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Understanding the 4-4-2 Diamond

Understanding the 4-4-2 Diamond

0 by / on June 3, 2011, 9:00 am / in Formations

DEFENCE Despite the fact that there are four ways to play a diamond formation on FM, the differences between them are few and usually subtle. As a starting point, one thing each of them do have in common is a back four in defence. The defence will generally have more protection in the middle than with a flat 4-4-2, especially […]

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3 at the back and the 4-4-2 Diamond

3 at the back and the 4-4-2 Diamond

0 by / on February 14, 2011, 10:00 am / in Formations

Last week Chelsea v Liverpool became the biggest tactical talking point of the season. Liverpool revived the the 3 man defence that Kenny debuted against Stoke. While with the introduction of Torres for £50m Ancellotti was forced to crowbar in El Nino into the side and returned back to his 4-4-2 Diamond which seemed to define his time at AC Milan […]

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How To Set Up A Back Four

How To Set Up A Back Four

0 by / on February 2, 2011, 5:30 pm / in Formations

Last year, I wrote a guide about how to play a simple 4-4-2. One of the major components of that is the back four. In fact, most modern formations build upon four defenders; two full backs and two centre backs. It’s clearly very important to know how to set them up. So – how do you set them up? There […]

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Building Your Defence: Full Backs

Building Your Defence: Full Backs

0 by / on December 28, 2010, 10:00 am / in Players

The modern full back is quickly becoming one of the most important players on the team sheet, infact even back in the days of Brian Clough, fat ed’ argued that because of the space these players get in the final third thet players could be the most important. I have found that having great full backs in my sides have […]

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False Nine Tactics

False Nine Tactics

0 by / on September 21, 2010, 10:00 am / in Formations

When we think about modern football trends, we think about the fall of the 4-4-2, the introduction of inverted wingers and the rise of the 4-5-1. But there is one other tactical rise that seems to have been used with caution with by a few of the top managers, many abandoned just as quickly. Roma have executed the 4-6-0 brilliantly, […]

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How Will Jose Mourinho Manage at Real Madrid? (Part 7)

How Will Jose Mourinho Manage at Real Madrid? (Part 7)

0 by / on September 6, 2010, 10:00 am / in Editorials

Last time around I showed you the gaping holes in my tactical plan. Against smaller teams, my players were not imposing themselves enough on the game, nor were they able to break through more disciplined defences. What was the solution? Pressure – and lots of it. Tactical Plan v. 3.0 I wanted to stick to the “4-3-3” principal of my […]

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From Giant to Underdog: Managing a Bulgarian Powerhouse (Part 3)

From Giant to Underdog: Managing a Bulgarian Powerhouse (Part 3)

0 by / on August 23, 2010, 10:00 am / in In-Match

After setting the tactics for our team in the previous post, we’ll look how they are going to play out in a game situation. Our first friendly will give us a chance to see how our players will handle the tactics. The First Friendly Firstly, In this video we can see our main attacking weakness, at least in terms of […]

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