RB Leipzig's Mukiele calls for major changes in FIFA 21 - Dexerto

RB Leipzig’s Mukiele calls for major changes in FIFA 21

Published: 13/Nov/2020 11:39 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 12:02

by Jacob Hale


Professional footballers have been a little more outspoken about their issues with FIFA in the last couple of years, and now RB Leipzig’s French right-back Nordi Mukiele has called out EA over gameplay issues.

In the past, we’ve seen the likes of Manchester City star striker Sergio Aguero hit out at the game’s ‘pay-to-win’ elements, while Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku took a pop at them for lowering his rating in FIFA 21.

So it’s no secret that these footballers all play FIFA just like us, and seem to get annoyed at it just like we do — and now we can add another name to the list.

Nordi Mukiele, despite being a regular starter for RB Leipzig in their domestic and European campaigns, has given the game some time, and isn’t best pleased with one major issue.

RB Leipzig Nordi Mukiele throw in
WIkimedia Commons: Steffen Prößdorf
Mukiele has become a first-team starter for the impressive RB Leipzig squad.

Like many of his fellow FIFA 21 grinders, Mukiele has taken issue with issues in the penalty box in the game.

“PLEASE repair faults in the penalty area…,” he begged of EASPORTSFIFA in a November 12 tweet. “I want to cry.”

Finishing the post with a number of crying emojis, you can imagine the sheer desperation that a professional football player must be experiencing to complain to the game’s developers in such a public setting.

He’s likely referring to the issues with refereeing decisions when attacking in the opposition’s box — or, more accurately, the lack of competent refereeing decisions made.

Players are regularly reporting that referees are a little overzealous with giving away penalties, especially with similar fouls being committed in other parts of the pitch with no penalization for the offending team or player.

Whether EA take heed of Mukiele’s request remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt we’ve all seen some questionable decisions made in the box on either end of the pitch, so we’ll just have to wait and see.


FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 live: release time, TOTW leaks, predictions

Published: 25/Nov/2020 7:02

by Isaac McIntyre


The next FIFA 21 Team of the Week, TOTW 9, is now on its way in Ultimate Team ⁠— here’s everything we know about the new upgraded team so far, including any EA SPORTS leaks, the promo’s release time, and more.

Last week’s TOTW, the eighth in FIFA 21, was undoubtedly the best we’ve seen yet, so it’s going to be a tough ask for Team of the Week 9 to go one better.

There’s a good chance it could come close, however, is a huge stack of international stars in line for IF cards, including Cristiano Ronaldo, cover star Erling Haaland, and Romeulu Lukaku. Zlatan Ibrahimovic ⁠— who is planning to sue EA over his rights ⁠— could be included too.

Forwards weren’t the only stars to shine this week either. Tottenham shot-stopper Hugo Lloris and Everton’s Lucas Digne could get in-form cards, while Monaco centerpiece Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings in a 3-2 win over PSG.

Here’s everything we know about the mid-week promo so far, including when the newest Team of the Week lineup will drop in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, possible in-form card leaks, and Dexerto’s weekly TOTW predictions.

Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.
Cristiano Ronaldo could get his first FIFA 21 in-form in TOTW 9.

Team of the Week 9 start time

On November 25, FIFA publishers EA SPORTS will release the ninth batch of Team of the Week cards for this year. The TOTW 9 promo will begin at 6pm (UK time), as per usual.

That means 6pm BST, 12pm CT, 1pm EST, 3am AEST for those around the world.

These boosted TOTW 9 player upgrades will be announced at the same time as they drop in-game. Keep your eyes peeled on our official Twitter account — we always make sure to share the new FIFA 21 team as soon as it’s live.

FIFA 21 Team of the Week 9 leaks

So far, EA SPORTS hasn’t let any early Team of the Week 9 cards slip ⁠— after TOTW 7, when they accidentally shipped 11 upgraded cards early, they’re likely playing it extra safe.

If any leaks drop ahead of the official TOTW 9 reveal, we’ll keep you updated.

Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham's 2-0 win over City last weekend.
Hugo Lloris was immense in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over City last weekend.

Our FIFA 21 TOTW 9 predictions

While you wait, make sure you check out Dexerto’s TOTW 9 predictions. We’ve compiled a list of all the players that could get those IF cards this week; let’s see if you agree with our tips.

Here’s our list of predictions. Once the official team has been released, you’ll be able to see how many we guessed correctly:

  • Hugo Lloris – Tottenham Hotspur
  • Anthony Lopes – Lyon
  • Conrado – Lechia Gdańsk
  • Lucas Digne – Everton
  • Marcos Senesi – Feyernoord
  • Aleksandar Dragovic – Bayer Leverkusen
  • Jules Kounde – Sevilla
  • Atiba Hutchinson – Beşiktaş
  • David Brooks – AFC Bournemouth
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan – AS Roma
  • Yannick Carrasco – Aletico Madrid
  • Diego Perotti – Fenerbahçe
  • Cesc Fabrega – AS Monaco
  • Rodrigo De Paul – Udinese
  • Yusuf Yazici – Lille
  • Zakaria Labyad – Ajax
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic – AC Milan
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Juventu
  • Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan
  • Andy Delort – Montpellier 
  • Jean-Phillipe Mateta – Mainz
  • Danny Johnson – Leyton Orient

So, there you have it ⁠— Dexerto’s full list of predictions for Team of the Week 9. Once we have our hands on the confirmed list of upgrades, we’ll be sure to add them to this article and let you know. Until then, enjoy a few games of FIFA!