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FM21 RB Leipzig 5-2-2-1 Gegenpress Tactic | Team Guide

Football Manager 2021 RB Leipzig Team Guide Tactic FM21

Football Manager 2021 Leipzig 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 Leipzig 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


RB Leipzig are a professional football club that ply their trade in the Bundesliga. The club was founded very recently in 2009 when Red Bull GmbH purchased a 5th tier German side (SSV Markranstadt).

They were promoted from the 5th tier to the Bundesliga in just 8 years in a remarkable ascension for the club. They also enjoyed a couple of unbeaten seasons along the way and came into the Bundesliga in a totally dominant fashion. 

 They also secured an immediate UEFA Champion’s league qualification after playing just 1 season in the Bundesliga. The club is also notorious for having broken the 50+1 rule that exists in German football.

Board Requirements  


Leipzig are in the UEFA Champion’s league this season as a result of finishing 3rd in the Bundesliga in 2019-2020 The board requirements once you take over will be;

FM21 RB Leipzig Board Requirements

    1. Make the top 4 of the Bundesliga (Automatic Qualification into the UCL)

    2. Make the QF of the DFB Pokal.

    3. Make the knockout stages of the UEFA Champion’s League.

Additionally, the board will require you to play high tempo pressing attacking football with an emphasis on signing young players for the first team.

Leipzig have excellent training facilities & a superb youth system that churns out the occasional star. You will learn to depend on these and always keep them on par with the best in order to compete.

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Squad, Formation and Tactical Style


Leipzig are a team that loves to attack and take the attack to most teams. They like playing a fast tempo game and overload their midfielders and strikers to get goals. A vertical tiki-taka or the gegenpress is the best-suited tactic for their set of players. They also occasionally play a fluid counter-attacking style of football in tougher games especially away from home.

A 3-4-2-1 is how they line up in real life and is probably the best-suited formation for their squad of players. This will let you overload the box in attack and help them sustain the pressure. Alternatively, you can also use a 4-4-2 if you prefer a 4 defender formation with a similar tactic but an extra man in midfield.

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

FM21 Leipzig Tactics



Peter Gulacsi as a sweeper keeper.

Ibrahima Konate, Dayot Upamecano & Willi Orban will make up the centre back trio.

Angelino & Lucas Klostermann as the 2 wing backs, both should be instructed to push further forward

Kevin Kampl to be played as a deep playmaker on defence duty while Christopher Nkunu to be played as a box to box midfielder.

Marcel Sabitzer & Dani Olmo to be played as the 2 attacking midfielders.

Yussuf Poulsen as the lone forward in a pressing forward role.

Alternatively, you can go with a 4-4-2 and make use of Kluivert on the wings.

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Key Players


1. Dani Olmo


FM21 Dani Olmo

The Spanish attacking midfielder is a key component for Leipzig and his performances will largely shape the results.

2. Yussuf Poulsen


FM21 Yussuf Poulsen

Poulsen is a physical beast who is extremely able in the air. Poulsen along with Olmo will be the main source of goals for Leipzig.

3. Marcel Sabitzer


FM21 Marcel Sabitzer

Versatility is the name of the game for Leipzig and Sabitzer happens to be one of their most versatile players having the ability to play multiple roles with great effect.

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Weaknesses


1. The quality of backups in the squad may not be up to quality and could prove fatal if your squad is affected by injuries.

2. You run the risk of some talents being poached by other clubs especially in search of higher wages.

3. This is a very young squad and the inexperience will show in big matches.

Potential Transfers (in)


Leipzig are not the best squad in the league with respect to squad depth, these players could be welcome additions to the side.

· Munas Dabbur

· Karim Adeyemi

Potential Transfers (Out)


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

· Alexander Sorloth

· Josep Martinez

Youth Prospects


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

1. Dayot Upamecano


FM21 Dayot Upamecano

Already one of the most important players in the team, Upamecano has very high potential and can go on to become one of the best defenders in the game.

2. Josko Gvardiol


FM21 Josko Gvardiol

Another young centre back who has extremely high potential and can be a leading defender for Leipzig in the future. He is currently on loan at Dinamo.

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Summary


To Summarize, Leipzig are a very exciting club to manage for many FM21 Managers. The allure of managing a couple of amazing wonderkid defenders and the prospect of dethroning the German giants is an enticing prospect. Are you up for this challenge?

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