Messi, the disaster


By: Manu Tournoux

Lionel Messi is missing a third MLS match in a row with Inter Miami, this Saturday against New York City, while the Florida team remains on a heavy 4-0 defeat and will then play its Champions Cup quarter-final.

Lionel Messi's situation is somewhat worrying… Slightly injured in a hamstring muscle (behind the thigh), on March 14, the number 10 of Inter Miami had to (only) rest for a few days. The 36-year-old left-hander will, however, miss his third MLS match in a row, this Saturday at home against New York City FC (12:30 a.m., live on Apple TV thanks to the MLS Season Pass).

The first concern is that the Florida team led by Tata Martino is struggling in the absence of its Ballon d'Or record holder. Miami, which was leader of the Eastern Conference until then, collapsed on the ground of the New York Red Bulls (4-0 defeat) last weekend. Luis Suarez and Leonardo Campana, Ecuadorian striker who passed through Switzerland and Portugal, were non-existent. They will have to do better against New York City.

Inter Miami in great danger

The other big problem is that Messi is not sure he will be able to return to competition next Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup (the Champions League of North, Central America and the United States). Caribbean) against Monterrey (2 a.m., live on the RMC Sport Twitch channel). A hell of a loss in anticipation for this first match played at home.

Monterrey, where Spanish midfielder Sergio Canales plays, is the clear favorite against Inter Miami, as the undefeated leader of Liga MX (eight wins and four draws in 12 matches). The Rayados will therefore host the return the following week, in an Estadio BBVA with 51,700 seats which hopes to ignite for the arrival of “La Pulga” and for qualification in the last four of the Champions Cup, with a half possible against the Tigres of André-Pierre Gignac, the other club in the city!

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