Obviously, while a 0-0 against a team comprising Mbappe and Messi is all good and well, I was not scoring at the opposite end of this area. From neutralising teams, I knew I'd improved defensively, but I was essentially unable to score. At this point, I knew personnel was a problem, and that I'd need to overhaul my whole team. I had been getting to the point where I was feeling more confident about my ability to compete online, but with the best of respect, I knew Redmond wasn't going to cut it.
I'd made a fair couple of diamonds and Packs just by playing the game now, but I hadn't been messing around with the Transfer Marketplace too much. I knew I was likely to have to sell players to be able to buy better ones, and to my surprise I was able to construct a fairly good team without much money at all. Of course, I had been purchasing fundamental Gold cards rather than unfathomably expensive FUT Icons, however, things began to come together.
I knew I needed to stick with Kevin Trapp in target since, while he's far from the best keeper in the match, I was comfortable with him. So I started to work out from there, including Bundesliga players into my defence, and eventually settling on a French motif. I replaced Redmond with Marcus Rashford, and stored up a lot of money to buy a basic version of Paul Pogba in midfield, who I liked as a CDM. For some time I used Francis Coquelin together with him, but the aim was always to get N'Golo Kante in there.