Last week I found the sub about the “44 Chem Myth”. It says that if a player has at least 4 Chem he will play on full performance, but simply won’t get the boosts. Nobody exactly knows how big this boosts are and everyone is wondering about this. So I thought: Let’s try something. So the main message behind this myth is simply “you don’t need chemistry links”.
As you see, every player is on 4 Chem. I spent a big amount of FIFA coins getting those Basic Chemistry styles to equal everything up. I built this team on purpose, so there isn’t one player in the team how has a link to anyone else.
So my current FIFA record is 367 – 46 – 165. So overall I lose 1 out of 4 games. Not that good – not that bad. Maybe a typical division 1 – 2 player.
I played this team for 25 games – not the typical 10, I thought 25 would be better to give you a good feedback.
In this 25 games that I´ve played, I won 21, draw 1 and lost 3, so overall the performance of the team seems to equal my normal performance.
Let’s get a little bit deeper and talk about “Single Player Performance”, “Overall team performance” or Let’s say “Team Feeling”.
So the “Single Player Performance”
I used most of the players before, I normally have the typical douchebag chemistry method. All Strikers and Wingers on Hunter, Central Midfielder on Catalyst and and Defender on Shadow (Please don’t offense me for this…) So usually my Strikers, Wingers and Defenders should get a little Boost on Pace – but tbh I couldn’t realise any difference. Agüero was outpacing most of the Center backs (with the exception of David Luiz and Onuoha) as always. Same here for Hazard and Robben. Ramos nearly won every run against the well known Strikers (with the exception of Sturridge, Ibarbo, Doumbia… we all know this story).
So for me there wasn’t really a noticeable difference. Same here for the other stats. Agüero, Suarez, Hazard and Robben seemed to be clinical finisher as always. Only difference, but maybe it was just me: Robbens weak foot felt weaker than before – it actually felt more like a 1 star wk
Overall Team Performance and Team Feeling
So sometimes the people say “If you play a team without Chemistry it is harder to pass the ball between your players” – I can NOT agree with this. I think it just depends on your skill and our expectations. Maybe it is a kind of notion that Let’s you think this, but I really can´t agree. Tbh I played this games with may more passion – I really focused on the game – I really tried to give my best.
So sometimes the people say “Playing a team without Chemistry feels sluggish”. I have to say that SOMETIMES I can agree with this. But I think this is based on a kind of momentum, or maybe it is the game speed or just a problem with lags. There were 2-3 games that felt a bit sluggish but tbh I haven’t found a reason for this. But if you are 100% in the game and focus on it you will deal with it.
So sometimes the people say “If you play a team without Chemistry, your players will to stupid mistakes” – Yeah, I totally agree. But it doesn’t matter if you have Chemistry or not – stupid mistakes will always happen. I made a little spreadsheet and noticed after every game the amount of balls that bounced away while I´m trying to reach it, Goalkeeper Mistakes, Hitting the Bar and Post, missing great chances and so on. I did the same with a typical 100 Chemistry BPL Squad and compared the data. There was no difference. There will always be games where your goalkeeper won’t react. There will always be games where you miss a great chance.
So for me, there was no difference in the overall team feeling
So I have to say, imo there is no difference playing a team with or without Chemistry.
One thing I noticed while playing this team was the reaction of my opponents. I usually play division 1 and 2, so there are less players that try to run straight to my goal at the kick-off. With this team nearly every opponent who played me and had the kick off, tried just to pass my team to score.
I collected about 9 Direct Messages on PSN saying “This is just handicap, you have no chemistry. Go and F your M… You SoaB…”
I think playing a team without chemistry gives you three big mental benefits:
1. Your opponent feels a safe win from the kick off on
2. You will expect less from your team, what will give you more power. You will be more focused and will play better
3. Whether you believe or don’t believe in Handicap, Scripting and Momentum – You will have a little feeling that you get the advantage
And the biggest benefit from all:
You can be able to built your real Ultimate Team. You can built the team you want.
I am sorry that I haven’t tried position changes in this little experiment, but I thought this would be too much. But with the fact that players on 4 chem (for me!) perform just like they do I think it would be no problem to play an LM on CM (David Silva f.e.)