Tries Killer Balls Often, Shoots from Distance
Long Shots, Passing, Vision, Composure, Decisions, First Touch, Teamwork, Flair, Acceleration, Pace

DLF: None
Acceleration, Pace, Off the ball, dribbling, teamwork, decisions, heading

AF: Likes to try to beat offside trap
Acceleration, Pace, Off the ball, Finishing, Work Rate, Anticipation, Composure, Heading, Crossing

Remember, the above list is the IDEAL and you should aim for one or two of the PPM's at 'weaker' teams.







Direct Download Steam Workshop
Downloads: 8526 / Size: 747.0 kB / Added: 2017-11-10

Discussion: 4-2-4 Maldini Doesn't Tackle for FM 18

5 comments have been posted so far.

  • styluz's avatar
    3 red cards in last 4 games since using it... I might need to tweak it. all 3 times the BWM
  • ChrisB1784's avatar
    What about training? Leave it to the Ass man?
  • deeg's avatar
    just plugged it in to my liverpool save drawing half time against juve, i was down to ten men came up trumps 2-0 scored two fantastic goals :)
  • deeg's avatar
    you mentioned 3 at the back if you get a red card could you elaborate on that a bit more please :)
  • trufin.sabrin's avatar
    Any opposition instructions? thx
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