Best FM 2015 Tactics: Tinkerman’s Winning Diamond Formation

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Best FM 2015 Tactics - Tinkerman Diamond

Hey guys

I am the Tinkerman, known for my ability to use various tactics on FM to achieve success, this is my first attempt in the Best FM 2015 tactics series.

Check out this epic tactic and some of the results of it shown below…

In recent seasons the diamond formation has become popular, notably with Liverpool last season whilst other teams such as West Ham and England have also experimented with the diamond formation. Therefore I have produced a winning diamond formation which I have tested with Man United and Hull City. As with all tactics it is important to have players which suit the formation and player roles.

Formation: 4-1-2-1-2

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The advantage of this formation is that it allows the selection of two strikers which is particularly useful if your squad has a number of quality strikers. As shown above the formation is quite narrow, leaving the team strong in numbers through the centre of the pitch. When attacking the wing backs push forward and provide the majority of the width. The half back drops in between the central defenders who split to almost form a back three. When defending the half back and two box to box midfielders provide reasonable protection to the back four and the two false nines drop deep which helps to stifle attacks as most of the team are usually behind the ball.

Player Roles:

GK: goalkeeper (defend) – Typical goalkeeper

DR/DL: complete wing back attack (attack) – Very important players in this tactic, providing lots of crosses and assists. Therefore technical ability is important including crossing, dribbling and passing. Pace and stamina are also key due to the amount of work these guys need to do on the flanks.

DC: central defender (defend) – Typical central defenders attributes. I also like to partner a defender with good aerial ability with one that is quite pacey to provide a balance.

DMC: half back (defend) – Important attributes for a defensive midfield player include stamina, tackling, positioning, passing etc.

MC: box to box midfielder (support) – all round midfielder who can help out the defence and supplement the attack, high work rate is useful. At least one of these guys should be defensively minded with high attributes for tackling, positioning etc.

AMC: advanced playmaker (attack) – key attributes would be first touch, passing, technique and vision, basically a technically gifted and clever player.

ST: false nine (support) – they tend to drop deep when defending which is helpful. Teamwork, vision and passing ability are key as they tend to provide a number of assists. Also important that they are good finishers and having decent aerial ability would be useful due to the number of crosses from the wingbacks.

Team Instructions:

Mentality – Control

Team Shape – Fluid

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These instructions are self explanatory and should work against stronger and weaker teams. This tactic will not dominate the opposition with large shares of possession (approx. 50/50) but it will pepper the opposition goal with shots. If there too many long shots being taken without success you should change the individual instructions for that player to shoot less often.

Results with Hull City:

League Cup

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Good victories against the other PL teams.

FA Cup

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Disappointing to go out in the fifth round, although it was against a quality arsenal side, we created more chances than Arsenal, 3 clear cut chances and 4 half chances so it was disappointing to only score one goal.

Europa League

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The Europa league was used as a means of resting players as I made the premier league the priority. The chairman was pleased to reach the 1st knockout round as he had only targeted reaching the group stage.

Premier League

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Fantastic run of victories in December, April and May help us on our way. Only conceding 7 goals in the last 15 league games was also vital en route to the league triumph.

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A clear victory over Chelsea by 7 points!!

Opposition Instructions:

As everyone can identify, the current match engine results in a lot of goals from crosses in wide areas. To help defend against this, I recommend employing the following opposition instructions on wide midfielders and forwards to reduce the number of crosses into the box. Always tight marking, always closing down and hard tackling.

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Transfers

Try to cash in on wide attacking players as they are not needed for this system and use the money to buy players best suited to these roles. I always try to have 2 suitable players for each position.

Download Link

FM 2014 Download

How to install

Follow the instructions below to use the tactic in your game:

1. Click the download link above and download the file.

2. Once the file is downloaded move it to the following folder documents>sports interactive>football manager 2015>tactics

3. Now load the game as normal and enter the tactics screen.

4. In the tactics screen, click the tactic you currently have loaded then select manage tactics from the drop-down menu

5. Then Import and then load ‘Tinkerman’s diamond into your game, then you will be able to select the tactic from the list.

Thanks for tuning in…

Leave a comment and let me know how you get on

The Tinkerman

P.S.: I’ve got more ideas up my sleeve…keep an eye out for upcoming posts in the Best FM 2015 tactics series ;)

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mcsergeant
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mcsergeant

is it working on v15.1.4 ?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

It was tested on v 15.1.3 but hopefully it will be just as successful on v15.1.4

Matt
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Matt

cheeky 0-3 away win at the Britannia stadium as my first result… will see how this puppy pans out

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Sounds good, keep us posted

Matt
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Matt

Just for other people’s information – i am playing on the latest update.

