Friday’s arrival of my custom Capuano shirt (pictured right, fresh out of the box) came with a burdensome responsibility. Yes, I did mainly get it as a bit of a jape, but it’s also a solid keepsake of my PES2010 year—which is now nearing the 250-hour mark. That kind of time investment is not a trivial matter.
The Capuano shirt’s future is either in the back of a drawer somewhere, or displayed in a frame on a wall. I’ll have to see how I feel. But first, I felt that I had to wear it at least once whilst playing the game.
So I played an entire session of PES2010 while wearing the shirt. It only felt odd and embarrassing at first. Once the initial strangeness was out of the way, it actually felt quite normal. And it is normal. Totally normal.
Capuano himself, funnily enough, hasn’t really shone since I started making a fuss of him on the blog. He’s continued to grow, acquiring another point of OVR rating (94 now). I now play him mostly in his original position of left-back, where he’s totally accomplished. I only risk him in his newly-trained position of AMF when my other options are unavailable. I want Capuano to be a full AMF in a few seasons’ time, but for now I need him in defence.
So, how’s my form in season 15 of this turned-out-epic-again career? Pretty good, really. I’ve got all my focus back. It’s worth remembering that I’m still pursuing not only my first Treble, but my first Cups of any description. I’ve ‘only’ got the 4 league titles to show for all 15 seasons so far. It’s not good enough.
Here’s the league table after 23 matches—it’s not looking good for me this season, I have to say:
There’s still a long way to go, and we all know how charitable Master League leagues can be, but I fear the worst. My patchy early-season form may have left me totally out of title contention this season. I’m slowly fighting my way back up the table, but I still run into those ‘impossible’ games where I’m strangled to death and feel lucky if I scrape a draw.
I think my best chances of honours this season are in the Cups. I’m still in the D1 Cup, where I face a tricky second leg in the quarter-final against Manchester City. It was 0-0 in the first leg at their ground. Things are poised for a heartbreaker at my place. I’ll try not to let it happen.
I’ve also just got through to the semis of the Champions League. My opponents there will be… Barcelona.
I was annoyed, and intrigued, by the draw for the second round of this competition. It saw me paired against French opposition for the 5th season in succession. Given that there are 15 other teams in the 2nd round draw, and only two of them are French, what are the cumulative odds for it to happen season after season like this? There must be something fishy going on.
I almost forgot to mention: the mid-season transfer window came and went. I’m still poor and I couldn’t afford any new players. Apart from one. I got him from the Youth team. His name? Ceciu.
Ceciu! He’s 20 now, after languishing down there for a few seasons, but he has still managed to reach a rating of 70 OVR. I couldn’t resist.
As for my other Regen Defaulter, Castolo… Oh dear. The Second Coming is not going well. I’ll update fully on that front next time.