The great momentous matches just keep coming. I got thumped in the above match – Man Utd away – but it was still a great event.
I’m still in that phase of my Career Mode career with Leeds United in FIFA20 where ‘everything is awesome’. I keep repeating this at the start of recent posts for the benefit of all readers who only check in every couple of weeks or months, and might not know or have forgotten that, yes, I really am playing FIFA20, and I really am taking it seriously this year.
Ialso repeat it for the benefit of another, much larger group of readers: the ones who can’t believe this FIFA spell is really real and is going to end soon as all the others have.
It’s really real. It won’t end soon. Oh, it will end at some point – summertime PES will happen at some point (but what PES could follow FIFA20?) – but that won’t be soon.
I’d put twenty quid on us not seeing any 2021 football games until November-December this year, what with one thing and another. (I hear there’s a bug going around.)
Here’s my main man. Pound for pound, Kalvin Phillips is my MVP, keeping alive the fine tradition of central defensive midfielders being the most important players in football games. Giants in defence, Titans in attack. I would like a few more goals from him but he gets enough to more than earn his keep, and he is immense in front of the back 4.
I have always played football games with a deep-lying midfielder and I have always found them compelling to play with, on the whole. Every single iteration of PES has had a great DMF, and it’s a tradition I am pleased to see continuing for me into FIFA. Where of course they’re called CDMs. No matter.
I’m writing this a few minutes after getting to the end of January in Season 2. I had a sneaky few matches this morning – the very morning of the post, when I forced myself to get up early. I’ve been laying abed until 11am, luxuriating in the silence and laziness of the lockdown. Curse these interesting times, eh?
It has always taken me ages to get through FIFA seasons and FIFA20 is even ‘worse’ for this because I’m actually stopping to smell the roses with this one. Instead of racing through from match to match, I’m stopping and doing Training, I’m examining my Youths, I’m reading emails, I’m fiddling with formations and tactics. The ratio of matchplay to other activities in PES is roughly 99:1. In FIFA20, for me, it’s about 75:25, which is a nice sweet spot for a football game to hit.
Two goals now from my half-forgotten striker Gabriel Barbosa. These two goals were crucial in an FA Cup replay against Salford. The first was a standard sort of shot, but the second was a rarity for me so far in FIFA – a finesse shot from about 24 yards, it looks like. A long-ranger? You decide. My PES muscle memory keeps making me try these sorts of shots, but I don’t recall one coming off until now.
One day, PES muscle memory won’t be a thing and I will talk about FIFA muscle memory. Are we there yet? Not yet – 20+ years of conditioning takes some time to wear off. But I think I soon will be there…