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Game-Changing Tactic Made Famous By Sheffield United Is In FIFA 22

Josh Lawless

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Game-Changing Tactic Made Famous By Sheffield United Is In FIFA 22

The unique tactic used by Sheffield United has been included in FIFA 22, it has been confirmed.

Under Chris Wilder the Blades went from League One to the Premier League, finishing ninth in their first season back in the big time in 2019/20.

And a lot of their success was down to some unique methods that had never been seen before. Operating with a back three, United deployed "overlapping centre-backs" that would join in the attack and pose problems for the opposition.

Defenders Jack O'Connell and Chris Basham created overloads thanks to the innovative approach, which was hailed by Pep Guardiola.

I'm incredibly impressed," Guardiola said of the system in January 2020.

"When people say you can improve watching other games, other teams, other managers, this is the one.

"I never saw some movements they are doing. That's the reason why they are in the position they are.

"We saw it here [at the Etihad Stadium], we suffered here a few weeks ago. I'm really impressed. I admire them, honestly. I admire how they play and what they are doing."

And now the creative 3-5-2 tactic has made its way to the virtual football scene on FIFA 22.

As per @UltimateTeamUK, if playing a formation with three or five defenders, players will now have the option to select "overlap" as an instruction in the attacking support section.

The change could be an exciting one and Sheff United fans are already quite rightly claiming responsibility.

In other key FIFA 22 tactical news, EA have fixed a major issue by ensuring defensive positional awareness is negatively impacted if you put a full-back at centre-back.

EA confirmed that "defensive work rates and fatigue have a significant impact on the defensive positioning of players" and "placing any player that is not a centre-back in a centre-back position will negatively impact their defensive positioning".

Previously players would play fast full-backs like Kyle Walker and Nelson Semedo as central defenders.

Topics: Football, Sheffield United, FIFA 22

Josh Lawless
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