CF Montreal | “Positive Evaluation” by Olivier Renard

CF Montreal enjoys the spring sun like a plant in the midst of photosynthesis. The team was invincible in six matches. She wins at home. She’s going to get big points down the road. Almost all of his players are in good health.

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Jean Francois Teutonio

Jean Francois Teutonio

And in an MLS quarter-season—yes, indeed—11th Montreal finds itself in a good fourth place in the eastern standings, with 14 points.

Olivier Renard welcomed the media on Monday at the Nutrilait Center: “We kept calm even with the three defeats at the start of the tournament.”

The Montreal sporting director had invited reporters to talk about this first stage of the season, before training Wilfried Nancy’s flock.

Moreover, he made a “positive evaluation” of this beginning of the calendar, even if he wanted to add a nuance.

The club may only be 4 points off the lead, they are also ‘4 points out of 13And Place ”, penultimate in the East.

“It’s a kind of strange conference right now, stuck under the warm spring sun. We see good things, I find that we even get points when we play maybe less good at times than before. But sport is like that.”

Renard recalls: “We suffered from the beginning with players’ injuries and illnesses. He had a lot of weight in the workforce and even in the coach’s selection to pick 20 players. Now they are almost all back. Building [Toye] Soon with the band too. »

In terms of good news, this ranks first on the list.

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Mason Toy

Mason Toei was the club’s top scorer in 2021 until his injury at the end of the season in August. The American scored 7 goals in 14 matches. After he recovered from training camp, a close challenge kept him on the sidelines again in 2022.

But despite the “good things” the club has been doing lately, Olivier Renard stresses that the job is not done yet. He remembers the “great disappointment” of not qualifying for the playoffs in 2021, when the club started such a season.

Because the main goal in 2022 in Montreal is to play beyond ‘Decision Day’, on October 9th.

“As long as there are matches to play and points to take, we have to keep our focus and not be complacent.”

“I feel good here”

Olivier Renard’s ‘Option No. 1’ is to stay at CF Montreal.

The question was particularly on the agenda because the sporting director is in his final year of contract with the club.

The new team leader, Gabriel Jervis, said: Journalism In April, the organization planned to extend its “long-term” agreement with Renard.

“He believes in our project, he believes in our philosophy,” he explained. He wants to stay with us. »

It was a great opportunity to get the other version of the facts.

We never officially communicated [sur mon contrat]Olivier Renard suggests. The situation is clear: I feel good here. I try to do the best work possible with the team and staff. On the day the club will want to sit with me, I think they will ask me. »

“We feel good here with the family, sliding. The important thing is that I feel good and the door is open of course.”

Mihajlovic “as a specific player”

We launched Olivier Renard at the launch of the club’s most brilliant nugget in 2022: Djorji Mihajlovic. What impressions did the sporting director get from Chicago Fire at the end of 2020?

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Dgeorgi Mihajlovic

“He’s playing like a certain player,” he laughs. It won’t help me with the contract! But he still has years behind the papers he signed. But it’s not too early to consider that now. »

A player of his caliber, with 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 games, attracts desire, doesn’t he?

“Calls, there, are condescending to the sports director. Not only for himself, but for others. It is generally normal, when a player performs well, he attracts attention.”

“We’ll see. Football obviously there is supply and demand but also the player’s desire. It still weighs. When there are proposals, it is important to know what the player wants to do.”

And look, there’s other good news: Olivier Renard thinks Djordji Mihajlovic has “improved a lot” with his French.

Quiet with its workforce

It is clear who says the sports director transfer window. The MLS window closes on Wednesday, May 4th.

If there are “possibilities” of movement in CF Montreal, Olivier Renard asserts that “normally, it wouldn’t”.

As we said, the workforce is almost complete. There is indeed an “inner conflict” over certain positions. There is money available…or vice versa, depending.

“We’re talking about maybe a little less than $400,000,” Renard transparently reveals. It’s not the money people can tell themselves we’re going to get Drogba. […] Better step aside and watch what happens in July. »

Continuing with the band from last season, with the arrival of Alistair [Johnston] Also, we are confident of having a strong group. »

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