The Montreal Impact seems to be back on track after a victory as important as it was surprising against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday. Now more confident, Thierry Henry’s men will not take the time to sit down on their laurels.
Whether we like it or not, a series of failures creates doubts. Add to that countless injuries and the Impact was in good spirits. Never mind, the Montreal eleven showed a much brighter face against the Crew, which he beat 2 to 1.
“Against Columbus, I feel like we were ready to jump into the fray,” midfielder Amar Sejdic said in a video conference on Friday, mentioning the good preparation of his teammates. Yes, we were sometimes damaged, but in the end we played well, we scored two goals and we defended well as a group. ”
This is also what goalkeeper Clément Diop believes, who was more convincing than in previous meetings. He praised the work of the defense, much criticized recently, and is already ready for a new challenge.
“It’s a win that feels good, a big game for us. Now we are really focused on the next game. We must leave this meeting in the past and string together good performances. ”
Room for young people
Coach Henry had to use a little imagination to field a good starting XI against the Crew who, at that time, were number one in the Eastern Association of Major League Soccer (MLS). Sejdic is one of those who have been called upon to don the blue-white-black jersey.
“Several injuries and red cards forced us to use the bench. It was important for the guys to show that they could take over, play their part. It’s good to build the confidence of the youngest, including me. It’s a long season and we will need the legs of everyone until the end, ”analyzed the American of German origin, who played the 90 minutes of this meeting.
It was a second start for the 23-year-old this season, and a first full game with the Impact. Perhaps it will still be used on Sunday, when Montreal visits the Philadelphia Union?
“We beat the number 1 team. Perfect. But now we have a better chance of defeating Philadelphia, which is also quite high in the standings, and doing even better and getting in a good position for the playoffs, ”concluded Sejdic.