The Montreal Alouettes did the unthinkable by winning the Gray Cup on Sunday night, triumphing in dramatic fashion over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This is an unexpected victory of a united team.
The Montreal team went through a whole range of emotions with a new head coach, a new general manager and a new owner at the start of the campaign.
For Alouettes offensive lineman Kristian Matteo, the victory is all the sweeter because few had faith in this team at the start of the season.
“From the beginning of the year we believed in ourselves,” Matte said on LCN on Monday. We knew we had something special in everything that was going on. New owner, new “coach”, players we had. We were really united from the beginning. We are all brothers in such a complex team.
“It is something special. We always believed in ourselves and we showed that to everyone this year.”
Matte didn’t stop there.
“There were a lot of people who thought we couldn’t do it,” continued Matte, 38, who was with the Alouettes in 2010 when they won the Gray Cup. Everyone had us last at the beginning of the year. Like we said, just watch, we’ll show you and that’s exactly what we did.”
Even when they were down late in the game, the Alouettes didn’t stop believing.
“We believed in ourselves,” Matte said. Cody made a great play on the drive at the end of the game. He handled it very well. The plays that were called were perfect plays. There was no doubt. We knew we were going to win the game. We saw on the faces of the Bombers that we were going to beat them. We were calm. We couldn’t wait to finish the game and score a goal. We became champions and it was the “ride” of champions.”
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