The 433(3) defend is a defensive-minded 4-3-3 variation that offers two holding defensive midfielders and one centre midfielder in the midfield.
|Pos||Att WR||Def WR||Important Attributes|
|RW/LW | In this set-up, it is vital that you choose your wide men wisely. They need to have pace, be comfortable on the ball, good dribbling and crossing stats as well as able to score a goal. Having wingers whose strong foot is on the opposite side is advisable to give you the option to go both ways.|
Wide areas are a crucial part of the success criteria for this formation. Again, focus play initially through the central areas before distributing to wider players. Also suits a counter-attacking style of play.
How to Use this Formation
Instead of having one CDM, the two wider central midfield players will drop creating a more defensive formation. This style of play works well if you find yourself being overrun more than you’d like, but this won’t help things when going forward. The left and right-wingers will be able to exploit your opponents from wide attacking areas, but getting the ball to these players may become more of a challenge in the first place. This formation can work well if you are comfortable in possession and possess players with the ability to play accurate long balls.
How to Counter this Formation
This is a great formation but lacks a key component. It provides great balance in defending and attacking, but the midfield tends to be lacking bite going forward. The CM links the play from behind to the wingers and striker. Simple strategy, make the CM life a living hell by chasing the ball a lot. There is a lot of space on the wings to maneuver and create opportunities. Spreading the ball will pull the CDM out wide and you already have a useless CM. Make sure you have pacey wingers/good crossers of the ball and 2 strikers. That should do the trick.
Formations you should use to beat this one (by descending order):
4222, 433 (4), 3421, 352.