Who misses Match Of The Day? Not the pseudo-MOTD they’ve got on now where they sit around talking about the before-times. Nor the semi-pseudo-MOTD where they show us the before-times. Yes, they used to wear weird shorts. Ha ha.
If we ever do pull out of this doomsday dive and get back to anything like normality, Match Of The Day on at 10.30 on a Saturday evening, showing football highlights of matches that took place that same day, will be a benchmark for measuring how normal things have become.
There’s likely to be a period of no crowds, or limited crowds, at the matches that they show on Match Of The Day – so maybe it’ll be a fuzzy normality benchmark. But a benchmark it’ll be.
In the only real football that’s going on at the moment, I have had a match in my FIFA20 Career Mode with Leeds United that would qualify for ‘first on the bill’ on a hypothetical virtual Match Of The Day.
It was against Manchester City, and I have put together a 3-minute highlights package that is below.
Some context first.I’m holding comfortably in mid-table. I can beat most of the teams below or around me, but I have to focus to do it.
Any relaxation of attention or taking things for granted and I get embarrassingly whupped. My goal difference is the second-worst in the division because of the tendency I have to simply collapse after going a goal or two down.
I need more Football Manager-style nous, of course. In FM, if I go a few goals down and am really getting pummelled by the opposition, I switch tactics to make my team play ultra-defensively and conservatively, like a boxer on the ropes protecting himself with his arms and gloves and just trying to stay upright. Then I’ll try to snatch a goal (or two) after weathering the storm.
In gamepad football games, though, I tend to go all cavalier and gung-ho, an approach that tended to pay off in PES, but in FIFA… no. In FIFA the AI teams punish you hard for pushing hard. It is a lesson I must learn again and again.
The top teams of the Premier League are unbeatable for me at the moment, and they are the ones that inflict the heaviest defeats upon me.
So here is the match. Leeds United vs Manchester City, at New Elland Road. (This was played on Friday evening just before the new kit mod (on show at the top of this post) was applied. Credit to regular blog commenter and FIFAFX maestro, Paul, for those and the special ball mod too.)