Fifa 21 is in full swing, and players have worked out their own playstyles and gotten to grips with the mechanics of the game. Here are some of the best sides to take control of in Fifa 21’s revamped career mode.
Spanish football is in flux right now, with Barcelona and Real Madrid look more vulnerable than ever. Real Madrid have come into the 2020/21 season without making a single summer signing for the first time in forty years, and Barcelona are still in the midst of a painful transition with more questions than answers hanging over them.
Feels like it’s the question people ask on the eve of every season, but could this actually be the season Atletico Madrid step up and fill the vacuum?
The reality is that things are far from rosey with Atleti either. The rejuvenation of the squad hasn’t exactly gone to plan so far, with the likes of Kieran Trippier, Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Hector Herrera, Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Lemar all failing to impress consistently enough since arriving over the past couple of seasons. Given the fact that this was a side once boasting the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Partey, Gabi and Diego Godin, it’s clear that Ateltico are still in the midst of an identity crisis.
With rumors swirling around about the future of Diego Simeone in Madrid, now could be the perfect time to swoop in and attempt to break the hegemony of Barca-Real in Spain’s top tier. Atletico still possess one of the best squads in Spain, claimed impressive scalps such as Liverpool last season in the Champions League and have a plethora of young talents such as Joao Felix to potentially build a roster around.
Fifa 21: Brighton and Hove Albion
Let’s face it, Brighton and Hove Albion are not the go-to side for anyone hoping to play games for money in Moneymatches or the Weekend Leagues, but in career mode the South Coast side boast a pretty unique challenge.
Graham Potter has introduced a style of play at the Amex Stadium that very few in the league outside of the top six can match when in full flow. They possess some genuinely talismanic individuals in Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard up top, a plethora of exciting emerging talents in the likes of Steven Alzate, Aaron Connolly and Robert Sanchez, and have recruited shrewdly by bringing experienced veterans such as Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana in for the season.
They also boast two of the biggest talents in the country currently in Ben White and Tariq Lamptey that both promise to be superstars in the league one day. Ben White received rave reviews during his loan spell with Leeds and was at the heart of one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, and Tariq Lamptey has gotten every football fan purring following his impressive performances for Brighton since turning down Frank Lampard and Chelsea.
On top of all of that, the Seagulls have probably the best looking kit in the Premier League to play with.
One of the most high profile and truly tragic declines in European football right now, Schalke are in the midst of an absolute crisis. Having made it to a Champions League semi final as recently as 2011 and second in the Bundesliga in 2018, the club has become engulfed by a series of offield financial and management issues.
Schalke have not won a game for 10 months at the time of writing. 10 whole months. For a team with one of the biggest fanbases in continental football and a history that any side would be proud of, that is absolutely unbelievable.
Schalke have some of the closest ties to their community in the country, and have produced an abundance of talents such as Leroy Sane, Weston McKennie and Leon Goretzka all leaving the club in the last couple seasons.
This all goes to show the two things that make Schalke special, and a club that could make for the most rewarding challenge for a Fifa 2021 career mode. Build around your local talent to help galvanise your supporters, claim a scalp over your Borussia Dortmund rivals and start by reclaiming a spot in Europe’s top competitions to return Schalke to where they belong.