Look who’s back and wearing a Coventry City shirt in a PES ML of mine.
Yes, it’s one J MATHIEU, who’s just a fairly average 23-year-old LB/CB nowadays. As a DMF in PES5, he was possibly my PES Player Of All Time.
I dithered over getting him in PES2019. It seems the kind of thing I do right at the end of an ML for a bit of a nostalgic lark, when there’s not much time left. But there could be 7 seasons left in PES2019, so there’s no larking around here.
I needed cover at LB/CB, someone decent but not too expensive, and Mathieu popped up in the first page of results, so I thought, why not actually get him ‘for real’ for once. So I did.
Here is my full squad and First XI for Season 15. For the first time since Season 2, none of these players are Loanees. Every player here is contracted to the club.
Just out of sight at the bottom is a Youth GK that I picked up as cheap cover for Cech. Jarvis is out on loan this season again.
So that’s 24 players, and I’ve left myself a few million to go shopping mid-season if need be.
I’m most excited about Hamsik from that list. N Ogilvy (Clint Dempsey) wasn’t doing it for me so I moved him on and went in search of another midfielder with a big booming shot, and Hamsik fits the bill.And then the season began and everything went wrong. First of all, as the Europa League champions we took part in the UEFA Supercup match. This thrilled me, as if we won it I could then go with a ‘You Wait Ages For One Trophy And Then Two Come Along At Once’ sort of post title.
But no. Instead, it was One Of Those Matches.I had 14 shots on goal to Chelsea’s 4. Of my shots, 3 were the sort of gilt-edged opportunities where you ‘know’ in your bones that it’s a goal, it must be a goal – but each time, the AI keeper pulled off miracle Gordon Banks-style saves.
1 time is unlucky. 2 times is a coincidence. 3 times is a conspiracy. We all know the (non) score.
Chelsea scored so late with one of their few chances that it was genuinely gutting to lose.
Then the Premier League started. I really do want a title before PES2019 is over. But bloody hell.I was lucky to get nil. I’ve played a few other matches and I’ve had a draw and a win from them. I’m mid-table after 3.
I know the problem. Of course, its too many new players too quickly. The game models poor team cohesion decently enough, and there are just enough misplaced passes and non-existent defensive marking and the like to make this a terrible start to the season.
Oh, did I mention that I had to qualify for the Champions League via a playoff? Atletico Bilbao the opponents. That went terribly too:
I drew 2-2 at home in the first leg, and lost the away leg 3-2. I didn’t play that badly, but conceded awful goals. So I’ll be competing in the Europa League again this season. At least I get to see if I can retain that trophy after the rare win last season.
I would have played a lot more than these matches, but gave a few hours late Monday night to watching the climax of a certain dragon-themed TV show.
To finish with, 3 interesting moments from the very end of last season that I thought merited inclusion here.
- Modric and Xavi’s passing stats and skills are enabling a bit of a cheese move: the long aerial Glenn Hoddle-esque through-ball to the feet of an attacker, Castledine in this instance. But it always feels so good.
- In a PES of rare headers, this was a satisfactory one. Mascherano popped up on the wing to deliver a Beckham-esque cross for Castledine, who made a late Bryan Robson-esque run into the box for a David Speedie-esque header back across the keeper.
- And finally a real SNAFU from me with Cech trying to play the ball out of the back. A good example here of the PES2019 AI That We Need pressing me hard when behind. Regen Muller seemed to be on me in a flash.