There’s a cryptic clue in this week’s post title, all is revealed later on in the post.
Well, season 2 has come to a barn storming climax, and has honestly been one of the most memorable, and enjoyable ML seasons I’ve ever played.
You may recall from the last post, that we drew Juventus in the KO stage of the UCL, well a last minute winner at home in the first leg gave us a 3-2 lead heading into the 2nd leg over in Turin.
Kane was injured for this match, and a few players were off form, and it showed, we lost 2-0 without ever really imposing ourselves on the tie, to crash out of the Champions League 4-3 on aggregate.
Our league form had been superb, with 7 wins and 3 draws from out last 10 matches, which coincided with Man City, who were racing away with the league from day one, suffering a 6 match spell of defeats and draws, at one point the gap was reduced to 5 points and we had moved into second place, although this didn’t last, with Chelsea showing their strength and pushing us back into third, and City sorting themselves out to recover and solidify their place at the top.
This is how the season finished:
A respectable 3rd place finish, one higher than last season and automatic UCL qualification, job done. These are the promoted and relegated teams:
Brighton and Leeds come back up, after going down last season, joined by Stoke.
We also had representatives in the Team of the Season, which reflects our superb performances.
Just after the January Transfer window, PSG came sniffing about for Harry Kane, now 29, and doing my head in with his often inability to stay onside, I was considering cashing in, valued at around £94 mil, so I thought I’d do some cheeky negotiation, and eventually managed to get PSG up to £120mil for Kane, but I had one last card, a long shot at best, but I then threw a curve ball and offered Kane plus £38mil for Kylian MBappé, and to my total surprise, they accepted as Mbappe was keen on our club and wanted to test himself in the Premier League.
With a brand new impressive stadium, Champions League football looking certain next season, and French national teammates in our squad, Mbappe was certainly interested, but……. the salary demands.
He obviously wanted a hike on his already gargantuan PSG salary, and after several tight negotiations, he said he would sign for £436,000 per week!!
I initially baulked at this figure, half a million quad per week, for a football player, but then realised, the £38 mil transfer fee we paid, plus Kane, was doable, just, and we had around £500k p/w in our wage budget, but we would be recouping over £300k P/w for Selling Kane on, so in effect, Mbappe was only costing us 38 mil plus just over 100 grand a week, I snapped at the deal, and Mbappé signed.
Next port of call after the euphoria of agreeing a deal for the world’s best CF, was the small matter of an FA Cup game, not just any game but the FA Cup FINAL, against Liverpool, at Wembley.
Below I present you with the FULL game footage, if you cant be bothered to watch it all, then there’s action right at the end of the first half, and the second half is an absolute barnstormer!
What a great way to end such a memorable season, and what a game!!!
Destroyed Liverpool for 20 minutes, with 4 quickfire goals, only for them to ramp it up and mount a comeback, we was riding our luck at times in that second half.
Many readers of this blog, and the old NG Chronicles, will probably know of my disgust at the lack of effort shown by Konami in the presentation of matches, and key games, and a massive pet annoyance was the complete absence of a trophy when you win the league or cup, well how beautiful did that FA Cup trophy look in all it’s shiny gloriousness?!
And the scenes that followed, all those cut scenes with players celebrating, lifting the manager aloft, parading the trophy….
All thanks to the patches and mods (immersion mod) that have been made by average joe PES fans, that make the game 1 billion times more fun, enjoyable and rewarding, superb stuff.
Will finish off with a small selection of goals from the back end of the season, and a look at next seasons new kits.