Sign in to follow this Followers 9 The Art of Man Marking broodje kip February 28 23 replies 6,266 Views Report · Posted February 28 Welcome and good morning, afternoon or evening to everyone. Today we, in the class of Professor Sandwich, will learn about something somewhat peculiar for most of us. What is Man Marking? First of all, before we get into the game, we must know what is man marking. It’s a popular way that clubs mostly underdogs, use to make sure their opposition key player couldn’t make an impact by assigning a player to go wherever the targeted man go, and make sure they can’t take control of the ball. Mostly, the main playmaker would be target for man marking although there are times the best player of a club will be the target. This idea was originally made famous in the 1960s during the Catenaccio era, where sweepers or defensive midfielders would be the man to do man marking duty. One of the most notable performance of man marking the playmaker was in World Cup 1982. Claudio Gentile prevented Zico and Diego Maradona from making their usual impact to the national team and Italy go on to win the World Cup. In the modern days, one of the famous performance of man marking was the match between Girona vs FC Barcelona in 2017. Where Girona player, Pablo Maffeo gave FC Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, a hard time throughout the match. Despite Messi scored in the match, he struggled for most part of the match and we his contributions considered as somewhat lucky. Man Marking in Football Manager Mobile You got plenty of roles with the option to trigger man marking. The image below will show every role capable of man marking The only role absent from the screenshot is the DM role due to not enough spot to show. There’s 11 roles to choose so don’t have such a huge dilemma. I will show how I manage to turn my bad run of form in the VPL with a squad of relegation battle team, to finishing 2nd with the same squad. This is how it looks like before I implemented man marking: Don’t be fooled. I may use Lazio but don’t expect players like SMS, Luis Alberto or Immobile. My star is a 17 years old Florian Wirtz. This is how my form looks like after the end of the season: We won against Sassuolo, Torina and Roma while managed to keep out Inter Milan and Napoli from scoring goals against us. Unbelievable right? Don’t worry I’ll teach all of you how this can be achieved. Formation & Roles The best formation I’d say to do this is 4-3-3 with a DM and 2 WBs pushed up like this: It’s a good balanced formation to prepare for any kind of man marking we would need. You don’t have to choose which player to do the duty just yet. Get into your match and quickly look at the opposition tactic. Look where their playmaker is and you know which player will have the man marking duty. I’ll explain further in the thread. I can’t show much about my VPL performance, so we’ll be traveling to Berlin and take charge of Hertha BSC. Before we start, you may ask why Hertha? It’s simple; Hertha Berlin got it all for a title winning underdog. Quite solid CBs with Boyata and Stark, solid midfield with Khedira, Ascasibar and Tousart and finally lethal finisher in Piatek. Lets head to the first game. Hannover 96 (4-5-1 flat) They lined up with a 5-4-1 formation. There’s 2 playmaker. In this kind of situation, both APs will look for the striker for a direct contribution or the winger for them to look for crosses. What you have to do is to mark either one of the playmaker. That’ll leave them with only one man in the middle and you would have 2 men in midfield. This way, you will easily win the midfield battle. Both of their midfield failed to do any impact in the game resulting both wingers and the lone striker also struggled throughout. Meanwhile, our man marker, Lucas Tousart got himself a MoTM award, 5 interceptions, 3 tackles completed and 76 passes completed. SpVgg Furth (4-3-3 2DM) With formation like this, the main target is surely the striker. We used our DM for the job. That will leave us with 2 man in midfield but despite that, we got a lot of chances for counter attack when they don’t have any striker to convert the chances. They managed to score but despite that, the striker couldn’t manage to do anything with only 1 shot attempted. Their defensive solidity really saved the day for them. Ascasibar did very well with about 96% pass completion, 3 interceptions and 2 tackles completed. Eintracht Braunschweig (5-3-2) A very solid formation and one of the hard one to counter. They rely on only one playmaker so he’s the guy we will get rid of. Ascasibar in the DM were once again chosen for the man marking job. 5-3-2 is something I would say almost a direct counter to 4-3-3. Our main man will have to be at his top form to hold on to this. We managed to win a narrow 2-1 win. They scored a lucky free kick which shown how solid our defence are. Their playmaker struggled and keep doing sideway passes which is why he had a somewhat good 29 passes completed. Ascasibar had a decent game. He didn’t have much trouble keeping up with the playmaker resulting only 1 tackle completed and 1 interception. Werder Bremen (5-3-2) Another 5-3-2 but this time we’re facing a roaming playmaker at the LCM spot. We tasked our LCM, Lucas Tousart to counter Eggestein the roaming playmaker for Werder Bremen. They couldn’t create any chances until Eggestein got subbed out with Mohwald. He struggled and Mbom took his role for the playmaking role. He struggled too. Tousart didn’t perform a single tackle the whole game. He calmly passed the ball to his teammates with ease. Eintracht Frankfurt (5-2-1-2) A solid formation but very easy to counter with man marking. Ascasibar will do the task again since they’re playing with an AM in the middle. The whole team played badly. Their AM didn’t make any impact so the manager subbed in a new guy in the 2nd half, he touched the ball only twice the whole much. Total dominance from our team. Another relaxing match for our man marker. The targeted man couldn’t cope having someone keep following him all the time. FC Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Something I’m sure everyone is waiting for. We’re going to go against the league leader, Bayern Munich. A strong team they had lined up. We will need a serious luck to not lose this. We put our usual lineup with Ascasibar again as man marking lad. We may had conceded 2 goals but look at the stats. Lewandowski and Musiala made a total of 2 completed passes! 2! They were lucky enough to score 2 goals from set pieces and Muller was the main taker for everything. Ascasibar had a tough job time but he did very well and hardly put his foot wrong. That’s the end of our lesson today students. I hope you can understand what I had taught all of you. Have a question? Don’t be shy and drop them all in the comments below. Good bye! 8 Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this with others!