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Sacuri's Spearhead 3.0 FM18 Tactic

The comeback of the highly offensive 4-2-3-1 that we've all come to know and love. An attacking tactic for FM 2018. Updated for 18.1.1

By Updated on Nov 11, 2017   137510 views   20 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Tactics - Sacuri's Spearhead 3.0 FM18 Tactic
Hey guys, we're back for another year of madness with FM18, and of course I had to bring back the lovely spearhead, trademark of yours truly. I managed to perfect it quite early on, as it is day of the beta, and I've only made it to december (you'll have to apologize for the lack of screenshots due to that, but I will upload more in the future) so lets get into it.

The positions:

- AF (attack): The lone striker, the advanced forward. You'll want a very fast, highly technical striker that's also good in the air. I myself use Icardi since I manage Inter, and he's absolutely perfect for these types of 4231 tactics, especially since his upgrade in finishing sitting at an impressive 19!

- The Inside fowards (support): this ia simple one, all they have to be good at is dribbling & cutting inside, they'll be pumping balls for the striker all game, as long as the link up play from midfield is working out.

- Adv. Playmaker (support): this role isn't really key to the tactic, I sometimes retrain my central mids to play also as AMCs and they work just fine, high passing etc.

- DLP/BWM (supporting & defending): the deep lying playmaker should be good at touches, passing, technique, have good vision etc, while the bwm should be strong & a good tackler - high stamina is a plus.

- CWBs (support) the complete wing backs are essential as they move up the pitch and pump crosses as they overlap the IFs, make sure they have good offensive stats and pace! but somewhat decent marking/tackling/pos wouldn't hurt.

- BPDs (defend) ball playing defenders, because we like modern football and every player on the pitch needs to contribute to the build up.

Team Instructions


Attacking/Very Fluid/High Tempo Football is the aim, a particular disclaimer that this is not a plug in and play tactic, and defending is very shakey so you will concede goals, games will end 4-3, 6-5, 3-2 etc. But your striker at the end of the season will have very impressive stats!

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Discussion: Sacuri's Spearhead 3.0 FM18 Tactic

20 comments have been posted so far.

  • Jiveman's avatar
    i know it was asked already, but anybody know what skin he's using?
  • Shevchenko86's avatar
    fanarin, could you make the changes and upload the tactic?
  • Shevchenko86's avatar
    fanarin, could you make the changes and upload the tactic?
  • fanarin's avatar
    well, i think this is a great attacking tactic until you score.
    right after you score
    i) you should drop the wingbacks back to central defender line with support duty
    ii) lower the tempo according to strength of your opponent.
    iii) untick shoot on sight and tick the work ball into box.
    iv) set the closing down to lesser than original tactic.
    v) tick the retain possession depends on skills of your midfield players.
    vi) switch to Control or Standart philosophy.
  • stowky's avatar
    Hi, anybody knows what is that skin?
  • Icarus's avatar
    well jemo81 if you look below some people have found a way to find defensive balance, lowering down the wingbacks, setting them to support/defend rather than attack etc. I managed to get the most out of this tactic first season because I'm a long time Inter supporter and I know my team, and the Serie A inside out (where there are maybe only really 3-4 teams that pose a threat, I snowball the rest), so that helps overall.
  • dimivespa's avatar
    dosent work
  • jemo81's avatar
    I get wha you are saying Icarus, but your own screen shots would indicate that the tactic doesnot take that long to "master" and as MissosAEl states, most better team not performing will probably fire you before the second season. the shoot on sight seems to have a detrimental effect on my teams performance, but the defence still leaks way to many goals even without it on. Still very much like the premise of the tactic, but need a bit more defensive stability for long term use for me at least.unfortunately i dont have many suggestion for improvement atm.
  • MitsosAEL's avatar
    the thing is until your players learn the tactic even relatively good on 1st year, you will get fired before you reach the 2nd season to see it fluidly :P
  • Icarus's avatar
    If you guys are new to this then I need to further explain what I mean when its not a plug and play tactic; that means you won't see them playing it fluidly till the 2nd season
  • jemo81's avatar
    i really have to agree with RichardManuel about this tactic not working very well for Man Utd, u get behind almost every game and really have to struggle to get a draw or a small win
  • RichardManuel's avatar
    I've tried it with Man U for almost a season now and you keep conceeding goals like crazy. Yes, you score some but then you concede 4 goals and score 2 now an again against mediocre opposition.
  • PET's avatar
    Not really working for low level teams. Your defence really get's fked up bad + because of the "Shoot On Sight" you also miss a lot.
  • Icarus's avatar
    updated results page with goal tally scored in my best season so far
  • Icarus's avatar
    I've edited the tactic with the feedback given, dropped DM lower and made gk roll out to fullbacks quickly - also instructed to always play for width, as crosses atm are busted. I've kept the wingbacks high because I intend to score as many goals as possible per game, if you prefer defensive cover then dropping them will help you
  • dokken1212's avatar
    Hi Richard - yeah I set the wingbacks to a straight back four and set them both to 'automatic'. I also experimented in the lat few hours with dropping the 'BWM' back a little too and that gives additional cover. So far I have not lost a game, nor conceded a goal and beat Sporting Lisbon in CL qualification game 2-0 at home and could have had 5 or 6 goals. Hope that helps a little :-)
  • RichardManuel's avatar
    Hi dokken1212! How did you change the Spearhead tactics and the wingbacks? Did you make it a straight back four or did you just change their rolls?
  • dokken1212's avatar
    I set the WB to be more in line with the CB's and set them to automatic. This has given me a little more rigidity defensively. Also I set the GK to roll the ball out to Wing Backs as when he was kicking it upfield 90% of the time I was giving the opposition the ball back. I have tried this in 2 games and beat Roma 5-1. Also my shot count has dropped, which I expected, but I conceding far fewer goals.
  • stretten's avatar
    Hasn't been a great tactic for me so far in 2 saves, concede from crosses where they get in behind the wing backs nearly every game.
  • Jeffdekker's avatar
    Training, OI?
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