Without Lionel Messi, Inter Miami repeated its previous problems and suffered a beating against Atlanta United

With the decline of Lionel Messi, Inter Miami fell this Saturday 5-2 on his visit to Atlanta United and said goodbye to the series 12 parties undefeated that he had looked since the incorporation of the Rosario star, which happened in July. The defeat left Inter in the 14th place from Eastern Conference from Major League Soccer (MLS) con 28 points in 27 games. With seven games left to play, Miami needs a great comeback to reach the last berth for the playoffs, for now in the hands of DC United, nineth con 34 units.

The team you lead Gerardo “Tata” Martino He did not have Messi this Saturdaywhat stayed in Florida by a muscle fatiguenot even with Spanish Jordi Alba. The albiceleste captain also did not appear on Tuesday in Argentina’s 3-0 victory over Bolivia in the South American qualifier for the 2026 World Cup. They did appear this Saturday for the MLS Sergio Busquets, Facundo Farías and other figures on the squad, such as Leonardo Campana, author of the two goals. He also played Tomas AvilesArgentine defender of 19 years. Even with them, the team was a shadow, in a match that had many sparks and was truly hot. In the local team, for his part, he acted Thiago Almadaanother world champion in Qatar.

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Since Messi’s arrival to the MLS, Inter Miami accumulated 12 games without defeats, in which they obtained 8 victories and 4 draws. With that streak, the franchise that is co-owned by David Beckham conquered the Leagues Cupthe trophy played jointly between the American teams and those of the Mexican league, and qualified for the final of the US Open Cup.

In Atlanta, Ecuadorian striker Campana opened the scoring at 25 minutes and would score again, from a penalty, at 8 minutes into the second half, but in the middle United turned the score around with goals from the Frenchman Tristan Muyumba at 36, the Canadian Kamal Miller against at 41 and the American Brooks Lennon at 44. Later they expanded the Greek Giorgos Giakoumakisat 31 of the final period, and the American Tyler Wolffat 44.

Facundo Farías searched, attacked, but had no aim.MICHAEL ZARRILLI – GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

Messi stayed at his home in Florida, where he had an Argentine pizza for dinner. The captain of the world champion team in Qatar 2022 shared a story on Instagram in which he opens a box from the local Banchero Miami, which has a Neapolitan pizza inside. Banchero, an almost century-old pizzeria founded by a Genoese immigrant in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca, has had a branch since 2019 at the intersection of Collins Avenue and 71st Street, Miami Beach. With that meal, number 10 treated himself after being excluded from the trip to Atlanta as a precaution, given his physical exhaustion. In a press conference he gave on Friday, coach Martino clarified that Messi was “fine” but that would manage your effort so as not to suffer injuries.

Gerardo Martino never found a way back in the game against the team he coached for a long time, Atlanta United.MICHAEL ZARRILLI – GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

“We will be careful with him because we have many important games in a short time,” he warned. Until October 18, Inter Miami will play seven matches, including the final of the US Open Cup, which they will play against Houston Dynamo on Wednesday the 27th at their stadium, the DRV PNK, in Fort Lauderdale. Added to the double October window for the South American qualifying round (Thursday the 12th vs. Paraguay and Tuesday the 17th vs. Peru), Messi’s teams have, together, a grueling schedule of ten games in 33 days.

Since his debut at Inter Miami, which occurred on July 21, the captain played eleven games for the franchise and one for the Argentine national team. “Messi’s absence had nothing to do with the stadium grass being artificial. Alba and Messi They suffer from muscle fatigue and it was better to give them rest,” explained Martino, who thus tried to put a stop to a certain controversy in Atlanta. “We were taking risks if they came to play this game. This court has nothing to do with it at all. We are in search of entering the playoffs, but we also have the game on the 27th… Sometimes it is difficult to make decisions, because these are also decisive games. It has nothing to do with the field,” warned the coach, formerly of Atlanta.

United’s stadium is one of five in MLS that have artificial turf. Also Arthur Blank, the owner of the organization, believes that FieldTurf was not the reason for Messi’s absence. He even recalled that Leo himself had declared, after signing with Inter Miami, that he would not escape matches that took place on that type of surface. “He said in his press conference that he has competed on artificial surfaces since he was young and, to some extent, as a professional as well. I don’t think this had anything to do with his decision. I think he suffered some injury, although it may be something minor,” Blank suggested.

Atlanta United compact 5 vs. Inter Miami 2

By the way, Lionel Messi’s absence in the match in the state of Georgia was disappointing for thousands of spectators who went to the Mercedes-Benz stadium.


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