During the doldrums of the current EPL postponement, West Ham United’s Michail Antonio and Spurs’ Sessegnon got together for a little FIFA 20 match with heavy reparations to the loser.
With nothing else to recap football related since the Hammer’s recent loss to Arsenal, it was nice to see something, anything West Ham associated to watch. Yes, it was FIFA 20 and yes, it was only about 20 minutes in total but something is everything in times like these.
The anticipation had been mounting since it was announced earlier this week on Twitter and the smack-talking did not disappoint. However, the match itself was a different story as Antonio’s West Ham side never really got going.
He chose to line the Hammers up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with more than a few surprises in there. Lukasz Fabianski was in net and he was guarded by Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, and Masuaku. In front of them was the youngster Declan Rice and a surprising appearance by Jack Wilshere.
The attacking 4 had a few surprises as well with Anderson, Lanzini, and Antonio himself lined up left to right with Sebastien Haller upfront. If he picked a bench to backfill the starters, you didn’t see them as he went unchanged the entire 90 minutes.
The first half started out like a shot from a gun but if anything was for certain, Michail Antonio plays FIFA just how he plays real-life football, fast-paced and without caution. Ryan Sessegnon, however, kept his cool and put in 2 against the Hammers before the half was over.
It looked like Antonio was contemplating making a few changes at the half and even switching up the formations as he lacked pace against a much quicker Sessegnon side. With all of the surprises to the starting XI, the performance of a computer-generated Hammers side playing with one upfront looked very normal to what it would really look like… slow and un-attacking.
After 2 very sloppy tackles from Antonio in the box (both with Issa Diop) resulting in penalties, Super Super Fab stopped them both. Maybe Miggy as a backup keeper isn’t a bad option. But other than that, nothing of any excitement happened in the second half resulting in a crushing defeat for the West Ham man and an embarrassing apology incoming.
After the first every FIFA London Derby, who’s to say that we might not see more of the same with the season still hanging in the balance of a Coronavirus hold on the EPL and really, the world. The match can be found here on Twitch and also on West Ham’s official site. Hopefully, Antonio can get better or maybe the Hammers will find a better representative for the next time out.