Popular Post Jack722 Posted May 16, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted May 16, 2020 (edited) At the time of writing, RB Leipzig have truly risen to a team capable of challenging for titles, while only being 5 points behind the dominant Bayern. They have also become a team to be feared in the champions league, having destroyed last year's runners up Spurs 3-0. This is all despite Leipzig being a second division team not long ago. And although they are seen as a bit of a villain in Germany for being heavily backed by Red Bull as well as bending the rules in there favour, they have achieved all this without spending extortionate fees on ready-made world class players, which has long been associated with teams rapidly rising throught the tables, such as PSG, Man City and Chelsea. In this thread I am going to be looking at how they have become a team to be feared, as well as try to recreate how they play in FM19. The Philosphy Firstly, what Red Bull have managed to do, as well as what is common amongst many overachieving sides, is that they gone all in for one philosphy. In this case, they choose to play fast, direct, counter pressing football. They have done this amongst all there teams, which has Red Bull to create a 'feeder club' network, and allow Leipzig to pay reasonable fees to other RedBull sides, such as Salzberg for players that will immeditately fit Liepzig's stlye. For example, the wonderkid with world class potential, Upemacano, was snapped up for just 10m, whilst other clubs are playing well over triple for similar aged and similar ability players. Another knock on of this, is that while looking through Leipzig's team on FM, the vast majority of the players are blessed with high workrate and extreme physicals, meaning everyone is comforatble playing this high energy style of football. The Tactics Nagelsmann doesn't build his teams around a certain formation, or a selection of roles. He instead keeps a set of principles constant, whilst reguarly changing the formation depending on the opposition. The changes of formation do 2 things, this means that the opposition will struggle to prepare for the game, and being able to change the distribution of players means we can organise our formation to most efficiently press the opposition's buildup. The only structural factor that seems to stay the same is a double pivot in centre mid. The most common 3 formations are shown below. In terms of formation selection, this entirely depends on the oppotsition formation and buildup play. For example, against a typical 4123 with a creative No.6, and inisde forwards, The middle 3412 would be ideal, as the the 2 forwards with the AMC can shutdown the central buildup, while the wingbacks can push on and press the oppostion full backs, while our 3 Centrebacks can cover the opposition's narrow front 3. On the ball prinicipals: Attacks begin with the centrebacks and goalkeeper playing short passes between each other, this both moves the opposition about as well as encourages them to press and leave space elsewhere. The short passing continues until either the central centreback brings the ball out of defence before playing a more vertical pass, or until one of the centre mids drops deep to collect the ball and then turn to play a more vertical pass Every attack will have 5 players posisitoned across the width of the pitch: both wings covered, both half spaces and the centre This both stretches the opposition as making every area of the pitch a threat The back 3 formations naturally have players across these positions, whereas in the 442, the width is provided by an attacking full back and a winger, the halfspaces are attacked by an inverted winger and one of the forwards, and the centre is attacked by the other forwards. The other full back stays to make a back 3 Nagelsmann likes to disrupt defences by asking players to play with there backs to goal and lay off one touch passes to onrushing players This can be done in FM by using a higher tempo, as well as using a target man with attack duty players around him, to recreate this in the final third, as well as using a deep lying playmaker, with attacking full backs around him, to recreate this in the buildup. No designated holding player in the double pivot A risky approach but a sensible one. Both of these players moving higher up the pitch allows the counter pressing to be more effective as well as creates more oppertunities from cutbacks from the wingbacks/wingers so the midfielders can play a pass or take a shot with time and room. The risks can be mitigating by playing both a high line to compress the space that has been left, as well as play a stopper-cover combo in defence to further compress the space as well as have an insurance policy if we get beat over the top. If the counter is on, then use it. Groups of players in similar positions tend to split, one dropping deep while the other moves further forward, this stretches the opposition vertically as well as creates more vertical, rather than sideways, passing oppertunities Off the ball prinicipals Intense counter pressing when the ball is lost Generally intense pressing but far from maximum It's known that Leipzig press slightly less than the previous managers at Leipzig, instead he uses pressing traps, where the intensity is upped as the ball is played out wide, or when the opposition play a bad touch. In the central areas, they also tend to use stopper-cover combos, where one midfielder will press while the other sits, depending on who is closest to the ball. This is difficult to implement in FM without using opposition instructions and inidividual instructions, so this is something I will revisit. Recreation: Instructions: The instrucition were entirely based on the principles of play, they will also stay constant amongst all 3 formations. Some Key Players: Our target man Excellent physicals to make the most of our vertical balls Can hold up play for onrushing forwards and midfielders The trait Knocks ball past opponent combined with his pace and power makes him the perfect player to start a counter attack Poulsen's main partner He will be running in behind the defence while Poulsen drops deep to recieve a vertical pass Pace and workrate suits our style perfectly He will play as either a PFa in a strike partnership, or an IFa in a single striker system Our deeplying playmaker in centre midfield Will come deep to receive the ball from the centrebacks and try to link with an attacking full back on his same side good off the ball to make himself available for passes from the centrebacks Our key defender WIll play as a BPDc, he has enough pace to cover for our adventurous approach also likes to bring the ball out of defence, which will draw players to him and create space for vertical passes Final Tactics *EDIT to anyone skimming through, these tactics were imrpoved upon in a later post in this thread Across all formations we have: Players dropping deep with other rushing past them 442: Poulsen being overlapped by Werner and Sabitzer, Kampl and sabitzer 3412: Forsberg and Kampl, Poulsen and Werner 343, Haidara and Klostermann, Poulsen and Werner The compression of our 'weakest area' behind the central midfield with the use of stoppers and a high Dline threats on both wings, as well as in the centre and in the half spaces The perfect recipe for a counter attack, with a physical targer man, playing close to the pacey Werner. 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