Sunday, 23 November 2014

Very tactical football in Portuguese National Championship

Blog post 863

Hi guys,

Glad to see you here reading my blog today! My first season with Braganca turned into a tough and at the same time entertaining journey. That is caused by strong AI that frequently switches tactics from one to another depending on events on the pitch. This is why my tactics shown in the previous blog post was quite easily opposed by other tactical approaches. As a result Braganca was displaced by competitors from the promotion zone.

Even so, you see my team is in 2 points from the 2nd line. So it's OK, moreover, 8 fixtures are ahead.

Latest matches and thoughts about tactics

Tactical superiority helped Cesarense to knock Braganca out of Portuguese Cup. That was a pain for us because the tournament could perceptibly fulfill our club balance.

The matches against Lumianos (shocking 1:5) and Santa Maria helped me to understand that the squads in low leagues are more or less equal and everything depends on tactics you use. One cannot stick with a single tactical approach while managing LL-team. AI opponents try to adapt to it and neutralize your attacking efforts. Therefore I understood I should do something like it had been done in Nottingham Forest story with Triple C set of tactics. Pragmatic, comprehensive and versatile approach to combine three different styles and choose the most suitable depending on opponent tactical scheme.

My initial Braganca tactic had too many flaws regarding ball control and was giving out centre of midfield. So I replaced it with two new ones. The first of them is almost the same as my AZ head in FM 2014.

The second one is completely new experience based on 4-4-1-1 formation, flexible fluidity, ball possession, short passing and lower tempo instructions.

Braganca players

Rui Borges is the best. 33 years old playmaker merely rules midfield and all attacking moves of my team. Other squad members are paled by his football.

I have several tasks in squad selection:
  • Figure out who should be forward #1 in all my tactics: Horacio, Jerome Ouiya or Samir (who already had 2 injuries)
  • Find best combination of defensive four

Rui Borges. One of best PNC assisters

Exciting 8 games

These eight fixtures will decided Braganca's destiny in less than 3 months. Just to remind you the rules: top 2 teams go to promotion league, other 8 will participate in relegation league.

I hope much not to beat around the bush. My aim is to reach promotion league and have to be very pragmatic winning as many of these eight matches as I can.

Wish me good luck!

Excited to blog for you,
Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.