Benzaza: "Di Vaio-dependency" healthy
At this critical time for the Impact, CJAD blogger Sofiane Benzaza returns with his #IMFC analysis. Follow him @sofiane_benzaza or @MtRoyalSoccer or @SoccerSansF:
With Bernardello and Lopez out with injuries and the Montreal Impact all but eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League after a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, Les Bleus are back to square one.
Maybe getting back to basics is not such a bad thing for The Impact. You already know that making it past the group stage will be very difficult. Maybe the Impact does not need to play its big guns against C.D. Heredia next Tuesday.
You know that you cannot expect Hernan Bernardello and Adrian Lopez making miraculous comebacks, especially for the Spanish defender out with an ACL tear. As for Bernardello, by the time he recovers from his ankle injury the Impact would have played most of its remaining games.
As it prepares to play the Vancouver Whitecaps this Saturday (live on CJAD 800 1:45 Countdown to First Kick with Grant Needham and CTV's Brian Wilde) the Impact is back where it started: no new signings and no Champions League.
Getting back to the basics will be important for Marco Schallibaum to get the most out of his players. We are 7 MLS games away from the playoffs and controlling your destiny from now on is the only way.
What does “Controlling Your Destiny” entails?
- Finish in the top 3 of your Conference: Montreal is a homer team so might as well get the return leg at Stade Saputo for the first round.
- Don’t obsess with the mirage trophy that is the MLS Supporters’ Shield (team with the most points among MLS teams). If you win more games than you lose, you will be in contention.
- Don’t finish the season on a losing streak: Start like a winner and finish like one. Victory is the only cure for any ailments, at least those that you can see.
- Back to Basics: Get back to the basics that made you so successful. That includes a cohesive defensive mentality from the striker to the goalkeeper.
Having a Di Vaio-dependence is not a bad thing. It’s actually normal as you always revolve around your best player. The same can be said about Patrice Bernier, the heart and lungs of the team.
With Vancouver coming this Saturday, the Impact is facing a team it knows very well. This test is even more important as the Impact need to shed itself of being so ‘’ predictable’’, something that was a big problem during the Summer Slump.