Today I have a 3-minute highlights reel of a BIG MATCH, which requires some scene-setting:
It is Season 4 of Career Mode with Leeds United on FIFA20.
This season I qualified for the Europa League for the first time. Started well in the group stage, but then had a couple of dodgy results. Which will happen when you’re playing a realism-modded FIFA20 on PC on World Class difficulty.
I’m still a transfer market noob in Career Mode. I still can’t shake my bad habits from Master League learned over the past decade, where wanting a player was pretty much the same as getting him. You have to prepare well in advance to get players in Career Mode, and I tend not to prepare. The most severe case of ‘mental muscle memory’ syndrome.
I have a decent First XI but barely any squad depth at all, is the outcome.
This was the Europa League group table heading into the final match:I faced Sevilla at home, knowing that I needed to beat them to qualify.
I started my session of matches knowing the Sevilla game was coming up.
I had three League matches beforehand – and lost them all, without scoring a single goal myself.
A case of my eye not being on the ball? I think so. I was indeed strategising my players’ fitness and form. Wanting the best possible First XI for the big European game, while neglecting the most important competition, the League.
This was one of those League matches:
I truly fell apart in this match. I was half-expecting the sack, or at least a warning from the board, after this one, the chorus of boos from the home fans was so deafening.
This is my current domestic League state:Third from bottom with an uncomfrotable gap threatening to develop between us and lower-mid-table.
The transfer window is just around the corner and I WILL be using it to beef up the squad and get us out of this mess, which is all of my own making. I can play well and get results on World Class, but my concentration levels are sometimes not what they should be.
All of which set the scene nicely for me to welcome a useful Sevilla side to New Elland Road…
Here are the full highlights, about 3.5 minutes long, sadly without commentary from me as I didn’t have time in the end – but next time, I promise:
I played another League match after this and lost that one too, without scoring a goal.
So the goal I scored in the above match was my only one of the whole session.
Now I really need to focus on the League…