MONTREAL - Although they receive flowers everywhere and they are more and more respected through Major League Soccer (MLS), the players of CF Montreal do not intend to take their foot off the accelerator .
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This week, a column on the MLS website pointed to CF Montreal as a serious candidate to take the lead in the championship. Wilfried Nancy is not the type to swell his head with this kind of statement.
After all, he is human too, and good comments make him proud, he said Thursday after training at Center Nutrilait.
"It's always fun. If they wrote it, it's because it's a fact for now, said the head coach of the Bleu-Blanc-Noir. When I talk to the players, I tell them to enjoy the moment and keep working. Because we know that in difficult times, we will lose a few games, but we will have to stay strong like at the start of the year.
"What we were doing at the start of the year was good too, but we weren't winning. There, we win matches, ”simply recalled Nancy.
Living in the moment
It has been a constant since the reign of the Frenchman: it is better to focus on the short than the long term. With such a fine run of success, which peaked last Saturday in a 4-1 victory against Orlando City SC, the coach's job is immediately easier.
"The message I send to my players is: 'Have a blast. Be good in training, be good offensively and defensively, and afterwards, the result will be the consequence of what we do on the field,” he said.
Precisely, this present moment goes through a short trip from CF Montreal to the southern United States. Saturday night, he will cross swords with Charlotte FC before returning to Quebec. The trip to Nashville will follow on Wednesday.
At Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, the crowd is expected to play a big role. She is the second biggest on average this season and has helped the expansion club to victory in their last four meetings at home. Artificial pitch is not the visitors' cup of tea either.
"It's a game that won't be easy. Like all games in MLS, there are no easy ones, Nancy explained. They're an interesting team to watch. In the ideas, the nuances at the level of the game, there is reflection. So, I am not surprised that the coach of Charlotte [Miguel Angel Ramirez] has good results.