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Montreal Impact still fuming after Toronto FC loss

Daniel Lovitz: “The guys were pissed, I love it. We should all be pissed.”

Jul 13, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) reacts after a goal by Alejuandro Pozuelo (10) against Montreal Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (1) during the second half at Stade Saputo. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL — Remi Garde and the Montreal Impact started their week with an intense two-hour training session Tuesday, a bitter 2-0 loss at home to Toronto FC still on their minds. 

“The guys were pissed, I love it. We should all be pissed,” Daniel Lovitz said. “We get so much out of those training sessions. Even the stuff that seems like a distraction at the moment, it’s great. We had moments like this last year, I think we came out on the other side in a much better place mentally.”

The Impact have lost three straight games in MLS play and have not recorded a win in their last four game in all competitions. Garde stressed his squad needed to add even more steam to their training going forward. 

“It wasn’t sufficient, I think that we need intensity in training sessions,” Garde said. “I saw that [Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney] had said the same thing: ‘When you train without intensity, you play without intensity.’ Today there was a little more intensity, it was better.” 

No messages sent in XI changes

Some of Montreal’s usual starters were left on the bench during the first Canadian Classique of the year. Zakaria Diallo, Maxi Urruti and Rudy Camacho were all kept out of the starting XI Saturday.

Urruti was the only one to make his way onto the pitch by substituting in at the 79th minute. Garde said he decision to keep them on the bench during the rivalry game wasn’t to send them a message.

“It’s not sending out messages, it’s doing my job,” Garde said. “I don’t send messages against my players. I’m with my group every day and I have the responsibility to line up the best team. There aren’t messages, it’s about working together to get things going.” 

However, Garde added: “I hope that this could maybe wake them up.” 

Selfishness among the squad

Garde admitted he has noticed selfishness within his squad. The Frenchman added he tried to gather up his team as they try to snap their longest losing streak of the season. 

“I think that today there is maybe, in fact, individual interests in the group that trespasses what the collective could accept,” Garde said. It’s my vigilance to [be aware], I spoke about it with the players. I did it smoothly while staying in my spot, there isn’t more to it, but there isn’t less either.” 

Lovitz stressed in the times Montreal had success this season, it didn’t come from individual performances.  

“For me, I think it’s important that we understand that we are not a very star-studded team like some of the teams that are performing at the level that we want to get to,” Lovitz said. “The way we make up for that is by have a collective group that works hard and does their part at certain times throughout the season.”

The American international enjoyed the bump in intensity during Tuesday’s training session, adding more of his teammates should join in and keep the tempo at a high level. 

“Week in week out, if there’s fluctuations, I think we should be training like this every day,”Lovitz said. “I think guys should be competing harder and making sure that their name is on that sheet.”

Injury updates

Samuel Piette did not train with his teammates Tuesday and was diagnosed with intercostal pain, also known as chest wall pain. Garde said the Canadian international has undergone medical examinations, but will need to undergo more testing Tuesday. 

Ignacio Piatti and Harry Novillo both left the training session early. According to Garde, the Argentine felt pain in an adductor muscle early on in Tuesday’s session. On his end, Novillo had been signaling a knee injury. 




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