There is nothing more frustrating to the FM player than spending the last 20-25 minutes of a game chasing a goal and trying to break down the AI defence. We have all been in that situation at one point or another and time seems to speed past without a chance at goal as the AI choose to sit deep and frustrate our attacking intent.
I thought I would take the opportunity to share a trick that I use to overcome even the most stubborn AI defence by creating large gaps in their defensive schemes that we can exploit with players coming from deeper positions.
The basic theory to this article will be familiar to most FM players that also play chess as we look to mechanise our system to the extent that we open up space along two specific files or lines that can be exploited by our midfielders by way of a typical discovered attack in chess terms. I must stress at this point though that this is not a strategy I employ for the duration of a match since it’s hugely overbalanced in attacking terms and can leave gaps in your defence. That is why I tend to switch to this system when the AI are already intent on sitting as deep as possible and thus offer less of an attacking threat.