Best Managers in PES 2021 | Management Skills & Formation

Take a look at the best in-game managers of PES 2021 and their playing styles to decide which one is best suited for your needs.

PES 2021 - Best Managers in PES 2021

eFootball PES 2021 is one of the top football games available on the Play Store. PES 2021 is ranked as the number 1 in the top grossing in the Sports and boasts of more than 50 Million plus downloads.

Konami’s PES 2021 has introduced a lot of updates over the course of the game, but one thing which has more or less remained same are the in-game managers. One of the key aspects of playing PES would be to get your tactics right at first and then proceeding with your choice of players for every position.

In this article, we analyse and look at the best managers in PES 2021 and provide you a detailed analysis of the defensive and offensive tactics employed by them which would help you improve your gameplay.

#5. P. Zeidler

P.Zeidler comes in at number 5 in the list of best managers in PES 2021. P.Zeidler is a German real life manager who manages Swiss club FC St. Gallen 1879 in PES 2021. He has a management skill of 690 and is available for 12,000 GP in the shop.

Ziedler-details
Ziedler details

FORMATION – 4-1-3-2

Attacking Styles : Counter Attack

Defensive Style : Frontline Pressure

Attacking Areas : Wide

Positioning : Flexible

P.Ziedler team
P.Ziedler team

Zeidler uses a midfield diamond along with 4 regular defenders. A DMF, two CMFs and an AMF forms the core of the team along with two strikers up front. The two striker formation is one of the best in PES 2021 as it allows users to utilise the flick-moves on the go very smoothly while building for goal.

An attacking midfielder in the form of ICONIC or LEGEND J. Cruyff or Ronaldinho card is perfect for this type of formation. To partner him up front use speedy and fast forwards who have high shooting stats, for example Fernando Torres, Mbappe, Rummenige, Michael Owen. A good ball holding striker can also be used with any of the above mentioned ones in Forlan, Harry Kane, Joe Cole and Inzhagi.

With all these resources at your disposal, P. Zeidler is one of the best managers in Pes 2021 and will make your team unbeatable.

#4. H. Flick

H.Flick comes in next in the list of best managers in PES. He is a German manager and is in charge of the Bayern Munich team in the game as in real life. He has a management skill of 810 and costs 18000 GP or 450 coins to be purchased from the shop.

H.Flick-details
H.Flick-details

FORMATION – 4-2-2-2

Attacking Styles : Possession Game

Defensive Style : Frontline Pressure

Attacking Areas : Centre

Positioning : Flexible

H.Flick team in PES 2021
H.Flick team

H. Flick’s tactics makes use of a right midfielder and a left midfielder along with either two DMFs or CMFs or a combination of the two in the middle of the pitch. To carry your team in attack, you have a central striker(CF) and a SS up front. At the back it uses a regular 4 man defence with the usual centre, left and right-backs.

For the DMF and CMF role, you can use a combination of a DESTROYER as in P. Viera and use a build-up midfielder in ICONIC Steven Gerrard. To partner them on the wings, use your right and left midfielders even can use wingers by using position boosters on those cards.

Similarly in attack use your best striker to lead the line, one who has speed and can shoot from distance best strikers to choose from remain ICONIC Ronaldo, Torres, Mbappe, Owen and even Halaand in the second-half. To use in the second striker role, make use of original SS cards in Cruyff, Del-Piero, Bergkamp and Rummenigge.

All of this firepower in attack makes H. Flick one of the best managers in PES and is very useful in defending long balls as well.

#3. N. MANALT

N. Manalt is the first name on the podium in the list of best managers in PES. N.Manalt is an Uruguayan manager who manages the National team of Uruguay. He is available in the shop for 20,400 GP or 510 coins and boasts of a skill point of 840.

N.Manalt details
N.Manalt details

FORMATION – 4-2-2-2

Attacking Styles : Counter Attack

Defensive Style : All-Out Defence

Attacking Areas : Centre

Positioning : Flexible

N. Manalt uses two central strikers, two wide midfielders on either flank who can also be transformed into central midfielders by changing their position in the squad management. Two central or defensive midfielders also help the user in getting a good grip of the game in midfield along with the other midfielders.

