Here we go now. Season 5. Which way will this Master League on PES2020(PS4) go for me? A season of consolidation – or something else? A title challenge perhaps? A Europa League run? It’ll be a bad sign for the mode’s longevity if a serious title challenge takes place. But a Europa League run, now – I could live with it. I start my first European campaign (my earliest for many editions of PES) at PSV away a few weeks into the season.
Looks like I’m stuck forever with sky blue and yellow as the club colours, unless Konami fixes the bug that’s causing it to be stuck.
I’ve only played three matches in my Master League since Tuesday. The Community Shield, and two league matches. Lost, Won, Drew, in that order.
I’ve more or less decided to stick with the squad that earned me a very repectable 9th-place finish and the FA Cup win in Season 3. I’m curious to see if the relatvely tame Superstar-level matches I was experiencing towards the end of last season will be replicated in Season 5. I’ve got a nice transfer kitty to go shopping in January if I need to.
Community Shield, then – and I faced Chelsea, who were only moderately overpowered. It was the kind of Superstar match where you constantly feel as if you’re still in the game and doing quite well. But somehow you’re always a goal or two down.
When I was 0-2 down I had a moment with Castledine. The defence parted like the Red Sea and I took a potshot from range, as I have a thousand times already in this PES. This was an occasion where the diceroll came up in my favour:
‘A kind-of long-ranger’ is what I’m calling it, because although it was a touch over 27 yards, and therefore a long-ranger, it entered the goal too low-down for me to feel that real buzz. Only the postage stamp corner of the net, or thereabouts, will suffice.I conceded a third goal to Chelsea almost straight from kickoff (I know) and lost the Community Shield match 1-3.
Another peculiar goal happened in my first league match vs newly-promoted Nottingham Forest.
Over the seasons I’ve noticed a few hits from strikers that I will call ‘spinners’ – where the flight of the ball is as weird and funky as a spin-ball in the moderately popular pastime called ‘cricket’ would be.
Here’s a shot from Lobato that completely fooled me when I struck it, never mind the keeper.
I was really confused when this went into the net, because in realtime, from the original angle, at the original speed, I thought it was going wide or over:
That was the winning goal. The current table for what it’s worth:
I drew the next match and am more or less in the same position. So far so good for Season 5, mostly. My squad of mostly average and above-average players is performing well and I am bonding with them. One or two star players to makes things interesting. Youths coming through. Robin van Persie is 18 this season, and has really got to start contributing more than his 2 goals in 2 full seasons now. He’ll start more.