Dramatically increase the impact of player ratings on the in game performance of the avatar.
Make the 85+ players ridiculously good just like they are in real life. An 85 striker facing a back line of guys rated 60 should have absolutely no problem tearing it up.
In other words, make the value of the skill set of each card a much BIGGER factor in how that avatar plays on the pitch. Good ratings equals amazing on the field performance, crappy ratings and the guy screws up constantly.
TEAM A has a weak human controller playing with a team of elite players like Messi and the gang.
TEAM B has a far stronger human at the helm but a pathetic little bronze team
TEAM A should still win 9 out 10 matches.
Of course, if those two users square off with similar teams than TEAM B will crush and should.
But........Currently we all know a superior human player will win 9 out of 10 even if he is fielding a bronze team. Which is silly.