3 FIFA 19 Challenges to Change Reality
Source: Real Madrid C.F. via Facebook.
Using the career mode on FIFA to create situations removed from reality is part of the game’s huge appeal. Whether seeking to change a beloved club’s fortunes or enjoying the intrigue of a club’s situation, the season is now sufficiently underway to provide inspiration for some challenges for FIFA 19’s career mode. Here are three challenges of varying difficulty.
Paul Hurst arrived as the replacement for long-term manager Mick McCarthy, with Hurst’s remit to introduce a more attractive brand of football to the Championship side. Instead, Hurst’s tactics have seen Ipswich plunged into a relegation battle. Ipswich fans have become conditioned to life in the Championship, with the Suffolk side the division’s longest-serving occupants. Ipswich fans are now keen to escape a tough reality. One way is to follow the fortunes of Ipswich Tractors, one of the virtual football sides at Paddy Power that may provide more entertainment than their real-life counterparts. Ipswich fans can also find solace in righting this season’s wrongs with the virtual Ipswich on FIFA 19, while neutrals may enjoy the challenge of working with an unfancied squad.
Bartosz Bialkowski (74) and Jonas Knudsen (71) bring World Cup experience, while the potential to reach a rating of 80 for central midfielders Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes gives career mode players the foundation to move Ipswich up rather than down. If you can implement an attractive style of football, then you will be giving Ipswich fans what they have been craving for years.
Life after Ronaldo was supposed to be eased by the increased prominence of Gareth Bale and the strength of the midfield. It hasn’t worked for new manager Julen Lopetegui, so FIFA 19 is the perfect outlet for Madrid fans to prove that their squad is significantly underachieving.
It almost feels unnecessary to mention the FIFA talent at Madrid’s disposal. Ramos, Modric and Kroos all rank among FIFA 19’s top ten players, so expectations are inevitably high. Finding a tactic to maximise that array of talent will be pivotal to domestic success in career mode, while FIFA 19’s newly-added Champions League will look odd if it doesn’t have a top-class Madrid side to grace its latter stages.
Players looking for something in between Real Madrid and Ipswich Town may find satisfaction in trying to turn one of the Premier League’s relegation favourites into title contenders, with Huddersfield Town an ideal candidate. If your favourite team is not living up to expectations, FIFA 19 can provide the perfect catharsis.
Can you do better than Henry? Source: AS MONACO via Facebook.
Thierry Henry has been tasked with turning around Monaco’s poor start to the season, but that can be your responsibility on FIFA 19. PSG will be the main competitors for obvious reasons, those reasons being Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Monaco may not boast talent of that level, but there is plenty to work with on FIFA 19. Falcao’s finishing rating of 87 and heading accuracy of 90 makes him the ideal spearhead to the attack, an attack ably supported by the CAM Aleksandr Golovin and the dribbling skills of 80-rated winger Rony Lopes.
Throw in the potential for midfield dynamo Youri Tielemans and striking prodigy Pietro Pellegri to both reach a rating of 88, and FIFA managers have a side that could dominate Europe for years under the right management. Henry’s management may not be the best inspiration, with The Guardian surprised by the 4-3-1-2 in his first match. FIFA 19 players and Henry alike will have to find a better balance in wide areas if they are to catch PSG.