El Dorado, the City of gold, a Columbian mythical city, supposedly teeming with Spanish gold to be precise, we are in Madrid, not El Dorado, but Spanish gold is what we seek nonetheless.
Season 9 continues, at Atheltico Madrid after my big move, a club steeped in history, but living under the shadow of the might Real Madrid, friendly neighbours we are not.
The boards expectations are high, win the league, win the cup, reach the final of the UEFA Champions League, all under the guise of Legendary difficulty, and the FIFER v3 mod, with enhanced difficulty game play, no small feat.
The small matter of a Champions League quarter final beckoned, and who other than the neighbours to be our opponents, this would be a hugely important derby match.
The first leg was away at the Bernabeu, and after going into an early lead, Real equalised then went 2-1 ahead, we pulled level, only for Jovic to bag a late header to seal a 3-2 first leg win for Real.
Back to the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg, knowing we only needed a 1-0 win to go through on away goals, I had confidence, and talked our chances up at the pre-match press conference, which seemed to go down well with the players, a small morale boost the result.
here are 2 of the 3 goals we scored in a resounding 3-0 thumping, to send us through to the semi-finals 5-3 on aggregate:
The league is a different proposition, we have won 9 matches on the bounce, but only managed during that 27 point run, to claw back 3 points in the chase for the top spot, Barcelona top the table, with a ridiculous record, closely followed by Real, we sit in third, miles ahead of 4th place.
Any other league or season, this form and points tally would be enough for a championship, but the way Barca and Real keep winning, I doubt I will close that gap then mount a strong enough lead in the 7 matches remaining.
Ironically my 2 final fixtures of the season are Barcelona and then Real Madrid, interesting times.
I’ve spent less than a season at Athletico so far, but already been head hunted, and offered the job at Man City:
It took me 0.0000000004 milliseconds to reject the offer, i absolutely despise the club in real life and that carries over into the pixelated footy world, a team that buys their way to the top, breaks all the rules in doing so and relies on chequebook managers to guarantee success, no thanks.
Next up was the Copa Del Rey Cup final, we face Valencia, having recently beat them 3-1 in the league:
Our 2nd trophy in less than a season, adding to the FIFA World Club Cup we won back in December.
And look, an actual big shiny trophy, being presented, held aloft, fireworks, ticker tape cannons, medals, trophy parades, a fitting and welcome reward for slogging it out and winning the competition, take note Con-ami.
I will leave you with a very short clip just showing a couple of nice ‘bits’ from the game, a screamer of a goal from my CM, Palacios who really is a distance shooter, a sniper, a classic Centre midfield goal-getter, the new penalty cam, as part of the new GFXMod deluxe dynamic broadcast cam mod, and star player, Jao Felix, despatching a sweet dipped free kick.