My best players are starting to become unsettled by big clubs sniffing around.
Manchester United want the 25-year-old Barbosa, arguably my best striker so far this season. £46m is tempting, but it would cost me at least that to replace him like for like. What would be the point of that? So it’s not good business at all, disruptive to my squad rhythms, and I’m not having it.
This is one of about 4 similar cases. When you start doing well, the players who shine start to attract attention. I need these players to actually get somewhere. The offers are all being ignored or rejected for now.
If this was Football Manager I wouldn’t be able to hang onto Barbosa for long. For now he’s grumbling a bit, but happy enough…
Just one session since last time owing to work (thanks, slow-motion Apocalypse), but what an intriguing session it was.
For several matches stretching into the last session I’ve had the feeling that I might have outgrown Professional difficulty. Matches were still by no means easy, but they were becoming straightforward enough that I was starting to wonder if it might be time to maybe sort-of think about stepping things up to World Class, and sooner rather than later.
I’ve remarked before that FIFA20 contains the same boxes of tricks that PES has always had. You’re not allowed to score, you hit the post/bar more than you should, top strikers miss open goals, etc. etc. Every football game that has ever existed or will ever exist has to have a hard-coded method of putting shackles on the human player when necessary. Call it scripting, call it scoreline management, whatever it is, it is in FIFA20 – usually more subtle than in PES, but sometimes not. Scripting is too strong a word for the way FIFA20 does it.
I entered a little run of matches in my last session where I was not allowed to score. Which means that in most matches, I was not winning them. I was 6th in the table at the end of last week. Here is the table now:Ouch. That good start gone to waste, pretty much. I’ll do very well to close that 9 point gap to 6th anytime soon, and the way my form is I’ll also do well to avoid being pulled into the bottom 6.
I wouldn’t like another season of mid-table scrapping. Not when I’ve got good players, and I’ve got exciting young players – there’s nothing better in football, real or digital, than having exciting young players coming through the ranks. That strange bursting pride!
I’ve got enough familiarity with FIFA20 now that I have a set target in mind of finishing top-8 at least, with perhaps scraping a Europa spot into the bargain. This remains the target. I’ve only played 15 league matches and I’m still in both Cups. This season will still be a productive one, I feel it.
Something different on the video front now. A scenario! Instead of a highlights package, a Misc Moments reel, or even a full match… here’s half a match – the second half of the league fixture away to Brighton.
The twist is that we start the action with me 2-0 down after a disastrous first half. Can I come back to seize a classic legendary draw or win? Or will the run of bad form and not being allowed to score – continue?
This half of football helps to illustrate that yes, FIFA20 is a different football game…
NB: I was having a bit of trouble with Origin in this match, where the application was trying to draw focus a couple of times. Fixed now.