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S1CKS1D3's (TOP 50 World Leaderboard) Attacking 4-1-4-1 V4

Attacking tactic for FM 2019 with great results in my 9-year spell (so far) at Benfica; 5 Champions League titles, 8 straight Portuguese League titles and many more.

By on Dec 17, 2018   126151 views   20 comments
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Football Manager 2019 Tactics - S1CKS1D3's (TOP 50 World Leaderboard) Attacking 4-1-4-1 V4

The Philosophy

This tactic intends to have a demolishing on attack a rock solid defense and a lethal counter.

A mix between the vertical tiki-taka (you will see lots of short passes and good possession that can range from 55% to 65%) and gegenpress (aggressive and urgent pressing and fast counters).

You will score slow buildup goals with underlaps, counter goals, through pass goals, direct, short...you never know. Your opponent won't too.

Also, it will be common to see the opponent team strangled inside their own box.

Initially this tactic was giving me wins of 6-1, 5-2 and so on, but I tweaked it during these 8 seasons so now the defense is much more solid although i score less goals. But don't fool yourself, big wins are still going to happen (just won 7-0 vs Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals).

This is not a match engine exploit tactic so don't expect any miracles.

I only buy players that will fit in the tactic, not the opposite. So if you don't have the right men for the roles you may not experience the same results.

In general and for any position we will want ALL players to have good Determination, Concentration, Acceleration, Pace and Stamina and Passing.



The Roles

These are the roles we're going to use. Individual instructions (besides the default role ones) will be have to be set manually.

Player examples are from my 2nd Season Champions League win with Benfica.

The attributes I'm highlighting as good or required are not the only ones needed, I'll leave that for you to think about when understanding what is asked for each of this players while watching your team play.


GK - Sweeper Keeper (Attack)

The keeper will act like a sweeper to prevent attacks that may penetrate your defense from through balls. Besides the obvious ones, lookout for attributes like Passing, Decisions, Concentration and Anticipation.

Instructions to be added: None

Useful preferred moves: Avoids Using Weaker Foot


DR - Wing-Back Right (Attack)

Our Wing-backs will be very involved in the attack movement, making crosses and being involved in underlaps. Required to have Pace, Stamina, Acceleration, Tackling, Technique, Dribbling and Crossing.

Instructions to be added: Take Fewer Risks, Shoot Less Often, Stay Wider

Useful preferred moves: Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Gets Forward Whenever Possible


DL - Wing-Back Left (Attack)

Same as above.

Instructions to be added: Take Fewer Risks, Shoot Less Often, Stay Wider

Useful preferred moves: Knocks Ball Past Opponent, Gets Forward Whenever Possible


DC - Ball Playing Defender (Defend)

For our playing style it's very important these players to have lots of Pace and Acceleration (both 15 or above) to recover and catch the attacker that's running from a through ball. Other important attributes are Passing (above 13) since he will be making some long passes from time to time, Concentration, Anticipation, Decisions and Positioning are also required.

Instructions to be added: None

Useful preferred moves: Marks Opponent Tightly, Stays Back At All Times, Refrains From Taking Long Shots, Brings Ball Out of Defense


DC - Ball Playing Defender (Defend)

Same as above.

Instructions to be added: None


DM - Deep Lying Playmaker (Defend)

This player is very important and all the phases of the game. He will act as a pendulum of your team when attacking or defending. We don't want a big guy that can only tackle, we want someone that can defend but also make plays and makes the ball go around the pitch. Requires good Passing, some Tackling (13, 14 or above), Positioning, Vision, Teamwork and First Touch. Sandro Tonali is a great example of what we're trying to achieve here.

Instructions to be added: None

Useful preferred moves: Tries Killer Balls Often, Dictates Tempo, Does Not Dive Into Tackles, Tries Long Range Passes


MCL - Advanced Playmaker (Attack)

The Advanced Playmaker will be the main creative, the guy with the 10 on his back. Required to have good Dribbling, Passing, Technique, Vision and First Touch.

Instructions to be added: None

Useful preferred moves: Tries Killer Balls Often, Plays One-Twos, Tries Long Range Passes


MCR - Box to Box Midfielder (Support)

This guy will cover the whole pitch, role is pretty self explanatory. Requires good Pace, Stamina, Balance, Passing, First Touch, Work Rate, Tackling and Technique.

Instructions to be added: Shoot Less Often

Useful preferred moves: Gets Into Opposition Area, Plays One-Twos


AMR - Inside Forward (Support)

The inside forward are the guys that will tear the opposite defenses apart. Lots of assists, and goals scored from cutting inside or from the crosses that come from the other side. Required to have good Dribbling, Finishing, First Touch, Technique, Passing, Crossing (not super important, it's ok if he only has like 13 or 14), Flair. Composure and Vision are a Plus. And of course, Pace and Acceleration.

Instructions to be added: More Direct Passes, Shoot Less Often

Useful preferred moves: Cuts Inside From the Right Wing


AML - Inside Forward (Support)

Same as above.

Instructions to be added: More Direct Passes, Shoot Less Often

Useful preferred moves: Cuts Inside From the Left Wing


ST - Complete Forward (Attack)

We need a well rounded ST since this guy will be involved in the attack in all sorts of ways. No point in having someone with 19 heading and then only 10 on Technique or Passing. Besides the ones mentioned we want good physical attributes and good Finishing, Off the Ball and Anticipation. First Touch also important.

