Of course, the pun in the post title depends on Osasuna being pronounced ‘oss-a-sooner’—which it probably isn’t, I know. I’ve had this debate with myself before, about whether it’s wise to pun on foreign team names when pronunciation rules for languages differ so widely. But I’ll go for it anyway.
I’ve lost again in the league to Osasuna. Hence their prominence today. That’s two seasons in a row that they’ve inflicted damaging defeats on me. Last season they took away my unbeaten status. That happened late in the season, after I’d conceived the notion of how grand it would be to go unbeaten through the whole season. So it hurt quite a bit. This season, my unbeaten status was already gone—it ended after a couple of games—so it hurts a lot less being beaten by Osasuna now. But still—it’s them, again. They’re supposed to be one of the league’s minnows, down there near the foot of the table. What is going on with Osasuna?
This season their defeat of me has left me slightly marooned in fourth place. I’m five points off the top. It’s a bit worrying to see Valencia emerge as the pace-setters at this stage. The last time they were in contention, they romped away with the title. I wouldn’t want to let the gap between them and me grow any bigger. It’s slightly concerning, but at least I’m not even halfway through the season. There’s plenty of time to make up the difference. And to get revenge against Osasuna. Are they some kind of bogey team?
Many a frustrated PES player has noted the ability of the so-called lesser teams to frustrate the human player in ways that the supposed big teams almost never do. The pattern is always the same. They get themselves an early goal. From that point on, the whole match is about you laying siege to their penalty area, but somehow never quite breaking through. You hit the post, the bar, the post again; their keeper pulls off miracle saves for fun; your ace strikers blast tap-ins into row Z. Either the game finishes 1-0 to the minnows, or they grab themselves another goal on a breakaway and make it 2-0—and then you’re allowed to score a goal yourself (how very strange!), making it 2-1, but then the game ends…