Recreating Sir Alex Ferguson's (2012) Counter Tactic in Football Manager 2015

agieluma

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Finally, I created a tactic that works on FM15.
I decided to ditch possession-based football and embark on direct football; and what better tactic to recreate than Fergie's tactic.

This is based on turning defence into attack ASAP while also remaining tight at the back.
Here's an overview:
View attachment 708814I created this tactic (after numerous editing and evaluation...and some serious RAGE) in my first season (using Dortmund) and it was absolutely amazing. I won the Champions' League and Bundesliga and also had an amazing run of 10 consecutive clean sheets. I decided to delete the save and start a new one with a much weaker team; to evaluate the credibility of the tactic.
I started with West Ham and I'm really enjoying the ride. I'm not saying you'll definitely win all your games but you will like it.
I'm currently in mid-season.



Here are some screen-shots:



The counter version:
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The control version:
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Results:

View attachment 708833View attachment 708851View attachment 709901I went unbeaten in the league but didn't do well in the cup competitions

My secret is to study the opposition

very well and maintain your players'

high morale. Also check their training

performances before choosing a

line-up. I'm open to advice on how to

make it better. If you feel I cheated,

Fine. I'm open to your criticism.





Some match stats:

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League table (mid-season):

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Goal types:

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Goal assists:

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Match Preparation:

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Rest of the season:
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I left my assistant to handle individual training.

I use counter version more than the control version...almost 90% of the time

I did not make any new signings due to financial restrictions
I already set opposition instructions

Here are the files:


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I repeat; I DIDN'T USE ANY EDITOR IN THIS SAVE.
I'm open to other suggestions to improve this tactic. Feel free to comment on my work. Thank you and GOOD LUCK

Here are the remaining screen-shots



A NEW ATTACKING VERSION:
I decided to ditch the previous "control" version (after 2 seasons) because I upgraded my team with some better players and wanted to play a more attacking way. I recreated my "Total Football" tactic from FM14 in FM15 and it's been doing wonders for me.
This is what my team looks like after 3 seasons
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Here's the DOWNLOAD link for the

new attacking version



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Feel free to comment
 
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macca72

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Looks excellent, exactly the way I want to play, hopefully it'll work for me.
 

Jono Cpfc

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if i was to make the counter tactic into a 4-4-2, what player roles would i use? and would the team instructions etc still be the same?
 
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agieluma

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if i was to make the counter tactic into a 4-4-2, what player roles would i use? and would the team instructions etc still be the same?
I would either use a "false nine", a "deep-lying forward" on support, or a "defensive forward" on support
 

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I would either use a "false nine", a "deep-lying forward" on support, or a "defensive forward" on support
Ignore the quote just wanted to get you attention.

Any player instructions for this tac? going to try it later
 
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agieluma

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Cant download as I have no internet at home so i was going to set it up myself.
GK- Goalkeeper(D): fewer risky passes, distribute quickly
DR- Wing Back(A): close down more, fewer risky passes
DCR- Ball-Playing Defender(D): mark tighter
DCL- Limited Defender(D): mark tighter
DL- Wing Back(A): close down more, fewer risky passes
DM(C)- Defensive Midfielder(D): none
M(CL)- Roaming Playmaker: none
M(R)- Winger(S): cross aim target man
AM(L)- Inside Forward(S): roam from position, sit narrower
AM(CR)- Attacking Midfielder(S): close down more, roam from position, move into channels
ST(C)- Poacher: move into channels
 

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GK- Goalkeeper(D): fewer risky passes, distribute quickly
DR- Wing Back(A): close down more, fewer risky passes
DCR- Ball-Playing Defender(D): mark tighter
DCL- Limited Defender(D): mark tighter
DL- Wing Back(A): close down more, fewer risky passes
DM(C)- Defensive Midfielder(D): none
M(CL)- Roaming Playmaker: none
M(R)- Winger(S): cross aim target man
AM(L)- Inside Forward(S): roam from position, sit narrower
AM(CR)- Attacking Midfielder(S): close down more, roam from position, move into channels
ST(C)- Poacher: move into channels
thank you dude. I will let you know how i get on
 

FernandoGago

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Hi! As a Man United fan this is going to be fun to test out, Only one question, in which occasions do you use the Control tactic? :)
 
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agieluma

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Hi! As a Man United fan this is going to be fun to test out, Only one question, in which occasions do you use the Control tactic? :)

"RARELY"

I only created it for the rare occasion when I'm behind in a match and i really need to score...and also when my opponent is sitting too deep, I switch to the control for about 5-10 mins and change back to the counter (just like Fergie)
 
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agieluma

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How were your goals spread out?​




The whole team contributed. The player with the highest number of goals was my main striker with 17 goals but even the Central midfielders and to my surprise the full backs and central defenders all scored a few. James Tomkins (one of my CBs) had 10
 
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agieluma

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So, I decided to replace the control version (after 2 seasons) with an even better attacking tactic from the "total football" tactic i created in fm14. It's in the main post.

I had some bargain signings and some free transfers...and also got more than 40 million pounds for transfers from new sponsorship deals which my club signed and also profit from player sales
 
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jamie045

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i used the attacking version in the champs league with arsenal and it went quiet bad ended up drawing 2 - 2 with zenit but they dominated me