It’s finally September, and while Manchester City’s 2019/20 campaign is firmly underway, it doesn’t completely feel like the season has begun until EA’s annual release of the latest and greatest edition in the FIFA franchise.
In the wake of the Blues’ triumphant Centurian season, FIFA 19 unsurprisingly saw Manchester City receive a number of notable rating boosts to the squad’s top performers. In particular, Ederson, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling saw their FIFA stats rocket to meet their top-notch performances from City’s Premier League-winning campaign.
In the wake of a Fourmidable 2018-19, how will City’s first team players, young and old, stack up to the world’s best in FIFA 20? In part one of our three-part prediction series, we’ll be taking a look at the goalkeepers and defenders and how their ratings could look in the new game!
Ederson – 88 (FIFA 19 Rating: 86) (+2)
- Ederson started all 38 Premier League games for City last season and recorded clean sheets in over half of them. While some of Ederson’s success can be attributed to City’s dominance elsewhere on the pitch, the Brazilian made huge saves in big moments last season and his clean sheet record simply cannot be ignored. I predict he’ll see a small bump from last year’s ratings. After all, City did win four trophies last season, in case you hadn’t heard. Ederson and his impeccable distribution out of the back are a huge part of City’s success under Pep Guardiola and he should be rated among the best keepers in the game.
Claudio Bravo – 77 (FIFA 19 Rating: 79) (-2)
- As we know, old-timer Claudio Bravo was out injured for the entirety of last season. While the 36-year-old Chilean looked fresh in the preseason and performed admirably in City’s victory in the Community Shield a few weeks ago, father time is undefeated, and it should come as little surprise if/when his FIFA rating takes a dip.
Aymeric Laporte – 88 (FIFA 19 Rating: 83) (+5)
- Arguably City’s best performer last season, and surely their most consistent, the French centre-back has undoubtedly earned a major bump in his FIFA rating from last season. A FUT Premier League Team of the Season card recipient and recently crowned (by Pep Guardiola himself) best left-sided centre back in the world – Laporte is truly an all-world talent and deserves to be rated as such.
Joao Cancelo – 85 (FIFA 19 Rating: 81) (+4)
- City’s most recent signing will see a substantial boost from last year’s 81 rating. A pacy and prolific right-back, the former-Juventus man racked up 5 assists in all competitions last season, boasting an 86% pass completion percentage in Serie A and earning himself an impressive FOUR Team of the Week cards in FUT 19. Surely that will result in a sizable rating boost for the Portuguese international.
Kyle Walker – 85 (FIFA 19 Rating: 84) (+1)
- One of the Blues’ most reliable starters in recent campaigns, Kyle Walker enjoyed another successful season last year, which included his first goal in a City shirt. Nevertheless, the Englishman will turn 30 next May, which means his FIFA rating is likely to plateau this year, at a career-best 85.
Nicolas Otamendi – 85 (FIFA 19 Rating: 86) (-1)
- With Vincent Kompany rounding into form in the latter stages of last season, and Aymeric Laporte a lock for the starting XI when healthy, Nico Otamendi made few appearances down the stretch last spring. Still, Otamendi accumulated 14 starts in the Premier League last season, scored his lone goal in the FA Cup, and more or less maintained his status as a rock solid, physical centre-back. The predicted drop in rating is merely due to age, as Nico will turn 32 before this season is up.
John Stones – 83 (FIFA 19 Rating: 82) (+1)
- The importance of the coming season for John Stones is well-documented, as the former Everton man has yet to cement a consistent place in Pep’s starting XI. While injury issues continued to break up any run of successive starts last season, Stones did manage 20 nods at centre-back in the Premier League and was yet again a key contributor to City’s success on all fronts. As a result, his youth (25) should help him earn a small increase in FIFA rating.
Benjamin Mendy – 82 (FIFA 19 Rating: 81) (+1)
- Benjamin Mendy began last season in absolutely sensational form, notching an incredible five assists in City’s first four Premier League games. Unfortunately, injuries follow the young Frenchman wherever he goes, and the 2018-19 campaign unfortunately provided City fans with only a fleeting reminder of Mendy’s flashy potential. For those reasons, it’s difficult to see a rating boost of anything more than a single point.
Angelino – 77 (FIFA 19 Rating: 73) (+4)
- Angelino was perhaps City’s most financially savvy summer signing. The young Spaniard enjoyed a successful run of form with PSV in the Dutch first division last season, dishing out nine assists en route to a FUT Eredivisie Team of the Season card. At just 22, Angelino is young and has earned a nice boost to his FIFA rating.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 79 (FIFA 19 Rating: 71) (+8)
- Sadly, it seems as though only City fans truly appreciate the importance of Zinchenko’s role in the squad last season. Indeed, filling in for the oft-injured Benjamin Mendy was no small task for Oleksandr, particularly when it required him to play out of his favored midfield position. While it remains to be seen if FIFA will finally acknowledge the talents of the Blues’ sole Ukrainian international, I’ll boldly predict a meteoric rise in rating, with a +8 representing the biggest ratings boost among City players.
You can find part two here: https://mcfcxtra.com/2019/09/05/fifa-20-manchester-city-player-rating-predictions-part-two/
You can find part three here: https://mcfcxtra.com/2019/09/06/fifa-20-manchester-city-player-rating-predictions-part-three/
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