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Guardiola Invincible FM18 Tactic CTW

Turning possession into victories with this high pressing FM 2018 tactic and create space for clear cut chances. Inspired by Pep Guardiola's tactics. Part of "Control The World" series.

By on Nov 13, 2017   194533 views   14 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Tactics - Guardiola Invincible FM18 Tactic CTW
Following last year's success, I'm continuing the "Control The World" tactical series with a possession based tactic inspired by Guardiola's philosophy. Pep is my favorite tactician, he is the master, the philosopher! CTW tactic recreated for Football Manager 2018.

Dream team system inspired by Pep Guardiola and Cruyff.

The aim of possession football is to concede less and create more scoring opportunities. Everything starts with the ball and finishes with the ball.

Pep Guardiola:
"I say, 'Pass the ball and stay', 'Pass the ball and find the right pass', 'Pass the ball and be ready'.
"Don't expend too much energy running because if you have to run a lot you are more tired and if you are more tired you're more likely to lose the ball."

“For Guardiola the ideal striker doesn’t work permanently in the box, instead he arrives there at the culmination of a collectively-constructed attack”.

By leaving the penalty box free from players and instead have players arriving there it’s important that the wide forwards (inside forwards) tends to get into opposition area. These movements has the sole purpose to cause panic and chaos in the defensive organization of the opposite team. Achieving to drag players out of position or not may be the difference between a shot on goal (a goal scored) or a blocked shot (failed attack).

With the ball I like my players to patiently build up the play with shorter passes at players feet working the ball around until space opens up. With short passing ticked coupled with retain possession the players will look to move the ball patiently between each other reducing the tempo of the match and the overall passing length. It’s all focused on not taking any necessary risk in your own half.

One model to use is 2 weeks tactical, 1 week ball control and 1 week attacking per month. But this comes down to analysis of your squad, periodic performance analysis of areas your team might struggle with, either its low goal scoring ratio, poor passing or lack of team movement and tactical understanding.

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Downloads: 47955 / Size: 63.9 kB / Added: 2017-11-13
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Discussion: Guardiola Invincible FM18 Tactic CTW

14 comments have been posted so far.

  • Kessinho's avatar
    I like the plays the team makes(helsingborg) but with one long pass my whole defence is vulnerable.. I had to change the DMC to a CB. Also its nice to have 70% posession of the ball, but of you dont score there is no point to it.. its nice to see how Ajax plays but they never had a break trough in Europeaan cup. You know what i mean?
  • Klashman's avatar
    guys make width WIder its will work better
  • Klashman's avatar
    thats my new bitcoin and ether adress if u guys wana support me


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  • kiicki's avatar
    Thanks for the tactic, but I'm curious about "team shape". Most of Pep Guardiola tactics out there got "fluid" or "very fluid" under team shape for some reason.

    Yeah their attacking is amazing and all, but we know that Pep is extremely caution about players keeping their position. "Play, position, position" is what Henry says Pep follows.

    The final 3rd is indeed fluid, but I assume that's something you adjust under "attack" in team instruction, where you can take it even further in "player instruction" I do see that you have enabled "roam from position" under "attack" in team instruction which is more correct IMO, but team shape is IMO extremely strict, or strict and not that fluid.

    What are you thoughts about team shape, and is fluid or strict more "correct"? Thanks.
  • sneakyjeff's avatar
    i will give it a go. like the philosophy so why not?
  • oafctitch's avatar
    has been a godsend for my Oldham team. Out of the dropzone with 9/12 points so far.
  • downloadkct's avatar
    Strootman and Kroos, the best players to use as MC on this tactic (roaming playmaker) which you dont have to sell your entire squad to buy. Modric/Vidal/Pogba are way more expensive than Kroos and Strootman is cheap.
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  • Klashman's avatar
    thanks for FMscout for adding my tactic here much love <3 and respect keep hard work guys in this amazing site !
  • Klashman's avatar
    and for red cards let ur team learn the tactic good its will end up with less mistake also buy good players for less mistake
  • Klashman's avatar
    hi its Klashman the auther of this tactic
    for striker role i like f9 always so he back and help pressing also he give space for IF to get inside box and wing backs have space to move up so its like stratygy build from there roles
  • ReeiS61's avatar
    a very successful tactic
  • danette's avatar
    Thanks for the tactic. I have a couple of questions:
    1. Who to change in case of a red card?
    2. Can we use some other role for the striker? Complete or Trequartista?
    Thanks and keep up the good work!
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