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Il Doria – Sampthing Tactical

Those who have read the first two blogs on the Samp save will know that I’m forcing myself to use a 3 centre back formation rather than revert to the same old, same old.

Those who follow me on twitter will know that I’ve really struggled to get it to work how I want – particularly defensively.  So much so that I’m very close to abandoning the experiment and reverting to my tried and trusted, boring old back four.

Not yet, though.  This post will by the start of my attempts to work out the issues and find a system that at least pretends to have some form of defensive competence.

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Interesting wee look at the simple alterations that can be made to the TC presets to improve your tactic.


Last time out in my “Training a new FM Player” series I discussed how to build your squad and how to select a starting formation. This time out I want to talk about how to adapt the formation to get the best from the players at your disposal.

Tactical Creator and its limitations

The TC does a good job at defining roles within your team. You can select from a multitude of roles and responsibilities which will be slightly modified based on your overall team settings. The TC is designed for “plug and play managers”. I have been playing FM since yester year when TC was a pipe dream. I am not a “plug and play” manager, however I do use TC as a starting position then adjust settings in an attempt to produce my desired results. The TC is rigid, it does not have the ability to adjust fields based on other roles you wish to…

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A cracking review of my Téfécé tactic by Lee Scott at FM Analysis. The tactic is available for download a few posts down the page.

Football Manager Analysis

The System

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The most striking aspect of the initial setup is that it seems to be primarily defensive in shape. A back four shielded by three defensive midfield players, two of which are set as defensive midfielders in their roles. What isn’t apparent from a first glance is that the three man curtain at the base of midfield is actually an excellent tool to help maintain possession. The fullbacks are both set to attack so the idea is obviously that they are able to offer a degree of width with the two inside forwards ahead of them cutting inside at will.

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