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FIFA 19: Dream Team Gaming’s competitive FIFA debut was impressive but can be improved on

Dream Team Gaming manager Talal and coach Dom talk about how we need to improve our game

Dream Team Gaming entered the world of esports last week – partnering with Reason Gaming for the Gfinity Elite Series Delivered by Dominos.

The high-stakes competition sees 10 teams take part for a top prize of £25,000 – in a tournament that takes place over seven weeks.

Here, coach Dom and manager Talal talk about how the team performed – and what lessons we need to learn ahead of the next game.

Coach: Dom

We need to get better.

‘DTG’ made their debut in the world of competitive FIFA last Friday with a roster chock full of veteran pros who are hungry to win the Gfinity Elite Series.

Four DTG pros competed on Friday – Fully and Thee Bullock on Xbox with Zelonius and ElTenTwelve competing on the PlayStation.

DTG’s slightly unconventional Ultimate Team

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DTG’s slightly unconventional Ultimate Team

Due to our late entry to the competition, DTG were widely regarded as the underdog – made even more so by the fact we missed the Ultimate Team draft and had to settle with the players that were left over.

This meant DTG had the likes of Bobby Moore, Miroslav Klose, Aguero and Griezmann – not a terrible team but missing the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and other world-class finishers.

Fully and Thee Bullock wearing the Dream Team jersey in their first game of the series

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Fully and Thee Bullock wearing the Dream Team jersey in their first game of the series

Game one

After taking a year out of the game during FIFA 18, TheeBullock returned to the competitive scene with a vengeance, alongside teammate Fully, they scored an early goal in the fourth minute of the game, with icon Miroslav Klose scoring the goal.

The first half was dominated by the DTG squad with the ‘Dream Team’ making no mistakes and boasting 62% possession of the ball.

Klose taps it in

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Klose taps it in

The second half was a different story.

After a strong performance in the first half, the tide started to turn against DTG with Team Envy scoring in the 62nd minute.

Not to be deterred, TheeBullock bought the score back to 2-1 with a cross across the box to Klose who tapped it in.

Klose is a finisher

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Klose is a finisher

Although DTG dominated throughout the majority of the game, some slip-ups in defence meant that Team Envy was able to score another goal in the 88th minute.

The final result being a draw meant that DTG only received one point out of the possible four.

TheeBullock and Fully will be back playing again next week – the main takeaway is they need to work on coordinating their defence.

Not happy with the result

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Not happy with the result

Game two

Where the first game felt as though we had been robbed of the victory, the second we were well and truly beaten.

Gfinity Elite Series season 3 MVP Zelonias and newbie ElTenTwelve were paired to face Team Envy on the PlayStation 4.

It became quickly apparent, however, that the two weren’t well matched.

Envy took the early lead and held it

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Envy took the early lead and held it

Both Zelonias and ElTenTwelve had very different playstyles and couldn’t seem to get enough momentum going to even get past Envy’s defence.

Three first-half goals saw Envy take a strong lead – not the score you want to be taking into the second half of a game.

The second half saw DTG struggle to get near Envy’s goal with a back and forth persisting.

We’ll be making some changes.

The PS4 Envy team was on a different level to the Xbox side

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The PS4 Envy team was on a different level to the Xbox side

Manager: Talal

This was a fantastic start for us.

Given the fact we cobbled together an Ultimate Team from, essentially, a load of players no one wanted, we need to be happy with our first performance.

Fully and Bullock showed great promise – making the most out of Klose’s predatory-like finishing.

We were very unlucky to not walk away with the win from the first game but the second was a different story.

A lack of experience and playing time meant DTG’s PS4 debut was disjointed and, in parts, painful to watch.

We’ll improve, and we’re going to be ringing in the changes to come back bigger and stronger.

Oh – and I now have a newfound appreciation for Klose.

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