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LSPlaysFM's Unbreakable Diamond - 105 Pts, 3.00 GPG, Unbeaten Seasons & More!

4-1-2-1-2 Tactic Great At Scoring Goals! 62 Serie A Games Unbeaten & 105 Pts, Treble With Liverpool & Norwich, 3.00 GPG - Includes 21.3.0 Tactic Tweak

By Updated on Mar 15, 2021   50780 views   26 comments
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Football Manager 2021 Tactics - LSPlaysFM's Unbreakable Diamond - 105 Pts, 3.00 GPG, Unbeaten Seasons & More!
Welcome guys to my 4-1-2-1-2 Unbreakable Diamond Tactic which focuses heavily upon counter attacking, defending well and outscoring your opponents whenever possible in order to win games!

To help explain the tactic and how it works as well as all the results of my various played and simulated saves, I created a tactics video over on my YouTube channel LSPLaysFM! You can find the video below:




How The Tactic Works


I initially created another 4-1-2-1-2 Narrow Diamond Tactic a few weeks back, but I have since adapted this and now the new Unbreakable Diamond here is its successor and in my opinion is far better then ever!

I used this tactic in a personal Glory Hunter-Type save with Atalanta and also tested this tactic in FM21 in a simulated test saves with Liverpool and have even been using in my Norwich City stream save over on Twitch!

You can also see in more detail below exactly how the tactic works and the results with various screenshots below as well if you’d prefer.

The tactic is a Narrow 4-1-2-1-2 Diamond formation and does rely upon its athletic wingbacks, an advanced forward who is either very pacey and/or good off the ball and then a Deep Lying Playmaker to sit in front of the defence when your Wing Backs push up in attack and who is preferably a very decent passer of the ball in order to help build attacks from the back with their range of passing.

In every save each team has performed very well, both equally as good defensively often having the best or one of the best defences in the league as well as the best attack! In the case of Norwich & Atalanta both teams have also performed arguably far above expectations. On top of that, in each of the completed saves I have tested it, the Golden Boot winner has come from the side using this tactic (Mohammed Salah & Musa Barrow).
As I have stated this tactic does phenomenally well offensively and focuses mainly upon counter attacking. However just because of that, does not mean that the tactic doesn’t work for big teams, because as shown by my Liverpool test, it most certainly does work for teams of any real size.

The tactic works as follows (check out the screenshots below to see exactly how its set up):













Just so you are aware with all other Set Pieces these are simply set to the default options as I found they worked suitably well for my sides, should you want to adapt them then feel free as doing so may make the tactic that much more powerful!

Also in addition to this, my training and opposition instructions are simply set to be handled by the Assistant. In terms though of player instructions, these are all entirely left simply to the defaults that each role provides the players with. I have not personally adapted these so again this may be something you look at improving yourself, but when using the tactic, not touching the instructions I have found to work perfectly well.


Winter Update Tweaks


You will also find below a few tweaks I have made to the tactic for one of my saves (with Norwich City since the Winter Update - 21.3.0). I have found with some saves the tactic worked perfectly on the 21.3.0 patch and with some others (including my Norwich Twitch save) that occasionally against certain teams the tactic may struggle on the new patch. The images below include 3 small changes I made to the tactic which counter acted the new patch and which you may find useful if the tactic doesn't work first time for you. They mainly focused on the line of engagement and two of the midfield roles:






How The Tactic Performed


Using this tactic at Atalanta in my personal offline save we managed to finish comfortably as winners of Serie A in what is now our third season. We finished the season up on 100 points, with 31 wins, 7 draws and 0 defeats after going unbeaten and actually breaking the Serie A record for games unbeaten now sitting currently on 62 games without defeat. In addition to this we also had the best attacks and defence in the league with 111 goals scored and only 21 conceded. Finally, using the tactic we also reached the Champions League Final sadly losing in ET to Man City and even had the golden boot winner in Musa Barrow scoring 41 goals in Serie A in only 35 games! On top of that with Musa Barrow, he even broke the Serie A record for goals in a season (originally held by Higuain at 36) and also broke the records for most player of the match awards and average rating while being used in this tactic. Don't get me wrong, Barrow is decent, but this tactic very much got the best out of him!











Below your also find the analyst stats for my Atalanta side including the very impressive goals per game ratio Atalanta had using the Unbreakable Diamond in Seria A. They were far and away the best offensively and were even more impressive It was also the case across both of my other saves with Liverpool & Norwich City (which I’ll come too shortly).









As of today (March 13th), I've just completed what is my final season at Atalanta and have now won a Domestic Treble as well, absolutely walking the league and cup. In Serie A, my Atalanta side managed to secure themselves 105 points, a Serie A record winning 34 of the 38 games as well and losing only 1 all season. On top of that the team also scored 114 goals over the 38 games meaning they had an average of exactly 3.00 GPG in the league, by far the highest of any team. You can all of this below and also Musa Barrow again managed another season with 40 league goals which is just crazy!









