An Impact far different than it was three weeks in the face of Toronto
Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The Montreal Impact will have a significant challenge on Sunday, when he will visit the Atlanta United, who conceded a single defeat since the beginning of the month of July.
The last time that the Impact has crossed iron with Toronto FC, montreal had won four games in a row. This time, the men of Mauro Biello will find their rivals after losing four straight fights.
The Impact (10-12-6) will attempt to halt its series of defeat Wednesday, when he will visit Toronto FC (18-3-5). For their part, the Reds have not lost in MLS in their last eleven games (8-0-3) and they have won their last six parties.
“There are two ways to view the situation,” said defender Hassoun Camara, earlier this week. Either we are fatalists, and we say that they are the best team because they are only winning since a certain time, that is, we are competitors and we say that it is mathematical and natural, that they are closer to a defeat. “
The signs, however, are not very encouraging for the Impact. Since a first half interesting face at the TFC on the 27th of August last, before ultimately bowing 3-1, the team has demonstrated a certain fragility when it receives a goal or finds herself in a difficult situation.
“It is difficult to explain, has recognized Biello. We rely on players who have been through a lot. […] I have to give the benefit of the doubt to some players that have had success in the past in situations like this. “
The atmosphere in the locker room was rather subdued after the 3-2 loss in the face of the Minnesota United, on Saturday. The team president, Joey Saputo, has also made known its displeasure by posting a letter on the website of the team on Sunday.
Under a tie of 0-0 between the Red Bulls of New York and the Union of Philadelphia, on Sunday, the Impact is found at the six points of the Red Bulls and the sixth and last place giving access to the playoffs in the eastern conference, with six games to play.
“In our profession, we must believe until the end, repeated the captain of the montreal Impact, Patrice Bernier. After the last match, I myself was a little aghast. But everything is still possible. Only a victory can put us in a positive momentum. We no longer have the right to the error. “
Question to inspire a little bit, the Impact will still be able to study the game plan that had worked for nearly 45 minutes of face-to Toronto FC on 27 August. Still inflated due to his series of success, the Blue-white-black had appeared in the face of his great rival, before seeing Sebastian Giovinco to score on a free kick in the 41st minute.
“We stayed patient and organized, has recalled Bernier. We created opportunities and we might have even had to take the advance. We also know what we need to avoid doing around our purpose because Giovinco can change the game with a flash of genius. “
“We’re going to have to reproduce this-a-half-90 minutes. It takes almost no give chance, and they should not come from us. If we lose, we need to be able to say, bravo and admit that they were better than us. “
For its part, Biello was a little more severe in his analysis. “I think that at the beginning, we were doing good things, he mentioned. In regards to the attack, we you were moving the ball quickly, but we have also seen problems, especially in midfield and defense. It was sometimes too easy for them to grow, to mount the ball. We’re going to have to adjust some things. “
“We have nothing to lose. You’ll have to play with confidence and give everything. Each player has responsibilities on the field and should be better than the player in front of him. This is what will tip the balance in the game. “
The Impact will also have a major challenge on Sunday, when he will visit the Atlanta United, who conceded a single defeat since the beginning of the month of July (5-1-4) and which will face the Galaxy in Los Angeles in the middle of the week. Due to the busy schedule, Biello should be a certain degree of rotation in his staff of players.