Last weekend didn’t end as I wished as I finished with 30 wins in Weekend League. Especially since I was 24-1 up and choked massively to end up 30-7.
However, I think my team was great, there were very few flaws in it (except for one player) and I thought that it would be a nice idea to make a review of the team so that all of you readers can get some advice on what players to use in FUT. I will grade every player on a scale from 1 to 10 and provide a small description to each of them. This is the team I played with:
Manuel Neuer – 10/10
I actually started my Weekend League with playing Buffon between the posts, but he made some very bad performances, almost giving me a couple of losses already in the first five games, hence I decided to simply switch to Neuer instead. To be honest, he saved my ass a lot of times and was a big improvement compared to Gigi. He is versatile, meaning he is good in every part of the game. He deflects 1v1’s, he has good positioning on long shots and his length is very useful when it comes to crosses and corners. Add to the equation that he has long throws and exceptional kicking and you find that he is the best keeper in the game. I propose everyone to use Neuer if possible since he can be the difference between a win and a loss in most games.
Antonio Valencia – 7/10
Is Valencia the best right back in the game? There are a lot of opinions on this one, but I find him very solid indeed. He has a lot of pace, he is allround and he can shoot as well, which is a nice trait to have as he overlaps frequently. I would say that the only flaw is his defensive abilities, but it’s hard to find a better RB in the game currently and we might have to wait until a special card that out-competes Valencia.
Eric Bailly – 7/10
Bailly is so freaking frustrating to play against since he is quick, strong and has exceptional precision in his tackles. Hence, I decided to go with him. Well, he is veeery good defensively, he is strong (as mentioned) and wins every tackle. However, he lacks positioning, and as soon as he conquers the ball he’s a safety risk with his poor touch. As I like to be able to dribble and pass with every player on the field, this lowers his grade a bit. It’s especially hard to counter attack with his poor technique, but since he is one of the best defenders in the game, I would still recommend him.
Jerôme Boateng – 9/10
Compared to FIFA17 he got a major downgrade, but I would still consider Boateng to be the best gold defender in the game. He’s still rather quick, he is well positioned, he tackles like Franz Beckenbauer and most of all – he has amazing passes. As soon as you conquer the ball with Boateng you’re able to start a counter attack, which gave me a lot of goals actually. His only flaw is that his speed isn’t optimal and it’s hard to deflect attacks from players like Ronaldo or Aubameyang, but since he is so well positioned all the time you almost don’t even notice. A must-have player!
David Alaba – 6/10
Well, one of my absolute favorite players from FIFA17 isn’t the beast he used to be. He has sufficient pace, he has great passing and dribbling and he can tackle as well. But he is way too weak and lose way too many tackles. If played on the midfield, I think he would be one of the best players in the game, but he simply lacks the qualities for being a good LB. For an attacking player like me he still is very useful though, so he still gets a good grade – but I wouldn’t recommend him unless you need that chemistry for Boateng.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5/10
I struggled hard to find a CM which fitted my team well. If I could, I would of course buy Pogba, but as the “poor” bloke I am I had to go with a budget player, and the choice fell on the Armenian magician. Well, he was a big disappointment. Sure, he has 4*/5* and he runs everywhere and everytime due to his work rates, but everything he does becomes failures. He rarely contributed defensively, and he did stupid runs and poor passes offensively. I tried him in the centre as well as on the wing, and he actually fitted better on the wing despite his lack of pace. With 90+ pace he would be a tremendous player, but he isn’t and therefore he deserves a low grade. Sorry not sorry bro.
Leon Goretzka – 7/10
Every FIFA, Goretzka has had lot of expectations on being one of the biggest beast cards in-game. In my opinion, he has been pretty mediocre in earlier FIFA editions. This has changed with FIFA18 – what a damn beast this player is. He is very tall (189 cm), he is two-footed (well, at least it feels so), he runs mile after mile, and he can shoot as well as tackle. It’s hard to find any flaws with him as he can play pretty much anywhere on the pitch. However, he doesn’t have any exceptional skill, instead he is just pretty good at pretty much everything. His IF card looks very good and I think that if he gets another, it might be one of the best cards in the game. But so far he still needs some improvements in all stats, and if you could go with a player like Vidal or Nainggolan instead – go for it!
Corentin Tolisso – 8/10
Tolisso was one of my absolute favorite cards on FIFA17 as all of his IF cards were absolute beasts. He had good work rates and could do pretty much anything on the pitch. This FIFA, he is actually even better. Whilst some of the other players kept on disappointing me, Tolisso played well almost every game and he scored a lot of important goals too. Defensively he was well positioned, and though he is rather “tiny” he still wins a lot of tackles defensively. His only flaw I would say is that he could be a little quicker as well as he doesn’t shoot very well with his weak foot. A perfect budget choice if you can’t afford Vidal – or why not play both simultaneously!
Andriy Yarmolenko (IF) – 2/10
Wow, this card disappointed me massively. The potential in this one was huge – he is tall, he is physical, he is rather quick and he has 5* skill moves, which is pretty much the archetypical player I am looking for in the game. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this card turned out to give less value than what you get from a dog poop. The Ukrainian rarely made any runs at all, mostly just standing somewhere in the middle of the opposition’s half and screaming for the ball. As soon as he got it, he became extremely limited as he only could use one of his foots but still tried to use the other one. Those few times where he actually reached the penalty area and decided to shoot, he never hit the shot on goal, and occasionally he even gave away throw-ins when trying to perform easy shots with his right foot. At first I wanted to give him 1/10, but since he can perform fake rabonas and sometimes even a flip-flap, he gets a weak 2/10.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9/10
Aubeastameyang’s TOTS card was my favorite card in FIFA17, and I used his regular card a lot too early on in the game. Hence, I decided to try him out again – and he is still the beast he used to be. He sprints almost all the time, and since he is both physical and have good balance he is nearly unstoppable if striking the through ball well. As soon as he has the ball in possession in the penalty area, he can score from almost any angle too. He can play as a target as well, which means that you can play a lot of different styles and adapt to your opponent’s tactics. Auba deserves a 10/10, but he still lacks a point which is due to him only having 3* skill moves. It’s a shame he still hasn’t been upgraded, at the same time that would mean he would cost almost 2 million coins so maybe I shouldn’t complain – but imagine Auba with 4* skill moves!!
Marco Reus – 8/10
I knoooow that most people didn’t like him in FIFA17 and that he was widely used solely to bring 10 chem to Aubameyang, but in my opinion he is still a solid CAM or winger. He has great long shots and dribbling, he is quick, and he can use both of his feet to become a vital threat pretty much everywhere on the pitch. However he lacks good work rates and become a little lazy in some of the games, he is also pretty weak and gets tackled pretty easily. But as soon as he reaches his top speed and gets the ball, he’s a fantastic player, and he averaged almost one goal per game so he gets a well-deserved 8/10!