Since signing with Inter Miami, Lionel Messi has kept a busy schedule that has been extremely beneficial to both the player and the team. But it was decided that a period of relaxation was required.
The Argentine made a big impression once more on Saturday, this time in his team’s MLS victory over New York Red Bulls by a score of 2-0.
Coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino emphasized that the situation served as a useful test for the rest of the team to play without Messi, despite some fans’ irritation at key points during the game owing to the South American star’s absence from the starting lineup.
He highlighted how crucial it is to be aware that the World Cup winner will miss at least three games for the rest of the year. “The team’s response during the initial hour was extremely positive,” Martino noted.
“We enjoyed dominance throughout significant portions of the game, securing the lead which was a crucial accomplishment. “This situation offered an opportunity to observe the team’s performance without Leo in the first match. The response was indeed satisfactory.
“I firmly believe that it’s pivotal to appreciate the significance of this victory, as we must adapt to the reality that Leo will be joining his national team. His absence will be felt in at least three matches this year, and the same scenario will likely repeat next year. Our understanding should be that the team must retain its reliability when he is not present.”
Inter Miami defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Saturday night, snapping an 11-match league winless streak, thanks in large part to a spectacular goal from Lionel Messi in the 89th minute of his Major League Soccer debut.
In the 60th minute, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi walked the field to thunderous applause. Sergio Busquets utilized the side of his foot to center the ball to Lionel Messi after Jordi Alba made an impressive leap for his cross. Busquets had his back to the ground and his left leg up.
In order to protect the ball from defender Peter Stroud, the 36-year-old settled it, then dribbled to his right and threaded a pass between Andrés Reyes and Daniel Edelman to American teenager Benjamin Cremaschi.
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