Ahead of Tuesday night’s CONCACAF Champions League match with CD Heredia, Montreal Impact coach Marco Schällibaum admits his squad must go “all in” if they are to have any hope of winning Group 5.
To make that happen Montreal will need to register a six goal difference against CD Heredia and hope that when the San Jose Earthquakes face Heredia in the final group match next month, that the MLS side nips a narrow victory.
Schällibaum was stoic in a press conference on Monday. “[The players] know that the message is clear: We are going to win this game. We have to go all in. We have a small chance and we’ll try everything to take it.”
Complicating matters is the fact that the Impact have scored only one goal in three straight losses in all competitions. And while Schällibaum admitted that certain players will be rested, he assured reporters that “there will be 11 lions on the field.”
One of those lions will be defender Hassoun Camara. “The players that will be on the field will strive to show what they can do, to show that they can help the group improve and win,” the Frenchman said. “That’s what we want for tomorrow: we want to win and get back on a positive spell that will revive us for the next stretch.
“I really think we can do it,” Camara explained. “We saw that against Toronto [in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal second leg] when we played a great game and overcame a great challenge when people thought we were dead.”
The Impact and Heredia kickoff tonight at 5pm at the Stade Saputo in Montreal.