Want to pull out the iconic ‘Gegenpressing’ strategy in FIFA 21, just like Klopp did at Dortmund and Liverpool? You can, thanks to this mastermind guide that brings back the ‘Raumdeuter’ role to FIFA.
There’s no introduction needed to just how successful Klopp’s style of football has been. He has won numerous titles with Dortmund and Liverpool using the Gegenprsesing tactic, swarming opponents as they try to push the ball up the pitch.
It’s become a favorite of the footballing world, with some managers like Pep Guardiola putting their own spin on the aggressive pressing strategy.
However, Klopp’s take on the press, revolving around the ‘Raumdeuter’ role, popularized by Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller, isn’t something you can just turn on in FIFA 21.
One player though has gone to the great effort of finding the right tactics to get the Gegenpress going, and it’s as good in FIFA as it is in real life.
How to emulate Klopp’s Gegenpress in FIFA 21: custom tactics
Reddit user /u/ynwaliv123 put together a guide to the 4-2-3-1 strategy that Klopp used during his time at Dortmund.
It integrates your full-backs into the attacks, puts your CDMs right in the opponent’s passing lines, and pushes your attackers back on the ball after losing it.
- Defensive Style: Press After Possession Loss
- Width: 3 bars
- Depth: 7 bars
- Offensive Style: Balanced
- Width: 3 bars
- Players In Box: 5 bars
- Corners: 3 bars
- Free Kicks: 3 bars
|ST||Stay Central, Mixed Attack, Normal Interceptions, Basic Defensive Support|
|LAM||Basic Defence Support, Get Into The Box, Free Roam, Normal Interceptions|
|CAM||Come Back On Defence, Get Into The Box, Drift Wide, Normal Interceptions|
|RAM||Come Back On Defence, Get Into The Box, Drift Wide, Normal Interceptions|
|LDM||Cut Passing Lanes, Balanced Attack, Normal Interceptions, Cover Wing|
|RDM||Cut Passing Lanes, Drop Between Defenders, Normal Interceptions, Cover Center|
|LB||Join The Attack, Normal Interceptions, Overlap|
|CB||Stay Back While Attacking, Normal Interceptions|
|RB||Balanced Attack, Normal Interceptions, Overlap|
While the tactics may not be for every player — and every squad — if you’re a fan of pressing football and have players with good work rates, you can probably find success with the Gegenpress in FIFA 21.