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The 4-2-3-1 – The Analysis

In the first part of the series we discussed the system we’d be using and I spoke about how I thought the roles would all link together and play. So now I need to explore and see if this is the case and see if I am suffering any of the issues I mentioned in the opening article. For this part I’m just going to dive straight into a bit of tactical analysis to see if my ideas are working or not. Continue reading The 4-2-3-1 – The Analysis

Forged In Steel – The Deep-Lying Forward

Understanding the player roles of on Football Manager can be hard to do especially as the descriptions aren’t always the best and can often ignore important factors about what they do or don’t do. So to give you a better idea of the roles and how they function, I’ve decided to write about them. I will be doing this for every role I use in the 3-5-2 that I posted about earlier in the series. People should then get a sense of what to expect from a specific role and allow you to understand the basics of the roles. Which will in turn help you out when deciding which role best suits your needs for the tactic you are creating or the style you are trying to implement. This should make creating tactics a less daunting proposition. Continue reading Forged In Steel – The Deep-Lying Forward

Forged in Steel – Tactics and Recruitment

In this article I will discuss my recruitment strategy and how it all links to the tactic I am currently using. Having a long-term plan and strategy makes it easier for me to squad build and gives me something to aim for. It’s basically what keeps me invested in the current save and adds longevity for me. So let’s dive straight into it. Continue reading Forged in Steel – Tactics and Recruitment

The 4-2-3-1 Introduction

When I normally write an article it’s normally based on something from my own save game, I don’t really do request for articles as such. But for the last few years I’ve been asked quite regularly when I would be writing about the 4-2-3-1 and the answer as always been never. The reason for this was I don’t really use the formation, I find four defender formations boring. I’m more of a three at the back and then experiment with the players in front kind of guy. Using four defenders you don’t really have many options you can use, so that’s always been my preferred method of play.

This year though I thought I’d bite the bullet and write about the 4231 to give people a better insight into how I’d use it. The only downside is I’ll be writing about the 4-2-3-1 and explain why this is my preferred option throughout the article. So over the next few weeks I will hopefully have this series about the 4-2-3-1 finished :). But for now, here is the introduction to get familiar with what I’ll be doing and why

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12 Step Guide To Tactics

Not many people understand the match engine and how it works better than guest author @BusttheNet (Rashid1 on the SI forums). I recommend that if you are a fan of my site then please give Rashidi a follow as he is criminally underrated and followed on social media. He offers guides on his website but he also has a YouTube channel where you can find informative tactical videos. His work really is some of the best out there so be sure to check him out. Continue reading 12 Step Guide To Tactics

The 4-4-2 Chronicles

It’s one of the oldest football formations around and has seen a resurgence of some kind in the past few years with teams like Leicester and Atletico Madrid having success using it. I’m of course talking about the 4-4-2 formation. Growing up as an English football fan the formation for me symbolises safety and familiarity. I’m not saying it’s the most successful tactic, although it’s had some incredible moments over the decades and many teams have seen great success using some kind of 4-4-2. But when things were going wrong and teams needed to strip back to basics, this always seemed to be the go to formation. I think Mike Bassett summed it up perfectly here; Continue reading The 4-4-2 Chronicles