Invited to take stock of his team’s season, the Montreal Impact’s sports director, Olivier Renard, described the last year as strange and encouraging.
Interviewed on the show JiC from the TVA Sports network, Renard admitted that there was still a long way to go, so his efforts are focused on 2021 right now, even though his club landed his ticket to the MLS playoffs thanks to to a dramatic 3-2 victory over DC United.
“Encouraging,” he said. As it’s been a weird season all around, that sums it up a bit. There are things that are negative, very negative, he admitted. There are positions on the ground where we absolutely have to strengthen ourselves. We are aware of all of this. ”
“But overall, it’s encouraging, recalled Renard, because some young people have shown the tip of the nose and show qualities.”
Bojan: to be continued
The Impact architect did not want to confirm Bojan’s return next year. Rather shy at the start of the season, the Spaniard seems to have found his way to go with the Impact.
“It’s true that during the last few meetings, Bojan fulfilled his role as an important player in the team,” said Renard. Let’s just say that at the start of the season, he dealt with injuries and had difficulty finding his place on the pitch. ”
Renard also believes that the departure of Saphir Taïder contributed to the trigger.
“It’s true that his place on the field is in number 10, where he has been playing for some time,” he observed. Afterwards, I also think that certain decisions have helped him to be able to take more sporting responsibilities, such as the departure of Taïder who was a very important player for the club, but who at the same time could cast a little shadow on the field in Bojan by coming a little to his areas to be able to make a difference. ”
“It was also a bit part of the details when we decided to accept the offer for Taïder,” said the sporting director.
Note that Bojan’s contract comes with an option for 2021. It remains to be seen whether the Impact will avail itself of this option.
“Compared to next year, we have already asked ourselves questions, but we will wait a little longer, out of respect for the player, explained Renard. There is a date in relation to an option and the first to know about our ideas will be the player himself. “
Quioto sanguin, but appreciated
The acquisition of Romell Quioto, author of eight goals this season, has certainly been one of Renard’s great shots since arriving in Montreal.
But the Honduran has not always been talked about for the right reasons. Expelled due to an elbow to the head of an opponent, he did not help the cause of his team against the Philadelphia Union on September 20.
Quioto discussed this gesture with the organization. His mistake was forgiven. The striker’s contribution is greatly appreciated within the team.
“I know he had a little bloody moment with a red card, but I much prefer a player who from time to time explodes and who, throughout the year, gives everything and has shown the way forward that a player who is soft, who is odorless, colorless, tasteless, ”said Renard.