@capo55 It's easy to be blinded by the testing table, so I'm glad someone tries more tactics than just the top 10 All tactics with 3,5 stars + are good tactics in my opinion. And sometimes we find out that a 3,5 star tactic performs better than a 5-star tactic, because the team we manage or the league we play in fit better.
The following is more of a football answer rather than a ME solution.
Slightly different to knap's suggestion - I would suggest playing on control/standard but drop your defensive line to slightly deeper or deeper to encourage the opposition to come at you and open up vertical space.
Also you could shift the front 3 to a more realistic Inside Forward-Striker-Inside Forward - which will spread the front 3 out and cause more horizontal stretching of their defense.
If both of these don't work changing one of your central midfielders to a DLPs with hold position. This will set you up with a nice perimeter around their defense - causing you to sustain immense pressure on their defense and should eventually lead to a break through unless the opposition has immense mentals/stamina/positioning.
Most tactics above 3,5 stars are good tactics It's easy to be blinded by the table when there are so many tests done. So it may look like a good tactic is shit just because it's rank 40. If we did 1/10 of the tests, that tactic could be rank 4, and then suddenly it looks good. So, I recommend people to try more tactics than just the top 10
Thanks, mate! That's the only solid one I could find that uses wingers. It seems to me that wingers are outdated in FM...out of all the tactics that scored 5* in the testing section, less than 10% have wingers. Don't get me wrong - I really appreciate what you guys are doing for the FM community, but it seems to me that the best tactics are really exploits of the match engine & AI that cannot adapt to the overcrowded middles of the park when attacking or defending.
You're absolutely right! This year is clear that the formation with most potential in the game is a 3-2-2-3 (3 CD, 2 WB, 2 CM, 3 SS) and it sucks that it's evident that with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 it's impossible that you overachieve as you could with a 3-2-2-3.
There are several teams that go through a whole season without scoring one goal from corner setups.
Watch how the corner routines work within the match engine, when your team has a corner.
And then change them slightly to improve your teams chances.
Are your corners towards the penalty area, then have a tall strong player challenge their keeper.
No strong corner takers, then make them play it short to a player with good vision and passing.
Those are just a few examples of how you can fiddle with the routines.