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Jose Mourinho's 4231 Spurs by RDF

Play just like Mourinho and dominate world football! Replicating the tactics the special one is using at Tottenham during the 2020/21 season for FM 2021.

By on Jan 28, 2021   15162 views   1 comments
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Football Manager 2021 Tactics - Jose Mourinho's 4231 Spurs by RDF


So far this season, we have seen noticeable changes to his system that he adapted over the years. But we’ve even seen big changes from him since last season and the Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg signing meant that he could be a little more adventurous with his tactical set-up. The wing-backs benefit from this as they can now both get further forward down the flanks.

Also, another big change that has football fans talking is the Harry Kane role. Him dropping even deeper this season has seen improved link-up play between him and the line behind him, allowing the likes of Son Heung-min attack the area vacated by Harry Kane.

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As always, Jose has been pragmatic this season. Depending on the opposition, his team has been seen defending higher/lower. At times we’ve seen an increase in the pressing intensity and even change of shape. Spurs have lined-up in a 433 (4141 DM) but we are going to be looking at the main principles I have seen on display so far in this 2020/21 season.



When Jose’s side win the ball, there’s is usually a heavy focus on playing the ball vertically. With both Sissoko and Ndombele, Jose has players who can dribble and bring the ball forward which he has utilised with Hojbjerg being their protection in case they lose possession. Kane’s new role means he drops deeper than usual and he has become kind of a target man.

Not that Spurs continuously kick the ball long to Kane, but with his qualities on the ball and hold up play means Spurs can use him in deeper areas to open up the space for the wide men to make their lateral runs, especially Son who so far has 12 goals to his name.

The wingers may make similar movements, as in they like to come in narrow but it’s Son who attacks the space created by Kane more aggressively and the RW, usually Lucas Moura, likes to help out overload the central areas.

With all these players operating in central areas, we can see why vertical play is important and a strength. Typically of a Jose team, Tottenham Hotspur also aim to transition very quickly.

Jose often operates in a mid-block despite people claiming he often parks the bus. The men in the middle of midfield stay close to each other, they remain compact and this reduces the chances of gaps appearing in midfield which could happen if Jose chooses to further his line of engagement and go for a more urgent pressing defensive style.

The reason why I mention a more urgent pressing style is because Jose has given us examples, in small doses, that he’s prepared to do so if needed for the better result and examples of this can be witnesses in their impressive 6-1 away win to Manchester United

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Discussion: Jose Mourinho's 4231 Spurs by RDF

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  • peterpunk's avatar
    Hey there! I just wanted to say this mate, after using other tactics with the Spurs and having also this one on, this is the most effective one for this team. Don't know if it has anything to do with the thing that this is almost the real one :) but trying other tactics with other teams i played some times there was a good much but with this team this is the only tactic that makes them unbreakable. Performing some changes though made things even better. If you play the AP with supporting role (having Ndombele there) and the VOL with attacking role (having Hojbjer there in stead of HB and put there Sissoko) then the center area is covered better. Because the VOL on support covers a little from the space up front having the AP on attack. He stays more behind and with the HB on defence as usual there is a space between the AP and those two. But when i switched things up then i saw the HB doing his part as usual on one hand but on the other I saw the VOL making some forward runs, being outside the box more (and with the "more shots on goal" choice trust me there was a rain of them) besides being effective on defense when the ball was lost. As for the AP, having him also on support gave a good cover at the VOL runs up front and had him play a better role as a playmaker with out going to much forward and giving the opportunity to the DLF to have more space to move on the attack. I hope it wasn't confusing and if you haven't tried it check it out if you like (who am i fooling you already know this). Anyway your recreation tactics are very good mate especially the ones that are from Mourinhos teams. Keep up the good work. Cheers from Greece
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