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Title Winning Underdog Tactic (Championship)

I created this tactic for Birmingham City based on a gegenpress to play to the squad's strengths - it only won the Championship!

By on Dec 16, 2020   93661 views   3 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Title Winning Underdog Tactic (Championship)
As a Birmingham City supporter, frustrated with watching Karanka's extremely defensive football*, I thought to myself; there must be another way to play. Having voiced my opinions, I decided to put my theories into practice (albeit on FM20).

Key Aims
  • Create a lot of chances
  • Be hard to beat
  • Play attacking football
  • All with no money and average squad

The Formation
I created a 4-2-4 formation based on a gegenpress. I focussed on utilising the Wingers and Fullbacks to attack, supplying a multitude of crosses each game. Using a Target Man and False Nine together, I was able to confuse the AI, creating a lot of spaces thus engineering clear cut chances. With the personnel at hand, converting chances is not a strong point, so the team needed to create a lot of chances to actually score. I set up the midfield duo as both Box-to-Box Midfielders in order to balance attack and defence. I tried other combinations but this setup worked the best. The defensive partnership is set up with two Ball-Playing Defenders to help keep play fast and furious. Finally, the Keeper is a Sweeper Keeper; but for the love of god, get anyone on loan  - Camp is not great. I managed to get Davies from Stoke.

Formation Variants
There are three different variations: 
  1. One base tactic (always start with)
  2. One for defending a lead when overrun (75% successful)
  3. One for getting a late goal against stubborn teams (always worked for me)

The Results
I won the Championship with 101 points and a goal difference of 62. The team created the most chances in the league but had a poor conversion rate due to the players low finishing. We won 31, drew 8 and lost 7. Scored 108 goals and conceded 46.

*However, I am very grateful that Karanka has made us hard to beat as we were woeful towards the end of last season - but would like to see the team set up to attack weaker teams and utilise the squad's strengths.

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Discussion: Title Winning Underdog Tactic (Championship)

3 comments have been posted so far.

  • kodiak07's avatar
    I'm pleased with the tactic. My team is not exactly an underdog in the league, but it is in EU cups, and my own tactic was not consistent enough. This one solved the consistency problem really well.
  • Smileylad's avatar
    Eloquently described and it works in league 2 also. Currently flying high playing aesthetically beautiful football. Cheers.
  • Syed Ahsan's avatar
    Great set of tactics mate!!! it seems like it has broke the game engine!!!
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