MLS: after Messi, place in Nancy for CF Montreal

MLS: after Messi, place in Nancy for CF Montreal
MLS: after Messi, place in Nancy for CF Montreal

After losing against Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF on Saturday, CF Montreal is preparing to face the Columbus Crew on Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo in another duel that will attract attention among soccer fans across the country. here.

This match will be important for Laurent Courtois’ troop, since it will compete against that of a well-known coach in Montreal who has already managed the Bleu-Blanc-Noir, Wilfried Nancy. The Montreal team is 12th in the Eastern Conference and would not play in the Major League Soccer playoffs if they started now.

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At a press briefing on Tuesday, CF Montreal coach Laurent Courtois focused on the improvements to be made by his team during “key moments”. The club seems incapable of maintaining its lead, as it showed again last weekend when it saw a 2-0 priority slip away.

“We concede things when we are in difficulty, particularly on the aspect of concentration and competitiveness,” declared the 45-year-old.

Joel Waterman also believes that CF will have to refine this aspect for Wednesday’s match.

“It’s all about desire, it comes back to focus and desire. The most difficult thing will be to go and play tomorrow with the same effort. This will be the message,” explained the defender.

Take 2 against the Crew

The last clash between Columbus and Montreal took place on April 27 and ended 0-0. Laurent Courtois’ squad limited the damage against their opponents at Field. During this meeting, CF committed 18 fouls, while receiving five yellow cards.

Nevertheless, with 11 matches played, CF Montreal is the Eastern team having allowed the most goals, i.e. 23. For the club’s number 4, Fernando Alvarez, the important thing for Montreal will be to “keep its identity” and not “changing your style of play every game” too much. He believes the improvement in defensive play will be “particularly important.”

For his part, Courtois reiterates his confidence in his men.

“We look at the players who are there and how we can make them more efficient. We know there is quality, we have no excuses,” underlined the coach.

Last year, the Crew won the MLS Cup with Nancy leading the team. Currently, the next rivals CF Montreal occupy eighth place in the East with 15 points in the standings, three more than Montreal.

The Bleu-Blanc-Noir has not won since April 13 against Cincinnati.



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