At about 2:45am Thursday night/Friday morning, I reached the Division 2 Playoffs in my Season 2 of Master League.
I then stayed up until well after 3am to play the most extraordinary single match of PES2020 so far, and one of the most memorable single matches of PES ever.
A 4m30s highlights package is below.
First, some context for the match. I coasted through the latter third of the season, racking up the wins, drawing a few, losing the odd one. The final table:Results picked up massively when I switched formations. Since around PES2012 I have played with a version of a 4-2-2-2. Back four, two DMF/CMF anchors, two wide AMF/SMF types, and two central CF/SS sorts. Nice and simple and effective, year in, year out.
Looking at my players in PES2020, and sensing that this is a different type of PES and I needed to try something new, I have gone back to a version of the 4-3-3 that I used to play with in PES2-PES2011.
In PS2 PES and the first few editions on PS3, I always played with a back 4, a lone DMF, two AMFs (sometimes wide, sometimes central) and 3 CFs. (They were always CFs until all the SS tomfoolery started. The series hasn’t been the same since, if you ask me.)
I’ve now played about 15 matches with the 4-3-3 you see here.
It’s a standard back four, with just the 1 DMF; a close-to-hand CMF who pitches in at both ends; a lone AMF (huge burden on him); and the front three consists of an LWF in this instance (Pjaca’s strongest role) with two CFs.
I really like it and believe I will stick with it all the way. It generates chances and goals, but it does seem to leave me open to counter-attacks, as will be seen…
Full-backs are incredibly important in a setup like this of course. They need stamina and speed. Neither of the ones on show here are entirely satisfactory for different reasons. Both too young and too unfinished. I know what I’ll be shopping for post-season… but which division will I playing in?
I saw off Sheffield United in the Playoff semi-final.
Nottingham Forest were up in the final.
I’d played Forest in my run-in and easily beaten them. I anticipated this final being one of those matches in a Master League where the journey proves more exciting than the destination. This match was a formality, right? Right?