After a shortened preparation before the match against the Vert & Gold of the University of Sherbrooke, last week, the Carabins of the University of Montreal (UdeM) found a schedule a little more conciliatory as of Monday. That's good, since some small adjustments were necessary before the next game.
Joined on Thursday, Carabins head coach Marco Iadeluca was happy with this return to normal after a short week of two games in seven days. Heavy rain also robbed them of one of their precious days of training.
On Saturday, UdeM beat the Greens 24 to 20, not without difficulty. Although disappointed with this unconvincing gain, Iadeluca was certainly not going to complain about it.
“We put so many hours of preparation on and off the field for a football game that when you come out of it with the win, you can never be mad. On the other hand, it is certain that there are many aspects where we were not satisfied with our performance”, he argued.
Iadeluca thus looked into these adjustments to bring in defense, on special units and in attack. It is also the offensive, affected by a number of injuries which continues to grow, which remains the biggest question mark.
The Blues have scored only one touchdown offense in their last two games.
“We definitely want to do better than that. We're missing key elements, that's for sure, but that's no excuse. We manage to move the ball well in every game, we have good pushes, but often, for two games, it stops before the paying zone, “said Iadeluca.
One game at a time
The watchword for the Carabins is to take the days one at a time. The coach knows that the mentality of his offensive group, especially that of quarterback Jonathan Sénécal, will not suffer.
“We have very good confidence, assured receiver Carl Chabot, author of a major against the University of Sherbrooke. We have a good group of players. It's not because we had a worse game that it will affect us for the rest of the season.”
The Université de Montréal can boast of having relied on a defensive exemplary in his first three duels. Defensive back Kaylyn St-Cyr is convinced that his teammates will always be there for each other.
“The performance of the attack does not really affect us because we know that we cover the rear of the offensive and that the offensive covers our rear. Right now, there are ups and downs, but in the end, everyone can do better,” said the veteran.
For their next game, the Carabins will face the Redbirds from McGill University, who have yet to win this season. This Montreal battle will take place on Saturday afternoon, at Percival-Molson Stadium.