At its core, sport is entertainment. The supporters of the Montreal eleven had perhaps forgotten. We can understand them. Since 2017, we were far from the cirque du soleil.
I know, it’s just a game. Fought against a team decimated by more injuries. But as Joel Bouchard said after Cole Caufield’s first match with the Laval Rocket, “we have to be happy”.
Wilfried Nancy’s troops put on a good show and we can be happy about it.
On the check mark:
The first goal of the meeting was perfectly representative of what CF Montreal has set for itself in 2021.
We want to take the opponent by the throat … Zachary Brault-Guillard chose to attack the ball carrier rather than fall back in defense.
We want to prioritize the collective rather than the stars … Who would have put a $ 2 on such a goal from Toye a few weeks ago?
We want to avoid overanalysis in offensive thirds … Toye’s magnificent curled shot left his foot instinctively.
All this after three minutes of play. It’s hard to ask for more to start a new season.
On my hunger:
Overall, Joel Waterman played a decent game. It did, however, make some costly mistakes around its surface. The one he committed inside it was paid cash. A penalty calmly converted by Marky Delgado.
While awaiting the return of Luis Binks who will bring an even stronger battle for a position in central defense, Waterman may have just opened the door to Kiki Struna for the game against Nashville next Saturday.
On the key:
Over the years, we’ve come to understand that a five-a-side defense can quickly become synonymous with a boring game. Obviously this doesn’t have to be the case.
In 2020, there was nothing to attack on the left. Jukka Raitala and Jorge Corrales were staunch defensive defenders. The presence of Mustafa Kizza and the offensive freedom that Nancy gives to the full-backs are a game-changer.
There will be times when CF Montreal will suffer more, but we now know that a defense at 5 is not necessarily a sign of a team that feels inferior.
On the right track :
When he arrived in Montreal, I immediately compared Victor Wanyama’s potential to Michael Bradley’s influence on Toronto FC. Since then, the Kenyan has not come close to this kind of yield.
His performance on Saturday reassures me somewhat.
His relationship with Samuel Piette seemed more symbiotic than in his first season. He insisted on turning and playing positively rather than backwards. Not to mention his hard-hitting header from a corner to score the 3e goal of his own. By winning a duel against Bradley on top of that.
If this announces the arrival of the Wanyama that was expected in March 2020, Nancy’s men will leave the MLS PowerRankings slums fairly quickly.