With the recent release of FIFA 20, Career mode enthusiasts will be eager to lead a team of their choice to victory in EA’s popular football sim.
Chelsea have had a fairly positive run in the 2018/19 season, having achieved third place in the Prem and winning the Europa League.
However, they have had to deal with a transfer ban this summer, along with the departure of star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Fortunately, there is no such ban for you on FIFA 20 Career Mode, so you can look to bring in the world class attacker that Chelsea so desperately need.
Do you have what it takes to take Chelsea back to Premier League and Champions League glory in the years ahead?
RealSport is here to help as you set up your Career Mode with the West Londoners on FIFA 20.
Chelsea receive a four and a half star rating on FIFA 20, consisting of an 80 attack, 82 midfield and 80 defending.
Starting Lineups and Formations
Chelsea’s default formation on FIFA 20 is a 4-3-3 Holding. Any variation of the 4-3-3 system can be used with the team, but holding provides the most balance.
Super Frank has switched things up this season by occasional reverting to an Antonio Conte-esque 3-4-3/5-2-3, and you may wish to do the same if you want more bodies in defence.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (86 GK Kicking) goes in between the sticks, whilst Cesar Azpilicueta (90 standing tackle) and Marcos Alonso operate in the full back positions. Kurt Zouma or Andreas Christensen can then partner Antonio Rudiger in central defence.
World Cup winner N’Golo Kante (92 interceptions) joins Jorginho and summer arrival Mateo Kovacic in midfield, whilst Willian and Pedro flank Olivier Giroud in attack. I
If you need more pace in the final third, look at Christian Pulisic (93 acceleration) or Callum Hudson-Odoi (86 acceleration).
On the bench go for Willy Caballero (OVR 75), Zouma or Christensen (OVR 80), Emerson (OVR 77), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (OVR 79), Ross Barkley (OVR 79), Christian Pulisic (OVR 79) and Michy Batshuayi (OVR 79).
Tactics and Instructions
Playing the veteran front three of Willian, Giroud and Pedro is reliable, but with all three players over 30, you may lack that spark to damage the opposition consistently.
When starting those three, you must play to Olivier Giroud’s strengths of being a target man. The Frenchman isn’t blessed with pace (44 acceleration), but boy, can he head the ball (91 heading accuracy).
Tell the World Cup winner to ‘stay central’ on support runs and his attacking runs should be set to ‘target man’.
The technical ability of all three Centre Midfielders Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic should allow you to get wide players into dangerous positions on the counter-attack.
Defensively, have a look at N’Golo Kante. To make the most of his abilities, put him on ‘aggressive interceptions’, giving you a greater chance of winning the ball back higher up the pitch.
During your training sessions you should be looking at the high growth players, indicated by the green icon. At Chelsea, this includes Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Oodi and Tammy Abraham.
The Transfer Market
Starting transfer budget: £86 million
Starting wage budget: £753,00 a week
Who should go
Chelsea shipped some of their fringe players in real life, but there is still more that can go in this new-look Blues team.
With a new striker set to be top off your transfer business, with a heavy heart you can say goodbye to Michy Batshuayi. One goal in half a season for Valencia last season proved he isn’t of top class calibre, so look to sell the Belgian international for close to £20 million, freeing up a further £99,000 a week in your wage budget.
Marco van Ginkel is still on the injury table, and you would imagine that as soon as the Dutchman is fit, he will be sent to a club back in his homeland, following a successful loan spell at PSV in 2017/18. The midfielder should collect you around £9 million, freeing up £78,000 a week in wages.
Most of the young talent at Chelsea have the potential to fight for a first team place in the future, with the exception of third-choice goalkeeper Jamie Cumming – make sure you replace him though.
Other than that, it’s only Michael Hector you should be shown the door who has spent the past four seasons away on loan from the club, at four different clubs.
Chelsea do love sending players out on loan, and there are a number of candidates you can send out to gain more experience
Billy Gilmour, George McEachran, Marc Guehi, Tino Anjorin, Ian Maatsen, Tariq Lamptey and Jack Wakely are still someway off the first team picture so look to send them out on loan.
Who to sign
New Transfer Budget: £116 million
New Wage Budget: £982,000 a week
World Class Striker
Olivier Giroud is not the weakest player in the starting lineup, but his role in the squad makes him vulnerable. A target man is an asset to any squad, but if he starts, you must play in a certain way – and is detrimental to explosive midfielders Ruben Loftus Cheek, Ross Barkley and Mason Mount.
With few top class strikers available, it looks as if your best bet is Ciro Immobile. The Italian forward has been one of the most consistent forwards on the planet in recent years, reflected by his 86 overall on FIFA 20.
The Lazio man has stats of 91 positioning, 87 reactions and 87 finishing to his game, seeing him cost in excess of £60 million (Release clause of £68.1 million) on Career Mode. Aged 29, he is the perfect stop-gap ahead of Tammy Abraham (POT 85) becoming your number 1 forward.
- Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich, Age 30, OVR 89, POT 89, Cost: £83 million, Wage: £212,000 a week
- Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli, Age 28, OVR 87, POT 87, Cost: £64 million, Wage: £126,000 a week
- Gareth Bale – Real Madrid, Age 29, OVR 85, POT 85, Cost: £58 million, Wage: £225,000 a week
- Timo Werner – RB Leipzig, Age 23, OVR 83, POT 87, Cost: £55 million, Wage: £63,000 a week
- Arkadiusz Milik – Napoli, Age 25, OVR 83, POT 88, Cost: £56 million, Wage: £82,000 a week
With no transfer embargo, the board are giving you a tough task in your first season in charge. No silverware is demanded, but going deep in all the competitions won’t be easy.
For Domestic Success, you will need a top four finish in the Premier League and reach the semi-final in the FA Cup. As for Continental, the semi-finals of the Champions League is expected, with the Blues in a tough group including Ajax, Valencia and Lille.
Youth development has a very low importance. All you need to do is sign one youth player and play them in one match.
Brand Exposure, highlights selling £135 million worth of shirt sales. Brining in big names and scoring plenty will help you achieve this.
Back on top of the tree?
If you’re playing on a testing difficulty, being able to claim three major trophies this season is a tall order. It may all hang on signing that quality striker, but even then, Chelsea don’t have the depth of the other title challengers in the Premier League.
Aim for a top three finish and look to reach the finals of FA Cup and Europa League. Rotate your squad, rest all your big players in Europe and make sure you start the season well to have a chance of making it a fantastic season during your first Chelsea campaign.
Full Chelsea player ratings
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