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Soccer: another chapter of the Montreal-Toronto rivalry to write


CF Montreal players Alistair Johnston and Matko Miljevic chat with reporters ahead of Wednesday’s Canadian Championship semi-final match against Toronto FC at BMO Field, with the two saying they were excited ahead of the game of the game important.

“I’m very excited to face Toronto. I grew up following the rivalry from afar. […] Coming from Toronto, it’s an additional motivation,” admitted Johnston.

“It’s funny because I’ve never really been a Toronto FC fan. My love for the club never started, because they never recruited me or paid attention to me when I was young.

The flag bearer also reflected on the last match, a 1-0 loss against Austin FC on Saturday, and the injuries to key players in the squad.

“It’s never easy to replace important players [Mihailovic et Miller]. Against Austin, we had a lot of players who hadn’t played a lot of minutes this season. Not because they didn’t deserve it, but because they just haven’t had the opportunity yet.”

“Against Austin, we played a very good match against one of the best teams in the league. There are a few details that could have been done better, especially when it comes to creating chances. At the same time, with the changes in the squad, the guys didn’t necessarily all play together a lot. On the other hand, it will come with time and we will create a new chemistry.

“We’re one of the deepest teams in MLS, so I don’t think having a few injuries is going to really matter. However, it is certain that losing a defender who plays on the starting lineup of the Canadian national team is saddening.

Penalty shots?

While Wednesday’s game could end with a penalty shootout, the interview ended with a rather original question: “When was your last penalty taken?”

“I was supposed to shoot last year with Nashville, but ultimately the shooter before me missed, so I didn’t get the chance. If not, it must date back to two or three years ago. I had missed, but that should not be told to the coaches!”



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