28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

FIFA 19: Barcelona Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

Barcelona. A club that just oozes class. The Catalans are always there or thereabouts when it comes to domestic and European success, making them a safe bet for you FIFA 19 Career Mode. There is also another big factor, the GOAT that is Lionel Messi. With the magician in your squad no opposition defence is safe as you plot to take Barca back to the top of European football.

RealSport is on hand as you set up with the Spanish champions, beginning your FIFA 19 Career Mode. 

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Team rating

As you would expect it is a five star rating for Barcelona on FIFA 19, containing an 87 attack, 85 midfield and 84 defence.


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You should stick with the 4-3-3 holding formation used under Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde, although he did use a 4-4-2 for large parts of last season. A 4-3-3 defensive or a 4-3-2-1 are all valid options with the Spanish champions. 


Marc-Andre ter Stegen (90 GK reflexes) is more than reliable in goal, with Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba in the defensive line. 

The solid Sergio Busquets (90 marking) protects the back four, with Arturo Vidal and complete midfielder Ivan Rakitic (90 long passing) linking up in midfield. 

The iconic Lionel Messi (96 composure) and tricky Philippe Coutinho (93 balance) flank the lethal Luis Suarez (93 finishing) in attack.

On the bench opt for Jasper Cillessen, Clement Lenglet, Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Rafinha, Ousmane Dembele and Munir.  

Tactics and instructions

The one tricky thing about being Barcelona is that 90% of the teams you play against will sit very deep against you. As a result, you will need to be patient with the ball as you wait for an opening. 

Fortunately, you have midfielders who can control the game with their little finger in Ivan Rakitic (87 ball control) and Sergio Busquets (93 composure), so keeping the ball is no issue. Then look for the runs of Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, with the latter two bound to find the back of the net sooner rather than later.

If the defence is still too stubborn, you have a number of players who can shoot from range. Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Suarez and Arturo Vidal all have long shot stats of 85 or higher so don’t be afraid to pull the trigger when within 30 yards. 

Against the bigger opposition, you may have to defend more but expect to find more clean breaks through on goal, suiting your deadly forwards. You also have the raw pace of Ousmane Dembele (93 acceleration) from the bench if you are looking for a change. 

For your instructions, not too much needs to be altered from the default, but you may wish to have Sergio Busquets to ‘stay back while attacking’ just to make sure you have cover on the counter-attack. 

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Lionel Messi's default support runs are ‘come short’, but you should switch this to ‘balanced support’ so that he can occasionally use his agility and spring in behind the defence. 

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In your training sessions you should use high growth players, which are shown by the green icon. With Barca, this includes Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Arthur, Rafinha, Denis Suarez and Munir.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £165 million

Starting wage budget: £424,000 a week


Who should go

Barcelona have a fantastic first team squad, but it is those who are in danger of falling out of that who need to be sold on. Thomas Vermaelen is now the fifth-choice centre back so you should look to free up his £97,000 a week wages and sell him for £3.5 million.

Central midfielder Sergi Samper should fetch you more at £3.8 million, with the youngster unlikely to make the grade with the Catalans. 

Third-choice goalkeeper Inaki Peka and fellow youngster Jorge Cuenca should also be sold, and they should get you a combined £950,000, making a £13,000 a week saving on wages. 


There are a few promising youngsters at Barcelona, who should be loaned out to get more game time. Right back Moussa Wague should be sent out on a short-term loan, with the situation being reassessed in January. 

Guillem Jamie and Oriol Busquets are still some way off getting first team minutes, so loan them out for the season. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £174 million

New wage budget: £595,000 a week

Reserve left back

Jordi Alba is the only first team left back you have, and that needs to be addressed in case he picks up an injury. Thomas Vermaelen can fill in there, and you do also have youngster Miranda, but you need more quality as cover.

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Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson is emerging into one of the best left backs on the planet, and you can pick up the Scotland captain for around £35 million and wages of £87,000 a week. His 82 overall can grow to a potential of 87, with the 24-year-old’s best stats his 91 stamina, 87 crossing and 86 sprint speed. 

Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Benjamin Mendy23Man CityFrance8186£26m£92k
Jose Gaya23ValenciaSpain8085£23m£29k
Luke Shaw22Man UnitedEngland8085£22m£84k
Ferland Mendy23LyonFrance7886£20m£41k

Future star striker

After loaning out Paco Alcacer to Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona now look short in the striking department, especially with Alcacer’s deal now becoming permanent. Munir and the 18-year-old Abel Ruiz are your only two options to play up front outside of the starting lineup.

