October 26, 2021

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CF Montreal | Nancy is having fun

CF Montreal |  Nancy is having fun

When asked by a journalist about his new role as head coach at CF Montreal, Wilfried Nancy’s response was quite abrupt.




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“I love it. I can not be clearer than that,” he said in his first video conference with the media since his appointment three weeks ago. The difference is that when you are an assistant, you give the coach ideas and how he or she takes them, how he feels Depending, his day.

“When you were a coach, you had an idea and you put it down. We collaborate with staff and explain why we want to do so. This is what excites me. I agree with that, I enjoyed it. ”

Currently, his assistants are Laurent Simon and Kwame – joined by Jason de Tullio, the choice came “naturally”, Nancy – and goalkeeper coach Remy Verkoutre, who is working for the coexistence of the group on the field of logic in collective action.

“We take great pleasure in trying to understand the concepts so that players can run at the same time. Because telling a player to do anything, he’s going to do it. But having synchronization, connecting players is a very difficult thing. This is our challenge with the staff.”

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The April 17 season opener against Toronto FC was just around the corner. Also, the club left for Orlando on April 6. Between those dates, as we know, CF Montreal will only play two warm-up matches.

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“It’s not clear about structure and team coordination”, Underline Train box.

In the meantime, he watches “a lot” of the international matches played by many of his players scattered there.

“But then, I take it with a grain of salt because every coach asks for something specific,” he says.

When the group reunites in Florida, the coaching staff has only a few days left to tie the knot.

For the two warm-up duels, we will undoubtedly give competitors a lot of minutes for a place in the opening XI of the opening match.

“But with most friends, I tried a few more things, but now I try to save time. Because, we have to be automatic to work on certain things, Nancy explained. It’s going to be – starters, I don’t really like that word – it’s the players who are ready for the first match. And then we’ll see. ”

The coach recalled instances where plans at the camp were delayed. Sometimes you need to rearrange the shot.

“Yes, we have an idea of ​​who we want to set up, but we’ll leave a path because nothing has been defined yet,” he said.

Surface challenge

By choosing to camp in Montreal to keep a certain “mental freshness”, Oliver Renard and Wilfried knew that Nancy would have an unfortunate replica: training on synthetics. The surface that has caused some minor injuries in recent weeks.

“For the first time in history we knew we were going to do a synthetic pre-season. It wasn’t going to be easy. But the weather helped us a little bit so we were able to go out on the lawn and in the first session, I had fun watching the kids again,” the head coach said.

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That’s right, there are a lot of young people in camp this year. Some were there anyway, while others were invited to fill calls to national teams and were delayed due to the blockade.

The youth, who had a good enthusiasm at the camp, recently told us Sports Director Oliver Renard.

“What I want to see is that when the kids arrive early, they are all ashamed. They sometimes have trouble expressing themselves. Now they are a little out of their comfort zone, so they are very curious about the concept of the game, especially the speed of the game, ”said Nancy.

Yes, young people bring energy, he affirmed.

“In turn, it requires patience. Because who says power, who wants to do well, who says young people can be bothered at times. So it’s a little frustrating for a little older players.”

However, since the beginning of this month, an interesting dynamic has been created, Wilfried Nancy, between the old and the young in the camp.

Some notes …

James Pantemis

Overall, the Train box The 23-year-old praised the efforts of his young Quebec goalkeeper at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He liked his attitude and courage with others. But there is still work to be done. “James is fine. Now he has only one thing to erase and he knows it. Yes, he’s good at saving, but he made mistakes that put his team at risk. So he knew he should try to reduce them.” Clement Diop, at the club’s Remains a man of faith.

Ahmed Hamdi

The Egyptian midfielder, who was acquired in early February, has not completed his detention. Again, Wilfried Nancy liked what he saw. But with Hamdi we have to be patient, only because of his adaptation, it is not so easy. Nancy said her understanding of English was “low”. “I have Google Translate enabled” Train box As a joke. In fact, Karam al-Hamdani, the chief athletic therapist, is helping him. The player started learning some English.

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Aljaz string

“His strength is that he knows his features and his flaws. He does not complicate the game, he plays according to what he sees,” Nancy summed up his new defender, obtained from Dynamo FC in Houston in mid-January. The coach also noted that “I think he’s good at the group level.”