A few patches later and a few Match Engine changes have changed the playing field that is FM15. That means I have to change things around. Naturally Mahatma Gandhi said it first.
Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
You can always improve the things you do but this is about challenging the way you always think about things. Re-evaluate the things you have already evaluated. I am aware that I can be somewhat argumentative at times during casual conversations but I do try and see things from a new perspective. It’s often surprising to see what happens.
Not a lot of new things formation-wise. It’s still a narrow 4-1-2-3-0, just because I feel that’s the formation best suited for overloading the central areas of the pitch.
Compared to the earlier download I offered, a few things have changed role-wise. For starters, SI have created a new role in the Complete Wing-Back with a Support settings. Whereas my older tactic often got found out down the flanks during counter-attacks, I feel the support-setting for the Complete Wing-Back could offer the right compromise between attacking prowess and defensive stability.
The player in the defensive midfield strata has also caused me to re-think my approach. So far, I have used either ball-winning midfielders or deep-lying playmakers in this position, either in defend or support roles. A brief experiment with the half-back was cancelled, simply because I need the defensive midfielder not to drop back, in order to form a sort of passing triangle into midfield.
The Regista should help with the ball retention, as well as well as venturing into midfield to cover for the Central Winger’s forward runs. My test cases have been pretty positive, so I might as well release the tactic and let you all be the judge.
I have removed the direct passing in favor for the old-skool short passing and ball retention. The direct passing, especially into space, just wasn’t working without a focal point upfront. The rest remains pretty much the same, so the counter-pressing is still there, as is the fluid movement.