Urgh. Things have taken a poor turn in the league. After being knocked out of the FA Cup and losing my chance at the Treble in this season (my 13th on PES2015’s Master League), I was at least hoping for a Champions League and League double.
It is not to be. I’m still in the Champs League, but the League is gone.
A disastrous session, probably the single worst I’ve had on PES2015, saw me take 1 point from a possible 12 and leave myself 13 points adrift, with 4 to play.
I don’t know what happened. Well, I do know what happened. I lost focus and concentration, particularly when the AI was kicking off, and paid the ultimate price.
I met Leicester at home, conceded early, couldn’t get back into it, and lost 0-1.
I played Crystal Palace at home, conceded early, couldn’t get back into it, and lost 0-1.
I played Chelsea away and was swept up into a crazy 4-3 match. I took the lead three times and they scored straight from their kick-off each time, and then got the winner late on.
I played Sunderland away and scored early myself, but conceded straight from their kickoff. At least I held on for the 1-1 here.
And finally in this sequence I played Spurs away and lost 2-1. At least I didn’t concede any kickoff goals.
The matches themselves seemed overwhelmingly hard. My players were constantly overrun in possession and bundled off the ball. My strikers struggled to get any kind of attacking game going and the CPU keepers saved nearly everything. Homemade Hagi is invisible. My defenders non-existent.
I’m through to the semi-finals of the Champions League, which is an all-English affair. I’ll play Chelsea. Strangely, I don’t anticipate it being very tough.
It’s only the League that has jumped up from Superstar to Nightmare difficulty.
Perhaps the 4-3-3 I’ve been playing for a few seasons now has finally run out of puff. I’m going to tinker with my formation and tactics and see what happens.
Full disclosure: prior to this Nightmare session in the league, I’d had a break of three days from the game. Work and a few other factors made it so. It was my longest time off, and when I returned it felt a bit bewildering. Also, I’d just lost my chance at the Treble this season. So clearly my focus has wavered.
Now I just have to focus for the Champions League. And try to come up with a new tactical approach for Season 14 that works.