The 1-0 loss suffered by Austin was not the worst news of the evening on Saturday. We also learned that Djordje Mihailovic would be out for quite a while.
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"Djordje injured his knee in training on Wednesday," said Wilfried Nancy, who did not say a word about it during his meeting with the media on Thursday.
"It's nothing serious, but it delays his return. It won't be long, but he will still be out for a few weeks. I hope that in the next four weeks he will be back with us. »
Samuel Piette did not take detours, he recognizes that it is a lack of size.
“It is sure that the absence of Djordje hurts, he is our best player since the beginning of the season. On the other hand, I think that we have elements to do good things. »
What we saw in this match is that CF Montreal is not at its best when it plays with an extra man. He bowed Saturday and lost a 3-1 lead to draw out Atlanta earlier this season.
Samuel Piette, who left the game after the first half in a tactical reorganization, tried to explain why it's so complex to play with the advantage of a man.
“We are a team that is able to manage well when we are rushed, we are patient on the ball to attract the opponent and play in the spaces they open.
“When you play with one less man like Austin, you have a lower block, so closer to your goal and the spaces are tighter. We have a hard time breaking that block. »
Cohesion and urgency
Wilfried Nancy pointed out that his team failed to take advantage of the few chances they gave themselves.
“When you don't punish, you get punished and that often happens when a team plays with ten. »
Samuel Piette did not use any red herrings. For him the team did not have the necessary bite to win.
“We lacked cohesion in the final third and we lacked the killer instinct. We had a chance. At home, you have to win your games, even more against a team from the West. This is the second time that we have lost big points against a team from the West.
"I didn't feel any urgency from the team, this desire to push the ball into the box. You had to put the ball a little more in the box, especially at the end when you were trailing. »