Instructions to be added: Shoot More Often


Results





Achievements during 9 Seasons

- 6 Champions League
- 3 Fifa Club World Cup
- 8 Portuguese Liga NOS Champion
- 7 Supercup Taça Cândido Oliveira
- 3 Taça de Portugal
- 4 Allianz Cup
- 109 matches without losing
- 4 unbeaten seasons
- 541 matches played: 470 wins, 43 draws, 28 loses
- Got to top 50 in Football Manager world leaderboard


And this is it!

I'll be very happy if you guys can test it on your save and tell me how it's going or/and give suggestions on how it can be improved!

Thank you for visiting and good luck my fellow managers.


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Discussion: S1CKS1D3's (TOP 50 World Leaderboard) Attacking 4-1-4-1 V4

20 comments have been posted so far.

  • S1CKS1D3's avatar
    Hello everybody!

    First of all thank you all for your comments, constructive criticiscm and for using my tactic, hope you enjoyed!

    I will be releasing the new version for FM 20 (going to start working on it today) on the next days (V1).

    I will mantain the same philosophy and adapt it the best that i can to the updated match engine of FM20.

    Also will try to answear all your comments (something i forgot to do last year, sorry!) when it releases and try to use your opinions to improve it.

    Thank you!
  • MeSarcasticNever's avatar
    I have tried this Tactic out on three separate saves, all over three seasons long since this was uploaded; i'll give a quick cap of what I found;

    Tranmere Save; it failed miserably probably due to the lack of quality and the bet6ter teams in the league, though I didn't concede many per a game I just didn't score enough. This continued into the second season however towards the end I started winning every game. Third season I smashed the league and got promoted.

    Brighton - This worked exceptionally well against the bottom half teams in the league winning comfortably every time. I struggled using this against the 'big 6' as they just had to much quality. S1 - 8th s2 - 7th and S3 - 6th.

    Finally

    Liverpool - Over three season I lost five games in the Prem and three in the CL. I couldn't stop scoring and conceded a very small number of goals.

    Summery - The bigger and better your players (as in any game) the better this tactic works and the more rewarding it is. However as with the Tranmere save don't give up on it and it does prevail in the end.

    I forgot to take screenshots of the results and teams but i'm currently using it on my new save and so far so good again!
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  • JeffDogg's avatar
    [Moderated again.]
  • JeffDogg's avatar
    [Moderated. It might be worth JeffDogg's time to use constructive criticism when he doesn't like things instead of just constantly being an asshole. Or maybe JeffDogg is just trying to be funny. You're not funny, JeffDogg.]
  • Eivindolowski's avatar
    Awesome tactic! Do you have any good players to suggest for the tactic? Need more depth and quality in my squad :)
  • runess86's avatar
    Great tactic.
    Started with Rangers. 3 seasons all won.
    Then headhunted to Man United. First season 20 matches in, no lost. The tactic is very powerfull all over the pitch.
    The greatest thing with this tactic, is that your opponent do'sent scores any goals against you.
    In Rangers season 3. Won 33 matches and 5 draw. Opponent only scored 5 goals.
    Great defensive and great attacking
  • Anthony94's avatar
    Great tactic! Changed a couple of small things like goalkeeper playing it short to defenders and this tactic has won me all 4 prices (PL, CL, FA cup, Caraboa Cup) in my first season with Manchester United.
  • memed's avatar
    This isn't a good tactic at all. Tested it against 5 or 6 others and it isn't any good.
  • sk991993's avatar
    Hit Top Gear With Spurs,started unemployed, got spurs job on 2nd year. Even played Dele and Erikson on the wings, only adjustment was change from attacking to Positive, alter between the two depending on the situation and go very attacking some times too. Used the tactic along with the corners and long throw tactic found here. Won EPL, Lost Carabao Cup and Europa League Finals. Gonna Tinker some and ill get back to ye guys. Great Job SICK SID!
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  • TazBeastZ's avatar
    Nice Tactic, Thanks!!!
  • macro's avatar
    With AS Roma I've only got good results changing the tactics to "more direct passing" and "much higher tempo" and turning "work ball into box" off.

    And I'd say it is really important to have pacey center backs or you're gonna have hard times with long over-the-head passes from opposition.

    The good thing is that this tactic is almost plug-and-play for AS Roma, I had to make a couple of signings only.
  • Abû Nabil Ismaïl's avatar
    @cantona > thanks for repeating that. I'm not using this particular tactic , but i can confirm the necessity to have the correct players . At Madrid ,i've to sell modric , kroos, ceballos koz they were not appropriate for m'y tactic.i bought Bakayoko,Delaney,Allan And i'm walking on la liga & champs league
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  • OohAhCantona's avatar
    Well, he does say pretty clearly...

    This is not a match engine exploit tactic so don't expect any miracles.

    I only buy players that will fit in the tactic, not the opposite. So if you don't have the right men for the roles you may not experience the same results.
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  • franklpool1's avatar
    lol try someone else part from spurs. a good tactics works with any team.
  • Mozvaldo's avatar
    This is an amazing tactic. Smashing everyone so far with spurs, especially at home beat liverpool 5-0 newcastle 6-0, 10 points clear with 25 games gone.nice work
  • Rokec2's avatar
    Tactic is nothing special, playing with Crystal palace. Every top team beats the shit out of me.
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  • franklpool1's avatar
    not good tactics sorry mate
  • ilyes92300's avatar
    hello she works with other team ?
  • Shubham_pawar's avatar
    What changes you make for away games??
  • Aman's avatar
    Going to try this one. Any OIs? And please could your share your league table, player statistics? How many goals your IFs and CF score ? Can you share some more stats ?
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