ALLA PEP GUARDIOLA 4-6-0
Possession may not win you every match, so as beautiful football. But when winning, possession and beautiful football are combined together, what more can you wish for? This is what this tactic all about..
The combination of winning and playing it beautifully is every manager's dream. Defensively solid, organized set pieces and clear cut chances are part of this tactic. The 4-6-0 tactic helps the team to be more creative with their passing and movement off the ball, every single move counts. If you're a Barcelona fans or at least you like this kind of football, then this is the right place for you. This tactic will not guarantee you to win every single matches as there is no tactic that can do so. But you will enjoy the experience of being Pep Guardiola once in a while.
However, this is not a tactic that you will use for lower leagues as this tactic demands great players. This tactic emulates the work of Pep Guardiola during his last year in FC Barcelona where he exploits the dynamics of Messi and using Cesc Fabregas as False 9. Below is the preview of this tactic, and what you can expect when downloading it. Enjoy.
Match Preparation: Very High - Teamwork (pre-season), Average - Teamwork (rest of the season)
Pitch Size: Minimum
This is a classic tactic, you use your MC as your playmaker.
FABREGAS AS FALSE 9
The role that everyone is waiting for, the False 9. As we can see from the passes made by Cesc Fabregas, he was dropping deep although he plays as an attacking midfield. He also involved in the build up of the attack upfront. I have several videos of Fabregas playing as a False 9 but haven't got the time to upload it. I will try to upload it soon, but if you download this tactic, you will experience the False 9 by yourself.
XAVI THE PASS MASTER
What more can I say about this guy? He was the brain of Barcelona and Spain, without him there will be no trophies. The maestro of the midfield and controller of the tempo. He spreads the ball all over the pitch and runs more than anyone else. That's Xavi.
THE GENIUS OF INIESTA
The best Spanish player of all time? Iniesta is everywhere! He dribbles, beats his man, plays one-twos, making great runs, passing the ball and making the flow. The most complete attacking midfielder. Ever. In this tactic, you will not see the 'Iniesta role' make as much passes as Xavi, but he is the creator of KEY PASSES. He provided the pass before the final pass. Simple and genius.
THE MESSI ROLE
Messi, Messi, Messi... The best player of all time and every managers' wishlist. What happened if you're a manager and have Messi on your team? If you're Pep Guardiola, you give him freedom and let him to touch the ball as many time as you can. The 'Messi role' is a bit like the False 9 but more advanced. He drops deep, gets the ball, beats 5 men, creating scoring chances for others and are involved in the built-up. There are no words that can be used to describe him. God.
This is what you can expect from this tactic. You can see Messi is dropping deep to get the ball, Xavi and Iniesta is besides him to make spaces, Busquets helps the attack but is ready to run back if needed, David Villa stays wide to make the runs, Fabregas hallucinating the opposition defenders as a False 9, Dani Alves join the attack on the right side, Valdes as a sweeper keeper, Pique and Puyol controlling the ball from the half-way line and Abidal is very free with no-one marking him.
The average positions of the tactic. Like in real life, Dani Alves spends his time moving forward and backward across the field with the highest distance covered. You can also see that Busquets is ready to cover Alves and become a third defender besides Puyol and Pique.
SCORES, POSSESSION AND PASS COMPLETION
FIXTURES AND PLAYER STATS
I haven't finished the season yet, but this is my overall stats so far (January). I mainly use this tactic for home match. I have the away match tactic which is not finished yet, but i will pot it as soon as I finished it. This is not a tactic for lower league teams, this is a recreational tactic for you to enjoy. If you're interested with this tactic, you can download it from below. Remember, this tactic is still not perfect, you can tweak it yourself to make it better. Enjoy