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FM20 Tactic: 4-2-2-2 The Phenom // Dead Man Walking

Dynamic and fluid tactic for FM 2020; mean at the back and lethal up top. Tested with multiple teams across different leagues. Simple but effective.

By on Feb 01, 2020   41486 views   10 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Tactics - FM20 Tactic: 4-2-2-2 The Phenom // Dead Man Walking
Hey there guys, so I have been fine tuning many different tactics over the past month or so and firmly believe this so far is the most consistent and surprising performer across numerous levels. Southampton was first and seeing them in 4th after a pre season prediction of 15th and not making alterations to the playing squad was an encouraging sign, given the calibre of players available.

Then onto the lower echelons of English football with York City, first season was simply holidayed to a convincing title win, 2nd season I signed some bodies to replace the ones left, only a small database used so no superstars, just bang average. Promotion in the playoffs first season to League 2.

Next was the most interesting, RB Leipzig, A period of success over four years, 3 straight league titles, a Europa league win in the first season then 3 successive Champions League Finals winning in the 2nd season to complete a Treble/Quintuple. One thing I've learned is pacy forwards and wingers are essential, as proved by Timo Werner's stats over the 4 Years. Having signed Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby was a wise choice as they themselves contributed the assists and extra goals the team needed.

Also had further success with Holiday saves of original squads with Sporting Lisbon 1st in the league and winning the Portuguese Cup, Sampdoria to 4th in Serie A, and finally little Levante to 4th in La Liga.

Simple but effective, I feel it would help with any beginners or furthermore experienced players with an eye for the right type of players in the positions allocated.

Many thanks for checking the tactic out, enjoy FM20 and please leave any feedback as too your own personal achievement or constructive criticism.

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Discussion: FM20 Tactic: 4-2-2-2 The Phenom // Dead Man Walking

10 comments have been posted so far.

  • anak85's avatar
    Fantastic tactic. Came 6th in the Bundesliga.... with Aachen on the lowest budget of all teams in my second season. First season was 15th.
    BUT - my strikers don't score much at all. I managed to get Arezo on a free transfer and it brakes my heart to not see him topping the goal scoring charts as he should. Any tweak to get him firing?
  • valyp's avatar
    Nice tactic, you save my season :P
  • RyCassidy85's avatar
    Jabluvious, it seems to still be working for me effectively enough, maybe the strength of your team is just the same as the others around you, or maybe it's just a sticky patch. I've just won 5-0 at the national league runaway leaders in england and I'm the level below. P18 W11 D2 L3 F44 A12
  • Jabluvious's avatar
    *tier-2, sorry

    I'm not sure the tactic works as good with new match engine from yesterday. Or maybe my team just crambled
  • Jabluvious's avatar
    Now in tier-21, overperforming like crazy. 6th after 25 games. Most tier-4 clubs have a better reputation than me, so my players really aren't that good. We were expected last, and my roster is a roster of last place.
  • RyCassidy85's avatar
    Hey Jabluvious, many thanks for the feedback, glad you are enjoying the tactic, hopefully going forward you are able to continue your success. Keep me posted and thanks again for the in depth detailed reply, really appreciate it.
  • Jabluvious's avatar
    Need more testing but here's so far.
    For context, I play with a tier-5 team in France. I went up to tier 4 where I finished top 6 3 years in a row without being able to go up (always short a few point only).
    I changed to this tactic december of 6th season (4th season in tier-4). I was around the 6th place IIRC. I decided to use it for the first time (outside of 2 friendlies) in a cup game against a Ligue 1 side (Bordeaux). I thought "chances are extremely low, I might as well try". We won. I draw another Ligue 1 in next round, we won.
    Then I continued the good results. We ended up going up. Looking at it, I picked up 2.0 points/game with it, and in the beginning of season I was picking up 2.38p/g. But we usually had bad results in february and last 4-5 games, and not this time.
    So in tier-3, let's face it, that looked bad. Worst reputation (a handfull of tier-5 clubs have better reputation than me), a roster not really suited for that level. Yet we did amazing. Right now after 30 games I have 66 points, 1st of the division, and we secured the promotion to Ligue 2.
    We have the best offense (not by much, but still), 2nd best defense, and something I insist on, second LEAST amount of fouls. Which seems to be a huge feature of this tactic (Omega Luke talked about it).

    So this is not a "cheat" tactic by any means (but do those still exist? at least on 20?), but it seems very very solid.

    By the way, for people who wonder about False 9, don't worry. My strikers aren't false 9, they are terrible at it (red dot), they don't have the standard attributes for it. I still win. I mean, my main scorer happens to be a very decent F9, and my other strikers don't have amazing stats, but still, if you win, who cares who scored.
  • Shaunessy1983's avatar
    @RyCassidy Please join FB Group 'FM20, Tactics, Tips & Advice' Our members will try your tactic.
  • RyCassidy85's avatar
    Hope it works well for you Jabluvious, let me know how you get on. Many thanks and enjoy your save.
  • Jabluvious's avatar
    Can't wait to test it!
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