MONTREAL — After an intense training session Tuesday, the mood was lighter at Thursday’s practice. Montreal Impact players found their smiles back and now have their eyes set on bouncing back.
“It was the objective,” said Remi Garde of the training session. “Not everyone is from the same background. My role is to handle the stick and the carrot and I think that this psychological lightness was needed at the moment.”
For Bacary Sagna, the Impact took advantage of the team’s good start to the season. With many teams looking to get back over the red line, Montreal wants to take the Columbus Crew SC game very seriously.
“We forgot to be humble,” Sagna said. “Because we were in such a good position in the table or maybe we forgot to play even harder. Since the beginning of the season we did quite well. We’ve had some difficult weeks, but we have to bounce back.”
Crew SC not an easy task
The Impact refuse to look at Crew SC’s position in the standings to evaluate their next opponent. Crew SC’s 2-2 draw in Chicago against the Fire, in which they scored in the 90th minute to equalize, impressed Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, who admits to following the team closely.
“That shows signs of a team that’s not quitting,” Bush said. “It shows signs of a team that wants to continue.”
Bush added that the Crew’s bad results were “a byproduct of missing guys.” With players such as Federico Higuain out with ACL injury and Zack Steffen sold off the team, Bush argued that Columbus has had a very hard time. However, Bush added that the club’s new additions would give them the resources to kick-start their season.
“They’ve had a lot of rough luck but they’re also a team that’s made a lot of changes in the last couple of weeks,” Bush said. “And with change comes an increased motivation to get things back on track for them to get back on track this year or to push towards what they want to become next year.”
Lappalainen not an Impact player yet
Garde remained silent on the Lassi Lappalainen front. The Finland international has been linked to the Bologna-Montreal consortium in the past few weeks but neither the Impact nor Bologna FC made the signing official yet.
HJK Helsinki, Lappalainen’s Finnish club, announced on Wednesday that their player had joined Bologna FC for “a significant compensation.”
— Tristan D'Amours (@tristandamours) July 17, 2019
According to Alessandro Mossini of Corriere di Bologna, Bologna would send Lappalainen on loan to the Impact “at least until December.”
Finnish winger Lassi Lappalainen (HJK Helsinki, 1998, 5 caps in National team) will be announced soon by Bologna F.C. and will be loaned to #IMFC at least until december. "I am happy about that,I am going to MLS but I am sure to play in Serie A in future",he said to Finnish media
— Alessandro Mossini (@Mousse81) July 17, 2019
The Impact have listed Ignacio Piatti as day-to-day. Garde added that he is hoping to have Piatti available for Wednesday’s Canadian Championship return leg against York 9 FC.
Montreal will be without Samuel Piette for a three-week period. Piette suffered an intercostal tear during last Saturday’s game and has not practiced with the team since.
Daniel Kinumbe will undergo surgery for a torn meniscus. The 20 year-old went down on a tackle by Victor Cabrera during Wednesday morning’s training session.
— Nicolas A Martineau (@nikmartineauTVA) July 17, 2019