It’s Football Manager 2020 everybody, and whether you are aiming for the Champions League or the Conference North we’ve got the guide for you. You step into the shoes of being the manager hoping to make sure your team rises in rank and glory, making your name along the way. For new and seasoned players alike, find below our guide to Football Manager 2020 Best Tactics.
Football Manager 2020 Best Tactics
A little information before we move on to playing styles, pick your style early and stick to it. It could be the tiki-taka or you could go for park-the-bus. Learn it, be efficient then combine it with others, give the base styles sometime and soon you will be playing the way you want in a method that could be a combination of one or more styles unique to you.
Just remember to keep on cycling with your styles, to keep your gameplay fresh and not heavily reliant on just one style of play, its best to cycle between at least three.
Let us talk about some of the best tactics and playstyles below
Recommended Formation:4-4-2 or 4-2-4 Wide
As the name suggests, this style is entirely dependent upon the strengths of just a few players on the field, the wingers. So it is essential that you have wingers that can deliver accurate crosses and a center-forward or a midfielder capable of dashing into the box to receive the cross.
Your wingers must have good numbers in acceleration, agility, crossing, dribbling, stamina, and technique to pull this off. You should not pick this style if you don’t have the ability to get players into the box, or you don’t have good wingers capable of landing crosses. Bring onboard players like these, or find another tactic.
Recommended Formation: 4-2-3-1 Wide, 4-2-3-1 DM Wide or 5-2-2-1 WB
This playstyle works best if you have the patience to dominate possession and build chances. This isn’t one where you could dash forward or win gals by a cross or two, the main idea is to get as much possession of the ball as you can.
This works best with teams who have ball-playing center-backs, and strikers who are solid all-rounders. This playstyle demands your players have, high stats in the first touch, passing, off the ball, technique, decisions, and composure.
Solid stamina and teamwork are necessary too so that your team moves together as a unit. This isn’t a good playstyle if you have overly specialized players, like medium centers with exceptional strikers, each team member needs to be balanced and able to perform, the weakest chain in the link destroys this playing style.
Recommended Formation: 4-1-4-1 DM Wide or 4-2-3-1 Wide
Gegenpress, in easier terms, means “counter-press” and the goal is to play on the break, pushing back hard whenever you get the opportunity, winning the ball upfield and constantly harassing the opposing team to gain any edge you can.
This isn’t as simple though as you will continually be the lookout for opportunities or breaks in the other teams defense to win the ball and push hard to form a devastating attack. Liverpool has been making a name for itself with this style of play, so you’ll need players with superb stamina, natural fitness, work rate, and anticipation.
It’s ideal for teams that play on the front foot, squeeze the opposition, and win the ball high up the pitch. Any weak links in your side could cause issues, while you will be counter-attacking, your team will move forward and this risks a faulty pass and a long ball will be your downfall s you will end up getting countered.
You’ll have to be aware of long balls that could lead to goals being conceded by your side.
Recommended Formation:4-1-4-1 DM Wide, 4-2-3-1 Wide or 5-2-2-1 WB
Tiki-Taka is a strong choice for a variety of teams, most famous for this style of play is Barcelona. Tiki-Taka incorporates a hefty amount of short passes, this style relies on quick passes that get your team up the field.
You’ll need players with very good passing, stamina, decisions, technique, agility, and off the ball. A good option if your side lacks good cross makers or if your team is bad with long balls.
Recommended Formation: 4-4-2 Diamond Narrow, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide or 5-2-1-2 WB
In comparison to the normal tiki-taka this is a much more direct approach hence on our Football Manager 2020 Best Tactics list. This consists of playing the ball forward and backward in the opponents’ territory.
You’ll still play to take the ball up-field, but rather than side to side you will be doing so between the lines. It requires similar attributes, but we recommend you have players with good pace and acceleration who can stretch the opposition wide and create space for your playmakers.
If you couldn’t make Tiki-Taka work, this is going to give you even more of a headache rather than points.
Park the Bus
Recommended Formation: 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide, 4-2-3-1 DM
This formation is very defense centric, it will limit your goal scoring chances but it will also greatly boost your defense, this is basically your last line of defense, or your way of wasting time if you are in the lead and aren’t confident in you maintaining it.
Recommended Formation: 5-3-2 WB, 5-1-2-2 DM WB, 5-4-1 WB Wide
Another defensive style, a famous Italian one at that. Basically, with this style, you are restricting the space between your defensive lines and squeezing individual talents, like say Ronaldo, out of the game.
Good positioning, concentration, teamwork, anticipation, and stamina are required pull of this one. Usually reserved to hold off a 1 goal lead in the direst attacks.
Fluid Counter Attack
Recommended Formation: 4-1-4-1 DM Wide, 4-4-1-1 or 5-3-2 WB
A more aggressive counter-attack style, this style depends upon waiting and defending than flash hitting opponent teams as soon as they let their guard down. This style thrives with a single striker, players with acceleration, pace, decisions and composure are vital to make this work.
Perfect for you if you want to make big strides, upsetting the balance of the game.
Recommended Formation: 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1 DM Wide or 4-4-1-1
Pump the ball long to get up the pitch as quickly as possible, you need a target-man to catch the ball and keep it while support arrives, and then a good striker who can run in behind and can convert the pass/cross into a goal.
It is very effective against teams where you’re strikers have a speed or strength advantage on the opposing team’s defenders. This proves useless in the major leagues or advanced division but it can be a great asset early game or in the lower leagues