N.Manalt Team
N.Manalt Team

To get best results out of this formation, preferably use a DESTROYER in DMF in Patrick Viera, partnered by a passing midfielder who has high passing stats, someone of the sort of Gerrard, Scholes, Xavi or Iniesta. At right midfield position use ICONIC or LEGEND Beckham card and Nedved can be used on the left.

In the attacking positions, again use your best forwards, in ICONIC Rashford, Torres, Owen, Inzhagi and Ronaldo. In partner with your speedy forwards, make use of a goal poacher of which the recommended ones are Forlan, Rummenigge, J Cole or Del Piero.

For your defensive players use a proper right-back and left-back and partner them with one Destroyer card and one build-up card in centre-backs. These are the changes which would make N.Manalt click and makes him one of the best managers in PES 2021.

#2. L. Roman

L.Roman-details
L.Roman-details

L.Roman is a Spanish manager who is in charge of Manchester Blue in PES 2021. He has one of the highest managerial skills assigned to him in the game with 920 points. He is available in the shop for 30,800 GP or 770 coins. He comes in at the second position in the list of best managers in PES 2021.

FORMATION – 4-3-3

Attacking Styles : Possession Game

Defensive Style : Frontline Pressure

Attacking Areas : Centre

Positioning : Flexible

L.Roman uses a simple 4-3-3 formation where you get the proper usage of wingers and midfielders to back your target man in the middle. As in real life, Manchester City’s style of play, players who like to keep the ball and build from the back instantly fall in love with L.Roman in the game.

L.Roman team
L.Roman team

For a balanced squad, you can choose 1 DMF and two other CMFs who are good with the ball. An added advantage can be gained if one of the 2 CMFs have a box-to-box playing style. A DMF in Rijkaard or Patrick Viera can partner along with Gerrard and Beckham in CMF will work wonders for your side.

For the attacking use the ICONIC card Messi in RWF, Ronaldo or Neymar in LWF and in striker make use of either one of Harry Kane, Fernando Torres, Ronaldo, Forlan, and Rummenigge.

#1. J.Canto

Arguably the best manager in PES 2021 is J.Canto. He is a Portuguese manager who manages Olympique Marseille in PES MOBILE 2021.

J Canto is one of the best managers in PES 2021
J.Canto details

Formation : 4-3-1-2

Attacking Styles : Possession Game

Defensive Pressure : Frontline Pressure

Attacking Areas : Wide

Positioning : Flexible

J.Canto team
J.Canto team

This is one of the most used formations in PES 2021 and it makes use of a two centre forwards which makes it a lethal attacking as well as defensive manager to play it. He is available in the shop for a mere 18,800 GP or 470 coins.

J.Canto uses a one DMF and two CMF formation along with one AMF. You can choose to opt to change the DMF to CMF and vice versa as well. The two striker formation is very good with the option to change to second striker SS provided as well.

It will be better to use a DMF like Patrick Viera who can cover a lot of ground along with providing defensive duties. To partner him in midfield use another box to box midfielder preferably Pavel Nedved and for the other option Beckham is a good choice.

In attacking midfield, which is a key role in this formation, any iconic AMFs or SS can do a good job and look out for players who have a playing style of – Hole Player and No.10. As for the two striker options use any of your best forwards from among, Karl Heinz-Rummenige, Torres, Forlan, Rashford. While their hold up play is immaculate they can run at great pace.

The compilation of all these players with such a lethal formation can also help you defend against long-Ball spamming which is a major upside to this formation. If you’re looking to play long through ball’s as well this would be a game-changing formation for you.

Rank Manager Name Management Skill PointsFormationCost in Shop (GP or Coins)
1J. Canto8204-3-1-218,800 or 470
2L. Roman9204-3-330,800 or 770
3N. Manalt8404-2-2-220,400 or 510
4H. Flick8104-2-2-218000 or 450
5P.Zeidler6904-1-3-212000 or 430

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