After 13 years as Salford manager which culminated in becoming the PL champions for 4 consecutive seasons, I had moved to Juve where I implemented The Angeball. With Juve I reclaimed the scudetto from Napoli and won the Champions League in my third season, beating Pep's Salford in the final.
At this point I decided a real challenge was in order to finish off the save, so I took the vacant job at Montpellier with the goal of usurping PSG who had won 19 Ligue 1 title in a row. It took about 10 matches for the team to adapt to The Angeball, then we took off winning 9 in a row.
At this point FM24, was released so I transferred over and found the tactic was quite unstable, conceding too many chances and more goals, but I hung on while making adjustments to player instruction and took the title from PSG. I then continued to tinker during a second successful Ligue 1 season and now the tactic is ready to share.
High-Pressure Play: Angeball emphasizes an unyielding press, reducing the opponent's time on the ball, quickly regaining possession, and transitioning rapidly from defense to offense.
Short Passing and Swift Ball Movement: Once possession is regained, players are instructed to engage in short passing, moving the ball swiftly across the field. This tactic employs a high level of creative freedom, allowing players to switch positions and exploit spaces, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities.
High Defensive Line: A high defensive line is maintained to ensure that the majority of gameplay occurs in the opponent's territory, applying continuous pressure and making it difficult for opponents to build attacks.
Player Roles and Adjustments:
Inverted Wingbacks: Defensive midfielders are retrained as Inverted Wingbacks who push into midfield, dictating the tempo and controlling the game flow.
Vulnerability to Counter-Attacks: This high-risk tactic can leave a team vulnerable to counter-attacks. Therefore, having pacy center-backs is essential to mitigate the threat posed by quick counter-attacking opponents.
The ultimate goal of employing the Angeball tactic is to relentlessly outgun the opposition in a thrilling goal fest, creating a spectacle of goals while keeping the game's tempo high and the action focused predominantly in the opponent's half.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!