CF Montreal still have one game to play on Wednesday and will be able to go home afterwards, as they will have a break next week.
If some will be able to go to train at the Nutrilait Center, the situation of players who have not been vaccinated is more nebulous.
See Wilfried Nancy’s press briefing in the video, above.
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“The group is not 100% vaccinated and I will not say the names. You will see it later for yourselves, ”began head coach Wilfried Nancy on Monday.
He does not yet know exactly what will be possible or not in the case of players who have not been vaccinated.
“I’m focusing on Wednesday’s game and then seeing how it’s going with the players who are not vaccinated. I have no idea at the moment how it will work. ”
As for Wednesday’s game, the Blue-blanc-noir driver indicated that his players have no real advantage of being technically at home, even if it is a field in Florida, where they are used to. to play from the start of the calendar.
“We have no advantage over them. I don’t play at home. It’s neutral ground, Nancy commented. It’s a good game that we have in view. It’s a good team. ”
The team will have to make do without some important pieces, since Samuel Piette and Kamal Miller have joined the Canadian selection which will participate in the Gold Cup, just like Romell Quioto who will be with Honduras. Sunisi Irabhim meanwhile left to join the selection of Nigeria.
These absences will not go unnoticed, but Djordje Mihailovic believes that the team has been managed to minimize the impact of these absences.
“When you look at the way the coaches handled our minutes, it’s very important. A majority of players have had a lot of minutes. ”
« We will be missing a few key players, but I don’t think it will matter much because we can count on players who have minutes in their legs. »
Good defensive play
Coming back to the 1-0 victory over Inter Miami CF on Saturday night, CF Montreal played a very good defensive game and their goals-against average is now less than one per game with 10 goals allowed in 11 parts.
For one, Mihailovic stood out with a successful performance, even though he was modest.
« I had more space in the game against Miami, but I don’t think it was my best game because there are always things that can be improved. »
« Collectively, I think it was our best defensive game because we didn’t give them much and our state of mind was excellent, especially in our way of protecting the surface. »
While things are going pretty well for CF Montreal, who are at the heart of the race for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the other two Canadian teams are struggling.
The Vancouver Whitecaps (2-6-3) are last in the West and Toronto FC (1-8-2) are also last in the East with the worst record in MLS.
Toronto showed head coach Chris Armas the door after a scathing 7-1 loss to DC United this weekend.
« It’s never easy to see a colleague being fired or having difficulty, » said Nancy.
“We had prepared the players for that, the group is strong mentally, lives well. I think that’s what makes us overcome the difficulties we are experiencing at the moment being outside. ”