Macclesfield Town are finally back in action, although not in the way you might think.
When referee Mehmet Yildiraz blows his whistle for the first time today, the Stay Intertoto Cup will commence. Goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook will take the reigns (or the controller) of the Silkmen and begin a mission to guide them to glory, against all the odds.
Well, it wouldn’t be Macclesfield if the odds weren’t stacked against us, would it?
Ahead of each of our games in Group G, we’ll preview the man with the controller and his virtual colleagues, starting with ourselves.
Meet the Manager (of the controller)
Reice Charles-Cook is the man between the (joy)sticks for the Silkmen and he’ll be looking pick up some early points in a rather difficult group. Whilst not being the ‘Group of Death’, his task is still substantial. Two Championship clubs, Middlesbrough and Reading, stand in his way alongside Europa League contenders Wolves. The top two of each group will advance so he’ll be hoping for at least a win and a draw in order to have a chance of advancing. However, we’re quietly confident; Reice has gained a high reputation with his FIFA skills, impressing teammates on away trips. Let’s have a look at the team at his disposal.
Macclesfield Town, a career mode favourite for avid FIFA players, can fit into a variety of formations in the game although they are originally set up in a 5-3-2 formation.
O’Keeffe can be deployed on either flank as well as centre midfield, whilst Stephens can be brought on in a striker or centre attacking midfield role.
The dangerman is Arthur Gnahoua who with a 63 overall is the highest rating player in the squad. His 82 pace and four star weak foot will be effective on the counter attack, especially with the physicality of Ironside next to him and the distribution of O’Keeffe and Archibald bombing down the channels.
Our first game will be a tough test against Patrick Roberts’ Middlesbrough at 5pm this evening and they will surely provide a formidable first test for Reice.
It might not be the usual matchday but nonetheless, come on you Silkmen!