Recap: Canada Pulls Off Clinical Performance Against Curacao
After beating Curacao two-nil, we got to hear from John Herdman and Cyle Larin, who spoke about starting 2023 on the right foot.
It was worth noting that Curacao, the host nation, decided not to set up an MD-1 or post-game press conference with the Canadian media and this reaction was given to the Canada Soccer film crew.
“It was a professional performance,” Herdman said. “Coming here is not easy and it was a very motivated Curacao team on a difficult pitch, and I think the players controlled their emotions well and strategically they did well today and we showed our quality”.
Herdman was asked about the performances of Cyle Larin and Jonathan David, who scored tonight, and he was very pleased.
“They are in great form. They have partnered well and they read off each other playing in a front two. I think they could have had more tonight, and everyone came out healthy and we are coming in strong.”
The coach is excited for Tuesday night at home at BMO Field where there is some tension between Canada and Honduras after Canada was beaten 2-1 in San Pedro.
“It’s an exciting fixture, but we have control with our goal difference and I just hope they come with a spirit to open up and can make a game of it. Our fans always enjoy a match against them and if we show our quality once again in key moments we can win that match.”
Larin, who scored the second goal for Canada, was also asked about the clinical win for his team and country.
“It was a good first game back,” Larin said. “I think we need to build off that and keep the process going. I think me and Jonathan are gelling well together the more we play together so I think we will continue doing that.”
After a transfer from Club Brugge in Belgium to Real Valladolid in Spain, Larin was asked about his current form.
“I’m feeling good and I have to keep going and I know the goals will come and I just need to keep working.”
Larin was also asked about the excitement going into Tuesday’s match against Honduras.
“I think the guys are motivated to go win that game, put in a real shift, and get those three points. We are at home and we need to defend our home turf and try to win.”
Canada vs Honduras goes Tuesday night at BMO Field in Toronto with kickoff set for 8:00 PM EST and can be seen on OneSoccer.