Similar to my 4-2-3-1 (2) guide this one plays VERY similar in defense. The tactics are CLOSE to the same, but I've widened it just a little.
In the 4-2-3-1 (2) I was getting beat out wide far too often because with the width set to 3 for both attack and defense, when the through ball played, the LB and RB played inward toward the box vs. attacking the winger whose clear into space.
Also, we're adapting the CM's to have the LCM and RCM play as CDM's with the "Stay Back . . ." instruction. Now adding in a CCM - I feel as if I'm getting more interceptions and breaking up play more. Those are the two things that were killing me defensively.
Just another mini-guide to spark convo and see if this helps anyone!
LST (Zola) - Stay Central / Get In Behind
RST (Lewa) - Stay Central
CAM (Baggio) - Stay Forward / Free Roam
LCM (Kondogbia) - Stay Back While Attacking
CCM (Kroos) - Get Forward / Stay On Edge Of Box For Cross / Cover Center
RCM (Goretzka) - Stay Back While Attacking
LB/RB - Overlap (I do this so they don't even TRY to play inwards vs. staying outside) This in combo with the wider setting I'm not getting beat on wide through balls!
With the RCM & LCM on "Stay Back . . ." we're creating that same type of defense and solidity we had with the 4-2-3-1 (2). But now with the added CCM running around, I feel like I'm intercepting ALOT more balls.