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FM20 Jose Mourinho's Tactics / Madrista 2011-12

Recreating the free-scoring Real Madrid team of 2011-12. Arguably the best team Mourinho ever managed and one of Spain's best in recent times. A set of 2 FM2020 tactics.

By on Oct 11, 2020   32140 views   30 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - FM20 Jose Mourinho's Tactics / Madrista 2011-12

Introduction

In 2010 the stock of Jose Mourinho was at its highest, fresh off winning the treble with Inter Milan, he had achieved the impossible of beating what many believe to be the best club side assembled in the modern era Peps Barcelona and with ten men for much of the 2nd leg of the semi-final. No doubt this made Real Madrid take notice and subsequently hired Jose to do one thing break Barcelona's dominance.

Looking at the managerial career of Jose Mourinho, there is often one period that is overlooked and undervalued by many and that is his spell in charge of Real Madrid. This is in part down to the fact Madrid only won one La Liga title under Jose, however, it cannot be forgotten that he overcame Guardiola's Barcelona, and contrary to what people think he did it playing attacking football.

Real were also able to win the Copa del Rey in 2011 beating Barcelona in the final. Over his three-year span at the club, Mourinho achieved a 71.9% win percentage, the highest of his career to date. However, like many of his roles at other clubs, his final year saw a drop-off which ultimately paved the way for his return to Chelsea.

Mourinho Tactics

Mourinho has earned a reputation for being a tactical genius, and indeed, he showed this during his time with Los Blancos, but for the most part, Mourinho used the same formation. He used a 4-2-3-1 formation in all but 4 games during the season, those games Real used a 4-3-3 instead to be more defensive The times Mourinho varied his Madrid line-up to make it more defensive, it failed. The 2011 Copa del Rey final excluded.

Mourinho has a preferred starting 11 and doesn't like to chop and change too much. At Chelsea, Inter and at Madrid, you normally knew the exact players he would pick. He also, contrary to received wisdom, prefers offensive line-ups to defensive ones. This is shown by his Chelsea, Inter and Madrid sides all being the highest-scoring teams in their respective leagues.

The 4-2-3-1 is the perfect Mourinho formation for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is arguably the best counter-attacking formation. The 4-2-3-1 gave Madrid's four attackers a great deal of freedom, whilst also providing defensive cover with two holding midfielders shielding the defence helping to plug gaps and stop counter-attacks down the left.




Build up



Over the season Real Madrid had an average possession of 57%. They would often play the ball short from the keeper into the centre backs, Ramos was capable of dribbling out from the back if there was limited passing options into the midfield, Pepe would often play more simple passes either into Alonso or to Ramos. However, when teams pressed them high they would be more than happy to go more direct aiming for the striker or Ronaldo who would flick the header on, Ozil would drop behind and wait for any loose balls whilst Di Maria would push high on the right to support the attack.

Madrid's fullbacks could not have been more different Arbeloa on the right would hold his position just in front of the centrebacks, whilst Marcelo would bomb forward into the space vacated by Ronaldo moving inside. Alonso was the creative hub of the team he would come deep between the centrebacks to help break the opponent's press before propelling the team forward with his excellent range of passing. Khedira was the box to box midfielder and he would push high to support the attacks whilst getting back to protect the defence.

Transitions



Real were lethal on the counter-attack, rather than counter-press like Barcelona they would drop back and retain their defensive shape. Once they won the ball back Alonso and Ramos were more than capable of playing direct diagonal balls to release Ronaldo who didn't contribute much when defending. Ronaldo and Benzema would create space for Ozil by running in behind the defence dragging them back, this allowed Ozil time on the ball to pick passes to one of the front three.

Without the ball



In defence, Madrid looked to regroup back into their shape, with the primary aim of protecting the centre of the pitch and this was achieved through clogging the middle using a lopsided 4-3-1-2. With the space limited in the centre teams would be forced out wide and Real had two solid centrebacks who were comfortable in dealing with crosses into the box. Alonso and Khedira were not typical defensive midfielders however they were able to break up the play effectively. Once into their defensive shape Madrid would press with intent harassing and harrying their opponents.

The Results

The results were great, although it was difficult to fully match the extraordinary goal tally. However, I did manage to score 112 goals and the defence performed far better than the actual team. A draw on the final game of the season prevented me from matching the 100 point total achieved by Mourinho.








