I came through my Champions League 2nd round 2nd leg against Monaco, winning it 2-1 at home to sail past them 4-1 on aggregate.
Nice to be back in Europe and seeing the famous old sights again, even if the sights in PES are not what they used to be. Losing the Champions League licence really did hurt PES, I think.
The domestic league is where it’s all happening for me right now.
My miracle run of form came to a halt when I met fellow title-chasers Fulham, who held me to a dour 0-0.
As ever when you meet a top team in PES (and Fulham are now a top team in PES) it’s a 1000mph interruption-free sprintfest. It’s the kind of football gaming that gamers of today are prone to describing as ‘fun’. If you were to show a 1000mph nuPES match to a typical PES fan of a decade ago, and tell them that many PES fans of the future would be describing it as ‘fun’, they would be reaching for the smelling salts in shock. No, we really never thought PES could ever come to this, did we?
I won my next few, and was dizzyingly TOP of the table – for one week only. Then I lost a match, I forget against whom, could’ve been anyone (that’s nuPES in a nutshell).
Currently this is the table after 35 matches. There are 3 (THREE) matches left to play:1 point off the top. Roughly equal goal difference and goals scored (apart from Fulham). This, right here, is true squeaky bum time.
Any one of those 4 teams could end up top of the pile come the final whistle on the final day.
I’m reasonably confident that if I win all 3 of my remaining fixtures, it’ll be me who wins the title.
So that’s 3 MASSIVE league games coming up.
And I’ll be playing those final matches around the Champions League semi-final, at least. I beat AC Milan in the Quarters. Here were the teams before the first leg–
–which ended 0-0 in an eerily lifelike tense first leg where neither team wanted to risk too much.
It was a big night back at my place in the return fixture. Milan were incredibly tough, but I got a goal early in the 2nd half, and then they pummelled me for the rest of it. They only needed one goal to go through of course.
It was incredibly tense, and the kind of siege I’m under at the start of the clip was pretty much how it was all along. But then I went on a breakaway, and my young player, Buonanotte, raced through – with a SUBLIME first touch that took him towards the goal and set up the strike. (Fun fact: this was the farthest-out I’ve scored from in as long as I can remember. God damn you, nuPES.)
It sealed a 2-0 win on the night and on aggregate. I’m through to the semis where my opponents will be… Arsenal, who saw off Fulham in their Quarter Final.
It’s all set up perfectly for a League and Champions League Double, or one or the other, or nothing at all. And it’ll all be done and dusted by Tuesday.