The title momentum surge keeps going and going.
This time last week I posted a table after 15 matches of the current season. I was 13th, with a W-D-L record of 5-3-7. (That’s SEVEN matches lost.)
Today I sit nicely poised, with 28 matches played, and a W-D-L of 15-6-7.
Yes, in 13 matches played since last week I’ve won 10, drawn 3 and lost 0.
Leading to this:4 points off the top.
It’s title-winning form. The only question is when, or if, the game will relent and ‘allow’ me to catch up with the leaders. I’m predicting a last-day decider scenario. But I’ll have to keep up my form – most importantly, win matches instead of drawing them – to make that happen. The game is so hard at the moment and every goal is fought hard for.
PES2019 in general has slightly picked up out of the doldrums. Largely because of the importance of every match. It’s got back to pottering along at the 8/10 level as a general experience.
I have two goals to show off today: first a penalty (that’s a PENALTY); and then, in what is almost a first for me, a sort-of team goal (a TEAM GOAL) that I enjoyed creating and scoring. Not as many passes as the ones you see the MOTD boys gushing over, but still a team goal for me.
And Robben features heavily in both goals. Quietly one of PES2019’s finest.
The penalty is what they call a stick-on penalty, i.e. one that is so much of a foul that there can be none of that Martin Keown-style ‘but they’re fouling each other!’ bollocks. If the game hadn’t given me a penalty for that challenge, I’m not sure how I’d have reacted.
The penalty came in the last minute of the 90 when I was already 1-0 up, so there wasn’t too much pressure on it. I think you can tell I’m thinking about how to take it, just before the kick – that’s me trying to recall how to take them. And also considering whether to make use of the R1 aiming reticule. I didn’t make use of it.
The second goal in the clip was massive in the context of the title race, and had me whooping out loud with joy.
Spurs are one of the high-flyers this season after a dodgy start, like us, and it was a tough game. At the start of the action I was kicking off after conceding a second goal to them, putting me 2-1 down.
It was satisfying in the extreme to do an AI team straight from kick-off, and with a lovely team goal to boot.
Regular readers will know how lowly I rate team goals. I’m a simple fellow. Any 30-yard howitzer of a strike is a greater goal than any 50-pass team goal that ends with a side-foot into the net from two yards. Fact.
So for a team goal to feel satisfying to me, it has to come in a meaningful context, and this was certainly a meaningful goal. I was shouting out loud at the screen, at 2am. And I went on to win the match 3-2.
I might wrap up the season by Friday’s post, might not. I’m still in the Champions League, with the first leg of the first knockout game over with. I beat Monaco 2-0 away, so am almost certain to progress to the Quarters, and then the fixture congestion will really start. There are hopefully a few too many matches left to play to finish the season by Friday, but I will have a go.