CF Montreal’s success can be attributed to many factors, but for defender Alistair Johnston, there is no doubt that his coach is at the heart of them.
In the aftermath of a win-win draw against the Columbus Crew, Johnston spoke to our colleague Olivier Brett and he was quick to throw the flowers at Nancy when asked about her part, and that of the team’s coaches, in the team’s results this season.
CF Montreal ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 53 points in 31 games since the start of the campaign. Johnston noted the character of the team who explains that CF Montreal were able to close a two-goal deficit against the Crew late in the game, but Nancy’s strategies pay off and he hopes his coach will be recognized in the end. in the countryside.
« I think all the credit should go to the coach and his group. They have implemented tactics and a system that other teams in MLS do not play. It is something very difficult. »
« It takes a lot of courage because it’s easy to play like the other teams that hit the ball long. He has an idea of what’s going on in the game and that’s why the spectators like to see our game. We play in a very nice system. »
“For these reasons, I think he is going to be the MLS coach of the season. He deserves it and I hope that’s what will happen, ”wishes Johnson.
The 23-year-old defenseman also stands out this season on the offensive side with three goals and five assists, two career highs for the one who previously played with Nashville. Very humble, he believes that it is the small details that he and his teammates are able to do that lead to such statistics.
“Tactically we do the other things, I find myself in the right places to throw. There is also a bit of luck in all this. »
Asked by our colleague in closing about the possibility of Johnston leaving for the World Cup in Qatar in order to represent Canada there with an MLS Cup now that CF MTL will be in the playoffs, the principal concerned summarized this hypothetical scenario as follows:
“It would be the perfect season and I think there’s a good chance. I hope we can do it for all of Montreal. »