The Alouettes will have their destiny in hand this Saturday, when the Toronto Argonauts will be at Percival-Molson Stadium.
The Montreal team is already guaranteed to participate in the Canadian Football League (CFL) playoffs and to play his first game without a future in front of his fans. However, it remains to be determined whether this duel will be held as part of the Eastern semi-final or final.
Indeed, the Sparrows can still finish at the top of their section. They will have to defeat the “Argos” twice in as many weeks to earn a bye in the first playoff stage of the Canadian Tour.
“It's very difficult to beat a team twice in a row in our league,” said safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy. However, we have to go one week at a time. We start with a match at home, in front of our supporters. We have to take advantage of it.”
The majority of the “Als” players have also stressed that starting this return trip home was an advantage, since the second duel will no longer mean anything in the standings if they escape first.
“We're in a good position with the home crowd on Saturday and we know what's at stake,” said running back William Stanback. It's a good team that we will face and they will fight until the final whistle. We have to be prepared and do our job.”
As Dequoy pointed out, it does indeed seem difficult to beat the same team back-to-back. In three round-trip meetings this season, the Alouettes have always divided the honors.
Never mind, Stanback thinks that the adversity experienced during the campaign will allow the “Als” to triumph at his next challenge.
“There is a certain confidence in us. We have the ability to get out of trouble, even when we are responsible for our misfortunes. We also count on several veterans who have already experienced this type of situation and they know what it takes to win victories.”
Dequoy, who is in his second season as a professional, said abounded in the same direction. He talked about the players learning through the CFL's long schedule.
“The big difference for me is that we learned to finish games. It was never about potential. When we look at our losses at the start of the season, we can see that they are losses suffered by only a few points.”
– The Alouettes and the Argonauts meet this Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Percival-Molson Stadium.
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