What You Can Expect From The Tactical Annals Through FM15

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As FM15 inches ever closer, I thought I’d summarise some of my plans for this blog through FM15, and let you all know what you can expect this year. There are some fantastic ideas going round the FM scene right now, and tactically speaking, if the ME works correctly, it’s going to be a great year for Football Manager.

Firstly, I’ll go into what I’ve always done – tactics. In the last post I talked about an asymmetrical 4-1-2-3-0, utilising the new role the ‘Raumdeuer’. That is still very much in my plans, but a thread over at The Dugout (http://www.thedugout.tv/community/showpost.php?p=4276293&postcount=8) talking about footballing philosophies led me to go through mine, and by the end of writing it, I was so excited to try it on FM15. It’s a 3-6-1 with a midfield diamond. It’s possession based, but not entirely, as I’d want my players to counter attack when the opportunity presented itself. That would probably mean an ‘attacking’ or ‘control’ strategy, but then again, the defensive strategies lead to possession also, and ‘counter’ has the counter attack box ticked as standard. We’ll see. It also highly depends on how Back 3’s work this year. Last year they were pretty poor, and required you to be on defensive to make them work (or as @RTHerringbone discovered, play a Back 5). I would rather not have to work so hard to make my tactic work on FM15.

I’ve said on Twitter that I never use 4-4-2 in Football Manager, which is strange because I’m often saying to friends etc. that there’s nothing wrong with the formation itself, just the way that certain managers use the formation. Lately I’ve been very interested with Real Madrid’s 4-4-2, with James and Isco on the ‘wings’, Modric and Kroos in the middle and Benzema and Ronaldo upfront. It’s not at all a standard 4-4-2, and I’m very tempted to try it out. Plus, with James it will give me the opportunity to try the new ‘Wide Playmaker’ role. This isn’t a definite, but I think it’s something I’d like to try. Combine it with a bit of Pellegrini’s 4-4-2, and Sacchi’s 4-4-2, and you’d have a fascinating tactic.

In terms of player roles, there’s a few I’ve got in mind already. I’ll 100% be creating the Central Winger again. Hopefully the role is still as effective as on FM14, breaking from deep and being a nuisance to defences. I loved this role last year, so it’s likely that I’ll do an article seeing how it works on FM15. You can find my original CW article here: https://thetacticalannals.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/utilising-the-central-winger/ and @MerryGuido has also done some fantastic work with the Central Winger over at ‘Strikerless’.

On the topic of Central Wingers, I’ve also talked about the Central Winger 2.0 on Twitter. This was initially going to be my last FM14 article, but due to time constraints, I think I’m going to move it to FM15, where it will be more beneficial to people anyway. This role is largely based on Raheem Sterling, another Winger who has moved centrally with great effect. This will be at AMC rather than MC, but it should be just as effective.

I’ve already spoken about the Advanced Destroyer in my previous post, so I won’t go through that, but I am also looking at possibly recreating Thierry Henry’s role at Arsenal, where he would start at striker, but would regularly move out left and cut inside. Cristiano Ronaldo is beginning to do the same thing in Real Madrid’s 4-4-2, so combining the 4-4-2 idea with this might be worth trying.

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In terms of saves, the save that’s likely going to be my first one is in Austria with SV Austria Salzburg. This might sound like a strange first save, but I rarely manage in the larger leagues (particularly England), and much prefer those ‘middle to small’ leagues like Austria, or Hungary. On FM14 I had a fantastic save with Red Bull Salzburg which has caused me to love that city and the country of Austria (somewhere I want to visit someday). However, I had to holiday far into the game to find a challenge that made Salzburg worth playing as. This year, @Shrewnaldo will be creating an Austrian edit (details available at http://footballmanagerveteran.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/so-lets-try-this-again/) for his yearly Rapid Wien/Austria C&C save, changing the league from 10 to 16 teams, and Austria Salzburg are going to be one of the teams moved into the top tier. Fantastic. Austria Salzburg are a fascinating club, formed as a result of fan displeasure at Red Bull’s purchase of their football club. As a result they took the name and badge, and have worked their way up from the 7th tier of Austrian Football. I’m likely going to apply some restrictions for this save, and initially I’m thinking of a limit of only 1 ‘foreign’ signing per season, and except that, it has to be Austrians and Germans. I’m not sure, but I’ll brainstorm this a bit more before the game releases.

The main thing that I wanted to say in regards to this, is that I am going to update this save on the blog to begin with. It’s not something I’ve got a lot of experience with (see the Serie A thread on The Dugout), but I feel it will be a nice break from the tactical posts on this blog. However, I dislike formulaic updates, so I’ll be making sure that my updates have some theme that I’m looking at, whether it be squad development, tactical development, or simply analysing where we’re going right (or wrong!). Knowing myself, I’ll probably end up talking about tactics anyway. I’ll see how these posts are received, and if I’m enjoying them, before deciding whether to carry on.

That’s my plans for FM15 on this blog so far, but I’m sure I’ll add to this as time goes on. I hope you all continue to read.

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