Inter Miami has had a frankly disastrous preseason. The world tour of Lionel Messi and company has not been the expected football experience and the start of Major League Soccer (MLS) is getting closer and closer.
The Herons will face Vissel Kobe, current Japanese soccer champion, this Wednesday, February 7, at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The squad led by Gerardo Martino will seek to achieve some victory in the final stretch of its preseason.
Below we tell you how Inter Miami would line up for the match against Vissel Kobe. Everything indicates that Lionel Messi will not be starting against the Asian team.
Goalkeeper: Drake Callender: Everything indicates that Callender will be the starting goalkeeper for Las Garzas in the MLS season. He is a solid goalkeeper between the three sticks.
Right Back: DeAndre Yedlin: The American full-back should be one of the leaders of this squad due to the great experience he has. Miami has to improve a lot deep down.
Central defense: Tomás Avilés: The Argentine defender has to respond immediately despite his young age. Miami brought it as a reality and not as a bet on the future. He has to improve.
Central defender: Serhiy Kryvtsov: The Ukrainian defender is the man with experience in the center and must lead this area. The 6-0 defeat against Al Nassr hurts even though it was a friendly.
Center back: Noah Allen: Due to the problems at the back, Martino would bet on a line of five at the back. Allen is a youth player who has the trust of ‘Tata’, but whom he will not be able to keep at the start if the negative results continue to accumulate.
Left back: Jordi Alba: It’s the moment of truth for Jordi Alba and other high-profile reinforcements. These players must show that they came to Miami to win titles and not to rest and have a first-class retirement.
Right midfielder: Gregore: The Brazilian medium is characterized by its capacity for recovery and sacrifice. He must support Busquets and free him so that he can play his best game.
Central midfielder: Sergio Busquets: The Spanish player came to this club as a figure. It is time for him to show it on the field of play. Due to the quality of the squad, Inter Miami’s expectations are through the sky.
Left midfielder: David Ruiz: The Honduran jewel is another of the young players who are part of Martino’s plans. The strategy is clear: we have to help Busquets and give him space to play.
Forward: Luis Suárez: The Uruguayan attacker is one of the best forwards of the last 20 years. He doesn’t arrive at his best physical moment, but he still has a scoring nose.
Forward: Leonardo Campana: The Ecuadorian striker would repeat as Suárez’s partner in attack due to Lionel Messi’s injury. He must take advantage of his playing minutes.