Counter > Pace > Goals: THE FUNCTION OF THE TACTIC
This tactic has been a success for me with Napoli, so I would like to share it with all of you, seeing as this forum has done a lot for me and I wat to give something back. This tactic gave me domination over my opponents, giving me quite a lot of Clear Cut Chances and Goals. Although it is proving to be a success at Napoli, I'm still looking for ways to make this tactic at its best, so I will be trying it with many different teams, both strong and weak teams. I hope it's successful for you as it is for me
From what I have seen, this tactic mostly works for important matches and if you are the underdogs of a match. It will not work if you are a strong team, such as Barcelona, or if you are playing a really defensive team, but I will be looking for ways to slightly change the tactic for certain circumstances, so stay tuned to the thread.
I CANNOT GUARANTEE IT WILL BE 100% SUCCESSFUL, SO PLEASE DON'T HATE.
FORMATION & PLAYER ROLES
Goalkeeper: Any keeper would be fine, no specific attibutes needed, but make sure your keeper is good enough to stop the opposition from scoring.
Fullbacks: Won't be pushing forward to support attack but may sometimes cross the ball deeply.
Attributes required: Tackling, Determination, Work Rate, Positioning, Stamina, Crossing.
Centerbacks: Both have equal roles, but the DCR will be the one standing on the far post of the corner, so tallest player goes there.
Attributes required: Tackling, Marking, Heading, Positioning, Concentration, Jumping.
Defensive Midfielder: Lying deep and helping defence, but will also be pushing ball forward, creating many chances for the strikers.
Attributed required: Tackling, Positioning, Concentration, Strength, Passing, Technique, Stamina, Work Rate.
Center Midfielder: The attacking midfielder, pushing up to support attack and provide the ball to the right man and maybe scoring on a few opportunities if arise.
Attributed required: Passing, Creativity, Decisions, Anticipation, Technique, Finishing, Dribbling, Teamwork, First Touch.
Ball Winning Midfielder: Looking to get the ball of the opposition no matter what stands in his way.
Attributed required: Tackling, Strength, Concentration, Positioning, Work Rate, Determination, Aggression.
Inside Forwards: Both will be supporting the Striker, picking up balls from the midfield and supplying the ball to the poacher, or maybe crossing to the other end of the post, but rarely.
Attributed required: Finishing, Pace, Off the Ball, Dribbling, Flair, Passing, Technique, Heading (not required, but useful).
Poacher: The icing on the cake. Will be picking up passes from the midfielders and inside forwards, so he can then pace through the defence and score. Definatly must have the attributes, otherweise this tactic will not work.
Attributed required: Finishing, Off the Ball, Flair, Dribbling, Pace, Acceleration, Balance, Anticipation, Composure.
I use none, but if you want to do any then that's up to you.
High number of long shots or off target - Work Ball in Box
Around 55% or below tackling - Get Stuck In
If opponent is lying deep - Change 'counter' to 'attacking'
If your team are flopping e.g. wasting too many easy chances - Change 'fluid' to 'rigid'
If opponent has slow defenders & you are dominant in air - Change 'drill crosses' to 'float crosses'
If pass completion % is low - Change passing to 'short' but keep philosophy on 'fluid'
HIGHLIGHTS OF PLAY
Attacking centre mid creates a chance for the poacher to run onto and score
Attacking centre mid plays a through ball to poacher, pacing through defence
Poacher paces through the remaining players and finishes with ease
Things to do:
- Thrash weak teams playing defensively
- Defeat bigger teams when you're playing away
- Having consistant results and performances
Any Further questions, feedback, anything at all.. comment below, Thanks