We get frustrated when we are losing. When we are frustrated, our minds behave erratically. Even though we knew we should change our style of play to turn things around, we refused to do it, either out of stubbornness, or simply just demoralised.
To solve this, we just need to tap on our expertise when our minds are sober and thinking well. By setting some PES on-the-fly strategies before a game, we can instantly activate them when required in a match, saving us the time, trouble and the unwillingness of going into formation settings mid-game for adjustments.
One of the ways to regain momentum of the match is to activate PES pre-set strategies. These strategies allow you to put more emphasis on attack or defence, depending on the circumstances of the match. I will share 3 strategies that I find effective, which I utilise for every team I play.
This allows one of your Centre Back to rush up and join in the attack. Very effective when you are chasing for the equaliser. Select a defender who is fast and has high shot power. Avoid pushing up a slow defender with a poor touch. He will be more of a hindrance than an asset.
Defenders are good in heading and pose an aerial threat in attack. He makes late runs into the box, usually unmarked, causing havoc in the defence. Defenders have high shot power for powerful shots on goal. In my Arsenal PES ML Team, I use Gallas as my overlapping CB. It is a wonderful strategy. In the 2nd half when I am still searching for goals, activating CB Overlap with Gallas always gets me the goals I required. You don’t have to bother watching out for him when you are attacking, somehow in the final third, he will be there, ghosting in unmarked. This sets up an extra man for your passing move, or try first time shots with him.
Definitely my preferred PES strategy.
And don’t worry about leaving gaps at the back. Your CM and 2nd CB will do a nice job covering for you. Just ensure you make decent passes.
Custom Setting A/ B
This PES strategy allows you to switch to a preset formation instantly, and switch back to the original when required. Particular useful when, lets say, you are searching for a goal, you activate Strategy A, which you have preset to have 4 strikers. Once you get the goal, you simply deactivate it to play your usual style.
For example, when you use a 4-4-2, you can tweak your Strategy A by pushing your RM up to a RWF role, making it 4-3-3.
This results in an additional attacker for you to fight for additional goals. When you have scored and find that having 3 strikers is too risky, just deactivate the Strategy to revert to the original gameplan.
Simple, Fast, and Effective.
You can always have 2 preset Custom Settings, but I find that too troublesome and will only confuse yourself. So just stick to one extra settings.
Preset these 2 PES strategies in your gameplan, and activate them when you are in search of goals. Once your objective is completed, simply deactivate them.
As the name suggests, Counter Attack allows you to turn defence to attack in a flash. There used to be a pre-set strategy for Counter Attack in previous PES versions. However, this was removed in PES 2011. Thus, you will need to set up your own counter attack moves, through quick passes up the field whenever you regain possession.
Field pacy players to take advantage of the spaces during counter attack. Play them on the flanks to take advantage of their speed. You can introduce them late on in the game to take advantage of tired legs, and exploit any gaps in defence to play through passes.
Use these simple strategies to help you get the goal you are seeking!
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