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FM18 Tactic: All or Nothing Pep Beater

Quality possession based tactic for FM 2018 to knock Pep from his perch. Won Premier League and Champions League in the first season with Manchester United.

By on Aug 30, 2018   25761 views   4 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Tactics - FM18 Tactic: All or Nothing Pep Beater
The Premise

Another Football Manager 2018 tactic inspired by Pep Guardiola which takes the isometric formation and goes a little bit crazy with it.

Using this formation I managed to win the Premier League and the Champions league in the first season. Currently three quarters of the way through the second season and the dream double is still on again, having already won the World Club Championship along the way.

You can expect on average 60% possession in most games. Obviously against the top sides it will be slightly lower, but you need to fear no team.

This tactic isn't designed to cheat by glitching the match engine with three forwards as you will see in many others. This tactic works simply by playing quality football in key areas of the pitch and maintaining possession throughout.


Overloads will be created by the wingbacks on both sides, the half back will stop you getting outnumbered should opponents try to counter attack, remember the first rule of defence is delay delay delay.

Team instructions

Very simple, keep the ball when we have it, work the space to recover the ball when in transition.


As you can see you can expect high levels of possession. These will transition into chances created and hopefully plenty of shots on target.

Final League Table

As you can see, this tactic works. A small squad of around 20 players was used throughout the season and rotated to give experience and game time to all. Don't be afraid to rotate against the teams you expect to beat. The players will deliver.

A number of players have individual instructions, these are best seen when you download the tactic.

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Discussion: FM18 Tactic: All or Nothing Pep Beater

4 comments have been posted so far.

  • Percentage Game's avatar
    League Table Season 1

    P 38 W25 D8 L5 GF78 GA23 PTS83 +55

    League Table Season 2

    P38 W30 D7 L1 GF99 GA23 PTS97 +76

    With regards to transfers , i got rid of the vast majority of the first team squad in the first season and brought in players with what i considered the right attributes for the position i wanted them to play.
  • daherlihy's avatar
    Can you share your results and team/transfer activity?
  • Percentage Game's avatar
    Nothing too testing , most of it is simple man marking
    WB's - Opponent AML/R
    BPD - Opponent CF
    HB - Opponent AMC
    IF & W - Opponent RB/LB
    CF - Opponent CB

    If any of your players are breaking up play with bad passing obviously slide them to less risky if its not hard wired
  • vads's avatar
    Could you specify the individual instructions please, as I would like to remake this tactic in FM17?!
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