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    Cool Formation report 4-2-3-1 (Retracted) / Anyone use this before?

    I ended last season with several key players down, including both top strikers, and my top player at AML. I had to come up with something different to run, and it had to be a single striker formation. I personally really like the 4-2-3-1 (using DMC-DMC, AML-AMC-AMR), but that was a poor option due the down AML.

    When I tried to make my usual 4-2-3-1 work I realized that if I move my forward line back that I could make some small changes and everyone would be in position. I still took an overall skill hit, but it also allowed me to focus on training for my top AMC.

    Formations:Formation report 4-2-3-1 (Retracted) / Anyone use this before?-4-2-3-1holding.jpg

    The ratings between my team and his were very close, mine being a 18.7 and his being a 18.1. I also had made a move for a great keeper off the transfer list, so I had improved my rating some after the matchup was determined.

    Team Mentality: Attacking
    Focused Passing: Mixed
    Pressing Style: Whole Pitch
    Tackling Style: Normal
    Passing Style: Long
    Making Style: Zonal
    Force Counter Attacks: Off
    Play offside trap: On

    Red forward arrows on DL, DR, and MC.

    Highlights:Formation report 4-2-3-1 (Retracted) / Anyone use this before?-4-2-3-1holding-highlights.jpg

    Stats:Formation report 4-2-3-1 (Retracted) / Anyone use this before?-4-2-3-1holding-stats.jpg

    I'm not sure that I will continue to purposely run this formation as I still only have two DMC eligible players. If either were to not be available for a match it would mean playing a ML, MC, or DC in that position. I am quite happy with the result, and believe I would have scored more if my top player didn't get injured at 35'.

    Any thoughts? Discussion?
    Last edited by Cody Allan Taylor; 05-05-2014 at 03:27 AM.
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    I have used this (anyone surprised: so has Jürgen Klopp). I have more DMC's than the average team, so I have played it a fair bit, and though often it's a low scoring match, I usually win.

    My orders differ though. I usually go normal (better opp, defensive + short pass), mixed pass with counter on, no offside.
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    I suppose I could have gone with a flat 4-5-1 or a 4-1-4-1 now that I'm thinking about it, but when I saw this option I thought it was more fun than anything. I also really wanted to train both DMC players anyway. One of my DMC is simply still quite young and has a lot of work to do, so a free/meaningless game was a good option for him. My other DMC is a new transfer that I grabbed for free or really dirt cheap recently, but the downfall with him is that he was mis-trained having all of his skill points thrown in the defense category.

    Another small problem with my team is I only have two left side eligible midfields, a ML and AML. On the right side, I have four players resulting with two AMR, two MR, and a DMR!

    I am curious to see what others have to say about this experiment. I may play it again in a pinch
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    Way more often than not I have two DMC's in my formations. But you are so right, they need to have the skill set changed sometimes when you get them. (Right now I am trying one unbalanced to attack to see how he does, but usually I have att/def balanced and of course physical high)
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    My second leg against the same team I played a more "normal" 4-2-3-1 since my AML returned from injury. I played much different tactics and won 2-4. I suppose that means if I want to stifle someone's offense, I can just play the "retracted" 4-2-3-1.
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    You think possible play whith red arrows in DMC'S and go through middle in normal mode????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciri View Post
    You think possible play whith red arrows in DMC'S and go through middle in normal mode????
    I wouldn't suggest that. By "normal" you mean with "AML-AMC-AMR", correct? lol.

    If you are concerned about going threw the middle play a 4-4-1-1 with DMCs or even a 4-2-3-1 using three AMCs.
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