From the moment FIFA 20 was released, players have realised just how difficult defending has been to previous years.
With a switch to manual defending, players will have to take control of their own back line as opposed to relying on the AI.
But don't worry, here at RealSport we have all the tips and tricks you need to get your defending skills up to scratch.
Get your tactics right
In order to gain an advantage over your opponent, it's
crucial you get your tactics right. While you should of course experiment and get
a feel for what suits your style of play, there are a few specific player instructions
that will immediately tidy up your defence:
BE RESPONSIBLE: Change your players' responsibilities in the 'Instructions' menu
Using two defensive midfielders really useful for protecting your backline, and you can make your midfielders more effective in doing so by instructing them to ‘cut passing lanes’.
Quick passing moves in FIFA 20 are more difficult, so
interceptions will be especially important. It's also recommended that you keep
your wing-backs back when you're attacking as changes to pace has made
counter-attacking really overpowered in this edition of FIFA.
AI will not save you
In FIFA 19, defending was a breeze. You could hold down X/A to contain the play, or R1/RB to have one of your other players
press the opponent on the ball.
ON YOUR OWN: FIFA 20's reduced defensive AI means tackling is all the more difficult
This year, mindlessly charging with your defenders is not as effective. You have to be in patient, smart and in control with your defending. In fact, you hardly want to use the second man press at all so you will need to learn how to jockey (L2/LT) effectively instead.
Learn to jockey effectively
Being able to jockey is what will separate good from great on FIFA 20. Holding down L2/LT will cause your defender to hold their ground, enabling them to either sniff out a pass or simply stop a striker from advancing.
STAY BACK: Using jockey and player switching effectively will result in the opposition being wardened off to a less dangerous area of the pitch
If you hold down R2/RT with L2/LT, your player will begin to fast jockey; this makes your defender move around quicker and speeds up their lateral movements.
Holding down both triggers allows you to cover a lot of
ground which is great when looking for an interception, but if you want to
tackle, you should move toward the attacker and let go of sprint when
within range for a more accurate tackle.
The key to defending well is selecting the right player and
being able to switch effectively. Rather than rely on the automatic switch, try
to use the right-stick (RS) to manually select the player you want to
control, especially when blocking strikers from getting in behind.
ROTATE: Cycle between players to bring on the press
However, if you're looking to close down a player quickly, you
should use L1/LB to switch players. To help you with this, there
is a new setting in player controls called ‘ball relative right stick
switching' which will focus your auto-switching to players closer to the
Making the most of hard tackles
In FIFA 20, you can determine the power of your tackle by
holding down the standing tackle button (O/B) or slide tackle
BRAWN & BEAUTY: In this situation, holding down the slide tackle button resulted in the defender closing a big gap and winning the ball back
A full power hard tackle will send your player lunging forward, which can be great for closing big gaps, but will leave your defender completely out of position if you miss.
Usually, two bars of power will make your tackle strong enough to prevent the shot but retain some accuracy and positioning.