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Messi’s Inter Miami warns ‘anything can happen’ in MLS Cup pursuit despite relinquished points

Inter Miami, now benefiting from the presence of Lionel Messi, holds the belief that they can secure a spot in the MLS playoffs.

Coach Tata Martino has expressed that “anything can happen” as they aim for postseason success.

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Previously situated at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Florida-based team has managed to improve its standing.

Yet, in their recent match against Nashville at DRV PNK Stadium, they settled for a 0-0 draw, relinquishing valuable points. Despite this setback, they still find themselves 10 points away from cementing their position in the playoffs.

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Lionel Messi’s arrival in the United States has undoubtedly left a profound impact, marked by his impressive record of 11 goals across nine wins and a draw.

Given this remarkable performance, coach Martino remains committed to the pursuit of MLS Cup glory, refusing to give up on their aspirations.

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Inter Miami have seven games to take in during a busy September – including a U.S. Open Cup final clash with the Houston Dynamo – and have 10 MLS fixtures in total left on their schedule.

A play-off spot is still up for grabs, but Martino was left frustrated against Nashville.

He added on posting a rare blank: “Nashville is a team that defends well, and today I think they were a little deeper than in the [Leagues Cup] final.

[Our] team had more rhythm in the second half than in the first half; paradoxically, the best situations were [Robert] Taylor’s two chances in the first half.

“In the first half, the ball was moving too slowly; in the second, I think we did a little better, but it was hard for us. These games usually happen, and I understand everyone’s frustration. We too felt it was a good night to continue gaining ground.”

Inter Miami will sneak into
the play-offs if they can secure a ninth-place finish or higher, with there still being the potential for Messi to land three pieces of silverware in his debut campaign – with one already landed, taking him to 44 career trophies, and a final berth booked in another domestic competition.

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