I played my buddy today, zeke, for the first time in a long long time. I played with CSKA Moscow and he played with Atlético Mineiro. I believe he played with the same formation every match (we played four matches), 4-3-3 False 9.
I started off playing with a variation of 4-1-3-2 that I made a few days ago – the defenders are farther back and the three midfielders are attacking midfielders. I thought this formation would help me put pressure on him in his half of the field, but it didnt. Instead, what it did was it allowed him to play counter attack and I never had enough players in the back to defend.
Our first match was 2×0, I think, for him but it could’ve gone either way. My team just didn’t want to play it felt.
The second game was a tie – I played with the same formation.
For the last two games, I followed my father-in-law’s advice and changed my formation to have more midfielders. I changed my formation to 4-2-3-1.
The defense was standard.
The two CDMs, one was a true CDM but the other was a LM, Gonzalez, I think – the guy whose Sprint is 90.
The 3 attacking midfielders were Elm at CAM and one guy on each side.
The single striker was Doumbia.
For the last two matches that we played I used this formation and I dominated both matches during the first half. The first one in particular, I had 61% possession of the ball at half time! And even though I was leading 3×1 at half time, I had this strange feeling that he would tie the game and probably win.
He came close! At kickoff, he attacked and I defended. He took a shot, my goalie saved it, but, to my surprise (and not surprise at the same time), my defender tapped the ball in. 3×2.
He continued attacking and I continued defending. My team was completely different. They couldn’t make a pass. They couldn’t receive a pass. Shots I had taken in the first half now came out really weak, almost like a pass to his goalie.
By some miracle I was able to score which is what saved me because he scored again and almost again in the 90th. I won 4×3.
Our last game was very similar. We both played with the same formations as our previous match. Again, I dominated the first half and went into half time 2×0. Second half starts, he attacks to the right and waits for his player to make the run then launches the ball with LB+Y and BOOM! He scores!
I think to myself, “here we go again”! “What am I doing wrong” I thought. Again, my team didnt want to play anymore in the second half. Somehow, I scored too more goals and won the match.
The main thing that I did differently in the last two matches was change my formation and I just played more calmly. I stopped sprinting when I had the ball. I held the ball in my half and waited for spaces. He definitely opened up some spaces but at the same time I was way more patient. I used A to pass and Y as well and I stopped just launching the ball using LB+Y. This strategy worked out a lot better.
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