So here’s my current First XI and squad, coming up to mid-season in Season 6. The only player just out of sight at the bottom is Lincoln—or Blue Lincoln as I call him. On account of him always being blue. Blue-arrowed, that is.
Mehmeti owns that left-sided CF slot—one of the best journeymen strikers I’ve ever played with.
Wroughllen and Minandinho swap around a lot on the other side. I prefer Wroughllen in the right-sided CF role. He’s got the most wicked left foot I’ve seen in PES since the likes of Stoichkov in PES3, Schwarz when he was great, and Hagi from last year.
Poor old Bebe hasn’t had a look-in, really, since arriving at the start of the season. He makes sub appearances now and then, and gets the occasional goal. He’s the Paul Dickov of PES2013, right now.
Castolis would be good enough to walk into any other team. But he has to sit out when Niellendner and Zerkovic can play.
Of course, a First XI is only an idea. It’s a rare match indeed where the First XI seen above is the one that actually takes to the field.
One huge reason for that is stamina. A long league campaign, coupled with a Europa League campaign and frequent International call-ups, means it’s a very, very rare week indeed when I have a fully fit and in-form First XI to call on.
In general I no longer seem to have a problem with form arrows. Most players are at least green-arrowed for most matches. Sometimes the game throws me a curveball and purple-arrows a couple of the lads for no apparent reason. But mostly I get to field a proper team. The days of being forced to play with blue- and purple-arrowed players are—fingers crossed—seemingly behind me.
The form situation is always helped by getting good results, of course.
I’ve sailed through the first stage of the Europa League. If what we hear is true and the real-life competition is due to be scrapped in favour of an expanded Champions League, it might be best to enjoy this PES version while we can.
No problems at all. I was convinced I’d lost a match in there somewhere, but seemingly I hadn’t.
In the league, I’m still hovering just outside the top 6, and in with more than a shout of emulating last season’s Professional-difficulty-level 4th-place finish. I’m happy enough to be in the top half of the table, though, Superstar is unforgiving at times.
Especially when a large proportion of the CPU’s goals against me occur straight from its various kick-offs.
What is it with PES2013’s straight-from-kickoff thing that always catches me out? I never seem to be ready for it. Time and again, the CPU brazenly just gets me.
I always think, no way, they can’t be doing it again? I concede more unstoppable goals straight from CPU kickoffs in PES2013 than I ever did in PES2012. It really is one of my least favourite aspects of this game. So demoralising when it happens.