Season 10 has come to an end. I finished in… 4th place.
I can never remember a season like this one on any Master League in any edition of Pro Evo in all my years. I went 4th after 10 matches and… just stayed there. It was before the end of April when I went 4th. It was mid-May when I completed the season. I never moved.
The final table:
I know where I tripped up this season: performances against the big boys. In the 6-pointers against the teams above me, I only took 1 point off Manchester United, 3 points off Chelsea, and 3 points off Manchester City. If I’d taken all 6 points off at least two of the teams above me, I’d almost certainly have won the title. Duly noted for next season.
I’ll be in the Champions League next season. I have decided that my entire Pro Evo heart and soul now rests upon securing some form of silverware from Season 11. That means either the League, the Champions League, or the good old FA Cup. If I don’t win at least one of them, I’ll be very very disappointed, to say the least. The time has come.
And I would love it (‘just love it’) if I could get a Double. Or a Treble…
On the shopping list for pre-season is the best-rated goalkeeper I can find and a similarly high-rated defender or two. I’m happy with my midfield and strikers.
Robbie Keane finished as the overall Player of the Season, but puzzlingly finished rather low down in the lost of top strikers. As ever, Master League moves in mysterious ways.
I only had two players in the Team of the Season — the aforementioned Keane-o, of course, and also David Pizarro, scorer of my favourite PES2014 long-ranger so far, and DMF extraordinaire:
Overall, a good season that I ended up enjoying because of the mysteriousness of being held in 4th place, rather than despite it. I keep saying how peculiar PES2014 is. This holding-me-in-fourth thing was one of the most peculiar, like a school bully with his outstretched palm on your forehead while you pointlessly windmill your arms at him.
I didn’t score any notable goals in the run-in. Most PES2014 goals are unremarkable, really, or better to say that the remarkableness of them arises from how you stitch them together and/or the contributory mistakes made by the opposition (like most goals in so-called real life, of course).
I did have this moment that was eerily lifelike — when a goalkeeper chases a loose ball and strands himself:
Not so realistic was the inevitable way I hit the post while the goal was gaping. Pro Evo has always protected its errant keepers in numerous ways.
Onto Season 11. It might be my last season on PES2014, but somehow I doubt it. If I get a Treble then, yes, I might walk away. But I can’t see the game allowing things to be that simple. More than any PES in history, this one definitely has a mind of its own, and definitely is out to get me.