Picked up a 5-0 home win to Arsenal last night (playing as southampton) who are 3rd in the league with myself top by a point. I implemented the tactic in the November of my current season and I am now in Jan.

also beat man city 3-0.

Be careful when the opposition plays 3 central attacking midfielders, make sure they are all marked and closed down like you would wingers! only defeat came from a game against norwich and i lost 4-0

Rob
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Rob

This is working well for me, dominating games and loads of shots but not scoring any goals! Any tips?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi Rob, what team are you playing with? The goals will come with time. Are many of the shots long shots?

Rob
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Rob

Arsenal. Using Giroud and Berbatov up front because I thought we could do with a better play maker than Welbeck as Welbs wasn’t scoring at all (no goals in 8 games). Yes an awful lot of shots seem to be from long range.

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Try setting individual player instructions of shoot less often to the players having the most wasteful long shots. I would say your box to box midfielder’s mainly.

Rob
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Rob

Do you actually know if this tactic works post-update? Because I happen to know (through a corrupted save file) that my form has been significantly worse using this than my old tactic and I’m wondering if it’ because of the update

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

I haven’t tested it on the update yet

Rob
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Rob

Seems to work on the update, my form once my strikers started to score was top 2, unfortunately I had inflicted too much damage before Christmas. Next season should be more profitable.

Rob
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Rob

Although in your defence I’m going through that ‘smash one on ones at the keeper and hit the post 15 times a match’ phase so it’s probably just that.

nick
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nick

Hey Tinkerman, good tactic with PSG atm and have lost 2 games in the CL but will qualify 2nd in the group. Mind you I have sold a lot of the senior player ibra and silva and have younger players performing. Just a note I hit the cross bar quite a lot and my defenders and mids do most the scoring. Overall a good tactic, Keep up the good work.

aswan
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aswan

Best tactic so far for me

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Thanks aswan that’s great!!

GuiseleyFan00
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GuiseleyFan00

does this work for lower leagues as well or just top leagues

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes it does, I have tested it with bath in the Vanarama South and am top of the table after 15 games

hendravalo
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hendravalo

So at start of the season my team looks like a winner contender…playing like a champion…striker score many goal… but after nearly end of the season the performance become so poor… playing too many draw on weaker team.. my striker not scoring goal anymore… so did u guys have this problem too??? any solution for this?? btw team morale not that low, morale is good

Darren
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Darren
Lars Taylor
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Lars Taylor

i play a very simular formation, but i keep possesion and play flexible, should i chaange to fluid ?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

If you have found something that works well for you why change it :)

varun
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varun

Did you use control for every game?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Yes I did, which is not usually the strategy I adopt, usually I would play counter away from home against the bigger teams. But for this tactic we were able to win away at chelsea and man city and draw away at man utd with control, which I was very happy with!!

Andreas Petrousis
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Andreas Petrousis

Worked for me in my first game! I had already lost with my PAOK team 0-4 against Juventus! And i won 0-1 in the away game!!!Thank you for my 3 points in the Champion’s Cup Group Stage!!!

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Great stuff :)

Richard Williams
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Richard Williams

Just started using this tactic, working well so far.what do you use for training/match preparation mate?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

For this tactic I switched between defending/balanced training and for match preparation I generally switched between attacking movement and teamwork depending on the opposition. Sorry for late response mate!

fmdude
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fmdude

class class tactic…doing well on this…who is the tinkerman?? we want more! :)

JMcSweeney
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JMcSweeney

This tactic, with some slight variations, is giving me great success with my man utd team. With Di Maria as a roaming playmaker in one of the CM roles and Rooney as my box to box CM, I have maintained an unbeaten run up until november, 11 wins and 1 draw, with a 3-0 win over chelsea, 3-1 win over man city, and 5-1 against everton. The false nine roles work really well for forwards that you wouldn’t expect it to, such as falcao, and the CM roles work really well even for players with little defensive focus.

Well done.

YK
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YK

Do you actually know if this tactic works post-update (v15.3.0)?
If my team hasn’t 2-3 good attackers for F9 role, can I use some other role for one of the attackers?

TheTinkerman
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TheTinkerman

Hi YK, I haven’t tested myselfy post update, but feedback I have had from others suggests it does. Possibly other roles may work, I suggest your think carefully about the individual player instructions. Darren previously changed one of the strikers to a poacher and achieved success :)

fgsgs
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fgsgs

This tactic is total disaster.

Chris
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Chris

What are the individual player instructions?