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Guardiola's Winning Philosophy for FM20

Following last year's success, I'm continuing the "Control The World" tactical series with a possession based tactic for FM 2020 inspired by Guardiola's philosophy.

By on Nov 22, 2019   144927 views   18 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Guardiola's Winning Philosophy for FM20
Beginning of a Beautiful Football Era.

Control The World tactical series continues with Football Manager 2020 tactics inspired by Guardiola. CTW tactic recreated for FM2020.

As you know, Pep is my favorite tactician, he is the master, the philosopher!

I have tailored these tactics after Josep Guardiola's philosophy.
Created for everyone who prefers high amount of possession.
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.

Training tips
Use 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.

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Discussion: Guardiola's Winning Philosophy for FM20

18 comments have been posted so far.

  • Ashley16's avatar
    @ronnie88, hi mate if you are having problems against smaller teams scoring goals you are obviously having trouble drawing out the defence from a compact unit in order to make a decent amount of CCC. This is not you personal but I find this to be the trouble with plug and play players you have to sometimes change it yourself based on how the games going to mix it up. You are never going to find a tactic that does everything you want every time. These are guide for you to adapt based upon circumstances. If you was 2-1 in ina cup final with 5 minutes to go and you played a offensive system and lost 3-2 you can’t blame the tactic because you haven’t changed how you play.
  • warrenjdwells92's avatar
    Hi there i am hopeless at creating tactics but i had a good idea that i think u would be interested in. My fave tactic u have created is the Pep and Klopp mashup so how would u be interested in doing a Pep and Diego Simeone Tactic Diego's Defence Tactic combined with Pep's Attacking Tactic
  • Klashman's avatar
    hi all guys sry for late comment cus im mainly active in steam one not here

    thanks for all ur comments about tactics and adviceses

    i will take a look for every comments and i will work hard to see the what we can do for future - i will let u know if something happen - have fun you all guys <3
  • Ricardo Pereira's avatar
    This tactic is great in terms of ball possession but not so good when it comes to goal chances and the number of shots on target per game.
    Even though I focus my training on attacking, tactics and possession, most of the goals that I score come from set-pieces, and for some reason, my striker Odsonne Édouard (who possesses great technical and mental attributes), is getting the worst rates game after game.
  • yehudam22's avatar
    well done Mr Klashman the tactic is the best as usual
  • Adramelus's avatar
    Very nice tactic on again !

    But I struggle with "easy" games.. Worst I loose it ! :/

    On the other hand, I win more games against stronger teams.
  • Supermou3359's avatar
    Formation in general is good for ball possession and the tactics are good. I've downloaded and have been using it in my Tottenham save. Few things I've noticed. First thing being when I downloaded it and loaded it on FM20 the actual team fluidity is on structured not very fluid. I also do not know how to change it to fluid or very fluid.. Which I think is the main reason for the lack of chances created. Played 30 games in my first season and have noticed that I rank amongst the lowest in chances created. So some tweaking does need to be done but the base of the tactic is good. I agree with @burnum pep changes tactical approaches depending on his opposition. So you would need 2-3 variations of the tactic
  • burnum's avatar
    @the1me: Totally depends on opposing formation and players. In some games Pep uses 2 Inverted Wingbacks, in some games only 1, in some games he doesn't use them at all and goes for classical Wing Backs instead. He usually uses Inverted WB against teams who crowd the central midfield areas to get a numbers advantage there. Depending on the use of WB or Inverted WB the role of the Wingers/IF also changes. If he plays Inverted WB, the Wingers stay much wider to stretch the defense horizontally. If he uses traditional Wing Backs the Wingers play narrower (IF or IW in FM terms) because the WB already brings width into the formation.

    I agree on the two Mezzalas, at least one of them should be in an attacking role.

    To really recreate what Pep does and did, we should have 2 or 3 tactics that we can use based on opponents.
  • thet1me's avatar
    Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva play as Mezzala Attack because they usually destroy half-space. And when they do that, Kyle Walker and Zinchenko stick to mid side as Inverted Wingback.
  • ronnie88's avatar
    Klashy:Don't get me wrong i like and using your tactics every year but always i have the same problem SCORING GOALS
    from the point of possession and control of the game this tactic is a MASTERPIECE but I feel there's still some work to be done to be more efficient. 'm struggling to score goals especially against small teams.I hope you can find a way to create a successful tactic with dominating possession and efficient style of football
  • llainen's avatar
    are all tactics for this game boring 5-4-1 3-5-2 etc? none with offensive mids or 2 strikers? Wing backs everything in this game?
  • burnum's avatar
    On paper this is exactly what I'm looking for in a tactic for any top team with the ability to dominate their leagues, like Man City, Bayern or Real/Barca. In a perfect world, I'd want my team to play like Guardiola.

    I've tested it with Bayern in the German league. So far results are a mixed bag. We always control possession (between 60 and 70 percent) but especially against teams who park the bus we're struggling to create clear chances. I might win 1-0 or 2-0 against smaller teams like Paderborn or Augsburg but it's not like we're really dominating those teams like Bayern did under Guardiola.

    I agree that this is a good replication of how Guardiola's team plays, but to make this tactic more efficient within the current ME, some tweaks are still needed to create more chances with your front-3.

    I've experimented with changing the HB-d role to a more supporting role like DLP-s or REG-s against smaller teams at home. While this can certainly help to put more pressure on your opponent's midfield, it still didn't lead to more goals or more clear chances.

    This year's ME seems to be geared more towards Gegenpressing and more direct attacking play, like Liverpool and Leipzig play. If we can find a way to create a successful tactic with dominating possession-style football, I'm all for it - I just feel there's still some work to be done.
  • Klashman's avatar
    plz guys Rate the tactic in steam if u like it <3
  • Klashman's avatar
    Sunday Player - pep dont use inverted wing backs any more check his last 3 or 5 games its all wingbacks dont talk without know any thing - and im the most who make tactics with inverted wingbacks so i know what im doing <3
  • Klashman's avatar
    burnum - yes all press - all tackle harder - all weaker foot
  • Sunday Player's avatar
    Guardiola uses inverted wing backs, this is not Guardiola
  • clairvoyant's avatar
    where is the results? what kind of post is this?
  • burnum's avatar
    About the last picture (the pic with the OI): Are all players set to be shown to weaker foot? Also everybody on 'tackle hard' and 'always press' if I see it correctly?
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