MONTREAL – During their rise among the best teams in the Eastern Conference, CF Montreal has always respected the opponent in front of them. He has no intention of changing his approach ahead of his last home game of the season.
While everything is practically confirmed for him, the Bleu-blanc-noir will host DC United at Saputo Stadium on Saturday night, but don’t believe he won’t be suspicious of the worst team in MLS.
At first glance, one would expect a very uneven clash.
The Montreal troupe, which is second in the East, is 9-1-3 in its last 13 outings, it has not lost in September (3-0-1) and it presents the fourth best MLS attack.
On the other side, DC United (7-9-16) have won only one of their last 11 games (1-7-3) and claim the worst offense and worst defense in the East .
Although 32 points separate the two teams in the standings, CF Montreal (18-9-5) wants to approach the match with the same high intensity of the last few weeks. Especially because he has already fallen into this trap in the past.
« You have to take all opponents seriously, » insisted defender Zachary Brault-Guillard. In the past, we have often won against the top teams in the standings and lost against those behind us. It will be necessary to be rigorous on the ground and on the tasks to be accomplished to obtain the three points. »
Wilfried Nancy’s men don’t have to look far to write down a defeat that shouldn’t necessarily have happened.
Sporting Kansas City showed up at Saputo Stadium as the worst team in the Western Conference on July 9, but even though they allowed a goal in the 13th minute, they responded with two goals to save themselves with a 2-1 win.
Nancy recalled that anything can happen in MLS and he doesn’t need to tell players what work they need to do when they jump onto the pitch. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is in front of them.
“There was an imperative to win against Kansas City and we lost. Does that make us dummies today? No. It’s you (the media) who talk about this, he said. I don’t need to tell the guys that we have to win the game against DC because they’re last. If that’s what I have to say, my job is useless. The players know they have to give their all and fight on the pitch because otherwise they can’t play for us. »
DC United had fought a good battle against the Montrealers at Audi Field on July 23. In a 2-1 loss, Wayne Rooney’s side were outplayed in possession (57-43), but they fired more shots (13-10) and more shots on target (five-three). ).
The CF Montreal head coach expects DC United to try to spoil the party and already set the table for the next season.
“They are building something interesting. They have (Christian) Benteke who has arrived and who is a very interesting player for them. They are preparing for next year and the coach is setting things up. It will be a difficult match and I don’t care if they are last. They will come here liberated and they will put their things in place,” he observed.
Nancy said her team would welcome the return of midfielder Lassi Lappalainen, who has recovered from a groin injury, and that he will act as captain. The Bleu-blanc-noir will however be without the services of midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, who is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.