An evolution expected for 2022

CF Montreal kicks off its 2022 campaign tonight with an important CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 clash against Santos Laguna in Mexico.

After a rather encouraging 2021 season during which the club nevertheless missed the MLS playoffs, it is important, for 2022, to progress: obviously the objective is to make the playoffs. We must at least take this step forward. It’s a minimum.

The technical staff led by Wilfried Nancy has sympathetic sides, so we gave him the benefit of the doubt. But this year, the pressure is more evident. Particularly on Nancy, who needs to instill progression and more consistency in performance to accumulate more positive results.

What we want to see is the same start as last season, when the team showed a system of play, goals, intensity, a fairly encouraging structure that brought good results and performances. We want it to start again, but consistently throughout the season, because in the second half, last year, it was more difficult. They weren’t able to keep the standard of the first half of the season.

CF Montreal must be a difficult team to beat, who is the boss of the game.

In addition to the coaches, great responsibilities will also fall to the players, who will have to perform what is asked of them from the side of the organization on the pitch, and of course, show their individual skills and be more efficient and consistent in their way of playing.

It will also require a defensive structure that will downright undermine the opponent’s confidence in his ability to score.

I would also like to see a bigger attacking contribution from midfielders like Samuel Piette, Victor Wanyama or Ahmed Hamdi. It’s not just up to Djordje Mihailovic and the strikers to create and score.

I really like the acquisition of defenseman Alistair Johnston this offseason. We now find ourselves with several players from Quebec and Canada in the workforce, particularly in defense with Joel Waterman, Zachary Brault-Guillard and Kamal Miller, among others.

As a Quebecer and Canadian, I really like that. They are part of the future and will have an important role to play in the success of the club.

reunion time

I well remember the first meeting between the Impact and Santos Laguna, when they eliminated us in 2009, even though that was already 13 years ago. The situation is very different this year, because we weren’t in MLS at the time.

This year, I’m confident that the team will be able to go further than last time and move on to the next round. It will definitely be a difficult task. First, he is a quality opponent. The two clubs are also at different times in their season: CF MTL are still preparing physically while Santos Laguna have
already played several matches in the Mexican championship.

At the time, our big problem was that we weren’t physically prepared enough. It’s one thing to be together for the camp, but the games are different. It was our great difficulty in 2008, let’s hope that this problem will not arise again this year.

What can help on a physical level are the players who played for the national team in January. They will have to play well and keep their energy levels up. Unfortunately, two players who are in good shape and who could be a big influence (Johnston, who is following the COVID protocol and possibly Piette, who is just coming out of it) will not be able to play, which will present a challenge for other players who will have to give their best, especially physically.

But as a spectator, I can’t wait to see a CF Montreal that performs well and wins this kind of match. It would give us a great start for this 2022 campaign.

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