The interactive movie called PES2019 Master League: Season 12 is heading towards its predictably dramatic conclusion. With 9 fixtures remaining, I’m a point off the top spot. My form is such that I can predict with reasonable certainty how the last 9 league matches will go. I’ll get about 5 wins. There’ll be about 2 defeats and 2 draws. However they go, plus-minus a win or loss here or there, my results will be matched by the teams around me to create Last Day Drama.
Forlan scored all four goals in a demolition of Palace. It was a stunning return after he spent about 6 matches on the subs’ bench following an awful run where I barely knew he was on the pitch.
I also met Arsenal in what was always going to be a 6-pointer. I eased to a 0-2 win, at their place, after a tense first half of minimal chances for both sides and a few close shaves at my end.Look at the fouls count above. I’m passing through a period of matches with a respectable amount of fouls for both teams. 2 AI fouls against me is abou average at the moment – which is of course pathetic by classic PES standards. But for nuPES, it’s pretty good, and the quality of the matches is higher as a result. The only appreciable fly in the ointment being that when the game wants to steal a goal, it just takes one.
The table:I think it’s between the three of us up there now. The gap to 4th place is too far for Tottenham to make up the distance. One of the top 3 would have to collapse. That could be me, of course, but is unlikely to be – and the other two teams will of course more or less match my results. So yes, a three-horse race.
The Team of the Month for February reflected a good month for my strikers:Forlan and Gomez were absolutely dominant up front, with Benat excellent in support. Castledine also had a great month and was unlucky not to make this team.
In other news, one of my long-ago Youth promotees has been around in my First Team long enough to pick up a quirky Konami nickname.
The jury is still very much out on whether this sort of thing is anything more than cosmetic mood-music.
Certainly I sometimes believe that the likes of Castledine and Forlan are meeting my expectations of what Master League players should feel like. I’m always looking for that classic ML feeling in my PES sessions. Always. But nuPES has coarsened our palates so much in recent years that I could never put my hand on my heart and say that players feel different, or my team feels different, after these milestones come along.
I have played the first leg of the first knockout fixture in the Champions League. Opponents: Real Madrid.
It was tight and tough, and ended 0-0 at my place. My main aim was to stop the away goal and see if I could snatch one myself. A fair result on the balance of play. It was a proper filthy match with the fouls count ending 4-7.
I’ve got the rest of this week off work. There will be some epic PES sessions over the next few days. Friday’s post will definitely be the end of Season 12, with whatever honours it brings or doesn’t bring. They’d be my first in PES2019.