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CF Montreal knows what to expect

CF Montreal’s latest victory showed that the club had some defensive shortcomings to address in order to produce with more consistency. Wilfried Nancy is not worried and the work will start again against the New York Red Bulls, a team with a unique attacking profile.

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It hasn’t always been pretty, last Saturday against FC Cincinnati, when the Montreal club won 4 to 3 on enemy soil. A few blunders by the defenders led to Brandon Vazquez’s net in the 12th minute or the penalty shot converted by Luciano Acosta in the second half.

“I’m not surprised. I know my team and I know they can make this kind of mistake,” head coach Nancy said by videoconference on Thursday.

“I’m not worried,” he quickly added. It requires adjustments. What I’m proud of is that the players found a way to win the game. Yes, defensively we conceded three goals, we have to be better, but we scored one more goal than the opponent.

Fortunately, the Red Bulls are an opponent that CF Montreal knows well. According to Nancy, their trademark is their ability to counter-attack effectively. Whether they are at Red Bull Arena – like next Saturday – or abroad, the way they play will not change.

“For them, playing at home or away, it doesn’t change much. This is not a possession team. It’s a counter-attack team that puts a lot of intensity on the second ball, ”analyzed the instructor.

Get back to 2021 level

In 2022, Montreal has already allowed 14 goals in five Major League Soccer games. This is the worst defensive performance in the circuit, tied with Cincinnati, which played one more duel.

“There were times last year when we struggled offensively, but we gave up a goal or two a game at most. We had more shutouts, I feel,” explained defender Kamal Miller, a staple in Nancy’s training.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it. I believe we are doing the right things in training, with the video and the preparation before the game. We shoot ourselves in the foot with some goals allowed. We have to go back to the basics of defense,” continued the Ontarian.

The opportunity may be good for Nancy to play Zachary Brault-Guillard, used sporadically this season. The Quebecer, who has just signed a new contract, is most of the time used in the right lane. The coach does not plan to employ him elsewhere.

“He is a player who has very specific qualities. He is a player who needs space to bring offensively, “said Nancy.

Two attackers could reappear against the Red Bulls. Romell Quioto, who battled COVID-19, will be available. Sunusi Ibrahim was sidelined by malaria, he announced on Thursday. He was in the substitute squad against Cincinnati.

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