Onward and upward with Season 11 of my Master League career.
Last season saw me finally achieving escape velocity in PES2012. After many seasons of struggle, I won the League and European Cup—the biggest and best trophies.
Ah, but in Master League there’s still a grand tradition of the domestic Cup. In that spirit, I cannot be satisfied until I get a Treble, at least.
Or possibly a Quadruple. I won the Super Cup soon after season 11 began, beating Paris St Germain 4-2. With the World Club game coming up, too, there’s actually a potential Quintuple to go for.
I’ll be going for everything. With a great squad, on paper anyway, I’ve got a great chance.
So all I’ve got to do is turn up to win everything, right?
Well, it hasn’t been the greatest start. Goals suddenly seem a bit harder to come by. Possibly unwisely, I’ve started blooding my two young CBs—MANFREDINI and NATALI—as much as possible. I’m conceding a few more goals as a result. Ruggeri and Nadal last season were totally solid, but they’re not getting any younger.
I’ve already lost 2 matches, against Newcastle and Manchester City. The latter result allowed Man City to develop a healthy cushion at the top even this early in the season. Here’s the table after 10 matches:
Thinking back over the years of Master League, I’ve traditionally struggled the first season after winning the title.
It’s as if the game knows I had a good season last time out, and decides to extend the old dampening field just a touch.
In my 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, I had something like 19 shots on goal, of which 12 were on target. At least 6 of those on-target shots were great chances, and at least 2 of them—I thought, the instant after pressing the shoot button—had to be certain goals.
On each occasion, my old friend, PES2012’s central-shooting mechanic, intervened and guided the ball squarely into the perfect geometric centre of the goal.
I’ve speculated in the past that PES2012’s problematic shooting mechanic could be seen as a way of controlling scorelines. I now firmly believe that the prima facie case for this is almost beyond all doubt. I’ve seen no other explanation for PES2012’s wonky shooting that makes any sense.
Never mind. If it was all bad, I wouldn’t still be here, would I? I am still here, and I’m really relishing what is turning out to be a remarkable year of PES.
You have to make sure of getting clear-cut results at home against the minnows, and that’s what I have been doing. Oh, I also beat Liverpool, away, 3-0 as well. They’re still a top side in the league but I rarely have any trouble against them at all. Last season’s Champions League final was as troublesome as they’ve been for me in a while.
In the FA Cup I had two ideal opening fixtures. First came Brighton, and I beat them 3-1. Then Leeds—I beat them 2-0. Next up are a bogey side, Fulham. This will be one of the most important matches of my season so far.
I’m doing great in the Champions League group. I was drawn in a pretty easy group compared to last year’s. I’ve claimed three easy wins out of three to start with. Top of the group, 9 points. Only complacency will stop me qualifying now.
Ronaldo is settling in well. He’s some player. I did the right thing getting rid of van Basten. Ronaldo is a proper all-round footballer, whereas van Basten (in my hands at least) was pretty much just a goalscorer. Ronnie’s got pace, two cracking feet, and packs a venomous shot from all angles and distances.
He might be a bit too good, actually. He might turn out to be the player who forces me to go up to Top Player. But it’s very early days yet.