Season 11 has ended.
I was in the running for two honours, which would have been my first in PES2019: the domestic Premier League title, and the Champions League. With 35 matches played I was 3rd and just a few points off the top. I was in the semi-final of the Champions League.
I said last time that if I won all 3 of my remaining league matches, I would win the title.
I did not win all 3 of my remaining matches. I did not win the title.
I did win the first of the group of 3 matches, comfortably, beating Huddersfield 3-1 and sending them down. Last season they were title contenders; this season, they were relegated.
I checked the table afterward: Chelsea still top by a point, with me in 2nd, and the 3rd placed team now 4 points behind.
It was the middle one of the 3 matches that I lost: I lost 5-1 away to Manchester City in a disaster of a match. Knowing I needed the win, I went for it a bit too enthusiastically, and conceded a goal. I tried even more enthusiastically to get the equaliser, and conceded another. I tried too hard again, and conceded another… 3-0 down, I finally did get a goal with enough time left to feasibly stage an unlikely comeback. I conceded another goal straight from kickoff: 4-1. Then I conceded another later one to make it a proper 5-1 hammering. Ouch.
Even then, the Master League script was still in operation; Chelsea drew their corresponding fixture, leaving me 2 points behind before the last match.
I would make sure I won my final match against Southampton, and hope for the best. Chelsea faced Newcastle, who were in the bottom 6.
I beat Southampton 2-1 (leaving it late to get my winner), and waited to see what my players would do.
They sank to the ground in abject misery. Chelsea had of course thumped Newcastle 3-0, and won the title. The final table:So this Season’s title winners won the title with 11 defeats (ELEVEN defeats) and 4 draws. Is there anyone who seriously doubts the rubber-banding/scripting in Master League?
Onto the Champions League, the semi-final of which was played among the 3 final league matches.
The semi-final at my place was a tight sort of affair, decided by this sublime moment:
My first R2 curler since before Christmas! I really thought they’d been patched out of the game. I wonder if I will ever score another one in PES2019. And it came from my trusty former Youth LB, Texeira. He doesn’t get many goals, but the ones he does get tend to be important.
That goal proved to be very important indeed. It was the winner, not just on the day, but in the tie overall. I held on in the second leg for the 1-0 aggregate victory.
In the final… Bayern Munich, at Ibrox.
These were the lineups:I’m no longer so attached to PES2019 as a game. It’s probably the best of the nuPES bunch, but that only means it’s the least-worst of PES’s shitty multiplayer era. But I am highly attached to my group of players. Largely thanks to the great start that PES2019 enjoyed, back when Visual Fatigue and long-range goals were still a thing.
The pre-match scenes surprised me with the sighting of an actual trophy.I went 1-0 down to a Bayern team that played like the top teams in PES2019 tend to: hyper-fast and relentlessly chasing me down, online-style. This match ended with the AI fouls count at 0.
I equalised pretty quickly, and then had the cheek to take the lead! It was still 2-1 to me with half of the second half gone, when I slid in recklessly in the box, and conceded a penalty (rightfully so). I failed to save it.
2-2, and the rest of the 90 minutes dribbled out.
Extra time was imminent when I got sloppy in defence and conceded a killer third goal. I had time for one solitary attack that came to nothing. The final whistle went. My players all did a Bayern ’99.Bugger. I would have loved to see if that pre-match trophy was going to be presented too.
And that was that. After all that effort, all that slog, I ended the season with nothing.
…which will only make my triumphs in Season 12 all the sweeter.
It still has the feel of being my last season on PES2019. I feel ready to bank the good things I’ve experienced with this game and move on.