I stayed up with 1 game to spare.
Season 7 had been a struggle all along. It was my maiden season in the Premier League, and the teams have mostly brushed me aside. I’d got into winning ways toward the end of my time in D2 and it was a shock to suddenly be the whipping boy.
The number of straightforward wins have been very few. Thumping defeats were plentiful. The amount of sweaty, stressful wins and draws proved to be just enough to keep me up.
In previous years I’d have played this season on Top Player, but it’s not an option this year with the re-zoning of the difficulty levels making TP much too easy.
Here are the March results:That point against Liverpool, at Liverpool, was huge for me. It was the first time I’d come away with something from one of the big teams.
Those two wins against my fellow lower-half-of-the-tablers was pretty good too.
Heading into the final 5 matches of the season, I was 5 points from safety and not picking up any results. It seemed likely that I would be relegated. I had to win matches that I was routinely losing earlier in the season.
April:Those two defeats put everything back in the balance. At this stage I had 3 matches left and was still 4 points away from safety.
And then the win against Tottenham – my first 3 points against one of the Big 6. Are Tottenham a Big 6 team in PES? Very much so.
Which meant I had two matches in May to secure my survival. Away to Bournemouth, home to Brighton.
One win would do me, and the next match duly provided it as I romped to a straightforward 3-1 win, at Bournemouth.My keeper is right to have a grumble about not keeping a clean sheet. I was 3-0 up when the game went very weird and suddenly it was impossible for me to play two consecutive passes correctly. I’ve been playing this series long enough to know when shenanigans are afoot. PES2019 blatantly decided to take that goal. I’ve succumbed to the catchup script before when 3-0 up. Fortunately it was too late here to do any damage.
I then lost the final match at home to already-relegated Brighton, but it didn’t matter.
The final table:The Team of the Season – I had one player in it:Gomez got 20 goals, which was good for me and good for him. Gomez is going to be one of my all-time PES Legends. The goals were the difference. I would sell all my other players to keep him if I had to.
Forlan had purple patches but was mostly underwhelming. He will get another season to show more consistency.
And that was Season 7. One of the toughest, scariest seasons I’ve ever played in any Master League. I would never usually persevere at a difficulty level that’s a notch too high for me right now.
Season 8 has of course already begun at the time of writing, and I can report that my time of relying on Loan players is now pretty much over. A clutch of new players have arrived for me to get to know and see if they can become PES legends too.
The plan for Season 8 has to be to try my best in the FA Cup, and see if I can sneak into the top 10.