The streak of seven games in less than a month that CF Montreal has just gone through has not been easy. That’s why a three-day leave was so beneficial.
Joaquin Torres looked like a very rested guy when he answered questions from the media during a video conference Thursday afternoon.
“The time off was really good and I took advantage of it a lot to rest, to relax and to do things that I had neglected in the last month.
“This break came at the right time. Some have gone to the national team and the others can rest,” added Joel Waterman.
Recall that CF Montreal started its season with a knockout round of the Champions League before starting the MLS calendar and playing a very tiring Champions League quarter-final against Cruz Azul.
We can therefore speak of a head-on collision with the start of the season in this case. It’s not easy to be immediately effective when you’re used to having time to find your way around.
“To chain so many games, it can have a positive or negative effect, admitted Torres. It allowed us to pick up cruising speed more quickly.
“From now on, it can only get better,” added the Argentinian. We were very focused mentally and physically on the Champions League, it was also the case in MLS, but by doing it on both fronts, it leaves scars. Now we will be able to focus only on MLS. »
Before having a few days off, the team experienced a sort of slippage. She had built a 3-1 first-half lead in Atlanta and was playing with the man advantage when Atlanta came back late to draw a 3-3 tie.
It is obvious that this is the kind of draw that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Joel Waterman explained that a discussion on the subject would surely be on the agenda and that the team had to face the music.
“We haven’t talked about what happened in Atlanta yet, but I’m sure we will in the next few days. These are things that can happen.
“It happened a few times last year and we got away with saying we had a young team, but we can’t keep making excuses like that. »
Among the players who need to do a little more is the name of Joaquin Torres. He has appeared in all of the team’s games this season and has only one assist to his name.
The 25-year-old midfielder is explosive at times, he has good ideas, but the finishing touch is lacking, which he admits.
“I feel very, very good. I have good feelings on the ground as in training, ”he begins by saying.
“It’s true that in the last gesture, the last pass, there are small improvements to be made, but things are progressing. »
In addition, Ismaël Koné had his first experience with the Canadian selection on Thursday evening.
At only 19 years old, his star continues to shine brighter and brighter and Joel Waterman has been able to see the progress of his young teammate in several respects. “This is his first call, he must remain humble and continue to work very hard.
“I have seen a huge change in him since last year. He has matured and you can see it in his personality and the way he works. »
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