Season 10 of Master League in PES2017 – my final season – has reached the 2/3rds stage. After 27 matches in the League I remain unbeaten in all competitions.
Here is the table:
14 points clear with 11 fixtures remaining. This is an unusual lead to have, given the various scripts that operate to ensure this kind of runaway lead tends not to happen. I suspect the script that boosted Leicester this season (and, briefly, Hull) has acted as a spanner in the works of the other scripts, in some fashion. But I don’t know. It’s just guesswork based on long observation over all the years of how Master Leagues tend to work.
But the League is more or less in the bag. I don’t think I’m tempting fate by saying that.
My objective for this season was the Treble. That’s the League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. The classic. I haven’t done it in PES for some years now.
My next goal is to remain unbeaten across 90 minutes in all competitions – that includes individual legs of my upcoming knockout ties in the Champions League.
It’s not been as straightforward as it might seem, remaining unbeaten. I’ve come close twice to losing the record in recent sessions. First against Watford, away, when they pummelled me straight from kick-off, maintained the pressure for 15 in-game minutes, and took a cheeky 1-0 lead. I pulled that one back eventually and was glad of the 1-1.
Next came Man Utd, away, in a 6-pointer. They also flew at me straight from kick-off, also kept it going for the opening of the match, and also took a 1-0 lead (I started to suspect a script by this point).
It seemed this match was the one that would undo me. I just could not get anything going up front.
But quite late on, my star man of PES2017, Palacio, popped up with a classic turn-and-shoot style goal. Here it is:
That had me puffing out my cheeks in relief. Having come this close to an Invincibles season, I do not want to blow it.
And yes, after my howler on PES2016 last year, when I unwittingly played a Treble-winning season on Top Player, I have checked and rechecked that I am on Superstar this time. I am.
After that Manchester United match, I found myself gazing at the post-match stats with a familiar gust of despair wafting through me. Take a look:
Setting aside Man Utd’s underwhelming attacking performance, which is bad enough for a top team on the top difficulty levels, it’s the fouls and free kicks stat that depresses me.
About half of all matches I play in PES2017 finish with zero fouls and free kicks to my name. It’s really not good enough. I might have mentioned it once or twice before. It’s worth mentioning again.
This match was a supposedly full-blooded encounter. For most of its duration I was desperately chasing a goal to save my skin. Imagine the aggression with which I did so. And yet not only was I never fouled – I only managed to commit 2 fouls myself.
Things have to change in PES. This has to change. This cannot continue. If it doesn’t change, the game will disappear into the black hole of online ‘fun’ and frivolity. Perhaps it’s already there.
Onward. Just a few more sessions, comparatively speaking, and PES2017 will sail off into history.
The Champions League resumes imminently, with January safely out of the way (I didn’t buy any new players – no need for them).
I estimate another 2-3 posts before the Greatest Football Game Ever Made appears on the blog for the first time as my main football game.
Until that time comes, though, I want to do PES2017 justice with as rousing a send-off as possible.
An Invincible Treble. I want this.