MLS: Joel Waterman and Joaquin Torres are confident of seeing CF Montreal bounce back
As much as CF Montreal players love their job, the four-day break that ended Thursday morning was welcome, after a difficult start to the season. This is what emerged from the words of defender Joel Waterman and midfielder Joaquin Torres.
The Montreal squad is enjoying a lull in their schedule, as they play their next game on Saturday April 2 in Cincinnati. She also took advantage of a complete four-day break in training sessions, after the grueling match played last Saturday in Atlanta.
“I think the break came at the best of times. It allows the guys, in a sense, to walk away, and our teammates who have been called up to focus on their national team to qualify (for the World Cup), and to come back and be ready for our season,” Waterman said by videoconference Thursday afternoon.
“I think the break has been good to refocus mentally and get our bodies back in shape, with the goal of coming back and really focusing on the areas that we need to improve in order to reap victories in the future,” said added the Canadian defender.
For his part, Torres tried not to think too much about soccer before reuniting with his teammates at practice Thursday morning.
“I took advantage of it a lot to relax, to rest, to do things that I had neglected in the last few months. It felt good to clear your mind, mentally, and to be able to think about something other than football, “said the Argentinian.
Waterman, Torres and their CF Montreal teammates have nothing to do but look forward after a two-month long first leg in which Wilfried Nancy’s men recorded just one win and five losses in eight outputs, on two different boards.
On March 16, CF Montreal was first eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Concacaf Champions League following a 1-1 draw against Cruz Azul, at the Olympic Stadium, despite a solid display of the team.
Three days later, the Montreal outfit were unable to protect a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes of the game, even with an extra man, and had to settle for a very disappointing 3-3 draw. against Atlanta United.
This draw with the flavor of defeat was reminiscent of certain collapses of CF Montreal at the end of the game last year.
“We are going to have to talk about it. It can’t happen. Such things should not happen. It happened on a few occasions last year, but we put it down to our youth at the club and our inexperience. But there’s no excuse for such things to happen again this year,” Waterman said.
Now that they have been eliminated from the Champions League tournament, CF Montreal will be able to focus solely on MLS, where they are 0-3-1, tied for last in the Eastern Conference with the ‘Inter Miami CF.
In addition, the Montreal troupe ranks last in the Garber circuit in terms of goals conceded with 11.
“We had a tough schedule, we had different rosters and different 11 starters every game. It’s hard to implant chemistry when the alignments change so often. But it was necessary, because we were competing in two different competitions,” Waterman said.
« I wouldn’t say it’s an easy problem to fix, but I think it will sort itself out during the season, once we’ve played more games and we’ve been able to tweak it on the training ground every day. things we need to improve,” Waterman added.
For his part, Torres believes the overloaded schedule allowed the team to find cruising speed and be able to attack the rest of the season with the right form.
“It’s only going to get better. During the Champions League, we were very focused, with great mental and physical intensity. On the side of the MLS too. But to be on both fronts so fully, there comes a time when it ends up leaving scars. From now on, beyond the disappointment in terms of performance in MLS, it can only get better,” he said.