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Montreal’s new defensive tactics pose familiar problems for Columbus

Postby markblake Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:34 pm

The Montreal Impact remain a counter-attacking team, but as the side travels from Quebec down to MAPFRE Stadium for an MLS battle with Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, it is in the early stages of a recent shift from head coach Mauro Biello.

On June 10, on the road at Sporting Kansas City, Biello sent his team out on the field with three center backs for the first time all season, and the Impact have not changed that since.

The expectation is it will be more of the same on Saturday against Columbus, making it four games in a row.

“They’re changing formation, so that’s gonna change things,” Columbus left winger Justin Meram said. “It’s gonna be a new game, so it’s gonna be different challenges and it’s gonna be a little bit more compact, so it’s just finding ways to be dangerous.”

Montreal has shifted the setup subtly — in Wednesday’s home game against Toronto FC in the Canadian Championship, the setup was more of a 3-5-2 (Blerim Dzemaili was listed by a forward/winger in a 3-4-3 and was very attacking minded, but played more centrally than a winger and in a more box-to-box role, leaving Matteo Mancosu and Ignacio Piatti as two pure attacking players.)

In the previous two games, both on the road, things looked more like five in the back. Even then, what was in front was different each time.

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