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FM20 Tactic: Klopparriball

A mix between Klopp's gegenpressing and Sarriball. Tested with Juventus. This FM 2020 tactic aims to play high pressing football, winning the ball back as quickly as possible.

By on Dec 06, 2019   55681 views   6 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - FM20 Tactic: Klopparriball


A perfect mix between gegenpressing and vertical tiki-taka. This tactic aims to play high pressing football, winning the ball back as quickly as possible. When the ball is won back, the players will look to progress the ball up the field and patiently work it into the box. Tested with Juventus.


SK needs to be good on the ball, and has to be reliable.
GOOD EXAMPLES: Alisson, Ederson, Onana, Neuer, etc
BAD EXAMPLES: Karius, any GK with 1 star or less

BPDs need to be fast, have strength and be able to win duels in the air, and have pace to recover from mistakes, due to the high line we're playing here.
GOOD EXAMPLES: De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ramos, Koulibaly
BAD EXAMPLES: Any defender with a height of 175 cm or less. Mustafi. Phil Jones.

WBs need to be able to have a high work rate. They must be able to defend and attack. They will also have to be fast, should the team lose the ball and be unable to recover the ball back on their own half.
GOOD EXAMPLES: Alexander-Arnold, Jordi Alba, Robertson, Alex Sandro, Alaba, Tagliafico
BAD EXAMPLE: Marcelo (partially. Don't use him when your entire defense is leaky. Bad workrate but can be VERY useful offensively.)

Midfielders need to be good at passing, have a good first touch, and have good technique/vision.
GOOD EXAMPLES: Pjanic, Frenkie de Jong, De Bruyne, Eriksen
BAD EXAMPLES: Any midfielder who has pace/decisions below 10. Just. Don't.

AM needs to be a creative player and be able to connect the midfield to the attack, and regularly get into the box to score goals or create chances.
GOOD EXAMPLES: Dybala, Ziyech, Neymar, Coutinho
BAD EXAMPLES: Playing an anchor man at AM.

DLF needs to be a false 9, a ball playing striker or a Firmino-type player. like Messi, Higuain or Tadic, and needs to create space for the AF, that runs in the space in behind and is fed by the crosses that the wing backs are giving during the match. AF should be a strong player with a real physical presence in the field, like Ronaldo, Lewandowski or Kane.


Delegate everything to staff. Leave opposition instructions empty, up to your own discretion.


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Discussion: FM20 Tactic: Klopparriball

6 comments have been posted so far.

  • FM expert's avatar
    I'm having the same issues with AM. Wunderkind, 30 matches: 6.80 ratings.
  • sirr's avatar
    Update: Seems to work out great. However, my attacking midfielder is almost useless as they come. I've tried Dybala and Isco (both worldclass AMs) and they both played 6.5-6.8 over the first 6 months with full playtime. Have no idea what to do - considering dropping in a DM instead or simply using 3 attackers instead of the AM.
  • sirr's avatar
    Have you tried simulating/ playing more than just the friendlies? In my experience theres a big difference in friendlies and when you get started.

    Playing with Juventus and I really like the idea of this setup - but unsure if it will work through and entire season. Any news?
  • Sazzy's avatar
    Would like to try this tactic in fm19, any so need help getting the tactic.
  • MasterOfNdsix's avatar
    @scottsc84 Most likely. Lazio have backs that can cover the wing, and an effective striker in the form of Ciro Immobile. Give it a shot. Lack of a true AM would be problematic though.
  • scottsc84's avatar
    would this work for Lazio?
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