Dresden story continues and actually it’s only beginning I would say. 25 fixtures of the first season played. And I am sure my club will stay away from relegation zone after all. Currently Dynamo Dresden is located at the 11th line. Also I am feeling comfortable with positive goal difference which is certainly a good sign of some progress made.
As you can recall from winter transfer campaign news, I played numerous friendlies in January to test some potential signings having offered trials to them. If we take a look at Bundesliga 2 results, we can count:
2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss
It’s amusing that both victories happened over league leading clubs with 1:0 scored and goals scored by Sebastian Schuppan. One of them was clearly tactical and I would like to describe the match in details.
When tactic matters
It was a home match against leading Kaiserslautern that wasn’t promising points at all. Kaiserslautern scored more goals than any other team: 47 in 21 matches. They can boast very strong squad with 14 players valued more than $1.2M. Withstanding a draw seemed and was an extremely complicated task for me.
I analysed their 4-2DM-2-2 tactics and understood the main threat comes from massive flanks. Kostas Fortunis is their right winger for instance. Wing backs join attacks and make crosses very often aiming balls to heads of their towering forwards.
So I decided to protect flanks as much as possible. For that I changed Inside Forward role of both AML and AMR to Defensive Winger role with Defense duty. Thusly, effect of two defending flank players was achieved.
Another trick is to set right players as Defensive Winger. I selected Sebastian Schuppan as AML and Tobias Kempe as AMR. The former normally plays as WBL but have familiarity of winger position, the latter was a best choice of wingers who can tackle balls on his flank.
The trick worked out and helped to make a clean sheet that evening. Additionally, the following tactical ideas worked out:
- using central midfielders with good ball tackling and pressing abilityes: Menz and Roger
- opposition instructions to close down and perform hard tackles against their 2 DMCs
- tight marking of both towering forwards
- Pass into Space instruction turned on after half-time made Dresden counter-attacks more frequent and dangerous.
So this is the way how Dynamo Dresden managed to win providing reliable defence and creating more dangerous chances than notable Kaiserslautern, Bundesliga 2 leaders.
Watch the winning goal by Schuppan
All new players are struggling to show any good performance. So currently I don’t feel I got any kind of real strengthening in January with exception of increased squad depth. At the same time the sells of Pote and Losilla are also completely imperceptible. It means they both didn’t fit into my very rigid philosophy tactics with direct passing.
My central part of defence is still based on Susac and Leistner who show quite decent performance. Newbies Meite and Roger are not so good but they are still gelling into squad.
Sebastian Schuppan – MVP
Schuppan brought two significant wins and is certainly one of the best (if not the best) Dresden players. That’s why he deserves this personal award from me.
Last fixtures to play
Well, I don’t know what to say about these matches. I will try to take as many points as I can, though my minds are already about the next season. But anyway it’s important to finish as high as it’s possible to fulfil club budget with some prize money. Season 1 finish is ahead, so stay tuned.
Such tactical wins as it happened against Kaiserslautern demand much time spent over opponent analysis and some tunings to tactics. Nevertheless, it’s much more pleasurable to play Football Manager in that way. It’s a bit slow style to play FM but I love it! :)
FM Scene Award
This time I would like to give award to Rainkan 007, FM Base user, for his Team Talk Guide. I believe it helps to resolve many questions some FM gamers have.
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