In light of the ever changing gameplay, over involved AI and competitive hostility, he's my understanding
of the best way to record more Ws, contrast the 90 minute AI dependant park the bus META and most importantly, have fun WHY 352
Simply put, versatilityCrossing
With the new patch, crossing, in my opinion, works more consistently. Be it heading straight into goal OR bringing it down for the other striker, crossing, if practiced well, is as consistent as anything. Central attacking triangle
Some call it Tiki-Taka, some call it 'pass abuse'. Either way, it has been fun and effective year after year. Adaptability
To be able to protect a lead with a 5 at the back type wall OR turn the pressure up with 3 at the back to get a goal, only by making different decisions in game, we haven't even gotten into the dynamic tactics yet Flexibility
With the right player selection, which will be the next section, one can work it down into a 4 at the back formation via dynamic tactics, should the original tactic not be up to the task. PLAYER SELECTION
If you read nothing of this guide, but this section, you should do almost as well. Goalkeepers
Pick any tall bloke who gets chem to the next subtopic Center backs
A single wrong choice here, and your 5 goals could fall short to your opponent's 6.
Ideally, the Central CB must be capable of sporting the CDM spot should you decide to exercise the flexibility
I mentioned earlier
Detailed Central CB -
Work rates - M/H, L/H
A M/M could work if the stats are good but NOT a H/M or a H/H
Examples - VVD, Blanc, Hierro, Rijkaard
Lateral CBs should be fast, agile and aggressive
M/H and L/H are still ideal but H/M and H/H can be gotten away with
Examples - Ramos, Thiago Silva, Varane
The make-or-break players of this elastic 352 fortress. H/M and H/H are ideal and honestly, I haven't tried many other work rates here.
They must be fast, aggressive, good tacklers, good crossers of the ball and good when on it. I prefer using fullbacks who have the skill moves and decent (65+ finishing) here, of course, there are exceptions. These players can be pulled back into fullback roles should you choose to play a 4 at the back in game at some point.
87 Cancelo, Florenzi, Trent Arnold, TOTY Mbappe (he isn't a fullback but he's absolutely brilliant at RM)
Marcelo, IF Guerreiro , Prime Nedved (he isn't a fullback but he's absolutely brilliant at LM)
Central defensive midfielders
One attacking box to box (Gullit, KDB) and one defensive box to box (Vieira, Ballack) is the ideal combination in my opinion. Two Goretzka-Nainggolan type players can work too but I prefer the former.
The following WR combinations are ideal
H/H + M/H
Central attacking midfielder
H/M + M/H
M/H + M/H
H/H + H/H
Just one consideration here, do NOT, pick any player with a high defensive work rate here, else he'll land up playing the 4th CB at some moments and CDM, the other. One simply does not want their link from defence to offense go missing.
Ideally, pick a H/M, H/L, M/L
M/Ms can be made exceptions for if they're the quality of Messi or such, but otherwise, I'd steer clear.
Quality CAMs in my opinion are Neymar, Raul, Bergkamp, Dinho Strikers
I like to have both the strikers be good headers of the ball but you can get away with a big man - small man set up.
As with the CAM, I do NOT recommend anyone with a high defensive work rate. Simple no no.
No examples here, if the drink you want is in the glass, you did it right. INSTRUCTIONS
Defensive CDM - stay back while attacking (imperative), cover center
Other CDM - stay back while attacking (optional), cover center
Both lateral midfielders - come back on defence, stay on the edge of the box for crosses (enables them to quickly track back in order to stop cheeky counters)
Rest - Default DEFENSIVE TACTICS PRESS AFTER HEAVY TOUCH
Works quite well with the amount of quite honestly bizarre touches in this game now. WIDTH
This allows for a compact box with the lateral mids still wide enough to take the responsibility of pocketing opposition wingers DEPTH
Balanced and effective ATTACKING TACTICS BALANCED WIDTH
Default PLAYERS IN BOX
3-4, not more. We don't want everybody aimlessly crowding the box. CORNERS and FREE KICKS
And that's it! Feel free to discuss, ask for squad suggestions and share your own 352 squads down below
Thank you for reading