The year is 2021, and after leading New York Red Bulls to 5 MLS Cups and 4 Supporters Shield, it is safe to say my tenure has been successful, but the core of my team is starting to age. For example, Aurelien Collin was a vital part of my defence until 2019 season, but he has now retired. Likewise, Felipe and Luke Hyam (who I signed from Ipswich in the 2016 season) are starting to decline as footballers, therefore I decided instead of risking the clubs’ future (we are only staying in the black through sales of youngesters), that I had to adapt my tactics to fit these aging players into the time.
4-4-2 Diamond DM
This formation sees us play a 442 Diamond with a DM. We play with a Counter mentality, a flexible team shape, with team instructions of ‘Fairly Narrow’, ‘Pass into Space’, ‘Exploit the Middle’, ‘Work Ball in the Box’ and ‘Look for Overlap.
This formation sees us play four defenders, three holding midfielders, one attacking midfielder and two strikers. We play with an Attacking mentality, flexible team shape, and a Higher tempo, fairly narrow, more direct passing, exploit the middle, look for overlap and work ball into box.
This formation sees us play three centre halves with two wingbacks on either side, then two midfielders in the middle, two wingers and one up front. We play an Control mentality, Flexible team shape and no team instructions.
The Conte Way – 3-4-3
For the Conte Way, we play three at the back, four midfielders and three strikers. We play at a Counter mentality, a Structured Team Shape and do not have team instructions.
DoctorBenjy’s Dortmund Tactic
A different tactic from usual, but is DoctorBenjy’s tactic actually right for me? I have a player who fit in every position perfectly apart from the right winger which I can get in the transfer window. The system sees a Standard mentality, a Fluid shape and 7 instructions. You can download his tactic on the Steam Workshop
What are your views on my new tactics? Should I go the Conte way and play three at the back or is that asking for disaster in the MLS? Shall I play it safe and play 5 at the back? Let us know your thoughts by Twitter at @DictateTheGame.