I have to start saying this is an absolute Black Beast in the midfield. He can almost win every ball there. If it's a short pass, he intercepts, run, he gets over it.
Sligh tackle, stam over opponent, medium tackle, stam over the opponent, hard tackle, opponent injured without a foul call. This man can recover the ball 100 times a match without even get tire 50%. Wins every header everywhere. Stamina 100% great, Passing absolute great, ball control, strength. I have found one issue with him and it's his Balance (70), he can aggressively recover the ball but many times he will fall. Shooting is regular, not the best tho. Be careful, sometimes he pass the ball and go straight forward attacking (not an issue for me, since being CM for me this is sometimes helpful).
- Dribbling (pretty decent)
I decided to go big as I felt my midfield lacked both discipline and a leader. Spending 2 million coins on an untradeable icon is not the obvious choice and I would under no circumstance say that Vieira represent value for coins at all, but what a player he is.
If you pick up Vieira you don't get a player - you get an absolutely unstoppable tank!
The fact that he is somehow lazy on the offensive end is beneficial in my opinion. He is not the most creative midfielder out there so he would most likely not contribute hugely on the offensive end after all, at least not on my team.
PACE: He is more than fast enough to be competitive in terms of pace against any CAM in the first place. If you hook him up with a shadow/catalyst he could also be able to stop some of the faster attackers too. Overall he is very fast to be that strong and tall and the fact that there's no big gap between acceleration and sprint speed makes him even better in my opinion.
SHOOTING: I am not gonna lie but this is his absolute weakness. I literally can't believe they placed his shooting base stat in the eighties as it feels more like in the sixties in game. However if you fire some rockets from outside the box you might end up getting lucky. I have not cashed in at this at any point though.
PASSING: The way many opponents have structured their teams lets Vieira work very much in peace when it comes to passing. However the way I play him is just pushing the ball up the field to one of my outside CM's and then his passing stats ain't incredibly important after all. On the other hand Vieira is a reliable passer and receiver of the ball.
DRIBBLING: His actual dribbling is totally irrelevant the way I play him but his ball control and composure is amazing. Both his balance and agility pretty much sucks. The trick you wanna play about the balance is being ready to push of the pressing opponent before he makes the tackle (press L2/LT2).
DEFENDING: Amazing. Nothing to complain about.
PHYSICAL: Amazing. Nothing to complain about.
Amazing in a CDM/CM role. Can play CAM but would be much better in a more defensive role. I used a CATALYST on him, giving him 95 PAC and 91 PAS. Even around my team of players Viera stands outs.
Denies many through balls
Blocks off 1v1 chances
Shooting is nothing special
Patrick Vieira is the best CDM in the game and it isn't even close. In 23 games he has only made 1 error; besides that he has been perfect. He brutally assaults defenders with the force of 3 men and gets away with it each and every time. The Desailly/Vieira dynamic duo is too much to handle (see my review on prime Desailly). His shooting and dribbling leaves a lot to be desired, but you're getting this card strictly for the defense and everything else is just a bonus.
If you have the coins and feel as though your midfield is lacking, I highly recommend you acquire this man.
- Incredibly fast for such a big boi
- Perfect defending
- Perfect physicality
- Solid passing
- Has a decent hairline in-game
- Wins headers and scores off corners like it's nothing
- His dribbling could be better, but it's really not a huge issue unless you let him take it up the field often
- Try to avoid shooting with him if you need to score
- A bit expensive
I have been a fan of vieira since the fifa's of the early 2000's and also with his role in the france national team during that era. To my knowledge there has never been another player like him. In those old fifa's I did use him a lot as a cdm in 4-1-2-1-2 (small) formation and If I can afford him I still do today in ultimate team.
You may not be inclined to dish out all this money for a cdm but I can honestly say that he will be worth every penny. Sure he will not score you the goals, but he will make sure your opponent has a hard time scoring and he is a master at keeping the ball in midfield. He's not only stellar at defending, he also an amazing passer. Even from the cdm position in a 41212 formation you'll be able to pass the ball with ease to your strikers. Vieira 91 passes better than most cams, he hasn't failed a single pass in the 20-ish games I played with him.
He will also win every duel, it doesn't matter who he comes up against, he will win in the air and on the ground, the man is boss, They can hardly steal the ball from him too, and if they do, he'll just take it right back. If they try to pass and vieira is on that passing line, sorry access denied, 94 interceptions.
I did the sbc of rui costa because I didn't find any decent cams in the beginning of fifa 18. I knew rui costa wouldn't cut it for the entire year, but I was planning to put him in the sbc of vieira, because I know vieira is a player I will never feel like selling, there's no one better than him on the cdm position, not even close. That might not be the case with other icons, so this will probably be last big sbc that I do.
If you're a controlling defensive player or use counter tactics vieira 91 is a must have card. He will make your defense complete, control the midfield and even assist goals from the back line.
- Wins every duel
- Amazing passer
- Dominates in the air
- Controls midfield and completes your defense.