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4-4-2 Or 4-3-3?
Wesblitz (Manchester City) 5 years ago
Their is many formations but for me they all come down to the 4-4-2 or 4-3-3. Many will point out the the 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, but the 3-4-3 is for fifa 9/10/11/12 the video game when you can't get enough attackers in career mode. Any true football tactician will know this will never work in true football. For the 3-5-2, you can't have two forwards working for each other, 3 central midfielders, and wingers trying to get behind the defence. Individually those are good tactics in football but all three together simply won't work.

Now being a pure city fan I am going to have to start with this example:

Sir Alex Ferguson 4-4-2
If you watch united they always, always, always, have somebody wide, now, usually the likes of Nani or Valencia. In the 4-4-2 that is very reasonable. You have a outside mid always wide screaming to get the ball out of pressure and down the flanks. Ferguson uses this very effectively, he will have his outside mid start wide and allow him to dribble the line. Often an outside back will then overlap taking complete initiative of the outside of the pitch. Overlapping backs is not as common in the 4-4-2 as their is not as many centre mids to cover the tracks of the back if the ball is lost. Alex Ferguson has an attacking mind set so he allows this even in a 4-4-2. Once the ball is wide defenders will be dragged wide, opening space in the middle of the field. That is united score a majority of their goals.

Roberto Manchini 4-3-3
If you watch Man City they always have an option on the ball. At least one of the three center mids are checking to the person on the ball. This allows loads of possession if that is what wanted by the manager, and in City’s case Manchini pushes to be patient and keep the ball. The way the 4-3-3 is set up you can posses for years and then quickly take a risk to get the ball behind the defence. Your two wingers can make a run right behind the heart of defence. If defended well the run can be covered but that will allow space for a outside back. Man City, like united, also use their backs very effectively. City are always throwing one of their outside backs forward. The most effective way to run the 4-3-3, in my opinion, is to have two wingers making runs behind the defence or inside. Then, the 3 center mids support the play and help posses. They can also be creative in getting up the middle of the pitch. Then the outside backs have to be the main source of width. The reason the 4-3-3 is disliked because there is no immediate width.

State what formation you think is better
Pranii (Chelsea) 5 years ago
I would go for 4-3-3.
It gives you more flexiblity in attack, passing options and opens up the wing.
As for the lack of width, it can compensated by winging the midfielders a bit or getting good wing backs.
The problem with 4-4-2 is the cluttered midfield. Also giving a through ball in a counter attack is difficult, since you have just 2 core attackers. Lack of wingers is also a concern.
It is not that 4-4-2 is bad, and that 4-3-3 is the best. It is just that in the modern day, you can afford to open up the defedce, get quality players and rule the football world
FootyRulz (Chelsea) 5 years ago
Being a Chelsea fan I'll use Jose Mourinho tactics as examples.

Mourinho's 4-3-3 at Chelsea was quite successful during his time with the Blues. With the right players it could rip apart other teams as shown in Mourinho's first season with Chelsea. The system used a defensive midfielder in front of the back four and 2 attacking midfielders in front of that player. The front 3 consisted of 2 wingers with the ability to cut in to the box, create chances and supply the ball to the center forward.

However before he came to Chelsea, Mourinho's 4-4-2 diamond helped Porto to domestic and European glory. With Deco at the tip of the diamond Porto were able to use this system very well and switch and forth from the attacking diamond, with Deco playing right behind the strikers, to a more defensive 4-3-3 formation where they would retain possession and hit their opponents on the counter attack. Inter Milan also used this tactic when Mourinho was charge with Sneijder playing in the same role that Deco did for Porto.

Barcelona also uses a similar version of that 4-3-3 formation in a system where the central midfield pairing makes everything else in the team tick. The system also revolves around possession of the ball, and as we have seen in the past, Barca are very good when it comes to possession and keeping the ball away from their opponents.

My preference is obviously 4-3-3 however without the right player this system would not work at all

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