Final post of February. The real-world calendar year of 2019 is now almost 16.66% done. I am heading into the second half of Season 11 of Master League with PES2019 itself winding down to some sort of conclusion.
Ideally I’d like to play just one more season after this one. That ‘feels’ right.
But I need to win something – any cup will do – for true closure. I won’t be able to walk away without that.
Say I get to the end of next season, and make a big fanfare of giving up PES2019 and walking away. Regular readers will know that I would soon start playing PES2019 in secret, before announcing it on the blog eventually. So I won’t allow that scenario to come about.
But this is the now-annual nuPES hate period. Long-range goals just aren’t allowed anymore. PES5 must be spinning in its grave.
God damn Konami (damn them all to Hell) for the direction they have taken this series in. I’m not speaking figuratively here. Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes wasn’t speaking figuratively either. He really was calling on God to damn them (damn them all to Hell), just as I do now in this context.
Anyway, nuPES hate aside, things are going reasonably well for me in Season 11.
I wonder if I have left myself too much to do to join the Premier League title chase now. I think a top-4 finish still isn’t out of the question, but Fulham are certainly maintaining their rise to the top:
That top 3 are starting to look a bit distant.
Only 15 matches gone, so there are more than half remaining. Rubber-banding in PES2019 is the most generous it’s ever been… I’ll see.
Things are much happier over in the Champions League. Last time, I said I needed to win both my remaining group games to guarantee qualification.
I did won my last two group games, both tough matches. I beat Benfica 1-0 in the tightest contest of PES2019 so far. I think I scored with my only shot on target, and I defended heroically at the other end. Then I met Brondby and was down to 9 (NINE) men by half-time thanks to making reckless challenges with yellow-carded players.
I have a personal PES tradition of playing well with 10 men or 9 men (or with 8 men once, in ISS2 I think), and getting results, and so it proved here.
That match ended epically, 3-2 to me, and it was nice to see my players jump about celebrating at the end, instead of Bayern1999-ing it on the ground.
When I saw the final group tabe I was delighted. Finished top!
At this stage I don’t know who I’ll be playing in the knockouts. Whoever it is, I will be putting everything into this competition. This could be the one.