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Manchester City man Gabriel Jesus could be the answer, with the Brazilian destined to become a world-class player. You can snap up the 21-year-old for around £55 million with his wages setting you back £114,000 a week. His stats of 92 agility, 91 balance, and 88 positioning take his overall rating to 83, which can rise to an incredible potential of 92. 

Alternative options

Player Age Club Country OVR POT Cost Wage
Marcus Rashford20Man UnitedEngland8290£40m£106k
Anthony Martial22Man UnitedFrance8490£55m£145k
Timo Werner22RB LeipzigGermany8387£42m£62k
Andrea Belotti24TorinoItaly8286£39m£51k
Inaki Williams24Athletic BilbaoSpain8187£34m£27k


Just three players have contracts expiring at the end of the season for Barcelona, and you should only look to extend one of those deals. Due to your lack of striking options, you will want to keep Munir on board, but you can afford to let the aging Thomas Vermaelen go. As for Jorge Cuenca, his potential is not good enough to keep him at the club. 

Managerial objectives

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It’s Barcelona, and a lot is expected. It won’t come as a surprise that domestically you will be expected win both La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Things don’t get any easier in Europe, with a Champions League trophy wanted by the board.


Your brand exposure objective is critical, with £176 million wanted in shirt sales, and a further £317 million expected in prize money over the next three seasons. With names like Messi, Suarez and Coutinho at the club, neither of these should be too difficult.

Barcelona’s academy, La Masia, has a great reputation with Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas all coming through the ranks in Catalonia. You must therefore sign four midfielders to your youth academy.

Conquer Madrid in the league and Europe

Barcelona may have a grasp on La Liga at this moment in time, but they have had to watch on as Real Madrid have claimed the Champions League three times in a row. Barcelona were the last team other than Los Blancos to win the European Cup, but that will be four years ago by the time the next final rolls around. 

Winning it all in your first year is a tough ask, so perhaps target the domestic competitions first. The beauty of La Liga is that you can rest your star players against anyone in the bottom half of the table, which means your big guns should be fresh for when the other competitions roll around. If not this year, then next season the Champions League must be lifted by Barcelona. 

Full Barcelona player ratings

Player Age Pos Country OVR POT Value Wage
Marc-Andre ter Stegen26GKGermany8992£51m£211k
Jasper Cillessen29GKHolland8284£16m£119k
Inaki Pena19GKSpain6178£400k£4k
Samuel Umtiti24CBFrance8792£50m£180k
Jordi Alba29LBSpain8787£33m£220k
Gerard Pique31CBSpain8787£30m£211k
Sergi Roberto26RB RMSpain8386£23m£150k
Clement Lenglet23CBFrance8288£23m£119k
Nelson Semedo24RBPortugal8186£18m£110k
Jeison Murillo26CBColombia8084On Loan£33k
Thomas Vermaelen32CB LBBelgium7777£4m£97k
Moussa Wague19RBSenegal6981£1m£17k
Miranda18LB CBSpain6681£1m£11k
Jorge Cuenca18CBSpain6578£700k£9k
Sergio Busquets29CDM CMSpain8989£45m£277k
Ivan Rakitic30CMCroatia8787£41m£229k
Arturo Vidal31CDM CMChile8585£23m£180k
Athur21CM CDMBrazil8290£29m£110k
Denis Suarez24CM LW RWSpain7984£15m£106k
Rafinha25CAM CMBrazil8287£26m£145k
Sergi Samper23CDM CMSpain7380£4m£61k
Alena20CM RW CAMSpain7285£5m£51k
Riqui Puig18CMSpain6989£2m£21k
Oriol Busquets19CDM CMSpain6782£1m£12k
Lionel Messi31CF RW STArgentina9494£97m£497k
Luis Suarez31STUruguay9191£70m£400k
Philippe Coutinho26LW RW CMBrazil8889£61m£299k
Ousmane Dembele21RW LWFrance8392£35m£136k
Munir22ST RWSpain7783£11m£101k
Abel Ruiz18ST LWSpain6783£1m£18k
Guillem Jaime19RW RBSpain6480£1m£12k
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