CF Montreal can rewrite its history book if it manages to collect at least one point against Orlando City tomorrow afternoon.
With a win or a draw, the team will extend their unbeaten streak to seven games, which would exceed the current mark of six, achieved in 2016 and 2021.
“Of course the players know it and the idea is to write a chapter in the history of the club,” said head coach Wilfried Nancy on Thursday.
“You want to put your personal name or team edition in the record book. Even if we equalize, we break the record, but I won’t hide from you that we will go for the three points, ”said midfielder Samuel Piette.
Above all, the club wants to continue the momentum of April during which it collected 13 points out of a possible 15.
Orlando defeated CF Montreal 2-1 in the season opener, but that’s not what Nancy remembers from Florida.
The head coach especially remembers the last duel of the 2021 campaign when Orlando won 2-0 at Stade Saputo to knock Montreal out of the playoffs.
“It’s a bit heartbreaking, I’ll be honest with you, given the context in which it happened last year, but it’s a new season,” said Nancy.
“At the start of the year, we played against them, we had an interesting match, but we lost in seven minutes where they scored even though we had control. »
Beyond the record, CF Montreal has a great opportunity to move up the standings.
Indeed, the Montrealers, who rank fourth with 14 points, only have to look up to find Orlando who is third with 17 points.
“I do not look at the classification, assures Nancy. The first person who told me about it was my 5 year old son. He told me we were in fourth place.
“I didn’t know they [les joueurs d’Orlando] were above us in the standings. What I know is the number of wins  That we have. When we are in September, we may start looking at the rankings. If we want to make the playoffs, we need 13 or 14 wins, and that’s what I’m looking at right now. »
It’s a serious opponent who comes to Montreal since the formation of Central Florida has still not lost on the road with two wins and two draws.
“It’s a team with experience, which is capable of defending in a low block and attacking quickly because they have high quality players,” noted the CF Montreal coach.
What we also know is that games against Orlando often give rise to breaststroke. Talk to Romell Quioto who saw red in the first meeting of the season. His rival Robin Jansso also received a red card.
With Antonio Carlos, Jansson forms a pair of not very comfortable central backs.
“It’s a very powerful team offensively with a lot of options. They are also very solid behind with two very strong centrals who like fighting, aggressiveness, ”pointed out Piette.
The Quebecer, however, believes that his people must avoid falling into the same trap as last week against Atlanta United and take the initiative.
“We’re at home, so it’s up to us to take control of the game, something that we may have done less well in the last game, but we still found a way to stay solid when we weren’t. didn’t have the momentum. »
The opponent in 5 points
In a league notorious for tough games away from home, Orlando struggles at home with a record of three wins and three losses, but still hasn’t lost on the road, with two wins and two draws.
If Orlando is successful on the opposing lawns, it is certainly thanks to its defensive game with only one goal granted to the home team, which corresponds to three shutouts on the road. We take our hat off to goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
ALREADY FIVE WHITE GAMES
Moreover, since it is question of Pedro Gallese, he already has five shutouts. The Peruvian is likely to sign the best season of his career in this regard. Last year, he got seven, a personal high.
THE SECOND HALF
CF Montreal often tend to come out well in the second half and that could come in handy, as the Florida side are strong in the first 45 minutes, but allowed seven of 11 goals in the second half.
STATION AT URSO
Junior Urso has found his footing in midfield and is on his way to having his best season in Orlando. The 33-year-old Brazilian has already scored two goals and provided three assists. His best harvest was four goals and an assist in the most recent campaign.
Suspensions change plans
For a few games, Wilfried Nancy made few changes and trusted the same core of starters, but circumstances force him to change his squad tomorrow.
It’s the whole background of the midfield that will be new since Victor Wanyama and Ismaël Koné are suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.
The CF Montreal coach did not want to reveal his cards and remained vague about his intentions.
“All the remaining players are candidates to replace them. It’s the dynamic of a season where there are players who will be injured and others who will be suspended. »
Obviously, don’t expect to see James Pantemis in midfield. But in training on Thursday, Samuel Piette and Rida Zouhir were working together, which makes sense.
Piette feels Ready
Absent since the beginning of the year due to an ankle and foot injury, Piette has finally been able to get minutes as a substitute over the last two weekends.
“I feel ready to go for this game. How many minutes do I have in my body? I don’t know, but I think I have at least a good sixty, supported the Quebec community who thinks they can give more. »
“After that, there is emotion and adrenaline. When you get to the end of the match, there are 15 or 20 minutes left and you have the lead, you have the boost to go to the end. »
As for Nancy, he was content to say that we’ll see how Piette feels physically, adding that he liked the contribution of the 27-year-old veteran against Atlanta United last Saturday.
A special human
Very clever whoever could say he knows what’s going on in the head of Lassi Lappalainen. The 23-year-old Finn is enigmatic.
“He is a human being who is atypical and I do not say it in a negative or pejorative way, analyzed Nancy. He is someone who is special and who is in his world. He is someone who needs help to express himself. »
“Lassi, lately, he could have done better, especially in the penalty area, recognizes the coach who also sees the positive. He holds the matches, he is able to repeat the efforts. »
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