One of the many unwritten stories of this Master League has been that of one J Rice, Esq. The Forgotten Default is still in my squad, but rarely gets a game. He’s in serious decline now and not much use, a 65 OPR player in a team with a vastly higher average ability across the board.
The only time Rice makes an appearance is when there’s absolutely no choice. A recent run of fatigue and suspensions led to him featuring in two matches in a row, where he acquitted himself well, which seemed to prompt the game to give him the award as seen above. The usual squad-based buffs are the positive side-effects, but he’s by no means a key player. It’s simply never been worth getting rid of him.
This is almost certainly my last season. I am 99.99% sure. I simply have no appetite for another season after this one.
I sailed through my Champions League group, and am into the knockout stages. This tournament is my best chance of a trophy, as the domestic league may have slipped away already.
Some poor results have left me 15 points off the lead with 19 matches played. With another 19 matches remaining, I can’t afford too many more defeats.I went crazy in one of the defeats and got two players sent off, Robben and Giorza. The latter’s was a straight red for a professional foul. At least Robben’s was only a two-yellow-cards jobby, and I’ll only be missing him for one match.
It was my first experience of playing PES2019 with nine men, and I nearly got myself back into it, but, uh, I didn’t. It was one of a run of three straight defeats that really set me back in the title race by a long way.
The table:That really is one hell of a gap between where I am and where I would like to be. It might even be an insurmountable gap, even with Master League table scripting.
Still, I have another 19 matches in which to close that gap, and Master League’s famed kindness might – might – come into play. Experience so far shows me that the PES2019 flavour of table scripting will open the door, but I’ll then have to fight my way through that door by getting results when it really matters. PES2019 on Superstar, for me, can be a bugger to get a result from when it really matters.
A goal replay to finish with, from Forlan. It’s a fine example of a low, placed, long-range shot – yet another one for the PES2019 Forlan scrapbook.
What I like about this goal isn’t so much the goal itself, as the way the AI keeper remains spreadeagled face-down on the pitch, in acknowledgment of his failure to save a shot he should really have had covered. ‘My bad, lads’ he is saying here, in universal GK-speak: