The ex-Barcelona triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba seems to be causing some interesting challenges for Inter Miami’s coach Tata Martino. However, these challenges are not merely problematic; they highlight the multifaceted contributions of these seasoned players.
In a recent Leagues Cup match, Messi and Alba showcased their scoring prowess, propelling Inter Miami to a resounding 4-1 victory over Philadelphia Union. The match served as evidence that this team is a cohesive unit, galvanized by Messi, yet not solely dependent on his talents. Martino was quick to commend the collective efforts, acknowledging a new dilemma – the abundance of quality players for team selection.
Martino shared his observations, saying, “Leo, Josef, normally they participate [in the goals]. There’s progress, because Benja [Cremaschi] recently scored; today it was David coming from behind for the goal, Jordi as a defender scores a goal. And that I think is important for any team.”
The team’s evolution is palpable, with a stronger and more competitive roster. This transformation has led to a delightful problem for Martino – choosing the starting lineup amidst ample talent. While the trio’s influence is undeniable, the entire team is embracing a winning mentality and striving for excellence in every tournament, match, and final.
David Ruiz, a homegrown talent, is particularly elated to share the pitch with Messi, Busquets, and Alba. He attests to the valuable advice offered by the experienced trio, explaining, “We’re like, young and stuff, we try to run everywhere. That’s something that they just told us: ‘Oh, just maintain more your position, that the ball’s going to get to you. Stop running for the ball too much where you’re just trapping yourself’ – things like that.”
The ex-Barcelona triumvirate’s impact goes beyond the scoresheet; it extends to mentoring, tactical insights, and elevating the team’s overall performance. As Inter Miami continues its journey, the combined efforts of Messi, Busquets, Alba, and their enthusiastic teammates promise to create a dynamic force that will be a formidable presence in the league.