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Roger Schmidt's 4-4-2 (Schmidt Happens) // FM20 Tactic

This FM2020 tactic is my interpretation of Roger Schmidt's tactics at Salzburg / Leverkusen / PSV.

By on Oct 06, 2020   19494 views   4 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Roger Schmidt's 4-4-2 (Schmidt Happens) // FM20 Tactic

Roger Schmidt

Roger Schmidt is famed for his high intensity counter attacking and counter pressing tactics influenced by Ralf Rangnick and the Red Bull school. This is combined with some of his own eccentricities, and this tactic has some of mine too! Schmidt's time at Salzburg and Leverkusen saw his teams play high energy, relentless 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 which looked to close down with pressing traps out wide, and when the CB's bring the ball out of defence. The team looked to attack with direct passing when counter-pressing, or with slightly shorter passing when building out from the back.

Tactical tweaks and choices

Schmidt's teams do tend to attack as a 4-2-2-2 and defend as a 4-4-2 at times, however, for a slightly more solid tactic defensively, and to replicate pressing out wide, I went with 4-4-2. The wingers do have instructions to sit narrow, and get further forward, hhowever, and the WM will run wide once they have possession of the ball whilst the IW on the other side will dart inside, reflective of Son and Mane at Leverkusen and RB Salzburg respectively. If you want to go even more direct, you can adjust the mentality to 'Attacking', and move the line of engagement higher, but I tend to leave that for mid-game if I need a goal.

'Schmidt Happens'





The Results (tested with PSV, Napoli and Wolfsburg)







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Discussion: Roger Schmidt's 4-4-2 (Schmidt Happens) // FM20 Tactic

4 comments have been posted so far.

  • Virgil-Fan-Dijk's avatar
    Yeh @Si49 you could totally make the case that Schmidt's Beijing Guoan team was more possession based, and slightly less direct due to his players being less physical. So you could then introduce a playmaker, and a positive mentality maybe, but for full crazy, high energy Schmidt, a workman like midfield is better.
  • YAMS's avatar
    As a counter press I really like it. I'd want a more possession based centre mid potentially to help with the possession retention only when required but I understand that isn't art of the build/idea.

    Nice theory, really nice.
  • Virgil-Fan-Dijk's avatar
    @Si49 it's usually below 50, but varies between 45-50%, less with attacking mentality.
  • YAMS's avatar
    Nice theory... What's your possession % with this against rival strong teams?
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