Kai Wollin was in philosophical mood after his semi-final defeat to Bruce Grannec in the FIFA Champions Trophy.
Winner of the German national qualifier for the FIWC earlier in the year, Wollin was invited to take part in the tournament as the home favourite at Gamescom in Cologne.
Far from making up the numbers, the Borussia Dortmund fan proceeded to win pre-qualifying and become the number one seed for the main event at EA's business lounge on Wednesday night.
However, he fell short against 'the machine', losing 3-2 in a topsy-turvy battle against the Frenchman. Far from being disheartened, Wollin was very positive immediately after the tough loss.
"Yes, I would have liked to win, but I played well which was good. I'm already thinking about next year's FIWC and qualifying for another grand final on FIFA 14," he told GiveMeSport.
"It's the first time we've played with the new game and so it's difficult for everyone, but these things happen. It's just one game and you can lose quickly. That's what happened to me, which is a shame, but I am happy."
Despite the defeat on the big stage, Wollin had earlier beaten eventual winner Alfonso Ramos and young Portuguese gamer Francisco Cruz - as well as earning a draw against Grannec.
And, it's those results that make the player believe he can achieve more success on this game in the future. All the changes made by EA Sports got the nod from the German, who believes the improved intelligence will make a big difference for gamers around the world.
"It feels great (to play). There are a lot of changes between FIFA 13 and FIFA 14, and these are good," he added.
"It's noticeable that you have to work harder to create space on the pitch and create chances, and the team intelligence appears to be much improved as well, particularly in defence.
"I'm feeling a little bit more confident for the FIWC qualifying now I've played the game a few times. We will see what happens, but I hope it goes well."