Analysis: Fixing the 4-3-3

In my FM lifetime I have always struggled to produce a successful 4-3-3, or whatever FM calls it (4-1-2-2-1 DM?). So after a successful season with Hangzhou playing an attacking 4-4-2 it may seem curious that I decided to make the switch to a 4-3-3 for my second season. However, I have good reason for this which I will go on to explain. The main purpose of this post though is to troubleshoot the 4-3-3 I have produced by analysing a series of games to see why I still can’t make it click.

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Asian Cup 2015

The Asian Cup in Australia was my first tournament, and competitive games, as China manager. As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have been struggling to get into the national side of this save and this was a great opportunity to get more of a feel for my China team. Before the tournament the FA expected me to reach the quarter finals and we were placed in Group B with Saudi Arabia, North Korea & Uzbekistan, lets see how we got on…

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