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Barca's 433 Overloads + 3rd Man Runs Tactics FM22

Creating tactics in #FM22 can be a bit daunting, but in this Football Manager 2022 video, I breakdown how I created Xavi's 433 at Barcelona in the hope it helps others to be able to create their "perfect" tactic from scratch. In the video, I showcase the results I got with Barcelona, the wide overloads and 3rd man runs method, recognising the teams strengths, creating the tactic and style of play, and lastly, we play a match to see how the tactic plays out in Football Manager 2022.


The third man principle is an effective tool to progress up the pitch and find a free man in a pocket of space in an advantageous position. Using this strategy can get the ball to the attacking team’s key players and also help them receive possession while facing the opposition’s goal.


Overloading to isolate is a tactical concept that is utilised by many coaches, including the likes of Pep Guardiola with Manchester City and Erik ten Hag with Ajax. The basis of this technique is to overload one side of the pitch in order to drag the majority of the opposition to that side, thereby opening up space on the opposite side of the pitch.


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