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Discussion: FM20 Jose Mourinho's Tactics / Madrista 2011-12

30 comments have been posted so far.

  • Unai_Emery_regen's avatar
    how DID YOU CHANGE OZILS AGE AND HOW did you get xavi and other players [
  • Unai_Emery_regen's avatar
    how DID YOU CHANGE OZILS AGE AND HOW did you get xavi and other players [
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    Yes the results are posted under the results heading.
  • Emmanuel Awolala's avatar
    are there any screenshots of your results I cant see any
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @SuperFigo - Thanks for the kind words good to hear it’s working well for you.
  • SuperFigo's avatar
    Very good tactic. I use this tactic on my Arsenal and it works very well. With Laca up front, Auba on the left, Pepe on the right, Xhaka and Partey on double pivot, and Ceballos on AM, and Tierney Bellerin on the WB. The gameplay is very fluit and entertaining. Well done!
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @r.madridista - I never really had an issue creating chances, but if I was struggling then of course I would make adjustments on a game by game basis.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    I have the question if you tweak your tactic depending on games. For example, when I played against Valencia we didn't create a lot of clear cut chances and eventually drew 0-0. When this happens, do you perform a tweak to create more chances or do you never change the tactic?
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @r.madridista - Glad to hear that.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    I tried it and it worked awesome. Although against small clubs I would use work ball into box and against big clubs I would choose to shoot on sight. I did that against Bayern in the Champions League group stage and won 4-0.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    The download worked and the player instructions are visible, thanks!
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  • r.madridista's avatar
    The download doesn't work for me, if i put it in the tactics map it doesn't pop up when I try to load a tactic in the game. I have FM on Epic Games and using it on Mac.
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @r.madridista - Are you using touch on your device? If not all the player instructions will already be included in the tactic. I suppose Hazard would do a pretty good job in the Ronaldo role.

    I didn't change the 4-2-3-1 mentality, Mourinho only used the 4-3-3 4 times that season and it didn't go too well for him.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    Last question hahaha, do you use a less attacking mentality in an away match vs for example Valencia or Bilbao, tough away matches, but not the kind of matches where you go all defensive and use the 4-3-3 formation. Do you use the 4-2-3-1 with a less attacking mentality or do you just keep the 4-2-3-1 with an attacking mentality?
  • r.madridista's avatar
    Btw, I think Valverde is an excellent fit for the Segundo Volante role, he is naturally a box to box midfielder, but has all the attributes to fit in this role.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    Hmm very interesting. Thanks! Does only Ronaldo have player instructions? I will give it a try today and hope to find a goalscorer inside forward like Ronaldo who I can bring in. Do you have any suggestions for such a thing?
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @r.madridista - IMO yes as they used a double pivot. They were there to screen the defence, but they had to move forward to support the attacks especially Khedira as the B2B midfielder. Alonso didn't just hold his position either do a DLP role would have hampered his movement. Yes Ronaldo has sit narrower and less urgent pressing.
  • Si49's avatar
    The DM centre mids have the sexier roles, ultimately they tend to start/sit too deep in almost any tactic to be truly effective. They are usually chosen as the pretty option, normal centre mid roles are actually far more effective due to their natural starting position.
  • r.madridista's avatar
    I have a question.. Are you sure the Khedira-Alonso pairing is a regista-segundo volante pairing and not a DLP (De) - CM (Su) pairing? Khedira as CM and Alonso as DLP? And do you have any individual player instructions?
  • Si49's avatar
    With Maidstone Utd.... Not Liverpool. So it's kind of interesting making it work, not assuming it's working.
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @Si49 - If somebody requests it then yes. But feel free to do one yourself to go with your Liverpool F9 tactic.
  • Si49's avatar
    Real Madrid...

    Can someone do a lower league or less fancied team tactic perhaps?
  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @shafiz - Thanks for the kind words. Glad to hear it works for you.
  • shafiz's avatar
    I've started a barca save was looking for a good 4231 with the DM's not being too static. The movement is awesome, scoring plenty of goals even with the new match engine mode. Great tactic !
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  • Boroboy116's avatar
    @wilcada Thanks man, glad it's working for you.

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