Career Mode, FIFA 20, Goals, Mods, PC, Tactics, Transfers

Mountain Eagles

I will start by saying that right now, during this strange time of lockdown and isolation, that FIFA 20 (modded on PC) is as good as it gets, it is everything I could want from a career mode based football video game.
I really am enjoying my CM that much, and with good justification, everything that was always missing from PES is here in abundance, and a lot more, matches matter, boy they matter, every decision matters, tactics matter, rash signings matter, scouting matters, every pass, chance on goal, they all matter.

During my last session on the game I had a small period of 3 matches where I felt nervous, tense, and afterwards, physically drained, because they were high stakes matches, that mattered.
Firstly, I’ll set a little background here, lets take a look at the current Premier league table:

League Table

As it stands, after that litle run of games we are sat in 3rd position, just 5 points off the leaders Man City, but with a game in hand, and one point behind Chelsea, with 8 matches left to play.
Before that run of matches, we were top, with Chelsea second, then we played Chelsea in a top of the table clash, at home, a bright sunny early spring day, with the commentators mentioning how important this match was in the title chase, with graphics popping up highlighting each teams key players, and special mentions to the prolific goalscorers, and also a nod towards Brewster who had failed to score in his previous 5 matches, the scene was set, it was a big game, and it felt a big game.

I opted to change my formation and tactics for this match, which I rarely ever do, but one plus of the PC mod is that it gives you the option to see the oppositions teamsheet and thus, formation, why on earth EA dont let you do this in vanilla is unknown, but I could see they were playing a formation that could over run my 4-1-2-1-2 (4-3-3) in midfield, so I switched to an attacking 4-5-1 to attempt to nullify Chelsea’s midfield dominance, and it largely worked.
We was able to suffocate their creative midfield players and hit on the counter with our pace up top, and went 1-0 up around the half hour mark, it was only due to a poor defensive error, that let them grab an equaliser with a rebound shot 10 mins later that saw us go in at the break level.

The whole second half was a chess match, back and forth, probing, prodding, each team cautious not to leave themselves exposed, but plenty of chances as stamina wore low and mistakes started to occurr, it finished 1-1, honours even in a very tense and tight match.

Crowd Shot

Next up was Chelsea again, this time in the Quarter-final of the FA Cup, just 3 days later, I probably should have rested a few key players but chose to field a full strength side, this time going with our usual 4-1-2-1-2 (4-3-3) style, and in another gripping, tug of war match, we went 1-0 up, only for Chelsea to level again just before half time.
The tie went into extra time, and in the 118th minute, Brewster broke through, and latched on to a through ball and utilised his pace to dink a chipped shot over the onrushing Kepa, as can be seen in the goals video at the end, its the last goal in the comp, to secure a 2-1 win and a place in the FA Cup Semi-final.

FA Cup semi fixture Next game, mid-lower side Southampton, again at home, and again just 3 days later, a few switches needed due to player fatigue, and in a game where we peppered their goal, we just couldn’t score, a deflection and rebound to a waiting CF allowed the saints to snatch an unexpected 1-0 win, and dent our title hopes, this brings us back to present day and now being in 3rd place as shown in the league table pic above.

Everything about that run of matches was so ultra realistic it was amazing, I have never felt that range of anxiety, excitement and emotions in a football game before,  the tactics all mattering, the team selections, the style of football played, the commentary adding to the massive game atmosphere, crowd roars when tackles went in, eruption when we scored, boos ringing aorund the ground when they had the ball, and this is all included in the PC mod, there are over 250 new unique crowd chants, songs, whistles jeers, boos, etc, it adds so much depth and immersion to the game.

In the January window, we managed to sign Nicola Pepé and long sought-after LWB Vinagre to pre-contract agreements by careful pre-scouting, I also went back in and nabbed Chirivella from Liverpool after initially overlooking him, they will join us in the summer, and we made one outright signing, a backup CB, Foyth, from Spurs, 26yrs old and rated 84.

Free signings

The next post will detail the end of season run-in and hopefully, a title chase, until then, a few goals from various matches since Christmas.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Mountain Eagles”

  1. Paul – that Cyprien one towards the end of the vid was sumptuous, quite a few others too that were eerily lifelike, players lining up the shot and waiting for the time.

    Great analysis of your key matches and the formation changes required and the tactical posture within matches too. I find the old ‘hold for 0-0 and snatch if possible’ route does me proud against top-6 opposition, but if they get 1 they usually get a hatful against me. because chasing a game means pushing the FBs up in support and the AI is DEADLY when it gets in behind your FBs. I’m working on a custom Attacking formation that strictly controls the FBs and keeps them back but it doesn’t quite work.

    I’ve signed so many panic buys too because I still haven’t deeply grasped the CM Scouting routine.

    I’ve completed my Season 2 and am going to spend a whole session just in Transfers and Scouting. Not something I would usually do for a gamepad-game of football, but FM19 has schooled me in accepting I’ll have to do that occasionally to make sure the players are right.

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  2. Paul – you’ve got Chirevella at 26, how are his stats? He’s 23 in my CM. Starting to pop up with goals from late runs into the box now.

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  3. NG – I liked that goal a lot too, that was a ‘woooaaa’ out loud in realtime moment, not that far out, 22 yards maybe, but the L1 close control to step on the ball, shimmy back, then sidestep the defender before opening up the body for an instep curler into the top corner, it all played out in my head, then came to fruition.

    As shown in my commentary video last week, I have different formations and tactics for each scenario, well worth taking the time to set up, and don’t forget to go into the player roles and instructions sections for ewach formation, where you can instruct fullbacks to stay back, or overlap, or underlap etc, you can also set CDMs and midfielders coverage preferences, bit like the old movement arrows in PES, and also set CF’s to either play off the shoulder, be a traget man etc, so much versatility.

    This area of the game is almost like the road layout, zoning and detailing in Cities skylines, get the basework done then reap the rewards.

    Scouting is pretty straightforward, obviously the better your scout the quicker he will report detailed stats for players, the only prep work needed is when you want to identify free transfers, then you need to setup a scouting routine ahead of time to identify players who will be within their last 6 months come that january window.

    I can put together a mini tutorial if needed.

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  4. Lloyd, Chrivella signs in the summer, but will check his stats later on at his current age and post them for you in the comments.

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  5. Paul – I’m up and running with FIFER mods, thanks for the suggestion. The manager customisation is great, is that new for FIFA20 or is it from the mod?

    Also, excellent content in this post. You have the game looking amazing, I assume from the graphic mods you’re using. I would ask what exactly you’ve got going on but my laptop is struggling with the base game so no point trying to install anything extra. Your video on the last post is particularly useful because I’d forgot how to career mode so thanks for that.

    I played my first couple of league matches yesterday, I lost both on Professional so I have some improving to do.

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  6. Cook – Welcome, good to have you up and running.
    Just for info the mods I have running are:
    FIFER2.1 CM Reakism Mod
    FIFER Gameplay Mod
    FIFER Faces add on mod
    My own created Balls and adboards Mods
    My Own Kit Mods for Palace
    GFX MOD Ultimate V for pitch textures and broadcast cam
    My own custonm Re-Shade ini for improved realistic colour and LOD.

    The difficulty is ramped up with the mods, Professional plays a very challenging game, with great variation between teams, very realistic.

    I believe the enhanced manager custiomisation is in the vanilla game, the mod just gives you more options and can be accessed anytime, not just before starting a CM.

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