Season 13 sees the departure from my squad of Pirlo, a long-serving player who did some good things and occasionally wowed me. Overall, though, Pirlo just never stood out enough for it to be worth paying his gargantuan wages.
Wages that another player of equivalent ‘name’ stature might put to better use… Time to go shopping for a big player. With Gerrard now covering the DMF role, and Carrick/Conti covering him, I felt it was time for a more attacking midfielder.
Step forward Recoba, and bring your pun-promising name with you. All these post titles are now sadly inevitable: They Think It’s All Recoba. Recoba The Moon. Recoba and Out. And, just for all the Elkie Brooks & Chris Rea fans: Fool If You Think It’s Recoba. I’m sure there are many more.
I offered Pirlo to Liverpool as the makeweight in the deal and only had to pay £9m for Recoba. A good deal.
We lifted the Supercup, again. It’s getting to feel very nice, watching Gerrard hoist aloft a Cup of any description.
Some lingering business from Season 12 – here was the updated Club Ranking, which reflects my newfound status as Champions of Europe:
Quite a leap from the last few seasons where we were humiliatingly down among the bottom-feeders. I expect Season 13 to furnish me with at least a Double of some kind, ideally a Treble, so that ranking should be top-10 at the very least by this time next season.
Onto the start of Season 13 proper, and I started great with two wins on the bounce, and then ran into the familiar PES2015 wall of scripting (it seemed) that threw a defeat and a draw my way.
It could have been better. But considering last season’s terrible start that I never truly recovered from, I’ll take this table after 4 matches:
The Champions League groups stage draw took place, pitting me against Barcelona and two old friends.
If the six matches follow usual Master League form, the toughest encounters will be against Copenhagen.
Still, I won’t be taking anyone lightly. The Champions League remains one of the trickiest parts of the Treble. They’re all tricky parts, in different ways. A Treble on PES2015 would be the greatest Treble ever.
Oh, here’s the new home kit. Yes, I have kind of run out of ideas. I want to get to the promised PES2016 editing suite now. I’ll bother a bit more when I can have Coventry City badges and sponsors and so on.
I do like playing with default PES-style stripes though. It seems to give my team an automatic visual identity. If we’re in stripes, I’m happy.
So here we go with Season 13 of… however many seasons there turn out to be.
I won’t bother trying to conceal something here that most regular PES Chronicles readers over the years will have picked up on: that I’m now looking to conclude my business with the current PES.
Only a Treble will bring the curtain down on PES2015, though, and that may prove to be the tallest order yet.