Martino: “With Messi the goal is to reach the quarterfinals of the Concachampions”

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The coach of Inter Miami, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, He explained this Saturday that his goal is Lionel Messi arrived in condition for the quarter-final tie of the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

“The injury, beyond the absence today, must be managed week by week. We are taking advantage of the fact that we have a whole week and we will continue to evaluate it,” explained Martino in a press conference after winning the MLS match in Washington against DC United (1-3).

There is no danger

Messi, who was injured in the second half of last Wednesday’s match against Nashville, was not called up for Saturday’s match in the federal capital.

“He has one goal: that he arrives in conditions to play the quarterfinals of the ‘ConcaChampions’, then We’re not going to do anything that involves taking any kind of risk.”Martino added.

Inter Miami will face Monterrey in the quarterfinals of this tournament with the first leg on April 3 in Miami and the return leg on April 10 in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Inter has two MLS games against New York Red Bulls and New York City Football Club.

Happy with Luis Suárez’s double

Martino also pointed out in the press conference in the role of Luis Suárez in the match against DC United, where he scored two goals entering the 62nd minute and thus decided a 1–3 victory for his team.

“We talked about him having half time and he defined the game,” Explained the coach, who made the decision after the Uruguayan also played on Wednesday against Nashville almost completely.

“Luis played in the previous game in Nashville, he understood that it was a good possibility to enter as a refresher,” said Martino, who explained that one of his tasks was with experienced players such as the Uruguayan, Messi, Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba “to convince them when stopping to allow yourself to stop.”

“In other words, try to give them a contribution not specifically when they play 90 minutes, but when they play less, he (Luis Suárez) did it today,” concluded Martino.

Source: La Verdad

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