Stoke Fucking City. I hate them. Pisspot place in the UK, and shit hole of a team in FIFA 19.
There always seems to be one bogey team in every footy gamers career mode, my bogey team of FIFA 19 is Stoke Fucking City.
They always beat me, no matter what, usually convincingly, despite being a much weaker team, despite me out playing them and dominating the games, they always sneer and sneak by and get lucky, and so it happened again.
A session of 4 matches saw me play 3 back to back cup matches, first up was FC Copenhagen of Denmark in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League, the first match was away from home, and we absolutely battered them, if it was a boxing match it would have been stopped at half time, racing into a 1-0 lead early, we continued to pepper their goal all game, but struggled to secure the win with another goal.
Point blank saves, Dennis & Kluivert both missing sitters, Foden scuffing shots, it had 1-0 and get turned over back at home written all over it, that was until the 90th minute.
Adama racing free to grab a second goal and secure a decent 2-0 away win, surely that would cement a place in the next round.
You can see by the stats below what a one-sided game this was, but the COM was insistent on keeping the scores down to make the second leg more of an event, rubber-banding anyone?
Next cup game was a 5th round FA Cup game away to Man Utd at Old Trafford.
A very tight tense game with the battle being in midfield for large parts of the game, until Utd went 1-0 up just before half time with a headed goal from an unmarked cross into the box for their CF to nod home from 8 yards.
A switch to attacking mentality and a couple of subs and we pulled it back to 1-1 via Foden, before a nice lay off inside for youth promotee Shaw to run on to it from midfield to smash home for a 2-1 win and a place in the quarter finals.
Next it was the return leg in the Europa League, home to FC Copenhagen, it finished 0-0 in another game that we dominated but just couldn’t break down their packed defence, job done, on to the last 16, where we drew OG Nice, a favourable draw compared to the other teams that were pulled from the hat.
Dennis hadn’t scored for 3 matches by this point but had done enough to earn him January’s POTM award.
Lastly it was on to that damn Stoke game, with players playing 3 cup matches over a week, I had to field a few fringe players and players who had half stamina, it showed, we lost a little ground in the title race, slipping down to 4th, and now being 3 points behind, but the leaders have a game in hand, Chelsea who are second have 2 games in hand and can go 4 points clear if they win them both.