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New Liverpool signing Jota explains how FIFA 20 made him a better player

Published: 20/Sep/2020 11:15 Updated: 20/Sep/2020 15:36

by Connor Bennett

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New Liverpool signing Diogo Jota has explained how FIFA is actually “useful” when it comes to playing in the Premier League as there are plenty of similarities. 

Plenty of professional footballers are just normal FIFA fans. They try and build a top Ultimate Team in order to dominate FUT Champs like everyone else – though it does help when they have a 95-rated version of themselves.

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While we’ve seen plenty of players stake a claim to be the best, Diogo Jota – who joined Liverpool from Wolves for a reported £41 million – actually managed to achieve the ridiculous feat of going 30-0 in FUT Champs. 

The Portuguese star isn’t just about playing FIFA for fun and bragging rights though, he actually uses the game to make himself a better player in real-life. 

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Jota might be the best professional footballer when it comes to FIFA.

The 23-year-old spoke to The Athletic back in May about his love for games like Football Manager and FIFA – including how he’d taken Telford United to the very top of European Football in FM.

Though he might consider getting his coaching badges at a later date, it’s FIFA that actually helps him now. The new Liverpool signing explained that he likes to find ways to play football in video games – be it as a manager or player and that they can be “useful” with regards to real-life games.

“In FIFA you can understand tactics better,” he told Wolves reporter Tim Spiers. “Yes, you play for fun, but you’re trying to work at different things, for example, if the first half your opponent might play a specific way, so in the second half you try to counter-act that.”

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The former Wolves man went 30-0 on FUT Champs and ranked at 61 for the weekend.

Comparing real-life Premier League action to FIFA might seem a bit off base to some, but the new Liverpool man isn’t wrong.

If someone is dominating you in FUT Champs because of their style of play or because of their team, the best players will try to make changes to prevent it from happening further instead of just plowing on.

It is the same in real life when it comes to say tracking a runner defensively or finding a pocket of space in an opposing backline. 

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FIFA 21 TOTW 2 live: Lewandowski, Haaland, Kane, Saint-Maximin, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:05 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 18:11

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS have released the second batch of Team of the Week players in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and it looks like there are some exciting cards up for grabs this week.

Following the completion of another busy game week across football’s top-flight leagues, a new set of TOTW players has been released, featuring some huge names and valuable cards.

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Dexerto made a number of predictions earlier in the week, included at the bottom of this article, so let’s see how they stacked up with leaks and ultimately, the official team as well.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2

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The full Team of the Week #2 in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team!

Just as with the first Team of the Week, the second TOTW squad is stacked with top talent, such as the likes of Lewandowski, Courtois, Kane, and Haaland. While not as high-rated as those studs, the likes of Milan’s Hernandez and Newcastle’s Saint-Maximin should also draw a lot of attention as being “meta” players.

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Here are some of the players you might be interested in:

  • Erling Haaland (86)
  • Robert Lewandowski (92)
  • Harry Kane (89)
  • Thibaut Courtois (90)
  • Ben Chilwell (84)
  • Theo Hernandez (83)
  • Jack Grealish (83)
  • Ollie Watkins (81)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (83)
  • Renato Sanchez (82)
  • Marcel Halstenberg (84)

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 2 leaked

Ahead of EA SPORTS confirming the full TOTW #2, the full squad was claimed to have been leaked – and the leaker even managed to get his hands on the same image that EA would end up tweeting out.

When did TOTW 2 go live in FIFA 21?

EA SPORTS revealed this next FIFA Team of the Week squad at 6PM (UK time) Wednesday, October 7, 2020. As per usual, they were announced and droped into packs at 6pm BST / 12pm CT / 1pm EST / 3am AEST.

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These boosted player upgrades are now being announced at the same time as they drop in-game in FIFA 21, unlike other years where we knew about them three hours prior. 

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This could be a cracking TOTW just in time for the full FIFA 21 release!

FIFA 20 Team of the Week 32 predictions

What a week! Competitions around the world have come back for the 2020/21 season, soon after the end of last year’s staggering campaign. The back-to-back nature of these seasons, it seems, is going to lead to some exciting games.

The biggest news from the Premier League this week was Aston Villa and Tottenham each dolling out huge defeats for Liverpool and Manchester United respectively. Ollie Watkins scored three and assisted one as he led the Villans to a 7–2 victory over the champions, while Heung Min Son was unplayable against United.

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There were a number of other standout performances across the weekend too. Neymar Jr. was at his electric best against Angers, while FIFA 21 cover star Erling Haaland kept up his goalscoring record in a 4–0 win over Freiburg on Saturday.

Here are our TOTW 2 predictions, so let’s see how many we got right this week!

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TOTW 2 predictions

  • GK – Marko Dmitrović – SD Eibar
  • GK – Jiri Pavlenka – Werder Bremen
  • CB – Marvin Friedrich – Union Berlin
  • RB – Facundo Roncaglia – Osasuna 
  • LB – Ben Chilwell – Chelsea
  • LB – Aaron Cresswell – West Ham United
  • LB – Marcel Halstenberg – RB Leipzig
  • CM – Jorginho – Chelsea
  • CM – Mikel Merino – Real Sociedad
  • CM – Dani Di Wit – AZ Alkmaar
  • CM – Mario Pasalic – Atalanta
  • CAM – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
  • RW – James Rodriguez – Everton
  • RM – Marcus Harness – Portsmouth
  • RW – Galeno – Braga 
  • LM – Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle United
  • LW – Neymar – PSG
  • LW – Heung Min Son – Spurs
  • ST – Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund 
  • ST – Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
  • ST – Patson Daka –  RB Salzburg
  • ST – Callum Wilson – Newcastle United
  • ST – Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

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