The benefits of the Champions League

CF Montreal concluded their participation in the CONCACAF Champions League with a 1-1 draw that was not enough against Cruz Azul.

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And despite the constraints imposed by participating in this competition, Wilfried Nancy does not regret anything, not even the three defeats of his team to start his season in MLS.

“I would have preferred to pursue the Champions League because it’s great to play these kinds of games against Mexican teams.

“We did our research and we know that for six or seven years, all the teams that play in the Champions League have had a difficult start. »

When we compare

The cliché is as old as the world, but we always say that when we look at each other, we are sorry, and when we compare ourselves, we console ourselves. It’s a bit like that in the case of CF Montreal compared to other MLS teams.

Recall that the New England Revolution went to Mexico with a 3-0 lead against Pumas UNAM, that they won 3-0 in the second leg and that they beat the Revs in the penalty shootout.

New York City FC led 3-1 against Guatemalan Communicaciones, who gave New Yorkers a cold sweat by beating them 4-2 in the second leg in Guatemala City, with New York winning with one more goal on the opposing field. Only Seattle, 1-1 to Leon, did not lose on the road in the quarter-finals.

“When I watch all the games of the American teams, they have suffered, noted Nancy. In our case, it was just a goal. We did a good job even though we didn’t have a full squad. »

good school

For the Montreal head coach, each participation in the Champions League is an opportunity to learn.

“We learn from the way American teams play, we learn to manage complicated situations with the many trips, there are a lot of positives. »

Rudy Camacho, he remained on a regret and believes that the team could have had a better fate against Cruz Azul.

“It was not easy against a very good team. In the second leg, I regret the goal we concede because it completely changes the pace of the game. »

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