Tactical Review – JPainter96’s “The Missing MC”

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The first Tactical Review that I’ve written for FM13. If there are any of you that would like your tactics analysed in this fashion then drop me a message on twitter and I’ll get it sorted out.

The System

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The good news is that we’re starting with something interesting. I always like taking a look at other peoples asymmetric tactics purely because it gives an insight in to how they play the game and where they believe they can maximise their tactical strengths. The staggered left side is interesting as Jack seems to have decided to compensate or the lack of a wide midfielder by playing a midfielder in the left defensive midfield shot. This will add instant depth to any attacking or defensive phase and it should be interesting to see how it all works.



System Analysis – 3-5-2


This is the first in a new series of articles that I will be writing over the coming weeks. The plan is to take a system from within the game before running an analysis of that system. I will highlight the systems strengths and weaknesses of the system before adding a section on what I would do to counter that system should the AI be using it. All feedback on the concept is more than welcome.

I grew up in the 1990’s when Italian football was shown on British television with the seminal Gazzetta Football Italia being shown on our television scenes. Exposure to this more glamorous version of the game introduced a plethora of new tactical concepts from the high pressing defensive solidity of Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side through to the tactical pragmatism of Marcello Lippi and his Juventus side. When we consider the modern Italian game there is one tactical trend that is spreading throughout Serie A as we see the resurgence of the three man defence. The most widespread system appears to be the 3-5-2 with most recent champions Juventus using the system for large parts of the season. The 3-5-2 is hugely adaptable with slight variations allowing for more offensive and defensive solidity whilst a positional change will lead to the system taking on more of a 3-4-3 look.