I have tried a lot of routines in order to take an excellent advantage of corner set pieces but none gave me that epic result I crave for. Well, as I see it, getting many goals via corners in FM20 is tough. It’s no more as easy as it was in prior football manager versions. However, I only managed to find just two routines that posed as the best. So in this post, I will share my best FM20 attack corner routines.
Routine 1: Shutting Down Counter
In this routine, the aim of the setup is to get the best possible advantage from corners and still be able to shut down opposition counter attack. This routine is cautious.
As you can see from the screenshot above, a DM is asked to Stay Back if Needed. However, if you don’t have a DM, you can choose any player with good marking, tackling, and positioning. With the presence of this player, your team has enough players to prevent or shut down opposition counter-attack if they make the move.
At the edge of the pitch, the taker is instructed not to stick to a particular delivery. So he drives the ball the best possible way he sees fit – the decision of the taker now depends on the player you choose to take corners. Pick someone with good Corners and Decisions attributes. But in case you don’t have a player good enough on both attributes, the best thing to do is to stick with 6 Yard Box, instead of using Mixed.
Now in the box, two roles are the most important part of this routine. One is Attack Near Post while the other is Lurk at Near Post. The players you give these roles must be tall enough, having admirable abilities on heading and jumping reach – having good off-the-ball attribute can be an advantage. I find it rewarding when I give a striker with good heading, jumping reach, and off-the-ball the Lurk at Near Post role. His movement from his position to head the delivered ball can be awesome – such movement makes marking him difficult.
Stats of Routine 1 with Atalanta
Routine 2: Adding an Extra Man
This routine just adds an extra man in the box. Here, another player has Lurk at Far Post role. Moreover, it will also a big advantage for you if you add a player with good off-the-ball – a kind of a vibrant player. However, Routine 2 is not that different from Routine 1. The only thing separating both routines is the defensive part.
Note that Routine 2 can be vulnerable to an effective counter-attack. Thus, you might decide to pull the player in Lurk Near Post role and place him (or another player) to Attack Ball from Edge of Area (shown in the screenshot below). He can still become an extra man from this position but he will proceed with caution.
I usually use Routine 1 in any team while I specifically use the second routine in teams with quality squad.
Stats while using Routine 2 with Real Madrid
Some amazing corner goals