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5-2-1-2 Quadruple Winners // FM20 Tactic

Do you want lots of goals and a solid defence? Try this quadruple winning tactic for FM20 after a long climb up the English pyramid and Premier League.

By on Oct 14, 2020   37200 views   6 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - 5-2-1-2 Quadruple Winners // FM20 Tactic
This is a fun tactic I’ve been using this last season and a half that has taken me from being challengers for the title to being the stand out best team in the league. My team has been growing stronger but the difference after changing tactic has been drastic, especially the consistency and number of clean sheets.

Switched from a 4-4-2 style to this 5-2-1-2 and we became way more solid defensively but kept scoring lots of goals. Been spanking out some thrashings against big teams that I used to struggle against.

The defenders seem to do a much better job of being in the right place and I also having less issues with wide players cutting in and attempting shots from stupidly wide angles, still happens though. 120 goals scored in the league, 15 conceded, 28 clean sheets, most chances, best conversion rate, most dribbles and 2nd lowest yellow cards.

Exciting and clean tactic.



Set pieces: I’ve also gone from conceding around 10-12 goals from corners a season to 0 in the last league season, part of this is likely from signing a better keeper but the defence seems to organise itself a lot better with this formation. Attacking corners and free kicks are OK but nothing special so feel free to change it if you have better setup or understanding, I had my forwards attacking the posts this season since they are my tallest players but we used to get more goals from corners/indirect free kicks when I had centre backs attacking the posts so may change it back.

Roles: Feel free to play around with the roles, the wider CBs, AMC and DLF might be worth experimenting role changes with but the current ones have worked well for me. It might also be worth lowering the overall mentality to positive or balanced if you’re one of the weaker teams in your league but I’ve actually gotten better results against the bigger teams when I have attacking mentality. The complete wing backs perform brilliantly in this tactic scoring a surprising number of goals and assists while helping out plenty at the back which was my main worry. Don’t be afraid of retraining wingers to play in these roles even if they have low marking and tackling.

Opposition instructions: I let my assistant do his thing with the OIs so he can adjust them during the game however before each game on the pre match brief I highlight all opposition players that are midfielders or attackers and set them to: close down always, tight marking and show on to weaker foot.

Last season I used this tactic all season and won the quadruple and finished with 102 points and a +105 goal difference. Of the 4 losses we had in all competitions 3 of those were against Man Utd and in two of those games we dominated the game and got very unlucky.

Give it a go for 10-20 games and see how you get on, set as primary trained tactic. Screenshots below.





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Discussion: 5-2-1-2 Quadruple Winners // FM20 Tactic

6 comments have been posted so far.

  • ScottyPJ86's avatar
    @ Evo - thank for this tactic. I’m in my 15th season and I was bored of (although quite successful with) the tiki taka 4231 I had been using throughout. I saw this and thought it would be worth a retry! I didn’t even sign new players; just retrained some of them, as you mentioned. This works beautifully. I think my wing backs are in a private competition to get top goal scorer! Thank you very much
  • YAMS's avatar
    @Evo - With the B2B next to him I would prefer a support role that's all. the B2B could be given a PI of get further forward & then a DLPS, CMS or BWMS could be used for the other centre mid.

    Do you use Overlap instruction at all or leave the CWBS's to do their thing as they are?
  • Evo's avatar
    Let me know how you get on.

    @Si49 main reason for MEZ to begin with was because I was converting a natural winger into central midfield and that role fit him best so he'd still get a chance to go a bit wider and use his good crossing. Overall I'm happy with how the role works as it gets another body into the box, making forward runs and pulling the opposition players about, but still gives us a presence in centre midfield when we're out of possession. Feel welcome to change it if you feel something works better.
  • Greentrunk's avatar
    Definitely gonna try this out bud, can't seem to find a tactic for my Rayo Vallecano save atm. Will feedback when I've played a few!
  • Den1s's avatar
    Haha I was just making the same formation yesterday. Gonna try your version as well.
    Chelsea is a great team for it right now
  • YAMS's avatar
    How does the MEZ A work in this? Genuinely intrigued/confused by that role selection.
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