Tactical Review – Dr Poods 5-2-3

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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.

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Tactical Review – Stu’s 4-5-1 Possession

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The most striking aspect of the setup is the midfield balance. With two playmakers around the same zone – albeit one deep and one advanced – it is entirely possible that the game could get congested in the centre. Whether that’s the way the analysis plays out though remains to be seen.

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