PES 2020: New Skill controls for PS4 and Xbox One

Struggling to break down the defence in PES 2020? Don't worry, RealSport has your back.


If you’ve turned to PES this year, and looking for that little bit extra to defeat your opponent, you need to look at the skill moves.

With ‘magic moments’ being emphasised on PES 2020, it has never been so important to have a few of the skills up your sleeve.

Do take a note of what player skills the men in your squad have. These will enable them to perform some of the more advanced skills. For example, Lionel Messi holds double touch, sombrero and cut behind & turn.

Body feints

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
GambettaFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately
Quick body feintFlick L ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick L ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately

Quick body feint

Body feints should be used to gain half a yard on your opponent. If you don’t have the pace to get round your defender, drop a shoulder, burst forward in the opposite direction, and either get a shot or pass away. The Gambetta is named after the former Uruguay footballer Schubert Gambetta, where the attacker moves the ball one way, drops a shoulder and knocks the ball back in the other direction past the defender.

Scissors skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Scissors feintFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately
Step overFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately
Multiple scissors feintFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately
High speed scissors feint*Flick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediatelyFlick R ↑ or ↓ + move L immediately

* Scissors feint player skill required

Step over

Scissors skills provide a more enhanced chance of direction than the body feints. The scissors feint is just a more exaggerated version of the Gambetta, and if your player has the scissors feint player skill, he can also perform this at high speed to break through the defence. For step overs, be sure to change direction after performing the move, otherwise you will make no progress.

Step on skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Draw & openHold R ← + hold L ↓ or →Hold R ← + hold L ↓ or →
Draw and closeHold R ← + hold L ↗Hold R ← + hold L ↗
Draw and close*Hold R ← + hold L ↑Hold R ← + hold L ↑
Scotch move**Hold R ← + L → or ↗Hold R ← + L → or ↘

* Cut behind & turn player skill required
** Scotch move player skill required

Scotch move

More technical are the step on skills. Here it’s all about sucking the defender in and then wriggling past him. The draw & open, should be used to gain a yard on the outside of the defender, with the draw and close or scotch move allowing you to move inside. The scotch move required a player skill, and it is named as a reference to hop-scotch, with one leg moving beneath the other. For a more advanced version of the draw and close, you will also need the cut behind & turn player skill.

Flip flap skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Out & inHold R ↓ + hold L ↗Hold R ↓ + hold L ↗
In & outHold R ↑ + hold L ↘Hold R ↑ + hold L ↘
Flip flap*Hold R ↓ + hold L ↗Hold R ↓ + hold L ↗
Reverse flip flap*Hold R ↑ + hold L ↘Hold R ↑ + hold L ↘

* Flip flap player skill required

In & out

The flip flap or elastico has strong Brazilian connections with the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Neymar performing the trick with ease. Simply, it knocks the ball one way then the other with one foot, but with the ‘elastic’ foot performing the skill very quickly. For the advanced, quicker and more productive versions of the move you will need the flip flap player skill.

Roulette skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Marseille turnHold R → + hold L anywhere →Hold R → + hold L anywhere →

Marseille turn

The Marseille turn, Maradona turn, or roulette is one of the most classic skills there is. Zinedine Zidane loved to get this one out, sucking the defender in with the ball, dragging it back and then spinning round the defender with the other foot.

Turning skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Double touchHold R ↓ or ↑ + hold L in any directionHold R ↓ or ↑ + hold L in any direction
Cross over turnHold R → + hold L anywhere between ↑ and ↓Hold R → + hold L anywhere between ↑ and ↓

Double touch

The double touch is a more direct version of the Gambetta, with the attacker shifting the ball from one foot to the other to just slightly get the ball past the defender. As for the cross over turn, this shifts the ball on to the other foot, but then knocks it underneath the other leg. This is more equipped for holding the ball up then trying to get past your opponent.

Sombrero feints

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Sombrero (ball must be off ground)Hold R3 + hold L in any directionClick + hold R stick + hold L in any direction
Crescent turn* (ball must be off ground)Hold R3 + hold L in any directionClick + hold R stick + hold L in any direction
Boomerang trap*Hold R3 + hold L towards opponentClick + hold R stick + hold L towards opponent
Rainbow flickClick R3 twiceClick R stick twice

*Sombrero skill required

Rainbow flick

Sombrero feints are the true Brazilian moves. The normal sombrero takes ball in the air and touches it on, with the crescent turn taking the ball with your back to the defender and then over his head. As for the boomerang trap, this is when you take the ball first time, and the ball spins back towards you. The rainbow flick is surprisingly easy to perform on the game, and can be ultra-effective if you time it right, producing a flick over the top with your heels.

Kick feints skills

SkillPS4 controlsXbox One controls
Kick feint▢ or O then XX or B then A
Cut behind▢ or Othen X + L in any directionX or B then A + L in any direction

Cut behind

Kick feints should be what you use the most, but make sure you are shifting the defender before you unleash the dummy, and be careful not to cut back inside towards him.

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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

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