Here comes the next generation. This season, my young players have started to emerge. Rooney and Gerrard are leading the charge. Schweinsteiger and Kaka are fast coming up behind. Even Hagi and Ribery are slowly inching his way up. Next season I think most of them will have regular matches.
Rooney and Gerrard could be guaranteed starters. Both bring so much to the team in different ways, just like their real-life counterparts at their best. Rooney is a snapping irritant that defences can’t cope with, and Gerrard is the consummate midfielder.
Rooney is a turn-and-shoot specialist, which makes him absolutely golden in PES2012. Gerrard’s long-distance shooting is just emerging from its coccoon. Here’s a clip of them both scoring goals. Rooney with a big turn-and-shoot goal, and Gerrard with a 35-yard rasper:
This must be the slowest-moving season I’ve played yet. Superstar is often like wading through quicksand anyway, but I’m also rationing myself to one or two matches per day just now. At the time of writing, Monday morning, I’ve just played FOUR matches. I feel stuffed.
The current league table:
Arsenal finally lost another game. Man Utd kindly beat them 3-0 for me. It restores my 6-point cushion and makes me feel all warm inside. And that goal difference is looking healthy now. So long as I’m not conceding many, it offsets Arsenal’s inflated scorelines.
I beat Benfica in the Champions League, and my next opponents will be… Barcelona. Actually, I’m not too worried. Barca haven’t been a truly formidable opponent for several seasons. #FamousLastWords.
The FA Cup semi-final against Man City is where I so nearly lost the Treble. I want that Treble. I covet it as only an extremely covetous man coveting something extremely covetable can.
It was a tough, tough match that ended 0-0 after normal time, and looked like going to penalties. I find in these big matches that it’s often an extra bit of guile or magic that changes things, and so it proved.
In the 115th minute, Gerrard passed to Rooney on the edge of the box. Rather than unleash a thunderbolt as I normally would, I turned inside, turned inside again (unusual for me), and dinked the winner past the keeeper at the far post.
I’ve got Sunderland in the final. Now, I’m not to naive with PES2012 as to think it’ll be a walkover. But if I don’t win the FA Cup now, I’ll be seriously annoyed with myself.