To have any hope of advancing in the Champions League, I needed to win my last match in the Group Stage. It was against Lille, away, a tough match at the moment, with my league form right down around the Leicester zone.
I won the Lille match, 2-1. After racing into a 2-0 lead, I barely had a kick. The AI flicked straight into God Mode, playing in overdrive, harrying and hassling all my players. The AI got its 1 goal by doing to me what I so often do to the AI: sprinting at a defender who’s just received the ball from the goalkeeper, and snaffling the ball for a one-on-one chance.
I held on for the win, but had no idea what was happening in the other match. I waited to see how my players would react come the final whistle. They all sank to their knees in despair. The final table:
If Sevilla had beaten Myxomatosis, as they damn well should have done, I’d have qualified. But they didn’t so I haven’t. I suppose elimination is fair enough, having only won one match and played pretty poorly throughout.
There is a consolation – remember me saying last season that my then-shot at the Europa League was probably my one and only chance of this ML?
Well. Having finished 3rd in the CL group, I now head of course into the knockout stages of this season’s Europa League.
The draw for the Round of 32 has already taken place. I’ve drawn another made-up Konami team with one of those impossible names.
I’m quite content with this. I’m not going to get anywhere near winning the league title this season, so the Treble was never going to happen anyway. And it’s possible this really will be my last shot at the Europa League in this ML. I now have a new primary goal for the current season.
Here’s the league table showing how bad my form is, and just how far away I am from getting anywhere near the title:
Look at the state of that. We’re the reigning champions.
Here’s a short compilation of 4 goals, all of them from around the 20-yard mark, which are still rare enough in PES2017 for me to get excited about them:
A major highlight of recent league matches was a 3-0 demolition of Aston Villa. The latter 3 goals are the goals I scored in that match.
Two came from R JARVIS, you’ll note. I picked him in a fit of temper with Torres, who is nowhere near matching last season’s POTY exploits at the moment.
Jarvis scored two great goals, as can be seen in the vid (his second is indeed a 25-yard finesse shot).
But here’s the thing that irritates me about PES2017, and PES in general since 2014.
After Jarvis put in that barnstorming performance, of course I picked him for several matches in a row thereafter. And he might just as well have not been on the pitch for any of them.
Jarvis got those two wonderful, crucial goals in a big match. And then completely disappeared off the face of the ML earth,
He has continued being completely anonymous since. This is a definite pattern with PES2017, I have found. So many players feel like they have arrived. And then they go away again, become just another bundle of pixels like so many others. Individuality in PES always depended upon getting on a roll with your players – relishing their heroic performances from match to match
PES2017 – and PES2016, and PES2015 before it (Crouch excepted) – will not allow individuals to shine in a run of matches. The nerf hammer is always waiting to come down on any player who stands out, and once again, I believe the necessity to make sure the game is a viable online game (‘balancing’), is to blame.