How to create a free-scoring army with a 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow

I’ve always had the same problem on Football Manager. My teams either don’t create many chances, and rely on long-range shots, or become exposed to counter-attacks. And I’m supposed to be good at this game.

Lately, I’ve been facing both of those problems.

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How to use the 4-3-3 in FM19

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In a game where complicated build ups are difficult to engineer, I can see the appeal of the 4-3-3. A traditional 4-3-3 allows you to play vertically. You can pass behind the opposition’s backline as if there’s a shining halo there; it has half a chance of reaching one of your strikers.

It’s also an effective system for keeping possession. With players close to each other in a narrow formation, it’s easier for players to find their teammates with quick passes. They can roam around the field to receive the ball in pockets of space. Someone else in their position can often cover for their ill-discipline! Continue reading