CF Montreal players must take responsibility


CF Montreal is having an extremely difficult start to the season.

The departure of Wilfried Nancy combined with the transfers of the most promising players could be the perfect excuses to explain this bad start.

The last outing in Vancouver, which ended in a 5-0 loss, speaks for itself.

I could emphasize the late arrival of coach Hernán Losada, who certainly needs time to build an effective playing philosophy.

A soccer coach looks into the distance.

Hernan Losada

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I could direct my gaze to the sports director, Olivier Renard, who will certainly have to activate his relations this summer to strengthen the workforce which seems limited in depth.

I could also explain that it is difficult to win away from home, faced with the hostility of the supporters, who push their team to the end.

But the reality is that players have to take their share of responsibility.

Because beyond the defeat, it was above all the attitude towards the Whitecaps that bothered me enormously.

I felt resignation from start to finish on the part of the group, which never had a feeling of revolt during the game.

Behaviors that seem extremely worrying to me, in a championship that puts combat and attitude at the center of each meeting.

In a squad that tends to reveal young players with high potential, it’s important to see executives stand up and hold their heads high, no matter the scenario.

Except that the majority of the team’s executives are not there at the start of the season.

An example, Victor Wanyama seems to be struggling to regain all his physical skills that would allow him to shine in midfield.

Often late in duels, he gives the impression of getting impatient and often shows nervousness in the face of opponents who know how to take advantage of them.

The defensive line is also in great pain.

Often picking up speed behind her back and very little in contact with opponents, she has suffered enormously against all the teams she has met since the start of the season.

Technical and physical deficits that can clearly be corrected thanks to the technical team in training.

Three players jump in an attempt to hit the ball with their heads.

Rida Zouhir (no 18) and Chinonso Offor (no 9)

Photo: USA Today Sports via Reuters Con / Anne-Marie Sorvin

As long as the players don’t give up!

Because these attitudes remind me of what I experienced in my past as a former player, especially during the 2014 season under my coach Frank Klopas.

Hassoun Camara.

Hassoun Camara

Photo: The Canadian Press / Graham Hughes

During this period, I felt extremely frustrated with the coach’s tactical choices, which seemed to lead us to disaster.

A feeling shared by many players at the time and which got us stuck in a negative spiral that was difficult to overcome.

These feelings led us to last place in the MLS standings.

So we had a bad attitude.

Regardless of the coach’s decisions, we should have reacted more on the field to prevent an entire city and an entire organization from having one of the worst seasons in MLS.

CF Montreal takes on the New England Revolution this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Beyond the result, it is the rage to defeat players that the supporters and loves of the blue-white-black want to see on the field.

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