(Montreal) If ever there is an ideal team at the moment in the MLS to forget a heartbreaking defeat, it is undoubtedly FC Cincinnati, the opponent of CF Montreal this Saturday. Although in Wilfried Nancy’s mind, there doesn’t seem to be an ideal opponent.
After their painful last-second loss to Atlanta United FC last Saturday, the Montreal side will return to their temporary home in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon to face the worst club on the Garber Tour since the start of the season.
After snatching an astonishing 2-2 draw at Nashville in the opening game, FC Cincinnati lost all three of their next games, including their first outing at their new castle, 3-2 to Inter Miami CF on the weekend. last end.
In their two other meetings, the Ohio squad suffered as many shutouts and conceded eight goals.
With its record of two wins, two losses and two draws, CF Montreal will be favorites to win this clash. A detail that is of no importance in the eyes of Nancy, according to whom there is no easy match in MLS.
“Every game we can win or we can lose,” Nancy recalled in her weekly video conference Thursday.
I prepare each match in the same way, with the same intensity, the same desire to win and to be successful. The players know I’m like that, like no one else. Consequently, if I am like that, as a person, I am like that as a coach. The players know that.
With only one point in the standings, FC Cincinnati shares last place in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Fire. The risk that a rival club errs in the face of such a fragile opponent is always present. Nancy does not especially want to see complacency within her group.
« If there is complacency at the level of my players, they will not play with me, » he also warned.
» Why am I saying that ? This is because since the start of the year, I have been clear that when you play against any team, the objective is to win this match, to progress and to do well. So I don’t expect my players to be complacent. If they do, it will be too bad for them. »
In 61 games since joining MLS in 2019, FC Cincinnati have recorded 10 wins, suffered 40 losses and have conceded 77 more goals than they have scored. That did not prevent the Ohio team from winning their only two games against the Montreal team, 2-1 on May 11, 2019 in Cincinnati and 1-0 on September 14 of the same year, at Saputo stadium.
“It seems to me that at the start of the season, we predicted that we would finish last in the championship. It means that the specialists have seen [FC Cincinnati] better than us. So, it will be up to us to prove, once again, that we can be stronger than we predicted, ”remarked goalkeeper Clément Diop.
“It’s still a football game; it remains 11 men against 11 men. They have two arms, two legs and a head, like us. Whether it’s Atlanta or Cincinnati, we approach the game the same way, added Diop. For now, the ranking does not mean too much. It’s still the start of the season. We are very focused on this match. It’s a team to be taken very seriously. »