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Guardiola's Barca Tiki-Taka Tactic for FM20 by RDF

Replicating the famous Barcelona tiki-taka tactic for Football Manager 2020. Play possession football in FM2020 like Pep Guardiola did at Barca during 2008-2012.

By Updated on May 23, 2020   266589 views   26 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Guardiola's Barca Tiki-Taka Tactic for FM20 by RDF

There is no doubt Pep Guardiola changed the way we look at football. Being able to play football in a such stylish way and win trophies. 4-3-3 was famously used by Pep that changes to 3-4-3 during transitions.

Today I'm sharing my Football Manager 2020 interpretation of Barca's tiki-taka under Guardiola.
I've included 4 variations of the tactic in the pack;
  • More realistic
  • More effective for the ME
  • A tweak tested with Braga
  • A tweak for big away matches (again with Braga)
In transition, both Full Backs will push up and effectively become wide midfielders. The DM will the drop deep and slot between the 2 central defenders makes the 3rd defender to make it now a back three. The two wingers pushes up higher, the ST is the link between the two and willing to drop deep.

Here is how I lined up my 2019/20 Barcelona squad to try and replicate the Pep Guardiola success.

The Tiki-Taka Tactic Build Up

Playing out from the back is a must. This starts with the GK. he will be instructed to distribute to CBs. The aim is here that the two CBs split wide and all the midfielders drop deep to be an option to receive the ball. Your GK must be confident in possession.

Defenders must have the ability to play out of the defence. The mental skills will also need to be high. Concentration, Composure, Decisions, Off The Ball and Positioning i’d say will be key. Also the technical skills to control the ball and passing ability along with vision, to find connect with good passes.

Overlapping, this allows my Wing Backs to get even further up the pitch to the byline, to be able to pull back those low crosses and create scoring chances.

Shorter passing with a Standard tempo (tempo linked with Positive mentality). The aim here is to keep the ball whilst in possession, but not too move the ball too slow or approach the game too fast causing unlike Tiki Taka behaviour.

The final third. These forward players have the in attacking play. The aim is to exploit everyone's quality. Typically i would prefer to use Dembele as the Winger over Griezmann. Everything that happens in build/midfield play allows these players to find space/pockets and have a chance on goal.

Most possession based tactics would require you to have the ball and that’s EXACTLY how Pep did it. Without the ball the team must press, smartly, to close space and shut down passing angles. To achieve this, you must counter press. Whilst also having a high line maintaining the pressure not allowing you opponents to breath on the ball.

Relevant forum thread with more details:

The famous Barca Tiki-Taka under Pep 2008-2012

Tiki-Taka Tactic Results

Tiki-Taka Video Analysis

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Discussion: Guardiola's Barca Tiki-Taka Tactic for FM20 by RDF

26 comments have been posted so far.

  • gpassosbh's avatar
    I have the same doubt as @Pogben.. Which one to use? Realistic or Effective?I´ll use one of the 4 tactics with Ajax, but did not decided yet.
  • Pogben's avatar
    @shawboy7 which one u use? Realistic or effective?
  • gpassosbh's avatar
    For Ajax, which tactic from these 4 you recommends? The Braga set or Barcelona?
  • shawboy7's avatar
    Tried this Tactic in my Milan save and currently 2 seasons unbeaten in the League first years league and cup double 2nd season Treble with Champion league great tactc
  • bart3310's avatar
    I need some help. I use de Braga tactic in a Blackburn save. At home it works good, but away 2 games 2 defeats against Sheff. United and Wolves, in the third season. What can I change?
  • cboba16's avatar
    I will propose some interesting F9 to try out on this tactic:
    Ben Yedder(AS Monaco), Stevan Jovetic(AS Monaco), Thiago Almada(Velez),Iago Aspas(Celta Vigo), Lorenzo Insigne(Napoli), Demir Yusuf(Rapid Viena), Ünüvar Naci(Ajax), Mario Götze(Dortmund), Silva Fabio(Oporto)
  • Victorhugo4222's avatar
    Lovely football! A tactic for the purist's!
  • VicVDM's avatar
    Ofcourse that doesn't garantee him scoring 30 goals in your save. He could score more, but maybe less.
  • VicVDM's avatar
    T4Fetty, i tested with dortmund (the realistic version) and haland scored 31 goals and carried the team as a false nine. the rest of the team didn't perform that well tho f.e. sancho had only 6 goals and 7 assist, only marco reus had 10 assist, en nobody above 10 goals except haland i think. So haland is gonna score alot wherever you play him, but the false nine definitly is not gonna get the absolute best out of him.
    Hope this helps.
  • T4Fetty's avatar
    how many goals is guaranteed from my striker? (erling haaland)
  • jdickinson91's avatar
    @RDF I'd be interested on seeing the Everton version of him, but I'll take any, he's a brilliant manager
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @t4Fetty i would recommend the one without (more realistic)....

    the original one has set piece routine where you will score a few goals and some different instructions that suit FM20 better
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @jdickinson91 any specific moment? so a special year for Ancelloti where he was successful?
  • T4Fetty's avatar
    the tactics is in two sets. which is best recommended?
  • jdickinson91's avatar
    I'm hoping you do a Carlo Ancellotti tactic RDF :D
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @Pogben thanks a lot man, much appreciated.

    link the the forum is in the description above. The more realistic version comes with a couple changes to instructions to have better possession, but less "effective" with the ME. Also comes with no Set Piece routine set, it's left on default.

    i used the Gegenpress preset to get the off the ball closing instructions. things are then tweaked to created the possession (tiki taka). Just like Pep, aim is to have the ball to be in possession, so i used that as my starting point
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @blackmamba9203 no opposition instructions (do not let your assistant manager control that) and i have a training guide i always use
  • Pogben's avatar
    Hi RDF, been a big fans of yours. Im wondering where to find both results from the two variations you post? What is the difference between that two? And you use gegenpress instead of tikitaka?
  • blackmamba9203's avatar
    any opposition instructions and/or any training instructions?
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
  • GMCG178's avatar
    Can you post all your player instructions please? Looking forward to trying your work out.
  • gpassosbh's avatar
    During a match, did you make any changes in tactic?
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @Deco No problem. Abidal may not be the attacking but was still positioned high on the field to win the ball back also. In the Player Instruction for the LWB, it has the instruction to "sit narrow" so he's more cautious when the team is in possession
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @Sazzy i used both. i have both results in the forum section of the recreation
  • Deco's avatar
    Thank you for your work.
    As I remembered, Barça left back was Abidal. And only Alves was overlapping. The Frenchman was less attacking than Alves.
    So why did you put the left back as an attacking wing back?

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