Only 1 (ONE) session played since the last time, but it was a good one. I played around 6 matches – these were the first four results (for November of Season 9):
4 solid wins in a row. All were more comfortable than the scores might suggest. The game works hard to keep you within a goal or two, to make the matches ‘exciting’. That 4-3 win over Liverpool featured a lot of scripting shenanigans. I went 4-1 up midway through the second half – and the game blatantly seized control and gave itself two goals to make it 4-3, to set up one of those nuPES ‘exciting’ finishes. 1000mph, no fouls, etc.
League table scripting is also much in evidence. I was in 2nd place before this session, 3 points behind Chelsea.
I was in 2nd place after it too, still 3 points behind Chelsea.
After the above 4 matches, I drew a match and then lost a match. I wasn’t worried about the leaders pulling away, because I know Master League of old. Chelsea, above me, also drew a match and lost a match, in perfect sync with me, to keep the gap at 3 points:I’m conceding a few too many goals to currently be confident of mounting a consistent title challenge.
At this stage though, after 16 matches, and coming up to mid-season, I’ll be very disappointed not to at least qualify for the Champions League.
Gomez is joint-top of the goal-scoring charts:I’ve scored a few satisfying goals, but none more so than the following.
It comes from one of my Youth promotees. BUONANOTTE. He’s a real-life player, yet another Argentinian whose career has been interrupted by a literal car crash. I say ‘yet another’ because one of my prominent players last year in PES2018, Rodriguinho, was also an Argentine player whose promising career was interrupted by a car crash. It must be a South American thing.
Buonanotte is one of those 5’3″ Shimizu/Shaqiri types, a versatile attacking midfielder. Currently 18 years old, he’d not played much until a spell of fatigue and poor form gave him the chance to feature.
Some fine performances followed. The individuality is strong with this one. I played him as a central AMF against Liverpool and he was noticeably going on intelligent runs. I spotted one in particular and used Benat to pick him out:
That goal was fairly routine, but deeply satisfying due to the context and the player who scored it. If Master League doesn’t have that kind of satisfaction, it might as well not exist.
What I liked about the run was how early he sets off on it.In the clip, Buonanotte starts running at around 0:03, several passes before my silky midfielder, Benat, even gets the ball and sends the delicate aerial pass over the defence.
I had spotted the run and knew I only had a few seconds to work the ball into the right position to send the right ball over. Everything worked out in end, but of course it often doesn’t. Either nobody seems to go on a run, or I fail to get the right ball away in time. It’s part and parcel of the gameplay of the game.
Mid-season coming up, and I’m reluctant to disrupt the harmony of this team with more than one or two signings. There are gaps in my squad that need filling. I still have Loanees – only two. I could do with a proper big-name DMF of my own, and an LB for cover.
I’ve got £2m in the salary budget to play with. A few top players have been stewing in the Free Agents list since the start of this Master League. I might indulge myself in grabbing a big name, or a couple of journeymen, I’ll see.