FIFA 19: Real Madrid Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

Three Champions Leagues on the bounce, but with no Cristiano Ronaldo, can you make it four in a row and also topple Barcelona in La Liga on Career Mode.


Real Madrid may be enduring a difficult season following the departures of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and three-time Champions League winning manager Zinedine Zidane, but they are still the kings of Europe.

Los Blancos have claimed the Champions League four times in the past five seasons, making them biggest and best club in the world, but there is a case that they are only second best in Spain. They have only claimed the La Liga title once in that period, with only two triumphs this decade, falling behind classy El Clasico rivals Barcelona.

Your task on FIFA 19’s Career Mode is to change this, whilst maintaining this European dominance through a period of change. Real did not address the loss of Ronaldo, and are way off the pace in La Liga. 

Team Rating

It’s a five star rating for Real Madrid on FIFA 19, consisting of an 84 attack, 87 midfield and 85 defence. 

Formation

Real Madrid are well accustomed to a 4-3-3 holding formation, and you should stick with this on your career mode. Alternatives include a 4-3-3 attack and a 4-4-2 diamond, which has been seen occasionally this season. 

New signing and World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois (91 GK handling) has you covered in goal, whilst Dani Carvajal, the best defender on the game Sergio Ramos (92 standing tackle), world champion Raphael Varane and Marcelo make the defence.

Casemiro is in defensive midfield, linking up with maestros Luka Modric (93 ball control) and Toni Kroos (92 short passing). Karim Benzema spearheads the attack, with the electrifying Gareth Bale (95 sprint speed) on one flank and tricky Isco (94 dribbling) on the other.

On the bench you should go for Keylor Navas, Nacho Fernandez, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz (or Alex Hunter if you’ve completed the Journey). 

Tactics and instructions

You have to expect that the opposition are going to camp back against Los Merengues, and Real often going with the attack of throwing numbers forward to break them down. This is risky, with full backs and Sergio Ramos getting involved, so you may want to play around with their tactics to not commit too many players forward. 

Only do this in the closing stages (use the mentality slider on the D-pad), as you should have enough quality on the pitch to pick up the three points. Luka Modric (92 vision) and Toni Kroos (93 long passing) will dictate the game, and then it’s just a question if you can find space for your front three.

Get the ball out wide to the attacking full backs, with Marcelo (90 crossing) easily capable of finding Karim Benzema (86 positioning) and Gareth Bale (87 jumping). With Isco (95 ball control) looking to come inside and link up with the midfielders and forwards, and gaps should appear.

You also have the option of shooting from range with Bale, Kroos and Isco all holding long shots of 87 or higher. You also have some quality off the bench, with Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz all capable of making a difference. 

Whenever you play against the likes of Barcelona or have a big European tie, be sure to slip into a defensive mentality by using the D-pad. If you commit this many men forward against a quality side who are lethal on the counter-attack, you will get caught time and time again. 

Instructions go a long way, and you should look to adjust these to make your team more balanced and effective. Defensive midfielder Casemiro should have his attacking runs set to stay back while attacking’ to offer protection whilst the full backs get forward. 

Isco isn’t really a winger, so have him set to ‘free roam’ for his attacking runs to get him on the ball more often and give Marcelo room to run down the left wing. 

Alter Karim Benzema‘s support runs to ‘balanced width’ from ‘drift wide’ so you have someone occupying the defenders.

Gareth Bale is your main attacking threat, and you should tweak his defensive support to ‘stay forward’ and support on crosses to get into box for crosses’.

Training

In your training sessions, go for the high growth players to get the most of your time. At Real, these include Raphael Varane, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Ceballos and Vinicius Junior.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £166 million

Starting wage budget: £418,000 a week

Who should go

With Real Madrid also having a B side (Real Madrid Castilla), their first team is pretty tight, and you can see the gulf between the senior players and the fledglings. Out of the main roster, the decision you will have to make is which goalkeeper you want to sell. Thibaut Courtois’s arrival makes 87-rated goalkeeper Keylor Navas’s position redundant, and you could sell him for £24 million and save £172,000 a week in wages. If you like having that cover, then sell Kiko Casilla for £6 million and free up wages of £92,000 a week. 

As for the youngsters, look to offload Cristo Gonzalez, Fran Garcia, Fidalgo, Manu Hernando, Luca Zidane, Dani Gomez and Javi Sanchez. They should fetch you around £4 million in total, recouping £96,000 a week in wages.

Loans

Although there are no academy wonderkids, a couple of them are worth keeping on the books to sell on in a few years’ time. Loan out Sergio Lopez and Francisco Feuillassier to see him they can get closer to their 80+ potentials. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £194 million or £176 million

New wage budget: £686,000 or £606,000 a week

Promising left back

Marcelo is the only recognised senior full back at the club, with Nacho Fernandez often having to fill in there. Bring in a new understudy who can take the starting place once the 30-year-old Marcelo’s level drops.

Andrew Robertson is perhaps the best choice in the game with the Scotsman’s 82 overall able to rise to 87. The 24-year-old will set you back around £35 million from Liverpool with his wages currently £87,000 a week. His best stats are 91 stamina, 87 crossing and 86 sprint speed.

