Season 5 of Master League in PES2016 has rumbled to a halt. The final table:
My second season up here in the Premier League saw a considerably worse performance than my maiden top-flight season, where I finished 8th and came within a result or two of getting into the Europa League.
It’s difficult to explain the decline this season. I feel that my squad got stronger, that I’m more enthusiastic about the game in general, and that I played better and turned in better performances on the whole. What’s possibly different is that the lesser teams took more off me this season than last. More of the marginal results went my way last season.
Highlights of my run-in included a 1-0 win over Liverpool that was a true work of art.
They turned up like any top team in PES2016 does: tooled up and slavering for the fight. You sense it from the beginning: hyper-aggression, hyper-speed, no time on the ball.
Under such conditions there’s nothing to do except turn turtle: play hyper-conservatively, making sure you give away nothing at the back, never commit too many players forward, and hope to snatch a goal or two at some point.
And that’s exactly what happened, with my main man Castledine bagging the winner midway through the second half. My patience and tactics were rewarded. I was very pleased.
And so to Season 6. In the run-up to the end of the season Cavani was performing so well that I received a £26,000,000 bid for him, He’s valued at £19,000,000 currently. This opportunity to cash in on an over-30 striker almost certainly won’t come again. I should sell, shouldn’t I?
But I’m not going to sell Cavani. My instinct is telling me not to sell. There’s another good season at least in Cavani. I need his goals and the inspiration that playing with him brings. It often seems that only two of my players are capable of popping up with critical goals. One is a certain Mr Castledine. The other is Cavani. Like so:
He’s staying. Besides, it’s not like I’m short of offers for other players who might be surplus to requirements.
This is a very generous Master League on the offers-coming-in front. One of those other offers is a £13,000,000 bid for Dzeko, who is valued around £16,000,000. This one I am tempted by, as I feel Dzeko has had his day and is in decline. And Dzeko’s departure wouldn’t leave me short of big men up front. I have the young Luca Toni on my books to act as understudy to Cavani. So it’s looking like Dzeko will be on his way.
It’s still a dilemma, as Dzeko is still at least as good as Cavani. My instinct tells me Dzeko’s ready for the door, though. This is the kind of decision-making that I play Master League for.
My pre-season transfer wheeler-dealering will be detailed on Tuesday. And then to Season 6, where I want to at least qualify for the Champions League.
I always start any season, wherever I am and whatever level I’ve reached, wanting to finish as high up the table as possible, ideally in Number 1 spot. It’s only when I get to roughly this level of an ML campaign, though, that it’s actually feasible. I’ve got a great squad. I’m very happy with some individuals. All the carping aside, I’m enjoying PES2016. This isn’t a classic year by any means. But it’s still a decent one.