My PES 2021 ML campaign with Spurs has roared from strength to strength, thanks to the wealth of mods available on the PC version, every play session has been anticipated, enjoyed and left me wanting more, remember those old school days of actually enjoying ML ?!
Of course the ML mode itself is still pretty much as it is in the base console games, structure wise, but with the mods redefining the player database, player stats are much more accurate, player transfer values and wages realistic, and of course all the accurate faces, stadiums, kits and other bits make ML actually playable, and enjoyable.
It took a while for the team to gel under my new stewardship, finally getting the Team Spirit (TS) rating into the 90’s, this factoring makes such a huge difference on how your players respond, react to tactics and how the overall feel of the games are, all that and staving off FIFA muscle memory and learning how to play PES again, meant a bit of a slow start, but thankfully we are in a good position now.
Above is my current starting 11 and subs, I’ve gone for a 4-2-2-2 with the two holding DMF’s as we needed cover for the defence in the early days, when TS was low, now the players arse used to the system and I find it suits my overall style of play better.
I also moved to two CF’s, or a CF and SS, as I’ve always preferred the interlink play between two forwards in PES.
I also made a few signings, Douglas Luiz at DM Signed from Villa, a great box to box player with good ball winning stats, and over on the subs bench you will notice Corte Real, a CF signed as backup cover for Kane and Son, who took time to find his feet but recently has shown some great promise, also Manuel Lanzini signed from West Ham Utd, a very skilful player, who was more of an impulse buy after he performed admirably against us and was a nightmare to defend against, ideally he’d play as an AMF but I shoehorn him into a wide position currently.
Lastly, you will notice one legendary Andres Iniesta over on the bench, we picked him up as a free agent, aged 37, but still with buckles of class, I play him DMF as cover for the other two, and he’s a joy to control, with amazing dribbling and passing stats, spraying the ball around and generally creating chances for forwards.
Unfortunately crashed out of the Europa League in the last 16 round, after losing 2-1 away to Dynamo Kiev, we then won 2-1 in the home leg, taking the game to extra time then penalties, where we lost 4-1.
Penalties in PES are a bugbear, the AI keeper ALWAYS saves them, the Dynamo GK saved 4 of my 5 penalties, no matter where I put them, top corner, bottom corner, down the middle, hard, soft, he always saves them, the ratio is so high it all seems a bit pointless.
I even played multiple friendlies after and forced the games into pens, and in 4 different shootouts, I scored 3 penalties, the AI keeper saved 17 out of the 20, ridiculous.
Five matches left of the season, 8pts clear of Wolves in 5th, the 4th place and UCL qualification is firmly in our own hands, with Burnley Away, and then Liverpool to come, one win and one draw would be enough.
Free scoring Aguero is romping the golden boot, with City Champions elect, but Kane and Son both putting in a good return for the season so far.
Was interesting to see the monthly budget report and looking at my players weekly salaries, £300k+ per week for Kane, those goals come at a cost.
The season should be wrapped up and done within days, so will post updates in the comments section, and I’ll finish this week with a season one goals montage, starting with a debut goal from youth player Viner, who I have sent out on loan, but high hopes for him, and ending with a couple of goals from backup CF signing Corte Real.