Hello folks! Today we’re starting a series of Football Manager 2011 tactics posts, the bottom line is that all the authors that are sharing their stories on this website will be making their tactics available to download. Of course, except those who are using my Magpies 4-4-2 tactic :) The series starts with Ana Garcia, you already know her from the fabulous Spanish stories that she provides and if you don’t know those stories then you should first be ashamed and then start reading them right now! So, without further ado, let’s see Ana’s tactics described by herself!
4-4-2 with Attacking Midfielder
GK – Goalkeeper defend
Wing Backs – Automatic but can also be set to Attack if at home against a weaker side, or Defend if away at a stronger side.
Centre backs – LoL, Defend of course! :) Set to Central defender on both.
MCR – Central midfielder support, again can bet set to attack or defend depending on team, or home or away etc Also can be set as an advanced playmaker if you want.
MC – Ball winning midfielder set to defend, to help the defence.
MCL – Deep lying playmaker, set to support needs to be creative but also good at defending.
AMC – Advanced playmaker attack or support, depends really, I find that it depends on what striker setup you are using. Attack if not using a trequartista or support if you are using one.
STCR – Trequartista, basically a very creative player who wont defend at all so you need to keep that in mind. His job is to find space and play passes to your other striker so should get lots of assists, but also a few goals.
STCL – Poacher attack, needs pace and good finishing if you have a good trequartista then it should create alot of chances for him and if he is half decent he should get 15-20 goals a season.
The only bad thing is the game really loves wingers! So that’s a problem for my tactic, however there are few things you can do to counter act that.
Pitch size – At the start of the season you get to choose your pitch size so select the most narrow you can! Remember this attack focuses down the center so a wide pitch can really hurt, especially your wing backs so select a narrow one.
Opposition instructions – I always choose tight marking, closing down and show onto weaker foot for all wingers or wide men. It helps reduce the amount of crosses but remember it wont stop them all!
Finally you can also use a couple of shouts if you need, I like using retain possession and pass to feet as I like to keep the ball. You can also use work ball into box if your players are not creating much or having lots of long range chances, also exploit the middle but am not sure how much of a difference that makes! But you can try it, and experiment yourself! You can download the tactic by clicking on the picture below. After downloading you have to copy or move the file into the My Documents>Sports Interactive>Football Manager 2011>tactics folder. Then start your game, go to the tactics screen and select this tactic from the “archived tactics” section.
Well to preserve leads like away 1-0 wins etc, but can also nick goals on the counter attack! It doesn’t really need explaining when you see it, its just to keep leads late in games and works pretty well I think!
Pretty self explanatory! You can download the defensive tactic by clicking on the picture below, then follow the same instructions to get it into your game.
More great Football Manager 2011 tactics are coming up, stay tuned! :)
The founder and co-owner of the website, a Romanian Football Manager addict. He’s been playing the game since CM ’97-’98, never missed any of the versions since then. His footballing career stopped before it began, he liked playing the game but disliked having to run around like crazy during the pretty harsh training sessions. He’s a supporter of the Romanian national team, Universitatea Craiova, Arsenal, Barcelona and… the Blyth Spartans! You can contact him at johnny[at]footballmanagerstory[dot]com
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