Be proactive, do not stick to any one game play
It sounds easy, and having your 4-3-3 holding creation is great, but may not be the way you want to play with an inferior cup team two leagues lower than you.
Gone are the days of needing to change your whole starting 11 prior to a match since you are playing with a team you know you'll thrash. You can set up multiple team sheets to represent your managerial style: be an all-out attacking team made to ruin the lower leagues, or a defensive 4-5-1 to hold out for a draw out to Barcelona. Be prepared, destroy, dominate. That's the FIFA way!
It may seem counter-intuitive, but it's not always ideal to have a whole team full of superstars. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may seem like a must-buy together with his 96 speed, but how's his endurance? Speaking of which, stamina is an important aspect of both real-world soccer and FIFA 18. Nowadays teams have to play with an unbelievable amount of games which means you want players that can cope with fixture congestion.
The players with high stamina are often the ones you'd expect, with Ronaldo high up on the list with 92 stamina. You might be unable to sign up, regardless of who you're playing as, but if you're managing Real Madrid, or a different high-profile team, perhaps you may grab N'Golo Kanté with his 94 stamina. Make sure that you have players for many situations and that you aren't likely to end up with a team full of knackered players since you're into the final phases of contests.
Listen to your own players and keep them happy
Is not it annoying once you get an email from Billy Noname requesting to play at the upcoming league game? But what if he's got the capability to end up ridiculously highly rated? Experimenting with your squad is good anyway and maintaining a potential future Messi pleased by just giving him one match may not be a bad idea, just in case.
Ensure that you keep your eye on the deal situation for your best players, too. You do not want a striker that's banging a target or two every game running their contract down. If they're nearing the end, get them or market them but don't get caught in two minds. If it appears like they aren't likely to sign a new deal, don't waste time, eliminate and use the money on a brand new star.
Train your players manually
Anyhow, spend some time playing with the training mode with your own players. It's tempting to just set these up and let them happen, but getting stuck into and controlling the gamers means you can shape them and improve them yourself.
Nevertheless, a few of the drills are not very exciting. With the Bronze and Silver ones, you can automate the sessions, but we recommend spending some time with the Gold ones making sure the best session is had and thus the largest improvements are made. Score with a weak foot often, for example, and try to add this to the player's arsenal.
Study your opposition
Over from the Season tab, you can check out Team Stats. Hidden away in this, you can study the teams you'll be facing in most contests. From the amount of appearances in the contest, to their goals/assists, red and yellow cards down to their average rating up to now. As you get further into competitions and perform on harder issues, you'll have to know what your resistance is like, so you're able to plan and react accordingly.
Once you've seen he is scoring, dive right into his Player Bio and you can find out he has great agility and agility, so perhaps play a faster centre-back against him. Plan your games.