Mid-Week Montreal Impact Fodder: New England Revolution, Useless Di Vaio Rumors and Injury Report

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At practice on Wednesday, the Montreal Impact is in the middle of preparing an important game against the New England Revolution. Marco Schallibaum has returning players, suspensions and formation changes to take into account.

Whether Marco Di Vaio is leaving the Montreal Impact or not is another question by itself. It's a known fact that the Italian is closer to retirement than extending his contract with the Montreal Impact. With his family in Italy, Di Vaio will need to make a choice depending on his family, the most important thing in person's life.

I have no idea who is behind this account and don't care whether the rumors ,they put out there, end up being true or not. But this tweet ends up being useless, desperate and practically useless. Not even Captain Obvious would agree but if you want to cover the beautiful game à la TMZ, go at it.

The concerned party answers a fan's tweet, a fan worried that his star would leave. Even Louis CK interjects below.

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My mid-week rant is now over, let's focus on what is actually important with 4 games left:

The New England Revolution

Playoff Race

"We need to change things" is what Schallibaum said after practice but wants his players to focus on the last 4 games. Admitting that his team is scoring less goals, the Swiss head coach is happy that the players understood the message as he noted a good training session on Wednesday.

We have done everything to be there and we just need to take a small steps to make the playoffs

As per the Impact's next opponent, Schallibaum is aware of the Revolution's quality. Not only focusing on his team's 4-2 win at Gillette Stadium, he will be observing the Revolution's 2-2 tie against the New York Red Bulls. Showing respect with a minimum of fear is important as not to take anyone lightly and Schallibaum is conscious of that.

As per formation changes, with Camara suspended and Nesta doubtful, Wandrille Lefevre should get the nod as a starter as a defender. If Nesta ends up being fit,  could Wandrille end up as a right back?

More to come on Soccer Sans Frontieres, this Wednesday  from 6 to 7pm EST.

About the game vs the Revolution, Wandrille Lefevre adds wise words for a young player, at least in MLS experience.

It's a playoff game before being in the playoffs

One player that is looking to be reassuring is Troy Perkins. He emphasiez on the importance of beating the Revolution, tagging them as desperate but not forgeting about home field advantage and the fans.

It's important to get a good result at home, looking forward to reassure the fans.

Injuries and Absences

Marco Di Vaio, Patrice Bernier Alessandro Nesta and Jeb Brovsky were not in full practice mode as all 4 key players were being rested and looked due to injuries.

Hernan Bernardello is back with the first team and is practicing at full intensity, which is great news

Hassoun Camara will miss the game as he is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.

With a win over the New England Revolution, Montreal  can eliminate New England and almost be assured of a playoff spot, at least mathematically.

Until then, Pythagoras' theorem can wait and Les Bleus need to be ready mentally, physically and tactically this Saturday, at Stade Saputo.

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