At first I thought I had wasted my hard earned coins on this Prime Rijkaard untradeable card. Why?
He felt Clunky, hard to turn, sometimes out of position, barely intercepting anything. He felt more of a liability in all honesty. It was if I was forcing him in my team.
However I decided to study this card's movement and see how he acts and reacts to changing certain settings. And finally I unlocked the true frank Rijkaard, arguably the 2nd best CDM in the game, Viera is just undisputed. SO how did I do it? Listen up!!!
Went through some Chemistry styles: Engine, Anchor, Backbone, Sentinel and Shadow. I must say that his performance was best with Shadow.
Normally I play with defensive custom tactics as follows: PRESSURE - 44, AGGRESSION - 47 TEAM WIDTH 45.
Whichever formation i use, this is mostly my tactics to start the game with. However Rijkaard looked like junk with those tactics, with his base stat of Aggression being 78 and defensive workrate at Medium he just hovered around the CDM spot, doing nothing basically. The Key here is to increase the Aggression in your custom tactics between 63-65, making ur players more aggressive towards the ball. Rijkaard responded to this change.
Then in the CDM spot which he really is the most effective at, change his Defensive Behaviour to Cut Passing Lanes and Stay Back while attacking. Leave his Interceptions at Normal, I tried using Aggressive but sometimes he over-commit in tackles which led to gaps in the defense.
Interestingly, I also noticed a huge difference as well when keeping the Defensive Line on Cover. Sometimes I change it up and use Offside but this did hamper Rijkaard because he was not covering plays very well. Essentially you want the AI to intercept with ur CDM or at least put him in position for you to make a good tackle and these are the settings that worked when I studied him and changed to these tactics.
Of course everyone's play-style is different and what works for one may not work for another. It must go without saying though that Rijkaard is not agile and not a goal scorer but he is an EXCELLENT passer and EXCELLENT interceptor and tackler once you use him as such, afterall you have to stick to a players strength; you certainly will not be going at Ferdinand with Messi expecting to out-muscle him on goal, that's not the cards prowess. Stick to what Rijkaard does best and he will make a wonderful addition to ur squad.