So I’m going for the Treble in season 16 of Master League on Superstar difficulty. I’m still 6 points clear at the top of the League table with only a few matches left. I’m in the FA Cup Final, coming up soon. But I’ve run into a slight wrinkle in the Champions League.
I played and beat Barcelona in the Quarter Final—pretty comfortably in the end. They held me 0-0 at my place in the first leg, a result I was happy with. Over at their place, I employed the tried-and-tested PES2012 match strategy of playing for a 0-0 and taking whatever scraps fell off the table.
I fluked a goal from a corner after 15 minutes. It was one of those weak shots that squirms in off Busquets’ arse. I enjoyed this one very much, as I loathe Busquets in real-life. John Champion: ‘Oh no… it’s an Onan-goal!’
It was the key to the whole match. I stuck with my defensive mentality, and cruised to a 0-3 win at Barcelona—one of my best performances and victories ever.
The semi-final opponents were Real Madrid. I didn’t really go into this one with much trepidation. The last time I remember facing them, 5 seasons or so ago, they were good but not formidably so.
They’re a bit better now.
I’ve only played the first leg of our encounter so far. I lost 1-0 at their place.
It was a strange, crazy match. I felt the effects of what I call the PES2012 dampening field from start to finish. The final stats were something like 62% possession to me, but I only had 5 shots, just 2 of them on target. Real had 13 shots, 7 on target.
Every time I approached the goal I found my players taking strange extra touches, overrunning, being muscled off by two or three Real players all the time…
I’m well accustomed to PES2012 by now and I know when it is and isn’t playing silly buggers. The way my team handled in this match stank to hgh heaven, believe me.
Real Madrid were first to every loose ball, won every 50/50 tackle and every aerial challenge. They got their goal from Brazilian Ronaldo (my former player, still going strong for them at the age of 35).
I did really well to keep the scoreline so low, considering the forces arrayed against me. We go back to my place with the tie delicately poised. I have to stop them scoring at all. If they hit me with an away goal, a hard game will be almost impossible. This match will be the one that decides the whole Treble.
In other news, Rooney and Gerrard continue to delight with their rapid growth this season. Both have really emerged from their shells. Here’s a great Rooney distance strike:
I spotted the potential gap between two Villa players, tried it, and it came off. Rooney is keeping Sibon on the bench at the moment. Gerrard might soon be doing the same to Farinos, incredibly. It’s all happening now.
Next season should see my other youths—Hagi, Schweinsteiger, Kaka—all starting to come through strongly as well. Fingers crossed, especially for young Hagi.