When I played this mode originally I played counter attack football, I sat in with 4-2-3-1 wide and waited. My scoring methods being fast breaks, wing play / dribbling.
When I tried to play possession football everything became harder. My team ended up with a much higher defensive line to my detriment. Breaking down the opposition if they have good defensive players and a good keeper is very difficult if they are going to sit in and park the bus. Playing like this the game never let me cross the ball and score either with any crossing method (manual / semi / assisted) and It effectively became harder to defend and score trying to play like a dominant side in real life would.
I feel like to be dominant in fifa you have to sit in and be patient, unless you are a monster of skill moves and dribbling in attack. Balance direct football with spamming crosses is less effective than both of the above. In real life teams only really play possession footie, direct footie, fast counters or just massively park the bus and hope for the occasional break out.
Without getting an incredible team and spending a lot of money it seems sitting back and playing counter attack football is the only thing to do to be successful? I am thinking about this in the build up to fifa 20 and deciding if I am going to purchase or not.
Am I wrong?