Tata Martino Addresses Lionel Messi’s International Commitments and Their Impact on Inter Miami

Tata Martino Addresses Lionel Messi's International Commitments and Their Impact on Inter Miami

Inter Miami’s head coach, Tata Martino, recently provided an update on how he plans to manage Lionel Messi’s involvement with the team in light of the star player’s ongoing international commitments. Messi’s dedication to his national team has continued unabated since their World Cup victory in December of last year, and this has prompted Martino to adapt his team’s strategy accordingly.

In a recent MLS match against New York Red Bulls, Inter Miami secured a 2-0 victory, with Messi notching his first goal in the league late in the game. Following this triumph, Martino shed light on the challenge his team faces due to Messi’s frequent international appearances.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Martino emphasized the importance of the win and the need for the team to adapt to a rotation strategy. He acknowledged that Messi’s commitment to the Argentine national team would result in his absence from at least three games this year, and a similar scenario is expected next year. Martino emphasized that the team must continue to deliver results even when Messi is unavailable.

This situation presents a pressing concern for Martino and his team. Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina is scheduled to return to action on September 8, taking on Ecuador in a World Cup qualifying match. Meanwhile, Inter Miami has just two MLS games between now and then, facing Nashville on August 31 and LAFC on September 4.

Despite the challenge of Messi’s impending international call-up, Martino will have the 36-year-old star available for selection in the upcoming game against Nashville. He will be seeking to engineer another victory for Inter Miami, even with Messi’s intermittent absence from the squad.

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