CF Montreal players optimistic about their return to Saputo Stadium

MONTREAL – Just as the Nashville SC players did on their account last Wednesday at Geodis Park, CF Montreal will be trying to find a way to victory on Sunday afternoon thanks to the fact that they will return to their fortified castle as they prove increasingly inhospitable to rival clubs.

However, there is no doubt that the color holders CF Montreal are acquiring Real Salt Lake (5-3-4), the next visitor to Saputo Stadium.

Although there is a deficit in terms of the number of goals scored (12) and conceded (16), the Utah team will come to Saputo Stadium on the fifth Sunday in the Western Conference with 19 points.

That’s just one shy of CF Montreal (6-4-2), who is falling for second in the Eastern Conference with three other teams, just one point behind Philadelphia Union.

This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since May 2019, and team Montreal have a positive 4-2-2 record since entering the MLS against Real Salt Lake.

This record includes five consecutive unbeaten matches (3-0-2) and four wins in as many attempts in Montreal.

The last loss of the Montreal organization against Real Salt Lake dates back to July 24, 2014. The Montreal Impact then conceded two goals at 10 to 11 in the last 20 minutes of play, on its way to losing 3-1. in Rio. Tinto Stadium in Sandy.

Midfielder Djorji Mihajlovic knows a number of Real Salt Lake’s current players, including some young Americans, and anticipates good opposition.

“It’s a team that last year went through a new phase in terms of ‘training’, and they turned a lot of heads during qualifying,” Mihajlovic noted on Friday afternoon after the session.

“You cannot underestimate this type of club, but I have great confidence in our ability to play at home. We haven’t lost yet this year (at Saputo Stadium). It will be a good match,” he added.

One part at a time

Sunday’s game against Real Salt Lake will be the first of five matches for Wilfried Nancy’s men in front of their home fans.

This series includes the Canadian Championship quarter-final duel, next Wednesday, against Hamilton Forge FC, and two more matches after the international break, against Austin FC, on June 18, and against Charlotte on June 25.

FC Cincinnati will also stop in Montreal on May 28.

CF Montreal’s next game won’t take place until June 29, against the Sounders in Seattle.

“Of course we are happy to have this sequence at home. We know we are strong at home, we are playing well, and we have this confidence to play at home,” said Samuel Peet, the Quebec midfielder.

“Preparation is also easier. When you don’t have to travel, you don’t have to come back in the wee hours of the morning. We are happy.”

In his constant talk since taking over the team, Nancy doesn’t view the next sequence of home games as a single block and sets a specific goal of points to collect.

“No. Never. Never in terms of points, never in terms of wins. It is always about ‘the next game, we want to win it.’ So, now what do we have to do to win it? What do we put about it?”, he recalls, before Add an exception to this rule.

“On the other hand, if you ask me that question during the last five games of the season, I may have nuances in what to say. But now we are in the middle of the season and the goal is to get the best performance to get as many points as possible, quite simply, before the break. No. I think that, if we have five points, that’s fine, if we have eight points, that’s fine.”

By losing to Nashville on Wednesday, the Montreal club saw its unbeaten record run at eight games (6-0-2). Moreover, the phrase “two defeats in a row” has not been associated with the Montreal team since the beginning of March.

This was when the team had to deal with a busy schedule, with the start of the MLS season and presenting the CONCACAF Champions League tournament in parallel, including two trips to Mexico.

“With the game in Nashville, it was a bit more complicated than we had hoped. On the other hand, the team pressed until the end. We showed a little bit of character despite this defeat and it’s just a small mistake in the course,” said Peet.

“We don’t lose our heads, we don’t lose a goal and above all the humility we’ve had since the start of the season. It’s definitely disappointing. We wanted to continue that sequence. Now it’s up to us to start another,” Peet added.

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