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Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds FM20 Tactics by RDF

RDF tries to replicate the playing style Marcelo Bielsa uses at Leeds United. RDF will try to achieve the high pressing, flexibility & attack minded movements.

By on Jun 11, 2020   71115 views   7 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds FM20 Tactics by RDF
‘El loco’ 41221 Bielsa's tactic for Football Manager 2020 by RDF.

What's included in this bundle

  • Two tactics. One will be your main tactics, the other named (LOE&Tempo), you can use when you come up against teams who will be very defensive minded.
  • Two training schedules. One for when you have one match a week. The other is for when you have two matches a week.

The DM (Half Back) will be key in the build ups. When playing from deep, he will look to collect the pass (Dictate Tempo trait will be good) and play key passes into the the midfield. Bielsa is famous for his 3313 shape, and the DM movement will be key because he’ll need to slot into the defence to make it a back 3.

The two Wing Backs will be shaped with one of the central midfielders (the Central Midfielder on Defend duty) to make a midfield 3 whilst the other central midfielder (Ball Winning Midfielder) will look to be the 1 in the space between midfield and forwards.

The two wingers (Inverted Wingers) will look to come inside to connect with the striker making the a front 3. The wide men will be the main creators, they’ll need to have good dribbling, vision and flair.

The central striker (Complete Forward) will need the be able to do everything, he’ll roam from position to pick pockets. He will hold up the ball allowing other attack minded players to get up and support. Play key passes and create alongside having the ability to score goals.

There will be a lot of pressing which will start high up the field so players need to be fit and have good determination to keep on going.

Bielsa Tactic - Player Attribute Requirements

WGs - good at both attacking and defending. Pace, Stamina, Positioning, Off The Ball, Marking, Anticipation Work Rate and Decisions will be key

CBs - Good ball playing defenders. strong in the air, good at tackling and not too slow. Heading, Bravery, Strength, Balance, Positioning, Marking, Teamwork, Concentration and Decisions will be key

DM - your half back to be good at defending but also at playmaking. Passing, Teamwork, Decisions, Anticipation, Positioning, Stamina, First Touch, Composure and Bravery are all good attributes

Wingers - To have playmaking skills with Pace. Passing, Technique, Vision, Crossing, Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Pace, Work Rate and Teamwork will be key

CMs - Both Box To Box type midfielders. Both to be okay at everything. Okay at Tackling, Passing. Must have good Work Rate, Team Work, Agility, Stamina, Decisions, Anticipation and Positioning/Off The Ball…Play your better defensive midfielder as the RCM

ST- Good all round striker, your CF will be moving into channels and also will be the one dropping deeper so should have good creating skills. Pace, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Anticipation, Decisions, Composure, Balance, Finishing, First Touch and Technique will be key.

I recommend building strong relationships on the pitch. Decisions, Teamwork, Work Rate and Anticipation should be important with all players.

Bielsa Tactic - Shouts

Only used shouts with midfielder. Told them to be creative, demand more or encourage depending on the situation

Bielsa Tactic - Tweaking Tips

  • “Work Ball Into Box” can be added if taking too many risks in attack
  • “Run At Defence” can be added to be a little more direct
  • “Line Of Engagement” can be lowered to “Higher” to break down defensive teams

Opposition Instructions


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Bielsa Tactic - Leeds FM20 Test

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Discussion: Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds FM20 Tactics by RDF

7 comments have been posted so far.

  • apaloosa96's avatar
    With Leeds... won every single game in pre season, even against teams like Sevilla or Schalke.... the league start and I lost every match.... I don´t understand what I´m doing wrong...
  • DutchBielsa's avatar
    @RDF : This tactic is sick. Choose FCSM in Ligue 2.
    First season: 1st place. Prediction 18th.
    Second season, Ligue 1: 3th place, just behind PSG and OL.
    Third Season, not ready yet: 17 matches, 3th place. Qualified for CL football. Groupstage with Napoli, Real Madrid and Ajax: 6 matches, 11 points and nr 1 in the group!! Really really great tactic
  • T4Fetty's avatar
    please the training file
  • Prochy's avatar
    Hi, tactic is supper, CM - def work perfect. I was create similary tatcic but i have problems wit WBs and Wingers they play in same position when my central players have ball.
  • GMCG178's avatar
    Could you consider doing Bayern's 4-2-3-1 under Flick please?
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @kittyeddie it was 59%. 2nd highest in the league, Fulham was 1st with 60%
  • kittyeddie's avatar
    whats the average possession?
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