Though the Montreal Impact has yet to snap out of its winless skid, its performance against FC Dallas – especially at the back – left the team feeling upbeat.
MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact’s winless streak extended to five games Saturday night as it couldn’t find a goal against a resilient FC Dallas side in a scoreless affair at Saputo Stadium. Despite the result, coach Marco Schällibaum was pleased with the Impact’s play throughout the game.
“When you dominate a game and don’t win it stings, but at the same time the performance was very good; they were solid,” Schällibaum said in French.
After conceding 12 goals in the previous four games, Schällibaum explained that obtaining the clean sheet was very gratifying, especially considering the extensive time the Impact dedicated in training to fixing the team’s defensive issues in the lead up to the game.
“We worked all week [on our defensive shape] and it was perfect, because you can’t play better defensively. Dallas had no space, no chances,” Schällibaum said. “We didn’t score, but it gives us good stability after the 4-0 [loss against New York]”.
Veteran defender Alessandro Nesta stressed the importance of having been able to regain order in defence.
“The important thing today was to find some balance, because lately we’ve been a bit lost, in my opinion,” Nesta told Goal in Italian. “The goals will come; the important thing was that we (the back four) gave a sense of security to the team by not conceding goals, something which we haven’t been able to do recently,”
He added: “Today’s performance was a good signal; the wins will come”
Montreal had to make do without forward Marco Di Vaio, who spent most of the week in Italy for family concerns. Schällibaum said his leading scorer will be back for the team’s next appointment against Sporting Kansas City next Saturday at home.