There is a clear difference between these players and someone like Raheem Sterling, who has rhythm whippet-like, but it means its light accumulation outmuscled much more easily. You could win the odd free kick with a little trickery, but if you intend to use his pace, you are better to play the ball behind him to get on – aimed shot too close to defenders and he’ll be packed out all too easily. Shooting is similar context, and type of strike varies from player to player. Tevez in particular, has a howitzer of a right foot, and while you usually expect the ball to increase the longer you press the shutter button, it is a joy to see the thunder strike low kickback below diving goalkeeper, crackling of the surface to send the billowing net. Speaking of “guardians, they are more alert and responsive, this time the interference in their objective of far daisy cutters palm, and quickly get up to throw on loose balls they just trimmed.
The idea of the player character goes far beyond the biggest stars of the game As a fan of Manchester City, I naturally gravitated towards them for my first matches. I expected to find Yaya Toure would be difficult to stop when galloping defenders, and a typical David Silva forward pass would be a thing of the measured perfection. But I am delighted to see the tenacity of Pablo Zabaleta also well represented, while Aleksandar Kolarov marauding down the left would still result in whipped cross with a palpable increase in the pace of the standard. It works both ways, of course: Vincent Kompany could be imperious in the air, but his tendency to step up and try to win the ball early can be exploited by smart tactics. An opponent could use this to his advantage, regularly find low channel gaps until I made a change to tighten things up. As the game last year, some players are clearly under control, but that is true to life: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are close to unplayable, but it’s up to you to find a way to deal with them, either doubling up on markers, cut their supply lines – or even tactical fouling.
The result of this is that the management of the game is more crucial than ever. Substitutions and formation changes can make all the difference in a well fought contest. The introduction of a difficult winger for the last 15 minutes against a tired defense, for example, can wreak havoc. On one such occasion I brought Franck Ribery on the bench in order to torment a rearguard tracking Borussia Dortmund: in the minutes that followed, a red card and a goal against turned what had been a close game in rout .