Season 5, and my Europa League campaign got going with a great first-match win away at PSV. Followed by another win at home to Kortrijk.
Alas, I then met a very decent Zenit side in back-to-back fixtures and lost them both, so my Europa dream has been derailed somewhat. But I should still qualify from here. A win and a draw will do it, I think. I’ll be trying my very best. This table pic was taken just before my second encounter with Zenit. PSV also lost their 4th fixture.The Europa League is a priority this season. My League form is nowhere near good enough for a top-six finish.
I could still go on a winning run. And we all know that amazing and mysterious things can happen in a Master League table when you win a lot of matches. Superstar post-patch is still not showing me its fully-fanged self, but it is still just snarly enough that I think an upper-mid-table finish is most likely.
The table after 10 league matches:I’m not at all happy with my matches:goals ratio of 1:1. That needs to be raised, pronto.
This season my alternate away kit is yet another take on Coventry City’s infamous brown kit from 1980 – thanks to regular commenter Paul. I wore it away at Manchester City. A strangely tame Manchester City. Superstar post-patch is definitely not what it was. This time last season I’d have been slaughtered. Now, I had chances and I should have scored and got something, or at least held on for 0-0. But while pushing for a goal I conceded two late goals and lost 0-2. It was quite a relief to see that I can still overreach and get punished.
During this match I semi-accidentally did something skilful with Daniel Alves that is in the very brief highlights video below. Also in this video: a debut goal from a player called Djaniny (young LWF for whom I have high hopes); and a late free kick winner vs Manchester United from Lobato:
Lobato was a panic buy a few windows ago, and with his dreadful stamina issues (knackered by half time usually), I was planning to sell him for profit. But a tip from another regular commenter, Tommy, has completely solved Lobato’s stamina problem. If you have a forward with stamina issues, just set him to Counter Target in Advanced Tactics (the d-pad tactics). With the tactic active, he will stay up front and conserve his energy. No chasing back.
Lobato as a Counter Target can now play full matches, usually even finishing with a green stamina bar. He is having a proportional impact. He was still on the pitch in the last few minutes to take that free kick above, for example.
It’s a measure of PES2020 that the above 90-second compilation of 3 (THREE) highlights are the only real highlights from around 15 matches.
PES2020 is not a PES of great goals. The only real chance of scoring a goal from 30+ yards is from a free kick, as seen above.
Oh, there are plenty of nice goals. Tons of well-put-together goals. There are many occasions when you can justifiably say: ‘That was a perfectly fine goal, and I am pleased with it’.
Goals in PES2020 are adequate. They do their job of incrementing one’s own score tally. They make me nod in quiet satsifaction.
But… Where are the goals that can get you to your feet screaming at 2am? I have yet to score a goal that makes me shout. I’ve scored one solitary laces long-ranger in almost 300 matches now – this one. Proportionally, it’s not enough.
PES2014 was like this – almost exactly like this. And ultimately PES2014 became one of the essential editions of the PES series for me (not quite a classic edition, it was a bit too weird and Death Strandingy for that). So there is a long way to go with PES2020.