So what gives?
The answer is I'm not entirely sure. I seem to have as many inspirational days as I do frustrating ones, and I still feel that when I have success, as say with Bilbao or Nantes, it has more to do with tipping point than anything else, in other words, my team gets better over time and my developed regens wear teams down rather than destroy them with strategy and tactics.
Nonetheless lets expose the Sampdoria revisited plan and see the main tactic plus reasons, warts and all. (Just ignore players suitability for given roles in the image below for now)
Control & Very Fluid
I've basically become frustrated at the impotency of tippy-tappy tactics that play out of defence, retain possession and work the ball into the box. All that happens with Sampdoria is that teams park the bus and we get stifled, robbed and annoyed.
What we do is create chaos.
I'm only interested in moving the ball quickly (tempo, direct, early crosses & pump) and having players make forward runs to overload or get on the end of chances. Roles that dwell on the ball are missing. We win it high + hard and look to make quick capital gains.
- Full backs make aggressive runs but don't get to the byline, once in a position to do so they cross often.
- Midfield wins the ball; supports; makes runs,
- Strikers (without wingers) are expected to do everything.
My strikers are 6 feet plus and are able to compete in the air. I fear it sounds unfashionable but it is effective.
I have a 2nd tactic to be wheeled out infrequently, more for Juventus and difficult Euro games. The AMC becomes an auxiliary DC whist the full backs move up the pitch a notch. Makes 41212 a 3322. The tactic is similar but different . The set up becomes structured, and plays on the Counter. For me though a counter is short passing, into space, exploit the middle. I do not need to be direct as the defenders are already told to be direct by the TC.
Make of it what you will. Results are not a millions miles away but how I'm setting up feels a lot different to most tactical posts I see and read.
Happy to discuss.