Slow but steady progress. When you’re in multiple competitions, things move slowly mid-season.
I’ve played another 5 league matches since last time, and I’m still in the FA Cup, and I’ve finished the Europa League group stage – which gave me one of the most disappointing outcomes in my recent PES history.
Regular readers will know what I always say of the Europa League (or its equivalent): you tend to only get 1 shot at it per Master League, because there’s usually only 1 season when you’re in the betwixt-and-between phase of being able to get up the table, but not finishing in a Champions League spot.
Sometimes there is a second chance at the Europa further down the line – such as having an unexpectedly tough season or finishing 3rd in Champions League groups – but it tends to just be the one time only.
I really wanted to do well in this competition.
The table above shows how close I came. In the final fixture, at home to Fenerbahce, it was in my hands. A win would’ve taken me though in top spot. It ended 0-0, and it was a game I had bossed. The ball just would not go in the net.
Even so, if other results had gone my way, I would have made it… At the final whistle I waited to see what my players would do. They all went into the old ‘Bayern Munich flopping around on the pitch in the pits of despair in 1999’ routine.
Rangers had sneaked into the second spot with a win in their last match. The two matches I played against Rangers in this group showed that they’re decent in PES2019. Maybe I’ll run into Celtic in the Champions League in Season 11, if I get there.
Speaking of which, league form has held up well enough for me to still be Seb Coeing the leaders at the moment:With over half the fixtures remaining, I might move down as well as up, or even stay much the same.
The ‘feel’ of this season so far is that it’s going to be a title-challenging season. I now tend to only lose or draw matches that I feel the game doesn’t want me to win.
And I am still in the FA Cup. Manchester United await in the ML equivalent of the 3rd round in January.
I would like some silverware this season. None won on PES2019 yet, remember. Yes, I won the D2 playoff final, back in the day, but it doesn’t really count.
Finally today, I have scored a bona fide long-range cannonball goal. Very pleased with this one:
Especially with the player scoring it: Montolivo, my young DMF, getting a rare start (he’s an understudy for Mascherano these days).
This was a classic DMF run and finish straight from the PES Golden Age. The pitch markings tell me this was 27 yards or so. Not a super-duper long-ranger, but still a long ‘un.
I have a feeling I won’t ever net a 35-yarder on PES2019 again. I will, of course, keep trying…