The benefits from using a wide target man (WTM)

Du Malone writes: From discussion online I don't get the impression that the wide-target man (WTM) role is widely used in FM. Members of the FM community often publish their formations. These reveal that WTM isn't at all a popular choice for players playing wide in the attacking-mid line.¬†Wingers, inside forwards, and inverted wingers are … Continue reading The benefits from using a wide target man (WTM)

Arrigo Sacchi and #FM20: team instructions and set pieces

Du Malone writes: It is time to bring this series of posts, concerning the application to #FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan tactics, to a close. To do so I'd like to cover two remaining topics. Team instructions As readers of previous posts will know, I have based this project on the account of Sacchi's … Continue reading Arrigo Sacchi and #FM20: team instructions and set pieces

Tactical revisionism: Arrigo Sacchi in the Bulgarian First

Du Malone writes: In my previous post I outlined a tactic (in the sense of formation + player instructions) derived from Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan side. The tactic was used with success in the 2021-22 season by Chernomorets Balchik in the Bulgarian First League. In the first ('Preliminary') stage, consisting of 26 matches, Balchik, in … Continue reading Tactical revisionism: Arrigo Sacchi in the Bulgarian First

Designing a formation and refining it with player instructions: playing #FM20 in the spirit of Arrigo Sacchi

Du Malone writes: This post is the fifth in the series on the application to FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's managerial approach. I'm basing my understanding of Sacchi's approach on an article in Football bloody hell written by Raghunandhanan Narasimhan. As I wrote in my introductory post, for me one of the attractions of that article … Continue reading Designing a formation and refining it with player instructions: playing #FM20 in the spirit of Arrigo Sacchi

Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

Du Malone writes: This post is the fourth in the series on the application to FM20 of Arrigo Sacchi's managerial approach. I am basing my understanding of Sacchi's approach on an article in Football bloody hell written by Raghunandhanan Narasimhan. As I wrote in my introductory post, for me one of the attractions of that … Continue reading Team training on #FM20: deriving an approach from Sacchi’s AC Milan

Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Du Malone writes: In this, the third post in my series on learning from Arrigo Sacchi's approach at AC Milan, I consider what kind of players to acquire. Total football? In the account of Saccho's tactics that I treat as canonical, namely Raghunandhanan Narasimhan's article on Football bloody hell, reference is made to Sacchi's admiration … Continue reading Player acquisition on #FM20: applying Arrigo Sacchi’s approach

Sacchi’s AC Milan and FM20: a first decision

Du Malone writes: In my previous post, I outlined the attraction of seeking to apply to FM20 the tactics, and overall approach, of Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan period. The post is here. I said there that my goal was pragmatic rather than purist. I'm looking to create an approach that works, and that I like, … Continue reading Sacchi’s AC Milan and FM20: a first decision

How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Grigor Pasha writes: Prologue In the least few matches of my first season (2019-20) in charge at Chernomorets Balchik, we had finished well -- three wins and a draw. That probably helped us get off to a good start in the second. So too did the fact that three loanees stayed on for a second … Continue reading How we won the league: the story told in four acts

Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan: an approach to FM20

Du Malone writes: A common theme in FM content online is the inter-relationship between historic tactics ITRW and tactics on FM. This is a theme I've touched on before, for example in my posts on the 1960s Inter Milan and 1950s Hungary. An excellent current example is FM Eadster's series of posts in which he … Continue reading Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan: an approach to FM20

A challenging scenario in FM — or how to escape from a locked room

Du Malone writes: My concern here is with the question of how to navigate one specific scenario on FM -- a scenario akin to a game within a game. I call it the Locked Room scenario. The scenario To be precise: it involves starting a save with (a) zero space funds and (b) a squad … Continue reading A challenging scenario in FM — or how to escape from a locked room