Schalke 04 defender Salif Sané is clearly a big fan of FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, with his starting XI being revealed and showing that he’s clearly happy to sink time into the game to build his squad.
Sané’s Schalke squad currently sits in sixth place in the ever-more competitive German Bundesliga, seven points outside of the Champions League qualification spots and currently on course to make the Europa League qualifiers.
Although Sané hasn’t always been able to nail down a starting spot for Schalke, he’s taken his skill – and his 99-rated Ultimate Team card – to FIFA 20, and he’s got a pretty decent team supporting him.
Though Sané has a backline consisting of mostly Bundesliga players, the rest of his squad is filled with some of the biggest and best icons in the game, with four icons finding a spot in his starting XI including Ruud Gullit, who just about every player seems to love.
With a squad rated 88 overall with 100 chemistry, there’s little Sané could do to elevate this team, though there are a couple of strange additions or omissions that the most impassioned FUT 20 players might take issue with.
Here’s his starting XI, played in a 4-2-2-2 formation:
- GK: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (92)
- RB: Kevin Mbabu (84)
- CB: Salif Sané (99)
- CB: Jeremiah St. Juste (84)
- LB: Patrick van Aanholt (84)
- CDM: Frenkie de Jong (94)
- CDM: Ruud Gullit (90)
- CAM: Johan Cruyff (89)
- CAM: Pele (95)
- ST: Ronaldo (94)
- ST: Neymar (93)
Though Sané’s attackers are near enough unbeatable, he’s definitely opted for a weird composition at the back, perhaps aiming to prioritize chemistry where other players with his expendable income may opt for Icons such as Maldini, or to get the ever-reliable Virgil van Dijk in.
Most interesting is probably the inclusion of Crystal Palace’s van Aanholt, who makes little to no sense in this team. Someone like Roberto Carlos would be perfect there or, to stick to his full Bundesliga back-four, someone like Angelino or Alphonso Davies seem more obvious picks.
Although, as they say, the best form of defense is attack, and maybe that’s what Salif opted for here.