Season 13 has started with a trophy win.
The Community Shield, to be precise. (The Charity Shield, as I still call it in my heart.)
It was a major surprise to me that I was even in the frame for the Shield. I got nowhere near the FA Cup Final last season, and in the league I finished 2nd to Arsenal – who must have done the Double, of course. So I got the other berth in the (quote-unquote) ‘traditional curtain-raiser to the domestic English season’. Is that how it’s always worked, in real life as well as PES?
Whatever, it was a match with a trophy at the end of it, very unexpected and very welcome after 12 seasons of trophy drought. I set about my task of finally winning one with a lot of focus. Forlan scored a hat-trick and I ended up winning 4-1. Get in!Won Super Cup, eh? Whatever, Konami, whatever. I was just delighted to finally get to see my players sitting around an empty space where there is clearly meant to be a cup of some sort, but there mysteriously isn’t one, despite it being well within any footy game-making company’s remit to make one up for the occasion. But this is Konami and things have to be weird.I just can’t envisage any team of players adopting a pose like that without a trophy of some sort around which to gather.
Does winning this invisible trophy satisfy my criterion for being able finally to quit PES2019? It might, you know. I’ll see how I feel at the end of the season, if I haven’t won anything else.
Last season’s exploits have got my team into the top 30 of teams worldwide.Not bad at all. It’s to PES2019’s credit that in past nuPES games, I was easily at number 1 or thereabouts after not too many seasons at all. Here I am, in Season 13 of this one, still painfully inching my way up the ladder.
The new season is going well so far. I really have got to win one of the two trophies on offer this season. I’m saying two (2) instead of three (3), because I’m already out of the FA Cup. Beaten 2-0 by D2’s Bolton Wanderers in what might be the toughest single match I’ll play all season.
So it’s just the League and the Champions League to go for.
The early pace-setters were Tottenham. I met them in a huge 6-pointer at their place, and I won it 2-1. Here is their current First XI and squad in year 2030-31, for anyone interested:That’s a decent midfield, but they’re interestingly lightweight elsewhere, particularly on the bench. I think this demonstrates a sad truth about recent PES. Stats don’t count for as much as they used to.Those 4 draws were all irritating matches I should have won, but felt the game holding me back by the coattails. One was against Man City. I was in the lead twice, but was twice pegged back by the kinds of goals that make you curse out loud.
Finally a brief montage of 3 highlights:
- The moment the final whistle went in the Community Shield final, and my in-game avatar David Pleated onto the pitch
- A lovely first-time strike by that star man, Forlan, in the opening game of the season. I love the pass from Castledine. My club captain, Castledine has been bloody fantastic for me in this ML. At 32 he is now in decline. This might be his last meaningful season no matter what happens with me.
- And finally a lovely own-goal from a Spurs defender that got me level when I was 1-0 down, and set me on the road to taking all 3 points in the match. Never seen an AI own-goal as gracefully headed in as this one.