The premise of strikerless football is seared into the way I play this game and think about football in general. Yet on occasion, sometimes coming upon me suddenly, but coming without fail every month or so, as rituallistically as the prayers children say on their knees before tumbling into bed; the very act of turning on the laptop and booting up the game presents me with visions of improving my earlier work.
Whilst the whole process of testing my ideas and refining the concept was time-consuming and at times frustrating, I feel I have found ways to further improve upon the Strikerless 2.0 tactic I released a while back. I hereby proudly present Strikerless 3.0.
Role- and formation-wise, I haven’t really changed much, apart from the introduction of the Withdrawn Targetman Mk. II, the Fellaini-role introduced to the Strikerless game to replace the old Targetganche. I do feel the new role adds some extra dynamic power to the mix, as opposed to the more static nature of the Targetganche. Besides that little change, why would I change a formation which is decently balanced out?
I did change a number of the team instructions, just because I felt the original strikerless style was proving a bit indecisive at times and the high paced passing and pressing were not always working because of players’ decreased first touch since the last patch.
In order to combat the indecisiveness that sometimes holds back the team, with forwards faltering in good positions, like a child in a candyshop after being told he can pick only one sweet, I decided to lose the shorter passing. I still want the ball and the possession, but this leaves room for a more direct approach when possible.
The higher tempo also had to go, because it tired my players out quite severely. Towards the end of tight matches, I always found my lads on the defensive because they were to knackered to sustain the high energy pressing and passing game for ninety minutes. That isn’t a problem when the opposition is trailing by several goals, but you don’t such situations to arise in tight matches.
In order to improve defensive stability, I changed the be more expressive instruction to be more disciplined. Whilst this impacts the offensive stage of the game as well, I do find my players get found out less when transitioning from offence to defence, so it’s all about finding the right balance. We score slightly less goals, but we concede a lot less goals. Balance…