Except that Montrealers return in two days to the scene of their most recent success abroad. It was September 15, and Wilfried Nancy’s men won 4-2 against Orlando.
The Lions have suffered only two losses at home in 2021. All the more reason, according to the Montreal coach, to be wary.
Be careful, because Orlando didn’t like the fact that they lost to us at all, Nancy warned. They will arrive very motivated, like us. We will have to repeat a high level performance to bring the three points home.
I expect my team to respect the way we play, our identity. What I liked, [dans le match nul de 2-2 contre Philadelphie]is that we were very good in the defensive transition and in the notion of wanting to fight to get the ball back. We will have to keep this defensive aspect as well, which is super important.
Yes, the defensive aspect. Nancy certainly did not forget the circumstances of the goals granted to Orlando that night.
His team had just taken advantage of the expulsion of Portugal’s Nani to take a 2-0 lead, but Robin Jansson and Ruan managed to tie the game despite the numerical inferiority. It took two substitutes, Lassi Lappalainen and Sunusi Ibrahim, to score in the last 20 minutes for the visitors to cling to the three points for good.
Nancy, however, retains the positive of this trip to Florida, not least because he attributes Nani’s red card in part to the good moves of his team, whose play pushed the opponent to catch-up soccer.
I think Nani took a red card – it’s me speaking – because in our game, the way we play, we try to attract the opponent to try to play behind their back, said Nancy. Did Nani or other players lose their temper over this? I liked what we did in Orlando. It’s not easy to play there. We had some very interesting phases of the game compared to what we want to do.
Nancy, like in Orlando, had a happy hand with her changes last Saturday against Philadelphia. Ibrahim and Mustafa Kizza, who entered during the match, joined forces to deliver CF Montreal at the very end of the game and collect a point.
It was the eighth goal scored by a substitute for CF Montreal this season, placing the team in 5th place in the MLS in this regard. With the games taking place every three or four days between now and the end of the season, Nancy will need the contribution of a little everyone.
In a burst: the case of Ballou Tabla
The future of Ballou Tabla continued to be talked about on Monday in video conference. Wilfried Nancy also wished out loud that this would be the last time he spoke about it.
The coach, after the weekend meeting, had indicated not to have put Tabla on the scoresheet because he did not deserve it. Nancy, however, assured that the door remained open for the young Quebecer and that he was eligible for the next game.
players because Ballou didn’t deserve to be in the squad for that game. He knows why. I won’t go into the details, it’s between him and me, and he knows it very well. “,” Text “:” We make a whole mountain of it, but there is no mountain to do, a supported Nancy. How I work with players is that they have to train normally to progress. If a player does not train normally in order to progress, he is already in an awkward position. If a player does not have a good repeat performance, he is also on the side. I made the decision to stay with 19 players because Ballou did not deserve to be part of the squad for that match. He knows why. I won’t go into details, it’s between him and me, and he knows it very well. “}}”>We make a whole mountain of it, but there is no mountain to do, argued Nancy. How I work with players is that they have to train normally to progress. If a player does not train normally in order to progress, he is already in an awkward position. If a player does not have a good repeat performance, he is also on the side. I made the decision to stay with 19 players because Ballou didn’t deserve to be in the squad for that game. He knows why. I’m not going into details, it’s between him and me, and he knows it very well.
Tabla, since returning from Barcelona in 2019, has only appeared in 10 MLS games, all but one as a substitute. However, he scored twice this season in the Canadian Championship in Halifax.