When you consult the list of CF Montreal players on the team’s website, Mathieu Choinière’s name is still associated with the position of midfielder. On the pitch, however, it can vary, which suits both principal and head coach Wilfried Nancy very well.
Including the July 3 game, in which he scored his only MLS goal in a 1-0 victory over Inter Miami CF, Choinière has played in his team’s last nine games, including eight in a starting role. .
He has 770 minutes of play in 2021, more than what he accumulated between the 2018 and 2020 seasons.
The only meeting he did not start during this streak – he played for 10 minutes – was that of July 21 against New York City FC, when CF Montreal were in the middle of a three-game streak. in eight days.
From one meeting to the next, Choinière can find himself on the pitch as a midfielder or on the flanks, in a role of “side piston”, where he has made a very good impression so far. His position can even change during a match.
“Whether on the right, on the left or as a midfielder, there are no worries. Our game philosophy, what the coach sets up, how he wants us to play, it’s pretty clear, ”said Choinière by videoconference, Monday afternoon, just over 48 hours from the duel of CF Montreal against FC Cincinnati.
“No matter what position I play in, I have the keys in hand to find solutions and move forward. It is sure that having the confidence of coach in this system, it makes me very happy and I try to take advantage of it as much as possible. “
When invited on Monday to describe what Choinière brought to his team, Nancy noted his versatility and impeccable state of mind.
Besides, Nancy is not surprised to see where Choinière is at this stage of her career.
“I’m not surprised at what Mathieu is doing now. The coaches who went with Mathieu also always intended to give him minutes. But there were circumstances which meant that he had a little less, ”recalled the CF Montreal head coach.
” Good for him. But as I often tell players, it’s hard to start, but the hardest part is consistency. And now, I am even more demanding with him, but Mathieu is demanding, too, with himself, ”added Nancy.
No matter what position I play in, I have the keys in hand to find solutions and move forward
To reporters on Monday, Choinière admitted he hadn’t necessarily planned to play anywhere other than a midfielder.
“Of course I always thought about playing in the midfield. At the Academy, I was a midfielder. I found a position that you call piston, on the sides, which suits me really well, ”he observed.
“Was I expecting this? I would say no. But right now, if you ask me if this position bothers me, I really don’t mind. “
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