So the last session of Season 10 came, and I was pushing for silverware on two fronts: the League, and the FA Cup.
I’ll reveal now that the League was a washout. I dropped too many points in the last few matches for even the most generous league table scripting to help me out.
Fulham emerged as the runaway league leaders – and the eventual Champions, nudging Chelsea and my Coventry and Huddersfield out of the way. I know, life in this made-up 2028 sure is bizarre.
I actually met Fulham in the 3rd-from-last league match of the season, when I still had a mathematical chance to overtake them. They were 8 points ahead of me. So I needed to win to reduce the deficit to 5 points and then win my last two matches as well whilst hoping for a generous dollop of help from the scripting. Stranger things have happened.
I didn’t win. Fulham thumped me 3-1. It was another really good match, as the matches against Huddersfield and other ‘lesser’ opposition have been so far this season. PES in the current era is better with relatively few star players on either side. There’s no 1000mph pinball. You can stop and think and enjoy whatever’s happening. You can think ‘no way Stewart Downing!’ (Downing is one of Fulham’s star men).
Fulham went on to win the league by 9 clear points. 10 points clear of me. I finished in 3rd, securing my Champions League spot with a last-day 1-0 win away to Arsenal.My players did the slow walk of semi-shame. No league title for us, again, when it was really within our grasp for much of the season. I had been well positioned just behind the leaders for most of the race, but I couldn’t get enough of a sprint on to overtake at the end, unlike Seb Coe in his pomp (shoutout to all fans of the 1980 Moscow Olympics).Just before the above scenes, there was the small matter of the FA Cup Final to play.
I have not won a single thing in PES2019 so far. Unless we’re counting the Championship Playoff Final as a thing.Watford were the opponents, and in retrospect, it might have been better if I’d come up against one of the big boys. We all know how tricky the lesser teams can be in PES. I remember Sunderland being my bogey team for several editions in a row back in the PES6-PES2011 kind of era.
Things started well. Things started great, with me scoring a great goal after 7 minutes. Here is the goal, one of the most satisfying I’ve scored in PES2019. Forlan with a power volley from 24 yards:
Get in that net. Incidentally, note right at the start of that clip how I win the ball back with a frontal sliding tackle. I HATE that way of winning the ball back – so video-gamey. Shouldn’t be allowed. But it’s the kind of possibility that has to be included because the online multiplayers demand it.
Scoring like that after 7 minutes in the FA Cup Final in which lowly Watford were the opponents – this was the worst thing that could have happened to me.
I conceded an equaliser straight from kickoff while I was still mentally exulting over the Forlan power volley. And from then on I barely got a look-in. Watford got another goal. I pushed for my equaliser with too many men committed forward, ‘because it’s only Watford’ – and they got a third.
Final whistle. Defeat. Still no trophies.Some end-of-season business. The team ranking reflects my high-placed league finish and my journey to the FA Cup Final:And the Team of the Season featured the dependable Benat, and the amazing Mascherano – one of the few players who still feels like an individual in this emulsioned nuPES patchfest:
And so to Season 11. As ever with nuPES, regrettably it ends up in a place where I want to see the Master League through to a conclusion of sorts, rather than keep exploring the game as a whole. So PES2019 still has a season or two left in it.