The Invincibles dream didn’t make it to mid-season:
I lost 2-0 at QPR in a match that was classic PES robbery, or more exactly, classic Master League robbery.
QPR, near the bottom of the table, got their first goal straight from their kickoff. I battered their goal for the rest of the half and got nothing. They got their second almost immediately after kickoff in the second half. I attacked, lost the ball, and they swept downfield to score, and at that stage I knew it was up, pretty much.
I was disappointed to lose the chance of an Invincible season, but not gravely so. Having had one in the past on another PES (2012, I think), that itch has been scratched.
I did stage an heroic comeback from 0-2 down in the next match, against Chelsea. There I went 2-0 down in the first half but pulled it around to win 3-2 in one of my most satisfying comebacks in all of PES history. PES2016 isn’t the grandiose footy gaming experience of years past, but every so often there’s a match in this edition that shows just what the game can do, and why it’s a pretty good football game despite the multiplayer focus.
That one defeat against QPR didn’t dislodge me from the top:
7 points clear. 11 matches to go. I can’t blow the title now. Can I?
I’m well past mid-season now. I didn’t get any new players. I don’t believe in transfer activity for the sake of it. I’ve already got a superb squad, with no gaps anywhere.
The Champions League group went very well:
And this was the draw – a tough opponent, but I always like having the away leg first.
I won it easily over two legs, 4-1 on aggregate, drew Paris St Germain in the next round, and have Barcelona in the next. That tie is upcoming at the time of writing.
Reyes is starting to emerge as one of the few notable individuals of PES2016. Not quite up there with Castledine and Cavani just yet, but he’s becoming very useful. Up to 82 OPR in the SS position, which isn’t his best position for me. AMF/SMF seems to be where he shines. Here he is just after bagging a hat-trick:
Here’s a few other goals from the middle bit of Season 7:
The second goal from Castledine – an R2 curler from outside the box – is a type that the forums claim is very easy in PES2016. I’ve not found that to be the case. This is the first such I’ve scored on PES2016, and it’s not for want of trying. Most of my R2 curlers go wide, or go over, or go wide and over, or go ‘safely into the keeper’s gloves’ as the saying goes. This one curled delightfully in.
The final goal of the clip above is Rabiot’s first goal for me from his DMF position, and you can see how it had to happen. A one-two run from deep, and a nice lob to finish. That was the first goal in a bizarre demolition job I did on Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Nothing like that result would ever happen in a league match. If there are to be 5 goals in a league match against top-6 opposition, they’d be shared between the teams.
And so I go on. Into the last third of my last season on PES2016. Probably my last season…
I’m starting to wonder if I might give unassisted passing and shooting a try, but I already know I won’t, so I won’t.
All being well, I’ll finish season 7 – and PES2016 – on a positive note sometime next week.