The Europa League. The Carabao Cup. The Premier League. All these competitions have bunched up together at the start of Season 4… I’ve played 5 matches in the Europa, 2 in the Carabao, and 13 in the Premier. I almost feel like I’ve played a full season already. Seasons in FIFA20 are true marathons. Endurance required.
My lightweight squad is being found out already. The glamour of Europe has tempted me to play with my strongest team in the Europa League for most fixtures, which weakens us for the following League matches. Here is that domestic League table currently:World Class difficulty really showing up in the goal-scoring difference from last season. I was comfortably on the positive side of the equation last season. This season, firmly in the minus.
My sacrifice in the Premier League hasn’t really reaped any palpable reward in the Europa – here is the group table with ONE match remaining (exciting setup):I play Sevilla in the final fixture, knowing that if we beat them, we qualify. That will be my match of the season so far, and looking at my League progress, perhaps this competition is my best chance of meaningful silverware. This is probably me dreaming, as I have had proper pastings on World Class so far and imagine that the bigger teams in this competition will be just like the bigger teams in the domestic league competition, i.e. bordering on the nightmarishly unplayable.
There were a couple of group matches in the Europa that would have been top of the bill in a hypothetical MOTD-style running order of video hihglights reels. And some great goals too. I was very pleased indeed with this one, a dipping volley from just inside the area:
Barbosa with the finish there, but I went on to lose that match 3-2 after leading twice, an unpardonable sloppiness that reminded me yet again of just how punishing the FIFA20 AI can be. I need to learn some game management and sit back a bit more when leading, particularly away from home, and particularly in big matches. These are tactical choices that really matter.
Barbosa was my first big signing of Season 1, as I recall. He’s one of my triumvirate of top strikers – Barbosa, Lacazette, Deulofeu – who all have great plus-points in their own ways. Arguably Barbosa is the most valuable of the three, as he seems to contribute steadily over entire seasons, rather than in short bursts like the other two.
I’m probably going to go all-out for the win in the Sevilla match. It’s at home and it’ll be a big occasion. Three up front? I’ll see.
The Sevilla match is an opportunity for something. I’ve been mulling over producing some proper video content for the blog. I don’t mean me wearing a baseball cap and keeping it real in the corner of the screen, asking the viewer ‘what’s up’, and screaming about things all the time. I mean something more considered such as proper meaningful TV-style highlights of key matches, perhaps with an audio-only voice commentary from myself. I may use this key Sevilla match as the inaugural effort. Depends if I get time, because time is what video editing takes.