Perhaps the most glaring problem with FIFA 17’s online play mode is that most gamers opt to use – on paper – the best football (or soccer) club in the world, Real Madrid. No one can blame them, really, as the Madrid-based club is stacked with superb offensive talent such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and James Rodriguez. In more ways than one, it’s like playing with the Golden State Warriors in NBA 2K17, or the New England Patriots in Madden – it simply is just unfair.
FIFA 17 has hundreds of other soccer clubs from other domestic leagues around the world. Yes, the majority of them don’t stand a chance when playing online, against Real Madrid no less, but there are still quite a handful of strong teams that will offer a bit of a challenge to the Spanish heavyweights. For now, let’s focus our attention to, what Bleacher Report calls the “Most Powerful League in the World,” the English Premier League. Here’s a rundown of three interesting EPL sides you should try the next time you play FIFA 17 online.
Arguably, one of the most all-time overrated clubs in FIFA – and maybe in real life, Manchester United has seen its fair share of ups and downs. On the surface, they always seem to be a viable club to use online, because of their star striker, Wayne Rooney. After scoring a record-breaking 250th goal for the Red Devils, Ralph Ellis, a sports journalist who regularly writes articles on the Premier League for Betfair, documented the renewed fire in the eyes of Rooney as he looks to regain his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting line up. According to the piece, the United striker is determined to win matches now more than ever.
In terms of the United team, the summer acquisitions made by Mourinho means the Red Devils and FIFA players now have the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, and Eric Bailly to call upon.
Like their EPL rivals, Manchester City also offer a capable squad each year. Pep Guardiola has addressed the club’s lack of depth in midfield as well as on the wings, with the addition of a few key players. Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne are outstanding midfield partners, and complement players to Sergio Aguero and David Silva. Kelechi Iheanacho continues to impress and show his true potential. As a matter of fact, The Express considers him as one of the Premier League’s hidden gems who has the greatest potential growth in FIFA.
In short, using Manchester City in online play will give Real Madrid gamers a run for their money.
Tottenham Hotspur is one of the most under-the-radar clubs in FIFA. With Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Eric Dier leading the charge Spurs are among the best teams in the EPL. From a gaming standpoint, the team is well balanced, underlining quality in every position. They are built not to over run opponents with skill and flair, but rather as a squad that dissects rivals with intelligent passing, patient off-the-ball movements, and pinpoint accuracy. Indeed, Tottenham Hotspur deserves its newly minted five-star rating promotion in FIFA.
FIFA 17 is available now on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. For more info, check out the game here.
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