Season 6—my first full Superstar season—has come to a close. The last few sessions brought a mostly positive flurry of results and performances that saw me clinch a Europa League spot.
The final table:
I’m disappointed not to have finished in the top 4. I had the opportunity to do so, but a ruinous defeat against Chelsea and a couple of even more costly draws put paid to that hope.
The draws were the absolute worst. In both matches I went 1-0 up and then had all the possession and all the chances, hitting the post or bar multiple times. Then I conceded the equaliser to the CPU’s rarest of attacks, usually with 10-15 game minutes left, and couldn’t get the ball back long enough to mount another serious attack of my own.
In the Europa League I was knocked out in the Quarters by a late, late away goal in similar circumstances. I had all the play, all the possession, all the chances. Then the one magic spell of CPU possession was decisive.
I wasn’t too fussed about it all. None of it. My PES sessions are so truncated right now that I’m usually just happy to be playing, whatever happens. It’s taken me over two weeks to get through this season. I don’t anticipate that rate of progress speeding up anytime soon. If anything, it could get even slower.
Here’s the top scorers chart for the season:
I’m disappointed not to see Nouhei there. He ended on 9 goals for the season—all headers from corners. He’s the only player who scores from corners from me now. I cannot remember the last time a different player scored from a corner for me.
The Team of the Season:
That’s about right, from my point of view. Plenty of other players had good seasons, but the three I got into the TOTS here all had excellent ones. My keeper in particular has come into that mature place that many PES keepers get to, where it’s a very rare day indeed that they drop a clanger. I actually conceded more goals than any near rival, but ML’s rating system is as arcane as ever.
Note Marc Albrighton up there. Him and Stephen Ireland at Villa are among the two most annoying CPU players that I ever meet. Both are capable of the most mazy Messi-Maradona-style dribbling runs at any time.
Here’s my best goal of the last few sessions—Minandinho again, finally coming into his power for me:
That animation of the keeper flapping at the ball while diving backwards is one of my favourites. I’m a lot less enamoured of the woodwork goals lately, but this sort still thrills me.
In this match, there were 3 goals. I scored 2 of them, and both went in off the woodwork. My first goal had cannoned in off the post. Then the CPU equaliser nicked in off the post. Then there was a truly farcical period where I hit the post or bar (without scoring) FIVE TIMES. Then I scored the above winner, in off the bar.
Oh yes. PES2013 might well be remembered as ‘the one where you always hit the woodwork’.