After the success with Atalanta, I then tested this out with Liverpool and have also been using at Norwich City on my Twitch stream. With Liverpool, I used them so I could test and see how a different side, arguably a league favourite would perform using this. You can see how the Liverpool side mainly lined up below:



Using this tactic, Liverpool won themselves a treble (or kind of a quadruple if you include the glorified friendly that is the Community Shield). Liverpool won themselves a Premier League, Champions League and League Cup. They also managed to reach the FA Cup Semi-Finals however were defeated by Wolves at this stage. The squad though not only performed well as a team, but individually, Mo Salah had possibly one of the best ever season performing at crazy good levels, scoring 63 goals over 58 games and even being awarded the 2020 World Player of the Year based on his crazy season. You can see quite how Liverpool got on in their competitions and the League below as well as Salah’s insane stats too:









Finally after Atalanta and Liverpool’s success we also come to Norwich City who I have been using in my Twitch Stream save. In my opinion they were arguably the most surprising and craziest ones from this simulation. We have a decent team 6 seasons on, but the team was only predicted to finish in the top 6, yet after 25 league games, we are not only top of the Premier League but also battering teams for fun in both the league & Europa League! Generally speaking, our Norwich side would line up something along these lines when using the tactic.



With this tactic, we sit top of the Prem with a 2 point lead over Manchester United and are 11 clear of 3rd placed Liverpool. On top of that we have both the best offence and defence in the league and in our 6 Europa League games played have a GD of 27! The side prior to this season has always been, but this year with this tactic being used, the side has exceeded even my own wildest expectation. You can see exactly how we are doing in the league and competitions we are in below:





Also as of Today (Friday 12/02/2021), an update on the Norwich save is that we have now just finished the season in question mentioned above and come away as Premier League Champions, as well as treble winners winning also the FA Cup and Europa League. Its astonishing how well this tactic did considering Norwich were a decent side yes, but only predicted 5th in the Prem and instead finished 10 clear of Manchester United with 92 points! The title victories you can see below:







Finally a user who had been using the tactic in their own playthrough as well recently provided me with the following screenshot of their Fulham side at the end of season 1 in game! After using the tactic despite being Fulham's first year back in the Prem, they managed to finish 4th in the Premier League on 68 points, scoring 70 goals and conceding 53 meaning they earnt themselves Champions League football year 1, despite being one of the poorest sides in the Prem! Check out the league table below:





Overall that is how the tactic itself functions and across each team I used it with, it functioned very well allowing teams to either totally outperform expectations or to dominate the other teams around them and just outscore them wherever possible!

Please do feel free to download the tactic via the link and I hope you get a lot of good fun and enjoyment out of this tactic on FM!

Finally, as mentioned above with using this tactic you can also find me over on Twitch where I currently am using this tactic with my Norwich City save. I usually stream 3 times a week, normally Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday so if you like FM21, why not come join us via the link below and drop a follow on the channel.

https://twitch.tv/lsplaysfm

Hope you enjoy the tactic guys, and of course if you have any questions, do feel free to ask and please also do let me know how you get on using the tactic. If you do find it to be useful please do feel free to leave any positive feedback and do make sure to go over to my YT channel and drop a sub so you’ll be notified when anymore of my content such as my FM21 tactic vids go live.

Thanks,

Luc / LSPlaysFM

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Discussion: LSPlaysFM's Unbreakable Diamond - 105 Pts, 3.00 GPG, Unbeaten Seasons & More!

26 comments have been posted so far.

