Christopher (Surenses, France, 1989) is a French-Portuguese player from the Boavista FC squad. He led the Portuguese team of the eFootball.Pro League during this first season, competing together with TioMit (the team has a third member, Bounti27). Christopher has been one of the top goal assistants of the Regular League and when it comes to passes, one of the players with more passes made and more successful ones completed.
Christopher: "In the first two matchdays we thought we could play tiki taka, but then we realised that we couldn’t. Hence we had to find alternative tactical solutions. We couldn’t improve as much as we wanted but we did give everything we got."
eFootball.Pro: After the first season, how do you value the appearance of the eFootball.Pro League in the competitive PES scene?
Christopher: "For us, PES professionals, it’s been a very interesting competition. It gave us visibility and has been innovative because it’s the first professional competition with professional football clubs. The staff did a very professional job and we players are happy. There are things to improve but it’s been the first year and I’m curious to know what changes there will be next season."
Christopher: " I always say that the reality of esports is offline, not online. To me it’s the best training because you find yourself in many different situations where you have to look for solutions under pressure."
How have these weeks between the eFootball.Pro League Finals and the PES League World Finals been?
"I'm trying to play as much as possible and prepare the tactical details as well as figure out what may happen in the tournament. I’m preparing myself both mental and physically because those factors are very important to me. I’m aware of how old I am and I know that now it’s different from eight years ago when I could play without being in the best physical condition. I try to work on that aspect in order to be 100% on Saturday, June 29, put up a great performance and, God willing, be the best in the world."
So, when you compete in major tournaments like the eFootball.Pro League or PES League, your mind is more prepared and you have many more automatisms at the most decisive moments. Also in France we are lucky that many players live nearby and we can train offline. The level now is more even, between France, Spain and Brazil. Putting Asia aside, those are the strongest countries in PES to me."
Christopher: "I have different weapons from those I had eight years ago. Back then I had more freshness and a slightly different style of play. Now I have expertise and the mental factor."
Have you had enough time to prepare both PES League and the eFootball.Pro League this season as they both take place at the same time?
"The calendar has been very complicated and I hope that the organisations can find a solution for the next year. It hasn’t been the best way to prepare the competitions but we did it anyway. We organised ourselves in the best way possible as we are professionals. I like doing things well. Otherwise, I’d rather not do them."
I have powers of observation, I like to analyse my opponents tactically. It’s logical that ETTORITO97, Usmakabyle and also GuiFera want to be world champions again, and it’s the same for me. It will be very difficult. After the draw it’s time to prepare the competition, but I’m ready for the tournament."
What do you expect from the eFootball.Pro League for next season?
"I hope there will more teams and more locations, as we expected for the first season. But the most important thing is that the competition has visibility. The players, the clubs and the organisation deserve it. I hope it will be more successful than this year, that good work will have a continuity. And I, as an athlete, hope to have the chance of visiting other countries and also that we have a good competition format. I know that the organisation understands that the format has to be interesting for both players and fans, and that it can also give a good image to the Pro Evolution Soccer game. And of course I hope there will be good prizes."