Maybe… Just Maybe, Neville Wasn’t the Issue
Tactics aside, it’s up to the players on the pitch to execute.
And, let’s be honest, except for when Messi, Alba and Busquets are on the pitch together, that simply hasn’t happened.
It didn’t happen under Neville and it isn’t happening under Martino.
I don’t have the updated stats in front of me, but my analysis background tells me they aren’t much better when Messi, Alba and Busquets aren’t on the field than when they weren’t even on the team.
Against Chicago, Inter Miami looked like the team of old… failing to create chances and a defense that leaked all over the place against a team that shouldn’t score four goals against anyone.
Coaches come up with tactics and players execute those tactics. It’s clear after the 4-1 loss to Chicago that the tactics simply aren’t being executed.
I’m not suggesting that some of the blame doesn’t lie with Martino, but I think a bulk of the responsibility belongs to the players on the pitch.
And I would expect a bit of a roster overhaul in the off-season, whether Inter Miami miraculously makes the playoffs or not.
Roll on, La Familia, roll on.