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Lionel Messi Poised for Inter Miami Debut, Likely from the Bench

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Lionel Messi to Grace Inter Miami’s Debut

Football fans are eagerly anticipating Lionel Messi’s debut for Inter Miami, where he is expected to take the field against Cruz Azul. The seven-times Ballon d’Or winner arrived in South Florida to a jubilant reception and was formally presented to enthusiastic fans at a special stadium event. However, there have been recent indications that Messi may start his first game for the club from the bench.

Managing Expectations

Messi’s arrival has generated a whirlwind of excitement, with club owner Jorge Mas describing him as “America’s number 10” and predicting that his presence would “change the football landscape” in the USA. However, as the initial buzz settles, focus shifts to managing expectations regarding Messi’s involvement in the opening game of the Leagues Cup. The footballing superstar only began earnest training this week after spending time with his family on vacation, and the match against Cruz Azul may come too soon for him to start.

Coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, Messi’s compatriot and former Barcelona coach, shared insights on Messi’s likely role. He stated that Messi will play “some part of the game,” suggesting that the football icon may make his debut from the bench. Martino, who has experienced immense media interest surrounding Messi’s debut, emphasized the need to assess Messi’s readiness before making a decision.

Great Team Spirit at Inter Miami

While fans eagerly await the momentous occasion, Inter Miami players have also enjoyed the camaraderie that Messi brings to the dressing room. USA international DeAndre Yedlin, who has played in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, praised Messi’s generosity and team spirit. During a group chat, Messi readily offered to help his teammate, striker Leonardo Campana, with tickets to an event, showcasing his friendly and supportive nature.

Martino’s Observations

Coach Martino has observed that Messi appears happy and relaxed during training sessions. Additionally, Martino noted that Messi seems to have shed the pressure that accompanied his pursuit of a World Cup victory with his country. Having achieved this historic feat recently, Messi’s demeanor and mindset appear more at ease.

Looking Ahead

Despite the excitement surrounding Messi’s debut, the team remains grounded and focused on collective efforts. Inter Miami’s opening game against Cruz Azul represents an opportunity for the club to showcase their potential in the Leagues Cup. While Messi’s presence is undeniably significant, the team acknowledges the importance of cohesion and teamwork in achieving success.

As Inter Miami gears up for their debut, the football world awaits the moment when Lionel Messi graces the field in his new colors. His involvement, even from the bench, is expected to create an electrifying atmosphere, setting the stage for a memorable start to his journey with the club.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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