Who is the star of my team right now? No question that it’s Lacazette.
The 30-year-old is at the peak of his virtual prowess in my footballing world, and he is knocking the goals in for fun.
He’s been threatening a hat-trick in recent matches and he finally got one against Leicester, with the third goal a lovely finesse curler from 20 yards. I’m getting very good at these types of goals after lots of practice on the training pitch.
I still finish every FIFA20 session with 5-to-10 minutes of one-on-one shooting practice on the training pitch. I’ve properly educated my fingers and my muscle memory to get the timing and duration of my presses just right, and it is paying off. As can be seen in today’s Miscellany video at the end, where there are two of the exact goals that I practice scoring over and over on the training pitch.
Tip for new arrivals from PES: you cannot ‘bank’ your button-presses in FIFA as you do in PES. The most egregious example of ‘banking’ a button press in PES was in PES2017, the edition of piss-easy headed goals. They were easy because as soon as you pressed the crossing button you could press the Shoot button – when the ball had barely left the crosser’s foot and was still dozens of yards away – and the game would ‘bank’ the input for you and make your striker rise up and strike a perfect header nearly every time.
It’s one of the major things to unlearn after making the transition to FIFA. In most scenarios in PES, you can press the buttons to pass or shoot well in advance of the ball actually arriving at your feet or head and there will be a more or less coherent outcome most times.
In FIFA ‘banking’ is mostly not allowed. Defensive headers, I’ve noticed, can be ‘banked’ ahead of time while the ball is still high in the air, but I’m not aware of any other scenarios where mistimed button presses are not punished. This is clearly evident on the training pitch, where a properly timed button press as the ball gets to your lone player’s feet will result in shots that are as you intended, while ‘banked’ shots à la PES result in feeble, misdirected efforts, and quite right too.Lacazette lurking just behind the league’s top scorer. His goals and the goals of my other strikers – Barbosa and Deulofeu have 10 and 12 goasl respectively– are responsible for my lofty position in the league and the fact that I am seriously challenging for a Europa League spot with 8 matches left.Arsenal are the weakest of the top 6, although all of them are formidable oponents. I’ve won one and drawn one against Arsenal this season. I’m not sensing a Master League-style table scripting thing here but I do think if I keep winning and picking up draws where I would have lost last season, I could finish in that 6th spot, or even in 5th spot. Man United are within my sights too.
I’m out of both Cups, so the League is my only route into Europe this season. It would please the Board, as getting into the Europa this season was one of my set goals, and I’m not going to meet any of the others (keeping wages growth to 15% lol – it’s 50% right now and only going to get worse).
Today’s video is a compilation of moments, goals and howlers. Also featured is my latest attempt to score with a volley from a corner – ONE DAY…