Season 8 has got into gear properly. This is my first ‘proper’ season, as I think of it. The first season where there are no echoes of other football games running through my mind, and where my team is good enough to actually challenge for honours, instead of just treading water.
The Europa League started pretty quick after the opening of the season. This is a very Europa League-ish sort of group:
Yes, it looks like I was taking this photo in a rainstorm. Ah, the joys of mobile phone photography. Being on the PS3 I am, of course, having to take all photos and videos manually. When PES2014 eventually winds down, however many seasons that takes — 10 seasons? 12? — I won’t miss this aspect of playing it.
I’ve scored some decent goals, but when you have to record them yourself, with your phone, the bar is set much higher. Because you have to put the controller down, pick the mobile phone up, unlock it, open the camera app, point the camera, steady your hands, press the shutter button — and then you have to get the photo or video from the phone to the computer for uploading to the blog or to YouTube. I really miss just pressing a button or two on the controller to accomplish all this.
My opening Europa League match, that I lost, was against Nordsjaelland. This might be the one and only time I ever mention the team on the blog. They’re a real team — 8th in the Danish Superliga at the time of writing. They played pretty well, shutting me out with some ease, and they snatched a goal from nothing partway through the second half. I think I’ll make it through the group, but so far so Pro Evo.
The FA Cup began with a tricky home tie against Hull City. I squeaked it 1-0.
And in the league — well, here is the table after 5 matches:
I have yet to play most of the big boys. My results against them will decide what happens to me in the league this season.
My targets for this season? A top-4 finish, at the very minimum. I’d love to take a cheeky run at the title. I’d also like to win one of the FA Cup or Europa League.
The pre-match screen for Matchday 4 reveals just where my team stands in this ML world currently:
That’s a healthy overall team rating of 82, but look at the Club Ranking. I’m not sure, but I’ve never heard of a team winning the league from 119th in the ML world rankings. I have a feeling the game will be going all-out to ‘manage’ certain matches to make sure I don’t get anywhere near the title. This match didn’t feel fishy, really, but I still lost 3-1.