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Guardiola VAR Revenge // FM20 Tactic CTW

A tiki-taka approach inspired by Pep's system. Part of "Control The World" series for FM2020. Short passing, work ball into box, creativity, high defensive line.

By on Jan 30, 2020   27120 views   5 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Guardiola VAR Revenge // FM20 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. One more CTW tactic recreated for Football Manager 2020.

This tactic and all tactics in the CTW series are created for those who prefer high amount of possession (above 60%) and feel more comfortable when the ball is in the opposition half rather than counter from deep within your own half.

I recommend using 2 weeks tactical, 1 week ball control and 1 week attacking each month.

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Downloads: 5352 / Size: 54.9 kB / Added: 2020-01-30
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Discussion: Guardiola VAR Revenge // FM20 Tactic CTW

5 comments have been posted so far.

  • Klashman's avatar
    @burnum yeh its true what u said in everything

    and its really hard to make possession tactics - maybe hardest

    in other hand alll ppl now who make tactics and gating aloot of download most of that tactics is just yolo supor attack highest tempo gigpresing throw every thing and lucky if win 5 in raw and all comment = nice tactic etc
    attacking tactic even 14 old can do it its easiest thing
  • burnum's avatar
    I didn't mean to offend you. Sorry if my feedback sounded a bit cruel, that was not the way it was intended. I know how hard it is to make a tactic that replicates Guardiola's style on the current ME. It seems in this year's game it's either having a lot of possession or creating a lot of chances. Tried to do it myself and I have no problem in admitting that I failed. That's why I was hoping for your tactics to be the solution to my problem.

    In a perfect world, we could build a tactic that averages around 60-65 percent possession (when playing with a top team like Barcelona, Man City or Bayern) and also creates a ton of chances, while maybe being a bit susceptible to opponents counter attacks.

    On paper your system should achieve all that. It's just that (after testing) the results/stats in the current ME simply don't fit - and I have no idea why.

    Let me know if there's any way I can help to make a Guardiola'esqe tactic work...
  • Klashman's avatar
    hi @burnum i like what all u said and i respect every thing u said

    but give me 1 guy make tactic that will have 60% 65% 70% possessions every match and win . and i swear to god i will quit making tactics for ever just give me 1 tactics and i will quit i swear
  • burnum's avatar
    Tested with Bayern over an entire season. I've done everything exactly as lined out in the OP. 34 games, 70 points. A lot of low-scoring draws (1-1 or 0-0) or narrow 1-0 wins.
    Very solid in defense (only conceded 19 goals in 34 games) but lacks firepower in attack (only 57 goals scored in 34 games). Only 51 percent possession over an entire season.

    I'd really like to use this tactic as it resembles my favourite style of football. But at this time it's just lacking in attack (goals and created chances) and also the current ME makes it very difficult to dominate possession.
  • burnum's avatar
    I've tested the tactic for half a season with Bayern, who play a similar way of football in real life and do have the players to make this style of football work.

    The tactic is effective. In the Bundesliga we played 17 games, with 14 wins and 3 draws. It's also very solid defensively (only 6 goals conceded in 17 games).

    However, we're not really replicating a Guardiola-like possession-heavy playing style. Over the course of half a season we've only had an average of 45 percent possession (Guardiola's teams IRL usually are over 60 percent). Despite sitting top of the table and having the strongest squad in the league, we're only 5th in Chances Created (51 in 17 games) and 14th in Average Possession (45 percent).

    Not sure why the number of created chances (and goals scored) are relatively low, but I think the low possession comes from the Attacking mentality. Guardiola's teams usually employ a very patient buildup and pass the ball around until they find an opening. With Attacking mentality we basically create the exact opposite - everyone seems to hurry. Maybe a lower mentality (Balanced or Cautious) could help this tactic to become more possession heavy - and thus a closer replica to Guardiola's playing style.
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