  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey Joostja, hope it works well for you mate. Fiorentina's side should be pretty well suited to it tbh. :)
  • Joostja's avatar
    Looks great. Im going to start a new safe with Fiorentina trying this tactic
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  • Joostja's avatar
    Looks great. Im going to start a new safe with Fiorentina trying this tactic
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey @Axue, glad to hear the tactic has worked mate, in terms of Haaland either play him as the Advanced forward as he's a complete beast in that role, or try him on the other side as either the Pressing/Complete Forward. He should be equally as good in that role and will likely bang goals in for the fun for you. Hope it helps bud. :)
  • Axue's avatar
    @LSPlaysFM thank you so much for sharing this tactic. Helped a noob like me win a treble with Chelsea, with Werner scoring 45+ goals. One question, recently got Halaand (Boss wanted it) and now I’m wondering how i’ll fit him with Werner. Any tips?
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  • LFCJFT96's avatar
    i used this tactic with BVB im only in the first season so far but erling haaland is just a monster with this tactic
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey Huguitch, thanks for the update, shame it wasn't working quite so well with Sporting. At least it worked wonders for your own Liverpool side and tbh I'm not surprised that Salah was insane with it as I know from my own tests. The fact Origi is too though is fantastic to hear. :)
  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Oh really @Gooders? Now that is surprising, I would have thought Leeds would have worked well with it tbh. Maybe the players just simply haven't yet learnt the tactic maybe but strange really considering how well it was doing for your Ipswich side. Hopefully you'll be able to turn it around with them. :)
  • Huguitch's avatar
    Well for some reason it didn't work so well at Sporting, but no worries.
    I won everything with Liverpool in first season, except Carabao Cup :D
    Salah and Origi are just two monsters in this tactic holly hell hahahaha
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  • Gooders's avatar
    For some reason it's just stopped working for me. I improved my Leeds team and I'm just getting battered away from home. Even at home I'm giving teams far to many shots on goal and chances.
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    No worries @Huguitch, look forward to it mate, hope it all goes well. :)
  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey @kiekiedee, glad to hear it mate. To do that with a side like Huddersfield is very good indeed, hope it continues working out for you. :)
  • Huguitch's avatar
    @LSPlaysFM Thanks for the tips, I'm gone play a season with Sporting and then give a feedback :)
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  • kiekiedee's avatar
    Works a treat so far with Huddersfield town, about 15 or 16 games unbeaten and top of the league in the Championship, cheers mate.
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    @Huguitch, ah right I see, well that makes sense. In terms of Sporting, I know Goncalves is class in this tactic both as the Mezzala and AM as we used him at Norwich. In terms of the rest of the squad I am not too familiar on many of the Sporting players anymore, but if they have a pacey striker which you've mentioned in Tomas and athletic wingbacks then it could really work well I would imagine. Hope if you do use it, it does work! :)
  • Huguitch's avatar
    @LSPlaysFM I didn't save that one im liverpool because I'm gone test it my self, but I have high expectations on this tactic, I say that cause I won against arsenal the Supercup 3-1 in the beginning ;)
    I am thinking trying this tactic on a new save with Sporting CP (my heart club), do you think the team will get good results? I am curious to see it because the striker Tiago Tomás as so much speed and potencial, do you think it will work?
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey there @Bussy92! I don't see why it wouldn't tbh, I've found through my own testing and what others have said to me upon using this that the tactic works both with bigger and smaller sides, so no reason why not. I'm unsure on the players at Bradford tbh, but if they've got relatively athletic wingbacks and a pacey striker up top then no reason why it couldn't work. Hope that helps mate and hope if you go for it, all works out well. :)
  • Bussy92's avatar
    Hi do you think this would for me to start with Bradford city to get them from league to to the premier league.
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey @Huguitch, thank you for the kind words mate, really glad to hear the tactic is working for the Liverpool side at least on the simulations, really hope it does the same for you when actually playing with it. I'd be hopeful it would do as Liverpool have really good players that suit the style and Salah as I found is an absolute unit in this tactic. Good luck mate, hope it all goes well when doing your save with them. :)
  • Huguitch's avatar
    Okay so I wanted to try a new tactic with liverpool (the team I was using to play against a friend online and I lost the premier league to him), and so far this tactic is completely destroying other teams (I simulated the game in september to January and only got 8 goals conceded in first place and only 1 lose!)
    Final results (simulating all first season):
    Premier League: Champion with 91 points, only 19 goals conceded and 1 lose!
    Champions League: Semi Finals, eliminated by City 2-2 (away goal)
    FA Cup: Final, lost 2-3 against Arsenal
    Carabao Cup - Got eliminated on second game (who cares xD)
    Man, got this results only by simulating, imagine taking care of the team! You're a god!
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    @Gooders Well I hope it does work out for you mate. And generally I stick to the roles, but I always try to make sure both my Mezzala and AM are both very decent both on the ball and with passing/shooting. Those two areas are where majority of your assists come from at least I normally find, so key is arguably having your best players there really.

    Also a player who has high work rate as the BWM is always handy too. :)
  • Gooders's avatar
    Great I'll give that a go. Any key attributes you'd recommend for the midfield positions or just go by the roles?
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey there Gooders, glad to hear its still going well with Ipswich and your pushing for the playoffs, that's great news! :)

    In terms of home/away games or tough games, generally I didn't change much if anything. The exception was occassionally if I felt teams where really sitting back we'd look to press higher up the pitch and occassionally I'd drop the mentality against teams far stronger then us when I was using my Norwich side.

    But normally that would be all, and like I say it was very rare I'd make the changes, but could be worth trying in those games where your stuggling etc. :) Hope that helps.
  • Gooders's avatar
    Really enjoying this. My Ipswich team is very poor but I'm in the play off spots. Did you change anything for tough away games? I've not changed anything but away from home im not getting much joy. Would changing mentality help?
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  • LSPlaysFM's avatar
    Hey there @Gooders, thank you very much for the kind words mate. Really pleased to hear its working so well for you (even if it is with Ipswich and me being a Norwich City fan :P).

    I'm pleased to see it translating so well onto others games like it has for you especially with the average ratings etc. and I definitely agree it doesn't require top level players to work at all so glad it is showing that with you.

    Thanks for the taking the time to comment mate, appreciate it. :)

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