MONTREAL – After his team’s first six games in 2021, Wilfried Nancy has generally delivered his impressions and analyzes in a conciliatory tone, imbued with patience. He has sometimes said he is proud of his players, even after a loss, like that of last weekend in Atlanta. Saturday, we felt it in a different register.
Just over two months after a first victory, in her first game at the helm against big rivals Toronto FC, Nancy had possibly the most disappointing moment of her young career on Saturday. CF Montreal head coach.
Nancy almost admitted it on his videoconference, within minutes of his squad’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati, when he said he felt not frustration, but frustration. nervousness.
Even if he had warned two days earlier that there are no easy games in MLS, Nancy was entitled to hope to add three points to the standings on Saturday against a team that was going to draw leaves since the start of the season.
The head coach of CF Montreal was also entitled to hope to see his players start the game on the hats of wheels, against a rival that the Montreal team had never defeated. And to show, too, that they had learned the lessons of the painful defeat, in the 94th minute of play, against Atlanta United seven days earlier.
The start was not strong, but from the 25th minute, and for the next 35 minutes or so, CF Montreal were the best team in the field.
Except that the Montreal team led by only one goal with 20 minutes to play, against one of the worst teams in MLS, despite several great opportunities, especially in the first half.
Romell Quioto inexplicably missed a wide-open net in the 45th minute when he was just yards from FC Cincinnati’s goal.
“At half-time, I sounded the alarm bells because, once again, you have to know how to kill matches. What happened is a textbook case. We had chances, we have to kill the match. If we don’t kill him, we are not immune to scoring goals as we took them, ”said Nancy after the loss.
In fact, Saturday’s game was just a resumption of CF Montreal’s games against Nashville and Columbus earlier this season.
Matches that the Montreal team could easily have won, but from which they came out with draws due to too many missed opportunities.
If we add the last two losses, which could have been other draws, CF Montreal has possibly lost six points in the standings.
Points lost that he could regret at the end of the calendar while the fight in the Eastern Association promises to be intense and tight until the end.
“We are trying very hard to create opportunities for ourselves, but we are not scoring at the moment. We are working in training to better finish actions, but it is not working for us. We have to keep working hard in front of goal, ”observed midfielder Victor Wanyama, who himself missed a good scoring chance on Saturday.
“Honestly, we had the game in our hands and we dominated it. Except on the two set pieces, they didn’t do anything. So, mentally, it’s difficult. […] In football, you lose and win matches. The most important is how you react, ”he added.