As is tradition, and has happened with some many patches on previous FIFAs, EA cater for the lowest denomination of players, all in the name of 'player retention'
Lets look at the facts:
-Ground passing: Nerfed
-Left stick dribbling: Nerfed
-Lobbed through balls: Unchanged
-Interceptions and auto-blocks: Buffed
Unsuprisingly, every single method of attacking *apart* from spamming through balls got nerfed. What was the best to break down little Timmy's wall of 8 players in the box? Quick accurate passes and left stick dribbling. Both nerfed.
It's absolutely ridiculous that ground passing got "fixed" so much that prime Xavi and prime Beckham routinely fail to make easy 10yrd unpressured passes, yet any old trashkid can spam lobbed through balls the entire length of the field with almost perfect accuracy. Isn't it fun to try to break down 7 men in the box when every third ground pass goes somewhere completely different to where it's aimed?
Bad players were crying that their park the bus tactics were getting torn apart from players who could actually dribble and pass. There wasn't enough random variance in the game, so EA were forced to pump up the RNG to keep bad players engaged in the game (seriously, look at how ❤️❤️❤️❤️ ground passing and rebounds are now).
Well done EA, you objectively lowered the skill gap of what was actually one of the best FIFAs in years.