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FM21 Real Sociedad 4-2-3-1 Vertical Tiki-Taka Tactic | Team Guide

Football Manager 2021 Real Sociedad Team Guide Tactic FM21

Football Manager 2021 Real Sociedad tactic and team guide. Club culture and board requirements, tactics, key players, youth prospects and potential transfers in FM21.


Here is a brief analysis of the Sociedad (Real San Sebastien) squad, their club structure, relationship any potential managers will have with the board, expectations and possible tactics any FM21 manager can use.

About the club


Sociedad are a professional football club that ply their trade in the La Liga. Sociedad was founded in 1909 and have played all their home matches at the Anoeta stadium. Sociedad have won the La Liga title twice and finished runner up in 2002-2003. 

Sociedad and Bilbao play the Basque derby and just like Bilbao, Sociedad had a Basque player policy until not very long ago. Although Sociedad still have a strong Basque contingent they have relaxed this with many of their new signings. 

Sociedad have produced some excellent footballers through the years, most notably Xabi Alonso & Antoine Griezmann and have a youth recruitment that concentrates on signing the best young Basque players.

Board Requirements


Sociedad finished a respectable 6th in the 2019-2020 La Liga season and have qualified for the Europa League as a result. The board requirements once you take over will be;

FM21 Sociedad Board Requirements

    1. A top 6 league finish (automatic qualification to the Europa League)
    2. Reach the semi-final of the Europa League.
    3. Reach the final of the Spanish Cup.

Additionally you will be expected to develop players using the club’s youth system, sign players based in Spain and a preference given to Basque players.

Sociedad have decent training and youth facilities which needs improving, however, they do have very good youth recruitment and find the best Basque players every year.

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Squad, Formation and Tactical Style


Sociedad usually employ a good passing system and patiently wait for the chance to attack. However, they also have the ability to hit teams on the counter when needed. A vertical tiki-taka is the best tactic to go with for Sociedad.

A 4-2-3-1 is how Sevilla line-up in real life and is probably the best-suited formation to the available squad of players. The formation will also work when playing on the counter-attacks where the central midfielders will become more defensive and compact.

A rough example of what your line-up would look like in a 4-2-3-1 formation is as follows;

FM21 Sociedad Tactics



Alex Remiro as the sweeper-keeper

Robin Le Normand & Artiz Elustondo as the 2 central defenders. Both are comfortable on the ball and can be played as ball-playing defenders.

Joseba Zaldua & Nacho Monreal as the 2 supporting fullbacks. They need to have increased crossing instructions.

Igor Zubeldia as a Ball Winning Midfielder & Mikel Merino as a box to box midfielder.

David Silva in a No10 role as an Advanced Playmaker.

Mikel Oyarzabal & Adnan Janujaz as the 2 wide players. The former is to be played as an Inside Forward and the latter as an inverted winger.

Willian Jose as the lone striker in an Advanced Forward role.

Even though you need not tinker with the formation much there is the option of using players like Asier Illarimendi and Porto who can be good game changers and give an option of playing a 3 man midfield.

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Key Players


1. David Silva


FM21 David Silva

The talismanic attacking midfielder is one of the best creative players in the league. He will be instrumental in creating chances for the team.

2. Mikel Oyarzabal


FM21 Mikel Oyarzabal

The Spanish international is the best player at the club and is a leader on the pitch. His performances will largely help shape your season.

3. Mikel Merino


FM21 Mikel Merino

The box to box midfielder is a bundle of energy in the middle of the park and will provide tireless support throughout the season.

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Weaknesses


1. The defence is a concerning area for Sociedad The quality of the backup Central defenders is definitely not up to standard and could see a lot of goals conceded if any injuries occur.

2. The quality of backups is not up to standard and injuries could be a huge setback for the team.

3. You will be helpless if bigger clubs want to poach away your talent and could leave you with gaping holes in the squad.

Potential Transfers (in)


Sociedad’s defence needs serious bolstering. There could also be an additional attacking threat that the club could do with. Some of the names that could help are,

· Inigo Martinez

· Inaki Williams

Potential Transfers (Out)


These players may be surplus to requirements at the club or may not be of the expected quality.

· Luca Sangalli

· Miguel Angel Moya

Youth Prospects


There are a few exciting young prospects in the ranks or on loan who have the potential to be some of the best players in the league. A few examples are,

1. Alexander Isak


FM21 Alexander Isak

Isak is an excellent wonderkid striker in the game and is already good enough to be starting a lot of games for Sociedad. He will only improve with age and can be one of the leading players of the side.

2. Ander Barrenetxea


FM21 Ander Barrenetxea

The young winger is already on the cusp of first-team opportunities and develops into one of the best players in the club given the right opportunities.

3. Robert Navarro


FM21 Robert Navarro

Currently playing for Sociedad u19s, the attacking midfielder has the potential to be one of the best Basque players in the game.

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Summary


To Summarize, Sociedad are a good club to manage for most FM21 Managers. However, their limitations may be a step too far for many. Can you take over Sociedad and bring success to the club once again?

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