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Tony Mowbray's 41212 // FM20 Tactic

This FM2020 tactic will win you every game with a big team, also tried with a smaller team. Tested with Blackburn & every player gets high ratings, top goal scorer in league, top team for goals.

By on Jul 06, 2020   23818 views   8 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - Tony Mowbray's 41212 // FM20 Tactic
This is my 4-1-2-1-2, Tony MowBray style. This is a really strong tactic. Once you get familiar with it you will bang them in. Win every game, top goalscorer both player and team.

This is the perfect tactic. Even works with LLM, won title with York even though they were faves.

Good Luck.

Tactical Description

This tactic is slightly direct, plays up the middle, and you will get lots of highlights.
There has been a lot of thought put into this tactic, down to why I play mezzala, why I play dlf, etc.

CB: They play as your normal bpds. and pass the ball across def and to the dlp.

WB: As I have no width I want to have attacking wing-backs. I wanted my WBs to attack in this formation but I didn't want them to be caught out. So I play wb in the fb position on support. I also got them scoring by crossing less, dribbling less and shooting more. It is a good idea to have two footed wb so they can cut inside and score.

HB: This Guy is basically a 3rd cb who carries the ball out of defence and links with midfield. This allows my wb forward. I played a halfback instead of another cb because I wanted more cover in cb and to push high up and play offside.

DLP: This guy is the heart of the team, he is on more direct passing, and you will find him spraying balls to the wb and forwards.

Mezzala. This guy is just to hold position. I chose mezalla because I wanted a little bit more width. But basically he is there to offer an outlet and to stand on the opponents toes.

AMC: I want my amc to play like Bradley Dack, so he's attacking and scores goals. If I play 3 strikers the middle one gets lost. I have two players in this position with come deep to get ball trait, yet I tell them to attack. this works perfect.

DLF: The ignored man of the team. This guy is to play a little deeper, He often breaks down opposition play and I score.

AF: The goalscorer. Although this tactic isn't heavily dependent on the strikers scoring, my main strikers scored 21 goals in 25 games. I wanted to play 2 strikers but not be outnumbered in midfield. Also wingers and inside forwards have always under-performed for me.


This isn't a sim tactic. I have played with this tactic myself. That means I have decided when to use shouts, when to use subs, etc. This means I have lost points to human error and gained them to.

Assistant manager does team talks, team instructions and I do my own opposition instructions which are none.

The set pieces are from one of Knap's tactics.


I have made some tweaks to the tactic as I was drawing too many and had a bad start.
2nd version is now up as of July 6th.
  • I made the tactic wider to break teams down. This has resulted in more goals.
  • I unticked work ball into box. Now I have like 30 shots a game, 15 on target and one game I got 9 clear chances.
  • I made the tactic faster, to exploit me being the stronger team in most games, and wanting to get it to my forwards.
  • I made the defence wider because I was letting in goals from crosses, now my wbs tackle better before the crosses come in.


This tactic can beat utd away. The only problem I've had with it is when you are becoming familiar you concede set pieces. Once it's locked in that stops happening.

Its has won me the championship with Blackburn (though not original roster), and in my first season in the EPL I finished 3rd and qualified for ECL. Although it is not Blackburn original squad, these players are not fully developed.

As you can see I drew quite a few games but lost less than Liverpool. This is because this tactic can get results against the big teams even away.

Last set of results is after the latest tweaks (this is the tactic you'll be downloading)

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Discussion: Tony Mowbray's 41212 // FM20 Tactic

8 comments have been posted so far.

  • rhythm's avatar
    Gratz meight. Very dominant and entertaining football. I ve always liked 4-4-2 diamonds. With some tweaks and set pieces this tactic can be very popular. May RDF can tweak this?
  • YAMS's avatar
    He asked what I meant by game breakers, I told him. I didn't at any point say that they couldn't be used.
  • RDF Tactics's avatar
    @Si49 - so if you don't want to "game break" you can not use these instructions? lol what?! so what if you want to play that style of football?

    there's more to a tactic than just those instructions, not just those instructions with random roles and instructions work
  • YAMS's avatar
    Gen Gen pressing defaults combined with Positive or Attacking mentality. Basically Liverpool under Klopp in the game.

    Very highest lines of engagement and defense with highest pressing. Counter press & counter attack.
  • gogheu's avatar
    what do you mean "game breakers", Si49?
  • YAMS's avatar
    The out of possession TI's are the known game breakers. Kind of disappointing but for a tactic claiming such good results with little opposition tweaks totally expected.

    For the role you have described you would like with the MezS you would be better playing a Carrilero. Far more of a disciplined role than a MezS & actually would help your 3 forward players way more & the RWB.

    The rest is really nice. Although at lower levels BDP's are near suicide & I can envisage the LWB being far more effective than the RWB, provided they were same skilled of course.
  • Stam's avatar
    Added a TI screen.
  • YAMS's avatar
    Would love to see the TI screens...
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