September 22, 2012
The most striking aspect of the initial setup is that it seems to be primarily defensive in shape. A back four shielded by three defensive midfield players, two of which are set as defensive midfielders in their roles. What isn’t apparent from a first glance is that the three man curtain at the base of midfield is actually an excellent tool to help maintain possession. The fullbacks are both set to attack so the idea is obviously that they are able to offer a degree of width with the two inside forwards ahead of them cutting inside at will.
September 15, 2012
Tactical Review, Unbelievable Jeff
Something genuinely interesting here. Dr Poods ( I really can’t get used to that username) has set up with a traditional sweeper system, the reason I say traditional is that a lot of people still confuse the sweeper and libero role. A libero is more of an attacking option looking to bring the ball out of defence and start the attack, a sweeper on the other hand is meant to sit behind the central defenders and ‘sweep’ looking to move laterally left and right to whichever side the opposition are attacking, If any of you saw the Community Shield match between Manchester City and Chelsea the Belgian Vincent Kompany performed the sweeper role drawing on his anticipation, pace and power to negate the initial phase of Chelsea attacks. That said the sweeper role tends to be one of the hardest to get right in the Football Manager match engine.