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Grimaldo

22

Benfica

Spain

81

87

£27m

£12k

Benjamin Mendy

23

Man City

France

81

86

£26m

£92k

Jose Gaya

23

Valencia

Spain

80

85

£23m

£29k

Luke Shaw

22

Man United

England

80

85

£22m

£84k

Alex Telles

25

Porto

Brazil

84

87

£40m

£19k

New top class striker

After the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real are crying out for a forward who can pick up 35+ goals a season with Karim Benzema not cutting the mustard. You will need to spend big, but it is time to bring a new Galactico to the Bernabeu.

Eden Hazard has been linked in real life, but you need a number 9, and after a quality World Cup it makes sense to sign Harry Kane to the club. The Tottenham forward has attributes of 94 finishing, 93 positioning and 91 reactions making him lethal in the box, with his overall able to improve from 89 to 91. You will need close to £100 million to sign him and wages upwards of £180,000 a week, but it will be worth it. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Robert Lewandowski

29

Bayern Munich

Poland

90

90

£83m

£180k

Mauro Icardi

25

Inter Milan

Argentina

87

90

£71m

£114k

Edinson Cavani

31

PSG

Uruguay

89

89

£67m

£176k

Sergio Aguero

30

Man City

Argentina

89

89

£75m

£264k

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

29

Arsenal

Gabon

88

88

£74m

£233k

Contracts

Seven players have deals expiring at Real Madrid, but you will be relieved to know none of these are members of the first team.

Just two players are worth renewing, Francisco Feuillassier and Sergio Lopez, and you are even likely to sell them in the next couple of seasons. Javi Sanchez, Cristo Gonzalez, Fran Garcia, Alvaro Fidalgo and the ex-manager’s son Luca Zidane can all be let go. 

Managerial objectives

It’s nothing but the best for Real Madrid, and with Los Blancos you will be expected to complete the treble for you domestic and continental success objectives. Yes, a fourth successive Champions League title is expected.

Brand exposure is critical, and for this you must sell £176 million’s worth of shirts, this shouldn’t be an issue especially if you bring a new forward to the club. 

Youth development has a medium importance, and here you will need to sign four players to the youth academy. They must be one goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and attack each. 

Spanish success first, maintaining European dominance second.

It is easy to be sidetracked by the Champions League, especially when you are Real Madrid, but it important you focus on La Liga. With so many weak teams in La Liga, you will be there or thereabouts, and it is vital you have a strong first half of the season to allow you to take your foot off the gas and concentrate on the other competitions.

Look to go all the way in the league and Copa Del Rey, with the Champions League semi-finals your first target. If you make it to the final, you have to back Real’s winning mentality to get them over the line. Can you secure a fourth consecutive European crown with the final taking place in Madrid?

Full Real Madrid player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Thibaut Courtois

26

GK

Belgium

89

90

£47m

£211k

Keylor Navas

31

GK

Costa Rica

87

87

£27m

£172k

Kiko Casilla

31

GK

Spain

79

79

£7m

£92k

Luca Zidane

20

GK

France

62

71

£300k

£8k

Defenders

Sergio Ramos

32

CB

Spain

91

91

£45m

£334k

Marcelo

30

LB

Brazil

88

88

£38m

£251k

Raphael Varane

25

CB

France

86

91

£44m

£185k

Dani Carvajal

26

RB

Spain

84

87

£28m

£163k

Nacho Fernandez

28

CB
LB
RB

Spain

83

85

£22m

£158k

Alvaro Odriozola

22

RB

Spain

80

88

£16m

£101k

Jesus Vallejo

21

CB

Spain

77

85

£10m

£67k

Sergio Reguilon

21

LB

Spain

68

79

£1m

£25k

Javi Sanchez

21

CB

Spain

67

79

£1m

£21k

Sergio Lopez

19

RB

Spain

66

82

£1m

£11k

Fran Garcia

18

LB
LW

Spain

64

79

£700k

£8k

Manu Hernando

19

CB

Spain

64

76

£600k

£8k

Midfielders

Luka Modric

32

CM

Croatia

91

91

£59m

£370k

Toni Kroos

28

CM

Germany

90

90

£67m

£312k

Isco

26

CAM
CM
LW

Spain

88

91

£65m

£277k

Casemiro

26

CDM

Brazil

88

90

£52m

£251k

Dani Ceballos

21

CM
LM
CAM

Spain

81

88

£22m

£106k

Marcos Llorente

23

CDM

Spain

79

87

£14m

£97k

Federico Valverde

19

CM
LM
CAM

Uruguay

74

86

£8m

£40k

Alvaro Fidalgo

21

CM
CAM

Spain

65

75

£800k

£18k

Attackers

Gareth Bale

28

RW
ST
LW

Wales

88

88

£53m

£312k

Karim Benzema

30

ST

France

85

85

£33m

£211k

Marco Asensio

22

LW
RW

Spain

84

89

£37m

£172k

Lucas Vazquez

27

RW
RM

Spain

83

83

£24m

£180k

Mariano Diaz

24

ST

Dominican Rep.

80

85

£18m

£123k

Vinicius Junior

17

LW
RW

Brazil

77

92

£15m

£58k

Brahim Diaz18LW
CF
Spain6986£2m£25k

Cristo Gonzalez

20

ST
LM
CAM

Spain

66

78

£1m

£23k

Francisco Feuillassier

20

LW
RW

Argentina

65

80

£1m

£20k

Dani Gomez

19

ST

Spain

63

77

£700k

£10k

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