This post is a sequel to our previous post, Top 5 Clubs to Use in FIFA 14. International teams obviously can’t buy players like club teams can, so this is based on the balance needed to win. These 5 international teams can be used in FIFA 14 tournaments to give you the biggest advantage over your opponent. So let’s explore the top 5 countries that I believe you should try in FIFA 14.
To use Argentina, you have to be confident in your defense because the Argentine defence won’t do you any favors. The old adage, “attack is the best form of defence”, is especially true in the case of Argentina.
This defense is so weak that there’s probably 4 star teams with better defences. Zabaleta will likely improve but I think Coloccini will drop in ratings because he had a pretty inconsistent season. Garay and Rojo are difficult to predict whether they are going to improve or not. One thing I can say is that Rojo is only a 74 rating so you can only hope he improves.
The midfield is where things start to look up for Argentina. Their main issue is that don’t have any depth so you’re pretty much stuck with Mascherano, Gago, and Di Maria. They aren’t a bad 3 to be stuck with and by all means make a good midfield; it’s just not as good as others. Mascherano is a very good player to have in front of your defense, his excellent tackling and positioning skills are vital to have in front of such a poor defense. Gago is another defensive midfielder but he’s more of a playmaker so can play further up in the midfield. Di Maria is more of a winger but will have to make do as more of a central player due to Argentina’s lack of central midfielders. None of the midfield players really had stand out seasons so I do not envision any of them improving.
The reason why some people use Argentina, is that their attack is deadly. I don’t really need to talk about Messi; his 94 rating does all the talking. I don’t think his rating will drop the next FIFA and there’s a chance it could even rise. Aguero has incredible pace and deadly finishing skills, however he did not have the best season for Man City so he could decrease in rating slightly. Lavezzi just adds more deadly pace to the attack which can tear apart any defense. He may improve slightly as he played 42 games for PSG this season and helped in winning them the league.
Italy is going to be the dark horses in FIFA 14. They keep exceeding expectations in real life and I’m pretty sure they’ll exceed expectations in FIFA 14.
Italy and Juventus both have a similar perfectly balanced defense. I keep talking about the “balance” because it will always be extremely important in FIFA. Italy’s defenders, Abate and Chiellini have great height. Balzaretti doesn’t have great pace but Chiellini and De Ceglie can make up for it.
Italy’s midfield has been the reason behind Italy’s surprise results over the past few years. The pairing of Pirlo and De Rossi has been second to none. Pirlo’s shooting, passing and technique combines dangerously with De Rossi’s hard tackling and fantastic positional play. On FIFA, it would be more beneficial to have two fast CDM’s than one good deep lying playmaker and one good defensive player. The attacking midfielders of Marchisio, Giovinco, and Di Natale have the pace and technique to get past any defense. Di Natale, Pirlo, and De Rossi are all starting to age, and I do not see them improving in FIFA 14.
Italy has a big, strong, and fast striker. Balotelli is great at shooting at both long and short distances. He’s pretty much a complete striker and he is still young, which means he will continue to keep improving. He had an instant impact at AC Milan and played well for Italy in the confederation’s cup so I can see his rating improving slightly.