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Josep Guardiola Philosophy Tactics FM16

The tactics of Josep Guardiola for FM 2016. Play creative and fluid football with constant ball movement, create overloads and take advantage of the space. -- Astonishing positional play.

By on Aug 07, 2016   86096 views   7 comments
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FM 2016 Tactics - Josep Guardiola Philosophy Tactics FM16

Playing Background

Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala; born 18 January 1971 is a Spanish former footballer who is the current manager of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.

Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder and spent the majority of his career with Barcelona, forming a part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team" that won the club's first European Cup in 1992, and four successive La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994. He later captained the team from 1997 to 2001. He then played for Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico while training to be a manager. While playing in Italy, he served a four-month ban for a positive drug test, although he was cleared of wrongdoing twice on appeal in 2009 before the Courts of Justice of the Italian Football Federation and the Federal Anti-Doping Courts of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI). Guardiola was capped 47 times for Spain, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992, and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He also played friendly matches for Catalonia. A deep-lying playmaker, he was highly regarded throughout his career for his vision of the game, ball control, technical ability, passing range and calm composure.

As a manager, Guardiola won 14 trophies in the first four years of his managing career. He is one of the most successful managers in the world and is considered by a number of players, managers and commentators to be one of the best managers in the world.

Source: Wikipedia

FM 2016 Tactics

This time, I decided create two main tactics: One, from his time at Barcelona; and one from his time at Barcelona and Bayern. The tactics are great at creating overloads like Bayern in real life; the tactics have terrific ball movement and constant position swaps so as roaming; the tactics employs high tempo (not to be confused with the TI!); The defensive line is very high; Players need speed and stamina, because of the intense pressing, that the tactic uses; your team needs to be good both technically and mentally -- otherwise the tactics are to adventurous -- and I advise you to take a more conservative approach, playing more simplistic and organised.

I've also included some counter tactics against tough opposition or/and to use in later stages of the match. I used it against Tottenham away, image below...

As far as training goes: I use some very intense schemes, always use high to very high intensity -- but, let your players rest when you play a lot of games in a short period of time. Fitness is very important however you want play.


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Discussion: Josep Guardiola Philosophy Tactics FM16

7 comments have been posted so far.

  • Dracking's avatar
    a noob question :P the set pieces come inside ?
  • Jat's avatar
    As I've said before: these tactics are not based on real life or result based (those I will not upload), but instead they're trying to offer some interesting form of positional play – which is an essential part of Guardiolas philosophy. That said, if you carefully watch your games, you will see similarities with Pep's teams. You can read about Guardiolas philosophy here:
  • Skojardu's avatar
    sorry mate , never seen pep do this tactic. or is this just youe fm16 interpretation?
  • Jat's avatar
    German 88: No I can't; I do not have one setup for opp instr. I have already given one long response on this matter already. These tactics are not result based, they're more of an creative exploration into different theories of positional play. The tactics also tries to offer as much ball rotation as possible. The tactics requires some form of basic understanding. But for the sake of simplicity use: "press everyone", "hard tackling" (depending on the referee) and show everyone to weaker foot. Hope that answers your question :)
  • German 88's avatar
    Hello Jat, Can you give me the full opposition instructions for this tactics because i am having problems.
  • Jat's avatar
    As always it depends on the opponent: for example if you're facing a team with a center half that can't pass, you don't need to press him, let him instead act as a playmaker and tight mark and press everyone around him. Against teams that play for example a classic 4-3-3, you can easily disrupt their build-up-play by letting your striker "man mark" their DM, but also ask him, to press and tight mark their center half's. If a winger's weaker foot forces him to cut inside – but at the same time – he's not good at crossing, – you can instead force him down the wing…
    My point is: every opponent needs different adjustments. Weaker teams don't need as much counter adjustments as better teams (relative to your teams ability). But in today's football most teams use pressing and tight mark to control the opponents attacks and force them into inferiority somewhere. Hope that answers your question :)
  • patrickstar's avatar
    Hi jat
    I would like to know more about OI cause I play full mode.
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