It happened. Most Master League veterans seeing Tuesday’s post, seeing the way I’d suddenly closed the gap on leaders Liverpool, would have known that this was coming – and here it is.
In PES2017, in Season 6, I have won the league title.
Too early? It doesn’t feel that way. It feels about average for me to win the league in a Season 6.
Granted there have been several other ML campaigns where the first sniff of a league title has not come until Seasons 8-10 or afterward, but the majority have seen me at least challenging by Season 5-7. Even this could be considered ‘late’. There are many ML players out there for whom a Season 3 league title is an annual cakewalk, and who look with puzzled bemusement on any hint of toil and struggle.
Liverpool fell away so badly that I overhauled them with ease. With three matches to go I had a 7-point lead at the top. I only needed a point from any of my last 3 matches to secure the title.
I actually lost the third match from the end of the season, against Man City, but even as the clock ticked down to the end I had a funny feeling that Liverpool would have lost as well.
The final whistle went with me losing 2-1, but my players went into rapturous celebrations regardless:The final table:
Liverpool really fell away badly after seeming invincible for most of the season.
There’s so much about this table that can be nitpicked – the lack of goals scored, Man Utd in second with 10 defeats, etc. – but I’m not too bothered about such things. I am slightly bothered about being able to win a league with only 44 goals scored, but not overmuch. That’s just how this ML works.I was a little bit more bothered about my Fernando Torres winning so many accolades from the game. He was a great scorer, yes – as next Tuesday’s ‘All the Goals of Season 6’ movie will indicate – but he never got even close to being top scorer. That was Aguero on 28. Torres ‘only’ got 18 league goals, but won POTY anyway.I agree with the Best Manager award though. That guy rocked.
The season ended with me tamely drawing both of my last two matches. My players gave and took applause on the pitch at the end. I felt a great sense of satisfaction at a job mostly well done,
Where now with PES2017?
A tilt at the Treble is where now. I’ll be in the Champions League next season for the very first time. It’ll be interesting to see how I do after this season’s Europa League collapse (eliminated at the group stage, bottom of the group, 1 win from 6 fixtures).
Before we get there, Tuesday’s post will be a special one showing my ‘All the Goals of Season 6’ vid. That’s all 44 league goals, plus the odd 6-or-so from the FA Cup and Europa League competitions, in chronological order, in one video. Whilst editing it I’ve been struck by a few unexpected patterns and other issues that I’ll discuss on Tuesday.