PES Management Edit

In PES 2011, there is a new option for us to customize our tactics – The Management Edit.

Basically, this PES option allow us to allocate gameplay tactics at different time frames, according to the situation of the match. It is a rather good option for you to set your PES tactics beforehand, so you do not have to activate on-the-fly tactics manually during the match.

In this post, I will share you with the uses of each strategy, as well as share with you the management plan which I found effective in PES 2011.


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Long Ball – Play long balls to launch quick counter attacks.

Quick Counter – Pressing opponents in their half and attempt to win the ball back quickly.

Possession Game (Offensive) – Players move into position to keep possession, play a patient game to split the defence.

Possession Game (Defensive) – Players keep possession to drag time.

All out attack – Mad rush forward.

Swap Wings – Players move to opposite flank, allowing you to switch flank and continue the attack.

CB Overlap – Select one Centre-Back to make forward runs.

Note that Offside trap, and Custom Settings A/B are not available in Management Edit.

When the scores are level.

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As seen in the diagram, the plan is broken up into 15 minutes interval, with two rows. The upper row will be given priority. When the scores are level, it is important not to rush your attacks. Thus majority of the plan is focused on Offensive Possession Game. Quick Counter and long balls are set as second priority, to provide variation to your PES game.

In the first and last 15 minutes, I recommend an All Out Attack strategy. In the beginning of the match, an all out attacking plan will surprise opponents. Your players are full of energy and it will be to your advantage to earn a few shots on goal, which will set the momentum for you throughout the game.

In the last 15 minutes, throw in some substitutions, and go for the all out attack again. Your opponents will be tired, and might not be able to cope with your fresh attackers. Furthermore, a goal scored in this period of time will leave your opponents with little time to reply. I have also allocated the CB Overlap as second priority in the last 15 minutes to put more pressure on the opponents.

When you are trailing

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When you are trailing in PES, the most important thing is to regain possession. Quick counter is essential as players will pressure opponents to win the ball back quickly, allowing you to launch counter-attacks.

Swap wings is used towards the end of the game to change your style of playing. Afterall, there is no point sticking to the same strategy for the entire game if it does not work.

And when all else fails, the combination of All Out Attack and CB Overlap in the last 15 minutes will put tremendous pressure on your opponents.

When you are leading

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Leading in PES is a tricky situation. Even if you have a 3 goals advantage, your opponents might still mount a comeback by taking advantage of the match momentum. The main strategy now will be to retain possession, draw opponents towards you, and exploit any gaps. I use a mix of Quick Counter, Offensive Possession, and Long Ball in this case.

I find Defensive Possession Game ineffective, thus I did not use it.

And this concludes my management edit plan in PES 2011. Let me know your plan too!

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