Swansea City is a unique club.
When Roberto Martinez turned from a player to manager in south Wales – a change in football culture was on the way.
Attractive, passing, tiki-taka football came to Swansea and the club had changed forever.
Promotion from League One came in 2008 under Martinez – and in 2011 Brendan Rodgers took Swansea back to the Premier League.
Since then the club has been a mainstay – keeping to the attractive style which got them there.
In their six year Premier League stay, the Swans won the League Cup and had a famous night at the Mestalla three years ago.
For the first time in six seasons, Swansea are currently under threat of relegation. And it seems under Francesco Guidolin – and now Bob Bradley, the club – it seems – has abandoned “The Swansea Way.”
Not for much longer however!
In the ‘virtual Football Manager’ world, Swansealona is on the way back.
This is the first system I plan to be using to bring back to the “lona” in Swansealona. A bog standard 4-2-3-1. Retaining possession is key here – I’ve always found the control mentality is best for a possession-based game.
One instruction I haven’t decided on is early crosses – with Llorente in the box it would be silly not to use his height and heading ability.
Ki Sung-Yueng sitting back a bit more should allow Neil Taylor and Kyle Naughton to bomb forward to join Routledge and Barrow in attack.
The other system…
The 4-3-3 was more commonly used in the Martinez and Rodgers Swansea days. It’s fairly similar to the 4-2-3-1 posted above.
Again the early crosses instruction is up for debate – but it would seem stupid not to use Llorente’s heading ability.
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