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Tactics Red Devils Quad Champs 3-1-4-2 (3.0)


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Hey everyone, I’m back with another iteration of the original Red Devils Quad Champs tactic (though I really wish I had given it a catchier name).

Version 2.0 of the tactic left me reasonably content, but my enjoyment of the game stems from constantly refining tactics. In my latest save with Bayer Leverkusen, I’ve experimented with a variation of 3-1-4-2, tweaking player roles and instructions, which has proven successful.

Although I’ve only made slight adjustments to player roles, changing instructions has had an effect on player movements, even though their roles remain the same. Let me explain the minor changes to player roles first:

    •    I’ve switched to using full-backs and one central defender instead of three center-backs.
    •    Additionally, I’ve transitioned from using advanced forwards to pressing forwards.

Now, let’s dive into the instructions.

The most significant alteration is the shift to a balanced tempo from an attacking one. This adjustment means that the wingers no longer drift inside, creating an overload in central areas with the forwards. The benefit here lies in providing the team with better balance, control, and improved buildup play.

Another rationale behind this change is that with full-backs positioned behind the wingers, it’s much easier to distribute the ball to them when they remain wide, thus facilitating smoother buildup.

By setting creative freedom to Discipline for the full-backs, they refrain from venturing too far forward, yet still provide crucial width and initiate numerous attacks. 

 When in need of a goal, switching from a balanced to an attacking tempo instruct  the wingers to go inside to create an overload alongside the two pressing forwards. Simultaneously, the full-back surges forward, offering width and additional attacking impetus up the pitch. This tactical adjustment has been very useful when facing ultra-defensive opponents.

While there are no alterations to the midfield trio, they thrive in this formation, benefiting from increased space to maneuver and orchestrate play across the pitch.

The concept behind deploying pressing forwards is to deny opposing teams the opportunity to control and launch attacks against our lone center-back. Pressing forwards should ideally possess strong heading abilities, as the increase in crosses into the box, facilitated by the wingers behaving as traditional wide players, demands aerial prowess in both offensive and defensive situations.

Anyway, that’s enough waffling from me. Like the original tactic, I’m confident that there’s always room for improvement. I’ll continue to run further tests, but I wanted to share it with anyone willing to give it a try! Cheers.

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13 hours ago, Hazza8 said:

Hey everyone, I’m back with another iteration of the original Red Devils Quad Champs tactic (though I really wish I had given it a catchier name).

Version 2.0 of the tactic left me reasonably content, but my enjoyment of the game stems from constantly refining tactics. In my latest save with Bayer Leverkusen, I’ve experimented with a variation of 3-1-4-2, tweaking player roles and instructions, which has proven successful.

Although I’ve only made slight adjustments to player roles, changing instructions has had an effect on player movements, even though their roles remain the same. Let me explain the minor changes to player roles first:

    •    I’ve switched to using full-backs and one central defender instead of three center-backs.
    •    Additionally, I’ve transitioned from using advanced forwards to pressing forwards.

Now, let’s dive into the instructions.

The most significant alteration is the shift to a balanced tempo from an attacking one. This adjustment means that the wingers no longer drift inside, creating an overload in central areas with the forwards. The benefit here lies in providing the team with better balance, control, and improved buildup play.

Another rationale behind this change is that with full-backs positioned behind the wingers, it’s much easier to distribute the ball to them when they remain wide, thus facilitating smoother buildup.

By setting creative freedom to Discipline for the full-backs, they refrain from venturing too far forward, yet still provide crucial width and initiate numerous attacks. 

 When in need of a goal, switching from a balanced to an attacking tempo instruct  the wingers to go inside to create an overload alongside the two pressing forwards. Simultaneously, the full-back surges forward, offering width and additional attacking impetus up the pitch. This tactical adjustment has been very useful when facing ultra-defensive opponents.

While there are no alterations to the midfield trio, they thrive in this formation, benefiting from increased space to maneuver and orchestrate play across the pitch.

The concept behind deploying pressing forwards is to deny opposing teams the opportunity to control and launch attacks against our lone center-back. Pressing forwards should ideally possess strong heading abilities, as the increase in crosses into the box, facilitated by the wingers behaving as traditional wide players, demands aerial prowess in both offensive and defensive situations.

Anyway, that’s enough waffling from me. Like the original tactic, I’m confident that there’s always room for improvement. I’ll continue to run further tests, but I wanted to share it with anyone willing to give it a try! Cheers.

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@Hazza8


The 2.0 version of this has been by far the best tactic I’ve used on this version.

I recently started an new save after the latest update, and whilst it’s still effective it’s definitely been affected by the latest round of updates.

I’m going to start a new save and try this version out.

Like you did with the other version, would you mind listing your ideal attributes for each position? That was so helpful to refer to.

Finally, do you still use an opposite footed wingers on each side with this version or has this changed now?

Thanks in advance!

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I intend to play a new save on the old version to see if it can be improved.

Left foot on Left side and Right Foot on Right side.

Key Roles:

  • Sweeper Keeper: Excellent kicking, composure on the ball
  • Full Backs: Strong passers, decision-makers with good pace (e.g., Ben White, Levi Cowill)
  • Center Back: Composed decision-maker, dominant in the air, possesses good pace and passing skills
  • Wingers (Traditional): Excellent crossers, work well with teammates, have good stamina and passing (Wing backs like Grimaldo & Frimpong)
  • Central Midfielders: Similar skillset to the previous version 
  • Pressing Forwards: Strong in the air, have good stamina, excellent movement off the ball, and clinical finishing

Let me know how you get on !

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On 15/03/2024 at 12:15, Hazza8 said:

I intend to play a new save on the old version to see if it can be improved.

Left foot on Left side and Right Foot on Right side.

Key Roles:

  • Sweeper Keeper: Excellent kicking, composure on the ball
  • Full Backs: Strong passers, decision-makers with good pace (e.g., Ben White, Levi Cowill)
  • Center Back: Composed decision-maker, dominant in the air, possesses good pace and passing skills
  • Wingers (Traditional): Excellent crossers, work well with teammates, have good stamina and passing (Wing backs like Grimaldo & Frimpong)
  • Central Midfielders: Similar skillset to the previous version 
  • Pressing Forwards: Strong in the air, have good stamina, excellent movement off the ball, and clinical finishing

Let me know how you get on !

Thanks @Hazza8

Started a new save as Newcastle, overhauled the squad to fit the formation.

I’d say it’s not quite as effective as your 2.0 version, getting quite a lot of draws and lots of inconsistency.

We’re 3rd in the league, 8 points behind City and sadly we’re out of the champions league, f.a cup and carabao cup too.

My first team is decent too:

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