Extraordinary times in PES2012. I’m 6 points clear at the top of the league, undefeated, and enjoying some of the most outrageous luck.
Let me set the scene. In a sea of occasional, thumping 3-0 wins and regular, satisfying 1-0 victories, there are still minor teams waiting to spoil my fun. Stoke City were the latest minnows to get the patented PES booster injection. They tormented me in much the same way that the likes of Cardiff and Blackpool already have this season. I’d honestly rather play the Arsenals and Man Citys than these lesser sides.
It looked like another 1-1 against Stoke, frustratingly, and then in the last seconds—that period when you know the final whistle will go the next time you lose the ball—I created an opportunity.
Hagi, on as a sub (and still developing painfully slowly), had the shot with his right foot. Keeper saved it. Rebounded to Forlan, and I tried to just dink it in the side of the goal. Forlan’s shot was going well wide, but a Stoke defender deflected the ball into his own net.
I celebrated as if I’d just netted a 50-yard screamer. A precious win that maintains my title-winning momentum. I don’t want the league to be close this season. I want to run away with it and for it all to be over by March. I want to reserve all my sweating for winning the two Cups that should bring me the Treble.
I really feel I’m going to do this Treble now. To the extent that Ill be very disappointed if I don’t.
As the table at the top shows, my goal-scoring this season is comparable with every CPU team—apart from the traditional big-scoring team, which is Arsenal this season. Interesting to see CPU Man Utd making their way back up the table after their disastrous start.
In other news, Agostini won World Footballer of the Year:
The special cutscene started playing prior to the above. It was over before I could think to grab the phone camera.
Now, in the last 9 months I’ve heard a heck of a lot about the special World Footballer of the Year cutscene. So much so that I was intrigued and really looking forward to seeing it. But… it was nothing special. Agostini in a black suit, on a stage, accepted a shiny gold trophy—and that was it.
I was expecting something with an extraordinary twist, but it was just a standard 10-second cutscene. No more or less remarkable than any of the others in PES2012. Did I miss something?
I squeaked through my Champions League qualifying group in the end. Inter beat me home and away, and the other two teams both took a point from me, so I have not had things all my own way in Europe by any means.
I’ll play Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final in January. Mid-season is coming up. I don’t want to break the spell, and so have not even looked for any new players.
It’s going to be tough to win this Treble, but it’s definitely still on.