Myziane Maolida. Had never heard of him before PES20, apparently he's a 20 year old Forward playing of Nice in the French League, he popped up in my scouting search in January, 2.5 seasons ago, I can't remember the actual fee we paid, but £500 million would have been a snip.
The guy is just incredible, an absolute out and out goal predator, pace, power, skill, and an eye for goal on the level of David Villa, Micheal Owen, Ian Rush, Ian Wright, Andy Cole, any of those great natural finishers.
Player individuality has always been one of the key USP's of the PES franchise, especially within a ML environment, building an affinity with your players and developing, or signing players that turn your whole career around, and I have not felt such affinity with my players since the days of PES 11 when I signed a little Brazilian magician called Villalba who revolutionised my game, Maolida is all that and more, but he's not the only one.
I also signed a regen Quaresma from my youth team 3 seasons ago, who, for the first year, did pretty much nothing, but a bespoke training regime, and giving him game time has seen him flourish into a formidable winger, now rated 86 OVR, and still only 21, I've just rejected a £104 million pound bid for him from Real Madrid. Regen David Silva from the youths is occupying my AMF role and is another that has bags of individuality.
I qualified from the above Europa League group with ease, beating Inter on the final day to take group winners spot and set up a fairly simple KO stage tie with Grazer AK of Austria, winning the first leg 4-1 and the second leg 2-1 to go through to the quarter finals, where we faced Chelsea.
A combination of a poor performance and one of those 'Turdbag' matches resulted in a disappointing 3-0 loss at home, it was a mountain to climb, and one that proved a step too far as we lost the second leg 2-1 to go out 5-1 on aggregate, Europa league quarter finals in our first season is a decent effort.
Next up was the FA Cup semi-final against runaway league leaders and reigning Premier league Champions, Liverpool.
I usually play a 4-1-3-2 style formation with fernando as the sole DMF, and aolida (CF) and Arcas (SS) up top as a two, but was worried about Liverpool bossing midfield so changed to a 4-2-3-1 for this game going with 2 holding DMF's set to stay back, a front 3 line, with Maolida alone up top, here's the condensed highlights:
Unbelievable performance, and a stonking 3-0 win against a superb side, booking our place in the FA Cup final for the first time, and our opponents:
Man Utd, at Wembley, well, whatever fake ground it decides to use (damn you PC modders), really looking forward to my first tilt at a trophy. I did say previously that once I win my first trophy, I will step up to Superstar, which I still plan to do for next season, with the caveat that if it plays horribly, or I experience any super levels of shitbaggery, then I will hastily move back to Top Player where currently, 8 out of every 10 matches are very enjoyable.
There are 3 matches left of this season, season 6, and that last Champions League place is up for grabs again, mirroring the situation last season where I narrowly missed out by a point. Here's the table as it stands with 3 left to play:
3 games left to hold off Chelsea and hope Spurs drop a point, I have to win all 3 matches to stand a chance.
Lastly, a small compilation of goals from the last few sessions, SPOILER ALERT: No true long rangers in there I'm afraid.