Here is my team joyfully celebrating after winning a penalty shootout at the end of the FA Cup Quarter Final against Chelsea.
I’m now in the semi-final, where I will play Leicester.
This QF was a tortuous match. I was 2-0 up before half-time, which is of course a Bad Move in any Superstar match in PES2019.
I spent the rest of the match unable to keep the ball, until it was 2-2. At that point I was allowed to keep the ball again. I scored again to make it 3-2 to me with mere seconds left – only for Chelsea to do me straight from their kickoff. And yes, I was pressuring and sliding and scything all over the place in a frantic effort to prevent what I knew was in the process of occurring. The old scripted straight from kickoff goal. Sigh.
So when it went to penalties I was annoyed enough for it to strangely help me focus. Cech is quietly the best GK I’ve had in a PES game in a long time. He saved the first two of Chelsea’s penalties, I scored mine, and it was soon over. No aiming reticules were used.
I’m through to the semis of the Europa League again. And so I am still in the hunt to compete for three trophies this season.
I will definitely be competing for the League title. Check out the table after 27 matches. With 11 matches left to play, I will really have to be careless not to be at least in the mix on the final day, and arguably I should be wrapping this up long before then.An 8 point cushion. I am very happy with my goal-scoring and goal-preventing. The ‘walk the ball into the net’ approach is what I needed all along.
I’ve opened up a gap at the top, but I had to meet my nearest challengers to make it happen.
For many seasons now, one of the powerhouses of my Master League world have been… Fulham. They’ve won titles, and I think they’ve won a Champions League. They’ve not gone away. Their players aren’t world-famous names. One of them is my former Youth promotee, Joaquin, whom I sold to them probably 10 seasons ago now. That’s the kind of player they’ve got.
We met in a 6-pointer, and I made damn sure I focused 100%.
Finally today, a replay of a rare team goal from me. I think there are 14 passes between several outfield players in this one. Enough to get the imaginary pundits back in the studio gushing about it.
I did enjoy it though. Note the touch Forlan gets early on, and then how it’s him who pops up at the end of the move, having continued his run.
I tend to dislike the slavering adulation that this sort of goal receives. I know why they’re praised so much in real life, but they do little for me. A century break in snooker is also technically impressive but they likewise don’t much quiver my needle.
By Friday i should have finished the season (and PES2019). I have a couple of days off this week and will definitely get through the remaining 11 league matches, plus however many FA Cup and Europa League fixtures I might have left. A couple of long sessions should do it.