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Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 FM15 Tactics

The tactics of Rafa Benitez for Football Manager 2015 to play like he does in real life; balanced football, very tight lines and ferocious attacking. Created by

By on Jun 09, 2015   31314 views   5 comments
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FM 2015 Tactics - Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 FM15 Tactics
Benítez guided Segunda División side Extremadura back to the Primera División in his first season in 1997, but the team was relegated the following season. He left the club, taking a brief break from football before returning to coach Tenerife in 2000. In his only season, the team got the promotion.

As a result, Benítez was appointed coach of Valencia and he proved himself to be amongst the top Spanish managers by winning La Liga in the 2001–02 season—Don Balón and El País named him Manager of the Year. In 2004, another La Liga league title and a UEFA Cup victory were added. However, a disagreement between Benítez and the club director over team investment caused the Spaniard to switch to English Premier League club Liverpool.

Benítez was a high achiever in his first season as he guided Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League in 2005, the highest honour in European club football. He also won the FA Cup in 2006 and reached the 2007 Champions League Final, but remained unable to win the Premier League, with Liverpool's best performance under Benítez a second-place finish in 2008–09.

He parted company with Liverpool in June 2010 and subsequently managed Inter Milan, whom he guided to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup titles, but he was dismissed midway through the 2010–11 season. In November 2012 he was appointed interim manager of Chelsea for the remainder of the season, and won the 2013 Europa League title.

Rafa came back Italy in 2013 to coach Napoli. As a coach of the team, he won Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana.

It is meaningful that he has won at least one trophy or got promotion with every team he has coached since 1997.

The FM 2015 Tactic

This tactic is identical to what Rafa Benitez uses in real life. He is well known for setting his team up to be able to get a point away from home but also his team play some of the best counter attacking football all the time. All the tactics at are championship winning tactics and this tactic is no different. Some may say that Rafa is a defensive coach but I beg to differ he is like Mounrinho he believes that if the opposition do not score they can not win and his teams always take this image.

Always remember "Attack wins you games... Defense wins you Titles!!!"

I tested the tactics with Ajax a good team but they lack experience and although may be expected to win the Dutch Championship they need a lot of guidance. Guidance is what I gave them. I also did something else, I put Davy Klaassen and Lasse Schone into the reserves eliminating all slow players from the squad. The team was immediately breaking with pace at will, always 2 -3 passes and goal.

Always remember that slow players are a weakness always try to use fastest players available to you. I played against elite team Arsenal and they struggled to beat me at the Emirates and I dominated at Home.

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Discussion: Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 FM15 Tactics

5 comments have been posted so far.

  • diogoalves's avatar
    I loved it! This tactic not merely worked too fine for me but also changed my point of view on a deep defensive line, on retaining possession when using higher tempo, and so many other instructions that I used to judge as non-synergic, and you put them together so well. This improved my understanding about the game and made me able to improve my own tactics.

    I prefer to use a Fluid team shape, but it appears not to cause big impact, is more like a personal taste.

    Thank you so much!
  • eddow's avatar
    I don't get the point having the team instruction "close down less" on, when you individually instruct every player of the team to close down more. Could you explain this to me? It's a great tactic btw, it has an immediate impact on my results with York (sky bet league 2).
  • eddow's avatar
    Close down less? Rafa Benitez teams always defend proactively. I will test this tactic out regardless.
  • Stewie Wong's avatar
    @Gaitan10 ... I agree with you completely.. he is a wonderful player but for the benefit of testing the tactic and allow it to work correctly. I left him out .. But he is a wonderful player indeed
  • Gaitan10's avatar
    klassen becomes one of the best dutch players in 2-3 years... if he's slow try training his pace and acc. he really becomes a great player wth proper training
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