451(2) is a 451 variation that adds more midfield steel. The three center midfielders make it harder to break down on the counter and leaves fewer gaps for the attack.
|Pos||Att WR||Def WR||Important Attributes|
|CM | If used correctly and taken full advantage of you will be able to zip the ball between the 3 close CM’s and unless the opposition has the exact same formation, they’re going to see plenty of the ball. The ST is vital and he needs to be big and strong.|
Possession play and a slow paced build-up passing style. This formation is usually used to gain a win or a draw in a safe mode.
How to Use this Formation
This is another popular formation which utilises a lone striker. This player must have the ability to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play, this can be done via overlaps or by simply playing the ball back to midfield player’s feet. This formation is generally considered more defensive than the 4-4-2, but with a strong/tall target man, it can work very well. The extra midfielder works well for users who like to keep the ball in the middle of the park and creates a strong horizontal line which can be difficult to play against.