Mings can only get better

In my last league game I took on Barcelona and comfortably beat them 2-0. As so often happens in PES2008, Barcelona were also my opponents in the first-leg D1 Cup match immediately afterward.

That was okay by me. At the start of this season I was looking forward to playing Barcelona in particular. Two games against them in a row is a special treat.

As in the league game—and as in PES2008 as a whole over the last few days—I found it all a bit too easy, and went into a 0-2 lead (the match was at their place). Perhaps this made me careless, or perhaps the game decided I’d had too easy a ride lately. Barcelona stormed back into things, playing some lovely stuff around the edge of my box, I have to say. The final score was 2-2. It was careless of me to let them back in like that, but at least I didn’t lose the game and I have two precious away goals.

I won my next two league games, against Ajax and Chelsea. I scored four goals in both games, with only Chelsea managing one in reply. Kmolo got two goals in one game, Caracciolo a hat trick in the other. I’ve got mobile phone video clips of some of the goals somewhere, but I’m not going to post them. I’m introducing a new policy when it comes to goal replays.

From now on, the only goal replays that will be seen on this blog will be of special or significant goals. For too long I’ve used goal replay clips as ways of breaking up the page and making it easier on the eye. YouTube tells me that most of the clips are watched about a dozen times, on average. So in the future if you do see a goal replay clip posted on this blog, you’ll know the goal will be exceptional or peculiar in some way, and well worth watching.

Back at the game, I hosted Juventus—and my winning streak came to an abrupt end. I’m afraid it was one of those games where the CPU scrambled an early goal and then stubbornly resisted my 70% possession and 25 shots (16 on target) for the remainder of the game. In addition, the infamous pause that afflicts all of my players when they receive the ball in prime position to shoot from distance was magnified by a couple of orders. It was as if that ball was suddenly made of solid lead when it got to their feet, and they had to take just enough time on it to allow the CPU players to close me down. Ho hum.

An extremely dodgy game all round, that one. If I had time I’d have replayed it several times just to see how dodgy it was. But overall I can’t really complain. I’ve had a good run in the league and I’ve got a great chance of progressing in the cup. My first season in Division 1 of the Superleague continues to exceed all expectations.


  1. MING Klytus, l’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?

    KLYTUS An obscure body in the SK system. The inhabitants call it Earth.

    MING How peaceful it looks.

    KLYTUS (laughing) Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this Earth?

    MING Later. l like to play with things . . . before annihilation.

  2. Gordon’s alive?