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A 4-4-2 away is pretty adventurous, if you turned up at Anfield playing that I'd fancy sterling, oxlade and messi to tear you a new one! I'd try a 4-5-1 with a defensive midfielder or 3 central midfielders and a couple of wingers/inside forwards!?I play a 442, away
this has been my habit to hold the lead for 1 month now. I have never conceded when playing like this. And I only do this from 75' +Try the following:
1) Keep the formation but change the player instructions (eg rb/wbs to defend not automatic) - OR - Play 42(one anchorman one dm both sitting deep)31 and use wing play.
2) Drop deeper (though if opposition is similar strength to you this may not be ideal) + play narrow + pass to feet
3) On 85th min: Contain+ play even safer+drop deeper and play narrow + pass to feet + retain possession (and if opposition is much better "stay on feet" to keep defensive shape)