The Impact players show finally the full value of the team
Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Blerim Dzemaili, left, congratulates his teammate Ignacio Piatti after the second goal against the Fire in Chicago.
The members of the Impact are likely to be passed from words to actions.
After repeated several times during the first half of the season that they had the elements to accumulate the wins, that the club has just won three matches in a row to settle at the door of the series.
Ignacio Piatti and Blerim Dzemaili have led the charge to the attack, while the defensive has finally found its bearings. Moreover, the Impact won a second clean sheet in a row for the first time since October 2015 — thanks to wins of 3-0 against the Union in Philadelphia on Saturday, and the Fire of Chicago, Wednesday.
This series of successes allowed the Impact to approach to within two points of a playoff spot with games in hand on four of the six formations in front of him in the Association.
“In the beginning of the season, when we bescape points by the end of the match, it was very frustrating because we knew we had the elements for success, pointed to the rear side Chris Duvall after the victory in the face to the Fire. We were confident during the week, but we couldn’t transform this confidence in victory. “
“Things fall finally in place. And we don’t want to just qualify for the playoffs. We want to be able to get away. “
Asked about the reasons for their current success, Duvall had of the difficulty of putting the finger on a precise explanation.
“I’m not sure, but perhaps it is because we have the backs to the wall, he said. Sometimes in the beginning of the season, we were at our best with the back to the wall, for example in Philadelphia, when we had cleared a backlog of three goals to snatch a tie of 3-3. “
“Now, we have the back to the wall in the race for the playoffs. Each match is a series. We must stand up or die — win or go home. “
The success also coincides with the return to health of the majority of the group. Ambroise Oyongo, whose season is over, is the only player on the button currently in the Impact, which is increasing the competition at each position.
“The depth is an important element in the success of a team, recalled the head coach Mauro Biello. The players will push each other to excel. Some do well, others wait for their chance. “
“It increases the level of play in training and it can improve performance. “
The two white games in a row the Blue-white-black also coincide with the arrival of defensive midfielder Samuel Piette, who is perhaps not merely a result of chance.
“It has been a key element in all facets of the game, recognized Duvall. Offensively, he made simple games which help us to maintain possession of the ball. And defensively, he is always in the right place. “
“It makes our job easier,” said the other rear side, Daniel Lovitz. It allows us to more clearly define our role. It is a pleasure to have him on our side. “
Biello has hinted earlier this week that he could do a rotation in his personal Saturday, when the team will complete a sequence of three games in eight days by hosting Real Salt Lake. Duvall, however, has confidence to see the Blue-white-black keep the wind in its sails, no matter who will be sent on the lawn of the stade Saputo.
“The product on the field is the result of what we do as a group to the training, he mentioned. Everyone is struggling for a place in the training training. I’m not sure of the plans of Mauro for Saturday, but regardless of who he gets to turn, I’m certain that we’re going to offer a good performance. The guys will give everything. “