I'm just curious to get opinions.
Tonight I played a 77 rated 49 chem team on legendary and lost 1-0 .
Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm not good. But on legendary I regularly score 1-3 goals against 82-84 rated teams on 100 chemistry. This was the toughest CPU defense I've ever played.
The CPU was unbreakable. Everywhere I tried to go in the offensive half there were CPU players swarming me and positioned perfectly to cut every passing lane. Most passes got intercepted, however safe or open my player appeared. They blocked almost every shot. They were perfectly positioned everywhere, including the silver LB on all red chemistry lines. The one good shot I did get, Begovic on 2 chem dove across the net to make a sprawling far post save. Plus, none of my players would move or make a run no matter what I tried. And, of course, no fouls called on the CPU.
The first week I played squad battles opponent chemistry felt like it mattered. But in the last week it changed and now low chem consistenly play just like supposedly tougher opponents. At this point I have a hard time believing the stated claim that opponent chemistry affects squad battle play. I certainly can be wrong but the SB gameplay is just so damn inconsistent, at least to a marginal player like me.
FWIW here is the goal I conceded in the 89th minute to lose. The original cross came from the one player in an Oktoberfest kit not on 2-4 chemistry (depending on loyalty). He got off the low cross because my AI Jordan Lukaku had pulled himself miles out of position so I had to try and track back with Gonalons, who was too slow. I then switched to Cancelo (on 10 chem) who was perfectly positioned to clear the cross but the 2 chem CPU player somehow comes from behind and gets off a shot by kicking between Cancelo's legs that hits the far post. 2 chem CPU Burgstaller reacts immediately, while my 10 chem AI Benatia turns the wrong way and my 10 chem AI Parolo doesn't sprint to the ball, choosing something of a more casual jockey instead. I had wanted to switch to Parolo but I got switched to Tonelli instead and was too far away to make the play.
Make of it what you will. I don't profess to be a great FIFA player.