Inter Miami host Nashville on Wednesday, and coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino says he expects Lionel Messi to start for his team as they try to maintain their push for the Major League Soccer playoffs.
In the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 win against Red Bulls in New York, Messi and his old Barcelona teammate Sergio Busquets both came off the bench to contribute; Messi scored another memorable goal despite his little playing time.
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Martino had suggested that they take a nap.
After arriving amid much fanfare in July, Argentine superstar Messi played eight games for Miami in a month, helping them win the Leagues Cup and advance to the semi-finals of the US Open Cup.
However, on Tuesday, Martino suggested the break was unnecessary.
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The final match in New York was “the game he needed, the key game for him to have a bit of recovery,” as Martino put it. He should go first if there are no problems.
Messi scored a wonderful goal in the 89th minute in his first MLS regular-season minutes off the bench.
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Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi scored off a low first-time cross from Benjamin Cremaschi after Jordi Alba acrobatically lofted the ball into the box for him to receive.
“I don’t recall ever having seen an assist more than ten times… Martino remarked, “I just don’t get how he viewed Cremaschi.
With 11 games left, Inter Miami are in 13th position in the Eastern Conference, 11 points out of the final playoff slot, and Messi has scored 11 goals in nine games since joining the club.
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The French News Agency AFP