Season 12 of my Master League career in PES2019 has ended.
And once again – it has ended empty-handed. I missed out on the League title. This time I finished in 2nd place, quite a bit behind a rampant Arsenal.
I was knocked out of the Champions League in the Quarter Finals by a bewilderingly good AC Milan.
And it was all apparently going so well. When I posted on Tuesday I was quietly confident of winning at least one of the big two trophies, and possibly/probably even both of them.
I won 4 league matches in a row, with one of them including a 94th minute winner – a truly transcendent PES moment that’s on show in the video at the bottom of this post.
That goal went in and the final whistle went, and I snapped this screenshot below. I believed my name was on the League trophy, invisible or not.But the game of course had other ideas. Results went screwy. With 2 matches left I was still 3 points behind Arsenal, who had embarked on a supreme run of all wins and a single draw.
Cardiff were pretty much relegated in my ML world as well as the so-called real one, and it was them who tripped me up. I took the lead early in this one with a fine stooping header from Gomez (also in the goals vid at bottom).
But soon I had my GK sent off after triangle-charging a Cardiff striker who was clean through on goal.
This was the second time it’d happened to me in this PES, after never happening in any previous edition. I don’t keep a keeper on the bench, so I had to put one of my big CBs, Fazio, in goal instead. He promptly conceded straight from the resulting free kick. I conceded another soon after to make it 2-1 to them. I was losing and down to 10 men in a match that I had to win. Anything else would give Arsenal the title. I really went for it, knowing the entire season was on the line. The final whistle went and my players all sank to their haunches.The final table:I suppose I can’t complain too much. I’m fortunate to have been in the running for the title, with that WDL record, and with that amount of goals conceded. I was delighted with how my strikers have performed this season. Not so much my defenders.
Milan were just too strong for me in the Champions League. They caught me unawares in the first leg, winning it 2-0, and once again I left myself too much to do to get back into it.
So that was that. Season 12. No trophies.
What now? My plan was to win something this season, and potentially move on from PES2019 with the air of a job done.
That’s all changed now. I won’t even try to walk away from PES2019 when I clearly have unfinished business. Regular readers will know that if I tried to walk away, I’d be back, in secret at least, before too long.
I’ve done some thinking, and here’s the PES2019 end-game scenario:
I will not walk away from PES2019 until I have won a trophy.
Any trophy. I’d prefer it to be the League or the Champions League, but I would take the FA Cup. I cannot quit this Master League until I have got one of these three.
Season 13 is already underway as I type.
A goals compilation to finish with. Some interesting goals from the last third of the season. Watch out for a very ordinary goal that meant a hell of a lot – the 94th minute winner, followed by raucous celebration, that seemed as if it was going to win me the League. What could have been…
I believe this video sees my first use this year of a famous piece of music from PES history. I use this music in a vid at least once a year, most notably back in the days of PES2015, and before that with PES2012.
Bonus points to the first person who can put a name to the face of the long-forgotten Master League legend in the thumbnail.